• Engel Statement on Tuberculosis Action Plan

    Representative Eliot L. Engel, Ranking Member of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, made the following statement regarding the White House's new National Action Plan for Combating Multidrug-Resistant Tuberculosis
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  • Congressman Engel: We Must Come to Grips With Cyber Threats Now

    Congressman Eliot L. Engel (D-NY), the Ranking Member on the House Foreign Affairs Committee and Senior Member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, issued the following statement in response to reports of Iranian hackers infiltrating a dam in Rye, NY
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  • Congressman Engel Announces Opening of SBA Office in Westchester for Superstorm Sandy Claims

    Congressman Eliot L. Engel (D-NY), a senior member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, is pleased to announce that following his formal request, the Small Business Association (SBA) will be opening a new Disaster Loan Outreach Center (DLOC) in Westchester County to help New Yorkers affected by Superstorm Sandy request low-interest disaster loans
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  • Congressman Engel Supports Omnibus Deal That Reauthorizes the Zadroga Act, Invests in America

    Congressman Eliot L. Engel (D-NY), a senior member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, voted in favor of the Omnibus spending package that will fund the government for fiscal year 2016
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  • Engel Statement on Funding for Central America in Omnibus Spending Bill

    Representative Eliot L. Engel, Ranking Member of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, made the following statement regarding the inclusion in the 2016 omnibus appropriations measure of $750 million to address the root causes of child migration from El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras
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  • Congressman Engel Votes In Favor of Tax Extenders Bill

    Congressman Eliot L. Engel (D-NY), a senior member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, voted for the Protect Americans from Tax Hikes (PATH) Act
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  • Engel to Treasury: Address Antiquities Looting at UNSC Summit

    In a letter to Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew, Representative Eliot L. Engel, Ranking Member of the House Committee on Foreign Affair and his colleagues called for action on this issue as the United States chairs today's United Nations Security Council summit dealing with the financing of terrorism
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  • Lowey, Roskam, Engel, and Royce Introduce Resolution Denouncing European Commission Labeling Guidelines on Israeli Products from the West Bank

    U.S. Representatives Nita Lowey (D-NY), Peter Roskam (R-IL), Eliot Engel (D-NY), and Ed Royce (R-CA) introduced a resolution (H.R. 567) expressing opposition to new guidelines issued by the European Commission to start labeling certain Israeli products imported into European Union (EU) countries as "product from the West Bank (Israeli settlement)"
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  • Engel Applauds MCC Compact for Kosovo

    Representative Eliot L. Engel, Ranking Member of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, made the following statement regarding the decision by the Millennium Challenge Corporation Board to select Kosovo as eligible to begin developing an MCC Compact
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  • Engel Remarks on U.S. - Pakistan Relations

    Representative Eliot L. Engel, Ranking Member of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, made the following remarks at a full Committee hearing on the future of U.S.-Pakistan relations
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  • Engel Floor Remarks on Hezbollah Sanctions

    Representative Eliot L. Engel, Ranking Member of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, today delivered the following remarks in the United States House of Representatives supporting the Hizballah International Financing Prevention Act of 2015 (H.R.2297)
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  • Engel Statement on Arms Sale to Taiwan

    Representative Eliot L. Engel, Ranking Member of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, made the following statement regarding the announced sale of American military equipment and munitions to Taiwan
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  • Congressman Engel: Deadline for January 1st Health Insurance Coverage Extended for NY

    Congressman Eliot L. Engel (D-NY), a senior member of the House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee, encourages constituents to sign up for health insurance through NY State of Health, the official health insurance marketplace for New Yorkers
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  • Engel Floor Remarks on Press Freedom in the Americas

    Representative Eliot L. Engel, Ranking Member of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, today delivered the following remarks in the United States House of Representatives supporting freedom of press in Latin America and the Caribbean and condemning violations of press freedom and violence against journalists, bloggers, and individuals exercising their right to the freedom of speech (H.Res.536)
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  • Engel Floor Remarks on Terrorist Use of Social Media

    Representative Eliot L. Engel, Ranking Member of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, delivered the following floor remarks in the United States House of Representatives supporting the Combat Terrorist Use of Social Media Act of 2015 (H.R. 3654)
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  • Engel Statement on Climate Agreement

    Representative Eliot L. Engel, Ranking Member of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs and a senior Member of the Committee on Energy and Commerce, today made the following statement on the agreement reached in Paris to combat climate change
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  • Engel Condemns Senate Block on Ambassador to Mexico

    Representative Eliot L. Engel, Ranking Member of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, made the following statement echoing a letter from 17 Latino Members of Congress urging Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) to stop blocking the confirmation of Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs Roberta Jacobson as United States Ambassador to Mexico
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  • Congressman Engel Commemorates the 150th Anniversary of the 13th Amendment

    Congressman Eliot L. Engel, a senior Member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, commemorated the abolition of slavery in America on the 150th anniversary of the 13th amendment and called for renewed commitment to equality through a full restoration of the Voting Rights Act
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  • Engel Remarks From House Gun Violence Prevention Task Force Hearing

