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Mar 6, 2015

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 ››

Mar 6, 2015

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 ››

Mar 4, 2015

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Eliot Engel, a senior member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, voted in support of H.R. 749, the Passenger Rail Reform and Investment Act of 2015. The four-year, bipartisan bill approves $7.2 billion for passenger rail. Nearly $2 billion will fund improvements to Amtrak’s Northeast Corridor, which serves the New York City area and runs between Boston and Washington, DC. The bill additionally commits $... read more ››

Mar 3, 2015

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Eliot Engel, (NY-16), the Ranking Member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, issued the following regarding passage of a clean Department of Homeland Security (DHS) funding bill:

“I am pleased the House Republican leadership finally came to their senses and allowed us to vote for a clean DHS funding bill for the remainder of the fiscal year,” Congressman Engel said. “Putting our security at risk in... read more ››

Feb 27, 2015

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Eliot Engel, a senior member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, received a 91% on the League of Conservation Voters 2014 National Environmental Scorecard. The score was based on 35 votes taken in the second session of the 113th Congress. The Scorecard provides objective, factual information about the most important environmental legislation considered, and the corresponding voting records of House... read more ››

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 ››