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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.” 

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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.

Nio Pun

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.

Edward Scruggs

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.

Carolyn Prescott

“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

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San Marcos Daily Record: Doggett recognized by AARP as ‘Champion of the 50+’

Posted September 7, 2016 from San Marcos Daily Record

San Marcos Daily Record: Doggett recognized by AARP as ‘Champion of the 50+’

The Daily Texan: University Democrats hosts political internship fair with guest speaker Congressman Lloyd Doggett

Posted September 7, 2016 from The Daily Texan

University Democrats hosts political internship fair with guest speaker Congressman Lloyd Doggett

Photo Credit: Gabriel Lopez | Daily Texan Staff

Photo Credit: Gabriel Lopez | Daily Texan Staff

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.”

Texas Tribune: Democrats Push for Gun Control in Gun-Friendly Texas

Posted September 6, 2016 from Texas Tribune

Texas Tribune: Democrats Push for Gun Control in Gun-Friendly Texas

by Madeline Conway • June 29, 2016
 
U.S. Rep. Lloyd Doggett, D-Austin, at a gun control rally June 29, 2016 near the Texas Capitol.

U.S. Rep. Lloyd Doggett, D-Austin, at a gun control rally June 29, 2016 near the Texas Capitol.

Looking to capitalize on the news he and other Democrats made in Washington last week with their daylong sit-in on the House floor, U.S. Rep. Lloyd Doggett returned to his gun-friendly state on Wednesday trying to drum up enthusiasm for gun control.
 
At a rally in Austin with Mayor Steve Adler and local gun control advocates, Doggett praised the sit-in, which was House Democrats’ attempt to force a vote on gun legislation in the wake of the recent mass shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, that killed 49 people.
“Sometimes, in order to stand up, you have to sit down,” Doggett said to applause.
 
The disruption failed to convince Republican U.S. House speaker Paul Ryan to take up any gun measures — he dismissed it as a “publicity stunt” — but it attracted a significant following on social media. Eager to sustain the attention, dozens of Democrats took to their home states Wednesday to continue the campaign alongside local advocacy groups, and they went to great lengths to publicize it, dubbing it a “national day of action” against gun violence.
 
The Democrats’ calls for increased gun control at the national level contrast with Texas policies that generally give significant leeway to gun owners. A state law allowing people with licenses to carry concealed handguns on college campuses is set to take effect in August.

Still, roughly 70 like-minded people joined Doggett at the Austin rally outside the Texas AFL-CIO building on Lavaca Street, holding up signs calling for lawmakers to “disarm hate.” One woman wore a shirt with the words “Gun Free UT,” the name of an anti-campus carry group at the University Texas at Austin.
 
Repeating the party line, Doggett criticized the National Rifle Association and assailed House Republicans for their reluctance to consider a measure preventing people on two government watch lists from purchasing firearms — popularly known as the “No Fly, No Buy” bill.
 
That legislation was proposed by a bipartisan group from the House the day after the Democrats’ sit-in, and Doggett called it a “reasonable proposal that would be a significant step forward” in preventing gun violence.
 
“Let’s back a Republican bill,” Doggett said. “Let’s back that bill.”
 
After the rally, Doggett said Democrats are now focusing on increasing turnout at local gun control rallies to “engage people, because we can’t get the votes within the Capitol unless we get more people engaged with passion outside the Capitol.”
 
“I hope that we will find a way to force a vote” on the bipartisan bill, he said.
 
Doggett attended a similar event in San Antonio earlier in the day. In Houston, U.S. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, a Democrat who participated in the sit-in, held what she called a gun violence prevention summit.