On March 21, Congress passed and President Obama signed into law the “Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act,” bringing much-needed reform to our nation’s healthcare system.  Congresswoman Velázquez applauded the historic legislation, which will provide New Yorkers with access to affordable coverage.

“For too long, working families have lived in fear that they are just one illness away from financial ruin. For too long, the men and women in my home state of New York have watched their premiums skyrocket, with family rates up 97% in the last decade. For too long, Latinos have been left behind, suffering the highest uninsured rate of any other community. Tonight, it is time to say enough.

“It is time to say enough to the discriminatory policies that charge women and minorities more money for the same services. It is time to say enough to a system that has pushed more than 2.5 million New Yorkers over the brink and into the ranks of the uninsured. And it is time to say enough to a status quo that robs Americans of the peace of mind that can only come from knowing this -- they, and they alone, are in charge of their own well being.

“This bill gives every American that autonomy. For the Latino community, it delivers coverage to 8.8 million people. In my home district, it improves options for 324,000 residents, and expands care to 86,000 more.  For 16,000 people with preexisting conditions, it allows them to buy affordable health plans right away, promising them: Never again. Never again can you be denied coverage. And for 4,300 of my district’s seniors paying full price for prescription drugs, it closes the Medicare donut hole.

“Meanwhile, this bill invests in New York’s network of community health centers. In my district alone, 33 clinics will see critical improvements, meaning more options for the men and women of Brooklyn, Queens and the Lower East Side. And, at the end of the day, isn’t that what this legislation is all about -- options?

“The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act will deliver better choices -- not just for New Yorkers, but for all Americans. With the passage of health care reform, we are finally answering a decades-long cry for help. We are finally empowering the American people with quality, affordable options that put them in the driver’s seat, and I urge support of this landmark legislation.”



In March, Congresswoman Velázquez announced new federal funding for 21 City- and State-owned public housing facilities. The initiative includes the Bushwick and Rutgers housing buildings located in New York's 12th Congressional District.

The first round of funding is being supplied through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and will go toward rehabilitating and repairing housing units for more than 20,000 low-income New Yorkers. This investment is expected to create thousands of new jobs.

To read Congresswoman Velázquez's comments on this historic investment in public housing, click here.


·         April 16, 2010 -- Velázquez Announces $23.5 Million in Emergency Funds for Housing Vouchers: The New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) is receiving a short term emergency funding infusion of $23.5 million from the Department of Housing and Urban Development, Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY) announced today.


·         April 16, 2010 -- Velázquez Stands Up to Hate Speech: A Puerto Rican television station that repeatedly aired anti-gay language while discussing the coming out of singer Ricky Martin has apologized after Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY) asked for the Federal Communications Commission to investigate the matter.


·         April 14, 2010 -- Velázquez Speaks in Support of Resolution Offering Sympathy to People of Poland: Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY) spoke on the floor of the House of Representatives today in support of a Resolution offering sympathy to the people of Poland.


·         April 13, 2010 -- Velázquez Comments on Lower East Side Fire: Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY) commented on the fire at Grand Street.

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