Texas Congressional Democrats, celebrated by the national party for breakthrough victories in November that sent the first two Latinas in Texas history to Congress as well as helped secure a Democratic majority in the U.S. House, were rewarded this week with influential committee assignments.
Economy and Labor
A booming, equitable economy is critical to reduce poverty and improve quality of lives. Congresswoman Garcia stands with workers to ensure all workers, regardless of industry, earn a fair and living wage. She supports workers’ rights to organize, collectively bargain, and safely work free from hazards or harassment. The Congresswoman has spoken out against proposals by President Trump’s administration to change SNAP eligibility requirements, and rollback federal civil rights and workers’ rights protections.
Additionally, the Congresswoman supports expanding upon tax policies that benefit working families, such as the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and Child Tax Credit (CTC), which benefit a significant of constituents in her district.
- HR 5114, the Stop EITC and CTC Seizures Act, introduced by the Congresswoman, would protect working families, and their children, who received Earned Income Tax Credits and Child Tax Credits from predatory seizures because of outstanding student loan debts.
- Additionally, the Congresswoman proudly cosponsored HR 3219, the Call Center Worker and Consumer Protection Act to discourage companies from sending jobs overseas through practical accountability measures.
Congresswoman Garcia is also a strong advocate for working families, fighting to ensure that they get their fair share and that government works for them.
- The Congresswoman voted in favor of the Raise the Wage Act in July 2019, which would increase the federal minimum wage up to $15 per hour. This would represent the first increase to the federal minimum wage in more than a decade, and would improve the lives of nearly 182,000 workers in her district.
- She voted for the PRO Act in February 2020, which would: 1) Introduce meaningful, enforceable penalties for companies and executives that violate workers’ rights; 2) Expand workers’ collective bargaining rights and close loopholes that corporations use to exploit workers; and 3) Strengthen workers’ access to fair union elections and require corporations to respect the results.
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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Sylvia Garcia lauded the sudden resignation of Dr. Juan Sanchez, Founder and CEO of Southwest Key Programs. The non-profit Southwest Key manages one of the largest networks of child detention centers for migrant children in government care.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Sylvia Garcia joined more than 230 lawmakers to pass H.R. 1, the For The People Act, the largest elections and ethics overhaul in U.S. history.
“Today is truly a victory for the American people. Through this legislation, we will end the dominance of big money in politics and bring more transparency to our campaign finance system than ever before,” Congresswoman Garcia said. “H.R. 1 will ensure government actually serves the people, not special interests, and protect every citizen’s right to vote.”
Houston, TX – Today, members of the American Federation of Government Employees Union, Congresswoman Sylvia Garcia and State Senator Carol Alvarado spoke out about solutions to help federal government employees at Hobby Airport.
With over 35,000 workers in Texas and 800,000 federal workers nationwide furloughed or forced to work without pay there is an urgent need to ensure that no one is threatened with losing their home or being evicted. Additionally, leaders are asking to place a safeguard on essential household utilities such as water and electricity.
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WASHINGTON – Hoy, La Congresista Sylvia R. Garcia, TX-29, fue nombrado al Comité de Servicios Financieros de la Cámara de Representativas y el Comité de Asuntos Judiciales de la Cámara de Representativas para el Congreso 116º. Su asignación a los dos es indubitadamente un testimonio a sus innumerables logros como servidor público.
WASHINGTON -- Today, U.S. Representative Sylvia R. Garcia, TX-29, was appointed to the House Financial Services Committee and the House Judiciary Committee for the 116th Congress. Her placement on both committees is undoubtedly a testament to her many accomplishments as a public servant.