In 1993, Kay Bailey Hutchison was elected as the first woman to represent Texas in the U.S. Senate. Seven years later, more than four million Texans re-elected her to a second full term - at the time the largest number of votes ever garnered in the state. In 2004, she won a third term as Vice Chairman of the Senate Republican Conference, remaining the fifth-highest ranking Republican senator.
Senator Hutchison is a leading voice on foreign policy and national security issues and serves as a U.S. delegate to the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe - commonly known as the Helsinki Commission.
As Chairman of the Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Subcommittee and a member of the Defense Subcommittee of the Senate Appropriations
Born on July 22, 1943, in Galveston, TX, the Senator lives in Dallas with her husband Ray and their two children, Bailey and Houston.
Author, American Heroines: The Spirited Women Who Shaped Our Country, 2004
Co-Author, Nine and Counting: The Women of the Senate, 2000
Co-Founder, Fidelity National Bank of Dallas
Owner, McCraw Candies, Incorporated
Political/Legal Correspondent, KPRC-TV, Houston
Senior Vice-President/General Counsel, RepublicBank Corporporation.
Development Board, SMU School of Business
Development Board, Texas A & M School of Business
Trustee, University of Texas Law School Foundations.
She was twice elected to the Texas House of Representatives. In 1990, she was elected Texas State Treasurer.
* Mr. South Texas 2005
* W.B. and Brandon Carroll Humanitarian Award 2004
* Alliance for Aging Research, Distinguished Public Service Award 2004
* Women's Foreign Policy Group Inaugural Congressional Leadership Award 2004
* U.S. Chamber of Commerce Spirit of Enterprise Award 2004
* Association of American Medical Colleges, Special Recognition Award 2004
* Woodrow Wilson Award for Public Service 2003
* LULAC Legislative Recognition Award 2003
* U.S.-Mexico Chamber of Commerce NAFTA Congressional Leadership Award 2002
* John C. Stennis Center for Public Service Lindy Boggs Award 2002
* International Multiple Myeloma Foundation, Ribbon of Hope Award 2002
* Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities, National Leadership Award 2002
Senator Hutchison grew up in La Marque, Texas, and graduated from the University of Texas and UT Law School.
Mr. President, I want to comment on what has happened over the last 2 weeks on a very important bill--maybe the most important bill for the future of our country that we will take up this year, and that is immigration reform.
I was very disappointed that we were not able to have a vehicle on which we can have amendments in the normal course of action that we have on the floor of the Senate. I cannot think of a more complicated, comprehensive issue that we could amend and make a better bill that would have the support of the vast majority of the Senate. Yet we have spent 2 weeks and were only able to have three amendments.
There are many differing views on what to do with the 12 million illegal immigrants that are in our country. But I think
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CREATING NEW JOBS
This month, Congress passed and the president signed a $350 billion jobs and economic growth package to put Americans back to work and stimulate our economy.
The legislation provides tax relief to hard working people and has several provisions to help individuals and businesses during these challenging economic times. It accelerates the 2001 marginal rate cuts, lowers the taxation of dividends and capital gains and helps small businesses by increasing expensing and depreciation levels.
How Texas Wins
Texans directly benefit from the bill because $1.3 billion in aid is allocated specifically for our state. This assistance, part of $20 billion in overall aid for states, comes at a time when the State legislature is grappling
America has the most productive, creative work force in the world. Our industries are diverse and our products are second to none. Now it is time we expand our reach to bring more of these goods and services to the global marketplace.
Ninety-six percent of the world's consumers live outside the United States, representing a vast market for American exports. Unfortunately, other countries are moving forward and promoting trade while we are standing on the sidelines.
For America to increase trade opportunities around the world, Congress needs to pass the Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) bill. TPA gives the president the ability to negotiate trade agreements with the knowledge that while Congress retains its right to approve or
FREE AND FAIR TRADE
What do Chile and Singapore have in common? The first nation is in South America; the second is halfway around the globe in Asia. Chileans speak Spanish; the language of Singapore is Mandarin. Fifteen million people live in Chile, while Singapore has only four million. Until recently these countries shared little. But this summer they became the most recent countries to engage in free trade agreements with the United States, an exclusive group of nations destined for economic prosperity.
The agreements were the first to be signed under the Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) enacted by Congress last year. TPA gives the president the ability to negotiate trade agreements Congress can accept or reject, but not modify. Unfortunately,
E-COMMERCE AND GOVERNMENT
The Internet is changing our lives in countless areas, molding our culture and our economy in ways undreamed of 20 years ago. The Internet economy is creating new jobs and new business opportunities. It has contributed significantly to the boom the stock market is now experiencing.
Americans are going online in record numbers, for information, entertainment and to shop. A study conducted by the University of Texas' Center for Research in Electronic Commerce reports that the nation's Internet-based economy produced more than $524 billion in business revenues last year and has created 2.5 million new jobs. The center also reports that the private sector is producing a 15 percent increase in revenues and productivity
I am working to pass legislation to get Texas fully reimbursed for the expense of helping evacuees from Hurricane Katrina.
The Indecency Act Protects Children from Inappropriate Material
America's parents have a hard enough job protecting their children without having to worry about the messages on television and radio. Even parents who closely monitor their children's music and television have been caught unaware by those who try to generate higher ratings - and are willing to violate standards on nudity, language or violence in the process.
There is no substitute for parental oversight in these situations. But government can sometimes assist, so my colleague Senator John Rockefeller of West Virginia, and I recently introduced the bipartisan Indecent and Gratuitous Violence Broadcasting Control Act of 2005.
