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With its recent rapid growth, North Texas could see big funding through Biden’s infrastructure bill

Dallas Morning News

November 15, 2021

“Every area of our infrastructure, from our roads and bridges to our water systems, to our broadband capacity — all is going to be stretched further, and so we need this investment just to keep up with our growth,” Rep. Colin Allred, D-Dallas, told The Dallas Morning News on Thursday.

The U.S. Census Bureau lists Dallas as the ninth-largest city in the U.S. based on 2020 census data. From 2010 to 2020, the city’s population grew by 8.9%.

“Projects like DART’s D2 [Subway] project… is something that you could see more federal funding being available for,” Allred said. “For us, I have been pushing for an adjustment to I-635 and I-30 in Mesquite, which has kind of a dangerous access route, and that’s something that may be able to see funding here.”

Allred said the federal funds are an opportunity for North Texas to invest in the region’s future, particularly as the Dallas-Fort Worth area continues to expand.

Rep. Allred Wants Drug Cost Controls Included in Build Back Better Act

D Magazine

November 10, 2021

Dallas Congressman Rep. Colin Allred is still fighting to address the high cost of prescription drugs via the Build Back Better Act. He is joined by 14 members of the House of Representatives in swing districts urging leadership to address drug costs

Lawmakers push to keep drug price provision in Biden spending bill

Spectrum

October 27, 2021

“We pay more than the rest of the world for the drugs that we're developing here in the United States,” Rep. Colin Allred, D-Texas, said. “And so it doesn't make sense from a fairness perspective.

"But really, when you add up the costs something like insulin, it's not a luxury, it's not something that you know, you want to take," Allred continued. "You have to take it to survive. And so the cost of that can really add up.”

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LGBTQ youth, advocates and elected officials seek protections as new Texas transgender bill signed

Dallas Morning News

October 25, 2021

The Equality Act, which the U.S. House passed in February, would prohibit “discrimination based on sex, sexual orientation, and gender identity in areas including public accommodations and facilities, education, federal funding, employment, housing, credit, and the jury system.”

“I was proud to vote for the Equality Act and will never stop working to make Texas a place where everyone can pursue their version of the American Dream,” Rep. Colin Allred, D-Dallas, said in a statement. “Now the Senate must pass this legislation to ensure that no matter where you live, you can be who you are and love who you love without fear of retaliation.”

House Democrats urge Senate colleagues to pass voting rights bill this week

CNN

October 18, 2021

A group of House Democrats, led by Rep. Colin Allred of Texas, sent a letter to their Senate colleagues on Monday morning urging them to pass voting rights legislation known as the "Freedom to Vote Act" when it comes up for a vote this week.

Opinion: End the monopoly. Let Medicare negotiate drug prices.

Washington Post

September 23, 2021

Americans should be able to afford the medicines they need no matter who they are, where they live or the size of their bank account. But too often, Americans are forced to make decisions about their health based not on what their doctor prescribes but on what they can afford.

At this moment, the pharmaceutical industry has monopoly power to set and raise prices for thousands of prescription drugs in the United States. Through intimidation, deception and millions of dollars in lobbying, pharmaceutical companies have worked to keep the rules rigged in their favor to avoid competition from lower-cost drugs and to inflate profits for their executives. The current system is broken, and it is harming Americans.

But now, Congress can stand on the side of consumers and take decisive action to lower prescription drug costs for millions of Americans. By giving Medicare the power to negotiate drug prices, Congress can make sure patients come first.

Rep. Allred: America’s values are ‘at risk’ with Texas voting restrictions

MSNBC

August 26, 2021

Rep. Colin Allred tells Lawrence O’Donnell that it saddens him to see Texas GOP push forward laws that “intentionally discriminate” against voters of color...

Dallas U.S. Rep. Allred files bill to protect election administrators nationwide from interference

Dallas Morning News

August, 20 2021

Rep. Colin Allred, D-Dallas, introduced a bill Friday to shore up protections for election administrators at the local level in light of mounting attempts from Republican-majority legislatures across the country to alter voting procedures in the name of election security.

“We are now seeing efforts in state legislatures to make it easier to … allow for intimidation, which is what we’re seeing in Texas, to make it so that voters may be intimidated, or elections officials themselves, may be intimidated in terms of the counting of the ballots,” Allred said.

Colin Allred is the first known member of Congress to take paid paternity leave. Now he's pushing for it nationally.

Texas Tribune

August 13, 2021

A Texas member of Congress is helping lead the attempt to change the rules on parental leave, for fathers as well as mothers. U.S. Rep. Colin Allred, D-Dallas, knows about the value of paid time off for new parents. He made headlines in 2019 as the first member of Congress known to take paid paternity leave.

“I've talked a lot about paternity leave because there's a stigma still associated in our society around men taking time to be with their kids, particularly the early years of their [kids’] lives,” he told The Texas Tribune. The congressman took his second leave in late March of this year.

Allred, who already offers his staffers paid leave, believes that should extend to every parent in the country. It’s a key question for Texas’ lowest paid workers, most of them people of color and most of whom literally cannot afford to take substantial time off without pay when a baby is born.

Secretary Pete Buttigieg rides DART train, highlighting infrastructure needs in North Texas

WFAA

August 11, 2021

“We want to make sure that national money comes to North Texas. So, I wanted to show the secretary the good things we’re doing here and the projects we need that funding for,” Allred said.

