Congressman Hakeem Jeffries

Representing the 8th District of New York

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Feb 3, 2015 In The News

House Democrats on Tuesday will unveil a new task force that party leaders hope will reboot their messaging strategy ahead of 2016.

Democrats lost 13 seats on Election Day, and there has been strong criticism from within the Democratic Caucus that the party’s message was badly out of step with the American public.

Feb 3, 2015 In The News

WASHINGTON -- The deaths of Eric Garner, Michael Brown and other African-American men who have died at the hands of law enforcement in recent months were on the minds of the black lawmakers who gathered Tuesday morning in the U.S. Capitol for the start of the new Congress.

Feb 2, 2015 Press Release

"In the face of unprecedented GOP obstruction, President Obama has led a successful rescue of the American economy. The President took office at the outset of the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression. Today, our country is experiencing a sustained period of economic growth and job creation, the unemployment rate has drastically declined and the stock market is way up.

Jan 13, 2015 Press Release

Washington, DC – On the heels of his recent election as Whip of the Congressional Black Caucus, U.S. Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (NY-08) has been selected to serve on the powerful U.S. House Education and the Workforce Committee.

Dec 9, 2014 Press Release

Rep. Jeffries released the following statement in reaction to the stabbing at the Chabad-Lubavitch Synagogue today:

Dec 5, 2014 Press Release

Brooklyn, NY – Today, Congressman Hakeem Jeffries (NY-08) released the following statement on the decision by Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson to take the Akai Gurley case to a grand jury:

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Dec 5, 2014 Press Release

WASHINGTON– U.S. Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (NY-08) has partnered with Senate Judiciary Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Rep.

Dec 4, 2014 Press Release

Washington, DC – Rep. Jeffries released the following statement in reaction to the failure of a Staten Island grand jury to bring charges against Daniel Pantaleo, an NYPD officer whose unauthorized chokehold caused the death of unarmed Staten Island man Eric Garner:

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Dec 1, 2014 Press Release

Washington, DC – During tonight’s Special Order Hour, shortly after voting has concluded, Rep.

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In The News

May 13, 2014 In The News
Rep. Hakeem Jeffries is pushing to make the Prison Ship Martyr's Monument into a national monument. The 149-foot-tall monument stands atop a crypt holding the remains of some soldiers who were kept in horrific conditions on British prison ships during the Revolutionary War. More than 11,500 soldiers died in captivity on the British prison ships.
May 9, 2014 In The News
Jeffries said Nadler had worked for 20 years to get the beaches restored. “The devastation caused by Superstorm Sandy is indicative of the desperate need to restore and strengthen the South Brooklyn shoreline and surrounding infrastructure. I applaud Rep. Nadler for his relentless commitment to getting this project underway for the last 20 years and I am pleased that funding from the Sandy relief compensation package will be used to construct T-groin structures, replenish the Coney Island beachfront and mitigate damage from future storms,” Jeffries said.
May 5, 2014 In The News
A 149-foot-high shrine to American Revolutionary War POWs that stands majestically over Fort Greene Park could be on its way to becoming a national monument to be maintained by the U.S. Department of the Interior if a bill approved by the House on April 28 is passed by the senate and signed into law by President Obama.
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May 2, 2014 In The News
“Ken Thompson should be commended for his forward-looking policy to focus the law enforcement resources of his office on more serious crime,” said Rep. Hakeem Jeffries. “The time has long past to stop criminalizing young men of color for possession of small amounts of marijuana, when affluent college students regularly evade prosecution. We should have one standard for everyone, and that is what this change in policy will help bring about.”
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May 2, 2014 In The News
“It is clear, and no one in Washington, DC doubts that the primary purpose of that bill was to aid the victims of Hurricane Sandy,” Jeffries said at the press conference when asked about the bill’s actual language by the Queens Chronicle, the only media outlet to ask any questions at the event. “What HUD appears to be considering is the notion that, let’s have a resiliency competition all across the country. Why do that when we have resiliency needs in New York? Until those resilency needs are met ... there’s no need for a resiliency competition around the country.”
May 2, 2014 In The News
Members of the media were treated to a special session hosted by Canarsie’s congressman - Hakeem Jeffries (8th Congressional District). Congressman Jeffries gave editors and reporters of the City’s weekly publications a unique opportunity, in an informal setting, to discuss local issues at a roundtable discussion held last week.
May 1, 2014 In The News
The CBC budget, unfortunately, is one of those passed over and pitifully neglected pastimes of Capitol Hill culture.
Apr 29, 2014 In The News
“The monument is largely used as a skate park and a destination for people engaging in their morning physical activities,” said Jeffries of the 116-year-old landmark, which houses some of the remains of 11,500 colonists who perished aboard British prison ships on the East River during the American Revolution. “That was not the intention of the monument.”
Apr 29, 2014 In The News
"This is a substantial step toward making sure these American Revolutionary War heroes will have their stories and their legacies told, preserved and respected," Jeffries said.
Apr 25, 2014 In The News
Jeffries discussed immigration reform, the slow pace of Superstorm Sandy relief, and the stalled attempt by Democrats to extend unemployment benefits for the long-term unemployed, among other issues.

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Jun 24, 2014 Video
On MSNBC's "All In with Chris Hayes," Rep Hakeem Jeffries (NY-08) discussed the flood of unaccompanied minors at the border and his bill, the Vulnerable Immigrant Voice Act of 2014. The legislation would provide counsel for unaccompanied minors and mentally disabled individuals in detention proceedings.
Jun 24, 2014 Video
On MSNBC's "Ronan Farrow Daily," Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (NY-08) discusses Congressional response to the ongoing humanitarian crisis at the southern U.S. border and his legislation, the Vulnerable Immigrant Voice Act of 2014 (VIVA) which would provide legal counsel for unaccompanied minors and disabled individuals in detention proceedings.

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