CORSICANA, TEXAS — U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) is making the rounds in a tour across Texas. The first half of the week, he will be visiting Central Texas.
Sen. Cruz took a tour of the Oil City Iron Works in Corsicana Monday and had a round table discussion with local leaders.
Senator Cruz said his focus on jobs is due to it being the biggest thing people in Texas ask for. "My number one priority in the Senate is jobs jobs jobs," said the senator.
He also added that recent data shows that the Lone Star State is booming.
"Right now, we have the lowest unemployment in 50 years. We have the lowest African-American unemployment that has ever been recorded. We have the lowest Hispanic unemployment ever recorded so Texas is seeing the benefits of common sense, low taxes, low regulations prospering," said Sen. Cruz.
During the round table, he met with community leaders to discuss what he says can greatly impact the country.
Sen. Cruz said, "Focusing on a legislation that I have introduced, that is education scholarship tax credits, creates dollar for dollar federal tax credits. $10 billion a year. $100 billion of over 10 years. Half for K-12 education for scholarships and the other half for training."
The senator's proposed legislation, also known as the Education Freedom Scholarships and Opportunity Act, will expand elementary, secondary, and vocational education opportunities for students by providing a federal tax credit to encourage individuals and businesses to donate to non-profit scholarship funds.
He said touring the state and having these conversations are perfect for feedback.
"A lot of these round tables, I am meeting with blue collar union leaders and working class voters where the work force is powerful to help with apprenticeships and vocational training and careers for people to provide for their families," said Sen. Cruz.
On Tuesday, the senator will stop in Waco, Temple and Brenham, TX.