    Congressman Eliot Engel, a senior member of the House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee, delivered the following remarks at a special House Gun Violence Prevention Task Force Hearing in Washington
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  • Engel Remarks at Full Committee Markup

    Representative Eliot L. Engel, Ranking Member of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, delivered the following statement at a full Committee markup of legislation to authorize the direct provision of defense articles, defense services, and related training to the Kurdistan Regional Government, and for other purposes (H.R.1654), the Combat Terrorist Use of Social Media Act of 2015 (H.R.3654), the Taiwan Naval Support Act (H.R.4154), legislation condemning the use of toxic chemicals as weapons in the Syrian Arab Republic (H.Res.346), and legislation supporting freedom of the press in Latin America and the Caribbean (H.Res.536)
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  • Engel Statement on Donald Trump Comments About Muslims

    Representative Eliot L. Engel, Ranking Member of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, made the following statement regarding recent comments by Republican Presidential frontrunner Donald Trump calling for an end to immigration to the United States by Muslims
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  • Engel Floor Remarks on Foreign Aid Transparency and Accountability

    Representative Eliot L. Engel, the Ranking Member of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, delivered the following floor remarks in support of the Foreign Aid Transparency and Accountability Act of 2015
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  • Engel Remarks on Efforts to Fight Tuberculosis

    Representative Eliot L. Engel, the Ranking Member of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, delivered the following remarks at the Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations Subcommittee hearing on drug resistant tuberculosis, and U.S. efforts to fight this global health crisis
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  • Engel Statement on Venezuela Elections

    House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce (R-CA) and Ranking Member Eliot L. Engel (D-NY) released the following statement on Sunday's legislative elections in Venezuela
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  • Engel Statement on President Obama's Address on Combatting Terrorism

    Representative Eliot L. Engel, Ranking Member of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, made the following statement regarding the President's address on American efforts to combat terrorism
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  • November Continues Strong Economic Trend for Country

    Congressman Eliot Engel, a senior member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, says the November jobs report proves the sustained strength of the U.S. economy to grow and create jobs, but he repeated his call for higher wages for working families
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  • Engel Statement on World Wildlife Conservation Day

    Representative Eliot L. Engel, Ranking Member of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, today made the following statement to commemorate World Wildlife Conservation Day
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  • Engel Statement on Mass Shooting in San Bernardino

    Congressman Eliot L. Engel, a senior member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, released the following statement on yesterday's shooting in San Bernardino, California
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  • Rep. Engel: Planned Parenthood Attack the Work of Domestic Terrorist

    Congressman Eliot L. Engel, a senior member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, released the following statement on the recent attack on a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs
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  • Engel Remarks on Iran's Role in Destabilizing the Middle East

    Representative Eliot L. Engel, Ranking Member of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, made the following remarks at a full Committee hearing on Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) and how it fuels Middle East turmoil
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  • Engel on the Confirmation of Gayle Smith as USAID Administrator

    Representative Eliot L. Engel, Ranking Member of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, released the following statement regarding Gayle Smith's confirmation by the Senate as USAID Administrator:
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  • Engel Marks World AIDS Day and Calls for Renewed Commitment to Combat HIV/AIDS

    Representative Eliot L. Engel, the Ranking Member of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs and a senior member of the Subcommittee on Health for the House Energy and Commerce Committee, commemorated World AIDS Day today and called for renewed commitment to combat HIV/AIDS:
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  • Engel Statement on Burkina Faso Elections

    Representative Eliot L. Engel, the Ranking Member of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, made the following statement on elections in Burkina Faso
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  • Engel Statement on Burkina Faso Elections

    Representative Eliot L. Engel, the Ranking Member of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, made the following statement on elections in Burkina Faso
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  • Chairman Royce, Ranking Member Engel Congratulate President-Elect Macri and Urge Obama Administration to Prioritize U.S.-Argentina Relations

    U.S. Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA), Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, and U.S. Rep. Eliot Engel (D-NY), the Committee's Ranking Member, have sent a letter to President Barack Obama urging him to prioritize U.S.-Argentina relations over the next year. The letter, which includes policy recommendations in six key areas, follows Sunday's victory by Mauricio Macri in the country's first ever presidential runoff election
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  • Rep. Engel Cosponsoring the No Guns for Terrorists Act

    Congressman Eliot L. Engel, a senior member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, announced he is cosponsoring H.R. 4069, the No Guns for Terrorists Act, which would restrict the sale of firearms to people who are on the federal Terror Watch List
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  • Reps. Engel & Lowey Write to FERC and NRC to Call for Independent Risk Assessment for AIM Pipeline

    Congressman Eliot L. Engel, the ranking member on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, and Congresswoman Nita Lowey, ranking member on the House Appropriations Committee, penned the following joint letter to officials at the Federal Energy and Regulatory Commission (FERC) and Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) calling for an independent risk assessment for SPECTRA's proposed Algonquin Incremental Market Expansion Project
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  • Engel Marks 20th Anniversary of the Dayton Peace Accords

    Representative Eliot L. Engel, Ranking Member of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, made the following statement marking the 20th anniversary of the Dayton Peace Accords
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  • Engel Statement on Terrorist Attack in Mali

