In the News
Rep. Colin Allred breaks down the Inflation Reduction Act: 'This is historic'
Aug. 12, 2022
Rep. Colin Allred (D-Texas) joins CNBC's 'Squawk Box' to discuss how the Inflation Reduction Act will help lower Americans' costs, emissions, and more.
Rep. Colin Allred details how climate, tax, health care bill will lower everyday costs
ABC News: Good Morning America
Aug., 8, 2022
Democratic Rep. Colin Allred of Texas joined ABC News on GMA3 to discuss the Inflation Reduction Act, a sweeping climate, tax and health care package that the Senate passed over the weekend. The bill is now set for a vote in the House this week.
Rep. Allred: Don’t elect officials who don’t believe in democracy
July 25, 2022
Rep. Colin Allred (D-TX) joins MSNBC’s Ayman Mohyeldin to discuss reforms to the Electoral Count Act which was unveiled by a group of bipartisan senators and the bill’s critics. Rep. Allred calls the framework a “good first step but it is certainly not enough.”
Texas Republicans in Congress vote against bill to protect right to contraception
July 21, 2022
Democrats, meanwhile, said the measure is necessary to protect women’s personal freedom.
“The decision of when and how to begin a family is a personal decision, and I will continue to fight back against any attempts to further strip away reproductive rights from Texas women,” said U.S. Rep. Colin Allred, D-Dallas.
JUST ONE TEXAS REPUBLICAN VOTES TO PROTECT GAY MARRIAGE
July 20, 2022
Before yesterday’s vote, Rep. Colin Allred spoke passionately about the need to protect the marriages of same-sex couples. “It took us far too long to recognize the right of same-sex couples to marry, but then seven years since it was, millions of Americans have come to expect that they too will be able to fall in love and marry the person of their choosing,” he said on the house floor.
House passes resolution calling for immediate release of Brittney Griner from Russia
Dallas Morning News
June 28, 2022
The U.S. House has passed a resolution calling for the immediate release of WNBA star and Houston native Brittney Griner, whom the U.S. government considers to be wrongfully and unjustly detained in Russia.
The bipartisan resolution — introduced and led by Texas Democratic Reps. Colin Allred of Dallas and Sheila Jackson Lee of Houston, as well as Rep. Greg Stanton, D-Ariz.; — had 65 cosponsors in the House, including six Republicans. Allred, Jackson Lee and Stanton first introduced the resolution in May.
Texas Democratic representatives vote for red flag bill
June 10, 2022
"Sometimes those closest to an individual are the best to point out if they are a danger to themselves or to others, and this federal law builds on the framework already established in states across the country," Rep. Colin Allred, of Dallas, said in a statement.
Brittney Griner’s Supporters Have a New Strategy to Free Her: Make Noise
New York Times
May 28, 2022
Representative Colin Allred, Democrat of Texas, has been speaking publicly about Brittney Griner’s detention and working with her representatives. He said Griner, who is from Houston, has had access to her attorney in Russia but has not been able to speak with her family. That violated international norms, he said.
“The Russians need to be aware that we know what they’re doing, we know why they’re doing it and there will be consequences if anything should happen to her,” Allred said.
Rep. Colin Allred Questions Texas Leaders Speaking at NRA Meeting
May 26, 2022
The National Rifle Assocation’s annual convention opens in Houston Friday, days after the school shooting in Uvalde. Rep. Colin Allred (D-Dallas) is blasting Texas leaders who are planning to speak.
Texan struggles to pay high drug costs for painful condition
May 13, 2022
Stories like this are common. That’s why Rep. Colin Allred, D-Dallas, is fighting to lower drug costs in America. He says the pharmaceutical lobby is part of the reason Congress has not signed bills to keep prices down into law.
“The pharmaceutical industry has a lot of power in Washington,” Rep. Allred said. “They do a lot of lobbying in Washington. They support a lot of folks who are in office here. And that clearly has had an influence… I think when you see folks having common sense ideas that are unable to become law, you have to ask, ‘What are the reasons why this hasn’t happened?’ And in my opinion, part of it is that we have kind of some undue influence going on here that’s preventing, I think, us from passing this critical legislation.”
