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Immigration order blocked, White House says ‘We expect to prevail’

Even as Gov. Greg Abbott took public pride Tuesday that his legal handiwork had succeeded in blocking the imminent implementation of President Barack Obama’s executive action to shield millions of undocumented immigrants from deportation, the Obama administration said that Abbott’s victory would be short-lived. “We plan to appeal; we expect to prevail,” Cecilia Muñoz, director of the White House Domestic Policy Council, told reporters on a conference call Tuesday afternoon. “At the end of the day, we expect this to be a successful process.”

AYW Receives Over $1.1 Million in Federal Support

On July 13th in Washington D.C., Congressman Lloyd Doggett announced that AYW would gain a further $400,000 in federal support. Congressman Doggett had previously secured $700,000 for AYW’s YouthBuild which brings the total amount of federal support to $1.1 million. These funds will be put toward AYW’s mission in helping young adults transform their lives …

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Texas to sue if Congress restricts school funds

AUSTIN — State leaders on Thursday were threatening to sue the federal government over a restriction Congress is placing on $830 million in education funds for Texas. The issue pits all of the state’s major education groups against state legislative leaders and involves Texas’ share of funding for emergency education jobs in a bill expected to get final congressional approval Tuesday. Some Texas educators and education groups do not trust state and legislative leaders because of how they treated the federal stimulus money last year. Because Texas faces a severe budget shortfall next year, some educators are worried federal funds intended for education will again get diverted to fill budget gaps. “We urge you to prevent history from repeating itself and ensure that any funds Texas receives go to help Texas schools, teachers and students,” Texas educators said in a letter to congressional leaders. About 40 Texas school superintendents and seven education groups, including the Texas Association of School Boards and the Texas Association of School Administrators, signed the letter.

Congressman Doggett visits children receiving summer meals

Congressman Lloyd Doggett visited with children at the Boys & Girls Club in South Austin on Tuesday to view CAFB’s Summer Food Service Program in action, and learn about the program’s impact in the community. The Summer Food Service Program is one of several child nutrition programs up for renewal this year as part of…

Tax ‘Shenanigans’ Turn U.S. Sales to Foreign Income With Billions Offshore

A U.S. tech company identified only by the pseudonym “Delta” generated as much as 55 percent of its revenue domestically while reporting to shareholders that only 10 percent of its pretax income came from U.S. operations, according to a report presented to the House Ways and Means Committee. By attributing more earnings to countries with lower tax …

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Austin YouthWorks receives $400K

The Austin-based American YouthWorks organization has won a $400,000 federal grant, bringing its total in recent months to $1.1 million received, according to an announcement Wednesday from U.S. Rep. Lloyd Doggett, D-Austin.

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