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Congresswoman Lizzie Fletcher and Congresswoman Norma Torres Lead Effort To Protect Data Privacy of People Seeking Reproductive Health Care

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Today, Congresswoman Lizzie Fletcher (TX-07) and Congresswoman Norma Torres (CA-35) led 72 of their colleagues in a letter to Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Chair Lina Khan urging the FTC to protect the data privacy of people seeking reproductive health care, including abortion care, by implementing safeguards to stop data brokers from collecting and selling data on an individual’s reproductive he...

New Democrat Coalition Trade Leaders Welcome New U.S.-U.K. Agreement to Remove the Trump-era Section 232 Tariffs on Britain

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Washington, DC – Following the announcement of a 232 tariff agreement between the United States and United Kingdom, New Democrat Coalition (NDC) trade leaders, led by Trade Task Force Co-Chairs Ron Kind (WI-03) and Lizzie Fletcher (TX-07), NDC Chair Suzan DelBene (WA-01) and NDC Vice Chair for Policy Scott Peters (CA-52), released the following statement: “New Dems applaud the Biden administration...

Democrats press Biden to get Planned Parenthood back into Texas Medicaid program

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Democratic congressional members from Texas are asking the Biden administration to push for the return of Planned Parenthood as a Medicaid provider, nearly a year after state leaders kicked out the organization over false claims it was selling fetal tissue. In a letter sent late Monday to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the group urged officials to enforce the program’s “free choic...

Texas Signal: Lizzie Fletcher Introduces Legislation to Reduce European Dependency on Russian Energy

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Rep. Lizzie Fletcher has introduced two bills aimed at countering Russia’s energy leverage over Europe. The American Energy for Europe Act would establish a program at the Department of Energy (DoE) to assist Europe in achieving energy independence from Russia, while the American Gas for Allies Act would expedite shipments of natural gas to NATO allies. Energy has long been a source of leverage fo...

ICYMI: New Democrat Coalition Urges End to Harmful Steel and Aluminum Tariffs on Allies and Close Trading Partners

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Today, New Democrat Coalition (NDC) Trade Task Force Co-Chairs Ron Kind (WI-03) and Lizzie Fletcher (TX-07), NDC Chair Suzan DelBene (WA-01), and NDC Vice Chair for Policy Rep. Scott Peters (CA-52) sent a letter to Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo and United States Trade Representative Katherine Tai, urging them to transition away from Section 232 tariffs on steel and aluminum on our allies and...

Op-Ed: Preparation for peak hurricane season must include protection against COVID-19

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Climate change is bringing more uncertainty in our daily lives. As the recent Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report made clear, climate change is affecting many weather and climate events in every region across the globe. These climate extremes include more intense hurricanes with increased precipitation rates, much like what we saw with Hurricane Harvey in 2017. As we approach t...

Working to Get Tax Credits for Children Who Need It Most

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On the first day of the Child Tax Credit payments hitting bank accounts Congresswoman Lizzie Fletcher held a round table at her office that included representatives from the Internal Revenue Service, Lone Star Aid, and BakerRipley, which have been working to ensure vulnerable families are able to receive this relief. They also had members of families present that could most use the monthly credit....

Fletcher: Monthly tax payments will help parents cover growing childcare expenses

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A record number of families will receive increased support for childcare expenses as tax credit payments begin reaching bank accounts today. U.S. Rep. Lizzie Fletcher, D-Houston held a round table event with representatives from BakerRipley, the IRS and Lone Star Legal Aid on July 15 to help local families learn more about the legislation that was approved in March. As part of the American Rescue ...

Houston Chronicle: Harris County gets nearly $10M from FEMA to restore Barker dam to pre-Harvey level of conveyance

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U.S. Rep. Lizzie Fletcher announced on Wednesday that the Harris County Flood Control District has been awarded $9.8 million in funding through FEMA for repairs to the Barker Reservoir Watershed from damages causes by Hurricane Harvey. According to a press release from the congresswoman, the funds are to restore the channels of Mason Creek and Upper Buffalo Bayou to pre-Harvey levels of conveyance...

Community Impact Newspaper: FEMA awards $9.8M to Harris County Flood Control District to restore Barker Reservoir watershed

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The Harris County Flood Control District has been awarded $9.8 million in federal funding to help repair the Barker Reservoir watershed from damages caused by Hurricane Harvey in 2017, U.S. Rep. Lizzie Fletcher, D-Houston, announced in a June 23 news release. The funding, issued through the Federal Emergency Management Agency, is aimed at restoring water channels to pre-Harvey levels of conveyanc...