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  • Rep. Kathleen Rice Urges Governor Cuomo to Advocate on Behalf of Island Park in LIPA Suit
    Posted in Press Releases on September 20, 2019 | Preview rr

    WASHINGTON – U.S. Representative Kathleen Rice sent a letter this week to Governor Andrew Cuomo requesting that he advocate on behalf of the Island Park community and urge the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) to drop all suits against the village. LIPA filed a lawsuit against Island Park to reduce its tax obligations on the EF Barrett Power Station facility in Island Park, which could devastate the local school district. LIPA had previously committed to paying a substantial amount of taxes to ... Read more

  • Rep. Rice Announces Nearly $100,000 in Federal Grant Funding for Long Beach Fire Department
    Posted in Press Releases on September 12, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Homeland Security

    WASHINGTON – U.S. Representative Kathleen Rice announced today that the Long Beach Volunteer Fire Department has been awarded $98,181 in federal grant funding to purchase new, life-saving equipment for their ambulances. The funding was awarded through the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) program, which provides grants directly to fire departments for projects that enhance public health and safety as well as the health and safety of emergency res... Read more

  • Rep. Rice Announces $1.7 Million in Security Grant Funding for 17 Jewish Nonprofits in NY-04
    Posted in Press Releases on August 8, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Homeland Security

    GARDEN CITY, NY – U.S. Representative Kathleen Rice announced today that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has awarded more than $11 million for security enhancements to nonprofit organizations in the greater New York City area, including $1.7 million to 17 Jewish organizations, synagogues, and schools in New York’s fourth congressional district. The funding was awarded through DHS’s FY 2019 Nonprofit Security Grant Program (NSGP), which supports target hardening and physical securi... Read more

  • Reps. Rice, Bergman Introduce GI Bill Planning Act
    Posted in Press Releases on August 7, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Veterans

    WASHINGTON – Representatives Kathleen Rice (NY-04) and Jack Bergman (MI-01) introduced the bipartisan H.R. 4162, GI Bill Planning Act of 2019 to save military enlistees hundreds of dollars and streamline Veterans' education benefits for the future. Today, a small and further declining number of student Veterans use the 1984 Montgomery GI Bill (MGIB) to earn a degree. A 97% majority instead choose the newer, more effective Post 9/11 GI Bill. However, about 70% of military recruits still make the ... Read more

  • Reps. Rice, Pappas, and Bergman Call for Stronger Oversight of VA Purchase Card Program
    Posted in Press Releases on August 2, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Veterans

    WASHINGTON – Representative Chris Pappas (NH-01), who serves as the Chair of the Oversight and Investigations (O&I) Subcommittee for the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee, alongside O&I Ranking member Jack Bergman (MI-01) and Committee member Kathleen Rice (NY-04), sent a letter to Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert Wilkie to express concern over the Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) oversight of its government charge card program. The Members’ concerns stem from the recent repor... Read more

  • Reps. Rice and Rose to Visit Southern Border as Part of Bipartisan Homeland Security Committee Delegation
    Posted in Press Releases on July 17, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Homeland Security

    WASHINGTON – Reps. Kathleen Rice (NY-04) and Max Rose (NY-11) will visit the Rio Grande Valley this Friday as part of a bipartisan Homeland Security Committee delegation to examine the migrant conditions at the southern border. The group will visit CBP facilities around McAllen, Texas, including a Border Patrol station, processing center, holding facility, and a port of entry. The delegation will also visit a Department of Health and Human Services shelter and meet with local immigration stake h... Read more

  • Durbin, Collins, Wenstrup, Rice Introduce Bipartisan, Bicameral Bill To Make The VA Smoke-Free
    Posted in Press Releases on July 11, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Veterans

    WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Susan Collins (R-ME), along with U.S. Representatives Brad Wenstrup, D.P.M. (R-OH-02) and Kathleen Rice (D-NY-04), today introduced bipartisan, bicameral legislation to prohibit smoking at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). The legislation would repeal an antiquated 1992 law that requires the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) to furnish and maintain designated indoor or outdoor smoking areas. Supported by the VA, the bill would brin... Read more

  • Rep. Kathleen Rice Statement on Recent Trip to Israel
    Posted in Press Releases on July 9, 2019 | Preview rr

    WASHINGTON — Rep. Kathleen Rice released the following statement today following her recent trip to Israel as part of a bipartisan Congressional delegation: “Last week I had the pleasure of joining a bipartisan group of Members of Congress on a trip to Israel, where we met with Prime Minister Netanyahu, Members of the Knesset and top security officials. Throughout our many meetings, we expressed a strong, bipartisan commitment to Israel and its security. We also had the opportunity to meet with... Read more

  • Rep. Rice’s BRAVE Act Passes House with Broad Bipartisan Support
    Posted in Press Releases on June 26, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Veterans

    WASHINGTON – This week the U.S. House Representatives passed H.R. 2109, the Boosting Rates of American Veteran Employment (BRAVE) Act. The legislation, which was introduced by Rep. Kathleen Rice, authorizes the Secretary of Veterans Affairs when awarding VA contracts, to give preference to companies that have high concentrations of full-time veteran employees. This bill will reward contractors that actively hire veterans and create an incentive for other contractors to do the same. The BRAVE Act... Read more

  • Rep. Kathleen Rice Leads Letter to the EPA Regarding Water Contamination on Long Island
    Posted in Press Releases on June 7, 2019 | Preview rr

    GARDEN CITY, NY – U.S. Representative Kathleen Rice (NY-04) today sent a letter from the entire Long Island delegation to Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Andrew Wheeler regarding a recent study from the New York Public Interest Research Group (NYPIRG) that found that Long Island has the most contaminated drinking water in New York State. The study also found that Nassau County has the highest number of water systems with detected emerging contaminants among New York’s counties. In... Read more

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