As you might know, Texas is going through the once-a-decade redistricting process. A proposed map (Senate Bill 6) redrawing Texas Congressional Districts was released. OF MAJOR CONCERN, the proposed maps would remove Fort Bliss from the boundaries of Congressional District 16 (CD-16) in El Paso County represented by Congresswoman Veronica Escobar. This is wrong.
We know how much Fort Bliss contributes to our community, local economy, and safety. It's the single largest employer in the area with one in five people in El Paso County associated with the base. Fort Bliss directly employs more than 40,000 civilians and military personnel in the area and brings $8 billion of income to the area. The base has helped increase our water supply, assisted us during local disasters, and contributed to the preservation of the area’s cultural heritage.
Fort Bliss is part of the fabric of El Paso and should not be carved out of our El Paso-based congressional district. We need lawmakers to know that Fort Bliss is part of El Paso and El Paso is part of Fort Bliss.
To do this, we need your help.
THIS THURSDAY, September 30, the Senate Special Committee on Redistricting is meeting to hear public testimony on the proposed Congressional District maps. Your public testimony is vital to ensuring Fort Bliss remains in El Paso’s congressional district. You can participate in the process by submitting written comments via this link or you can provide in-person testimony at the committee hearing this Thursday, September 30.
Texas Senate Special Committee on Redistricting Hearing Details:
What: Public hearing on Senate Bill 6, relating to the composition of the districts for the election of members of the United States House of Representatives from the State of Texas.
When: This Thursday, September 30 at 9am CT
Where: Senate Chamber 2E.8, located at the Texas Capitol (1100 Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78701)
Your participation is crucial to ensuring all Texans are provided with fair representation. Thank you for standing up for our community.