2017-09-06 / Political Page

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MALONEY CONDEMNS NORTH KOREA MISSILE LAUNCH OVER JAPAN: In response to reports that North Korea launched a missile test over Japan’s airspace in the early hours of August 29, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (NY- 12), who just returned from a Congressional delegation trip to the region, released the following statement: “North Korea’s latest provocation makes it clear that we must exhaust every diplomatic tool available to us to reduce tensions in the region and get North Korea to freeze and dismantle its nuclear and ballistic missile programs. After my recent visit to the region as part of an official Congressional Delegation, it is clear to me that there is still more that the UN, and individual countries like China and Russia, can do to increase pressure on the North Korean regime. The UN Security Council can and should impose sanctions on North Korea’s textile and apparel industries, as well as restrict North Korean oil imports. China must also ensure its banks are fully complying with the UN sanctions. The US must work with our allies in the region to get North Korea to the negotiating table and begin the tough yet critical work towards denuclearizing the Korean Peninsula. Military action is not a viable solution to the threats posed by North Korea. Only comprehensive and aggressive diplomatic efforts can bring about the peace and stability that is desperately needed in this region of the world.

MALLIOTAKIS CHALLENGES DEM NOMINEE TO FIVE DEBATES: Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis, the Republican nominee for mayor and the GOP alternative to likely Democratic candidate, incumbent Bill de Blasio in the race for mayor, challenged on August 31 the winner of the Democratic Primary to a series of five debates, one in every borough, in addition to the already planned Campaign Finance Board debates. Malliotakis called the additional debates, “an opportunity to bring the mayor’s race to the boroughs and by doing so increase interest, discussion and voter participation in a election that four years ago produced a historically low voter turnout.” Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis said, “In two weeks we will know whether Sal Albanese or Bill de Blasio is the nominee of the Democrat Party in the race for mayor. Today, I challenge the winner of the primary to a series of five debates, one in each of the borough. “Without a doubt, these debates would be good for the voters, the candidates and for democracy and will hopefully increase turnout in the General Election on November 7. I would hope that Mayor de Blasio and Mr. Albanese would respond in the affirmative this week so that we can start to identify appropriate sites for the debates so that the details can be worked out as soon as possible after the September 12 Primary.

CROWLEY RESPONDS TO TRUMP’S PLAN TO PROVIDE TAX CUTS FOR BILLIONAIRES: House Democratic Caucus Chair Joe Crowley (D-NY) issued the following statement on President Trump’s “meaningless” tax reform draft: “This tax plan is a joke. It provides no details and has no basis in reality. After nine months in power, President Trump and Republicans in Congress have failed to provide any solutions to lower the tax burden for working Americans or to make our tax code simpler for small business owners. “President Trump continues to propose plans that would solely benefit his rich friends and corporate special interests, while attacking tax benefits for the middle class, such as the tax deduction provided to offset state and local taxes or the deduction for home mortgages. As a member of the Ways and Means Committee, I will fight any legislation that increases the tax burden on the middle class to give multinational corporations and billionaires another tax cut.”

CROWLEY: TRUMP CONTINUES ‘SABOTAGE OF AMERICA’S HEALTH CARE SYSTEM’: House Democratic Caucus Chair Joe Crowley (D–NY) issued the following statement as President Trump’s administration announced it would severely slash outreach efforts for Affordable Care Act enrollment: Republicans focused for years on destroying the Affordable Care Act. Today, President Trump took yet another step to put that plan into action. The facts are clear: Slashing funding for Affordable Care Act outreach by 90% is an overt effort to sabotage our nation’s health care system. “Republicans failed over and over again to repeal the health care law and now are resorting to bureaucratic maneuvers to secure a political win – even if it comes at the cost of countless Americans who will be unable to secure affordable, quality health care.”

‘TRUMP LACKS COMPASSION FOR DREAMERS,’ CROWLEY: House Democratic Caucus Chair Joe Crowley (D-NY) issued the following statement on the Day of Action to support the deferred Action for Childhood arrivals program: “President Trump promised compassion for the young men and women who came to the United States as children and grew up American. However, it is clear that President Trump has no idea what compassion is. “His insistence on bending to the political will of the most extreme, anti-immigrant voices in his party is harmful to the United States’ long term success. Nowhere is this more true than when it comes to his position on DREAMers. These young people contribute to our economy, to our communities, and to our society. They should be celebrated for overcoming great odds to attend college, open small businesses, and serve in the military. While it seems clear that President Trump plans to effectively end the DACA program, it should be equally clear that Democrats will stand with DREAMers to push back against this misguided decision. Our message to President Trump is simple: if you want to attack DREAMers, you’re going to have to go through us.”

GIANARIS: ‘WHERE IS MTA FUNDING?’: “What began as an ambitious declaration of emergencies and top-to-bottom reviews has given way to the same old blame-shifting by the state and more frustration for subway riders who hoped for something better. Just one month ago, Chairman Lhota announced that his longterm plan would propose an additional $8 billion of MTA capital funding. Now we are told no such plan is coming. Our state government must step up with real solutions, not blame others for its failures and hope the problem goes away on its own.” Senator Gianaris is the author of the Better Trains, Better Cities legislation which would provide the billions of dollars necessary to fix the subway system through a surcharge on the top 1% of New York City earners.

CROWLEY ON SPECIAL ENVOY TO NORTH OF IRELAND: House Democratic Caucus Chair Joe Crowley (D-NY) issued the following statement after the Trump administration announced plans to eliminate the role of special envoy for the North of Ireland: “This decision is a major mistake. For decades, successive special envoys for the North of Ireland have helped broker and advance the peace process in the ongoing effort to bring an end to hundreds of years of conflict. “But the peace process is just that – a process. It’s not over, and without strong American involvement it faces challenges. “Given the changes coming with Britain’s planned exit from the European Union, the role of a special envoy is as critical as ever. Brexit raises extremely important questions about the future of the North, including whether it will be, yet again, physically partitioned with borders. “The Trump administration’s decision to eliminate this post shows the president has no regard for what happens in the North or how the people there are treated. “It is not too late to reverse this decision, and the administration should do so.”

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