Inside Texas Politics: Houston congressman wants to get bipartisan work done, but doesn’t agree with Keystone pipeline decision

Inside Texas Politics: Houston congressman wants to get bipartisan work done, but doesn't agree with Keystone pipeline decision

Over the past few days, something has happened in Washington that hasn’t been seen in years. It is a sense of unity between Democratic and Republican congressional leaders.

The question is— can these leaders make it last? U.S. Rep. Dan Crenshaw, R-Houston, is a rising star in the GOP. He has been critical of some of President Joe Biden’s first executive orders in office.

So, what issues can he work with the administration on?

Crenshaw is on the Energy and Commerce Committee, which he said has historically been bipartisan. He’s hoping to work with the administration on issues like saving the country’s nuclear plants, which do provide clean energy.

However, Crenshaw does not agree with Biden’s order to stop work on the Keystone pipeline.

“Last time I checked, that’s a safer to transport oil and gas than trains and trucks. That’s also a cleaner way to transport oil and gas,” said Crenshaw.

Crenshaw said the move could also cost thousands of jobs and negatively impact the Texas oil industry.

Richard Denne, the director of the TCU Energy Institute, however recently said he thinks politicians may be overstating the impact to jobs.

But Crenshaw does hope to work with his Democratic colleagues on issues related to healthcare. Crenshaw said making sure his constituents have direct primary care is one of his priorities.

As far as his long-term political career goals, Crenshaw said he’s focused on winning re-election two years from now.

The 87th Texas Legislature is slowly coming together. Gov. Greg Abbott laid out some of his priorities a few days ago.

Two weeks into his new position, Texas House Speaker Dade Phelan appears to be a refreshing restart in this chamber during a time of political volatility. “I want people to know I’m an honest broker and an average guy who’s had the distinct honor of being the speaker of the House of Representatives here in Texas,” said Phelan.

Phelan, 45, a calm, thoughtful person, used a respectful tone when explaining his positions. The Republican from Beaumont won the top job in the House with the support of every Democrat.