    Representative Eliot L. Engel, Ranking Member of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, today released the following statement regarding the ongoing hostage situation at the Radisson Blu hotel in Mali
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  • Engel Welcomes Plan to Fight Tuberculosis

    Representative Eliot L. Engel, Ranking Member of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs and co-chair of the House TB Elimination Caucus, made the following statement applauding the Stop TB Partnership's launch of the new Global Plan to End TB 2016 -2020: The Paradigm Shift
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  • Rep. Engel Earns Perfect Score on Support for Sustainable, Healthy Food Policies

    Congressman Eliot L. Engel, a senior member of the House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee, was awarded a perfect 100% on the National Food Policy Scorecard: 2015 Progress Report, which tracks Congressional support for healthy and sustainable food policies
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  • Engel Remarks on Syrian Refugees and Foreign Fighters

    Representative Eliot L. Engel, Ranking Member of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, delivered the following remarks at a joint hearing of the House Homeland Security and Foreign Affairs Committees on the rise of radicalism, growing terrorist sanctuaries, and the threat to the United States and American interests abroad
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  • Engel Remarks on Jewish History in Israel

    Representative Eliot L. Engel, the Ranking Member of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, delivered the following remarks on the Jewish history in Israel at an event sponsored by the Simon Wiesenthal Center
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  • Chairman Royce, Ranking Member Engel Applaud House Passage of Resolution Condemning Terrorist Attack in Paris

    House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce (R-CA) and Ranking Member Eliot Engel (D-CA), released the following statement after the House passed H. Res. 524, a bipartisan resolution they introduced, which condemns the recent terror attacks in Paris that claimed 129 lives
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  • Engel Floor Remarks on the Paris Terrorist Attacks

    Representative Eliot L. Engel, the Ranking Member of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, made the following statement on the House floor in support of a resolution that condemns the recent terrorist attacks in Paris
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  • Engel Remarks on Women and Technology

    Representative Eliot L. Engel, the Ranking Member of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, made the following statement at the full Committee hearing on women and technology, increasing opportunity, and driving international development
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  • Reps. Engel and Nadler Send Letter to Attorney General Lynch Urging "Fair Consideration" for Jonathan Pollard

    Congressman Eliot Engel (NY-16), Ranking Member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, and Congressman Jerrold Nadler (NY-10), Ranking Member of the House Judiciary Committee's Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property and the Internet, sent the following letter urging the Department of Justice to give "fair consideration" to Jonathan Pollard's expressed desire to reunite with his family in Israel following his 30 year prison sentence
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  • Rep. Engel Delivers Keynote Address at Center for Sustainable Development Inc. Conference

    Congressman Eliot Engel, a senior member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, delivered the keynote address at the Center for Sustainable Development Inc's ‘Inter-Relationship Between Sustainability and Resiliency' conference in Mamaroneck
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  • Engel Salutes Retiring 9/11 Hero, Calls for Zadroga Act Reauthorization

    Congressman Eliot L. Engel, a senior member of the House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee, saluted ailing New York City Police Officer Owen Ortiz and repeated his call for Congress to permanently reauthorize the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act
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  • Engel Statement on Burma's Election Results

    Representative Eliot L. Engel, Ranking Member of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, today made the following statement on the election in Burma, which resulted in the National League for Democracy (NLD) winning enough seats in the Upper and Lower houses both to form a government and to select Burma's next President
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  • Congressman Engel's Written Testimony Regarding the Proposed Rezoning Plan for NYC

    Congressman Eliot Engel, a senior member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, submitted the following written testimony at the Bronx Borough Board public hearing on the proposed Department of City Planning Zoning for Quality & Affordability and Mandatory Inclusionary Housing Text Amendments
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  • Engel Statement on OAS Efforts to Ensure Free and Fair Legislative Elections in Venezuela

    Representative Eliot L. Engel, the Ranking Member of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, released the following statement praising Organization of American States (OAS) Secretary General Luis Almagro for his recent letter to the head of Venezuela's National Electoral Council Tibisay Lucena urging her to level the playing field to make the country's December legislative election free, fair and transparent
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  • Rep. Engel: October Jobs Numbers Strong, Wage Growth Must Follow

    Congressman Eliot Engel, a senior member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, said the strong October jobs report further proved that the economy has rebounded strong, although more must be done to improve wage growth
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  • Engel Marks the 77th Anniversary of Kristallnacht

    epresentative Eliot L. Engel, the Ranking Member of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, released the following statement on the 77th anniversary of Kristallnacht, or the Night of Broken Glass
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  • Engel Statement on Burma Elections

    Representative Eliot L. Engel, the Ranking Member of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, today made the following statement regarding the elections in Burma
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  • Engel Statement on the First Meeting Between Presidents of Taiwan and China

    Representative Eliot L. Engel, the Ranking Member of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, made the following statement regarding the meeting between the leaders of the President of the Republic of China (ROC) Taiwan and the People's Republic of China (PRC) in Singapore
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  • Congressman Engel Commemorates the 50th Anniversary of the Higher Education Act

