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Beth Yeshurun Officially Designated Texas Historic Landmark

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By: Daniel Bissonnet The much-anticipated installation of a Texas Historical Commission Landmark at Congregation Beth Yeshurun was conducted on Sunday, Oct. 23. More than 100 congregants, synagogue leaders, government officials and others attended the ceremony. The Commission designated Beth Yeshurun as a Recorded Texas Historic Landmark in 2019, but the pandemic delayed the…

Lawmakers Voice Support for Houston's Hydrogen Hub Bid as DOE Opens $8B Funding Opportunity

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By: Chris Mathews Several Houston-area lawmakers are onboard with the region's goal to develop a global clean hydrogen hub. Local U.S. representatives from the Texas delegation, including Rep. Lizzie Fletcher and Rep. Dan Crenshaw, voiced bipartisan support for the Department of Energy to select Houston as a location for a hydrogen hub under a program created by the 2021 Infrastructure…

Paralyzed Veterans of America Applauds the House for Passing the AUTO for Veterans Act, Urges the Senate to Quickly Pass

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Paralyzed Veterans of America Executive Director Carl Blake released the following statement today in response to the House passing H.R. 3304, also known as the AUTO for Veterans Act. This revised legislation authorizes the Department of Veterans Affairs to provide an additional automobile allowance immediately to eligible veterans if 25 years have elapsed since the date they received…

Congresswoman Lizzie Fletcher Announces Two Grants for Organizations Helping Small Businesses in Texas' Seventh Congressional District

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By MIL-OSI Publisher Source: United States House of Representatives – Congresswoman Lizzie Fletcher (TX-07) Today, Congresswoman Lizzie Fletcher (TX-07) announced that two local nonprofits, the Alliance for Multicultural Community Services and LiftFund, Inc., have been awarded $350,000 in combined grants through the U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA’s) Program for…

Houston Police Chief Troy Finner joins U.S. Rep. Lizzie Fletcher at gun safety town hall

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On July 25, U.S. Rep. Lizzie Fletcher was joined by Houston Police Chief Troy Finner for a town hall discussion at the Bayland Community Center in Southwest Houston for a discussion on gun-related violence in the city. Also participating in the discussion were Dr. Cedric Dark—founder and executive editor of Policy Prescriptions, a health policy publication—and Norri Leder, a former…

U.S. House approves Rep. Lizzie Fletcher’s bill to protect the right to seek an abortion out of state

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The U.S. House on Friday passed a bill sponsored by Rep. Lizzie Pannill Fletcher, a Houston Democrat, that would protect a person's right to travel across state lines to receive an abortion. The bill is one of two that the House passed Friday to shore up abortion access. The other would effectively codify Roe v. Wade by creating a federal law allowing people to receive abortions…

Bellaire, West University Place projects included in federal appropriations bill requests

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Several local projects in the cities of Bellaire, West University Place and Southside Place could receive a funding boost from the federal government as the House Committee on Appropriations takes requests from local Congress members. As part of the Community Project Funding program, members of Congress across the U.S. are allowed to request funding for up to 15 projects in their…

Four Texas Democrats in Congress warn Biden against restricting U.S. oil exports

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Four Texas Democrats in Congress are warning President Joe Biden against restricting U.S. oil exports as a way of fighting high gas prices. “We urge you and your administration to reject any well-intentioned but misguided calls to curtail American crude oil and/or petroleum exports in reaction to the high gasoline and diesel prices currently seen at the pump,” the Texas Democrats say in…

'Price gouging' bill aimed at oil companies draws opposition from some Texas Democrats

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Efforts by House Democrats to pass legislation enabling the Federal Trade Commission to crack down on price gouging by oil companies is drawing criticism from at least two Texas Democrats. Rep. Vicente Gonzalez, D-McAllen, told a reporter Tuesday despite the rise in gasoline prices he was not convinced there was actually any price gouging by going on, despite claims by his…

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…