Gene Green

Gene Green Proudly representing the 29th Congressional District of Texas since 1993. Visit our website at http://green.house.gov/ Please know that abusive language, profanity, and discriminatory comments will not be tolerated.

I have the right to ban and remove any

Today’s 2.8% cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) increase is good news for seniors, survivors & people w/ disabilities who ...
10/11/2018
Social Security Administration

Today’s 2.8% cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) increase is good news for seniors, survivors & people w/ disabilities who have earned Social Security benefits. There are over 3 million Social Security beneficiaries over the age of 65 in Texas that depend on Social Security, and for many of them, Social Security is the basis of their monthly income.

As medical costs continue to grow, it’s critical that our seniors have the resources they need and depend on. We must continue to strengthen and expand Social Security to better reflect the real expenses seniors pay daily.

BREAKING! More than 67 million Americans will receive a 2.8% increase in their monthly Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits in 2019. Check our #SocialSecurityMatters blog later this morning for more info: http://ow.ly/BjRP30mbRzN #COLA #2019COLA

I have long opposed adoption of E15, gasoline that is blended with 15 percent ethanol, and I oppose this decision by the...
10/09/2018
With eye on midterms, Trump administration moves to boost ethanol use

I have long opposed adoption of E15, gasoline that is blended with 15 percent ethanol, and I oppose this decision by the administration. E15 is not a suitable fuel for all vehicles, including boats, older vehicles, ATV’s, and motorcycles. I’m concerned consumers will pay more over time because of wear and tear on their vehicles and I believe that increased use of ethanol can contribute to more pollution during the summer months.

When the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) was created in 2005, which is the policy responsible for ethanol blends with gasoline, the United States relied on imports of foreign fuel. Today, the United States is on track to be a net energy exporter in the next four years. I believe the RFS should be reformed instead of increased to promote E15 fuel blends and am hopeful to find support in Congress to reduce or completely eliminate the use of corn-based ethanol in the RFS.

The move could shore up support for Republicans in the Midwest but also comes amid fierce opposition from oil refiners and a group of bipartisan lawmakers.

I'm thrilled the United Nations held its first ever high-level meeting on the global fight against #tuberculosis, common...
09/28/2018
Countries pledge billions to fight tuberculosis worldwide

I'm thrilled the United Nations held its first ever high-level meeting on the global fight against #tuberculosis, commonly called TB, and pledged $13 billion a year by 2022 to prevent TB.

As the leading Democrat on the Energy & Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Health, I have long led the fight against TB. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), TB is the deadliest infectious disease that led to 1.6 million deaths in 2017.

Prior to the UN meeting, I sent a letter to POTUS Donald J Trump urging American engagement and leadership on TB at the UN. History has shown us that infectious diseases don’t stop at borders and can only be addressed effectively on a global scale. We must join our international partners and continue the fight against TB.

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The World Health Organization says governments have agreed to contribute $13 billion a year by 2022 to prevent and treat tuberculosis, a communicable disease

Did you know some pharmacies are restricted from sharing information with patients about lower cost, out-of-pocket price...
09/07/2018
House panel advances bill to counter 'gag clauses' that lead to higher drug prices

Did you know some pharmacies are restricted from sharing information with patients about lower cost, out-of-pocket price options for prescriptions? This is commonly known as a "gag clause." As a result, patients may be paying more for their prescriptions than is warranted.

Well, today a broad, bipartisan group of Democrats and Republicans introduced the Know the Cost Act, which will end this practice.

Pharmacists should not be prevented from informing patients about more affordable medication if it’s available. In our district in Houston and Harris County, Texas, gag clauses can put families in a tough financial position and endanger their health. I'm glad to work with my colleagues on this important legislation that will lower prescription costs for all Americans.

A House panel advanced a bill on Friday to ban the use of “gag clauses” in health insurance contracts that prevent consumers from paying lower prices for prescription drugs.

Today, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton and more than a dozen Republican attorneys general will argue in a Texas federa...
09/05/2018
A New Lawsuit Threatens Obamacare. Here’s What’s at Stake and What to Expect in Oral Arguments.

