Economy & Jobs

Congresswoman Lizzie Fletcher and More Than 100 House Members Call for Additional Aid for Restaurants

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Congresswoman Lizzie Fletcher (TX-07) joined more than 100 of her colleagues in a bipartisan effort to replenish the Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RRF) and support restaurants that have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The American Rescue Plan provided $28.6 billion to establish the RRF. Last week, less than one month after applications for the program opened, Small Business Administrator...

Congresswoman Lizzie Fletcher and Congressman Kelly Armstrong Introduce REGROW Act To Clean Up Orphaned Wells

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REGROW Act

Last week, Congresswoman Lizzie Fletcher (TX-07) and Congressman Kelly Armstrong (ND-AL) introduced the bipartisan Revive Economic Growth and Reclaim Orphaned Wells (REGROW) Act of 2021 to clean up orphaned oil and gas wells, which can leak methane, contaminate groundwater, and create safety risks for neighboring communities. There are more than 56,000 documented “orphaned” oil and gas wells acros...

Congresswoman Lizzie Fletcher: Texas Veterans to Receive $1,400 Payments from American Rescue Plan Beginning this Week

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Today, Congresswoman Lizzie Fletcher (TX-07) announced that Texans who receive Veterans’ benefits could expect Economic Impact Payments of up to $1,400 hit their bank accounts beginning this week. The latest round of payments specifically applies to veterans and their beneficiaries who receive Compensation and Pension (C&P) benefit payments and who do not normally file a tax return. Most payments ...

Congresswoman Lizzie Fletcher Votes for Paycheck Fairness Act

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Today, Congresswoman Lizzie Fletcher (TX-07) voted in support of H.R. 7, the Paycheck Fairness Act. This legislation closes loopholes in the 1963 Equal Pay Act to help eliminate the gender wage gap and ensure women can challenge pay discrimination and hold employers accountable. Congresswoman Fletcher is an original co-sponsor of the Paycheck Fairness Act, which passed the House of Representatives...

American Rescue Plan Provides Critical Support for Families Facing Housing Hardship During COVID-19 Pandemic

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Today, Congresswoman Lizzie Fletcher (TX-07) released information on how the American Rescue Plan helps combat housing insecurity caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Nationally, one in five renters report being behind on rent. In the Houston metro area, 42 percent of adults surveyed by the U.S. Census Bureau say they are behind on rent or mortgage payments and worry they face eviction of foreclosure ...

Congresswoman Lizzie Fletcher Highlights Key Provisions in American Rescue Plan to Support Texans During COVID-19 Pandemic

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Congresswoman Lizzie Fletcher (TX-07) today highlighted how the American Rescue Plan Act (ARP) supports Texas families, workers, and individuals through the COVID-19 pandemic with the following statement. The ARP provides a new round of Economic Impact Payments (EIP) to an estimated 88 percent of Texans, expands federal unemployment impact benefits through September 6, 2021, and supports families ...

Congresswoman Lizzie Fletcher Joins Community Leaders To Highlight American Rescue Plan Act’s Impact on Texas’ Seventh Congressional District

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Today, Congresswoman Lizzie Fletcher (TX-07) and West University Mayor Bob Higley joined Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee (TX-18), Harris County Commissioner Rodney Ellis (Precinct 1), Harris County Commissioner Adrian Garcia (Precinct 2), and other local leaders to highlight the positive impacts of the American Rescue Plan Act for the City of Houston and Harris County. The bipartisan group of com...

Congresswoman Lizzie Fletcher Votes To Pass The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021

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Today, Congresswoman Lizzie Fletcher (TX-07) voted to pass The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, a COVID-19 relief package to address the health and economic crisis caused by the pandemic. The legislation now heads to the President’s desk to be signed into law. “The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 provides much-needed assistance to people across our community as we confront this devastating publi...

Congressmembers Lizzie Fletcher and Michael McCaul Introduce Bipartisan LIFT UP Act To Support Small Businesses During COVID-19 Pandemic

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LIFT UP Act

Today, Congresswoman Lizzie Fletcher (TX-07) and Congressman Michael McCaul (TX-10) introduced the bipartisan Loan Interest Forgiveness for Taxpayers Under a Pandemic (LIFT UP) Act to support small businesses as the COVID-19 pandemic continues. This legislation extends the six-month period of debt forgiveness for loans established by the CARES Act for businesses that have previously received Small...

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 ...