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Congressional art competition kicks off for TX-7 students

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High school students in Texas’ Seventh Congressional District have another opportunity to have their artwork displayed in the United States Capitol through the annual Congressional Art Competition, TX-7 Congresswoman Lizzie Fletcher announced. Every year, the Congressional Institute sponsors the Congressional Art Competition to highlight high school artists from across the country. The competition... Read more »

Latest COVID relief bill expands aid for 3.9 million Texans living in poverty

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The $1.9 trillion COVID relief package the House plans to send to President Joe Biden’s desk for his signature on Wednesday is expected to be a big boost for the poorest in the nation — and it could be especially significant in Texas. The state has among the highest poverty rates in the U.S., with more than 3.9 million living in poverty, including 1.1 million children. It also leads the nation in ... Read more »

Congresswoman Lizzie Fletcher on The Last Word

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Jonathan Capehart, MSNBC's The Last Word: “Our first guest is leading where others won't. Democratic Congresswoman Lizzie Fletcher, who represents parts of Houston, says Texas is facing an all-hands-on deck situation. Today Congresswoman Fletcher, along with four other House Democrats, wrote a letter to Governor Abbott demanding answers for why the state didn't take steps to prevent crises like t... Read more »

Rep. Fletcher's office helps 3,500 residents navigate government programs since 2019

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Rep. Lizzie Fletcher, D-Texas announced that an initiative to help residents navigate government programs has closed 500 additional constituent cases this year, totaling 3,500 since she took office in 2019. According to her office, the types of cases have ranged from assistance obtaining veterans’ benefits, visas and passport renewals, helping small businesses obtain federal relief, unemployment r... Read more »

Four Texas Democrats blast Biden's moratorium on oil and gas leasing on federal lands

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WASHINGTON — Four Texas Democrats in the U.S. House are urging President Joe Biden to rescind his executive order pausing oil and gas leasing on federal lands, writing in a letter to the president that it’s the wrong time to take such action as the economy slowly recovers from the coronavirus downturn. “Now is not the time to jeopardize American jobs, or the critical tax and royalty revenues that ... Read more »

Jersey Village secures $4 million in grant funding for flood control projects

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Community Impact Cy-Fair, November 30, 2020 By: Shawn Arrajj The city of Jersey Village is set to receive roughly $4.2 million in grant money from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to advance two flood mitigation projects within city limits. The projects—which involve making drainage improvements on Wall Street and several adjacent streets and building an earthen barrier around a portion of ... Read more »

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 »