Today, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton and more than a dozen Republican attorneys general will argue in a Texas federal court that the Affordable Care Act’s pre-existing protection is unconstitutional.

According to the Department of Health and Human Services, nearly 130 million adults under age 65 have pre-existing conditions.

I’m shocked that it’s my home state taking the lead on this divisive issue when Texas still has the highest number of uninsured individuals in the nation. What’s more frustrating is Mr. Paxton stated in court briefs that states challenging the ACA should be able to eliminate protections if the judge does not decide to strike the law in its entirety.

People need certainty in their healthcare, not politics!

A federal judge in Texas will consider whether to suspend or kill the law. The Trump Administration has chosen not to defend it and its coverage of pre-existing conditions.

Rep. John Culberson
08/27/2018
Rep. John Culberson

Rep. John Culberson

ICYMI: Congressman Gene Green and I recently wrote an op-ed in the Houston Business Journal about the federal money secured in the year after Hurricane Harvey and our continued work with state, regional and local officials to strengthen our region’s flood-control network.

We are already seeing the money, for long-term recovery and projects to rebuild a stronger, more resilient city, flow into southeast Texas. Houston came together during the storm, and it will require us to remain united in order to become more resilient to future storms.

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) for the first time protected people with pre-existing conditions. Now, the administration ...
08/01/2018
Trump administration widens availability of skimpy, short-term health plans

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) for the first time protected people with pre-existing conditions. Now, the administration wants to roll back the clock by giving insurers the green-light to sell junk plans that will exempt maternity care, mental health care, and prescription drugs from being covered. Repeal of the ACA didn’t happen, but the Republicans’ sabotage of our nation’s health care system continues.

These junk plans will syphon off young, healthy people – damaging the ACA marketplaces and leaving everyone else with higher premiums. It is time for the Trump administration to work with Congress to ensure all Americans have access to affordable, comprehensive health coverage.

Critics have warned that the move will siphon off healthy consumers, driving up insurance prices

Although a little over 1,000 parents have been reunited with their children, there are still more than 1,500 more that a...
07/25/2018
More Than 450 Migrant Parents May Have Been Deported Without Their Children

Although a little over 1,000 parents have been reunited with their children, there are still more than 1,500 more that are waiting for the day to hug and kiss their child. What I find more troubling is that more than 450 parents are no longer in the US nor likely able to contact their children left in the states.

The trauma that these children have suffered will have life-long effects that will affect their behavioral health. I’ve asked Energy & Commerce Committee Chairman Rep. Greg Walden to hold a hearing and invite officials from U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to answer questions about the treatment of migrant kids and the health risks caused by President Trump’s “zero tolerance” policy.

A new government report says hundreds of parents who were separated from their children are no longer in the country, raising new questions about a slow-moving reunification plan.

President Trump’s conduct at his meeting with President Putin marks a humiliating day for America and an easy win for Pu...
07/16/2018
'Shameful,' 'treasonous,' 'disgraceful': Trump slammed from all sides for news conference with Putin

President Trump’s conduct at his meeting with President Putin marks a humiliating day for America and an easy win for Putin. When tweets by the President of the United States blaming the US for our poor bilateral relationship are “liked” on Twitter by the Russian Foreign Ministry, it is all too clear that his weakness has not gone unnoticed by our adversaries.

Failing to call out Russia on a national stage for its interference in the 2016 elections and placing America as a moral equivalent to Russia gives authority to Putin as a global leader when, in fact, he’s not our friend.

Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., said Trump had "one of the most disgraceful performances by an American president in memory."

Children are still separated at the border and the Trump administration continues to undermine the Affordable Care Act b...
07/15/2018
Analysis | The Health 202: 'ACA' removed from swaths of Medicaid.gov website, watchdog reports

Children are still separated at the border and the Trump administration continues to undermine the Affordable Care Act by removing information from government websites. Studies show that Medicaid expansions states greatly increased coverage and reduced the uninsured rate among some of the most vulnerable populations.

