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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...

Houston Chronicle: As family of slain Afghan interpreter arrives in Houston, questions linger about 18,000 civilian partners remaining

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Rep. Lizzie Fletcher (D-West Houston), who intervened on behalf of Muhammad’s family after Combined Arms brought the issue to her attention, said U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services “was very responsive and moved very quickly” after she got involved, and hopes “that we see this kind of quick response for other families as well.”

Houston Chronicle: Supreme Court upholds Affordable Care Act, tossing Texas challenge

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Democrats were energized by the decision, which landed as a group of Texas Democrats in Congress rolled out legislation aimed at expanding Medicaid in states such as Texas. The bill would let local leaders bypass states to accept federal resources directly, essentially letting cities and counties opt to expand Medicaid.... Reps. Lizzie Fletcher and Sylvia Garcia of Houston, Veronica Escobar of El Paso and Henry Cuellar of Laredo are also supporting the bill.

The Hill: America must keep its promise to Afghan translators

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In a letter to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service on behalf of Muhammed’s family, Rep. Lizzie Fletcher (D-Texas) wrote, “[They] cannot wait for another decade for the Government to process the application. The risks are simply too high and the price they already paid is too great.”

Dallas Morning News: Texas Dems who quashed SB7 hailed as ‘inspiration’ in Congress as voting rights bills stall

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, joined by Texas Democrats from the U.S. House and state Legislature, speaks at a news conference on voting rights on June 15, 2021. In the front row at left, state Rep. Trey Martinez Fischer of San Antonio. At right, U.S. Reps. Marc Veasey of Fort Worth and Lizzie Fletcher of Houston. Texas lawmakers who staged a dramatic walkout to quash a GOP election bill in Austin ...