Congressman Hakeem Jeffries

Representing the 8th District of New York

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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 24, 2014 In The News
Jeffries introduced the bill, which, if passed, will require the National Parks Service to do a study about the historical significance of the site. The remains of 11,500 prisoners are buried here. At the base of the staircase, you'll find the entrance to the crypt.
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 8, 2014 In The News
The American patent system was enshrined by our founding fathers in the Constitution to promote innovation and the progress of science and the useful arts. Since that time, when functioning as originally intended, it has served to bolster U.S. entrepreneurship, economic advancement and employ millions of workers across the nation.
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 25, 2014 In The News
SESAC recently hosted an afternoon of music and politics when Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY) visited the New York offices to talk about the Songwriter Equity Act. The bill, co-sponsored by Jeffries along with Rep. Doug Collins (R-GA), endeavors to modernize the music licensing system by updating provisions to the Copyright Act of 1976 to ensure songwriters are fairly compensated for their creative work.
Mar 20, 2014 In The News
Rep. Jeffries added, "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. As the caretaker of intellectual property law, it is important for Congress to make statutory adjustments when necessary to promote creativity in America. That is what this bill seeks to accomplish.”
Mar 17, 2014 In The News
Congressman Hakeem Jeffries joined co-hosts Brian Vines and Tati Amare on "BK Live" on March 17, 2014.
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Jul 10, 2013 In The News

Responding to evidence that the United States is falling behind other countries in preparing youngsters in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM)–and to President Barack Obama’s recent call for “an all-hands on deck approach to STEM”— the Polytechnic Institute of New York University (NYU-Poly) today will launch #STEMNOW

Jul 8, 2013 In The News

If the two previous town hall meetings in Howard Beach discussing the neighborhood’s recovery from Hurricane Sandy were any indication, many entered St.

Jul 8, 2013 In The News
U.S. Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-Brooklyn, Queens) addressed the crowd that packed into St. Helen’s for a town hall forum on Hurricane Sandy issues on Sunday.
Jul 1, 2013 In The News
Congressmember Hakeem Jeffries hosted a post-Sandy town hall meeting with Assemblymember Phillip Goldfeder for residents still struggling to recover.
Jul 1, 2013 In The News
As 1010 WINS’ Gene Michaels reported, Father Dooley Hall at St. Helen Roman Catholic Church at 157-10 83rd St. in Queens, was the site of a post-Sandy Town Hall meeting hosted by U.S. Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-N.Y.), and state Assemblyman Philip Goldfeder (D-Queens).
Jul 1, 2013 In The News
Mayor Bloomberg’s comment about stop-and-frisk on his weekly radio show sparked major backlash from community leaders and politicians — the outrage stemming from hundreds of thousands of stops each year that result in arrests only about 10% of the time.
Jul 1, 2013 In The News
Mr. Jeffries said Mr. Bloomberg's "racially charged comments" last week showed he doesn't recognize the pain caused by the policy and that "the time is now" for its reduction. "The mayor's comments in defense of stop-and-frisk were sad, disrespectful, hurtful, and quite unfortunate," he said.
Jul 1, 2013 In The News
An embattled Mayor Bloomberg stood by his controversial comments on the NYPD’s stop and frisk policy Sunday — and unloaded on his critics.
Jun 26, 2013 In The News
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Washington, civil and voting rights groups were blunt in describing their reaction to the Supreme Court’s decision to strike down a key part of the 1965 Voting Rights Act.
Jun 24, 2013 In The News
On Sunday, June 23, 2013, Rep. Hakeem Jeffries discussed pending immigration bills that are under review in the House Judiciary committee and collaboration with the Senate immigration bill on MSNBC's "Up with Steve Kornacki." He also discussed pending Supreme Court decisions on same-sex marriage and section 5 of the Voting Rights Act.

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