Congressman Hakeem Jeffries

Representing the 8th District of New York

Press Releases

Dec 21, 2013 Press Release
“The failure of mediation to produce a positive result for the community is deeply disappointing, but the fight to save Interfaith hospital remains alive. We will not rest until there is a viable and comprehensive medical facility that meets the needs of the people of Central Brooklyn at the present location.”
Dec 16, 2013 Press Release
“Despite the Ukrainian government’s efforts to battle racial intolerance, use of xenophobic language that endorses Nazi ideology by the fourth largest political party in the Ukraine, Svoboda, continues to be disconcerting. It is critical that top governmental leaders and officials recognize the dangers of working with this extremist group that was founded on and promotes anti-Semitism.”
Dec 13, 2013 Press Release
“As a nation of laws, the protection of our trademark statutes should extend to the United States government and other official entities throughout the country," said Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (NY-8). "We cherish the American flag in our hearts, but it should also be respected by the law. This legislation will accomplish that objective by extending trademark protection to the flag as well as other official insignia of this country and the unique states that make up our republic."
Dec 5, 2013 Press Release
“The newly designated police commissioner is a highly respected law enforcement professional with a track record in Los Angeles of both reducing crime and having a meaningful working relationship with the community. It is my hope that under his leadership the police department can demonstrate that it has the ability to both keep the City safe and respect the civil rights of law-abiding New Yorkers."
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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."
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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."
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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.”
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