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Congresswoman Escobar Introduces Legislation to Ensure Justice in Harassment and Prohibited Discrimination Complaints in the Military

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This morning, Congresswoman Veronica Escobar (TX-16), along with the House Armed Services Military Personnel Subcommittee Chair, Congresswoman Jackie Speier (CA-14), introduced H.R. 9163, the Advancing Justice for our Servicemembers Act. This legislation would set a time limit for processing complaints of harassment and discrimination made by members of the Armed Services, as well as…

Congresswoman Escobar Statement on Legislation Reforming Immigration Laws to Keep American Families Together

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Congresswoman Veronica Escobar (TX-16), a member of the Immigration and Citizenship Subcommittee of the House Judiciary Committee, released the following statement after the House Judiciary Committee voted to advance her bill H.R. 2920, the “American Families United Act,” out of committee late last night: “For decades, too many American families have been forced to live apart from one…

Congresswoman Escobar Statement on Her Arrest Defending Abortion Access

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Today, Congresswoman Veronica Escobar (TX-16) issued the following statement after her arrest defending abortion access and reproductive freedom in front of the Supreme Court: "Protesting injustice in our country is as old as our democracy itself; it is a cornerstone of our history, a principle of our nation, and a faithful mechanism for the will of the people to be heard. That is…

Congresswoman Escobar Introduces Legislation to Protect Healthcare Providers

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Congresswoman Veronica Escobar (TX-16) introduced H.R. 7814, the Healthcare Providers Safety Act of 2022. This legislation establishes a grant program for healthcare providers to enhance the physical and cyber security of their facilities, personnel, and patients.  “Healthcare providers are essential healthcare workers who have been showing up, innovating, and constantly adapting.…

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…

Congresswoman Escobar Votes to Secure Equal Pay for El Paso Women, Help Close Gender Wage Gap

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Congresswoman Veronica Escobar (TX-16) voted to pass H.R. 7, the Paycheck Fairness Act, landmark legislation that will help close the gender wage gap by strengthening equal pay protections for women in El Paso and across the country. The bill would create more effective remedies for women who are not paid equal pay for equal work by requiring employers to prove that pay disparities exist…

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 Demands Answers About Allegations of Sexual Assault and Harassment at El Paso ICE Facility

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Today, Congresswoman Veronica Escobar (TX-16) sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), and the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Inspector General (DHS OIG) demanding answers about concerning allegations of sexual assault and harassment raised by current and former detainees at the El Paso Processing Center…

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