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  • Rice Introduces Bill to Require Election Security Reports for Congress and State Election Officials
    Posted in Press Releases on October 30, 2020 | Preview rr

    WASHINGTON – Representative Kathleen Rice (NY-04), a member of the House Homeland Security Committee, introduced the Election Security Assessments Act (H.R. 8697), which would require the Director of National Intelligence to submit annual reports on pre-election threats to Federal elections to Members of Congress and State election officials. “Foreign interference in our elections represents one of the gravest threats to American democracy in the history of our nation,” said Rep. Kathleen Rice. ... Read more

  • Rice Announces Nearly 160,000 Jobs Retained in NY-04 Through Paycheck Protection Program
    Posted in Press Releases on October 29, 2020 | Preview rr

    GARDEN CITY, NY – Representative Kathleen Rice (NY-04) announced that the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) has helped retain 159,674 jobs in New York’s Fourth congressional district, according to the latest available data from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). Additionally, businesses in NY-04 also received $69.7 million in Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL) and EIDL grant advances. “The numbers are clear: federal relief programs like the PPP and EIDL program have been a critical... Read more

  • Rep. Rice Introduces Teachers & Parents at the Table Act
    Posted in Press Releases on October 19, 2020 | Preview rr

    WASHINGTON – U.S. Representative Kathleen Rice introduced H.R. 8570, the Teachers and Parents at the Table Act, which would create volunteer committees of public school teachers and families to advise the U.S. Secretary of Education and report to Congress on topics that affect public school students such as testing and assessment, teacher diversity and training, family engagement, school climate, and more. H.R. 8570 was created with the help of Marguerite Izzo, a fifth grade teacher in the Malve... Read more

  • Rice, Thomas, Darling Renew Call for Town of Hempstead to Reimburse Hempstead Union Free School District for Remote Learning Expenses
    Posted in Press Releases on October 7, 2020 | Preview rr

    GARDEN CITY, NY – U.S. Representatives Kathleen Rice (NY-04), New York State Senator Kevin Thomas, and New York State Assembly Member Taylor Darling sent a letter to Hempstead Town Supervisor Donald Clavin urging the Town of Hempstead to use the funding it received in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act to reimburse the Hempstead Union Free School District for the purchase of 1,500 laptops and other technological devices needed to equip students for remote learning. Ri... Read more

  • Rice Holds Hearing to Demand Answers from DHS on Arbitrary Expulsion of New Yorkers from Trusted Traveler Programs
    Posted in Press Releases on October 1, 2020 | Preview rr

    WASHINGTON – U.S. Representative Kathleen Rice (NY-04), the Chairwoman of the House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Border Security, Facilitation, & Operations, held a hearing yesterday to question Robert Perez, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Deputy Commissioner, about the management of Trusted Traveler Programs (TTP). Specifically, the hearing examined inaccurate and misleading testimony previously provided to the Committee by senior Department of Homeland Security (DHS) officia... Read more

  • Rice Leads Long Island Delegation Letter Urging the IRS to Provide Relief for Commuters
    Posted in Press Releases on September 28, 2020 | Preview rr

    GARDEN CITY, NY – U.S. Representatives Kathleen Rice (NY-04), Peter King (NY-02), Gregory Meeks (NY-05), Lee Zeldin (NY-01), and Tom Suozzi (NY-03) today sent a bipartisan letter to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) urging the agency to consider available options within its regulatory authority to provide targeted relief for individuals who have accumulated unused transportation benefits due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The letter also encourages the IRS to issue new guidance related to unused tra... Read more

  • Kathleen Rice and Laura Curran Renew Call for PSEG Long Island to Provide Bill Credits for Customers
    Posted in Press Releases on September 24, 2020 | Preview rr

    GARDEN CITY, NY – U.S. Representatives Kathleen Rice (NY-04) and Nassau County Executive Laura Curran sent a letter to PSEG Long Island requesting the utility offer customers that experienced power outages lasting more than 48 hours after Tropical Storm Isaias a credit on their monthly utility bills. The letter is a follow-up to an August 9 letter requesting bill credits and reimbursement to customers for spoiled food and medication as a result of the outages. On August 17, PSEG Long Island anno... Read more

  • Rice, Mast Bill to Revise Department of Veterans Affairs Mission Statement Passes House of Representatives
    Posted in Press Releases on September 22, 2020 | Preview rr

    WASHINGTON – Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Honoring All Veterans Act (H.R. 3010), introduced by Representatives Kathleen Rice (NY-04) and Brian Mast (FL-18), to revise the mission statement for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to be more inclusive of women and LGBTQ veterans and their surviving family members. The bill passed unanimously by a voice vote. The VA’s current mission statement is gender-exclusive and fails to properly acknowledge the service of all our na... Read more

  • Kathleen Rice Statement on Passing of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg
    Posted in Press Releases on September 18, 2020 | Preview rr

    GARDEN CITY, NY – U.S. Representative Kathleen Rice (NY-04) released the following statement on the passing of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg: “Ruth Bader Ginsburg leaves behind an unmatched legacy as one of the most important forces for women’s rights in modern day history. She paved the way for women everywhere and she continued fighting, even until her last day. “Justice Ginsburg had an unwavering faith in the goodness of humanity, and she believed these trying times were only an a... Read more

  • Rice Announces $314K Computer Science Grant for Nassau Community College
    Posted in Press Releases on September 15, 2020 | Preview rr

    GARDEN CITY, NY – U.S. Representative Kathleen Rice (NY-04) today announced that the National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded a $314,155 federal grant to Nassau Community College (NCC) for its project, “Collaborative Research: Broadening Participation in Computing through Authentic, Collaborative Engagement with Computing for the Greater Good.” The project will expand computer science education at NCC with a focus placed on the societal benefits of computing in order to increase and broaden... Read more