Already, $60 million dollars in federal funding is helping DART extend 28 train platforms on the red and blue lines. A longer platform means trains can have three cars instead of two and carry more commuters.

Congressman makes history by taking paternity leave

ABC News -- Good Morning America

August 6, 2021

Texas Rep. Colin Allred talks about the American Families Plan and the importance of paid family leave.

Allred bill signed into law: "Dallas VA set to get new long-term care spinal cord injury center after passage of federal bill"

Dallas Morning News

July 29, 2021

Hailed by an injured former soldier as a godsend for veterans, a new long-term care spinal cord injury center for veterans in Dallas moved closer to reality Thursday with the signing of key legislation by President Joe Biden.

“I would definitely love to be there,” Albert Patterson, a Vietnam War veteran living in Bonham who’s had multiple surgeries on his spine, said. “I would have immediate care.”

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In the House, it passed 413 to 7 with four Democratic cosponsors: Rep. Mike Levin of California and Reps. Marilyn Strickland, Kim Schrier and Derek Kilmer of Washington. Rep. Colin Allred, D-Dallas, who introduced the House bill, and Kilmer, Levin and Schrier joined Biden for the bill’s signing.

“We were there for something I think we all agree is a great thing for the country,” Allred told The Dallas Morning News. “The way the president was really excited to sign a bill like this and to have it reach his desk — I think that’s certainly what my constituents want, but I think it’s also what the American people want from us.”

U.S. Labor Secretary Marty Walsh visits North Texas to discuss President Biden's American Jobs Plan

Fox 4 DFW

June 10, 2021

According to Congressman Colin Allred, nearly one in four new moms return to work within two weeks of giving birth.

He added that just 9% of companies in private sector provide paid paternity leave.

"At some point, you're going to need time off from work," Rep. Allred said.

The First Congressman to Take Parental Leave Is Ready to Fight for It

The Atlantic

May 5, 2021

Allred isn’t the stereotype of a paid-leave advocate. His background will confuse people who think of paid leave as a “women’s issue” or one for bleeding-heart liberals and dreamy ideologues. He’s a 38-year-old former NFL player, a Black man who flipped a Republican district in 2018, held on to it in 2020, and is now waiting to see how Texas legislators gerrymander it ahead of next year’s midterms. He sees leave as a bipartisan issue, and backs up that belief with action...

Rep. Allred: Paternity leave should be universal

Dallas Morning News

March 27, 2021

Like most expectant fathers, I’m praying for a smooth delivery of our second child this week and looking forward to bonding with our new baby.

But unlike most new dads — and members of Congress — I will be taking paternity leave.

It’s time for men to shatter the myth that family leave is important only for the mother.

Studies show that when a man takes paternity leave and becomes actively involved in the care of a newborn, there are significant benefits to the child, to the mother and to parental relationships. That means lower rates of divorce, fewer cases of postpartum depression, healthier babies and higher rates of women continuing to stay in the workforce.

Stimulus passes House, including expanded Child Tax Credit which could change the tide for child poverty

Dallas Morning News

March 8, 2021

Democrats laud the more generous Child Tax Credit.

“This pandemic has been especially hard on families with young children and they need help,” Rep. Colin Allred, D-Dallas, said in a statement. “I support these changes to the Child Tax Credit and believe they will make a real difference for families and kids — including lifting more than 4 million American kids out of poverty.”

Texas congressman: One energy company alerted ERCOT, Texas officials days before winter storms of potential problems. No one listened

WFAA

February 21, 2021

“Why was Dallas’ skyline lit up while Dallas residents were literally freezing in their homes? That’s unacceptable,” said U.S. Rep. Colin Allred, D-Dallas.

‘Whatever happens, I love you’: Dallas Rep. Colin Allred recalls chaotic scene as mob breached the Capitol

Dallas Morning News

January 6, 2021

As a violent mob of President Donald Trump’s supporters pounded on the House chamber’s doors after breaching security at the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, Dallas Rep. Colin Allred – a hulk of a man who once played in the NFL – took off his jacket and tie.

“I was prepared for whatever might come,” he said.

Freshman lawmakers Colin Allred, Van Taylor ride bipartisan message to reelection

Dallas Morning News

November 27, 2020

“Every area of our infrastructure, from our roads and bridges to our water systems, to our broadband capacity — all is going to be stretched further, and so we need this investment just to keep up with our growth,” Rep. Colin Allred, D-Dallas, told The Dallas Morning News on Thursday.

In the 32nd congressional district, here is our recommendation.

Dallas Morning News

October 12, 2020

"Colin Allred has been an effective voice for moderation and comity in Congress and we think voters should return him to office. We find ourselves agreeing with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, which also recommended Allred, that he has a bipartisan approach to legislating that is serious and focused on solutions. Allred’s work on the bipartisan United States-Mexico-Canada trade agreement was an important effort to lead us toward a better free trade future in this hemisphere. His dedication to seeing a high-speed rail project completed between Dallas and Houston is important for the state’s transportation future. He played an instrumental role in ensuring that a hospital in Garland that was slated to close instead was converted into a new VA facility to treat military veterans. And his support of emergency aid to the border to increase a humanitarian as well as a security response was welcome as well."