Rep. Lizzie Fletcher on new abortion legislation (July 19, 2022) – Houston Public Media
On Tuesday's show: Houston Rep. Lizzie Fletcher discusses the bill she sponsored that would prohibit anyone from interfering with a person traveling across state lines to obtain abortion services.houstonpublicmedia.org
Lawmakers push Biden to declare public health emergency on abortion
Choose your plan ArrowRight “As we have experienced during the COVID-19 pandemic, a public health emergency declaration can provide significant new authority and flexibility for a federal emergency response," the lawmakers, led by Rep. Lloyd Doggett (D-Tex.) Biden on Sunday said he was weighing whether to consider declaring abortion access a public health emergency. Some legal experts cast doubt on whether a declaration of national emergency and public health emergency would make a significant difference in what the administration could do. A public health emergency declaration, issued by the Health and Human Services secretary, could provide new funding but its impact on policy is unclear. “To respond effectively, we need to use every tool available to protect patients and health care providers, and declaring a public health emergency provides valuable tools.”GiftOutline Gift Articlewashingtonpost.com
‘Most of the south is on fire’: COVID-19 Delta variant, community questions at center of event with Dr. Peter Hotez
KPRC 2 will livestream a community conversation event about COVID-19 with Congresswoman Lizzie Fletcher, State Rep. Ann Johnson and Dr. Peter Hotez, expert on contagious diseases and vaccine development, on Tuesday at 5 p.m.
Democrats Leaving The State To Block Controversial Legislation (July 13, 2021) – Houston Public Media
On Tuesday's show: State lawmakers look to break quorum in the special session of the Texas Legislature in a second attempt to block controversial GOP legislation critics have slammed as voter suppression.houstonpublicmedia.org
Houston-area leaders to call on the General Land Office to ensure city, county receive Harvey funds
Houston area representatives gathered Thursday to call upon the Texas General Land Office to ensure the worst-hit areas by Hurricane Harvey in the city and Harris County will receive the funds allocated by Congress.
Texans’ Opinions On Health Care Policy Issues (May 4, 2021) – Houston Public Media
On Tuesday's show: A new survey sheds light on how Texans feel about certain health care policy issues, Rep. Lizzie Fletcher takes your questions, and the rough-and-tumble history of politics in Texas.houstonpublicmedia.org
Turner testifies on Capitol Hill about power grid failure during winter storm
WASHINGTON – Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner went before the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee to testify as a witness for a hearing about the power grid failures that happened during last month’s winter storm. The hearing, called by U.S. Rep Lizzie Fletcher (D-Houston), will take a look at the statewide failures during the storm. Yet politically powerful natural gas companies, along with their regulators, have largely escaped the wrath of Gov. At least 57 people died during the winter storm that plunged large swaths of Texas into subfreezing temperatures and overwhelmed the state’s electricity infrastructure, causing massive power outages. That’s because nearly half of the total power generation capacity for the main state electricity grid was offline as weather conditions caused failures in every type of power source: natural gas, coal, wind and nuclear.
Houston Newsmakers: Acevedo heading to Miami
We talk about COVID Relief, efforts to reach bipartisan agreements, the immigration crisis at the border and Republican efforts to revamp voting rights in states across the country, on this week’s Houston Newsmakers and here on Newsmakers EXTRA with Rep. Lizzie Fletcher. They never lost their job.”Congressman Dan Crenshaw, (R) 2nd says the American Rescue Plan is overloaded with spending not needed. “Is this really fair?” he said on this week’s Houston Newsmakers with Khambrel Marshall. Also this week, the challenge of working across the aisle on other issues such as infrastructure and his highest priorities local on Newsmakers EXTRA with Rep. Dan Crenshaw. More Information:Chief Art Acevedo, Houston Police Chief· Website: https://www.houstontx.gov/police/chief/· Twitter: @ArtAcevedoU.S. Rep. Lizzie Fletcher (D), 7th Congressional DistrictAd· Website: https://fletcher.house.gov/· Twitter: @RepFletcherU.S. Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R), 2nd Congressional· Website: https://crenshaw.house.gov/· Twitter: @RepDanCrenshaw
American Rescue Plan: Local officials to address how $1.9T plan will impact Houston, Harris County
HOUSTON – Local officials are slated to hold a news conference Friday at 2:30 p.m. to discuss the passage of the American Rescue Plan and its direct impact on Houston, Harris County, and area school districts. U.S. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (TX-18), Texas Rep. Al Green (TX-09); U.S. Rep. Lizzie Fletcher (TX-07), U.S. Rep. Sylvia Garcia (TX-29), Mayor Sylvester Turner, Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo, Houston Independent School District Interim Superintendent Grenita Lathan, and other local officials are expected to attend the event. KPRC will broadcast a live stream of the event. Be sure to watch in the video player at the top of this article when the video becomes available.
