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Congresswoman Escobar Hosts USDA Deputy Under Secretary for Farm Production and Conservation Gloria Montaño Greene, USDA Rural Development State Director of Texas Lilliana Salerno, and IBWC Commissioner Maria-Elena Giner

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Today, Congresswoman Escobar hosted United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Deputy Under Secretary for Farm Production and Conservation Gloria Montaño Greene, USDA Rural Development State Director of Texas Lilliana Salerno, International Boundary and Water Commissioner Maria-Elena Giner, and various stakeholders around El Paso to discuss the USDA’s role supporting local farms and…

Congresswoman Escobar Announces $12 Million for Infrastructure Grant for Ysleta Port of Entry

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Today, Congresswoman Veronica Escobar (TX-16) announced that the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has awarded $12 million in funding for improvements for the Ysleta Port of Entry using the Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity (RAISE) program. These funds would be used for pedestrian improvements and to modernize the port’s infrastructure. Congresswoman…

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…

Congresswomen Escobar and Torres Lead Letter Urging Treasury and State Departments to Impose Targeted Sanctions Against Individuals Responsible for Human Rights Abuses of Environmental Defenders

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Congresswomen Veronica Escobar (TX-16) and Norma Torres (CA-35) led a group of lawmakers in sending a letter to Treasury Secretary Janet L. Yellen and Secretary of State Anthony J. Blinken urging them to use existing authorities to impose targeted sanctions against individuals responsible for human rights abuses of indigenous and local environmental activists – often referred to as “environmental defenders” – and corruption relating to climate-impacting industries.

Escobar, Warren Reintroduce Legislation to Require DoD to Achieve Net Zero Energy and Adapt to Climate Change

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Congresswoman Veronica Escobar, member of the House Armed Services Committee and House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis, and United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), member of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), announced the reintroduction of the Department of Defense Climate Resiliency and Readiness Act. This bicameral legislation would require the Department…

The Hill: Public lands that look like America

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By Rep. Veronica Escobar and Mark Magaña For more than a century, conservationists fought to protect our wide-open American spaces from the degradation of humanity. This movement established what many called America’s Best Idea, but also reproduced many of the inequalities we see so clearly in so many of our institutions — our federally protected lands, waters, and oceans have for too…

Congresswoman Secures Funding for Critical El Paso Infrastructure Projects as Part of the INVEST in America Act

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Congresswoman Veronica Escobar voted to pass the Investing in a New Vision for the Environment and Surface Transportation in America (INVEST in America) Act. This five-year, $715 billion surface transportation reauthorization and water infrastructure bill will create good-paying jobs, invest in American workers and communities, and tackle the climate crisis. This legislation…

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