Important Updates for You Para leer en español, haz clic aquí.Dear [firstname],I have spent the last few weeks working on some very critical legislative items and I want to share them with you. The following bills are measures I have recently voted on, introduced or co-sponsored to restore justice and truly make an impact in our community and across the country. Please remember to subscribe to my newsletter and follow me on Facebook and Twitter to ensure you don’t miss any of my updates.
I have spent the last few weeks working on some very critical legislative items and I want to share them with you. The following bills are measures I have recently voted on, introduced or co-sponsored to restore justice and truly make an impact in our community and across the country.
Please remember to subscribe to my newsletterand follow me on Facebook and Twitter to ensure you don’t miss any of my updates.
Uncovering the Truth Behind the January 6th Attack
Last week, I voted for the passage of H.R. 3233, legislation to establish an independent, bipartisan commission, similar to the one established after 9/11, to examine and report on the facts, causes, and security failures that led to the deadly domestic terrorism attack on our democracy on January 6, 2021. We witnessed a deadly insurrection that was inspired and incited by Donald Trump, and our nation must seek to reveal the details behind the attack, expose what brought us to that moment, and take action to ensure that it never happens again.
On May 14, 2021, I introduced H.R. 3238, the Colonia Infrastructure Improvement Act, to address long-standing disparities faced by residents living in colonias by investing $1.5 billion in drinking water, wastewater, and surface infrastructure. Many of El Paso's colonias have lacked critical infrastructure like paved roads, portable water, and wastewater treatment systems for decades, and the financial obstacles have been far too great for local property taxpayers and governments. This investment is the first step to improving infrastructure in colonias and creating good-paying jobs in underserved communities.
Learn more about the Colonia Infrastructure Improvement Acthere.
Transforming the Military’s Response to Sexual Violence
Congresswoman Escobar speaks during a press conference on the
I am Vanessa Guillén Act
On May 13, 2021, I co-led the reintroduction of the I am Vanessa Guillén Act with my House colleagues and in honor of the late Spc. Vanessa Guillén and the many victims and survivors of military sexual violence who have bravely come forward in the wake of her brutal murder. This legislation will help us address a toxic culture in the armed forces and protect those who bravely put their lives on the line for our country.
Learn more about the I am Vanessa Guillén Acthere.
Providing Native American Communities
a Critical Economic Lifeline
Earlier this Spring, I reintroduced the bipartisan Ysleta Del Sur Pueblo and Alabama-Coushatta Tribes of Texas Equal and Fair Opportunity Act to provide Native American communities a critical economic lifeline and opportunity to recover from the COVID-19 health and economic crisis. I’m happy to report that on May 12, 2021, the U.S. House of Representatives passed my bill and sent it to the Senate for further review and passage! My bill will ensure the Ysleta Del Sur Pueblo and Alabama-Coushatta tribes are covered by the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act. It will also create parity with the only other federally recognized tribe in Texas, the Kickapoo Traditional Tribe of Texas.
Last week, I joined the Texas Standard radio show to talk about the Ysleta Del Sur Pueblo and Alabama-Coushatta Tribes of Texas Equal and Fair Opportunity Act. You can listen to my interview here. I also delivered a floor speech on the House Floor in support of my legislation. You can watch my floor speech here and learn more about my legislation here.
Keeping American Families Together
On April 30, 2021, I reintroduced the American Families United Act to preserve and promote family unity by amending the Immigration and Nationality Act to help millions of U.S. citizens reunite with their loved ones. This legislation was inspired by Edgar Falcon, an El Pasoan who had to marry his wife on the U.S.-Mexico border in 2013 after she was refused a visa. Since then, Edgar’s family has been forced to live apart from one another because of our broken immigration system.
Learn more about the American Families United Act here.
Deterring Worst Cases of Reckless Climate Harm Abroad
On April 23, 2021, I reintroduced the Targeting Environmental and Climate Recklessness Act (TECRA) to restrict access to U.S. financial system for individuals and companies most responsible for exacerbating climate change. As the Biden administration and Congress continue pushing progress at home, it is imperative that we also ensure we use strong foreign policy tools to hold accountable bad actors who engage in reckless behaviors that exacerbate the existential threat of climate change.
Learn more about the Targeting Environmental and Climate Recklessness Act (TECRA) here.
Conserving and Protecting Castner Range
Congresswoman Escobar and El Paso Environmental Advocates
Hold a Press Conference on the Castner Range National Monument
On Earth Day 2021, I introduced the Castner Range National Monument Act to designate Castner Range as a National Monument to conserve and protect the ecological, cultural, historical, natural integrity of the land for present and future generations of El Pasoans. As our nation takes action to conserve public lands and water to address climate change, we must meet the moment by increasing equitable access to outdoor spaces and ensuring El Paso families can continue to make memories surrounded by the mesmerizing beauty and history of Castner Range.
On May 6, 2021, I testified before the U.S. House Committee on Natural Resources and advocated for El Paso’s priorities, including the Castner Range National Monument Act. You can watch my testimony here and learn more about the Castner Range National Monument Acthere.
These pieces of legislation are critical to restoring justice, saving our planet, and protecting our community. I will continue to advocate on your behalf to ensure these bills get to the President’s desk and become law.
The American Rescue Plan at Work: COVID-19 Vaccines and Direct Relief Resources
The life-saving American Rescue Plan is providing urgently-needed resources to defeat the virus, getting vaccines in El Pasoans’ arms, putting money into hard-working families’ pockets, returning children safely to classrooms, and putting people back to work.
As part of American Rescue Plan’s national vaccination program, the City of El Paso is administering COVID-19 vaccines to all residents who are 12 years old or older. To schedule an appointment or learn about locations and hours of operations of clinics as well as walk-up sites that don’t require an appointment, visit www.epcovidvaccine.com. Vaccines have also been distributed to other local providers and I encourage you to visit the Texas Department of State Health Services website to find a provider near you.
The City of El Paso has a hotline for residents to call for more information regarding COVID-19 resources and the COVID-19 vaccine. The number is 915-21-COVID, or 915-212-6843.
Additionally, the City of El Paso continues to operate mobile testing centers throughout the city for any symptomatic or asymptomatic individuals. For more information on locations and operating hours, please click here.
Guidance about COVID-19 resources and vaccine availability is coming out daily. Please visit my resource page on my website for the latest updates, recommendations from the CDC, and a Frequently Asked Questions section to know the latest. Additionally, visit the sites below to stay up to date. The CDC provides updates on the virus and safety information for the public and healthcare professionals, as well as Frequently Asked Questions available here.
For more information about how El Pasoans can access direct relief and what the American Rescue Plan is doing for El Paso families, workers, and businesses, please click here.
Lastly, please encourage your family, neighbors, and others to subscribe to my newsletter, so I can provide them with timely updates relating to COVID-19 and my work in Congress. For news throughout the week, you can also follow me on Facebook and Twitter at @RepEscobar.
The safety and well-being of you and your loved ones is of the utmost importance to me. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact my office via email at Veronica.Escobar@mail.house.gov or by phone at 915-541-1400.