Fletcher Demands Investigation Into ERCOT Following Mass Power Outages – Houston Public Media
Houston Public Media spoke with Congresswoman Lizzie Fletcher, a Democrat who represents West Houston and western Harris County, to get her take on how to respond. Well, I think the federal government is responding to the emergency as quickly as it can. Having been notified by the state of Texas, President Biden declared the federal emergency over the weekend before it happened. But we know that so many people who are out of their homes need those blankets, need the generators, need the things that FEMA is providing. But then also we need a full investigation, and we need to understand what's happened and why.houstonpublicmedia.org
Teachers Protest Over Conditions, Testing, And Funding Amid The Pandemic (Dec. 15, 2020) – Houston Public Media
On Tuesday’s Houston Matters: Local teachers held a vigil and protest Monday calling for state officials to suspend STAAR exams, resume virtual learning, and make public school funding a priority in the next legislative session. News 88.7 education reporter Laura Isensee talks with a Wheatley High School teacher about the conditions teachers continue to face amid the pandemic. Also this hour: Houston-area Rep. Lizzie Fletcher answers your questions. It’s the second installment in a week of conversations about what the new administration might mean for the region. Subscribe to Today in Houston Fill out the form below to subscribe our new daily editorial newsletter from the HPM Newsroom.houstonpublicmedia.org
Projection: Democratic US Rep. Lizzie Fletcher wins reelection in District 7
HOUSTON – Democrat Lizzie Fletcher wins reelection to U.S. House in Texas' 7th Congressional District, according to The Associated Press. In 2018, Democratic U.S. Rep. Lizzie Fletcher snagged the district away from former U.S. Rep. John Culberson, a Republican who had held the seat for 18 years. Fletcher is keeping the district, which is runs from southwest Houston, down Interstate 10 to west Houston and up to US 290, blue. And I want to say to the voters in Texas who cast their ballots for me, thank you. You can view the election results below:U.S. Representative, District 7 View All CandidatesYou can get more election results here.
Live blog: 2020 election results for Harris County, Texas
Early voting totals show Democrats are ahead in some Harris County races, although Republicans show leads in others. PRESIDENTIAL RACE: Chron is following national resultsWhile early voting results were released at 7 p.m., results from votes cast today will take time to count. That's 57.9 percent of all registered voters in the county, according to the Texas Secretary of State. The Richard and Meg Weekley Community Center near Cypress counted the most ballots out of any location in the county with 29,810 votes, according to the Harris County Clerk. Dallas, Tarrant, Bexar and Travis took the next top spots, totaling nearly 4.2 million votes in the five most populous counties – about half of the 9.7 million early votes cast throughout the state.chron.com
5 biggest races to watch on Election Day
HOUSTON – There are hundreds of races being decided by Houston-area voters on Election Day. Here are the five biggest races to watch. Senator View All CandidatesU.S. House District 2Republican and freshman congressman Dan Crenshaw is up for reelection this cycle. U.S. Representative, District 2 View All CandidatesU.S. House District 7Democratic U.S. Rep. Lizzie Fletcher is also a first-term member of Congress who is up for reelection this time around. U.S. Representative, District 7 View All CandidatesU.S. House District 22This seat is wide open after Republican U.S. Rep. Pete Olson announced he is retiring.
‘Winning Texas is possible’: Jill Biden rallies supporters in Houston on first day of early voting
A poll by the University of Texas and the Texas Tribune published last week found that President Donald Trump holds a five-point lead over former Vice President Joe Biden. Jill Biden, former second lady and wife of the former vice president, stumped in El Paso, Dallas and Houston on Tuesday -- the first day of early voting in Texas. At the drive-in rally in Houston, supporters used their horns to cheer on Jill Biden as she talked about her husband’s vision for America and the importance of their votes. “For the first time in a long time, winning Texas is possible,” Jill Biden said. Early voting runs until Oct. 30.