    Congressman Eliot L. Engel (D-NY) showed his support for young Americans and their families nationwide by co-sponsoring H. Res. 505, a resolution commemorating the Higher Education Act's 50th anniversary, and by calling for an immediate reauthorization of the act with strong funding for financial aid
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  • Bosnia's Path Forward, Twenty Years After Dayton

    Representative Eliot L. Engel, the Ranking Member of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, delivered the following remarks at the American University in Bosnia and Herzegovina as part of a conference marking the twentieth anniversary of the Dayton Peace Accords
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  • Engel Raises Concerns About Upcoming Elections in Burma

    Representative Eliot L. Engel, the Ranking Member of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, today joined five other House members raising concerns about the upcoming elections in Burma
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  • Congressman Engel Reminds Constituents To Buy or Review Their Health Insurance During the Open Enrollment Period

    Congressman Eliot L. Engel (D-NY), a senior member of the House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee, wants to remind constituents that now is the time to purchase health insurance for 2016 through the NY State of Health marketplace
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  • Engel Remarks at Full Committee Markup

    Representative Eliot L. Engel, the Ranking Member of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, delivered the following statement at the full Committee markup of the African Growth and Opportunity Act Enhancement Act of 2015 (H.R. 2845), the Global Health Innovation Act of 2015 (H.R. 2241), the First Responders Passport Act of 2015 (H.R. 3750), and the Foreign Aid Transparency and Accountability Act of 2015 (H.R. 3766)
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  • Engel Welcomes New Access to Suspected Burial Sites in Cyprus

    Representative Eliot L. Engel, the Ranking Member of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, today made the following statement regarding the decision by the government of Turkey to allow the Committee for Missing Persons (CMP) to access suspected burial sites in military zones, areas that had long been off limits for CMP teams
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  • 369 House Members Urge End of Palestinian Authority Incitement

    U.S. Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA), Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, and U.S. Rep. Eliot Engel (D-NY), the Committee's Ranking Member, along with 367 other House Members, sent a bipartisan letter to Mahmoud Abbas, President of the Palestinian Authority, urging him to condemn the recent violence in Israel and end incitement to violence within the Palestinian Authority
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  • Engel Remarks on Energy Poverty in Africa

    Representative Eliot L. Engel, the Ranking Member of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, today delivered the following remarks at an event sponsored by the One Campaign on energy poverty in Africa and his bipartisan efforts with Foreign Affairs Committee Chair Ed Royce (R-CA) to combat this issue through H.R. 2847, the Electrify Africa Act of 2015
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  • Engel Statement on Syria Policy

    Representative Eliot L. Engel, the Ranking Member of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, today entered the following statement into the Committee record of a hearing on American policy in Syria:
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  • Congressman Engel Announces $1.45 Million in Federal Funding for Superstorm Sandy Repairs at Glen Island Park

    Congressman Eliot L. Engel (D-NY), a senior member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, today announced the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has allocated $1,458,915.96 in federal funds for Superstorm Sandy repairs at Glen Island Park in New Rochelle.
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  • Congressman Engel: Congress Has a Moral Obligation to Permanently Renew the Zadroga Act

    Congressman Eliot L. Engel (D-NY), a senior member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, today called the latest Republican proposal to extend the Zadroga Act for five years "insufficient," and called for a permanent reauthorization of the Act with full and comprehensive funding.
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  • Engel Remarks on Palestinian Incitement

    Representative Eliot L. Engel, the Ranking Member of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, today delivered remarks in the House of Representatives in support of H. Res. 293, expressing concern over anti-Israel and anti-Semitic incitement within the Palestinian Authority.
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  • Engel Calls for Taiwan's Inclusion in INTERPOL

    Representative Eliot L. Engel, the Ranking Member of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, today delivered remarks in the House of Representatives supporting H.R. 1853, which would direct to the President to develop a strategy to obtain observer status for Taiwan in the International Criminal Police Organization (INTERPOL).
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  • Engel Remarks on the Global Anti-Poaching Act

    Representative Eliot L. Engel, the Ranking Member of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, today delivered remarks in the House of Representatives in support of the Global Anti-Poaching Act, H.R.2494.
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  • Engel Remarks on Anti-Semitism in Europe

    Representative Eliot L. Engel, the Ranking Member of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, today delivered remarks in the House of Representatives in support of H. Res. 354, expressing the sense of the House of Representatives regarding the safety and security of Jewish communities in Europe.
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  • Congressman Engel Announces $10 Million in Federal Funding for Healthy Marriage and Relationship Programs in Yonkers

    Congressman Eliot L. Engel (D-NY), a senior member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, was joined by Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano to announce that the Nepperhan Community Center (NCC) in Yonkers has received a five-year, $10 million federal grant from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to set-up a new Healthy Marriage And Relationship Education Program.
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  • Engel Condemns Attack on Camp Liberty in Iraq

    Representative Eliot L. Engel, the Ranking Member of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, today made the following statement condemning the rocket attack on Camp Liberty in Iraq.
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  • Engel Statement on Deployment of Special Operations Forces to Syria

    Representative Eliot L. Engel, the Ranking Member of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, today made the following statement regarding the Administration's announced plan to deploy Special Operations Forces to Syria
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  • Engel Statement on Côte d'Ivoire Elections

