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Op-Ed: Enroll in Health Insurance Before Dec. 15th

November 16, 2017

By Senator Carlos Uresti

Despite the rumors you may have heard or the post your cousin shared on Facebook, the Affordable Care Act, or as it is more commonly referred to "Obamacare", is still law, and as of November 1st, 2017, Texans without employer-sponsored health insurance have been able to purchase a plan on the Health Exchange.

Because of politics in Washington D.C., the enrollment period is shorter than in years past, and local navigators have had their hours cut. That said, individuals and families, who go without insurance in 2018 are going to be charged a financial penalty. In addition to the fee, failing to get health insurance puts you and your family at risk of bankruptcy if you have a heart attack or are in a car accident.

State and Community Efforts to Reduce Food Insecurity

November 1, 2017

Hunger is the feeling we get around mealtime that we can easily solve by eating. Food insecurity, on the other hand, is when we do not have the resources available to alleviate hunger or access meals. Food insecurity affects thousands of people in Senate District 19, and our most vulnerable, children and the elderly, experience the highest rates of food insecurity.

Energy Update - November 2017

November 1, 2017

The number of active drilling rigs at work in Texas is stable around 436, slightly lower than last month's count, but significantly higher than last year, according to oilfield services firm Baker Hughes. Nationally, there are 913 rigs at work, up from 908 at this time last month. Overall, US crude production is steady around 9.5 million barrels/day, according to the Energy Information Agency.

Oil prices rose gradually throughout October as relief efforts from Hurricane Harvey continued. The price of West Texas Crude rose slightly to $52 and the price of Brent Crude also increased by a small margin to around $59 – evidence, producers say, that the global market for oil is steadying. Stable prices will likely lead to greater Texas drilling activity in the coming months.

Hurricane Harvey Interim Charges

November 1, 2017

While it’s been a few months since Hurricane Harvey hit Texas, the recovery continues, and the Texas Legislature remains fully engaged. In fact, many evacuees found refuge in communities across Senate District 19 following the storm, and some are not yet able to return to their homes.

Attention all Veterans and those who support them!

November 1, 2017

On Nov. 11, Texans will make their annual observance of Veterans Day, celebrating the courage, sacrifice, and duty of those who serve and fight to keep our nation free. As a Marine, veterans will always be a priority for Senator Uresti— not just during the legislative session, but year-round. 

Message from Carlos - November 2017

November 1, 2017

I love this time of year. The leaves turn into a warm array of oranges and reds, the weather calls for warmer drinks, and we get to spend more time with family and friends. For some families the holidays present unique challenges that in the end put additional pressure on our food banks.

Food insecurity remains a major national and state issue as Texans cope with rising rent and health care prices, among many other complex factors. For many community members, the next meal is a choice between food and rent or even childcare.   

Learn About Local Issues Facing the Eagle Pass Community

October 11, 2017

Local businesses are the driving force of our economy, keeping money in our communities and leading to economic development which benefits the community as a whole. Profits of local businesses are reinvested in the community when spending and local tax collections increase, improving schools, roads and quality of life for residents. Nearly 20,000 individuals in District 19, including many in Eagle Pass, are self-employed and are helping to drive their local economic development through their small businesses.

Energy Update - October 2017

October 1, 2017

The number of active drilling rigs at work in Texas is stable around 450, significantly higher than last year but slightly lower than last month's count, according to oilfield services firm Baker Hughes. Nationally, there were 908 rigs at work, down from 916 at this time last month. Overall, US crude production is steady around 9.5 million barrels/day, according to the Energy Information Agency. Oil prices rose gradually throughout September despite the disruptions to the supply chain caused by Hurricane Harvey. The price of West Texas Crude topped $51 for the first time in four months and the price of Brent Crude topped $56 – evidence, producers say that the world market is rebalancing. Stable prices will likely increase drilling activity in Texas.

OpEd: Raise the Smoking Age Locally

October 1, 2017

The time to end youth tobacco use has long passed. Nicotine is bad for our health, we know the effects of these products on the developing brain are not good, and we know that most long-term smokers began smoking when they were teenagers. The science is settled, and there is no counter-argument. And yet, despite all the evidence, we still allow 18 year old seniors in high school to buy cigarettes. Enough is enough. It's time to change.

Constitutional Amendments on the Ballot in November

October 1, 2017

During the 85th Legislative Session, seven joint resolutions proposing constitutional amendments passed in the Texas House and Senate. These proposed amendments now go to you, the voters, for your consideration on if they should become law. The amendments will be on the election ballot on Tuesday, November 7.

Three of the proposed amendments impact homeowners. Specifically, Propositions 1 and 6 provide exemptions from property taxes for partially disabled veterans and their surviving spouses, as well as the surviving spouses of first responders killed in the line of duty.