Our bill seeks to curb indecency and violence on television
Senate Floor Speech
Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison
July 23, 2001 -- Page: S8055
SAFE TRUCKS ON AMERICAN HIGHWAYS
MRS. HUTCHISON. Madam President, I commend Senator Murray and Senator Shelby for drafting an amendment that is attempting to address the issue of safe trucks on American highways. This is an issue that has caused a lot of disagreement. I know it is a very controversial issue. I want to speak about it because my State is most certainly affected. But I think every State is affected by whether we have safe trucks on our highways.
We do not yet have an agreement on this issue that everyone can live with, but I think we are a lot closer than anyone thinks. I ask Senators MURRAY, SHELBY, MCCAIN, GRAMM, and the administration to work together
WASHINGTON, DC -- Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX), Chairman of the Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Subcommittee, today announced the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has removed Big Spring VA Medical Center from its Capital Asset Realignment for Enhanced Services (CARES) list, keeping the VA facility open for the future.
"This announcement is welcome news for the dedicated staff, patients and the entire area," Sen. Hutchison said. "The Big Spring facility has many valuable assets that will serve the community for years to come. With the capacity for growth to enhance services and its central location to the veteran population in the region, Secretary Nicholson and the Veterans Administration made the right decision
When Social Security was created in 1935, the average lifespan of an American was about 64, and 54 percent of the workers in our country were expected to live to collect Social Security. So the system was sound and, of course, the actuarial table was sound.
So much has changed--all for the good--in our country. In fact, today our life expectancy is 79 plus for a woman and 74 plus for a man. Yet we know that is going to get better. People are going to live even longer than that and, furthermore, they are going to be healthy. They are going to be able to collect more than they invested in their Social Security.
Our President is looking at the facts. Our President is looking at the statements from the previous administration, President Clinton,
The recent financial collapse of Texas-based Enron has unleashed a flood of concerns over pension and retirement plans. Many Americans have invested their hard-earned dollars in their own 401(k) year after year, slowly building a nest egg for the future. That is exactly what thousands of Enron employees did, and now their futures are uncertain at best.
One former Enron employee wrote to me, "I have been left in financial ruin by the fall of Enron. My life's savings is gone and I have been laid off with a paltry severance worth less than my unused vacation time." We must ensure that this does not happen again. Hard-working people across our state and nation should not have to watch helplessly as their life's savings disappear.
SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING ARE CRUCIAL TO OUR NATION'S FUTURE
U.S. excellence in science and engineering is a top priority for me in the Senate. Since World War II, we have been unmatched in science and engineering, but today we are starting to lose our edge. We do not have the scientists and engineers needed to maintain our position, and other nations are threatening our lead.
Across the planet, other countries are increasing support for their research universities and substantially raising the amount of public funding they provide for research and development. China, over the past 11 years, has increased research and development spending by 500 percent. India is not far behind, and many Indian workers are well trained in engineering and speak
SHUTTLE ANNIVERSARY CONTINUES ERA OF EXPLORATION
This month, the U.S. space program reached a landmark in its history, and it looks forward to a promising new era. On April 12th, we celebrated the 25th anniversary of the first space shuttle launch. The last quarter century of human space flight was dominated by this amazing spacecraft. The passing of the baton from the shuttle to a new generation of vehicles is on the horizon. With these vehicles we will reach new destinations and view new vistas.
Late last year, Congress enacted my NASA authorization bill, the first in five years. The bill does more than simply authorize funds for the space program. It begins the transition to the new era of exploration.
That era will continue this July
THE FUTURE OF NASA
On July 20, 1969, Neil Armstrong stepped on the moon and into the pages of history. As a reporter in Houston, I was privileged to cover that historic event which defined a generation. That moment also embodied the greatness and unlimited promise of America's space program.
The tragic fate of the Space Shuttle Columbia confronts us with a choice: renew our commitment to space exploration, or continue cutting NASA's budget and diluting its mission. The story thus far is bleak. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration's budget has been cut to the bone in the last decade. In fact, the space shuttle budget has decreased by nearly 40 percent over that period. Year after year, we have watched the numbers dwindle and projects
A FOOTHOLD IN OUTER SPACE IS KEY TO AMERICA'S PLACE ON EARTH
The next time you look up into a dark sky and see a moving light, do not jump to the conclusion that it is an airplane. You might be looking at the International Space Station. At present, it is bigger than a three-bedroom house, and it will be at least twice that size when completed. Since it is 230 miles above the Earth's surface and moving at over 17,000 miles an hour (orbiting about 16 times a day), you might find it difficult to believe that you can see it from your backyard without a telescope or binoculars. But the Station has giant solar panels powering it, which reflect sunlight extremely well, making it one of the brightest objects in the night sky. The Station is also a
THE FUTURE OF TEXAS FARMING
Texas farming has a long and rich history. Since prehistoric times, inhabitants have used a variety of agricultural methods to produce the necessary foods for survival. Caddo Indians in East Texas lived in permanent villages and prepared fields to cultivate corn, squash and beans. In West Texas, Pueblo Indians employed irrigation techniques to successfully grow cotton. The Spanish introduced the grapefruit to Texas, which was later adopted as the official fruit of the Lone Star State. After Mexico won independence from Spain in 1821, the government encouraged settlement in the region north of the Rio Grande River by offering land grants.
Stephen F. Austin inherited a land grant from his father, Moses Austin and,