Make sure you vote! Go to the polls for the March 4th primary.

VotingBy Honorable Eddie Bernice Johnson, TX 30th Dist.

This is a very important time in the life of our community and our country, and I am asking that you go to the polls to vote in the March 4th primary.  I believe that you must select those who will represent your best interests in our courthouses, our statehouse, and in Washington, D.C.

There is an ever-increasing assault that is taking place in Washington against the victories that we have won in healthcare. There are those who want to repeal the Affordable Care Act, a piece of legislation that I helped to pass in Congress.

For the first time in the history of our nation, millions of our citizens are able to afford health insurance. Previously, uninsured people throughout our country, including 200,000 in Texas, have signed up for coverage, and we cannot allow conservative Republicans to take that coverage away as they have tried so many times since the law was enacted.

Last summer a conservative Supreme Court ruling crippled the Voting Rights Act of 1965. I am working with other fair-minded members of Congress to cure the harm that the Court’s action did to one of the most precious rights that an American citizen has, the right to vote.

We also have members of Congress who support legislation that depresses the rights of people to vote. Their actions are aimed at minorities, senior citizens and students.  They do not want to see the American people elect a leader such as President Barack Obama as they did in 2008 and 2012.

There are some people in Congress who oppose issues that are important to our country such as immigration reform, a livable wage, and climate control simply because they are on the president’s agenda. He cannot fight this battle alone, and I am there to help him fight, and to help him prevail.

The Republican majority in the House has refused to extend unemployment insurance to people whose earned benefits have expired. Each day that I am in Washington I fight to restore these benefits to people who are struggling to feed their families.

We must address the issue of income inequality in this country. A true democracy should not be one in which only the top one percent of income earners enjoy the benefits of living in this country, while others struggle from paycheck to paycheck.

My position as a leader in the Congress gives me a voice. It was that position of leadership that enabled me to bring billions of dollars to our district for DART, the Trinity River Coordinator Project, affordable housing, healthcare program, small business development and numerous other projects so vitally important to all of us.

Voting is a sacred right for all of us. Thousands of people lost their lives so that all of us could cast our ballots.  We must honor the sacrifices that they made.  So, on March 4th I urge you to vote!

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