Washington, D.C. — Today, U.S. Representative Lloyd Doggett (D-TX), Chair of the House Ways and Means Health Subcommittee and House Budget Committee Member, joined Senator Bob Casey (D-PA), Ranking Member of the Senate Special Committee on Aging, and Representative Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA) to introduce the Stop the Wait Act. After waiting months to qualify for coverage through Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), individuals with disabilities are forced to wait another five months to get a disability check and another two years to obtain health coverage through Medicare. This bipartisan effort stops the wait to provide prompt access to healthcare, ending both of these burdensome, dangerous waiting periods imposed on individuals with disabilities that harm their health by delaying needed support.
September 15, 2019
In this time of great division, we are stronger when we remember what binds us. We draw inspiration from the way our Nation--all of us, as citizens and neighbors--came together after the tragedy on 9/11.
September 13, 2019
A majority of Democratic lawmakers in the 435-member U.S. House of Representatives have now said they support starting impeachment proceedings against Republican President Donald Trump.
Donald Trump’s massive debts—he owes hundreds of millions of dollars—are the subject of continuous congressional and journalistic scrutiny. But for years, one Trump loan has been particularly mystifying: a debt of more than $50 million that Trump claims he owes to one of his own companies. According to tax and financial experts, the loan, which Trump has never fully explained, might be part of a controversial tax avoidance scheme known as debt parking. Yet a Mother Jones investigation has uncovered information that raises questions about the very existence of this loan, presenting the possibility that this debt was concocted as a ploy to evade income taxes—a move that could constitute tax fraud.
September 13, 2019
On Sept. 16, 1810 Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla, a man known as the Father of Mexico’s Independence, initiated Mexico’s fight for freedom from Spain. The anniversary of this major event beginning in 1825, is celebrated as Mexican Independence Day, or Diez y Seis.
September 11, 2019
At 9:51 am on September 11, 2001, I was working in Washington when the fire alarm sounded and the Capitol police instructed us to evacuate. Once the roads and the sidewalks emptied, the usually frantic pace of Washington was replaced with a somber, quiet city. Only the occasional siren, the roar of jet fighters, and whirling helicopter blades punctured the silence.
September 11, 2019
In the spring, we commemorated the 54th anniversary of the “Bloody Sunday” march in Selma, Alabama. Brutal beatings awaited those, like my friend and colleague John Lewis, who peacefully marched for civil and voting rights. Their hard-won victories remain threatened. Texas is ground zero for voter suppression, replacing brutal batons with more subtle Republican suppression: voter roll purges, repressive ID laws, altered polling locations, and crooked gerrymandering.
September 10, 2019
Some 300 more tiny houses are coming in an expansion of the Community First Village for people emerging from homelessness in Central Texas, with a half dozen of those “micro homes” to be produced using 3D-printing technology.
September 8, 2019
SAN ANTONIO - Two local representatives say they are looking to move forward at gun legislation on the state and federal levels following mass shootings in El Paso and Odessa.
September 6, 2019
TEXAS — This week, the Trump administration announced it would divert billions in funds for military projects, including in Texas, to build a border wall.