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Politico: Dems’ House task force to hone 2016 messaging

House Democrats on Tuesday will unveil a new task force that party leaders hope will reboot their messaging strategy ahead of 2016. Democrats lost 13 seats on Election Day, and there has been strong criticism from within the Democratic Caucus that the party’s message was badly out of step with the American public.   Minority […]

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Rep. Jeffries Statement on President Obama’s 2015 State of the Union Address

“In the face of unprecedented GOP obstruction, President Obama has led a successful rescue of the American economy. The President took office at the outset of the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression. Today, our country is experiencing a sustained period of economic growth and job creation, the unemployment rate has drastically declined and […]

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Rep. Jeffries Appointed to the U.S. House Education and the Workforce Committee

Washington, DC – On the heels of his recent election as Whip of the Congressional Black Caucus, U.S. Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (NY-08) has been selected to serve on the powerful U.S. House Education and the Workforce Committee. The committee has jurisdiction over general education and workforce matters including the debate over Common Core, President Obama’s […]

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Rep. Jeffries Statement on the Decision by Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson to Take the Akai Gurley Case to a Grand Jury

Brooklyn, NY – Today, Congressman Hakeem Jeffries (NY-08) released the following statement on the decision by Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson to take the Akai Gurley case to a grand jury: “The epidemic of young, unarmed African-American men being killed by police officers without consequence must end. Akai Gurley did not deserve to die, and […]

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Rep. Hakeem Jeffries Partners with Sen. Leahy and Rep. Chabot to Pass Bipartisan Law School Clinic Certification Bill

WASHINGTON– U.S. Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (NY-08) has partnered with Senate Judiciary Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Rep. Steve Chabot (R-OH) to pass his first piece of legislation, the Law School Clinic Certification Program of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). The bipartisan bill, which has passed both houses of Congress and is expected to […]

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Statement on the Failure of a Grand Jury to Bring Charges In the Death of Unarmed Staten Island Man Eric Garner

Washington, DC – Rep. Jeffries released the following statement in reaction to the failure of a Staten Island grand jury to bring charges against Daniel Pantaleo, an NYPD officer whose unauthorized chokehold caused the death of unarmed Staten Island man Eric Garner: “Once again, our broken criminal justice system has failed to hold a police […]

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Congressional Black Caucus Will Take to House Floor to Discuss Ferguson and What It Means to be Black in America

Washington, DC – During tonight’s Special Order Hour, shortly after voting has concluded, Rep. Jeffries will lead a one hour discussion on the House floor by members of the Congressional Black Caucus entitled: “Black In America: What Ferguson Says About Where We Are And Where We Need To Go.” Members of the CBC will discuss […]

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Brooklyn Reader: Jeffries, Clarke and Caribbean-American Leaders in Brooklyn Address Obama’s Immigration Overhaul

Reps. Hakeem Jeffries (NY-08) and Yvette Clarke (NY-09)– both co-chairs of the Congressional Black Caucus Immigration Reform Task Force — held a press conference on Friday at the Shirley Chisholm State Office Building to convey words of support and praise for the executive order passed by President Obama on Thursday that will now allow millions […]