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Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez

Representing the 7th District of New York


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June 15, 2018 Press Release

 Washington, DC – Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY), the top Democrat on the House Small Business Committee, today wrote to the head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), requesting an extension for the application period for those seeking federal loans to recover from Hurricane Maria.  

June 14, 2018 Press Release

“9/11 Style” Panel Would Examine Death Toll, Federal Response

June 13, 2018 Press Release
Washington, DC – Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY) released the following statement today after meeting with New York City schools Chancellor Richard Carranza regarding the Mayor’s proposal to alter the admissions process for New York’s specialized schools. Velázquez arranged the meeting, which took place in Lower Manhattan on Monday.
June 11, 2018 Press Release

Washington, DC – Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY) released the following statement regarding the Attorney General’s announcement today that the Trump Administration is largely rescinding asylum protections for those fleeing gang violence and domestic abuse:

June 11, 2018 Press Release

Washington, DC – Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY) released the following statement regarding today’s consent decree signed between the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Manhattan and the Mayor:

June 11, 2018 Press Release

Introduce Bicameral Legislation to Study How Fatalities are Determined after Natural Disaster 

June 4, 2018 Press Release

Washington, DC –Today, Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY), Rep. Tony Cárdenas (D-CA), Rep. Adriano Espaillat (D-NY) and 12 other Members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC), sent a letter to U.S.

June 1, 2018 Press Release

Washington, DC – Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY) issued the following statement in honor of LGBTQ Pride Month 2018:

May 30, 2018 Press Release
Washington, DC –Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY) has written to the head of the Federal Trade Commission calling on the agency to address a pervasive and ongoing identity scam that is targeting residents of New York City’s Chinatowns in Brooklyn and New York. 
May 29, 2018 Press Release

Washington, DC- Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY) commented today on a new analysis by Harvard University that suggests the death toll from Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico could exceed 4,000 people:



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.