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  • Reps. Kathleen Rice, Nydia Velázquez, and Joaquin Castro Call on DOJ to Investigate Housing Discrimination on Long Island
    Posted in Press Releases on December 6, 2019 | Preview rr

    WASHINGTON – U.S. Representatives Kathleen Rice (NY-04), Nydia M. Velázquez (NY-07), and Joaquin Castro (TX-20), Chairman of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, sent a letter today to Eric Dreiband, the Assistant Attorney General for the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division, asking him to immediately open an investigation into potential fair housing violations exposed in a recent Newsday report. Using undercover testers as potential homebuyers, a three-year investigation conducted by New... Read more

  • Reps. Kathleen Rice & Mike Turner Introduce Bill to Help Prevent Domestic Abusers from Buying Guns
    Posted in Press Releases on October 7, 2019 | Preview rr

    BALDWIN, NY – U.S. Representatives Kathleen Rice (D-NY) and Mike Turner (R-OH) today introduced H.R. 4600, the Domestic Violence Records Reporting Improvement Act, to help prevent domestic abusers from purchasing firearms. H.R. 4600, which was introduced at the start of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, creates incentives for states to provide complete domestic violence records to federal background check databases. Rep. Rice made the announcement at Bethany House in Baldwin, where she was join... Read more

  • Reps. Rice & Lieu Call for Bribery Investigation into NRA Chief Executive Wayne LaPierre
    Posted in Press Releases on October 3, 2019 | Preview rr

    WASHINGTON – U.S. Representatives Kathleen Rice (D-NY) and Ted W. Lieu (D-CA) today sent a letter to FBI Director Christopher Wray asking him to investigate whether the Chief Executive of the National Rifle Association, Wayne LaPierre, attempted to bribe President Trump after it was reported that he met with the President and offered him some form of support in exchange for a commitment to oppose new gun control measures. In the letter, the Members write: Dear Director Wray, We are writing with ... Read more

  • Reps. Kathleen Rice and Andy Barr Introduce Bill Requiring Comptroller General to Present Congress with a Report on Nation’s Economy
    Posted in Press Releases on October 1, 2019 | Preview rr

    WASHINGTON – U.S. Representatives Kathleen Rice (D-NY) and Andy Barr (R-KY) today introduced H. Con. Res. 68, the Fiscal State of the Nation Resolution, which would require the Comptroller General to present the Financial Report of the United States to a joint hearing of the House and Senate Budget Committees. All Members of Congress would be invited to attend. By inviting a nonpartisan government official to present to both the House and Senate, Congress would receive a sober and clear-eyed ass... Read more

  • 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

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