Former first lady Laura Bush asks Texas, nation to ‘give the gift of hope’ after COVID-19

Former first lady Laura Bush is asking her fellow Texans and people across the country to help a little more than usual this holiday season following the devastation of the coronavirus pandemic.

“It’s clear this year the needs of Americans is great,” Bush said in taped comments posted on Thanksgiving to her social media accounts. “The pandemic of COVID-19 and its impact will be felt during the holiday season.”

Bush, a Dallas resident, made the appeal for The Salvation Army’s “Rescue Christmas” campaign. The Salvation Army expects to serve 155% more people this year with Christmas assistance — assuming the resources are available.

“This year, they need extra help to meet the extra need,” she said. “Together, we can bring joy to all Americans and those who need it the most.”

Since the start of the pandemic, the Salvation Army has served more than 100 million meals; distributed millions in financial assistance for rent/mortgage; provided 1.6 million nights of shelter; and offered emotional and spiritual care to more than 865,000 Americans, according to a news release coordinated with the release of Bush’s comments.

Bush isn’t the only Dallasite encouraging people to give to the Salvation Army this year. On Wednesday, Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson shared on Twitter a photo of him and his son, William, donating to the nonprofit.

Donations to the Salvation Army will stay in the community, Bush said. Individuals can donate at North Texans needing assistance this year can contact the local Salvation Army at or by calling 214-424-7050.

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Incoming Rep. Cori Bush said she’s buying her Capitol Hill wardrobe secondhand. ‘The Squad’ offered affordable fashion tips

Congresswoman-elect Cori Bush won’t get her first paycheck until January. To make it through her first few weeks on Capitol Hill, she’s buying business attire secondhand.

a group of people standing next to a person in a suit and tie: Congresswoman-elect Cori Bush is buying her Capitol Hill wardrobe from thrift stores while she waits for her first paycheck. Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar and more offered her advice for affordable style.

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Congresswoman-elect Cori Bush is buying her Capitol Hill wardrobe from thrift stores while she waits for her first paycheck. Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar and more offered her advice for affordable style.

“The reality of being a regular person going to Congress is that it’s really expensive to get the business clothes I need for the Hill,” the Missouri Democrat tweeted.


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But she’s far from the only congresswoman who’s shopped at a thrift store for her professional wardrobe. All four members of “The Squad,” progressive women of color who serve in the House of Representatives, are sharing the tips they’ve used to silence critics on Capitol Hill and dress on a budget.

Most members of Congress earn $174,000 a year, but Bush said women on Capitol Hill are unduly scrutinized for their wardrobe and appearance and spend more on their clothing than their male coworkers as a result.

Overcoming that hurdle takes “thrifting, renting, and patience,” Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez told Bush in a tweet. The congresswoman also recommended capsule wardrobes, or essential pieces that last several seasons, and touted fellow progressive Rep. Ayanna Pressley’s accessorizing acumen.

“Good news is that all these practices are very sustainable and good for the planet!” she tweeted with a wink.

Pressley responded with her drugstore makeup recommendations, like Black Opal, NYX and Wet n Wild, for media appearances. She showed the products in action with a selfie.

Rep. Ilhan Omar cosigned the value of thrifting and said “it also makes your looks unique.” She offered to buy Bush some scarves from the Somali shops in her Minnesota district, which “spice up any wardrobe” on a budget, she said.

“I specialize in $50 or less outfits,” Omar said.

Rep. Rashida Tlaib’s secret, she said, is wearing some of her maternity clothes underneath her jackets.

“P.S. I get the most compliments from the clothes I got from thrift shops,” she said.

Bush later shared videos of some of her best thrift store finds. The congresswoman-elect from Missouri, who worked as a nurse in St. Louis and rose to prominence as a Black Lives Matter activist in Ferguson before her election to the House, said she’s open about buying secondhand “to make Congress more accessible to regular people.”

CNN has reached out to Bush’s campaign for comment and is waiting to hear back.

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Thrift stores and a capsule wardrobe: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez offers fashion advice to Congresswoman-elect Cori Bush

Congresswoman-elect Cori Bush asked for help on Twitter.

As a newly-elected member of Congress, Cori Bush, who will make history as the first Black woman to represent Missouri in Congress, is struggling with something many women face, how to create an affordable and professional wardrobe.

Bush, a single mom who has worked as a nurse and a pastor, took to Twitter this week to talk about being a “regular person” going to work in Washington D.C.

“The reality of being a regular person going to Congress is that it’s really expensive to get the business clothes I need for the Hill. So I’m going thrift shopping tomorrow,” she wrote.

One of the first people to offer Bush advice was Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who made history in 2018 as the youngest woman elected to Congress.

PHOTO: (FILES) In this file photo taken on June 23, 2020 US Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), speaks with a voter near a polling station during the New York primaries Election Day  in New York City.

The now 31-year-old New York Democrat, who once made a student loan payment during a Congressional hearing, offered Bush advice on how to make the most of secondhand stores and to rely on a capsule wardrobe to keep costs down.

