87R28155 JGH-F
  By: Morales of Harris H.R. No. 1493
         WHEREAS, In the aftermath of the devastating winter storm of
  February 2021, many leaders and philanthropists across the nation
  came to the aid of Texans in need; and
         WHEREAS, One such individual was U.S. Congresswoman
  Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York; shortly after the storm left
  millions of Texans without power, heat, or access to food and water,
  she spearheaded a fundraising campaign that raised $5 million in
  less than a week to benefit Texas residents; the money was evenly
  allocated among five Texas nonprofits, including the Houston Food
  Bank, Feeding Texas, Family Eldercare, The Bridge Homeless Recovery
  Center, and the Ending Community Homelessness Coalition (ECHO); and
         WHEREAS, In addition, Congresswoman Ocasio-Cortez flew to
  Texas to help distribute emergency supplies at the Houston Food
  Bank with Congresswomen Sheila Jackson Lee and Sylvia R. Garcia of
  Texas; she also visited residents of Representative Garcia's
  district on the east side of Houston; and
         WHEREAS, A third-generation Bronxite, Congresswoman
  Ocasio-Cortez represents the 14th district of New York in the U.S.
  Congress; after earning degrees in economics and international
  relations at Boston University and interning in the office of the
  late Senator Ted Kennedy, she returned to the Bronx to work as a
  community organizer and went on to serve as educational director
  with the National Hispanic Institute; and
         WHEREAS, Following the financial crisis of 2008,
  Congresswoman Ocasio-Cortez experienced firsthand the challenges
  faced by many Americans when her family was forced to sell their
  home after her father's death; she took on extra shifts as a
  waitress and bartender to help out, and her dedication to issues
  affecting working people deepened as a result; in 2016, she
  volunteered as an organizer with the Bernie Sanders presidential
  campaign, and two years later, she stepped onto the national stage
  when she was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives; and
         WHEREAS, A true champion for working-class people across the
  country, Congresswoman Ocasio-Cortez has inspired her fellow
  citizens with her eloquent advocacy and her passionate commitment
  to social, racial, economic, and environmental justice, and her
  generous actions in the aftermath of the 2021 winter storm have
  earned her the lasting admiration and appreciation of many Texans;
  now, therefore, be it
         RESOLVED, That the House of Representatives of the 87th Texas
  Legislature hereby commend the leaders and philanthropists who
  assisted the people of Texas in February 2021 and extend to them
  sincere best wishes for continued success in their important work.