    Representative Eliot L. Engel, the Ranking Member of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, today made the following statement on elections in Côte d'Ivoire.
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  • Congressman Engel Votes For U.S. Export-Import Bank Renewal, Urges Senate To Follow House's Bipartisan Lead

    Congressman Eliot L. Engel (D-NY), the top Democrat on the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, voted on Tuesday to renew the Export-Import Bank and ensure New York exporters have the support they need to compete globally.
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  • Engel Calls for Senate Action on Cultural Preservation Bill

    Representative Eliot L. Engel, the Ranking Member of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, today delivered remarks calling for Senate action on the Protect and Preserve International Cultural Property Act
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  • Engel Statement on the Recent Clashes in Prishtina Between the Government and Opposition

    Representative Eliot L. Engel, the Ranking Member of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, today made the following statement on the recent clashes in Prishtina between the government and opposition forces there
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  • Engel Remarks on the Illicit Ivory Trade

    Representative Eliot L. Engel, the Ranking Member of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs delivered remarks at an event sponsored by the Enough Project on the illicit ivory trade and his bipartisan efforts with Foreign Affairs Committee Chair Ed Royce (R-CA) to combat this issue through the Global Anti-Poaching Act, H.R. 2494
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  • Engel Statement on Reauthorizing the Export-Import Bank

    Representative Eliot L. Engel, the ranking member of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, submitted the following statement into the Congressional Record supporting the reauthorization of the Export-Import Bank
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  • Congressman Engel Continues Fight for Sensible Gun Legislation

    Congressman Eliot Engel, a senior member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, is renewing calls for sensible gun legislation to help curtail rampant gun violence in America.
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  • Engel Statement on the Election of Jimmy Morales as President of Guatemala

    Representative Eliot L. Engel, the Ranking Member of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, today made the following statement on yesterday's election of Jimmy Morales as President of Guatemala
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  • Congressman Engel Announces More than $8 Million in Grants for HIV/AIDS Care

    Congressman Eliot Engel announced today grants worth more than $8 million will benefit patients living with HIV/AIDS in New York's 16th District.
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  • Engel Remarks on Palestinian Authority Incitement

    Representative Eliot L. Engel, the Ranking Member of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, today delivered the following statement at the full Committee hearing on the Palestinian Authority's incitement to violence and the most recent wave of terror in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict
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  • Engel Statement on Benghazi Investigation

    Representative Eliot L. Engel, the ranking member of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, today made the following statement regarding the investigation of the Benghazi attacks
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  • Congressman Engel and Congressman Welch Introduce the Offending Oil Polluters Act to Prevent American Taxpayers from Subsidizing Corporate Wrongdoing

    Congressman Eliot Engel and Congressman Peter Welch, members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, have introduced H.R. 3760, The Offending Oil Polluters Act, legislation aimed at preventing companies from deducting losses that result from spilling oil or hazardous substances.
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  • Engel Condemns Arrests in Burma

    Representative Eliot L. Engel, the Ranking Member of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, made the following statement condemning recent arrests in Burma and the threats to freedom of expression in that country
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  • Engel Remarks on Ukraine Elections

    Representative Eliot L. Engel, the Ranking Member of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, made the following statement supporting the right of the people of Ukraine to freely elect their government and determine their future
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  • Engel Reintroduces Ignition Lock Legislation to Curtail Drunk Driving

    Congressman Eliot Engel, senior member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, has reintroduced the Drunk Driving Repeat Offender Prevention Act, legislation that would require states to pass laws mandating the installation of ignition interlock devices in convicted drunk drivers' cars.
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  • Engel Statement on Myanmar Ceasfire Agreement

    Representative Eliot L. Engel, the Ranking Member of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, today made the following statement regarding the National Ceasefire Agreement (NCA) announced by the Government of Myanmar
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  • Engel Renews Push for Guaranteed 3% COLA Increases for Seniors

    Following the announcement that there will be no increase in Social Security benefits in 2016, Congressman Eliot Engel, a senior member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, is once again renewing his push to ensure every American senior is guaranteed a reasonable cost of living increase annually.
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  • Reps. Engel, Lowey, Keating and Welch Reintroduce The Dry Cask Storage Act

    Congressman Eliot Engel (NY), Congresswoman Nita Lowey (NY), Congressman Bill Keating (MA), and Congressman Peter Welch (VT) introduced a bill that would make nuclear plants safer by requiring dangerous radioactive waste be promptly moved into storage units known to be less vulnerable to natural disasters, terrorist attacks and system breakdowns.
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  • Rep. Engel: September Jobs Report Shows Need For Highway Trust Fund Bill, Wage Growth

    September marked the 67th consecutive month of private sector job growth, with the U.S. economy adding 142,000 new jobs. The unemployment rate remained steady 5.1 percent, but average hourly wages fell slightly for the first time in months.
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  • Rep. Engel Speaks Out Against Efforts to Defund Planned Parenthood

    On September 30, the House Energy and Commerce Committee voted to approve budget reconciliation recommendations that would bar Medicaid reimbursements to Planned Parenthood and abolish the Prevention and Public Health Fund created by the Affordable Care Act. On the same day, the full House voted to approve H. Con. Res. 79, which would cut off federal funding to Planned Parenthood for one year. Congressman Engel opposed both of these efforts.
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  • Rep. Engel Honored for Passage of 2014 MD CARE Act

