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House Democrats push leadership for oil-industry lifeline

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Brian Dabbs, National Journal April 6, 2020, 7:21 p.m. A group of House Democrats are joining the fight to prop up a U.S. oil and gas industry beleaguered by a coronavirus-driven demand plunge and an ongoing global price war. Rep. Henry Cuellar of Texas, a fossil-fuel-industry ally who narrowly defeated a popular progressive primary challenger last month, is spearheading a letter to pressure congr... Read more »

Ahead of Valentine’s Day, Congresswoman Lizzie Fletcher Calls for Valentines for Veterans

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(Washington, DC) – Ahead of Valentine’s Day, Congresswoman Lizzie Fletcher announced that she is launching a “Valentines for Vets” initiative for Texas’ Seventh Congressional District. Congresswoman Fletcher and her staff will collect cards from elementary schools across the district and deliver them to Michael DeBakey VA Medical Center on Valentine’s Day. Constituents of all ages are invited to s... Read more »

Congresswoman Lizzie Fletcher’s Bill to Protect First Responders and Environment from PFAS Passes House

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(Washington, DC) – Today, Congresswoman Lizzie Fletcher (TX-07) announced that her bill to protect first responders and the environment from PFAS passed the House as a part of H.R. 535, the bipartisan PFAS Action Act. Fletcher introduced H.R. 2638 last year, which directs the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to issue guidance for firefighters and other first responders on how to minimize the ... Read more »

Congresswoman Lizzie Fletcher Secures Alternative Fuel Tax Credit Extension in Tax Extender Package

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(Washington, DC) – Today, a short-term extension of Congresswoman Lizzie Fletcher’s (TX-07) and Congressman Markwayne Mullin’s (OK-02) bill, H.R. 5089, the Alternative Fuel Tax Credit (AFTC) Extension Act of 2019, was included in the year-end tax extenders package. The language extends the $0.50 per gallon excise tax credit on alternative fuel used as motor fuel, for compressed natural gas (CNG), ... Read more »

E&E News: Republicans stick with Trump as energy fears rise

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Congressional Republicans are reluctantly backing President Trump's trade war with China, even as they acknowledge that two years of brinkmanship over tariffs threaten to take a toll on the administration's energy dominance agenda. GOP Senate leaders yesterday noted the negative effects of the standoff with China, which escalated Monday when Beijing announced a new round of retaliatory tariffs on ... Read more »

Politico: Paris bill teed up for debate

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TEED UP FOR DEBATE: The House Rules Committee on Monday cleared the way for floor debate later this week on the first climate bill of the new Congress. The bill — which lawmakers will begin consideration of Wednesday — would bar U.S. withdrawal from the Paris accord, as President Donald Trump has pledged to do, and would require the administration to outline a plan to meet its emissions reduction ... Read more »

Houston Public Media: Rep. Lizzie Fletcher Discusses Mueller Report, Impeachment, And Her First Bill

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Houston Congresswoman Lizzie Fletcher was one of just two Democrats to flip a GOP-held Texas congressional seat in 2018. Now, she’s completed her first 100 days in office, she’s preparing to file her first bill, she’s held some town halls across the district, and she’s even picked up a challenger for 2020, along with another potential challenger from the Bush family. In the audio above, Rep. Fletc... Read more »

Dallas Weekly: Representatives Allred and Johnson Lead Bipartisan Letter Supporting Dallas to Houston High Speed Rail Project

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Colin Allred (TX-32) and Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson (TX-30) led a bipartisan letter with Texas members of the U.S. House to the U.S. Surface Transportation Board urging support for Texas Central’s Dallas to Houston high-speed rail project. “Our region is rapidly growing, and this is a once in a generation opportunity to lead the nation with a high-speed rail... Read more »

Politico: Freshman Democrats grill Lighthizer on USMCA

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FRESHMAN DEMOCRATS GRILL LIGHTHIZER ON USMCA: The U.S. trade chief on Tuesday walked freshman Democrats through the Trump administration’s view of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement, and some of them left the meeting unsatisfied with how he’s going to handle their concerns blocking them from backing the deal. Tensions over pharma: Freshmen exiting the meeting all echoed that the issue of pharmaceuti... Read more »

OutSmart: Congresswoman Lizzie Fletcher Voices Support for the Equality Act

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Congresswoman Lizzie Fletcher (D-Houston) promised to support LGBTQ equality when she was elected to office last November. Fletcher, who was sworn in last January, kept her word by becoming an original co-sponsor of the Equality Act. On March 13, she joined a joined a bipartisan group of nearly 240 lawmakers at a press conference on Capitol Hill to introduce the bill, which would modify existing c... Read more »