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What Are the Implications for Houston & Texas in State of the Union Address?

The President addressed a number of issues in his State of the Union address, which have implications for Houston and Texas. The general tenor of his speech also has implications for the Lone Star state. Prominent Texas officials including Gov. Rick Perry and Sen. Ted Cruz have vociferously opposed much of the President’s agenda. Amid […]

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The President addressed a number of issues in his State of the Union address, which have implications for Houston and Texas. The general tenor of his speech also has implications for the Lone Star state. Prominent Texas officials including Gov. Rick Perry and Sen. Ted Cruz have vociferously opposed much of the President’s agenda.

Amid that atmosphere, the President spoke about steps he’s prepared to take without Congress, through executive orders. Among them, he announced he’ll raise the minimum wage for new federal workers, and he encouraged other executive and legislative leaders at state and local levels to do the same.

We discuss that shift in approach, the atmosphere in Washington, and what it all means for Houston and Texas. We hear from Congressmen Kevin Brady and Gene Green, and then welcome your questions for political scientist Christine Leveaux from the University of Houston, and David McCumber, Hearst Washington Bureau Chief and contributor to the Houston Chronicle’s “Texas on the Potomac” coverage.

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