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  • Rep. Rice Statement on the Need for an Election Security Czar:
    Posted in Press Releases on July 16, 2018 | Preview rr

    WASHINGTON – U.S. Representative Kathleen Rice released the following statement today calling for the creation of an Election Security Coordinator to oversee all U.S. election security efforts: “Friday’s indictments were further confirmation of what we already knew: The Russian government oversaw an extensive operation to influence our 2016 election. But President Trump’s response at today’s joint press conference with President Putin was shockingly weak, submissive and frankly, frightening. The... Read more

  • U.S. House of Representatives Passes Rep. Rice Amendment to Combat Terrorist Use of Virtual Currencies
    Posted in Press Releases on July 13, 2018 | Preview rr

    WASHINGTON – The U.S. House of Representatives passed an amendment yesterday sponsored by U.S. Representative Kathleen Rice, Ranking Member on the Homeland Security Subcommittee on Counterterrorism and Intelligence, as part of the Matthew Young Pollard Intelligence Authorization Act (H.R. 6237) that would require the Director of National Intelligence and the Secretary of the Treasury to develop and submit a threat assessment report on the use of virtual currencies by terrorist organizations. H.R... Read more

  • KEATING, RICE: YESTERDAY SENIOR DHS OFFICIALS REFUSED TO ACKNOWLEDGE RUSSIAN INTERFERENCE IN OUR ELECTIONS; TODAY DOJ BRINGS INDICTMENTS AGAINST 12 RUSSIAN MILITARY & INTELLIGENCE OFFICERS
    Posted in Press Releases on July 13, 2018 | Preview rr

    Washington, DC: Yesterday, the House Committee on Homeland Security’s Subcommittees on Counterterrorism and Intelligence and Oversight and Management Efficiency held a joint hearing entitled “Access Denied: Keeping Adversaries Away from the Homeland Security Supply Chain.” During the hearing, Congressman Bill Keating (MA-09), a senior Member of the Committee, and Congresswoman Kathleen Rice (NY-04), Ranking Member of the Homeland Security Subcommittee on Counterterrorism and Intelligence, questi... Read more

  • Rep. Rice Condemns Refusal to Debate Amendment to Revise the Department of Veterans Affairs Motto
    Posted in Press Releases on June 8, 2018 | Preview rr

    WASHINGTON – U.S. Representative Kathleen Rice condemned House leadership today for their refusal to allow debate on her proposed amendment to the Energy and Water, Legislative Branch, and Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Act (H.R. 5895), which would change the motto for the Department of Veterans Affairs to be more inclusive. The current motto is a quotation from President Abraham Lincoln that reads “To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, an... Read more

  • Rep. Rice Urges Governor Cuomo to Designate “Opportunity Zones” in NY-04
    Posted in Press Releases on April 17, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs & the Economy

    WASHINGTON – U.S. Representative Kathleen Rice is calling for eligible communities in New York’s fourth congressional district to be designated as Opportunity Zones, which will incentivize long-term investment of private capital in low-income communities. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 established a new community development program that provides tax incentives for investors to re-invest in low-income urban and rural communities that have been designated as Opportunity Zones. Communities are ... Read more

  • Rep. Rice Announces Full-Time Student Veterans Counselor for Long Island Through VA Program
    Posted in Press Releases on March 19, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Veterans

    GARDEN CITY, NY – U.S. Representative Kathleen Rice, a member of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, announced today that Nassau Community College (NCC) and Suffolk County Community College (SCCC) will host a full-time student veterans counselor through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) VetsSuccess on Campus (VSOC) program. Rep. Rice made the announcement at NCC’s Veterans Resource Facility, joined by NCC President Dr. Hubert Keen, local veteran leaders, officials from Nassau Co... Read more

  • Rice Calls on Federal Railroad Administration to Ensure LIRR Freight Rail Safety
    Posted in Press Releases on March 6, 2018 | Preview rr

    U.S. Representative Kathleen Rice today called on Administrator Ronald Batory of the Federal Railroad Administration to investigate New York & Atlantic Railway’s (NYAR) workplace safety measures in light of concerning allegations that untrained workers performed critical tasks, potentially putting themselves and commuters in harm’s way. In a letter sent to Administrator Batory this morning, Rice wrote: “In February, a group of day laborers filed a lawsuit against NYAR, claiming they were tasked ... Read more

  • Rep. Rice Statement on Credible Allegations of Sexual Harassment & Assault against Members of Congress
    Posted in Press Releases on December 6, 2017 | Preview rr

    WASHINGTON – U.S. Representative Kathleen Rice released the following statement today regarding members of Congress facing credible allegations of sexual harassment and assault. Statement from Representative Kathleen Rice: “When the recent wave of credible allegations of sexual harassment and assault reached Rep. John Conyers, my colleague in the House and a fellow Democrat, I felt we needed to show that we would no longer allow ourselves or our colleagues to be held to a double standard. If we ... Read more

  • Rep. Rice Introduces New Bill to Create a Distracted Driving Education Grant Program
    Posted in Press Releases on December 4, 2017 | Preview rr

    WASHINGTON – U.S. Representative Kathleen Rice today introduced new legislation that will authorize the U.S. Secretary of Transportation to award a total of $5 million in competitive grant funding to non-profit organizations working to educate the public and prevent distracted driving in communities across the country. Rice announced the new effort today during an event at Mineola High School as part of AT&T’s “It Can Wait” campaign, which works to educate the public about the risks of distracte... Read more

  • Rice Calls on Speaker Ryan to Release Conyers Accuser from Confidentiality Agreement
    Posted in Press Releases on November 29, 2017 | Preview rr

    WASHINGTON – U.S. Representative Kathleen Rice today called on Speaker Paul Ryan to intervene in the case of a former employee who accused Rep. John Conyers, Jr. of unwanted sexual advances, and release her from the confidentiality agreement that she was forced to sign as part of a settlement. In a letter sent to Ryan this morning, Rice wrote: “Under the settlement, the complainant was forced into a non-disclosure agreement and has been unable to openly discuss the workplace harassment and abuse... Read more

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