There are Americans whose lives are being affected and they don’t even know it. By removing information from websites and slashing money from Open Enrollment initiatives, the administration has shown no regard for transparency or acting in good faith.

But Obamacare supporters are more concerned about Trump policies.

If Texas expanded Medicaid, 1.2 million Texans would have access to healthcare today. Closing the coverage gap is the ri...
07/11/2018
Mounting evidence shows Texas made a mistake by not expanding Medicaid [Editorial]

If Texas expanded Medicaid, 1.2 million Texans would have access to healthcare today. Closing the coverage gap is the right thing to do and a great investment for every state – creating a healthier workforce and stronger economy.

I've introduced the Incentivizing Medicaid Expansion Act, which would ensure that states that expand Medicaid will receive the 100% federal match for the first three years of their Medicaid expansion. Otherwise, states that expand Medicaid later will lose out on billions of dollars in matching federal funds.

Politicians bound and determined to fight Obamacare ignored Texans who need Medicaid to get decent health care.

The Republican majority failed at repealing the Affordable Care Act, yet the Trump administration continues to sabotage ...
07/11/2018
Administration slashes grants to help Americans get Affordable Care Act coverage

The Republican majority failed at repealing the Affordable Care Act, yet the Trump administration continues to sabotage the ACA. Last night, the administration slashed $26 million in federal funding for grass-roots groups that help promote the ACA. Choosing to do so will only cause more uncertainty for insurers as they prepare to set their rates for 2019. From halting cost-share reduction payments that help low-income families pay for out of pocket costs, to repealing the individual mandate, the Republican majority is completely responsible for the damage done to the ACA. People want access to comprehensive care. Instead, the Trump administration would rather offer junk plans that can discriminate against people with preexisting conditions. #ProtectOurCare

Cuts to grass-roots navigators are the latest strategy to undermine the law.

Before taking office, Mr. Trump has made it abundantly clear that this ban, while ostensibly based on national origin, i...
06/27/2018
Supreme Court upholds Trump travel ban

Before taking office, Mr. Trump has made it abundantly clear that this ban, while ostensibly based on national origin, is nothing more than a proxy for a ban on Muslims. This is contrary to core American values and reverses the progress that our country has made since Korematsu v. United States and since President Roosevelt’s shameful rejection of Jewish refugees fleeing Nazi violence during the 1940s. Some of our country’s greatest innovators, entrepreneurs, and community leaders are Muslim, and we must continue to fight the Trump administration’s assault on our most cherished values.

We should not repeat history and turn innocent people away that are fleeing violence, terrorism, and genocide in their home countries.

Lower courts had found that the initial order and later versions exceeded the president’s authority granted by Congress.

I’ve always said that a flu shot can prevent individuals and families from serious illness down the road. Over 2,000 Tex...
06/26/2018
Texas toll: Flu killed nearly 10,000 this season

I’ve always said that a flu shot can prevent individuals and families from serious illness down the road. Over 2,000 Texans in the Houston area died from the flu last year. Parents, remember that you need to get vaccinated too, and many community health centers in the area offer free flu shots.

With that being said, please save the date for our 23rd annual back to school Immunization Day on September 11, 2018, at three different location. Free immunizations will be available for school-aged children.

You can find the locations on my website: https://green.house.gov/about/events

In what was considered the worst season in years, the flu and flu-related pneumonia killed nearly 10,000 Texans in 2017-2018, according to a new state report. The vast majority of the deaths involve the elderly. Fifteen of this season's deaths involved children.

We had nearly 100 people from the community come out to our Citizenship Day this weekend. Our 24th annual event couldn't...
06/26/2018
A sense of urgency draws immigrants to Houston Citizenship Day

We had nearly 100 people from the community come out to our Citizenship Day this weekend. Our 24th annual event couldn't have been possible without our amazing staff and volunteers who helped folks with their citizenship application. Thank you!

Like many nervous immigrants, Raquel Sanchez decided to to seek citizenship after she saw Congressman Gene Green on TV talking about his 24th annual Citizenship Day event.

