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In a vote of 241-180, the House approved the $50.5 billion Sandy Disaster Aid package Tuesday evening.
The package was split into two main bills. The first, a $17 billion measure, passed overwhelmingly.
"I always knew that in my heart that we would come together to help our constituents," Queens Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D) said.
After winning a commanding victory to succeed Ed Towns as representative of Brooklyn’s 8th Congressional District, Hakeem Jeffries was sworn into office as a member of the 113th Congress last week.
The borough’s congressional delegation added three new faces to its roster on Jan. 3 with the swearing in of Reps. Hakeem Jeffries (D-Brooklyn), Grace Meng (D-Flushing) and Steve Israel (D-Long Island)
Now that he’s arrived on Capitol Hill, freshman Congressman Hakeem Jeffries has been appointed to the Budget Committee. The Budget Committee is chaired by Paul Ryan and, in an email to supporters announcing the appointment, his campaign sounded rather excited about the possibility for Mr. Jeffries to directly tangle with the former Republican vice presidential candidate.
Energized with a new chairman and five new freshman House members, the Congressional Black Caucus was sworn in for the 113th Congress Jan. 3 with a pledge from incoming Chairman Marcia Fudge (D-Ohio) to “play to win” with the Obama administration in the battle for jobs, income opportunity and political influence for Black America.
Temple Beth El will host newly elected U.S. Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-Brooklyn) for a Martin Luther King day service on Jan. 18, marking the latest chapter in the 26-year-old dialogue between the Jewish and black communities at Beth El and Mt. Olive Baptist Church.
New York City has two new members of Congress.
Hakeem Jeffries, representing the Eighth District in Brooklyn and Queens, which includes Bedford-Stuyvesant, Coney Island and Howard Beach, and Grace Meng, of the Sixth District in Queens, which stretches from Ridgewood to Bayside, were among the 84 new members of Congress sworn in Thursday.