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San Antonio Express News: Ted Cruz mocked for blasting Democrats who fled Texas

Democratic U.S. Rep. Lloyd Doggett represents communities in San Antonio and Austin. In 1979, Doggett and other state senators left the state to stop an election bill. Doggett said he applauds state Democrats for trying to do the same. “Our courageous colleagues in the Texas legislature chose not to be accomplices by sitting at their …

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KXAN: U.S. Rep. Doggett files bill aiming to close Medicaid coverage gap in Texas by giving power to local governments

AUSTIN (Nexstar) — Nearly 2 million Texans who currently fall into the Medicaid coverage gap could soon have better access to health care coverage if a Texas-based bill passes congress. That gap refers to Texans who make too much money to qualify for full Medicaid coverage, but too little to qualify for subsidized coverage in …

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MSNBC: Dems eye new plan to circumvent Republicans on Medicaid expansion

In the Democrats’ COVID relief package, called the American Relief Plan, President Joe Biden thought he’d come up with an offer that states couldn’t refuse. As we discussed in March, the policy may sound a little complicated, but the offer was straightforward: under the ACA, the federal government already covers 90% of the costs of …

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NPR: House Democrats Looking At How To Alter Tax Code To Fund Biden’s Infrastructure Plan

There’s growing pressure from some Democrats, though, to just give up all of this bipartisanship talk and just kind of move on. Lloyd Doggett, who’s a Democrat from Texas, cut through the kind of friendly bipartisan talk at that Ways and Means Committee hearing this week to say that it’s useless to agree to fix …

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Roll Call: Medicare cost crunch raises questions in telehealth debate

Lawmakers in both chambers are starting to move, but signs point to a limited extension of current flexibilities as the most likely outcome. The health panels of both the House Ways and Means and the Energy and Commerce committees recently held hearings on the topic, and Senate Finance Committee leaders are also having discussions. The …

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San Antonio Report: Colleges in San Antonio are getting $236M in federal aid. Half of it will go to students.

The $36 billion for higher education institutions nationwide is “good news for our Dreamers, who have faced so much uncertainty,” U.S. Rep. Lloyd Doggett said in a statement. “Dreamers” are beneficiaries of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which allowed undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. as children to stay in the country. …

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San Antonio Report: Texas to release $11B in federal stimulus funds to public schools

In recent weeks, a growing chorus of educators, school advocates, business leaders, and Democratic lawmakers have called for the state’s highest-ranking Republicans to release the federal aid directly to schools, with no strings attached. They contend local school officials know how to best spend the money to suit their students’ specific needs and that the …

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Houston Public Media News: Texas’ Congressional Democrats Seek To Block Governor’s Grab Of COVID-19 Education Funds

The Texas Democratic congressional delegation has asked the U.S. Education Department to block the governor from potentially diverting federal COVID-19 dollars away from public schools. Gov. Greg Abbott has requested a waiver from the U.S. Department of Education that would allow him to spend the federal funds — formally known as Elementary and Secondary School …

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KXAN: Business leaders fear years of economic strain if $17B in federal funds don’t get to public schools

Austin (KXAN)– Congressman Lloyd Doggett, who approved the stimulus packages in Washington, said if state leadership doesn’t act soon, he will consider filing a congressional amendment which singles out Texas and forces the hand of Abbott. After the 2008 financial crisis, Doggett successfully offered a similar amendment when Gov. Rick Perry held office. It was …

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The Hill: House passes bills providing citizenship path for Dreamers, farmworkers

House Democrats passed a pair of bills Thursday that would create a pathway to citizenship for Dreamers and some migrant farm workers, taking a piecemeal approach as the fate of President Biden’s major immigration package looks increasingly uncertain. The Dream and Promise Act, which passed 228-197, would provide certainty to undocumented people brought to the …

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