A Texan’s Take on the Inauguration
I’m grateful to have had a front row seat to history in
Washington, D.C. for the inauguration of the 45th President. And from my seat, I can tell you that while the festivities took place in
Washington, D.C., I was pleased to see signs of our home state of Texas everywhere.
After the Lone Star State entertainment at the Texas State Society’s Black Tie and Boots Inaugural Ball and the inauguration
ceremony put on by the Fort Worth event production company Encore Live, Texas shined in the 58th Inaugural Parade. Viewers from the stands saw
performances by the Texas State University Strutters dance team, riders of Fort Hood’s 1st Cavalry Division Horse Detachment, and former San
Antonio Symphony percussionist Joseph Gonzalez, now in the U.S. Navy Band.
With so much going on in Washington, law enforcement traveled from across the nation to keep inauguration-goers safe. The parade was protected
by 45 of San Antonio’s and 67 of Austin’s finest, who were sworn in as deputy U.S. Marshalls to help with security. Also marching in the
parade was Rooster, one of eight mustangs from the U.S. Border Patrol’s Rio Grande Valley Sector, captured from the wild and trained to aid the
Horse Patrol unit.
For this historic inauguration, Texans not only got
to celebrate the new Administration, but they were more than happy to lend a helping hand. I was proud to watch our new President be sworn in, and
I’m even more proud to have done it while representing the nearly 28 million folks who call Texas home.
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After the festivities, the Senate began the work of the 115th Congress.
I cosponsored a bill to permanently repeal the federal estate tax, also known as the death tax. Families mourning the death of a loved one
shouldn’t be punished with a burdensome and unnecessary tax, which suffocates ranchers, farmers, and small business owners.
After years of waiting, the Keystone XL pipeline was finally able to move forward. Texans
will now have more access to affordable energy, and our country will have tens of thousands of new jobs and strengthened national security.
This followed our vote to begin the process of finally repealing Obamacare
and replacing it with real reforms that actually lower costs and improve care.
These long-awaited accomplishments are just the beginning. I look forward to all we can get done for
the American people with the new Administration and a Republican Congress.