2017-11-01 / Political Page

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CROWLEY ON FIRST INDICTMENTS FROM SPECIAL COUNSEL: House Democratic Caucus Chairman Joe Crowley (D-NY) released the following statement on the indictments of former Trump campaign Chairman Paul Manafort and his associate Rick Gates:

“Discovering the facts of how and why Russia interfered in the U.S. election is essential in maintaining our democracy and the rule of law.

“This investigation must continue unobstructed by the White House. Any attempt to interfere with the special counsel’s investigation would be unacceptable and would require immediate, bipartisan action by Congress to ensure Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s independence.”

MENG’S STATEMENT ON BUDGET RESOLUTION VOTE: U.S. Rep. Grace Meng (D-NY) issued on October 26 the following statement on the House narrowly passing a budget resolution to fast-track the GOP tax plan.

“Today I voted no on the immoral GOP budget resolution that serves to advance a crushing tax plan particularly harmful to New Yorkers because it includes elimination of the State and Local Tax Deduction (SALT). Thirty percent of the households in my district rely on this critical deduction to get back an average of $11,000 per year.

The budget resolution would jeopardize the health care of seniors, children, the disabled, and veterans. It disinvests in our future by slashing funding for education, infrastructure, and medical research. It cuts Medicare by $473 billion, Medicaid by $1 trillion, infrastructure spending by almost $200 billion, and Pell Grants by more than $100 billion, all while increasing the deficit by $1.5 trillion through tax cut proposals to provide a break to the wealthiest on the backs of hardworking American families.

My constituents, and indeed all Americans, deserve a better deal.”

ADDABBO ON SANDY’S 5TH ANNIVERSARY: NYS Senator Joseph P. Addabbo Jr. released a statement regarding the 5th anniversary of Superstorm Sandy:

“Forever, we will look at flooding, surges, steady heavy rain and high tides differently because of Sandy. While we have a number of ongoing projects like NY Rising and Spring Creek to help with the mitigation of future flooding, we truly cannot put Sandy behind us until every resident has fully recovered from its devastation. On this 5-year anniversary, we take a moment to appreciate the improvements and progress made since the storm, but we also acknowledge the significant work that still needs to be done.”

CROWLEY: NEW UNNECESSARY VETTING ‘PREJUDICED’: House Democratic Caucus Chairman Joe Crowley (D-NY) released the following statement after the Trump administration issued new, “unnecessary vetting requirements to drastically limit” the number of refugees allowed into the United States:

“After three failed attempts to advance an unconstitutional Muslim Ban, President Trump continues to promote prejudiced policies, this time by implementing restrictive guidelines against refugees who have been forced to flee their homes because of unspeakable acts of violence and war.

“Refugees who come to the U.S. already face a rigorous and thorough vetting process that often takes years to complete. Shutting the door to these individuals does not make our nation stronger or more secure. In fact, it diminishes our standing on the world stage and robs the U.S. of its moral leadership. Our country is better than this, and House Democrats will continue fighting against Trump administration policies that run counter to our American values.”

URGES ‘GET SERIOUS’ ON LABOR TALKS: House Democratic Caucus Chairman Joe Crowley (D-NY) issued the following statement on the ongoing contract negotiations between the Communications Workers of America (CWA) and the United States Infrastructure Corporation (USIC), an underground location and utility damage prevention company. A majority of USIC workers in New York have twice voted to be represented by CWA, but the parties have been unable to agree on a first contract.

“I urge both sides to come to the table to negotiate a fair solution so workers in my district have the certainty that only a contract can provide. With the cost of living on the rise in New York, we must ensure hardworking individuals receive the pay, benefits, flexibility, and stability they deserve and need to support their families. I hope this dispute can come to a swift resolution to the benefit of both parties.”

MALONEY JOINS BEYER TO HOST GENDER PARITY FORUM: Congress Member Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-12), author of the Gender Diversity in Corporate Leadership Act, joined Congress Member Don Beyer (VA-8) on October 24 to host experts on the path to gender parity in corporate leadership for a hearing on October 24. Gender diversity experts from Catalyst, the 30 Percent Club, Northrop Grumman, and Paradigm for Parity testified on the critical need to increase gender diversity in America’s corporate boardrooms.

