In this issue:
A Note from Rep. Velázquez
Standing with Immigrant Communities
Taking Steps to Combat Sexual Misconduct
Making Puerto Rico Whole
Washington, DC – Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY) commented today on protests and campaigns at both Harvard and Yale regarding the institutions’ relationships with hedge funds that have invested in Puerto Rico’s debt:
Washington, DC – Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY) released the following statement honoring Hanukkah:
“As friends, neighbors and entire communities gather in New York City and throughout the world for Hanukkah, I wish nothing but smiles, joy and peace. May this festival of lights bring celebrations rich with cherished rituals and loved ones. Chag Sameach!”
In Wake of Columbia Incident, Lawmakers Seek Info on How Dept. Addresses Hate Acts
Washington, DC – Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY) released the following statement today regarding protests taking place in San Juan this week to call for action to address gender-based violence on the Island:
Washington, DC – While Congress recently moved to help employee-owned firms utilize the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) lending programs, lawmakers are raising red flags that the way the rules are being drafted could create additional barriers. Rep. Nydia M.
Say Future Aid Shouldn’t be Used for Debt Repayment
Washington, DC – Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY) today released the following statement:
Bill Would Award the Congressional Gold Medal to Rabbi Michoel Ber Weissmandl
Washington, DC –This evening, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to pass legislation authored by Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY) to award a Congressional gold medal to Rabbi Michoel Ber Weissmandl, whose heroic actions saved countless lives during the Holocaust.
Velázquez Calls for Liver Cancer Prevention, Treatment Resources
Washington, DC –As the nation observes Liver Cancer Awareness Month, Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY) today unveiled legislation to increase federal assistance to study, prevent and treat liver cancer.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.