For Release: February 19, 2020
NEW YORK – The political action of committee of the National Organization for Women has announced its endorsement of veteran Representative Eliot Engel for reelection in New York’s 16th Congressional District.
“Eliot is a long-time progressive leader in protecting and expanding women’s equality, and is taking action against all Trump administration attacks on choice,” said NOW PAC Chairwoman Toni Van Pelt. “Now more than ever, we need his commitment, his legislative expertise, and his veteran leadership in Congress.”
“As I have done my whole career, I will continue to advance women’s rights and women’s equality while protecting a woman’s right to choose, which is under constant attack by Trump and the Republicans,” said Congressman Engel. “This fight against the forces of right-wing extremism – and against the rights of American women – is central to everything I stand for as a public servant.”
A lifelong feminist and progressive defender of women’s rights, Rep. Engel is a member of the House Pro-Choice Caucus and has a 100% Planned Parenthood voting record. Most recently, he co-sponsored the Paycheck Fairness Act to end the unfair pay disparity between women and men, and co-sponsored the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act after the Republicans let it expire. Congressman Engel received the first ever “Congressional Defender of Women’s Rights” award by the Westchester Coalition for Legal Abortion – Choice Matters.
Since 1977, the National Organization for Women Political Action Committee (NOW PAC) has worked to elect more uncompromising feminists to the White House and Congress. NOW PAC’s aggressive grassroots organizing and early support for feminist candidates have been changing the faces of those elected to federal office. NOW PAC only raises money from NOW members, so its political work is 100% grassroots.