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Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez

Representing the 7th District of New York


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December 10, 2018 Newsletter

In this issue: 

A Note from Rep. Velázquez
Standing with Immigrant Communities 
Taking Steps to Combat Sexual Misconduct
Making Puerto Rico Whole

December 6, 2018 Press Release

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:     

December 4, 2018 Press Release

      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!”


December 3, 2018 Press Release

In Wake of Columbia Incident, Lawmakers Seek Info on How Dept. Addresses Hate Acts

November 26, 2018 Press Release

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:

November 19, 2018 Press Release

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.

November 19, 2018 Press Release

Say Future Aid Shouldn’t be Used for Debt Repayment

November 13, 2018 Press Release

Washington, DC – Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY) today released the following statement:

November 13, 2018 Press Release

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.

October 29, 2018 Press Release

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

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.