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Congresswoman Introduces Legislative Package to Expand Veterans’ Mental Health Coverage and Improve Veterans’ Experiences in Obtaining Health Care

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Tags: Veterans

Today, Congresswoman Veronica Escobar (TX-16) introduced two bills to improve veterans’ quality of care from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and center veterans’ experiences in federal policy making. Honor Our Commitment Act of 2020 The Honor Our Commitment Act would require the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to provide mental health care to veterans who received Other-than-... Read more »

Congresswoman Veronica Escobar Statement in Celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month

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Congresswoman Veronica Escobar (TX-16) issued the following statement in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month: “During this month, people across our country come together to celebrate the incredible contributions and voices of Latinos that enrich our American culture and society. “Unfortunately, this month of celebration and pride comes at a time when Latinos are being disproportionately affecte... Read more »

Congresswoman Escobar Amendment to Promote Diversity and Desegregate Public Schools Passes House of Representatives

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Tags: Education

Today, the House of Representatives passed an amendment offered by Congresswoman Veronica Escobar (TX-16) to H.R. 2639, the Strength in Diversity Act, a bill to support local communities in their efforts to desegregate public schools. The underlying bill passed the House of Representatives by a vote of 248 to 167. The Strength in Diversity Act would provide funding and expertise to support school ... Read more »

Congresswoman Escobar Cosponsor the Our Lawn Act, Tells Politicians to Get Off the People’s Lawn

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Congresswoman Veronica Escobar (TX-16) joined a group of House Democrats as an original cosponsor of the Our Lawn Act. The legislation, introduced by Congressman Dean Phillips (MN-03), bans the use of White House grounds for political purposes. For nearly a century, the Hatch Act has existed to provide a clear distinction between public servants and electoral candidates. Both parties have observe... Read more »

Congresswoman Escobar Releases USPS Survey Results Report and Calls for Postmaster General DeJoy’s Resignation

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Today, Congresswoman Veronica Escobar (TX-16) released a report with the results of a bilingual online survey on the U.S. Postal Service (USPS). The bilingual online survey asked El Pasoans about their experiences with mail delivery delays and concerns about the future of the USPS. Eight hundred and seventy-nine individuals responded to the survey. The survey is one aspect of Congresswoman Escobar... Read more »

Congresswoman Escobar Urges U.S. Army to Review Private Marcelino Serna Eligibility for the Medal of Honor

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Today, Congresswoman Veronica Escobar (TX-16) sent a letter to U.S. Secretary of the Army Ryan McCarthy requesting that the United States Army review the military service record of the late El Paso resident and World War I hero Private Marcelino Serna for his eligibility to receive the Medal of Honor. Private Serna is the most decorated World War I veteran in Texas. He fought for the United States... Read more »

Congresswoman Escobar and Bicameral Coalition Lead Letter Urging HASC and SASC Leadership to Preserve Military Diversity and Inclusion Provisions in Final FY 2021 NDAA

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Today, Congresswoman Veronica Escobar (TX-16), member of the House Armed Services Committee, joined Representatives Gilbert R. Cisneros, Jr. (CA-39), Anthony Brown (MD-04), Jackie Speier (CA-14), Chrissy Houlahan (PA-06), Deb Haaland (NM-01), Andy Kim (NJ-03), and Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA) in sending a bicameral letter urging the Chairpersons and Ranking Members of the House and Senate Armed Se... Read more »

Congresswoman Escobar Announces $700 Million for Modernization and Expansion of the Bridge of the Americas Land Port of Entry in FY 2021 Appropriations

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Today, Congresswoman Veronica Escobar (TX-16) announced that the House-passed H.R. 7617, Appropriations Bill for Fiscal Year 2021, includes $2.8 billion for the modernization and expansion of land ports of entry, of which $700 million would be allocated to the Bridge of the Americas (BOTA) Land Port of Entry. H.R. 7617, approved by House of Representatives on July 31, 2020, provides authority for ... Read more »

Congresswoman Escobar Statement on Women’s Equality Day and 100th Anniversary of the Adoption of the 19th Amendment

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Today, Congresswoman Veronica Escobar (TX-16), a Vice Chair of the Democratic Women's Caucus (DWC), issued the following statement on Women’s Equality Day, commemorating the 100th anniversary of the adoption of the 19th Amendment: “One hundred years ago, after intense struggle, persistence, and adversity, the 19th Amendment was finally adopted in our Constitution, guaranteeing women the right to v... Read more »

Congresswoman Escobar and Bipartisan and Bicameral Coalition Introduce Legislation to Codify Diversity and Inclusion Amendments in FY21 NDAA

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Today, Congresswoman Veronica Escobar (TX-16), member of the House Armed Services Committee, joined Vice Chair Anthony G. Brown (MD-04), Chair Jackie Speier (CA-14), and Reps. Gil Cisneros (CA-39), Deb Haaland (NM-01), Chrissy Houlahan (PA-16), Mike Turner (OH-10), and Brian Fitzpatrick (PA-01) to introduce legislation that would codify amendments included in the FY21 National Defense Authorizatio... Read more »

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