Lawmakers push Biden to declare public health emergency on abortion
Choose your plan ArrowRight “As we have experienced during the COVID-19 pandemic, a public health emergency declaration can provide significant new authority and flexibility for a federal emergency response," the lawmakers, led by Rep. Lloyd Doggett (D-Tex.) Biden on Sunday said he was weighing whether to consider declaring abortion access a public health emergency. Some legal experts cast doubt on whether a declaration of national emergency and public health emergency would make a significant difference in what the administration could do. A public health emergency declaration, issued by the Health and Human Services secretary, could provide new funding but its impact on policy is unclear. “To respond effectively, we need to use every tool available to protect patients and health care providers, and declaring a public health emergency provides valuable tools.”GiftOutline Gift Articlewashingtonpost.com
Greg Casar, Jessica Cisneros and Jasmine Crockett, young progressive candidates for Congress, want to push Texas leftward
Redistricting has empowered activists of both parties to push platforms further right or left. Progressives view three key Democrats’ advancements in the Texas primary election as a potential turning point for their movement.
In fast-growing Central Texas, redistricting sparks political reshuffling in upcoming statehouse and congressional races
The fast-growing region likely will see a considerable number of new state and federal lawmakers after the 2022 election. And in many cases, they will be representing districts whose boundaries have significantly shifted.
Texas State’s ALERRT Center awarded $9.8 million in funds from DOJ
Texas State University’s Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training Center will receive $9.8 million in funding from the U.S.[San Marcos, TX] [Hays County news] News San Marcos News, San Marcos Record [Texas State]sanmarcosrecord.com
HCWC advocates for new domestic violence hotline
The Hays-Caldwell Women’s Center offers free and confidential services to women, men and children who are victims of family violence, dating violence, sexual assault and child abuse.[San Marcos, TX] [Hays County news] News San Marcos News, San Marcos Record [Texas State]sanmarcosrecord.com
Texas Democrats dig in after exodus; GOP threatens arrest
Texas Republicans are authorizing law enforcement to find and bring back more than 50 legislators who fled to Washington “under warrant of arrest if necessary” after Democrats left the state to again block passage of sweeping new voting restrictions.
San Marcos Head Start programs to receive $600K in funding through American Rescue Plan
San Marcos Head Start programs were recently allocated $600,000 in funding through the American Rescue Plan, U.S. Rep. Lloyd Doggett announced Wednesday.[San Marcos, TX] [Hays County news] News, News - Mobile, News Alert San Marcos News, San Marcos Record [Texas State]sanmarcosrecord.com
Bill lets local cities, counties bypass state to expand Medicaid
Local governments would be able to bypass conservative state leaders and implement their own Medicaid expansion programs for working poor Texans with federal funds, under federal legislation announced Monday by U.S. Rep. Lloyd Doggett, D-Austin.myrgv.com
Public library dedication in the books
A large gathering of residents and dignitaries met inside the San Marcos Public Library on Friday to celebrate the library’s completed renovation and expansion project. [San Marcos, TX] [Hays County news] News San Marcos News, San Marcos Record [Texas State]sanmarcosrecord.com
Residents invited to San Marcos Public Library dedication ceremony
Residents are invited to a dedication ceremony Friday to celebrate the recent completion of the San Marcos Public Library’s expansion and remodel project.[San Marcos, TX] [Hays County news] News San Marcos News, San Marcos Record [Texas State]sanmarcosrecord.com
San Marcos allocated $18.1 million through American Rescue Plan
The City of San Marcos was recently allocated $18.1 million through the American Rescue Plan. The funding is distributed by the U.S.[San Marcos, TX] [Hays County news] News San Marcos News, San Marcos Record [Texas State]sanmarcosrecord.com
TXST to receive $92 million in emergency funding from American Rescue Plan
Texas State University will receive nearly $92 million in emergency funding from the American Rescue Plan, U.S. Rep. Lloyd Doggett recently announced. [San Marcos, TX] [Hays County news] News San Marcos News, San Marcos Record [Texas State]sanmarcosrecord.com
Congressional Democrats condemn Abbott for not releasing billions in federal stimulus dollars intended for Texas public schools
House to vote on $1.9 trillion COVID relief bill this week as Senate considers minimum wage hike
Washington — The House is expected to approve President Biden's $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief proposal later this week in a party-line vote, after the House Budget Committee advanced the bill on Monday. Senate parliamentarian Elizabeth MacDonough, who advises the Senate on procedural matters, will have to rule on whether the $15 minimum wage can be included under the Byrd rule. However, even if the parliamentarian rules against including the minimum wage, Senate Democrats could take the controversial step of waiving that decision. If the minimum wage provision was excised from the relief bill, it's possible that the Senate could reach a compromise on a separate bill raising the minimum wage. Raising the minimum wage is widely popular, with a 2019 poll by the Pew Research Center showing that 67% of Americans support raising the minimum wage to $15.cbsnews.com
