It has been another eventful week across our community, especially as we respond to the increasing cases of COVID-19 in Houston and Harris County. As our district addresses the many challenges this pandemic has brought, I remain committed to advocating for the needs of our district, and to sharing with you a summary of that work each week:
As you likely know from other sources, the spread of the novel coronavirus across our community and our state is increasing rapidly. Our public health officials and local elected leaders managing the response have told us in no uncertain times that we are at a critical juncture in our effort to contain the spread. As of this writing, there are:
I have included links to the sources here (Harris County Public Health, Texas Department of State Health Services) so you can see the additional detailed information, which is updated regularly. Many of you also asked that I also share information about the number of people who have died as a result of COVID-19. The number of fathers, mothers, sisters, brothers, aunts, uncles, children, cousins, and friends is heartbreaking and staggering: in Houston and Harris County, 439; in Texas, 3,192, and across the country, 137,000.
We can do this. Our community rises to the challenge when our neighbors are in need. And they are in need at this moment. The danger is not in rising water or hurricane-force winds, but it is every bit as serious. And we are all able to do something to stop it. And know that I will continue do all I can to represent and support our community at this challenging time.
As we reach the halfway point of this eventful year, I am glad to share a mid-year report on my work as your representative to the U.S. Congress. For much of this year, our community and our country have responded to COVID-19, and that has been a critical focus. At the same time, my team and I have continued work on other matters of importance to our community.
I am glad to share with you some of the highlights of the first six months of the year and of the 116th Congress to date in this report, which you can access here.
I continue to work with our Houston delegation and with members of Congress across our country to advocate for the needs of Texas’ Seventh Congressional District.
One of the great privileges of representing Texas’ Seventh Congressional District is that I can nominate dedicated and talented students to the country’s service academies. If you know a student interested in applying to the U.S. Military, Air Force, Naval or Merchant Marine Academies next year, I hope you will share the nomination application information, available here.
There is also still plenty of time for students to enter the TX-07 Congressional App Challenge as well! All middle school and high school students in the district – of all levels of coding experience – are invited to participate by creating and submitting an original computer program or app. More information is available here.
Seeing the creativity of students across the district is so inspiring – I look forward to this year’s submissions. Our recent winners developed an app to help teach Latin (one I sure could have used in my Latin class!) and an app to minimize food waste and food insecurity by connecting people and resources.
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