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  • 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

  • Rice Reintroduces Legislation to Improve Airport Security Screening of Transgender Travelers
    Posted in Press Releases on June 30, 2021 | Preview rr

    WASHINGTON – At the close of Pride Month, U.S. Representative Kathleen Rice (NY-04) today reintroduced her bill to protect the dignity and privacy of transgender travelers and passengers who wear religious headwear and other articles of faith at airport security screening checkpoints. The Screening with Dignity Act of 2021 would require the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to develop new procedures and officer training protocols on how to screen these individuals appropriately and re... Read more

  • Rice Introduces Auto Safety Legislation to Improve Seat Back Safety in Cars
    Posted in Press Releases on June 22, 2021 | Preview rr

    WASHINGTON – U.S. Representative Kathleen Rice (NY-04) introduced the Modernizing Seat Back Safety Act (H.R. 4025), a bill that will require the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to update its standards for seat back integrity to address preventable fatalities and life-threatening injuries that have occurred as a result of motor vehicle seat failure during a collision. Despite these tragic incidents, NHTSA has not updated its seat back integrity standards in over fifty years... Read more

  • Rice, Maloney Call on JPMorgan Chase to Return Overdraft Fees Charged During Pandemic
    Posted in Press Releases on June 16, 2021 | Preview rr

    WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Representatives Kathleen Rice (NY-04) and Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-12), joined by U.S. Representatives Gregory Meeks (NY-05) and Tom Suozzi (NY-03), led a letter to JPMorgan Chase & Co. (JPM) Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Jamie Dimon urging the refund of overdraft fees that JPM charged to consumers during the COVID-19 pandemic and to stop charging these predatory fees going forward. Last year, JPM collected nearly $1.5 billion in overdraft fees. Banks collected $70 ... Read more