House to vote on $1.9 trillion COVID relief bill this week as Senate considers minimum wage hike
Senate parliamentarian Elizabeth MacDonough, who advises the Senate on procedural matters, will have to rule on whether the $15 minimum wage can be included under the Byrd rule. However, even if the parliamentarian rules against including the minimum wage, Senate Democrats could take the controversial step of waiving that decision. Manchin has suggested amending the legislation to instead raise the minimum wage to $11. If the minimum wage provision was excised from the relief bill, it's possible that the Senate could reach a compromise on a separate bill raising the minimum wage. Raising the minimum wage is widely popular, with a 2019 poll by the Pew Research Center showing that 67% of Americans support raising the minimum wage to $15.cbsnews.com
‘It was a mistake,’: Texas State University says after Rep. Doggett’s video omitted from program
(Photo by Samuel Corum/Getty Images)SAN MARCOS, Texas – Texas State University officials say they made a mistake and that event organizers acted “without following university policy,” when they did not allow a video from U.S. Rep. Lloyd Doggett to be played in a university-sponsored program. Below is a draft of the program schedule, provided to KSAT by Doggett’s office:Draft schedule of Texas State event. At the end of the video, he urges students at Texas State to engage with him with what they think of the future. The request for the Congressman’s video and the decision to not include the video in the inauguration program was made deep in the university organization without following university policy. He frequently speaks at our new student convocation, welcoming freshmen to Texas State and encouraging them to be involved in the civic process.
Lloyd Doggett tweets a photo in D.C. before the 2021 Inauguration Day
TwitterU.S. Congressman Lloyd Doggett tweeted a photo of a colored light display in front of the U.S. Capitol on the eve of President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration. "The sun has set on the horrible Trump presidency for the last time tonight. At long last. Tomorrow is a new day for our democracy," he tweeted at 7:30 p.m.mysanantonio.com
'If this is not impeachable, nothing is': Congressman Lloyd Doggett on why Trump must be impeached
Texas District 35 U.S. Rep. Lloyd Doggett laid out his case on why House lawmakers should impeach President Trump Wednesday. House lawmakers are charging Trump with "incitement of insurrection" due to the unprecedented events. READ ALSO: San Antonio Congressman Joaquin Castro named as Trump impeachment manager"For years, Trump has honored thugs worldwide who suppress democracy," the Democratic congressman said. U.S. Rep. Joaquin Castro also chimed in on the matter, tweeting "Donald Trump is the most dangerous man to ever occupy the Oval Office." If impeached, it would be the second time Trump faces possible removal during his presidency.mysanantonio.com
So far, at least 8 Texas members of Congress have now called for Trump's removal
"I applaud Speaker Pelosi’s call for action to remove Donald Trump before he does any more damage to our country," Doggett said in a statement. Those who surround the President lack the courage to seek his removal. "Castro tweeted his support for removal of the president via the 25th Amendment after Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer called for the president's immediate removal. "After the carnage in the Capitol incited by Trump and his enablers like Cruz and Hawley, this is the only choice," Castro tweeted. "The President must be immediately removed from office."sacurrent.com
Texas lawmakers in Washington D.C. react on social media to chaos unfolding at the U.S. Capitol
SAN ANTONIO – Texas lawmakers are having to shelter in place at the U.S. Capitol Wednesday as some Pro-Trump protestors invaded the Capitol building. Several lawmakers turned to social media to condemn the actions and to update people on their status. I am currently safe, but the Capitol has been breached and some colleagues are trapped there. God bless the Capitol Police and the honorable men & women of law enforcement who show great courage keeping all of us safe. — Dan Crenshaw (@DanCrenshawTX) January 6, 2021See a list of the latest tweets from Texans in Congress below:
Texas politicians, celebrities react to Joe Biden, Kamala Harris winning presidential election
SAN ANTONIO – Texas politicians and celebrities are taking to social media and congratulating Joe Biden and Kamala Harris on winning the presidential election after four days of ballot counting in the race for the White House. U.S. Representative Lloyd Doggett (D-HD35) released the following statement following Biden and Harris' win:"This is a day of hope, celebration, and new opportunities. President-elect Biden will be making every reasonable effort to reach across the great divide and bring our country more together. The election of President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris fills our hearts with hope for a better future. This is a new day in America.”U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar released the following statement following Biden and Harris' win:"Congratulations to President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris on winning this hard-fought race!
