Congressman Hakeem Jeffries

Representing the 8th District of New York

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Jun 4, 2015 Press Release

Washington, DC – Today U.S. Representative Hakeem Jeffries (NY-08), a member of the House Judiciary Committee and Whip of the Congressional Black Caucus, released the following statement on the FBI warrantless aerial surveillance program:

May 28, 2015 Press Release

BROOKLYN, NY – Today Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (NY-08), a key member of the House Judiciary Committee, released the following statement on the importance of ride-sharing services in New York City:

"New York City is a hotbed of innovation. Some of the world's most important tech firms are based here. Uber is a key part of that community.

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May 26, 2015 In The News

During a heated House Judiciary Committee hearing Tuesday, Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-N.Y.) responded sharply to a black conservative sheriff who blamed an African-American “underclass subculture” for police violence.

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May 6, 2015 In The News

(CNN) As Baltimore reels from protests over the death of a black man at the hands of white police officers, a New York congressman is calling for a national ban on chokeholds, the restraining move that led to the death of Eric Garner over the summer.

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Apr 28, 2015 In The News

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The family of Eric Garner joined a U.S. congressman Monday in advocating for a federal legislative proposal against the use of chokeholds by police.

As WCBS 880’s Monica Miller reported, the use of a chokehold is not illegal in New York state, but it has been prohibited under NYPD rules for more than 20 years.

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Apr 23, 2015 Press Release

BROOKLYN, NY – Today, Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (NY-08) released the following statement on the confirmation of Brooklyn U.S. Attorney Loretta Lynch as Attorney General of the United States:

Apr 16, 2015 In The News

Top US lawmakers are to discuss ways of tackling the killing of black suspects by police amid signs that the hitherto muted political response to a spate of recent controversies is giving way to more concerted attempts at reform.

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In The News

Jun 24, 2014 In The News
“It is virtually impossible to vindicate their rights under current law in the absence of counsel," said Jeffries. As it currently stands, unaccompanied minors can seek political asylum. Some children are also eligible for special immigrant juvenile status.
Jun 24, 2014 In The News
The Vulnerable Immigrant Voice Act comes as congressional committees prepare to hold hearings Tuesday and Wednesday on the crush of new arrivals from Central America. The measure is similar to a provision of a broad immigration bill that was approved by the Senate last year but has languished in the Republican-controlled House.
Jun 23, 2014 In The News
Thousands of the children are being held in detention centers and shelters, most of them in Texas and Arizona. But the impact can be felt in New York too, as these children try to reunite with families here. Rep. Hakeem Jeffries joined Diana Williams to discuss the ongoing crisis and his new legislation, The Vulnerable Immigrant Voice Act of 2014.
Jun 11, 2014 In The News
U.S. Representative Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY-8), co-sponsor of the "Hate Crime Reporting Act of 2014," explains why it's time to update the 20-year-old congressional report on the role of telecommunications in hate crimes and what kind of speech could lead to hate crimes.
Jun 10, 2014 In The News
Representative Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY 8th District), Reverend David Brawley (St. Paul's Community Baptist Church), and Andre T. Mitchell (Community Board 5, Man Up, Inc) joined BK Live to discuss crime and security in East New York.
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Jun 7, 2014 In The News
After a weekend of deadly stabbings in East New York, Congressman Hakeem Jeffries requested assistance from the FBI to assist the NYPD with apprehending a vicious killer that brutally attacked two children at 845 Schenck Avenue, a 6-story building in the Boulevard Houses development.
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Jun 5, 2014 In The News
U.S. Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-N.Y.), who represents the area, also issued a statement praising police. “I commend the police department for its work leading to this arrest,” he said in the statement. “Prince Joshua and Tanaya are in heaven. Let’s hope the police have apprehended a killer who is on his way to hell. “The hard-working people of East New York have been on edge since the brutal knife attacks that took place over the weekend. The arrest provides a measure of comfort, but this chapter will not be closed until this cold-blooded killer is tried, convicted and put away for life,” he continued.
Jun 5, 2014 In The News
“The senate bill was bi-partisan and did include a pay-for, in terms of the unemployment compensation. Speaker Boehner has indicated that the pay-for was inadequate and he also indicated that he wanted to see some sort of jobs package. The notion that the Speaker of the House is holding up the unemployment compensation legislation based upon his desire to see activity in the area of job creation is phony. It is a false narrative. The President has put forth the American Jobs Act, which would create infrastructure in transportation investment, as well as provide an opportunity for states to hire people in the fields of police protection, via an education. But the House has again failed to bring that bill to the floor. The only thing the House majority seems interested in with respect to job creation is the Keystone pipeline. But as the President has indicated, that project is under environmental review and we’re not in a position to move forward until we can be clear that the health and well being of the American people will not be jeopardized."
Jun 5, 2014 In The News
BROOKLYN — The Pratt Post Office has secured a new location after being forced to leave its former building, which was sold to developers in 2012, local politicians announced.
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Jun 4, 2014 In The News
Congressman Hakeem Jeffries and community leaders came together today to call for the deployment of federal law enforcement to nab whoever is responsible for the recent stabbings of two East New York children. “These are unspeakable crimes that have shaken the East New York community, which is a close, tight knit, family oriented community,” Mr. Jeffries declared today in East New York, Brooklyn. “There is a psychopath that is on the loose, who can strike again at any moment. That is why we need all hands on deck.”
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Videos

Aug 18, 2014 Video

Congressman Jeffries discusses gridlock in Washington and the failure of House Republicans to address the needs of the American people. He also addresses the situation in the Gaza Strip and Israel's right to defend itself.

Aug 18, 2014 Video

Congressman Jeffries discusses P.J.'s Act, a bill named after P.J. Avitto, the Brooklynite who was tragically killed in an elevator that lacked the proper safety equipment. The bill is designed to boost security-related funding for public housing organizations. He also addresses the NYPD's inept broken windows policing policy.

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