    "As a direct result of the MD CARE Act, the lifespan of the average American living with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy–the most common form of muscular dystrophy in children–has increased by a full 10 years," Engel said. "The 2014 reauthorization bill I coauthored with Congressman Burgess improved the original MD CARE Act to reflect the latest research, enabled the NIH to expand and intensify programs related to various forms of Muscular Dystrophy, improved data collection, and increased awareness of treatment options among medical professionals."
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  • Reps. Engel and Burgess Reintroduce The Gestational Diabetes Act on National Women's Health and Fitness Day

    Congressman Eliot Engel (NY-16) and Congressman Michael C. Burgess, M.D. (TX-26), today reintroduced the Gestational Diabetes (GEDI) Act of 2015, a bill aimed at lowering the incidences of gestational diabetes and the development of Type 2 diabetes in women and children. The GEDI Act, which is supported by the ADA and the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) seeks to improve gestational diabetes treatments and outcomes by developing a multi-site gestational diabetes research project with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to enhance surveillance and public health research on gestational diabetes, providing grants to reduce the incidence of gestational diabetes, and expanding basic, clinical and public health research focused on investigating gestational diabetes and available treatments and therapies.
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  • Rep. Engel Announces Extension of FEMA Deadline for Superstorm Sandy Victims

    Policyholders can call the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) Sandy claims center at 866-337-4262 any time from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday to request a review. Claims can also be submitted online, by going to www.fema.gov/hurricane-sandy-nfip-claims and downloading a form that can be filled out and emailed back to FEMA-sandyclaimsreview@fema.dhs.gov. Forms can also be faxed to 202-646-7970 to begin the review process.
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  • Engel Slams House Majority at Committee Hearing For Attacks on Planned Parenthood

    "Make no mistake: the bills under consideration today will do nothing to ‘protect' our constituents. On the contrary, they will put the health of our country's most vulnerable women and men in jeopardy."
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  • Jon Stewart Joins With Congressman Engel to Fight for Zadroga Act Reauthorization

    Congressman Eliot Engel, a senior member of the House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee, was joined on Capitol Hill Wednesday by former Daily Show host Jon Stewart to call for the immediate passage of the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Reauthorization Act. The bill would permanently reauthorize the World Trade Center Health Program, which ensures that the nearly 400,000 Americans suffering from debilitating conditions as a result of exposure to toxins from the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks do not bear any of the financial costs related to those conditions.Without Congressional action, this Program will expire in September 2016.
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  • Lowey, Engel Announce $1.1 Million to Expand Second Chances for 80 At-Risk Youth in Westchester County

    Congresswoman Nita Lowey, the Ranking Member on the House Appropriations Committee, and Congressman Eliot Engel, the Ranking Member on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, today announced a $1,100,000 U.S.Department of Labor (DOL) YouthBuild grant to the Westchester County Department of Social Services (DSS) in White Plains, NY, to support additional academic and occupational skills training for 80 at-risk youth in Westchester. Of that total, 20 youth will be in Peekskill, 20 in Mt. Vernon, and 40 in Yonkers.
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  • Rep. Engel: ACA Has Reduced the Number of Uninsured Americans to Historic Lows

    According to statistics released by the Census Bureau on September 16th, nearly 9 million people have gained health insurance coverage since 2013, bringing the percentage of Americans who are without health insurance down from 13.1 percent to 10.4 percent.
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  • Rep. Engel on the Opening of JFK High School

    "Three weeks ago, it seemed impossible to think that JFK High School would be ready for the start of the school year. But, thanks to the herculean efforts of City engineers, workers, and administrators, JFK's 4,000 students were able to attend the first day of school in their normal learning environment on the JFK campus. I commend Mayor de Blasio, Department of Buildings Commissioner Rick Chandler, School's Chancellor Carmen Farina, and the JFK High School leadership team for this monumental effort, and I applaud their successful launch of another school year."
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  • Rep. Engel Encouraged by Another Month of Jobs Growth in August

    August marked the 66th consecutive month of private sector job growth, with the U.S. economy adding 173,000 new jobs. The unemployment rate dropped to 5.1 percent and average hourly wages rose by a better than expected 0.3 percent.
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  • Engel, Lowey, Israel Statement on The State of The Iran Nuclear Agreement Debate

    "We remain concerned that individuals on both sides of the debate have resorted to ad hominem attacks and threats against those who don't share their opinions. This is unacceptable. It is especially egregious to attribute malicious intent to decision makers who are thoughtfully debating the details and effects of the agreement. No matter where you stand on the Iran deal, comparisons to the Holocaust, the darkest chapter in human history, questioning the credentials of long-standing advocates for Israel, and accusations of dual loyalty are inappropriate.
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  • Statement from Congressman Engel on the Explosion at JFK high School

