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Message from Carlos - December 2017

December 1, 2017

The holidays are in full force and the spirit of giving is in the air across Senate District 19. Many of you have already contributed to our Food Bank or other charitable organization in advance of Thanksgiving. As we enter December, and as you consider your year-end-giving, we have the opportunity together to help make the holidays brighter for everyone in our communities.

Energy Update - December 2017

December 1, 2017

The number of active drilling rigs at work in Texas is stable around 450, slightly higher than last month's count, and significantly more than last year, according to oilfield services firm Baker Hughes. Nationally, there were 929 rigs at work, up from 913 at this time last month. Overall, US crude production is steady around 9.7 million barrels/day, according to the Energy Information Agency.

Filing for 2018 Election Begins

December 1, 2017

Incumbents and candidates began filing for the 2018 election season on November 11th. Starting with the March 2018 party primaries, Texans will vote for the state's highest offices, including all members of the U.S House of Representatives and the Texas House and half of the Texas Senate. Candidates have until December 11th to file their applications, but we have already seen a number of developments.

Six long-serving Texas Congressman have announced their retirements. They are: Republicans Jeb Hensarling of Dallas, Ted Poe of Houston, Sam Johnson of Richardson, and Lamar Smith of San Antonio as well as Democrats Gene Green of Houston and Beto O'Rourke of El Paso.  This group makes up a stark 1/6 of the Texans in Congress.  

Uresti Family Christmas Party & Toy Drive

December 1, 2017

The 21st annual Christmas Party and Toy Drive will be held Friday, Dec. 8th, from 6:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. at VFW Post 9186, 650 VFW Blvd. in San Antonio.  More details are available by clicking here or by calling (210) 932-2568.

Uresti Veterans Day Reception a Success!

December 1, 2017

On a day packed with events honoring our Veterans, Senator Uresti along with Senator Jose Menendez hosted Veterans, their families, and those who support Veterans at VFW Post 76 for a Veterans Day reception.

All branches of the military were represented, and guests enjoyed lunch, and refreshments. Additionally, guests celebrated the Marine Corps. 242nd birthday with a military themed cake.

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.

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.   

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.