Nearly $175 million in federal funding headed North Texas' way for DART, other transit agencies
April 12, 2022
North Texas will receive nearly $175 million in federal funding this year to improve the area's public transportation -- and to fund the jobs that go along with those services.
Congressman Colin Allred, a member of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, announced Wednesday that North Texas will receive more than $172 million in 2022 to upgrade and expand local transit.
Rep. Colin Allred on Insulin Bill: ‘A Good First Step’
April, 4 2022
The House Representatives voted on Thursday to pass legislation limiting how much insured patients pay for their insulin. The Affordable Insulin Now Act caps insulin copays at $35 per month or 25 percent of an insurance plan’s negotiated price, whichever is lower. North Texas Congressman Colin Allred has long sought a way to make insulin more affordable for those who need it.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi discusses medical costs with Dallas leaders at health care roundtable
Dallas Morning News
Mar. 21, 2022
Pelosi joined Dallas Democratic congressman Colin Allred, Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins and Dallas County Health and Human Services Director Dr. Philip Huang in a health care roundtable to discuss the cost of medical care and the financial burden shouldered by community health organizations because of Texas’ high rate of uninsured residents.
Inside Texas Politics: Recapping President Biden's visit to Texas - and why he came here
Mar. 12, 2022
It's a topic that America's veterans say never gets enough attention: The waste of war. The military burned its garbage in Iraq and Afghanistan. And the toxic smoke that it let off left thousands of soldiers sick with rare cancers.
That's why Biden was in Fort Worth last week, to visit with veterans at the VA clinic and promote awareness about healthcare initiatives targeted at dealing with the effects of burn pits.
U.S. Rep. Colin Allred, D-Dallas, was with Biden in Fort Worth. Allred is a Dallas Democrat who serves on the House Veteran's Affairs Committee.
North Texas business owners discuss how they've stayed open during COVID-19 pandemic
Fox 4 DFW
Feb. 11, 2022
Congressman Colin Allred toured Lower Greenville businesses with the Small Business Administration to see their immediate needs.
Business owners shared their current challenges with labor shortages and inflation, with some costs more than tripling.
"We know we’re still working through that and we want to continue supporting our restaurants and our small businesses, so we’re still going to be there for them, we’re not done with that effort," Rep. Allred said.
The SBA said other federal programs, like the Restaurant Revitalization Fund, helped save 101,000 restaurants across the country, including more than 2,000 in the Metroplex.
WHAT THE SUPPLY CHAIN CAUCUS CAN DO TO DEAL WITH BOTTLENECKS
Feb. 2, 2022
“Supply chain slowdowns are impacting everyday life for folks across North Texas, and to get our economy back on track, Congress must work in a bipartisan way to strengthen our supply chain and end the disruptions we’ve seen as a result of this pandemic,” Allred said in a statement. “This shouldn’t be a partisan issue, and it’s why I am proud to help lead this bipartisan Caucus and craft solutions that will help reduce costs, create jobs and improve our supply chain across the board.”
Democratic lawmakers say U.S. election workers vulnerable without new voting-rights law
Jan. 11, 2022
Democratic Representative Colin Allred, who has sponsored bills to safeguard election workers, said they need the tough new protections, which also would make it tougher for political leaders to fire professional election administrators.
"If Donald Trump is the candidate for the Republican Party in 2024, ... every county is going to become a battleground," Allred said in an interview.
‘I didn’t know if I was going to meet our second son’: Rep. Colin Allred on Jan. 6 Insurrection
Jan. 6, 2022
It has been one year since thousands of people stormed the U.S Capitol leaving several people injured or dead. Texas congressman Colin Allred joins MSNBC’s Craig Melvin to discuss voting rights and share his experience at the Capitol that day.
Veterans Affairs Secretary Visits North Texas
December 17, 2021
Veterans Affairs Secretary Denis McDonough visited the new Garland VA Medical Center Friday with Dallas Congressman Colin Allred who helped get it open about a year ago.
Nearly 200,000 North Texas veterans are signed up for VA health care.
The Garland facility is intended to improve service but one advocate for North Texas veterans said more service is needed.
McDonough said he thanked VA staff at the Garland Medical Center for their service during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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.