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  • The Takeaway: Gun Control: Obama's Biggest Policy Failing?
    Posted in In the News on January 19, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Preventing Gun Violence

    Click here to listen to this segment Barack Obama described the mass shooting at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, back in December 2012, as the worst day of his presidency. Following the massacre, which claimed the lives of 20 children and six adults, the president pushed for sweeping changes to the nation’s gun control laws. Statistics show that gun crime is significantly higher in the United States than in other comparable countries. Ultimately, President Obama did no... Read more

  • LI Herald: Nassau Planned Parenthood braces for possible federal defunding
    Posted in In the News on January 17, 2017 | Preview rr

    By Julie Mansmann Planned Parenthood of Nassau County’s staff and supporters said that they are concerned that the Republican-majority chambers of Congress will soon move to strip health centers affiliated with the organization of all federal funding. House Speaker Paul Ryan, a Republican from Wisconsin, told reporters on Jan. 5 that efforts to defund the organization “would be in our reconciliation bill,” referring to a special type of legislation that would need only a simple Senate majority ... Read more

  • News 12: Congressional Democrats rally to protect health care programs
    Posted in In the News on January 15, 2017 | Preview rr

    NEW CASSEL - Long Island's Congressional Democrats led a rally Sunday to help protect critical health care programs amid the Republican push to repeal the Affordable Care Act. The rally was held at the "Yes We Can" Center in New Cassel. Rep. Kathleen Rice (D-Garden City) criticized Republicans for saying they will "repeal and replace" the Affordable Care Act without actually presenting a plan to put in its place. Meanwhile, Democratic Rep. Tom Suozzi, of Glen Cove, urged residents to keep an op... Read more

  • FiOS: Activists, lawmakers protest efforts by Republicans to repeal ACA without replacement
    Posted in In the News on January 15, 2017 | Preview rr

    By Enzo Domingo The message was loud and clear this morning in Newark as elected officials gathered to rally in support of the Affordable Care Act, which is under threat of being repealed and replaced by congress. U.S. Senators Cory Booker and Robert Menendez joined Representatives Bill Pascrell, Bonnie Watson Coleman, and others to unite their voice to speak on behalf of some of the estimated 20 Americans who will risk losing so much without health insurance. While Rebecca McDonough says she's... Read more

  • Newsday: Hundreds attend rally in New Cassel to support Affordable Care Act
    Posted in In the News on January 15, 2017 | Preview rr

    By Scott Eidler About 1,500 people rallied in New Cassel on Sunday against efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act and against Republican threats to defund Planned Parenthood. The rally, among 34 promoted by Planned Parenthood across the country this weekend, was held at the Yes We Can Community Center in New Cassel. The rally came days after both houses of Congress approved budgets that laid the groundwork for repealing President Obama’s signature health care law. President-elect Donald Trum... Read more

  • Rep. Rice Announces $1.5 Million Federal Grant to Expand Apprenticeships in New York State
    Posted in In the News on October 21, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs & the Economy

    WASHINGTON – U.S. Representative Kathleen Rice announced today that the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has awarded $1.5 million to the New York State Department of Labor (NYSDOL) to fund the New York State Apprenticeship Expansion Grant project, which aims to expand apprenticeship training and employment opportunities throughout the state. The funding will be used to create an unprecedented outreach campaign to promote apprenticeships as a key workforce development tool for the 21st century. NYS... Read more

  • Rep. Kathleen Rice calls for hearings on airport security
    Posted in In the News on September 8, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: National Security

    By Zachary R. Dowdy Rep. Kathleen Rice (D-Garden City) is calling for a congressional hearing to discuss how prepared the nation’s airports are for active shooter situations, after unfounded reports of gunfire at airports in New York and Los Angeles sparked pandemonium for passengers and authorities last month. Rice, who sits on the Homeland Security Committee’s Subcommittee on Transportation Security, wrote to the subcommittee’s chairman, John Katko (R-Camillus), on Tuesday asking for the foru... Read more

  • Newsday: Kathleen Rice, Steve Israel, others stage gun control sit-in
    Posted in In the News on June 23, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Preventing Gun Violence

    By Tom Brune WASHINGTON — Led by civil rights veteran Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.), Long Island Reps. Kathleen Rice, Steve Israel and Gregory Meeks joined more than two dozen Democratic members of Congress to conduct a sit-in to demand a vote on gun legislation to address mass shootings. The unusual protest move by Democrats who occupied the well of the House floor brought the business of the day to a halt and prompted House Republican leaders to call a recess and cut off the video feed shown on the... Read more

  • LI Herald: After Orlando, sadness and stepped-up security in New York
    Posted in In the News on June 14, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: National Security, Preventing Gun Violence

    By Mary Malloy, Barbara Rubin-Perry, Julie Mansmann and Anthony Rifilato As the shocking details of last Sunday’s mass shooting at a nightclub in Orlando, Fla., emerged this week, local police and community organizations ramped up security, and gathered for prayer. “We are appalled at the deaths of the innocent victims of the mass shooting in Orlando, and we’re keeping them and their loved ones in our prayers,” said Deacon Richard LaRossa, a pastoral associate at the Parish of St. Raymond’s Cat... Read more

  • LI Herald: Pride for Youth holds tearful vigil for Orlando victims
    Posted in In the News on June 13, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: National Security, Preventing Gun Violence

    By Scott Brinton The worst mass shooting in U.S. history, at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Fla., last Sunday, has the South Shore’s LGBT community reeling. The community, many within it say, has long been a target of violence. Gay nightclubs were supposed to be their safe havens. Now they wonder whether there’s anywhere to gather without fear of violence. That’s according to Pete Carney, director of Pride for Youth, a Bellmore-based nonprofit organization that serves the area’s youth lesbian, gay... Read more

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