Congress Must Restore CHIP Funding NOW / BAD GOP Tax Plan / Early Voting & Health Care Open Enrollment Continue

Congress Must Fund CHIP Immediately

Federal funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) expired on September 30th and Texas is expected to run out of funds in early 2018. 400,000 children in Texas are at risk to lose health insurance.

If Congress fails to renew CHIP coverage in time, states will not receive any additional federal funding to help lower and middle-income families.9 million people, mostly children, could lose their CHIP coverage, at least temporarily, until the funding is renewed.

It is imperative that you call your U.S. House Representatives and Senators in Washington D.C. and urge them to fund this important program so that millions of children across America can receive the healthcare coverage they need.

Click here to locate your US Representative by zip code.   

Senator John Cornyn:
(202) 224-2934 in Washington D.C.
(713) 572-3337 in Houston
Fax: (202) 224-5220
Click here to email Senator Cornyn.

Senator Ted Cruz:
(202) 224-5922 in Washington D.C.
(713) 718-3057 in Houston
Fax: (202) 228-0755 in Washington D.C.
Click here to email Senator Cruz.

Read more from the Texas Tribune byclicking here.


The U.S. House and Senate GOP tax plans are bad news for most people. Both GOP plans have huge tax cuts for the rich and corporations. The U.S. House has already passed their version of the GOP tax plan.

The U.S. Senate will likely pass their version of the GOP tax plan today (Friday). After the Senate passes their version of the GOP tax plan, the bill will likely be sent to a conference committee comprising of both U.S. House and Senate leaders to put together a final version of the GOP tax plan.

The GOP tax plan will continue to get tweaks, and I will keep you updated on any important changes. As of now the U.S. House passed their plan without a single Democratic vote, and the U.S. Senate will likely pass theirs without a single Democratic vote. However, unless the U.S. GOP begins to work with Democrats in a bipartisan way, the GOP tax plan will continue to prioritize the ultra-rich over the vast majority of Americans.


Your activism is needed now more than ever. Please call your U.S. Representatives and Senators and make your voices heard.

Senator John Cornyn:
(202) 224-2934 in Washington D.C.
(713) 572-3337 in Houston
Fax: (202) 224-5220
Click here to email Sen. Cornyn.

Senator Ted Cruz:
(202) 224-5922 in Washington D.C.
(713) 718-3057 in Houston
Fax: (202) 228-0755
Click here to email Sen. Cruz.

Early Voting For Runoff Election Begins

Early voting in Harris County began on Wednesday and runs through Tuesday, December 5, 2017. Election Day is Saturday, December 9, 2017.

During the early voting period, you can vote at ANY voting location.

Click here to find an early voting location near you.

Early Voting Hours of Operation

November 29 – December 1: 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
December 2: 7 a.m. – 7 p.m.

December 4 – December 5:  7 a.m. – 7 p.m.

To vote, you will need to show your approved form of photo identification.

Approved forms of photo identification:

  • Texas driver license issued by the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS)
  • Texas Election Identification Certificate issued by DPS
  • Texas personal identification card issued by DPS
  • Texas license to carry a handgun issued by DPS
  • United States military identification card containing the person’s photograph
  • United States citizenship certificate containing the person’s photograph
  • United States passport


I support Gretchen Himsl for HISD – District 1. Gretchen is a super volunteer in her neighborhood public schools, including serving two years as President of the Parent-Teacher Association (PTA). Gretchen currently works for Children At Risk, a non-profit organization that drives change for children through research, education and influencing public policy. She also works for the Children’s Learning Institute at UT Health, where she tutors English Language Learners and struggling readers. Her children have always attended Houston public schools. Gretchen is who we need guiding our public schools.

Health Care Open Enrollment Continues

The 2018 Open Enrollment Period for the Affordable Care Act (ACA) runsthrough December 15, 2017. Plans sold during Open Enrollment start January 1, 2018.
Please sign up as early as possible as this six-week open enrollment period is shorter than in the past. Failure to enroll can result in paying a fine.

Due to Hurricane Harvey, residents of Houston will get an extra two weeks to enroll.

To enroll, visit or call 1-800-318-2596.

Our allies at Cover Texas Now have provided vital information for Texans applying for health care during this enrollment period. Please see below.

“The vast majority of Texans who sign up for a health plan through the Marketplace will receive financial assistance to help pay their monthly premium costs, and some will also get assistance to help with out-of-pocket costs like deductibles and office visit co-pays…Financial help to afford health insurance costs, including tax credits for premiums and cost-sharing reductions for out-of-pocket costs, is still in place.

Texans can get help from trained enrollment assisters in their community to choose the best plan for their health care needs and budget.

Local enrollment assistance programs are listed on and Texans can also call 2-1-1 to get connected with local enrollment centers.”

I will continue to keep you updated on the Open Enrollment Period. If you have any questions, please call my office at 512-463-0524.

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