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Feb 24, 2015

Bronx, N.Y. – Representatives from the American Jewish World Services (AJWS) delivered over 80 Valentines made by constituents to the Bronx district office of Congressman Eliot Engel (NY-16) to thank him for his continuing support of the International Violence Against Women Act (IVAWA). IVAWA, which would ensure that addressing violence against women is part of American foreign policy, is to be reintroduced in the 114th Congress on... read more ››

Feb 23, 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- In recent days, I have become increasingly concerned by a series of troubling developments in Venezuela.

From the continued imprisonment and human rights violations committed against political prisoner Leopoldo Lopez to the detention of Caracas Metropolitan Mayor Antonio Ledezma to the absurd allegations of coup plotting aimed at the United States, it is clearer than ever that Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro... read more ››

Feb 20, 2015

Program will make National Parks like Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty free for eligible students and families

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Eliot Engel, a senior member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, applauded President Obama’s newly unveiled “Every Kid in a Park” initiative, which will provide all fourth grade students and their families with free admission to National Parks—including the Statue of Liberty and... read more ››

Feb 17, 2015

Today, the people of Kosova celebrate seven years of independence. Given the struggle and sacrifices that have made such an anniversary possible, this is cause for celebration, but also for reflection in Prishtina, in Brussels, and in Washington. Europe's newest country continues to make substantial progress towards consolidating its democracy and securing its position in the Euro-Atlantic community, but plenty of hard work remains.

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Feb 13, 2015

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Eliot Engel, a senior member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, questioned Department of Energy Secretary Dr. Ernest Moniz on President Obama’s 2016 budget proposal, at the “Fiscal Year 2016 Department of Energy Budget” hearing. Congressman Engel’s line of questioning hit on an array of topics, from Hurricane Sandy and Indian Point to advanced vehicles.

“I thank Secretary Moniz for joining us at... read more ››

Feb 12, 2015

Washington, DC – Congressman Eliot Engel, a senior member of the Subcommittee on Health for the House Energy and Commerce Committee, has cosponsored H.R. 676, The Expanded & Improved Medicare For All Act, which would create a new, single-payer public health insurance option. Also known as “Medicare for All,” this legislation would replace private insurance, transitioning the American health care system to a publicly-funded, yet privately-... read more ››

Feb 12, 2015

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Eliot Engel, the ranking member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, issued the following statement on Republican refusal to vote for a clean Department of Homeland Security appropriations bill:

“Yesterday, Democrats introduced legislation that would fund the Department of Homeland Security, without a poison pill, that would defund the President’s immigration policies. The Republicans are injecting... read more ››

Feb 11, 2015
Congressman Engel

New York Congressman Eliot Engel says President Obama's proposal for increased action in the fight against ISIL's a "reasonable first start."

The Democratic Ranking Member of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs says the White House was smart to include a 3-year cap on authorizing the use of military force in the proposal.

But Engel says the devil's in the details.

"The bottom line is, we want to give the President... read more ››

Feb 9, 2015

WASHINGTON, DC—Representative Eliot L. Engel, the leading Democrat on the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, today made the following statement regarding American policy toward the situation in Ukraine:

“I agree with President Obama that a diplomatic solution to the Ukraine crisis would be the best option. I’m not sure President Putin agrees. He has ignored the Minsk ceasefire agreement, and in fact has taken every opportunity... read more ››

Feb 6, 2015

Calls for Raising the Federal Minimum Wage, Extension of Unemployment Benefits

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Eliot Engel, a senior member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, said the January Jobs report shows that although the economy is heading in the right direction, we still need to do more to improve stagnant wages.

The U.S. economy added 257,000 jobs in January, with an unemployment rate of 5.7% percent. January... read more ››