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Houston Chronicle: Democrats launch probe into state decision to decline NASA help after Harvey

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Three House Democrats have requested documents that may shed light on a decision by state and federal officials to decline an offer from NASA to monitor air pollution in the wake of Hurricane Harvey. Despite early signs hinting at the storm's toxic impact, officials from the Environmental Protection Agency and Texas' Commission on Environmental Quality declined NASA's offer to fly a plane with adv... Read more »

Refinery29: Gun Violence Survivors Attend SOTU As Push For Background Checks Intensifies

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If President Trump elevated the art of trolling people with his State of the Union guests, Democrats are practicing the art of wielding their guests as a rallying cry for policy reform. In an era when every detail is reported on and scrutinized on social media, it makes sense. Several Democratic lawmakers invited gun violence survivors, gun reform activists, or parents who have lost their children... Read more »

Science Magazine: Rookies lead the way on House science panel

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A major perk of being the majority party in the U.S. Congress is getting to fill the leadership slots on every committee. For several new Democratic legislators, however, having their party regain control of the House of Representatives also creates an unprecedented opportunity to shape U.S. science policy. On Wednesday, the newly configured House science committee will convene for the first time ... Read more »

Houston Chronicle: Texans have points to make with State of the Union guests

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WASHINGTON – Rhonda Hart, the mother of a Santa Fe High School shooting victim, will be the guest of Houston U.S. Rep. Lizzie Fletcher at President Donald Trump's State of the Union address next Tuesday. Another congressional freshman, San Antonio Republican Chip Roy, is inviting Brandon Judd, the president of the National Border Patrol Council and an outspoken supporter of Trump's hard line on il... Read more »

Refinery29: The Constitution Doesn't Give Women Equal Rights — Congress Wants To Change That

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In the United States of America, women are still not equal to men in the eye of the U.S. Constitution. This is because the Constitution fails to include language that guarantees equal rights for all citizens, regardless of their gender. The Equal Rights Amendment, first introduced in 1923, aimed to correct that. But nearly a century has gone by and lawmakers have failed to advance this constitutio... Read more »

Houston Chronicle: Lizzie Fletcher tapped for House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee

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Freshman Rep. Lizzie Fletcher will sit on the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, her office announced Thursday. “I sought to serve on this committee because of its jurisdiction over issues of critical importance,” Fletcher, D-Houston, said. Roads and pipelines crisscross the Seventh Congressional District she represents, after defeating nine-term Republican incumbent John Culber... Read more »

Texas Monthly: Texans in Congress Secure Key Committee Assignments

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exas Congressional Democrats, celebrated by the national party for breakthrough victories in November that sent the first two Latinas in Texas history to Congress as well as helped secure a Democratic majority in the U.S. House, were rewarded this week with influential committee assignments. The four freshmen—Veronica Escobar of El Paso, Sylvia Garcia of Houston, Colin Allred of Dallas, and Lizzie... Read more »