Biden camp cancels multiple Texas events after a 'Trump Train' surrounded a campaign bus
click to enlarge Twitter video capture / @ericcerviniVideo shared by this Twitter user shows Trump supporters harassing a Biden tour bus along a stretch of I-35 near San Marcos. On Saturday night, Trump tweeted a video of the Trump supporters following the Biden bus saying, “I LOVE TEXAS!”When reached for comment, the Texas GOP Chairman Allen West dismissed questions regarding the incident. According to the Biden campaign, multiple trucks pulled in front of the bus and appeared to try to slow it down. During that time, the person said, the group of Trump supporters fell back behind the police. Democratic officials say Trump supporters created a dangerous situation on Interstate 35 and continued following the bus into Austin.sacurrent.com
Gerrymandering in Texas: Why does this San Antonio district boundary look so bizarre?
A San Antonio resident on the east side of Pleasanton Road does not share a U.S. House representative with their neighbor across the street. Instead, that individual lives in the same congressional district as voters who live 95 miles away in North Austin. After the 2010 census, the Republican-controlled Texas Legislature drew new electoral maps to account for the state's population growth. The maps were immediately tied up in legal wrangling over claims they were unfair to Latino and Black voters, The Texas Tribune reported. A 2017 court decision would eventually void three of the districts, including District 35.mysanantonio.com
San Antonio's Will Hurd One of Just 26 GOP House Members to Vote for Bill to Fund Post Office
Facebook / Representative Will HurdRep. Will Hurd is retiring from Congress at the end of his term. The US Postal Service is vital. Rep. Will Hurd (@HurdOnTheHill) August 22, 2020Retiring U.S. Rep. Will Hurd of Helotes was one of only 26 Republicans to cross the aisle and vote for a House bill to flow $25 billion to the U.S. Postal Service and temporarily halt changes that have slowed mail deliveries ahead of the election.Hurd was also just one of two Texas Republicans to support the legislation, which passed Saturday. Michael McCaul of Austin was the other.In a tweet, Hurd said USPS provides absentee ballots, prescriptions and more during the pandemic.sacurrent.com
Texas runoff election results: U.S. Representative, District 35, Republican; Guillermo William Hayward and Jenny Garcia Sharon
SAN ANTONIO Editors note: Election results will begin to populate on this page when early voting results are released at 7 p.m. (CST) on July 14. Background:The winner will take on Democrat incumbent Lloyd Doggett in Novembers general election. Competing to face Doggett are Hayward, who received 42% of the vote in March, and Sharon, who received 30%. You can find additional election results by scrolling to the bottom of this page. For more election coverage, go to our Vote 2020 page or sign up for our free election newsletter.
Group thanks Congress members from San Antonio for defending workers’ rights
SAN ANTONIO – The Workers First caravan came together to deliver letters of thanks to Reps. Lloyd Doggett and Joaquin Castro in San Antonio on Wednesday. The group says both Congress members have been allies and defenders when it comes to workers' rights, especially during the pandemic. Still, the group says there's more to be done. “Making sure all those people get the help they need to feed their children, to pay for their bills, to get them jobs that pay them $15 an hour and not what they pay here in Texas, which is $7.25 minimum wage,” said Linda Chavez-Thompson, former executive vice president of the AFL-CIO. Chavez-Thompson said the fight for workers’ rights will continue to be especially crucial on Election Day this November.
