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May 13, 2015

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Eliot Engel, a senior member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, issued the following statement on the 50th Anniversary of the Head Start program:

“Fifty years ago today, President Lyndon Johnson changed the face of education in America by signing the Head Start Act into law. As a former teacher, I saw firsthand just how invaluable the Head Start program’s health and educational services were to... read more ››

May 8, 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Eliot Engel, a senior member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, called on House Republicans to protect jobs and avert the looming expiration of the federal government’s surface transportation funding authorization at the end of May. Until Congress acts to reauthorize this funding, 660,000 jobs and 6,000 projects are at risk. However, Republicans still have no plan to restore long-term certainty to... read more ››

May 1, 2015

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Eliot Engel (NY-16) called on the Supreme Court to recognize full marriage equality this term. Earlier this week, the Supreme Court heard arguments in Obergefell v. Hodges. The court will consider whether the Constitution prohibits states from outlawing gay marriage.

“Earlier this week, the Supreme Court heard arguments on whether our nation will, at long last, recognize the equal rights and equal dignity... read more ››

Apr 24, 2015

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Eliot Engel, a senior member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, will introduce on Monday the Anti-Swatting Act, a bill that would enhance penalties for people who falsify their caller ID information to mislead law enforcement.

While it may sound like a prank, “swatting”—the act of deceiving law enforcement by using falsified caller ID information to incite them to respond to a nonexistent... read more ››

Apr 23, 2015

Riverdale—For Rep. Eliot L. Engel (D-16-NY), last week’s unanimous passing of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee’s Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act of 2015, was exactly the measured signal he wanted to send to Iran.

The bill, co-authored by panel chairman Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) and New Jersey Democrat Robert Menendez would grant Congress up to 52 days to review any US-led deal to trade the lifting of economic sanctions for a... read more ››

Apr 17, 2015

Washington D.C.- Congressman Eliot Engel (NY-16) today introduced H.Con.Res 38, a resolution supporting Day of Silence, an annual day of national observance in schools aimed at bringing attention to the bullying, abuse, harassment, and discrimination faced by lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) students. Today, April 17th, hundreds of thousands of youth, at thousands of schools across the country and around the world, will observe... read more ››

Apr 15, 2015

Washington D.C.- Congressman Eliot Engel, a senior member of the House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee, released the following statement regarding Senate passage of bipartisan legislation to fix the flawed Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) compensation formula, commonly referred to as the Doc Fix:

“I have always said our doctors deserve to be fairly compensated for the quality care they provide to seniors, but the SGR formula in... read more ››

Apr 15, 2015

Bronx, NY – Congressman Eliot Engel, a senior member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, joined a bipartisan coalition of Senate and House members in calling for the swift renewal of the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act, which is set to expire later this year. Following a nearly decade long fight to ensure the first responders who answered the call on September 11, 2001 were provided the health care and financial... read more ››

Apr 8, 2015

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Eliot Engel, a senior member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, said the April jobs report showed more positive movement for the U.S. economy. The report showed 223,000 new jobs in April, with unemployment dropping to 5.4 percent. Wages rose for the month, but only by 0.1 percent.

“Jobs were strong once again in April,” Congressman Engel said, “and unemployment is at a seven-year low. We’ve... read more ››

Apr 7, 2015

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Eliot Engel, a senior member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, continued his call for legislation to drive wage growth after the Department of Labor released its March jobs report. Employment rose by 126,000 on the month – the sixty-first month of consecutive private sector job growth. Unemployment remained steady at 5.5 percent, while wages increased by 0.3 percent.

“The March jobs report is... read more ››