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Setting the record straight

Throughout this campaign, I have stayed focused on our record of accomplishment and our positive vision for the future. As part of that effort, I want you to have the facts about several issues raised in this election:

Sanctuary Cities
I do not support sanctuary cities. Under my leadership in 2011, the Texas House passed a ban on sanctuary cities. That legislation did not have the support needed to pass the Senate. Later that year, I reached an agreement with Governor Perry that attempted to bar funding from sanctuary cities in the state budget, but a key Senate negotiator derailed that agreement. In 2015, we successfully passed Governor Abbott's border security package in full. I have asked a House committee to continue working on the issue of sanctuary cities so we will be prepared to address it when we meet again.

Conservative Results
In 2015, the House cut taxes by $4 billion, kept spending low, passed the nation's strongest border-security package, ended gas-tax diversions, protected the 2nd Amendment and defended religious liberty. That's why Governor Greg Abbott called it "the most conservative session ever."

Republican Support
When I first became Speaker of the House in 2009, every one of my colleagues voted for me. And I'm proud of the fact that in every Speaker's race since, I have had the overwhelming support of Republican Members. Since I became Speaker, the number of Republicans in the Texas House has increased from 76 to 99. Texans have responded well to our conservative record.

Unions
My opponents say I am supported by unions. What they don't tell you is that the groups they are referring to are the brave men and women who keep us safe and healthy. I am proud of the fact that I have been endorsed by groups representing police officers, firefighters and state troopers.

I hope you will share this email with your friends and family so that they can also have the facts about our campaign. If you have more questions, please visit my website or you can email me at joe@joestraus.org. Let's work together to make sure that voters have the facts before they cast their ballots.