Congressman Hakeem Jeffries

Representing the 8th District of New York

Press Releases

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."
Jan 30, 2014 Press Release
"The era of stop and frisk excess is finally coming to an end. In a democracy, there must be a balance between effective law enforcement activity on the one hand, and a respect for civil liberties and the Constitution on the other. The prior administration failed to respect that balance. Thankfully, our new Mayor understands that strengthening the relationship between the police and the community will yield continued gains in the effort to further improve public safety."
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Jan 28, 2014 Press Release
“The dysfunction that characterized Congress in 2013 must yield to a year of legislative action on behalf of the American people. President Obama made clear that he is prepared to move forward in order to expand economic opportunity for working class families and the middle class. It is time for Congress to step up and do its part for the good of the country.”
Jan 15, 2014 Press Release
“The Internet is a wonderful vehicle for innovation, creativity and entrepreneurship. But it can also be used as a platform to promote hate and target vulnerable individuals,” said Rep. Hakeem Jeffries. “This legislation will mandate a comprehensive analysis of criminal and hateful activity on the Internet that occurs outside of the zone of the First Amendment protection.”

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