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Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez

Representing the 7th District of New York

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February 23, 2017 Press Release

Washington, DC – Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY) today wrote to New York Police Department Commissioner O’Neill and Acting Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez calling for an investigation into the shooting death of Sergio Reyes. Reyes was reportedly shot fourteen times by police in Bushwick early Sunday morning.

February 23, 2017 Press Release

Washington, DC – Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY) released the following statement regarding President Trump’s decision to rescind the Obama Administration’s Title IX guidance to schools regarding transgender students’ rights:

February 14, 2017 Press Release

Washington, DC – Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez today wrote to Attorney General Jeff Sessions calling for a Special Counsel to investigate Russian interference in the United States 2016 election.  Velázquez had previously called for such a Counsel in December.

February 8, 2017 Press Release

Washington, DC – The House Financial Services Committee has approved three amendments authored by Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY). The provisions were adopted as part of the Committee’s Authorization and Oversight Plan and would help address pressing issues facing New Yorkers.  

February 8, 2017 Press Release

Washington, DC – Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY) today unveiled new legislation that would steer federal funding to transportation alternatives when major transit arteries are closed or delayed due to infrastructure upgrades.

January 28, 2017 Press Release

New York, N.Y. -- Today, U.S. Representatives Nydia Velázquez and Jerrold Nadler traveled to JFK airport to demand the release of refugees being held under the president’s executive order. After meeting with officials from the Custom and Border Patrol agency, one of the refugees, Hameed Khalid Darweesh, an Iraqi translator who helped the United States government, was released.  Reps.

January 27, 2017 Press Release

Washington, DC – Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY) released the following statement regarding the Lunar New Year:

January 26, 2017 Press Release

Washington, DC – Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY) released the following statement regarding the passing of former Bronx Congressman Robert Garcia:
 

January 25, 2017 Press Release

Washington, DC – Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez released the following statement regarding President Trump’s Executive actions related to immigration signed today:

"These actions make for abysmal immigration policy and are an affront not only to our immigrant communities, but also to all Americans.  

January 17, 2017 Press Release

Washington, DC – Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY) released the following statement regarding news that President Obama pardoning Oscar Lopez:

“I thank President Obama for taking this step, an act of magnanimous grace. I also want to thank all the activists, elected officials and ordinary Puerto Ricans who labored tirelessly to secure Oscar’s freedom.   

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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.

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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.