I was shocked earlier this month when the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives withdrew its proposal to prohibit the sale of 5.56 NATO armor-piercing bullets – so-called "green tip" rounds. ATF's finding that these bullets can be loaded into easily-concealed handguns – and that they pose a grave threat to police – means that they are no longer just tools for hunters. These bullets are a threat to our police officers and to... read more ››
Congressman Eliot Engel, a senior member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, issued the following statement regarding the passage of H.R. 2, the bipartisan Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 which permanently repeals the flawed Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula, and funds the Children’s Health Insurance Program and Community Health Centers for two years:
“The passage today of H.R. 2, the Medicare Access... read more ››
Westchester-Congressman Eliot Engel, a senior member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, joined several of his colleagues in signing a letter to request $80 million in funding for the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) National Sea Grant College Program. The funding, which represents an $11.5 million increase over the requested amount in the President’s budget, would go toward supporting the Sea Grant’s Community... read more ››
Washington, D.C. – On the fifth anniversary of the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) being signed into law, Congressman Eliot Engel, a senior member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Health Subcommittee, says the landmark law has been tremendously successful in reigning in health care costs, while bringing affordable health care options to millions of Americans who previously found themselves without coverage.
“Five years ago... read more ››
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Eliot Engel, a senior member of the House Energy and Commerce, issued the following statement regarding the delayed confirmation of Loretta Lynch as Untied States Attorney General:
“The American public is tired of Congressional Republicans stonewalling important measures in the name of partisan gamesmanship. Loretta Lynch is an eminently qualified candidate for Attorney General, who passed a Senate... read more ››
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Eliot Engel, a senior member of the House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee, said the latest report from the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) with updated budget projections shows that the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) coverage provisions will cost taxpayers significantly less than estimates from January had indicated. According to the report, the cost of the provisions to taxpayers will be $142 billion, or... read more ››
PLEA Act would ban dangerous armor-piercing weapons
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Eliot Engel, a senior member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee and a senior member of New York Congressional delegation, called today for common-sense reforms to keep armor-piercing firearms off our streets.
Earlier this month, the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) proposed common-sense rules to limit the sale... read more ››
Selma, AL –Rep. Eliot Engel joined with people across the country to mark the 50th anniversary of “Bloody Sunday.” On March 7, 1965, a group of brave civil rights marchers, led by Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr., marched across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama, on their way to Montgomery to demand that African American citizens be finally given their constitutional right to vote. At the bridge, the marchers were attacked by... read more ››
Calls for Raising the Federal Minimum Wage
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Eliot Engel, a senior member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, said the February 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 295,000 jobs in February—the 53rd consecutive month of positive jobs growth—with an unemployment rate of 5.5%... read more ››
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Eliot Engel, (NY-16), the Ranking Member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, joined many of his Democratic colleagues in signing on to an amicus curiae brief to the U.S. Supreme Court supporting full, nationwide marriage equality for same sex couples. The Supreme Court will likely decide this summer whether the U.S. Constitution guarantees same-sex couples the freedom to marry and the right to have their... read more ››