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Texas wages have dropped 1.4 percent since Trump took office, Democrats say

Sen. Ted Cruz and President Donald Trump in May.
Sen. Ted Cruz and President Donald Trump in May. AP

While President Trump stumps for Ted Cruz today in Houston, key Democratic leaders are touting a report showing that Texans’ wages are falling, and millions of the state’s residents are in danger of losing their health care.

Hourly wages for Texas workers dropped 1.4 percent from January 2017 to August 2018, when factoring in inflation, according to congressional research cited in the Democrats’ report.

“During the 1016 campaign Trump came to Texas and told his supporters he was going to turn it around. The facts and figures show that the president hasn’t kept that promise to hard-working Texans,” said U.S. Rep. Marc Veasey, D-Fort Worth. “We have had over 35,000 notices of plants closing and mass layoffs in the state, and also health care premiums are rising. In addition, student loan debt is very real. For so many people out there, it is almost insurmountable.”

Veasey joined fellow Democrats from Texas, including Reps. Sheila Jackson Lee, Al Green and Joaquin Castro to draw attention to what they see as many of the Republican Party’s shortcomings hours before Trump is to arrive in the Lone Star State.

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U.S. Rep. Marc Veasey, D-Texas AP

The group of lawmakers issued a report that showed not only the declining hourly wages for Texans, but also the dangers many residents could face if the GOP is successful in rolling back provisions of the Affordable Care Act.

More than 11.5 million stand to lose health insurance coverage for pre-existing conditions such as asthma and diabetes, according to Jackson Lee.

She said the Trump-led Republican Party was “sticking it to our children with a bill for a massive tax break for big pharma and big corporations,” and that middle-class seniors and veterans would feel many of the effects.

“Who’s going to pay for it?” she asked.

Gordon Dickson: 817-390-7796; @gdickson

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