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Texas House Democrats Respond to President Biden’s Policy Priorities Ahead of State of the Union Address

(TEXAS) – Tonight, President Biden will give the first State of the Union address of his presidency. Earlier this week, the White House shared six policy areas President Biden will touch on during the speech, all of which represent priorities shared by Texas House Democrats.

President Biden is expected to give remarks on the economy. Rep. Chris Turner (D-Grand Prairie), Chair of the Texas House Democratic Caucus and the House Business and Industry Committee, issued the following statement in response: 

“President Biden shares our deep commitment to putting working families first. Texas House Democrats have long been champions for raising the minimum wage, granting paid sick leave and supporting our small business community. We are grateful to have President Biden on our side in those fights and look forward to working with his Administration to invest in, support and protect working Texans.” 

President Biden is also expected to discuss mental health. Rep. Toni Rose (D-Dallas), First Vice-Chair of the Texas House Democratic Caucus, issued the following statement in response: 

“We stand with President Biden’s emphasis on solving our nation’s mental health crisis, and his discussion of the disparate impact this crisis is having on our communities of color. In 2021, Texas House Democrats supported my effort to invest over $280 million into a new psychiatric hospital in North Texas — an effort that ultimately succeeded. We are hopeful that President Biden’s new plan will result in that level of investment and care for all Americans.”

During the speech, President Biden will highlight his Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. Rep. Terry Canales (D-Edinburg), Chair of the House Transportation Committee, issued the following statement in response: 

“Thanks to President Biden’s historic Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, Texas is expected to receive over $35 billion over the next five years to invest in our state’s aging roads, bridges and other critical projects. Texas’ already sizable population is only expected to grow in the coming decades. Texas House Democrats are excited for the opportunity to use these federal dollars to smartly and strategically invest in the modernization of our state’s infrastructure.”

President Biden will also discuss clean energy. Rep. Erin Zwiener (D-Driftwood), Chair of the Caucus on Climate, Environment and the Energy Industry, issued the following statement in response: 

“Texas House Democrats know acutely how important clean energy is for the future of our state. After the devastating blackouts caused by our governor’s failure to keep the lights on last year, Texans understand that a robust, secure electric grid depends on a diverse energy portfolio. Clean energy — in addition to combating the irrefutable reality of climate change — also represents an exciting new opportunity for economic growth and job creation in our state. President Biden’s efforts give us hope that we can ensure a brighter future for generations of Texans to come.” 

President Biden will share his plans to improve the quality of care in nursing homes. Rep. Donna Howard (D-Austin), Chair of the Texas Women’s Health Caucus, issued the following statement in response: 

“Nursing home residents were among those hit the hardest by the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic in Texas. We share President Biden’s commitment to providing the best training for staff and quality of care for residents. Last session, Texas House Democrats fought for legislation to support our nursing home facilities, and we will continue to push for meaningful reforms to ensure all Texans receive the level of care they deserve.” 

President Biden will also discuss improving health care access for veterans. Rep. Richard Peña Raymond (D-Laredo), Chair of the House Defense and Veterans’ Affairs Committee, issued the following statement in response: 

“Almost 1.5 million veterans call our state home, and as the Chair of the Defense and Veterans’ Affairs Committee, I have heard firsthand about the horrific medical outcomes our service members have experienced due to burn pit exposure. Texas House Democrats are grateful for President Biden’s dedication to ensuring all veterans are cared for after they complete their service.”

The Texas House Democratic Caucus, which is composed of all Democrats in the Texas House, serves as the group’s membership services and logistical arm, and works to support House Democrats with communications, policy, and legal resources. Chaired by Rep. Chris Turner (D – Grand Prairie), the Caucus is focused on fighting for real solutions for all Texans.

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