While Washington ignores the problem Texas and Dr. Bonnen are stepping up to combat sex trafficking, human smuggling, and drug- and gang-related crimes along the border. In this past Special Session Dr. Bonnen secured $1.8 billion for Border Security supporting local law enforcement and national guard troops on the ground, constructing border barriers, and enhance tactical resources.
Balanced The State Budget
As Chairman of the powerful Appropriations Committee, Dr. Bonnen played the most important role in crafting a balanced budget that cut state expenses by over 5% - while providing the resources needed to finish the wall and setting aside money to help counties purchase new auditable voting machines, increase funding for our schools, healthcare system, and critical infrastructure projects. Dr. Bonnen has never increased taxes and recently cut property taxes by $5 billion. He is firmly committed to reducing the tax burden on our businesses and families.
With 100% Pro-life ratings from both Texas Right to Life and Texas Alliance for Life, Dr. Bonnen is one of Texas’ strongest advocates for the protection of innocent life. This session, Dr. Bonnen was instrumental in passing Texas’ Heartbeat Bill – which protects the lives of all unborn Texans by making abortions illegal after the detection of a heartbeat in the womb. This pro-life victory comes on top of Dr. Bonnen’s previous successes defunding Planned Parenthood and banning all third trimester abortions, partial-birth and dismemberment abortions. He also banned the selling of fetal remains for profit – a gruesome practice previously exploited by Planned Parenthood. Dr. Bonnen also co-authored HB 1280, which would ensure a complete ban on all abortions in Texas upon the Supreme Court’s reversal of Roe v Wade. You can always count on Dr. Bonnen to protect life.
Like you, Dr. Bonnen knows that the 2nd Amendment is our God-given right to protect ourselves and our families. That’s why he co-authored the law that made Texas a Constitutional Carry state. Now, all law-abiding Texans may openly carry firearms. Dr. Bonnen has a rock-solid record of being A-rated by both the National Rifle Association and Texas State Rifle Association. We can always count on him to uphold the 2nd Amendment.
Dr. Bonnen allocated more than $11.2 billion dollars in federal funding to our schools to help address costs incurred due to the pandemic and to help students get back on track academically from the learning time lost last year.
As a renowned neurosurgeon, Dr. Bonnen works hard make high-quality healthcare accessible and affordable for those who need it most. He passed critical legislation creating a prescription medication cost-savings fund to help support millions of Texans struggling with the affordability of their medication. He also authored HB 1616, which increases healthcare access for Texans by allowing hundreds of additional doctors to practice in Texas. We can always count on Dr. Bonnen to be the foremost authority and advocate for the improvement of our health care system.
Dr. Bonnen co-authored landmark legislation setting state standards for the fair conduct of elections that increased voter access to the ballot, improved ballot security and monitoring, and deterred in-person and mail ballot fraud. With Dr. Bonnen’s leadership, Texas just made it easier to vote and harder to cheat to ensure the integrity of our electoral process.
Banning Critical Race Theory
Dr. Bonnen will never allow curriculum that promotes radical indoctrination to be taught in our kids’ classrooms. He enacted legislation to stop schools implementing the divisive and extremist ideology of CRT that seeks to pit Americans against each other based on race and class while pushing socialism. Dr. Bonnen is a firm believer in one nation under God. He will adamantly oppose all efforts by liberal extremists to teach children their harmful political agenda rather than the patriotic values we need in our future leaders.
Protect Religious Liberty
The freedom of religious expression is a core tenant of our Constitution. Dr. Bonnen passed key legislation this past session ensuring those rights are never infringed upon by preserving property owner’s rights to display religious symbols on their property and establishing religious organizations, and their activities, as essential at all times.
Backing the Blue
Dr. Bonnen has always been a strong advocate for our first responders. This past session, he authored and passed legislation that will crack down on radical cities seeking to defund our police. Moving forward, cities that defund our police will be penalized by the state – making such anti-police policies completely untenable. Dr. Bonnen has the support of our first responder community for his commitment to keeping our families safe.