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Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez

Representing the 7th District of New York


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May 10, 2019 Press Release

Washington, D.C.­­ – Rep. Nydia M.

May 7, 2019 Press Release

Two Small Navy Yard Firms Receive

National Small Business Week Recognition

May 2, 2019 Press Release

Washington, DC – Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY) commented today on the passing of Rafael Hernández Colón:

            “This morning, Puerto Rico lost one of the giants of its modern political history. Rafael Hernández Colón was a statesman, a brilliant political mind and a tireless fighter for economic and social justice.

May 2, 2019 Press Release

Washington, DC – Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY) issued the following statement in honor of Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month:

“From Manhattan’s Chinatown to Sunset Park in Brooklyn, to rapidly growing communities throughout all five boroughs, Asian Americans have long been an integral part of New York City’s cultural tapestry. 

May 2, 2019 Press Release

Washington, DC – Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY) testified today before the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee in support of her legislation that would establish a “9/11-style” commission to examine the federal response to Hurricane Maria. Her full testimony is below.

May 2, 2019 Press Release

Washington, DC – Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY), Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), the Chairman of the Homeland Security Committee, and Rep. Raúl M.

April 18, 2019 Press Release

Washington, DC – Today, Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY) issued the following statement in advance of the Passover Holiday:


            “To all my friends and neighbors observing Passover, I want to wish a Zeesen Pesach and a joyous celebration with family and friends.

April 18, 2019 Press Release

Washington, DC – Rep. Nydia M. Velazquez (D-NY) released the following statement regarding news that the Federal Oversight Management Board for Puerto Rico is declining to pursue legal action to recoup fees on bonds that were previously found to be issued unconstitutionally:

April 18, 2019 Press Release


Washington, DC –Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY) has written Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) after hearing that a Jewish detainee in upstate New York, Dovid Kohn, may not be receiving properly prepared kosher meals.  The Congresswoman asks that the Buffalo Federal Detention Facility review how kosher meals are prepared and delivered. 

April 11, 2019 Press Release

Washington, DC – Today, Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY) announced that local early education centers within New York’s 7th Congressional District have received federal grants to continue their Head Start and Early Head Start programs. Additionally, local health centers have received federal grants to aid healthcare, mental health and substance abuse services.


In The News

July 17, 2017 In The News

U.S. House Democrats are looking for answers after Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents showed up at a Queens courthouse to arrest a woman believed to be a victim of human trafficking last month.

July 17, 2017 In The News

Congressional Democrats from New York City are calling on Immigration and Customs Enforcement to keep its officers away from courts that help victims of human trafficking. Their letter to the agency cites an incident last month in which deportation officers showed up at one such court in Queens looking for a woman who had been arrested for prostitution.

July 13, 2017 In The News

New Yorkers staunchly opposed to President Donald Trump’s proposed slashes to aid that keeps millions in their homes took their outrage Wednesday to the nation’s capital.

People from the city and around the country made their way to Washington, D.C., for a tenants march against the proposed budget cuts to federal housing programs.

January 13, 2017 In The News

WASHINGTON – President Obama should pardon Green Card holders convicted of minor crimes en masse to shield them from deportation under President-elect Donald Trump, according to two New York Dems.

December 5, 2016 In The News

 Mayor de Blasio is sending the Obama administration a $35 million bill for the cost of securing Trump Tower from the time President-elect Donald Trump won the race through Jan. 20 — an average of over $400,000 a day, officials said on Monday.

November 23, 2016 In The News

Rep. Nydia Velazquez (D-Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens) introduced the National Hate Crimes Hotline Act of 2016 last Wednesday in response to an increase in hate crimes throughout the country.

September 15, 2016 In The News

 With synthetic marijuana a growing concern in New York City, Rep. Nydia Velazquez (D-Brooklyn) wants Congress to move on legislation making it easier for the government to crack down on its sale.

August 26, 2016 In The News

A well-intentioned Obama administration move to combat segregation of the poor is a recipe for disaster in New York City, a growing chorus of critics says.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development wants to change the way it doles out housing vouchers to low-income tenants.

July 21, 2016 In The News

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) shouldn’t introduce express service on the F subway line in Brooklyn until it finds out what riders think, according to U.S. Rep. Nydia Velázquez, who is demanding that the agency hold a town hall meeting and conduct other community outreach efforts to solicit public opinion.