“Despite much progress, women still face too many barriers on the road to success and equality. One of the key ways to address this problem, is getting more women in corporate leadership positions. Leaders set the tone, and they set the priorities,” said Rep. Maloney. “That is why I’m so honored to co-host this forum with Congressman Beyer, who’s been focused on getting more women into corporate leadership positions for years. This is a key conversation that we need to keep having until we see real change, like the passage of our Gender Diversity in Corporate Leadership Act.”

“Research consistently shows that companies with gender balanced leadership do better, contribute more to our GDP, and provide smarter, safer working environments,” said Rep. Beyer. “Today’s witnesses are experts at increasing and harnessing the power of gender-diverse corporate leadership. There is much that Congress could do to boost our economic growth and private sector success by encouraging businesses to eliminate gender disparities in corporate leadership, and I will continue to make that work a major priority.”

Women comprise 47 percent of the labor force, yet account for only 20 percent of corporate board seats for S&P 500 companies, according to the 2016 Missing Pieces Report by the Alliance for Board Diversity and Deloitte. For women of color, this figure stands at just four percent.

The percentage of women in corporate leadership crawls upwards by roughly one percent annually, an unacceptably slow rate for achieving parity or even for achieving the oft-cited goal of 30 percent. This is despite numerous reports that have independently found that gender diversity at senior levels of corporate governance enhance that company’s performance.

The Gender Diversity in Corporate Leadership Act would require that publicly traded companies disclose the gender of board directors and nominees in their annual filings with the SEC, just like they currently disclose the name, age, and qualifications of these individuals.

CROWLEY: GOP TAX CUTS FOR RICH AT EXPENSE OF EVERYONE ELSE: House Democratic Caucus Chairman Joe Crowley (D-NY) issued the following statement after House Republicans passed a budget resolution. Crowley said the budget will slash essential government investments that help expand the middle class, protect seniors, and keep our economy growing, in order to give a massive tax cut to corporate special interests.

“Congressional Republicans have abandoned all pretense of fighting for American families and the middle class. This budget will hike taxes on the hardest-working Americans and cut earned benefits like Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid, while lavishing extensive tax breaks on corporate special interests. It is undeniably bad policy that will set America back decades.”

GOP DOWNPLAYS OPIOID EPIDEMIC: House Democratic Caucus Chairman Joe Crowley (D-NY) issued the following statement after the White House declared that the opioid epidemic, which is devastating communities across the United States, is a public health emergency:

“The opioid epidemic is one of the most significant crises facing our country – and it demands a response from the federal government that is equal to the devastation that the epidemic has caused across New York and in communities nationwide. President Trump’s decision to deem this crisis a public health emergency is an empty promise that fails to provide officials the resources they desperately need to stem the tide of the national opioid epidemic. A crisis of this magnitude deserves more than this kind of lip service – it deserves a full-fledged attack.”

MENG OFFERS CARBON CAPTURE ‘PRIZE’: Rep. Grace Meng (D-NY) introduced legislation to create a prize competition to incentivize the development of technology that can successfully, and more rapidly, remove carbon from the atmosphere.

“Presence of carbon in the atmosphere contributes to rising sea levels and heat waves around the globe, and we are already seeing the devastating consequences,” said Meng. “We must take action to reduce the amount of carbon in our atmosphere. Prize competitions have long been an effective tool to find cost-effective solutions for expensive problems, and establishing a prize competition to decrease the quantity of carbon in the atmosphere is the next logical step in tackling this issue.”

Meng’s bill, the Carbon Capture Prize Act (H.R.4096), directs the Department of Energy (DOE) to conduct a prize competition to incentivize the development, research, or commercialization of technology that reduces the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. The measure authorizes an aggregate prize amount of $5 million and DOE may run the competition individually or with other agencies.

The concentration of carbon in the Earth’s atmosphere prevents heat from escaping, resulting in warmer temperatures, sea-level rise, and changing climate patterns, including floods, droughts, heat waves, and stronger storms, Meng explained.

Co-sponsors of the measure include Reps. Nydia Velázquez (D-NY) and Jamie Raskin (D-MD).

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