Congressman Hakeem Jeffries

Representing the 8th District of New York

Press Releases

Apr 25, 2014 Press Release
“A year and a half later, thousands of New Yorkers are still struggling to rebuild their homes and businesses in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy. It is perplexing to me, as a representative of some of the hardest hit communities in the City, that the Department of Housing and Urban Development would consider redirecting funds to areas outside of the Northeast absent significant consultation. Until the communities devastated by Sandy in New York and New Jersey have been fully rebuilt, the reallocation of federal resources should be off the table.”
Apr 9, 2014 Press Release
During a House Judiciary Committee Department of Justice oversight hearing on April 8, 2014, Congressman Hakeem Jeffries (NY-8) questioned the sole witness, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, on the Administration’s response to gun violence in Brooklyn and throughout America. During the line of questioning, Congressman Jeffries observed that many of the illegal guns used to commit violent acts in Brooklyn come from other states, like Pennsylvania, and questioned Attorney General Holder on the Justice Department’s efforts to keep illegal weapons from being trafficked into inner-city neighborhoods.
Apr 7, 2014 Press Release
“The Senate has put partisan politics aside and courageously taken a substantial step forward on behalf of over two million long-term unemployed Americans. It is now time for Speaker Boehner and House Republicans to do the right thing for our country and allow a vote on the legislation. Over 198,000 New Yorkers have been cut off from federal unemployment compensation benefits since December 2013. It is time for House Republicans to act, as further delay will unnecessarily injure the ability of our economy to continue its recovery.”
Apr 1, 2014 Press Release
"House Republicans have renewed their attack on working families, the middle class and seniors by putting forth another budget that callously balances itself on the backs of the most vulnerable Americans. Among other measures, the House Republican budget seeks to turn Medicare into a voucher program, dramatically reduce spending on higher education and deny American workers the raise they deserve. Once again, the Ryan budget makes draconian cuts to our social safety net programs while protecting wasteful corporate loopholes and cutting taxes for the wealthy. The Republican Budget is a product of the same reckless world view that shutdown the government for sixteen days to satisfy the ideological thirst of extreme right wing conservatives. I strongly oppose the adoption of the Ryan budget, and will work hard to make sure that it is once again banished to the dustbin of history.”
Mar 26, 2014 Press Release
“New York City public school students should not be compelled to go hungry in order to adhere to religious dietary restrictions. All of our children deserve the best opportunity to succeed, and adequate nourishment throughout the day is an important part of that success. Given the growing Muslim population in our school system, including the Bangladeshi-American community, it is time for the Department of Education to make Halal meals available this calendar year."
Mar 13, 2014 Press Release
“Thomas Jennings, a native New Yorker, was an entrepreneurial trailblazer who was ahead of his time. As the first African-American to be granted a patent, his success is an important part of the journey we have traveled as a society in America,” said Rep. Jeffries. “The Thomas Jennings story will hopefully inspire the next generation of engineers, scientists and mathematicians to contribute to our innovation and tech economy.”
Mar 6, 2014 Press Release
“The financial assistance provided in this bill will support the democratic aspirations of the Ukrainian people in their quest for self-determination. Our government will continue to stand up for those who seek to create a society filled with the freedom, liberty and religious tolerance that we cherish here in America.”
Mar 5, 2014 Press Release
“The Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act will halt premium rate increases that were speeding toward families impacted by Superstorm Sandy like a runaway freight train. While improving the financial viability of the national flood insurance program remains an important objective, we cannot allow skyrocketing flood insurance rates to price people out of their homes. This bill strikes an appropriate balance, and I urge the Senate to move swiftly to reach consensus on legislation that can be signed into law by the President."
Feb 26, 2014 Press Release
The Songwriter Equity Act endeavors to modernize the music licensing system by updating provisions in the Copyright Act of 1976 to ensure songwriters are fairly compensated for their creative work. In New York, there are nearly 80,000 songwriters, composers and publishers who deserve to make a good living.
Feb 13, 2014 Press Release
"The decision by the Department of Health and Human Services to grant New York State's Medicaid waiver application is a tremendous victory for safety net hospitals like Interfaith Medical Center. Throughout this process, our Congressional Delegation remained unified in the pursuit of a favorable decision by the federal government. It is now important to make sure that the billions of dollars that will be made available to New York State are spent in the communities that need it most."

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