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  • Rice, Barr Reintroduce Bipartisan Resolution Requiring Comptroller General to Present to Congress on American Economy
    Posted in Press Releases on July 30, 2021 | Preview rr

    WASHINGTON – U.S. Representatives Kathleen Rice (NY-04) and Andy Barr (KY-06) today reintroduced 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. The resolution has been cosponsored by 80 bipartisan Members of Congress. Under the resolution, all Members of Congress in both the House and Senate would be invited to attend the Comptroller General’s... Read more

  • Rice Secures Nearly $7.5 Million for NY-04 Projects in House Funding Bills
    Posted in Press Releases on July 29, 2021 | Preview rr

    WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Representative Kathleen Rice (NY-04) voted in favor of H.R. 4502, a package of seven federal government funding bills. It passed the House of Representatives today by a vote of 219-208. H.R. 4502 includes funding for nine “Community Project Funding” requests championed by Rice during the appropriations process. The projects, which total nearly $7.5 million for New York’s Fourth Congressional District, are listed below: · $2 million for streetscape improvements within the... Read more

  • Rice Leads Bipartisan Bill to Address Direct Support Professional Shortage
    Posted in Press Releases on July 28, 2021 | Preview rr

    WASHINGTON – U.S. Representatives Kathleen Rice (NY-04), John Katko (NY-24), Sean Patrick Maloney (NY-18), Brendan Boyle (PA-02), and Brian Fitzpatrick (PA-01) reintroduced the Recognizing the Role of Direct Support Professionals Act (H.R. 4779), a bipartisan bill to address the Direct Support Professional workforce shortage. This legislation is supported by the National Alliance for Direct Support Professionals, Inc., the American Network of Community Options and Resources (ANCOR), the Arc of t... Read more

  • Rice Leads Bipartisan New York Delegation Letter Demanding NYS Distribute Emergency Rental Assistance Program Payments Immediately
    Posted in Press Releases on July 27, 2021 | Preview rr

    WASHIGNTON – U.S. Representative Kathleen Rice (NY-04) led a letter to the New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance demanding that it accelerate application processing and begin the immediate disbursement of funds through New York State’s Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP). The letter was co-signed by U.S. Representatives Lee Zeldin (NY-01), Andrew R. Garbarino (NY-02), Thomas R. Suozzi (NY-03), Grace Meng (NY-06), Nydia M. Velázquez (NY-07), Hakeem Jeffries (NY-08), ... Read more

  • Rice, Garbarino Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Support School Districts with Influx of Unaccompanied Migrant Children
    Posted in Press Releases on July 26, 2021 | Preview rr

    GARDEN CITY, NY – U.S. Representatives Kathleen Rice (NY-04) and Rep. Andrew Garbarino (NY-02) introduced H.R. 4667, the Public School Emergency Relief Act, a bipartisan bill which would authorize new federal funding to support local school districts educating unaccompanied migrant children. Current federal policy is to place unaccompanied children with family members or relatives living in the United States. Long Island has a large population of immigrants from Central America, where many of th... Read more

  • Rice Provision to Reimburse Long Island Communities Included in House Passage of PFAS Action Act
    Posted in Press Releases on July 22, 2021 | Preview rr

    WASHINGTON – The U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 535, the PFAS Action Act of 2021 yesterday, a comprehensive bill to regulate PFAS chemicals and introduce stronger protections against future pollution. The legislation includes a provision authored by Rice that authorizes $50 million in new grant funding for communities that have incurred past PFAS water contamination expenses, which include many on Long Island. PFAS chemicals represent a serious public health risk to nearly all America... Read more

  • House Passes Rice, Garbarino Legislation to Make Permanent New York Facility that Supports Nation’s First Responders
    Posted in Press Releases on July 20, 2021 | Preview rr

    WASHINGTON – Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 1850, the Supporting Research and Development for First Responders Act, a bipartisan bill authored by Rep. Kathleen Rice (NY-04) and Rep. Andrew Garbarino (NY-02). The bill would permanently authorize the New York City-based National Urban Security Technology Laboratory (NUSTL), a federal laboratory that directly supports first responders in New York City, Long Island, and urban areas across the country by testing and evaluating n... Read more

  • Rice Leads New York Democrats in Request for Infrastructure Funding for Hospitals and Health Systems
    Posted in Press Releases on July 14, 2021 | Preview rr

    GARDEN CITY, NY – U.S. Representative Kathleen Rice (NY-04) led a letter with other Democrats in New York’s congressional delegation urging House and Senate leadership to include robust funding for hospital and health system infrastructure in the comprehensive infrastructure package currently being negotiated in both chambers of Congress. Collectively, New York’s hospital infrastructure is the oldest in the United States, and physical improvements are vital to maintaining New York’s unmatched st... Read more

  • Rice Leads LI Delegation Letter Demanding State Department Block Private Companies from Reserving Appointments at NYC Passport Office
    Posted in Press Releases on July 12, 2021 | Preview rr

    GARDEN CITY, NY – U.S. Representative Kathleen Rice (NY-04) led a Long Island delegation letter to the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Consular Affairs demanding immediate intervention to stop private passport couriers from reserving large blocs of free appointments at the New York City Passport Office for resale to the public, an unsavory business practice aimed at taking advantage of desperate people amidst the surge in demand for passport services as pandemic-related travel restrictions ar... Read more

  • Rice Supports Final Passage of $715 Billion House Infrastructure Bill
    Posted in Press Releases on July 1, 2021 | Preview rr

    WASHINGTON – Today, Rep. Kathleen Rice (NY-04) voted in support of the Investing in a New Vision for the Environment and Surface Transportation (INVEST) in America Act (H.R. 3684), comprehensive infrastructure legislation that would modernize the nation’s roads, bridges, transit, rail, drinking water and wastewater infrastructure, and more. The bill also includes federal funding for three infrastructure projects in New York’s 4th Congressional District, and it includes three provisions Rice led ... Read more