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Reps. Becca Balint and Jesús “Chuy” García Introduce Legislation to Crack Down on Companies Exacerbating Rental Housing Crisis Through Price-Fixing Algorithms

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Rep. Becca Balint (VT-AL) and Rep. Jesús “Chuy” García (IL-04) introduced the Preventing Algorithmic Facilitation of Rental Housing Cartels Act, legislation to prohibit digital price fixing by landlords. In the midst of an urgent housing supply and affordability crisis, many housing providers are using algorithms to collude to further increase rents for working families. Rents across the country h...

Rep. Becca Balint on Passing of Vermont State Senator Dick Sears

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“I am so sad to learn of Dick Sears passing. This is a deep loss for Vermont. His was a true life of service, rising from profoundly humble beginnings to serve as Chair of Vermont’s Senate Judiciary Committee for nearly 30 years. His work stands as a monument. He did more to shape Vermont’s judicial system than anyone in that time. He steered it with wisdom, an openness to new ideas, genuine coura...

Rep. Becca Balint Statement Following Deadly Israeli Strike on Rafa

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“Netanyahu must end this devastating war. Now. A redline has been crossed over and over again and the humanitarian crisis in Rafah is beyond words. The US must exert its influence to bring about an immediate end to this horrific violence, suffering, death and destruction. “Hamas must be brought to justice for the horror of October 7, and Israel has the right, in accordance with international law, ...

Napolitano and Balint Introduce Mental Health in Schools Act

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Today, Reps. Grace F. Napolitano (D-CA-31) and Becca Balint (D-VT-At Large) introduced H.R. 8444, the Mental Health in Schools Act of 2024, to create two new grant programs within the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to help K-12 schools develop mental health education programs and to promote careers in mental health to high school students. "Stigma-reducing youth...

Rep. Becca Balint Introduces Bipartisan Mental Health Legislation

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Today, Rep. Becca Balint introduced the Mental Health Emergency Needs in Disasters (MEND) Act. Following the devastating 2023 flooding in Vermont and as we face a growing climate crisis, Rep. Balint is introducing federal legislation to provide communities with the mental health support they need in disaster recovery. Congresswoman Jenniffer González-Colón (PR-AL) joins Rep. Balint as a co-lead of...

Vermont Delegation Calls on FEMA to Fix Challenges Slowing Assistance for Flood Victims

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The Vermont Congressional Delegation, Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Senator Peter Welch (D-Vt.), and Representative Becca Balint (VT-AL) today called on Deanne Criswell, Administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to work with Congress and the Delegation to improve disaster response ahead of future emergencies and address the serious challenges Vermonters have faced in access...

Rep. Becca Balint Announces 2024 Congressional Art Competition Winner

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Castleton, VT – Rep. Becca Balint (VT-AL) announced the winner for the 2024 Congressional Art Competition. This year, 90 high school students from 12 counties and 24 schools across Vermont sent in artwork for submission to the annual competition. The Congressional Art Competition was established in 1982 by Vermont Senator Jim Jeffords. This year’s winner from Vermont is Cora Chivington, a junior a...

Rep. Becca Balint Votes “No” on H.R. 6090

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Rep. Becca Balint (VT-AL) released the following statement on H.R. 6090: “The steady rise of antisemitism is dangerous and deeply disturbing. As the grandchild of a man killed in the Holocaust, I never thought I would see this dramatic increase in antisemitism in my country in my lifetime. It’s critical we work to tackle this hatred with real, effective action. Unfortunately, HR. 6090 is not that....

Rep. Becca Balint Votes for Supplemental Funding for Ukraine

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Rep. Becca Balint (VT-AL) released the following statement on HR. 8035: “It’s long past time the United States showed robust support for our democratic ally, Ukraine. Sustaining Ukraine's effort to maintain its independence is so critical to the health of our global democracy. I’m proud to vote to send over $60 billion in aid to support Ukraine in its fight to defeat Putin.” “Our NATO allies have ...

Statement from Castro, Velázquez, Doggett, Jayapal, Khanna, Ocasio-Cortez, Balint, Casar, Takano, McGovern, Barbara Lee, Blumenauer, Chu, Johnson, Carson, Watson Coleman, Jesús “Chuy” García, Jonathan Jackson, and Tokuda on the Israel Security Supplemental

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Today, nearly 20 members of Congress — Reps. Joaquin Castro (TX-20), Nydia Velázquez (NY-07), Lloyd Doggett (TX-37), Pramila Jayapal (WA-07), Ro Khanna (CA-17), Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (NY-14), Becca Balint (VT-AL), Greg Casar (TX-35), Mark Takano (CA-39), Jim McGovern (MA-02), Barbara Lee (CA-12), Earl Blumenauer (OR-03), Judy Chu (CA-28), Hank Johnson (GA-04), André Carson (IN-07), Bonnie Watso...

Rep. Becca Balint to Vote “No” on Sending Offensive Weapons to Israel

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Today, Rep. Becca Balint (VT-AL) released the following statement on the upcoming vote on H.R. 8034: “To give the Netanyahu government more offensive weapons at this stage is to condone the utter destruction of Gaza we’ve seen over the last seven months and risks fueling a deadly regional war. The United States cannot continue to support the extreme offensive that has caused unimaginable suffering...

Rep. Becca Balint to Vote “No” on Divisive Republican Resolution

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Rep. Becca Balint released the following statement ahead of a House vote on H.Res. 883: “Extremists on both sides of this conflict, including in the Netanyahu government, have co-opted the phrase “from the river to the sea” to assert a one-sided claim to this land. But let’s be clear, everyone - Israelis, Palestinians - belongs to this land and suggestions that any group should be eradicated from ...

Rep. Becca Balint Among Growing Group of Democrats Calling to Withhold Offensive Weapons Transfers to Israel

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Rep. Becca Balint signed a letter to President Biden and Secretary Blinken, alongside 55 Democrats led by Representatives Pocan, McGovern and Schakowsky urging the Biden Administration to withhold pending and future weapons assistance to Israel. This comes following the seven humanitarian aid workers from World Central Kitchen, including one American, killed in an Israeli airstrike. Representative...

Rep. Becca Balint Votes ‘No’ on Inflated Defense Spending Bill

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“Federal spending is a reflection of our values. And Vermonters are sick of inflating an unchecked Pentagon budget – following nothing but failed audits. It’s time we finally invest instead in the urgent needs of working families. “I’ll always support a strong defense system for our country and a fully funded National Guard. But it’s unconscionable to vote to give the military nearly a trillion do...

WATCH: Rep. Becca Balint Slams Republicans for Craven, Hateful Anti Trans Bills

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WATCH: Rep. Becca Balint Slams Republicans for Craven, Hateful Anti Trans Bills Today, Rep. Becca Balint (VT-AL) called out hateful anti-trans bills in the House Judiciary Committee. Her remarks below: “So here we are, spending time, once again, using our valuable time to pick on a class of people in this country. I believe I'm the only person on this committee who represents the LGBTQ community. ...