Nov 25, 2013 Press Release
"Random acts of violence, particularly when targeted at people on the basis of race or religion, will not be tolerated. If you violently participate in the knockout game, we will do everything in our power to make sure that the criminal justice system is there to knockout socially unacceptable behavior. We must also make sure that we positively reinforce young people throughout the community in a manner that promotes constructive activity by at risk youth."
Nov 20, 2013 Press Release
“The favorable reporting of the Innovation Act out of the House Judiciary Committee is an important step in the right direction toward addressing the patent troll issue in a meaningful way. While I continue to have concern with some aspects of the legislation and its impact on legitimate patent litigants, the progress made by amending the fee shifting provision will hopefully provide a basis to move forward and find common ground on a range of issues prior to consideration of the bill on the House Floor.”
Nov 19, 2013 Press Release
Rep. Jeffries spoke on the House Floor about the adverse impact cutting critical supplemental nutrition benefits will have on approximately 50 million working-class Americans. Rep. Jeffries also exposed significant economic disparities that have further exacerbated food insecurity, principally within the African American community.
Oct 31, 2013 Press Release
"The decision to stay the district court's opinion declaring the police department's stop and frisk program unconstitutional is an unfortunate departure from the long journey toward justice. The NYPD has sanctioned racial profiling during this administration in ways that violate the Fourth Amendment. Notwithstanding this judicial hiccup, communities victimized by the out of control stop and frisk program can at least take comfort that the apologists for this police tactic have to pack up by December 31."
Oct 31, 2013 Press Release
“The Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act will help keep residents in their homes and our communities robust by making necessary changes to the National Flood Insurance Program,” said Rep. Jeffries. “I applaud both sides of the aisle for putting ideological differences aside and creating bipartisan legislation that addresses a national conflict that affects every homeowner and implements much-needed changes to this federal program.”
Oct 29, 2013 Press Release
“One year ago, Superstorm Sandy struck many neighborhoods in Southern Brooklyn and Queens with devastating ferocity. Homes were destroyed, businesses ruined and lives turned upside down. Over the last year we have made tremendous progress, but we still have a long way to go. We must not rest until normalcy has been restored for every last victim.”
Oct 22, 2013 Press Release
“Congressman Major Owens was a crusader for the people of Brooklyn, a champion for working-class families and a guardian of underserved communities. He emphasized the importance of education as a catalyst for upward mobility from the beginning of his career until the very end. Throughout his tenure, Rep. Owens compassionately prioritized those struggling to transcend above the poverty line. His legislative accomplishments and passion for service have left an indelible mark on the people he so wonderfully represented."
Oct 16, 2013 Press Release
“Our national nightmare is over. The government will reopen, a default has been averted and it’s time to get back to doing the business of the American people.”
Oct 11, 2013 Press Release
On the House Floor, Congressman Hakeem Jeffries (NY-8) stood up for Superstorm Sandy victims in Brooklyn and Queens. He denounced the House GOP strategy to reopen small parts of the government and ignore the rest while Americans suffer.
Oct 8, 2013 Press Release
Rep. Jeffries spoke on the House Floor about the adverse impact of the government shutdown and disputed the House GOP characterization that the Affordable Care Act is a “train wreck.” Rep. Jeffries also exposed a factually inaccurate claim that Democrats don’t want to negotiate and made clear that there are enough votes to reopen the government, notwithstanding a recent assertion to the contrary by Speaker John Boehner.