    Our thoughts and prayers are with the three people injured in tonight's terrible accident at John F. Kennedy High School. As frightening and horrific as this explosion was, the fact that we are only a few short weeks away from students returning to the campus for the school year makes the incident even more terrifying. I thank the brave men and women in our first-responder units for their bravery in rushing to the school to help, as well as the Con Ed crews who quickly descended on the scene to investigate the situation.
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  • Statement from Congressman Engel on Planned Parenthood

    I stand with Planned Parenthood. I stand with the life-saving services they provide, and the amazing work they do for families all across the country. I have always been a strong supporter of Planned Parenthood throughout my years in Congress, and I will continue to be a strong supporter of theirs during our next round of budget negotiations this session. Stripping funding to Planned Parenthood would be a disservice to millions of America's most vulnerable women. Please know I will do everything I can to ensure funding is maintained.
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  • Chairman Royce, Ranking Member Engel Urge Treasury Department to Address Escalating Human Rights Abuses in Burma

    In the letter to Treasury Secretary Lew, Royce and Engel write:"As you know, President Obama signed Executive Order 13619 in 2012 to hold those who are responsible for human rights violations in Burma accountable. … Mr. Secretary, we urge you to use this important tool to respond to human rights abuses in Burma. The failure to do so undermines U.S. policy of promoting democratic reforms and human rights. It is imperative that we employ whatever tools are available to address these conditions and the government of Burma's role in fueling them."
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  • Statement from Congressman Engel on Swatting Incident at LaGuardia Airport

    Following several incidents in my district, in April, I introduced H.R. 2031, the Anti-Swatting Act, to address this growing problem. My bill would increase penalties for those found guilty of swatting and require them to reimburse law enforcement agencies for squandered resources. This would hold perpetrators financially and criminally responsible for their actions. The bill has already garnered significant bipartisan support in the House, and I have worked closely with Senator Schumer who has introduced his own companion anti-swatting bill in the Senate.
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  • Engel, Schakowsky, 79 Additional Lawmakers Push for Stronger Protections for Global Women's Health

    "A flawed interpretation of the Helms Amendment is depriving women of critical health-care services in the places where this help is needed most. We need to make clear that life-saving assistance from the United States won't be hijacked by a political agenda. I'm glad to join with Representative Schakowsky and dozens of other lawmakers to stand up for women's health and women's rights around the world," said Rep. Engel.
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  • Rep. Engel: July Jobs Numbers Show More Progress for the Economy

    "We are now in the midst of the longest uninterrupted period of private sector job growth since the nineties," Congressman Engel said. "Unemployment remains at its lowest level since 2008, and American businesses are hiring. But real wages – wages after accounting for inflation – haven't improved at all in two years.
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  • Engel Statement on Iran Deal

    "I still believe that a negotiated solution is the best course of action. That's the path I believe we should pursue. But after careful consideration of all of the material; more than a dozen hearings since the beginning of the negotiating period; and conversations with Administration officials, experts, and many of my constituents, I regret that I cannot support this deal."
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  • Congressman Engel & Mayor Spano Work Together to Clean Up Post Office on Yonkers Ave

    "Quality of life issues are extremely important, because when we keep our neighborhoods clean, we keep our neighborhoods strong," Congressman Engel said. "Upon receiving complaints from constituents, Mayor Spano and his office sprung into action quickly, and contacted me immediately to see if I could assist at the federal level. It was my pleasure as Yonkers' Congressman to reach out to the Westchester Postal District Manager on behalf of the Yonkers residents in regards to this issue, and I was pleased to see just how quickly and efficiently the problem was addressed."
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  • Congressman Engel Applauds President Obama's Newly Unveiled Clean Power Plan

    "What President Obama has proposed–stricter emissions standards for power plants and an increased emphasis on renewables–has the potential to transform our energy sector from a relic of the 20th century into the gold standard of the 21st," Engel said. "Make no mistake, energy independence and climate change are both important matters of national security. If we truly want to secure our nation's future, we need to fully embrace the type of clean, renewable fuels that are both available at home and safe for the environment."
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  • Congressman Engel Marks the 50th Anniversary of the Voting Rights Act

    "The Voting Rights Act is the most successful piece of civil rights legislation in history," Engel said. "Its weakening, combined with a coordinated attack on voting rights around the country at the state level, has created a direct threat to the strength of our democracy. Congress must address this threat through legislation that fully restores the Voting Rights Act, so we can ensure everyone who is eligible to vote has access to the ballot box."
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  • Congressman Engel Announces 2015 National Fish and Wildlife Foundation Five Star and Urban Waters Awards Winners

    "As the Representative of New York's 16th Congressional District, I am incredibly proud that these community-led wetland, stream, and coastal restoration projects are receiving this honor and recognition," Congressman Engel said. "We have the privilege of living in one of the most naturally beautiful areas in the country, with some of the finest environmental groups around working to maintain that beauty.
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  • Congressman Engel Announces Friends of Van Cortlandt Park Named a 2015 National Fish and Wildlife Foundation Five Star and Urban Waters Awards Winner

