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  • 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

  • Rice, Aumua Amata Legislation to Reform VA Police Passes House
    Posted in Press Releases on June 15, 2021 | Preview rr

    WASHINGTON – Today, the House of Representative passed the bipartisan VA Police Improvement and Accountability Act (H.R. 2429), Rice’s legislation to require body cameras and strengthen oversight and accountability for the Department of Veterans Affairs’ police operations. The bill was co-led by Representative Aumua Amata Radewagen (American Samoa) and it passed the House unanimously. “Across the country, there are reports of inappropriate conduct and a troubling lack of oversight and transparen... Read more

  • Rice, Lieu Call for $400 Million in Increased Security Grant Funding in Response to Rising Antisemitic Attacks
    Posted in Press Releases on June 8, 2021 | Preview rr

    WASHINGTON – U.S. Representatives Kathleen Rice (NY-04) and Ted Lieu (CA-33) urged an increase in funding for the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Non-Profit Security Grant Program (NSGP) in a letter to House Appropriations Subcommittee on Homeland Security Chairwoman Lucille Roybal-Allard and Ranking Member Chuck Flesichmann. The NSGP supports target hardening and physical security enhancements at non-profit organizations that are at a higher risk of a terrorist attack. Last year, R... Read more

  • Representatives Cohen and Rice Introduce Multiple Substance Impaired Driving Prevention Act
    Posted in Press Releases on June 8, 2021 | Preview rr

    WASHINGTON – Representatives Steve Cohen (TN-09) and Kathleen Rice (NY-04) today introduced the bipartisan Multiple Substance Impaired Driving Prevention Act to address an under-reported cause of many serious and fatal vehicle accidents. The measure would increase investment in technologies for detecting multiple-substance impairment and improve reporting on the phenomenon. Senator Shelly Moore Capito, Republican of West Virginia, plans to introduce a companion measure in the Senate. Congressman... Read more

  • Rice Introduces Three Bills to Combat Impaired and Distracted Driving
    Posted in Press Releases on June 3, 2021 | Preview rr

    WASHINGTON – U.S. Representative Kathleen Rice (NY-04) introduced a package of three bills aimed at combatting impaired and distracted driving. The Prevent Impaired Driving Child Endangerment Act (H.R. 3676) would set national standards for criminal penalties against individuals who drive while intoxicated or impaired with a child passenger in the vehicle; the Drug-Impaired Driving Education Act (H.R. 3675) would authorize a $10 million annual grant program at the U.S. Department of Transportati... Read more

  • Rice Leads Bipartisan Call for Increased Federal Funding to Support Long Island Restaurants
    Posted in Press Releases on May 27, 2021 | Preview rr

    GARDEN CITY, NY – Today, U.S. Representatives Kathleen Rice (NY-04), Gregory Meeks (NY-05), Tom Suozzi (NY-03), and Andrew Garbarino (NY-02) sent a letter to House and Senate leadership calling for the Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RRF) program to be replenished with enough funding for the first tranche of applicants. The $28.6 billion RRF program was created in the American Rescue Plan Act (H.R. 1319), which President Biden signed into law on March 11, 2021. The program provides emergency ass... Read more

  • Rice Applauds CMS for Authorizing Additional Retainer Payments to Home and Community-Based Services Providers
    Posted in Press Releases on May 19, 2021 | Preview rr

    WASHINGTON – Representative Kathleen Rice (NY-04) today applauded the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) for authorizing states to provide up to three additional 30-day periods of retainer payments to qualifying Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) providers. Rice co-led a bipartisan letter with Representatives Brian Fitzpatrick (PA-01), Lisa Blunt Rochester (DE-At-large), and John Katko (NY-24) to Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Xavier Becerra making th... Read more

  • Rice Votes for Bill to Establish Independent, Bipartisan Commission to Investigate January 6th Attack on U.S. Capitol
    Posted in Press Releases on May 19, 2021 | Preview rr

    WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Representative Kathleen Rice (NY-04) voted in support of H.R. 3233, the National Commission to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the United States Capitol Complex Act. The bill passed the House of Representatives by vote of 252 to 175. Rice’s remarks on the House Floor in support of the legislation can be found here. “On January 6th, an armed mob of insurrectionists stormed the Capitol intending to murder the Speaker, the Vice President and Members of Congress,” said... Read more

  • PAWS For Veterans Therapy Act Passes the House
    Posted in Press Releases on May 12, 2021 | Preview rr

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, H.R. 1448, the Puppies Assisting Wounded Servicemembers (PAWS) for Veterans Therapy Act was passed by the House of Representatives in an overwhelmingly bipartisan vote. The bill is sponsored by Representative Steve Stivers (R-OH), and lead cosponsors include Representatives Kathleen Rice (D-NY), Michael Waltz (R-FL), Elissa Slotkin (D-MI), John Rutherford (R-FL), Mikie Sherrill (D-NJ), and Neal Dunn (R-FL). The bill is now headed to the U.S. Senate for consideration, wh... Read more

  • Rice Announces American Rescue Plan Funding, $385 Million for Nassau County, $16.7 Million for Village of Hempstead
    Posted in Press Releases on May 10, 2021 | Preview rr

    WASHINGTON – U.S. Representative Kathleen Rice (NY-04) today announced that Nassau County will receive $385 million and the Village of Hempstead will receive $16.79 million in Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds. The relief funding was authorized in H.R. 1319, the American Rescue Plan Act, which Rice voted in support of when it passed the House of Representatives on March 10. President Biden signed the bill into law on March 11. Additionally, New York State will be receiving $12.7 ... Read more