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American Songwriter: Songwriter Equity Act Re-Introduced to Congress

On March 4 in Washington D.C., both Senators and members of the House of Representatives took a stand for American songwriters and their right for fair use, distribution and compensation.  The Songwriter Equity Act (SEA) was re-introduced to Congress in hopes of amending sections 114 and 115 of the Copyright Act to change and improve the process that sets […]

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Observer: Democrats Bash ‘Dumb’ and ‘Dangerous’ GOP as Homeland Security Shut Down Nears

A group of House Democrats stood inside the LaGuardia Airport Marine Air Terminal today to blast Republicans in Congress for an impasse that may shut down the Department of Homeland Security at the end of the week. Congress members Steve Israel, Kathleen Rice, Hakeem Jeffries and Joseph Crowley derided “dumb” and “dangerous” Republicans for attaching […]

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NY Daily News: Congressmen propose tax deduction extension for donations to families of slain NYPD cops

Doing the right thing could come with a writeoff. Reps. Hakeem Jeffries (D-Brooklyn) and Pete King (R-L.I.) proposed legislation Tuesday to extend the tax deduction period for anyone contributing to the families of two slain city cops. “Whenever tragedy occurs, it’s important for representatives of the community to step up and do the right thing,” […]

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Black Lawmakers Urge Supreme Court To Strike Down Wisconsin Voter ID Laws

WASHINGTON –– The Congressional Black Caucus on Tuesday submitted an amicus brief in the Wisconsin voter I.D. case, BuzzFeed News has learned. The primary question before the Supreme Court is whether Wisconsin’s voter I.D. law, touted in recent speeches by Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, a presidential hopeful, violates the Constitutional guarantee of equal protection under […]

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Brooklyn Daily Eagle: Coney Island school gets more than $16M for Sandy-related repairs

U.S. Sens. Chuck E. Schumer and Kirsten E. Gillibrand and Congressman Hakeem Jeffries on Tuesday announced $16.2 million in federal funding to the New York City School Construction Authority for permanent work of P.S. 90 Edna Cohen School of Coney Island, as a result of Superstorm Sandy. Flooding from storm surge caused severe damage to […]

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Brooklyn Daily Eagle: Rep. Hakeem Jeffries explains Brooklyn’s progress

According to U.S. Congressman Hakeem Jeffries (D-Brooklyn), “Brooklyn continues to be on the rise.” In an exclusive interview with this reporter, Jeffries discussed his views on the borough’s need for safe affordable housing and preservation of diversity. He also highlighted Brooklyn’s steps toward the goal of an equal application of the law. The congressman gave his […]

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Fort Greene Focus: Jeffries Talks Jobs, Housing, Employment And Immigration In State Of The District Address

“I work in an immigrant community, so it’s a challenge [for anyone]to touch on things that affects everyone, but he did: on police, housing, employment and immigration,” said Lovly, a Canarsie mom and community advocate. “It isn’t all talk [either]because he is very practical and has worked with us on social needs and real life […]