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The Hill OpEd: We can and will meet the climate test in the Build Back Better Act

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By Representatives Veronica Escobar (D-T.X.), Josh Gottheimer (D-N.J.), Andy Kim (D-N.J.), AND Suzanne Bonamici (D- O.R.) If you read the headlines right now you might think Democrats can’t agree on anything — in fact, that could not be further from the truth. The real story is that congressional Democrats, from all parts of this country and from every conference in our Caucus, are…

Univison Op-Ed: We need investments in the care economy to help close the wage gap for Latinas

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This year's Latina Equal Pay Day is different for Latinas in Houston, El Paso, and across Texas. Our country is still grappling with the effects of a pandemic that took the lives of nearly 718,000 people and forced out at least 5.5 million women from the workforce. Our home state of Texas, ranking second for most COVID-19 deaths, is also trailing behind the rest of the…

El Paso Times: Veronica Escobar introduces bill proposing humanitarian overhaul of asylum process for migrants

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By Lauren Villagran Even as the number of people seeking asylum at the southern border has grown, Congress has done little to change how the U.S. treats asylum seekers. U.S. Rep. Veronica Escobar (D-El Paso) on Tuesday introduced a bill, the "Re-imagining Asylum Processing Act," that proposes to overhaul how asylum claims are made and treated at the Southwest border. The bill would…

KFOX: Escobar wants El Paso shooting healing garden to become national memorial

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By Justin Kree Congresswoman Veronica Escobar spoke virtually to the subcommittee on National Parks, Forests, and Public Land Thursday morning about turning the El Paso Community Healing Garden into a national memorial. “It was the deadliest attack of Latinos in modern American history,” Escobar said. The healing garden was unveiled at Ascarate Park on August 3, 2021, the two-year…

El Paso Times: US Rep. Veronica Escobar leads Texas congressional delegation tour of Afghan refugee site

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By Anthony Jackson Texas lawmakers from the U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday toured the site on Fort Bliss where Afghan refugees are being housed. U.S. Reps. Veronica Escobar, D-El Paso; Sylvia Garcia, D-Houston; and Marc Veasey, D-Fort Worth, toured the Fort Bliss Doña Ana County Range Complex, dubbed Doña Ana Village, where nearly 10,000 Afghan refugees…

El Paso Times: Escobar: First draft of Texas congressional map a 'slap in the face' to El Pasoans

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By Anthony Jackson Newly proposed district maps for Texas' congressional districts could separate Fort Bliss and the El Paso International Airport from future El Paso representatives. On Monday, Texas Republicans filed the first draft of a new state congressional map with the Texas Legislative Council that suggested moving Fort Bliss to the 23rd U.S. Congressional…

KTSM: U.S. Rep. Veronica Escobar honored by ‘ELLE’ magazine as part of National Hispanic Heritage Month

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By Erin Coulehan El Paso’s own Congresswoman Veronica Escobar (TX-16) is being honored by one of the world’s leading women’s publications. Escobar was named one of ELLE’s “Nine Latinx Women Changing the World” as part of National Hispanic Heritage Month.  Other honorees include actress Rachel Zegler, author Karla Cornejo Villavicencio, athlete SIlvia…

Politico: House committee bars private funding for National Guard deployments

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By Paul McLeary and Connor O’Brien The House Armed Services Committee on Wednesday voted to block states from using private funds to pay for National Guard deployments to other states, just months after one governor accepted private donations to send Guard troops to the U.S.-Mexico border. During its deliberations on the annual National Defense Authorization Act, the panel…

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