Civil Rights

Congresswoman Lizzie Fletcher Closes National Black Business Month by Convening Roundtable

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Congresswoman Lizzie Fletcher (TX-07) hosted a virtual roundtable highlighting Black-owned businesses in our community, discussing the challenges their businesses face, and celebrating their successes. Following the roundtable, Congresswoman Fletcher toured Houston City Dance, a TX-07 Black-owned small business, with representatives from the Houston Small Business Administration (SBA). “Our commun...

Congresswoman Lizzie Fletcher Votes to Protect Voting Rights; John R. Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act Passes House of Representatives

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Today, Congresswoman Lizzie Fletcher (TX-07) voted for H.R. 4, the John R. Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act. This legislation restores the full protections of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and restores federal oversight for states with a recent history of voter discrimination. Congresswoman Fletcher is an original co-sponsor of this legislation, which passed the House of Representatives, 219-21...

Congresswoman Lizzie Fletcher Co-Sponsors the John R. Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act

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Today, Congresswoman Lizzie Fletcher (TX-07) issued the following statement as an original co-sponsor of H.R. 4, the John R. Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act, which was introduced in the House of Representatives today. “The right to vote is sacred, and our success as a democracy depends on protecting it. Over the past year, we have seen states, including Texas, advance bills that violate this s...

ICYMI: Congresswoman Lizzie Fletcher on Efforts in Congress to Advance Voting Rights Legislation

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Today, Congresswoman Lizzie Fletcher (TX-07) spoke on Houston Matters about the efforts in Congress to advance federal legislation to protect the right to vote. This comes after members of the Texas House flew to Washington, D.C., breaking quorum to block two bills that would add new voting restrictions across Texas. You can listen to the interview with Houston Matters here. An abbreviated transcr...

Congresswoman Fletcher Statement on Senate Republicans Obstructing Critical Voting Rights Legislation

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Today, Congresswoman Lizzie Fletcher (TX-07) issued the following statement in response to the Senate’s failure to advance debate on S. 1, the For the People Act, legislation to counter the restrictive voting measures enacted in states across the country, including Texas. “Voting is the very foundation of our democratic society—and our success as a democracy depends on protecting it. It is the obl...

Congresswoman Lizzie Fletcher Attends White House Signing Ceremony for Juneteenth National Independence Day Act

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Today, Congresswoman Lizzie Fletcher (TX-07) attended the White House signing ceremony of the historic Juneteenth National Independence Day Act. Congresswoman Fletcher was an original co-sponsor of the legislation in the House of Representatives, which designates June 19 as a federal holiday each year. On June 19, 1865, Maj. Gen. Gordon Granger announced in Galveston, Texas that “all slaves are fr...

Congresswoman Lizzie Fletcher Votes to Establish Juneteenth as a Federal Holiday

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Today, Congresswoman Lizzie Fletcher (TX-07) voted in support of S. 475, the Juneteenth National Independence Day Act, legislation to designate June 19 as a federal holiday each year. On June 19, 1865, Maj. Gen. Gordon Granger announced in Galveston, Texas that “all slaves are free” and that there would be “an absolute equality of personal rights.” Congresswoman Fletcher is an original co-sponsor ...

Dallas Morning News: Texas Dems who quashed SB7 hailed as ‘inspiration’ in Congress as voting rights bills stall

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, joined by Texas Democrats from the U.S. House and state Legislature, speaks at a news conference on voting rights on June 15, 2021. In the front row at left, state Rep. Trey Martinez Fischer of San Antonio. At right, U.S. Reps. Marc Veasey of Fort Worth and Lizzie Fletcher of Houston. Texas lawmakers who staged a dramatic walkout to quash a GOP election bill in Austin ...

Congresswoman Lizzie Fletcher Votes in Support of Historic Voting Rights, Anti-Corruption, and Ethics Reform Legislation

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Congresswoman Lizzie Fletcher (TX-07) voted for of H.R. 1, the For the People Act, a bill to strengthen voting rights across the country, clean up corruption, and bring transparency to our elections. Congresswoman Fletcher is a cosponsor of this legislation, which passed the House of Representatives last night, 220-210. “The right to vote is foundational to our democratic system. And our success a...

Congresswoman Lizzie Fletcher Votes For the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act of 2021

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Today, Congresswoman Lizzie Fletcher (TX-07) voted to pass H.R. 1280, the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act of 2021. This legislation implements reforms to create stronger systems of transparency and accountability in policing across the country. It passed the House of Representatives, 220-212. “The killing of George Floyd, a native Houstonian, sparked a national conversation about justice and ...