Joaquin Castro Asks USDA to Look Into How San Antonio Events Firm Landed $39M Federal Deal
Screen Capture / C-SPANU.S. Rep. Joaquin CastroA second Texas congressman has asked the U.S. Department of Agriculture to review the controversial $39 million contract issued to San Antonio-based events company CRE8AD8 to distribute food to needy families.Joining U.S. Rep. Lloyd Doggett, who asked that the company be stripped of its federal pact , U.S. Rep. Joaquin Castro is demanding that the agency probe how contracts were awarded under its Farmers to Families Food Box Program, designed to feed families financially harmed by the pandemic.Both congressmen are Democrats representing San Antonio.In a letter to Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue, Castro questioned why food-distribution novice CRE8AD8 was award a contract ahead of experienced companies with years of industry experience. "At a time when millions of Americans are struggling to put food on the table, USDA is wrong to bet the success of vital food safety net programs on neophyte food distribution companies," Castro wrote. "Food banks, nonprofits, and needy families should not have to hope and wait to see if a distributor can deliver as promised. "A recent Express-News investigation revealed that CRE8AD8, beyond its lack of food-distribution credentials, touted work for clients who claim never to have done business with the company.CRE8AD8 has until June 30 to distribute 750,000 boxes of food to needy families but has yet to distribute a single box, according to Doggett's letter to the USDA. The USDA selected the event planner over experienced San Antonio wholesalers, including River City Produce and Big State Produce, the daily also reportssacurrent.com
Coronavirus in Texas: Two Texans in Congress criticize federal food distribution contract given to San Antonio company
Eddie Gaspar/The Texas TribuneWhat you need to know Wednesday:U.S. representatives from Texas criticize federal contract given to San Antonio events companyThe U.S. Department of Agricultures award of a $39 million food distribution contract to a San Antonio events company has drawn criticism from two members of Congress from Texas, the San Antonio Express-News reports. Democratic U.S. Rep. Joaquin Castro has asked for an investigation into CRE8AD8s contract for a food relief program during the coronavirus pandemic. The researchers' report, released Wednesday, also found 28 of 414 hospitals in 62 Texas counties sued Texas patients between January 2018 and February 2020, before the pandemic. The state recorded more than 700 new cases of coronavirus on May 16 after targeted testing at meatpacking plants in the area. Carla AstudilloDisclosure: The Texas secretary of state has been a financial supporter of The Texas Tribune, a nonprofit, nonpartisan news organization that is funded in part by donations from members, foundations and corporate sponsors.
Congressman Demands USDA End Controversial $39M Contract With San Antonio Event Planner
click to enlarge Wikimedia Commons / White HouseU.S. Rep. Lloyd Doggett is asking USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue (right) to explain how his agency selects vendors for contracts. However, "to date it has apparently failed to distribute a single box. "The USDA oversees the Farmers to Families Food Box program, designed to distribute surplus produce to needy families. San Antonio families cannot eat an IOU. USDA needs to cancel CRE8AD8s contract and we need a full accounting of how the administration so direly mishandled a necessary and widely-supported program, to the detriment of the most vulnerable.sacurrent.com
San Antonio airport to get nearly $40 million in federal aid due to coronavirus pandemic
SAN ANTONIO – The San Antonio International Airport will receive millions of dollars in federal aid as the coronavirus pandemic has nearly paralyzed the travel industry. The airport will receive $39,708,109 under the CARES Act that was passed in late March, according to the Federal Aviation Administration. Kelly Field will receive $20,000 and the Stinson Municipal Airport will receive $30,000. View a list of Texas airports receiving funding on an interactive map, along with funding for all U.S. airports on FAA’s website. COVID-19, the respiratory disease caused by the new virus, stands for coronavirus disease 2019.
Congressman Warns Feds May Be Overloading San Antonio Base With Coronavirus Evacuees
click to enlarge Wikimedia CommonsU.S. Rep. Lloyd Doggett speaks at a Washington press conference. "I have been previously advised that Lackland capacity is limited to 271 rooms, but that these can be shared by couples. It is unclear whether we are being sent more people than Lackland can accommodate. "Fellow Democratic Congressman Joaquin Castro, whose district includes the base, also issued a statement expressing concern the feds aren't doing enough to assist local officials in dealing with the quarantine. He also requested additional COVID-19 test kits for San Antonio.The new evacuees arrive after Air Force officials announced Tuesday that the base won't allow guests on site for large gatherings, including graduation exercises.sacurrent.com
U.S. Rep. Doggett Asks White House for Price Controls on Coronavirus Drugs
"We should not grant any manufacturer a blank check to monopolize a coronavirus vaccine or treatment developed with public, taxpayer support," the letter states. "Without aggressive action to protect public health, we are fearful that Americans and people in lower- and middle-income countries will not be adequately protected against current and future coronavirus outbreaks. "You have repeatedly called for action to lower drug prices and know that unjustifiably high drug prices are one of the most pressing public health concerns we face today," Doggett and Schakowsky write. From local politics and culture to national news that hits close to home, San Antonio Current has been keeping San Antonio informed for years. Every reader contribution is valuable and so appreciated, and goes directly to support our coverage of critical issues and neighborhood culture.sacurrent.com