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Rep. Escobar, Senator Rodriguez, NADB announce COVID19 recovery program for El Paso and Border Communities

Congresswoman Veronica Escobar (TX-16), State Senator Jose Rodriguez (SD-29), and the North American Development Bank (NADB) announced a temporary financing program in response to the effects of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

“As El Paso and border communities fight the devastating impacts of the coronavirus pandemic, it is critical to promote a bilateral health and economic response to speed and shape our recovery,” Congresswoman Escobar shared.

“For more than two decades, NADB has made innovative investments in our region and with this recovery program it is further contributing to strengthening our economy, advancing the well-being of border residents, and promoting sustainable development.”

The program, which was approved by Board of Directors of the NADB on May 22, 2020, will support projects that have both environmental benefits and direct positive impacts on the economy of El Paso and the rest of the U.S.-Mexico border region and the health and well-being of its residents. The program will provide as much as $200 million and includes up to $15 million in technical assistance.

“I was appointed to serve on the board of NADB by President Obama in 2015, and I have never felt so much pride in the work that we are doing for improvements of our U.S.-Mexico border region,” said Senator Rodriguez, Member of NADB Board of Directors.

“The COVID-19 Recovery Program will support communities like El Paso through environmental and economic projects for the health and well-being of border residents and the region’s economy. I am glad that binational organizations like the NADB are prioritizing the safety of our people during these critical times.”

“The Bank has helped improve the quality of life for border residents over the last 25 years,” said Dr. Calixto Mateos-Hanel, Managing Director NADB. “It is my hope that the Bank can continue to play a critical role in the border’s economy and health, through the recently approved $200 million COVID19 Recovery Loan Program.”

Within the new program, the Board of Directors may consider approval of loan proposals:

  • Under a programmatic approach, whereby environmental infrastructure projects with similar characteristics may be financed by NADB pursuant to a single certification;
  • To refinance existing debt on environmental infrastructure or public entities, such as water utilities, whose mandate is aligned with the Bank’s mission; and
  • To support the development and financing of projects with environmental benefits that promote the creation or preservation of jobs, betterment of health and/or health services, or improvement of technological connectivity and access to information in times of environmental and health catastrophes.

“The NADB is a binational financial institution established by the Governments of the United States and Mexico to provide financing to support the development and implementation of infrastructure projects,” NADB officials share. “As well as to provide technical and other assistance for projects and actions that preserve, protect or enhance the environment in order to advance the well-being of the people of the United States and Mexico.”

Rep. Escobar invites El Pasoans to respond to Online Unemployment Assistance Survey

Thursday morning, Congresswoman Veronica Escobar (TX-16) invited El Pasoans to share their experiences applying for unemployment benefits through the Texas Workforce Commission.

“To help hard-working El Pasoans, I voted in Congress for robust unemployment funding intended to ensure residents have the money they need to pay their bills if they were laid off or furloughed due to COVID-19. Unfortunately, my office has been flooded with calls from constituents who lost their jobs and have had problems accessing the unemployment insurance benefits they so desperately need,” Congresswoman Escobar shared.

“To gain a better understanding of the challenges that El Pasoans face and the solutions we need, I am asking them to share their stories and experiences.”

The online survey asks El Pasoans to rate their experience with the application process and to provide feedback on any problems they encountered.

Signed into law on March 27, the CARES Act provides additional relief for unemployed El Pasoans, including an additional 13 weeks of assistance, expanded eligibility for self-employed workers, independent contractors, and gig workers, and an additional $600 weekly Pandemic Unemployment Compensation benefit.

However, it has been reported than many Texans have been denied benefits and cannot get assistance from the Texas Workforce Commission, who is tasked with overseeing unemployment insurance matters.

On April 3, Congresswoman Escobar and members of the Texas Democratic Congressional delegation urged Governor Greg Abbott to provide the necessary funding to invest more resources and capacity into the Texas Workforce Commission. Their letter is available here.

Over 300 El Pasoans have already responded to the online survey, which was launched on Friday, May 29 and announced on Congresswoman Escobar’s e-newsletter.

The online survey is available via this link until June 6, 2020 at 9:59 p.m. MT.

Congresswoman Escobar Announces 2020 Congressional Art Competition Winners

Earlier this week, Congresswoman Veronica Escobar (TX-16) hosted a virtual awards ceremony to announce the winners of the 2020 Congressional Art Competition for Texas’ 16th Congressional District high school students.

This year’s first place, The Messenger by Romelo Rosario, a senior at Chapin High School, will be displayed in the U.S. Capitol Building for one year.

“Congratulations to Romelo Rosario and all young El Paso artists for sharing with us their talent and creativity during this difficult time,” Congresswoman Escobar shared.

 “As our community confronts a pandemic that has altered our lives, art is a tool that can transform and console, and I am thankful to artists, teachers, and judges for their participation and dedication to make this year’s competition a success.”

Students from 12 high schools within Texas’ 16th Congressional District submitted 60 pieces of art for this year’s competition. A virtual gallery is available for public viewing here.

Below are the results of the 2020 Congressional Art Competition:

1st Place: Romelo Rosario, The Messenger | Chapin High School
2nd Place: Mireya Domingez, Un Cafecito Sabroso | Eastwood High School
3rd Place: Jesus Sierra, Hecho En Mexico | Bel Air High School
People’s Choice Award: Frida Coronado, Jarocha | Bel Air High School

Honorable Mentions:

Matthew Acosta, Unfinished Beauty | Parkland High School
Jacob De la Rosa, My Senior Year | Riverside High School
Gabriela Estrada, Home | Eastwood High School
Paola Nava, Three Generations | Bel Air High School
Derek Gamez, Window Pain | Eastlake High School
Camila Marquez, A Mother’s Love Protects Us All | Eastwood High School
Isabella Canales, Two Cultures, One Future | Bel Air High School

Each spring, the Congressional Institute sponsors a nationwide high school visual art competition to recognize and encourage artistic talent in the nation and in each congressional district.

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