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  • Rep. Rice and County Executive Curran Call on PSEG Long Island To Refund Utility Bills and Reimburse for Spoiled Goods
    Posted in Press Releases on August 9, 2020 | Preview rr

    GARDEN CITY, NY – Today, Representative Kathleen M. Rice (NY-04) and Nassau County Executive Laura Curran called on PSEG Long Island President & Chief Operating Officer, Daniel Eichhorn, to refund the previous month's utility bill and reimburse for spoiled food, medication, or other perishable items for customers who have endured power outages lasting over 24 hours. Over 400,000 Long Islanders lost power in the wake of Tropical Storm Isaias and about 35,000 customers still do not have power to d... Read more

  • Rice, Heck, Peters, Torres Lead Letter to Congressional Leadership Calling for Expanded Mortgage Relief and Housing Assistance
    Posted in Press Releases on August 1, 2020 | Preview rr

    WASHINGTON – With housing payments and rent due for many Americans today on the first of the month, Representatives Kathleen Rice (NY-04), Denny Heck (WA-10), Scott Peters (CA-52), and Norma Torres (CA-35) led a letter to Congressional leadership in both chambers calling for the inclusion of key mortgage relief and housing assistance measures in the next COVID-19 relief bill. All four Representatives are members of the New Democrat Coalition Housing Task Force, with Torres and Heck serving as co... Read more

  • House Veterans’ Affairs Committee Passes Rice, Mast Legislation to Update Department of Veterans Affairs Mission Statement
    Posted in Press Releases on July 30, 2020 | Preview rr

    WASHINGTON – Today, the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee passed bipartisan legislation 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 surviving family members. The Honoring All Veterans Act (H.R. 3010) changes the current mission statement to read: “To fulfill President Lincoln’s promise to care for those ‘who shall have borne the battle’ a... Read more

  • Rice, Pappas Introduce VA Police Reform Legislation
    Posted in Press Releases on July 24, 2020 | Preview rr

    WASHINGTON – U.S. Representatives Kathleen Rice (NY-04) and Chris Pappas (NH-01) today introduced the VA Police Improvement and Accountability Act to increase transparency and reform the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) police force. The bill would require the VA police to implement the use of body cameras, improve training and suicide prevention strategies, provide Congress with an analysis of staffing needs, and strengthen its adherence to civil rights laws. “Major reforms are needed at pol... Read more

  • Rice Amendments Included in Passage of FY 2021 National Defense Authorization Bill
    Posted in Press Releases on July 21, 2020 | Preview rr

    WASHINGTON – Representative Kathleen Rice (NY-04) today voted in support of H.R. 6395 The William M. (Mac) Thornberry National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which included three amendments she led to increase oversight of border wall contracts, strengthen cybersecurity for vulnerable government agencies, and support survivors of sexual assault, sexual or gender harassment, and intimate partner violence. The annual defense authorization bill passed the U.S. House of Representatives today by a... Read more

  • Rice, Katko Provision Supporting Adoption for Research Animals Included in FY 2021 Labor-HHS-ED Appropriations Bill
    Posted in Press Releases on July 13, 2020 | Preview rr

    WASHINGTON – The House Appropriations Committee included a provision authored by Representatives Kathleen Rice (NY-04) and John Katko (NY-24) supporting post-research animal adoption in its FY 2021 Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education appropriations bill (and accompanying report) which passed through committee on July 13, 2020. The provision would set a federal standard for encouraging post-research animal adoption at laboratories conducting research with National Institutes of Health... Read more

  • Rice Announces Over 96,000 Long Islanders Kept on Payroll in NY-04 Through Paycheck Protection Program
    Posted in Press Releases on July 10, 2020 | Preview rr

    GARDEN CITY, NY – Representative Kathleen Rice (NY-04) announced that the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) has helped keep 96,682 Long Islanders on payroll in New York’s Fourth Congressional District, according to newly released data by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). The PPP was created in the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which Rice supported, in order to provide small businesses, non-profit organizations, independent contractors and other e... Read more

  • Thompson, Rice Statement on the Trump Administration’s Cruel New Policy Forcing International Students to Leave the U.S.
    Posted in Press Releases on July 7, 2020 | Preview rr

    WASHINGTON – Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security, and Rep. Kathleen Rice (D-NY), Chairwoman of the Border Security, Facilitation, and Operations Subcommittee, released the following statement on news the Trump Administration plans to bar international students from the country if their school's classes are online: “The Trump Administration has yet again announced a new policy that will damage the economy, harm U.S. institutions, and do nothing to... Read more

  • Kathleen Rice Announces Over $1.3 Million in Security Grant Funding for Faith-Based Nonprofits in NY-04
    Posted in Press Releases on July 6, 2020 | Preview rr

    WASHINGTON – U.S. Representative Kathleen Rice (NY-04) announced today that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has awarded $12.6 million for security enhancements to nonprofit organizations in the greater New York City area, including over $1.3 million to fourteen Jewish and other faith-based organizations in New York’s fourth congressional district. The funding was awarded through DHS’s FY 2020 Nonprofit Security Grant Program (NSGP), which supports target hardening and physical sec... Read more

  • Kathleen Rice Introduces Bill to Improve Airport Security Screening of Transgender and Other Minority Travelers
    Posted in Press Releases on July 1, 2020 | Preview rr

    WASHINGTON – U.S. Representative Kathleen Rice (NY-04) introduced a bill yesterday to protect the dignity and privacy of transgender and other minority travelers at airport security screening checkpoints. The Screening with Dignity Act of 2020 would require the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to develop new procedures and officer training protocols on how to appropriately and respectfully screen transgender passengers and passengers with religious headwear and other articles of fait... Read more