Several items have caught my eye in recent weeks that reinforce the old dictum that states are the laboratories of democracy. Under our system of government, states and individual localities may adopt different policy approaches on a host of issues. The lessons and success of those policies can offer valuable guidance to other lawmaking and regulatory authorities, including the federal government.
One way to create jobs and boost manufacturing – and to give the overall economy a much-needed lift – would be for the Obama administration to approve LNG export applications presently on file with the Department of Energy. Two new reports show just how powerful the economic benefits would be if the federal government endorsed the same free-trade principles with respect to energy exports that it does with virtually every other product – from agriculture and aircraft to pharmaceuticals and vehicles.
Access to quality teachers is critical for all students—it was critical for me growing up in Laredo, Texas, and it’s central to the goals of the National Math and Science Initiative. Every day we ask so much of our teachers to ensure that all students have a chance like I did. So it’s proper that today, National Teacher Appreciation Day, we offer them our sincere, heartfelt and unqualified thanks.
It’s been a little more than a month since the breach of the Pegasus Pipeline that spilled oil in the Mayflower community, and a lot of progress has been made. All of the freestanding oil has been recovered. We have protected nearby Lake Conway from the spill. And we are transitioning activities from emergency response and cleanup to remediation while working to get residents back into their homes.