After July 4th, our eyes once again turn to House Republicans. According to the New York Times, “[Speaker Boehner] can let House Republicans and Democrats come together to pass a good bill. This would infuriate the hotheads in his caucus... Or he can stand back and let his party kill reform.”
Lloyd Doggett continues to represent what is good for Texas and the country. I’m proud that he did not vote for the bailout. He is a champion of the honest, working, everyday folks.
I want to thank Congressman Doggett for his strong support of health insurance reform. Because of the reforms enacted this year, our 2 year old daughter with a serious genetic condition can no longer be denied the right to quality healthcare coverage.
Congressman Doggett had the courage to support health care reform because he really understands how easy it is to lose your coverage and how unworkable the system has been in recent decades. He’s always stood up for the interests of individuals, families and small businesses. I’m very proud of his statesmanlike approach to government service and his political intelligence in getting things done.
“I am a life long Austin Democrat and am so very proud to have Congressman Lloyd Doggett as my representative in Congress. I moved from the 10th District when it was created as I did not want that Congressman to say he was speaking for me. I totally support Lloyd Doggett for US Congress.”
Sandra Bernal, Austin,
August 1, 2010
“I can plainly see that there are not enough resources for the teachers or the students here in Austin. We need Perry to stop putting his politics in front of our children’s education and properly fund our schools so our children can get the education they deserve. I want to thank U.S. Rep. Lloyd Doggett, D-Austin, for standing up for the teachers and children of our great state.”
Robert Stephenson, Austin American-Statesman, Letter to the Editor, July 11, 2010
“I was so encouraged when Congress and the President recently enacted a financial reform act. In fact, I was very pleased to read about Congressman Lloyd Doggett’s strong support for these efforts in his recent piece in the Daily Record.”
Jon Leonard, San Marcos Daily Record, Letter to the Editor, July 20, 2010
“In addition to listening to the public, he goes to bat for requests from the cities, procuring government funds to assist in the Smithville Post Office upgrade and assisting in the move of the Bastrop Historical Society to a larger museum. I don’t accept ‘do nothing’ as a solution and I am glad Congressman Doggett doesn’t either.”
Anne Beck, Bastrop Advertiser
Letter to the Editor, October 24, 2009
“The constituents of the 25th District will always take top priority with Lloyd Doggett and he continues the hard work and dedication that have been the hallmarks of his years as a Congressman. The voters of Colorado County will not be disappointed.”
Mark Warner, Colorado County Citizen
Letter to the Editor, January 6, 2010
“I strongly support the efforts of Congressman Lloyd Doggett to respond to the problems women encounter.”
Carrie F. Knox, Bastrop Advertiser
Letter to the Editor, November 6, 2009
“For [Lloyd Doggett’s] unwavering concern for humanity, we thank him immensely.”
Chelsea Brass, Austin American-Statesman
Letter to the Editor, July 6, 2009
By: Anita Miller | 09/06/2016
AARP has announced U.S. Rep. Lloyd Doggett as a recipient of the 2016 “Champion of the 50+” legislative leadership award for his significant achievements during the 114th Congress that benefit the lives of the 50+ and our families.
Representative Doggett received his award for preserving seniors’ access to healthcare with his sponsorship and support in the passage of the Notice of Observation, Treatment and Implication for Care Eligibility (NOTICE) Act.
The law requires hospitals to provide meaningful written and oral notification to patients who are in the hospital “under observation” for more than 24 hours.
“The work of Representative Doggett will help ensure that those who go to a hospital receive adequate explanations for their treatment, which has the potential to save them thousands of dollars in charges,” said AARP Texas Director Bob Jackson.
“Thanks to Representative Doggett’s bipartisan leadership, the NOTICE Act will help families navigate the health care system more easily during what can be a traumatic time.”
The new law requires hospitals to notify patients that they may incur huge out-of-pocket costs if they stay more than 24 hours without being formally admitted. Currently, patients can be liable for substantial hospital bills while under hospital observation. Medicare will not pay for skilled nursing care unless a person has spent three consecutive days in the hospital as an inpatient.
Also, Medicare does not pay for long-term care, or what’s known as custodial care, to help with basic personal tasks of everyday life.
U.S. Representative Lloyd Doggett (D-Austin) discussed Wednesday the stakes in the upcoming presidential election at the first University Democrats meeting of the year,
During the meeting, Doggett emphasized the need for student financial assistance, acknowledgment of the evidence for climate change and flexible immigration reforms. He also advised students to get involved in politics on the federal level by actively raise concerns to members of Congress.
“I am excited to hear from a seasoned public servant like Lloyd Doggett,” said Joseph Trahan, communications director of University Democrats. “He has represented the Texas Democratic Party for many decades and effectively defends party values.”
Doggett serves in the U.S. House of Representatives Ways and Means Committee. He is also a ranking member of the Subcommittee on Human Resources and received the 2015 “Congressional Champion for Real and Lasting Change” Award from Save the Children.
Trahan said University Democrats has helped Doggett register voters, meet politicians and hold leadership positions.
“He’s a progressive Democrat,” Trahan said. “We believe that his political career and involvement in the community warranted having him speak at our first meeting of the new semester.”
University Democrats is a student-led organization that works to engage students in politics as well as support political candidates. Their first meeting began with a political internship fair outside Welch Hall where students participated in seeking internships and networking opportunities.
“Back home I was part of the Webb County Young Democrats,” business freshman Marco Guajardo said. “I wasn’t as involved there as I would have liked to have been, so here at the University I wanted to get involved in the beginning.”
For government freshman Yulissa Chavez, an interest in satirical writing got her involved in politics.
“I was a political cartoon artist in seventh grade,” said Chavez. “I started to notice my knack for satire when I would read books, essentially by Margaret Atwood. She was my favorite satirical author.”
Chavez also emphasized the need for a fresh supply of students to engage in policy, adding that the city of Austin provides good opportunities for activism because of its political atmosphere.
“Being here at UT, especially in Austin, is a huge advantage,” Chavez said. “You get networks and you also get to connect with students that have the similar motive that you do.”