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Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez

Representing the 7th District of New York


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August 13, 2018 Press Release

Say ICE Detention of Man Acting to Save Family Dog is Unnecessarily Cruel

Washington, DC – Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY) has sent a letter urging a federal judge to stay the deportation of Edisson Barros, a Queens man detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) after attempting to save his family’s dog. 

August 10, 2018 Press Release

Washington, DC – Today, Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY) announced that multiple local early education centers within New York’s 7th Congressional district have received federal grants to bolster their Head Start and Early Head Start programs. Both programs are federally funded and provide early childhood education and support services to low-incomes families.

August 10, 2018 Press Release

Washington, DC - Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY) released the following statement after a federal appeals court ordered the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to bar the use of Chlorpyrifos: 

August 9, 2018 Press Release

Washington, DC - Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY) released the following statement regarding news reports that the Puerto Rican government has acknowledged a hurricane death toll of 1,427:

August 8, 2018 Press Release

Washington, DC – Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY) has led 31 Members of Congress in a letter to the Department of Homeland Security asking why the agency terminated Temporary Protected Status for Nepal and Honduras in despite of ongoing safety threats plaguing the nations.

August 7, 2018 Press Release

Washington, DC – This week, Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY), Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), the Ranking Member of the House Judiciary Committee, Rep. Henry C. “Hank” Johnson, Jr. (D-GA), and Rep. Alma Adams (D-NC) sent a letter to the head of the United States Patent and Trademark Office requesting the office collect and report on the demographic information of patent applicants.

August 2, 2018 Press Release

Washington, DC- Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY) has introduced H.R. 6631, the Ban Nerve Agents in Our Food Act of 2018, a bill to end the use of organophosphate pesticides in the United States. Organophosphates have been linked to neurological damage, respiratory illnesses such as asthma and other chronic and debilitating diseases.

August 1, 2018 Press Release

Washington, DC –Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY) released the following statement in response to the Governor of Puerto Rico’s Executive Order raising the minimum wage for public construction workers to $15 per hour:

July 31, 2018 Press Release

Washington, DC –Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY), has sent a letter to the Interim Chair of the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) demanding answers after recent news reports shed light on the agency’s failure to adhere to federal regulations.


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.