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2021 may bring us the most progressive U.S. House of Representatives in recent history – with so many young Congress members and about-to-be-Congress members who want the government to serve the interests of the embattled middle class, the working class and the poor . . .  not megacorporations and the super wealthy.

One way to keep that momentum going is by electing Mike Siegel in Texas -- a remarkably principled and progressive candidate for Congress. Texas has the lowest voter turnout in the United States, so there is plenty of room for growth. Climate is the issue mobilizing the most new voters, and Siegel is out in front on it, writing in an op-ed on Monday of this week:

"Enough with Texas politicians in bed with oil companies. Enough with the deregulation of polluting industries and energy policies that put our communities at risk. . . . Michael McCaul's climate denial is a threat to our safety. Let's fight climate change and create millions of good paying jobs with a #GreenNewDeal."

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In 2018, in Texas's 10th Congressional District (suburban Houston), Republican Michael McCaul was just barely re-elected with 51.1% of the vote. The man who took 46.8% was progressive Democrat Mike Siegel, who's running a stronger campaign in 2020. Replacing McCaul with Siegel would be a big improvement for the whole country, and the whole country should support Siegel's campaign. Siegel is a respected civil rights lawyer and former public school teacher who in recent weeks has been active on defending the U.S. Postal Service as well as the planet's climate.

Siegel has been challenging McCaul to a public debate, and McCaul has thus far refused.

One of the wealthiest members of Congress, McCaul has worked to deprive Americans of health coverage during a pandemic. After downplaying Covid-19, he scapegoated the World Health Organization and China. On the House floor during debate on a Covid relief bill in late April, he ignored recommendations of the House physician to wear a mask. He's typical of the reason the U.S. government is near the bottom of the world's governments in handling the virus. It's time for a change.

Support Mike Siegel here.

Siegel, unlike McCaul, supports Medicare For All, a Green New Deal, making college part of public education, a long list of worker protections including an end to "right to work" laws, major steps to end homelessness, and significant reforms and demilitarization of police.

On foreign policy, Mike Siegel has supported shifting funding from militarism to human needs and said:

“Let's rebuild the State Department and our diplomatic corps. Let's revamp our foreign aid spending to encourage the development of civil society and local economies. And instead of over-spending on war industries, let's invest in the domestic safety net and the conditions for peace around the world.”

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