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Democrats rally to save Obamacare

A unified group of Democrat officials spoke out in favor of saving the current Healthcare law. Included were Pct. 1 Commissioner Rodney Ellis, Congressman Al Green, State Rep. Armando Walle, Congressman Gene Green, and State Sen. Sylvia Garcia. The conference was held at the Greater Jerusalem Baptist Church on Jensen, in memory of Martin Luther King Day.

Health Fair, Press Conference by representatives

HARRIS COUNTY – Federal, state and local Democratic office holders held a joint news conference, and health fair, on Sunday at the Greater Jerusalem Baptist Church on Jensen Drive.

The purpose of the meeting was to call attention to the possibility that the Republican led Congress will change or eliminate the current ACA healthcare program, also known as Obama Care.

The meeting was sponsored by Congressmen Gene Green, and Al Green. Gene Green reminded the audience that the public can still sign up for ACA, the Affordable Care Act, until January 31. Commenting on the Republican attempt to replace the ACA act, he said “Mend it-Don’t End it.”

In some fiery rhetoric, Al Green said that if “TrumpCare” replaces “ObamaCare” some 20 to 30 million people will lose health care. The local Harris Health department will also lose money. He commented that he and Gene Green had worked together on this issue since 2005, and he characterized Gene as “the Friend of the Working People.”

Sylvia Garcia said that now in Texas 1 million people rely on ACA, and the state should expand it to include Medicaid for an additional 1.2 to 1.3 million who do not now have healthcare. She derided the Republican plan as “TrumpNoCare.”

Walle said that as a member of the budget committee in the state legislature, he is working to keep the ACA program and expand Medicaid. He angrily denounced what he termed failed leadership at the state level.

He characterized the need for the ACA act as a matter of Life and Death, and the public need the vital health coverage that the state is withholding.

He reminded the audience that the main beneficiary of Medicaid is the elderly and children.

Commissioner Rodney Ellis, recently elected to his position in Harris County Precinct 1, said that the ACA act is the most important issue facing the county, because healthcare is the largest item in the budget, with the justice system following second. However, he noted that much expense related the administering the justice system, and jail, is related to healthcare costs.

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LyondellBasell donates $100,000 for specialized training for six Area Fire Departments

GRANT RECIPIENTS: (L-R) Assistant City Manager for Mont Belvieu Nathan Watkins; TEEX Fire Chief Robert Moore; Houston Fire Dept. Dist. Chief Troy Lilley; Houston Fire Dept. HazMat Chief Terry Colburn; Mont Belvieu Mayor Nick Dixon; LyondellBasell CEO Bob Patel, Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner; Mont Belvieu Fire Chief Kenny Baumbach; Houston Fire Chief Samuel Pena; Pasadena Fire Chief Lanny Armstrong; Channelview Assist. Fire Chief Charles Villegas; Sheldon Community Fire and Rescue Chief Sidney Webb; LyondellBasell Manager of Emergency Services Peter Greco

HOUSTON, Jan. 13, 2017 – LyondellBasell (NYSE: LYB), one of the world’s largest plastics, chemical and refining companies, announced a donation of $100,000 to fund specialized emergency training for six Houston-area fire departments that serve key industrial corridors.

The donation will underwrite hazardous materials (HazMat) training scholarships for fire departments in Houston, Channelview, Pasadena, La Porte, Sheldon and Mont Belvieu. Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX), an internationally recognized leader in emergency response training and firefighting, will administer the training to the fire departments.

“We recognize the challenges fire departments in Houston and smaller outlying communities face in obtaining this unique type of training. We believe in being a responsible, good neighbor where we operate and are pleased we can help in saving lives and protecting our communities,” said Bob Patel, LyondellBasell CEO and chairman of the management board. “We are honored to play a small role in ensuring that the brave men and women who put their lives on the line every day are even better prepared to safely do their jobs.”

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Houston Rodeo welcomes Eleven newcomers to the rotating stage in 2017

HOUSTON — More than half of the star-studded entertainer lineup scheduled to perform at RODEOHOUSTON will take the rotating stage for the first time in 2017.

“With a number of RODEOHOUSTON veterans and entertainers who are new to the rotating stage, the March entertainment schedule is set,” said Joel Cowley, president and CEO of the Houston Livestock Show and RodeoTM. “Houstonians can see a diverse offering of incredibly talented artists at truly affordable prices.”

Tickets went on sale Saturday, Jan. 14 through AXS Ticketing via rodeohouston.com.

STAR ENTERTAINMENT

A mix of soulful blues, pop/dance music and traditional country tunes will grace NRG Stadium March 7 – 26 as the 21 entertainers set to perform at RODEOHOUSTON represent diverse musical genres.

The 2017 entertainment lineup is one of the most awarded in RODEOHOUSTON history, with a collective 209 music industry accolades, three hall of fame inductees, and three Grand Ole Opry members.

The complete lineup:

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