‘It will be signed by a president’: Texas legislators discuss HR 7232 to make Juneteenth national holiday
HOUSTON – Members of the Texas congressional delegation spoke Friday about legislation aimed at making Juneteenth a national holiday. U.S. Reps. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Houston) led the event in Houston’s Independence Heights, saying it was a historic day. “I believe that we are about to venture onto a historic moment for this nation and this is because there is more of a reckoning for what Juneteenth means,” Jackson Lee said. Jackson Lee announced that she would introduce HR 7232 to Congress on Monday, which would aim to establish Juneteenth as a national holiday. “It will be signed by a president,” Jackson Lee said.
Waiting for your stimulus check? Here are a few things that might help you get it faster
But there are qualified people still waiting for their stimulus money. According to Channel 2 Consumer Investigator Bill Spencer, here are four things you can do that might help you get your stimulus money faster:Sign up for the stimulus programIf you haven’t already, go to the IRS payment portal and see if you qualify for a payment. Make sure you use direct depositIf you have a bank account, make sure you choose direct deposit for your payment. You’re more likely to get your money faster than having a check sent in the mail. 2nd District - Rep. Dan Crenshaw7th District - Rep. Lizzie Fletcher8th District - Rep. Kevin Brady9th District - Rep. Al Green10th District - Rep. Mike McCaul14th District - Rep. Randy Weber18th District - Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee22nd District - Rep. Pete Olson29th District - Rep. Sylvia Garcia36th District - Rep. Brian Babin
GOP Leaders Push Back Against Stay Home Orders Houston Public Media
State Sen. Paul Bettencourt argued that the orders, intended to halt the spread of the coronavirus, go too far. When Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo announced she was ordering most county residents to stay in their homes, it came as a relief to many in the area. But some Republican leaders are pushing back against local stay home, work safe orders to stem the spread of coronavirus, including in Harris County. But State Sen. Paul Bettencourt said Harris Countys stay home order is too sweeping and lacks transparency. The Republican mayor of El Paso and the Republican judge of Collin County, among others, have each issued their own stay home orders.houstonpublicmedia.org
Democrats trying to gain swing House seats in Texas stare down a possible Bernie Sanders nomination
3, the bill passed by the new Democratic House majority designed to cut prices by allowing the U.S. government to directly negotiate with drugmakers. 'Health care, health care, health care'During the panel, Fletcher said she opposes a single-payer "Medicare for All" system, which Democratic presidential front-runner Sen. Bernie Sanders champions, and favors "incremental" rather than "revolutionary change" on health care. "Health care, health care, health care" is what House Speaker Nancy Pelosi reportedly told her caucus to run on as members seek reelection this year. Kulkarni ran on health care in 2018 and describes it as voters' top priority again this year. Two voters had heard from a friend concerned that Hunt did not vote in some past GOP primary elections.cnbc.com
Harvey Relief Amendment Passes House Houston Public Media
The measure, attached to the disaster supplemental bill, would provide $45 million in Harvey recovery funds previously denied to victims who had received SBA loansHarvey victims across Houston are hoping for some long awaited relief. Now, a bipartisan amendment that just passed the House of Representatives could unlock millions of dollars in federal aid. Democratic Rep. Lizzie Fletcher and Republican Rep. Dan Crenshaw co-authored the legislation, which could provide $45 million in relief to households affected by Harvey. The measure passed the House this morning as an amendment to the disaster supplemental bill, designed to aid earthquake relief in Puerto Rico. The Senate is currently working on its own disaster supplemental bill, but President Trump has threatened to veto the legislation.houstonpublicmedia.org
Houston Democrat Lizzie Fletcher open to impeachment of Trump over Ukraine reports
Houston Democrat Lizzie Fletcher open to impeachment of Trump over Ukraine reportsU.S. Rep. Lizzie Fletcher and President Donald Trump are pictured together in this composite photo. U.S. Rep. Lizzie Fletcher and President Donald Trump are pictured together in this composite photo. Photo: AP Photos Photo: AP Photos Image 1 of / 9 Caption Close Houston Democrat Lizzie Fletcher open to impeachment of Trump over Ukraine reports 1 / 9 Back to GalleryU.S. Rep. Lizzie Fletcher signaled Tuesday that she may support impeaching President Donald Trump once Congress investigates an escalating scandal involving reports that the president pushed Ukraine to investigate Joe Biden's family. Republicans also have voiced strong support for Trump, while acknowledging GOP voters can reasonably take issue with his brash rhetoric and style. The other newly elected Democrat, U.S. Rep. Colin Allred, said he would support impeachment if Trump's administration does not provide Congress with a whistleblower complaint involving the Trump-Ukraine scandal.chron.com