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Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez

Representing the 7th District of New York


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July 19, 2019 Press Release

Washington, DC – Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY) commented today on the situation in Puerto Rico:

“I have thought long and hard on the crisis of governance in Puerto Rico, both as a Puerto Rican woman and as a U.S. Member of Congress. I have a profound respect both for the institutions of democracy and for the sovereignty of the Island’s people. 

July 18, 2019 Press Release

Washington, DC –Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY) has authored legislation to ban Paraquat, a toxic herbicide currently used in the United States.

July 17, 2019 Press Release

The New York City Emergency Management and the Health Department have advised New Yorkers to prepare for extreme heat. According to the National Weather Service, the heat streak will continue through the weekend and reach temperatures above 100 degrees.

July 12, 2019 Press Release

Washington, DC –Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY) released the following statement regarding news that Hector Figueroa had passed:

July 11, 2019 Press Release

The Trump Administration has threatened to conduct deportation raids of immigrants on Sunday, July 14th. Rep. Nydia Velázquez (D-NY) wants to make sure New York's immigrant communities are aware of their rights.

July 11, 2019 Press Release

Washington, DC – As the Trump Administration continues threatening immigration raids and mass deportations of undocumented immigrants, Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY) is working to prohibit immigration officers from wearing any clothing bearing the word “police”. Her bill, H.R.

July 10, 2019 Newsletter

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July 1, 2019 Press Release

Washington, DC – Today, Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY) announced that an education center within New York’s 7th Congressional District has received federal grants to continue its Head Start and Early Head Start programs.

July 1, 2019 Press Release

Washington, DC –Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY) has led five of her colleagues in writing to the U.S. Department of Agriculture Inspector General, asking that that watchdog investigate why previously approved nutritional assistance funding has not reached Puerto Rico. 

June 27, 2019 Press Release

Washington, DC – Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY) has written to the Secretary of Agriculture, expressing concerns that taxpayer-funded climate research is being suppressed. The letter is online here and the full text is below.


June 27, 2019



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.