Today, I voted 'Yay' on H.R. 6, SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act, a bipartisan package of opioid-related provisi...
06/22/2018
House passes massive package to address opioids crisis

Today, I voted 'Yay' on H.R. 6, SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act, a bipartisan package of opioid-related provisions that passed 396-14. Congress needs to act urgently to save the tens of thousands of Americans who are dying from the opioid epidemic. As the Ranking Member of the Energy & Commerce Subcommittee on Health, I’ve debated every opioid-related bill that has gone through our committee, and quite frankly, I am concerned that we put quantity over quality.

Although some of the bills will help people avoid addictions to opioid medications and those already struggling to receive treatment, there is not a sustained, long-term investment that’s needed to fight back. This epidemic took at least 42,000 lives in 2016. People need greater access to care, and there are existing barriers that could prevent Americans from receiving the treatment needed to overcome addictions.

I remain committed to making high quality, affordable health care available for Americans, especially those struggling with opioid abuse. Congress must do better. I hope the majority will seriously consider authorizing more funds and incentivize the remaining 17 states, like my home state of Texas, to expand Medicaid in future legislation.

The vote represents the most ambitious congressional effort yet to combat the current epidemic.

Today, the House was supposed to consider two anti-immigration bills. Instead, we voted on the more conservative bill, w...
06/21/2018
House rejects conservative GOP immigration proposal

Today, the House was supposed to consider two anti-immigration bills. Instead, we voted on the more conservative bill, which failed 231-193 with 41 Republicans voting no. We're expecting a vote on the second bill next week.

These bills do not provide a certain path to citizenship for DREAMers, they eliminate legal immigration laws, like family reunification, and fails to solve the issues of family separation. The bill that failed today would have cut legal immigration by 25 percent or 260,000 fewer legal immigrants per year. It would do so by eliminating the diversity visa lottery and most existing categories of family-based immigration. For the DREAMers, it provides no access to green cards or citizenship. It provides only temporary legal status for some DREAMers that can be renewed every three years but doesn’t allow them to apply for a green card, which means they won’t have access to citizenship.

President Trump chose to separate families at the border just as he chose to end DACA. Now he is trying to use both as hostages to secure a host of anti-immigrant restrictions.

A second vote was expected later Thursday on a compromise plan.

Expanding Medicaid is as much of a good deal for states as it is for patients. In our district, 55,000 residents would h...
06/15/2018
Texans want state leaders to do more to solve state’s health care crisis

Expanding Medicaid is as much of a good deal for states as it is for patients. In our district, 55,000 residents would have access to health care if Texas expanded Medicaid. Our state has the highest number of insured people in the country and it shouldn't be that way. Closing the coverage gap is the right thing to do and a great investment for every state – creating a healthier workforce and stronger economy.

I've introduced the Incentivizing Medicaid Expansion Act, which would ensure that states that expand Medicaid will receive the 100% federal match for the first three years of their Medicaid expansion. Otherwise, states that expand Medicaid later will lose out on billions of dollars in matching federal funds.

More than two-thirds of Texans say state lawmakers are not doing enough to help low-income adults get the health care they need, including working to reduce the number of women who die in childbirth, pushing for lower drug prices, and boosting access to insurance, a new survey of state attitudes has...

Yesterday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that victims of domestic abuse and gang violence can no longer claim...
06/12/2018
Attorney General Denies Asylum To Victims Of Domestic Abuse, Gang Violence

Yesterday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that victims of domestic abuse and gang violence can no longer claim asylum in our country. Asylum was created in order to give women and families a chance to live a life free from abuse in their own country. This cruel and inhumane decision from the Trump Administration should be rescinded immediately. We as free Americans must live by our nation’s values by helping others flee the pain and abuse that holds them as prisoners every day.

Jeff Sessions has broad powers over the nation's immigration courts and has long said that asylum-seekers are "gaming" the U.S. system.

Address

256 N Sam Houston Pkwy E Suite 29
Houston, TX
77060

Alerts

Be the first to know and let us send you an email when Gene Green posts news and promotions. Your email address will not be used for any other purpose, and you can unsubscribe at any time.

Nearby government services


Other Houston government services

Show All