“Thrifting, renting, and patience as you get your closet together sis,” wrote Ocasio-Cortez, who in a later tweet promised Bush a shopping day together.

PHOTO: Cori Bush, the Democratic candidate in Missouri's 1st District, meets with Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-New York) in her Capitol Hill office.

Bush, who will earn a $174,000 salary once she starts her term in Congress, has spoken openly about her financial struggles, and particularly about the difficulties she’s faced working and paying her bills while also running for Congress.

After her tweet, the Congresswoman-elect received budget-friendly tips from not just Ocasio-Cortez, but also Rep. Ayanna Pressley, D-Mass., Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., and Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., the four of whom have become known as “The Squad.”

Pressley, who earlier this year revealed she has alopecia, gave Bush some beauty tips, writing on Twitter, “For all those media hits, don’t sleep on the lashes or HD make up products at CVS. Black Opal, NYX, Wet N Wild are the truth!”

Tlaib, a mom of two, told Bush that she still wears maternity clothes under her blazers, adding, “P.S. I get the most compliments from the clothes I got from thrift shops.”

Omar shared with Bush her tips for where to find the best scarves and said she specializes in outfits that are “$50 or less.”

“I love it! And scarves are my fav. Thank you,” Bush replied to Omar.

Other female politicians also chimed in to recommend rental sites like Rent the Runway and thrift store options on Capitol Hill.

Rep. Jahana Hayes, who in 2018 became the first African-American woman to

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AOC and Cori Bush Had the Best Fashion Exchange on Twitter

Newly re-elected congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC) is sharing how she dresses for the Hill with freshman congresswoman Cori Bush — and all of Twitter. 

On Tuesday, November 10, Bush tweeted, “The reality of being a regular person going to Congress is that it’s really expensive to get the business clothes I need for the Hill. So I’m going thrift shopping tomorrow. Should I do a fashion show?” The tweet soon got the attention of AOC, who has shared her love of fashion and beauty in the past. 

In August, the congresswoman shared a “What’s In My Telfar Bag?” segment on Instagram, giving a glimpse of what she takes for a day in Congress. So, it was only natural that AOC would quote retweet Bush with her own style tips quickly after. “Thrifting, renting, and patience as you get your closet together sis. Capsule wardrobe will be your best friend. @AyannaPressley has the accessory game down. Good news is that all these practices are very sustainable and good for the planet!” AOC wrote.

Sustainability has been an issue crucial to AOC’s political agenda, especially given that she was one who introduced the Green New Deal. AOC has been criticized by her GOP peers for simple acts like getting a haircut (no, seriously) or wearing clothes for a magazine cover, but if her re-election has anything to say to her haters, it’s that she’s here to stay for a while.  

AOC followed up with her tweet with an additional style tip, reading, “You can also thrift and buy second hand online, which helped me get higher quality, longer-lasting things that would normally be out of budget. Good luck!!” She even added an offer to go shopping together.

Other women in the House and Senate also joined in the conversation with recommendations of where they shop before long days of defending democracy. After a nightmare year, this is exactly a ray of sunshine the world needs from our politicians!

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Cori Bush makes history: How women candidates did in the 2020 election

Cori Bush, a progressive activist who unseated a longtime Democratic incumbent in August in Missouri’s 1st Congressional District, won her general election race Tuesday, making her the first Black woman to represent Missouri in Congress.

Marilyn Strickland, the two-time former Democratic mayor of Tacoma, Washington, won her race in Washington’s 10th Congressional District, making her the first African-American member of the Washington state delegation and the first African-American from the Pacific Northwest in Congress, according to her campaign.

Strickland and Young Kim, a Republican who holds a very narrow lead over the Democratic incumbent in California’s 39th Congressional District, could also be the first Korean-American women to serve in Congress.

“I would say that more women are feeling comfortable running for office and it is exciting to see so many women of color step up,” Strickland told “Good Morning America” Wednesday. “I think the more that we see folks running for office, the more that we see people holding office, the more encouraged people are.”

“Historically women often have to be coaxed into running for office, and so the fact that people are stepping up and that they have some support is really important,” she said.

As election results continue to come in — with dozens of House races involving women candidates still outstanding — women of color are currently one seat shy of matching the 2019 record of 48 women of color serving in Congress at one time, according to the Center for American Women and Politics (CAWP) at Rutgers University.

At least 115 women of color ran for Congress in 2020, an election year beset by racial unrest and the coronavirus pandemic, which has disproportionately impacted people of color.

Overall, women are currently five seats away from tying the record set in 2019 of 127 women serving in Congress, according to CAWP.

New Mexico is sending three women to Congress, making it the largest all-women delegation in U.S. history, according to CAWP.

What will be different in the next Congress, is that more of the women in Congress will be Republican women, notes Debbie Walsh, CAWP’s longtime director.

“As much as 2018 was this record year [for women], it was also a year that was all about Democratic women, and this year has been, from the beginning, a story that has had a partisan tilt, and this time on the Republican side,” she said. “As of right now, the Republican women have beat their record for new women elected.”

There will be at least 12 new Republican women serving in the U.S. House of Representatives and one new Republican women in the

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