Congressman Hakeem Jeffries

Representing the 8th District of New York

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Mar 17, 2014 In The News
Rep. Hakeem Jeffries has introduced a bill to study the likelihood of making the Prison Ship Martyrs’ Monument in Fort Greene Park a National Monument. If the bill were to pass Congress, and the monument was found to have "historic interest," it would gain a spot next to the Statue of Liberty and Castle Clinton on the list of national monuments.
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Mar 14, 2014 In The News
On Thursday, March 13, 2014, Congressman Hakeem Jeffries participated in a roundtable discussion with CARICOM ambassadors and other members of the Congressional Black Caucus.
Mar 14, 2014 In The News
Congressman Hakeem Jeffries joined “NewsOne Now” to share his thoughts on Attorney General Eric Holder's plan to reduce some drug-related sentences.
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 11, 2014 In The News
Ernest Peronneau strolled right into his party Sunday afternoon to celebrate his 112th birthday. The Clinton Hill resident sat next to younger women -- one 103, the other his 93-year-old cousin. But Ernest says he doesn't feel like the oldest in the group. He says he feels like a teenager. To help mark Ernest's accomplishments, Congressman Hakeem Jeffries delivered a congressional citation. And to everybody at his party he advised them to be a copycat.
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Mar 10, 2014 In The News
Speaking to an audience of about 150, Reps. Hakeem Jeffries and Blake Farenthold said the other chamber of Congress needs to move on legislation to combat frivolous patent lawsuits. The freshman New York Democrat and sophomore Texas Republican, both members of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property and the Internet, co-sponsored the Patent Litigation And Innovation Act (HR 2639), one of a number of proposals to combat patent trolls.
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 25, 2014 In The News
As the White House is pushing for an increase in the federal minimum wage, Freshman Democratic New York Congressman Hakeem Jeffries is trying to make it happen; that, as he blasts the GOP obstructionists who are slowing progress on many issues.

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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.
Jun 24, 2013 In The News
On C-SPAN's Washington Journal Representative Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY) talked about immigration reform efforts in both the House and Senate as well as the economy, and he responded to telephone calls and electronic communications. He also discussed responded to Robert Mueller’s previous day admission in National Security Agency phone record data collection programs, gun violence, and other topics.
Jun 18, 2013 In The News

Congressman Hakeem Jeffries questioned FBI Director Robert Mueller during a full committee hearing on Oversight on the Federal Bureau of Investigation on June 13, 2013. Click on the image below to listen to the interview Rep. Jeffries had with Steve Scott from WCBS 880 radio in which he discusses the hearing.

Jun 17, 2013 In The News
Congressman Hakeem Jeffries was a member of this year's House Democrats Baseball Team. He wore a Brooklyn Cyclones uniform in tribute to his hometown of Brooklyn, NY.

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