My staff and I are still processing and reviewing everything that happened during the 140 days of the legislative session. Beyond the bills that I filed, we are reviewing items that passed and initiatives that didn’t reach the Governor’s desk. I still have a lot of work to do on behalf of the working families of District 51, but I need your help. Will you donate $10 today and join me?
I encourage you to take time to join me for a town hall on Saturday from 10 to 11:30 a.m. to discuss the ups and downs of the 84th Legislature. We will review my agenda for the next year and a half and have some fruitful discussion on what your priorities are for our community. Please stop by and bring a neighbor for some tacos, coffee and good conversation.
Legislative Town Hall
El Gallo Restaurant
2910 S. Congress Avenue
Saturday, June 27
10 to 11:30 a.m.
Thank You, SCOTUS
Today, we celebrate two rulings by the Supreme Court — one that will protect Americans from losing health care subsidies under the Affordable Care Act and another that will protect working families by keeping our Fair Housing Act intact.
In a 6-3 decision, the health care ruling says Americans living in states that do not offer a health care exchange, or marketplace, can continue to receive health insurance tax credits. These critical subsidies are being used by more than 830,000 Texans who currently receive an average of $250 per month; this covers about 75 percent of their premiums. I’m relieved on behalf of all Texans who were threatened with significantly higher premiums or loss of coverage.
Meanwhile, as our highest court upholds the Fair Housing Act passed in 1968, here in Texas our misguided governor signed into law Senate Bill 267. This bill prevents Texas cities from enacting amendments to local fair housing laws that protect renters from income discrimination by landlords. Many families rely on housing vouchers as a source of income in their rental applications. Currently, no city or county is mandated to adopt ordinances, but local governments like Austin that choose to protect certain individuals from discrimination should have that choice. Protecting families is the right thing to do, and the Governor and his allies should respect the local control of cities like Austin.