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Our Country Needs Jobs And Cheaper Oil And Gas

.jpg photo of Texas Attorney General LogoAG Paxton Pushes Back Against Biden EPA’s War Against Texas Oil & Gas

AUSTIN, TX  –  “At a time when American gas prices are skyrocketing at the pump, and the Russia-Ukraine conflict shows again the absolute need for energy independence, Biden chooses to go to war against fossil fuels,” said Attorney General Paxton.  “These severe new rules proposed by the EPA are not only unnecessary, but they will create a deliberate disadvantage to Texas and all states who are involved in the production of oil and gas.  I will not allow this federal overreach to wreak havoc on our economy or the livelihoods of hard-working Texans.”

To that end, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton is leading a 14-state coalition challenging the Biden Administration’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations on vehicle emissions.  Biden’s bureaucratic decrees micromanage greenhouse gas emissions for cars and trucks, far exceeding EPA’s authority and violating the U.S. Constitution’s separation-of-powers principles.

The new rule seeks to promote the Biden Administration’s radical climate change agenda by promoting electric vehicle usage over other, superior means of transportation that use abundant fossil fuels.  If left in place, the regulations will impose major economic harms on Texas by stressing its electric grid and decreasing the need for gasoline by billions of gallons, effectively destroying Texas’s robust energy industry.  Other states that would have benefitted from increased production in renewable fuels will also be negatively impacted.

To read the challenge click here.

TX Attorney General Still Fighting‎ Medicaid Fraud

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Big Pharma pays price for reporting inflated drug prices.

Paxton Recovers $26 Million for the State of Texas, Medicaid Program

AUSTIN, TX  –  Attorney General Ken Paxton resolved an enforcement action against pharmaceutical manufacturer Apotex for reporting inflated drug prices to the Texas Medicaid program.  Under the agreement, Apotex will pay Texas $26 million to resolve claims against it.

This settlement is the latest recovery in price reporting cases the Attorney General has brought under the Texas Medicaid Fraud Prevention Act since 1999, resulting in a cumulative recovery for Texas taxpayers of over $2.3 billion.

“Thanks to our Civil Medicaid Fraud Division’s commitment to Texas taxpayers, identifying and preventing Medicaid fraud continues to be a top priority in my office,” Attorney General Paxton said.  “We will not allow pharmaceutical companies to take advantage of vulnerable Texans, and we will continue to be vigilant in cracking down on any abuse of this important program.”

Read the agreement here.