    "As the Representative of New York's 16th Congressional District, I am incredibly proud of the Friends of Van Cortlandt Park's community-led wetland, stream, and coastal restoration project for receiving this honor and recognition," Congressman Engel said. "We have the privilege of living in one of the most naturally beautiful areas in the country, with some of the finest environmental groups around working to maintain that beauty. I applaud the efforts of the Friends of Van Cortlandt Park to engage volunteers, students, and local residents to preserve and protect the environment. The federal funds they received from this award will be of great benefit to our community and its wildlife habitats and waterways."
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  • Chairman Royce, Ranking Member Engel Introduce Resolution Supporting Israel Against International Boycott Efforts

    On the resolution's introduction, Royce and Engel said: "This resolution expresses our intention to continue standing shoulder-to-shoulder with Israel in opposition to all forms of economic warfare. From the Arab League's past boycott of Israel, to today's efforts to boycott and divest from Israel, to threatened sanctions on companies that operate there, Congress has a long history of acting against efforts designed to weaken, pressure, or otherwise isolate Israel."
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  • Engel Applauds Senate Introduction of Bill to Curb Isis Funding From Looted Artifacts

    Senate Measure Mirrors House-Passed Engel Legislation WASHINGTON, DC–Representative Eliot L. Engel, the leading Democrat on the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, today applauded the introduction in the Senate of a companion measure to his legislation aimed at cutting OFF resources from ISIS terrorists. Yesterday, Senators Bob Casey (PA), Chuck Grassley (IA), and David Perdue (GA) introduced a Senate version of Rep. Engel's Protect and Preserve International Cultural Property Act (HR 1493), which would impose import restrictions on looted artifacts and enhance U.S. government efforts to protect cultural heritage around the world. Representative Engel's bill passed unanimously in the House last month. "I'm pleased that my Senate colleagues have pushed this measure to crack down on terrorist financing through the trafficking of looted artifacts. With each passing day, ISIS continues to line its coffers with these resources, and it's long past time that the United States takes greater action," said Rep. Engel. "I hope the Senate acts quickly on this legislation so we can get it to the President's desk." Representative Engel's legislation unanimously passed the House on June 1st. The bill would impose new import restrictions on cultural artifacts removed from Syria. Similar restrictions were enacted in 2004 with respect to Iraqi antiquities. The legislation would provide exceptions to allow artifacts to enter the United States for temporary protection and restoration. Restrictions would remain in effect until the crisis in Syria is resolved and America is able to work with a future Syrian government to protect cultural property from trafficking under a bilateral agreement, in accordance with America's national interests. The bill would also establish a new interagency body and coordinator role to enhance coordination among government agencies, including the Departments of Defense and Homeland Security, already working on cultural preservation issues. It would also take steps to enhance Congressional oversight of this issue.
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  • Engel Statement on Gao Report on U.S. Funding to Address Root Causes of Central American Migration

    "The report also points out some of the shortcomings in our current efforts. Of particular note, while I am pleased that the State Department and the Department of Homeland Security have put in place public information campaigns to educate families about the dangers of the journey north, I am disappointed that no effort has been made to evaluate these programs. Without any kind of evaluation, it will remain unclear whether these programs are effective."
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  • Engel Remarks at Hearing on Iran Agreement

    "I must also say that I have trepidation, barely a week after the Iranians signed the deal with us, there was the Supreme Leader, the Ayatollah, chanting, ‘Death to America, Death to Israel.' You would think that after an agreement was signed with us, there might be a modicum of goodwill that perhaps they'd keep quiet for a week or two, or a month, but it went back to business as usual. How can we trust Iran when this type of thing happens? It's very disconcerting.
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  • Engel Statement on The 2015 Trafficking in Persons Report

    "I look forward to the opportunity to address questions about this section and others to the State Department with the aim of achieving the strongest possible TIP Report in years to come. In my view, just a handful of bad rankings is enough to threaten the credibility of this report, which has long been the gold standard on this issue."
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  • Engel, Lowey, Ros-Lehtinen, and 122 Additional Members of Congress Call For Equal Treatment of LGBT Foreign Service Officers

    "As you know, the United States Supreme Court recently held that the Constitution protects the right of same sex couples to marry. As the United States continues to make progress toward equality for our lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community, many countries around the world have yet to address their own discriminatory practices. As such, we are writing to express our concerns about recent reports that American LGBT Foreign Service Officers (FSO)s are sometimes denied an equal opportunity to represent the United States abroad because certain foreign governments refuse to recognize their same-sex marriages. As Members of Congress, we believe that when same-sex couples working for the State Department receive equal treatment at home and abroad, our diplomatic corps truly reflects the American ideals of openness, equality, and human rights," the Members wrote in the letter.
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  • Chairman Royce, Ranking Member Engel Statement on UN Security Council Vote on Iran Nuclear Agreement

    "We are disappointed that the UN Security Council passed a resolution on Iran this morning before Congress was able to fully review and act on this agreement. We are also greatly concerned that the resolution lifts restrictions on Iran's ballistic missiles in eight years and conventional arms in five years. Regardless of this morning's outcome, Congress will continue to play its role."
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  • 160 Members of Congress Call On State Department to Not Upgrade Malaysia Ranking in 2015 Trafficking in Persons Report

    "An upgrade for Malaysia is certainly not merited by the facts we've seen. So we're left to conclude that Malaysia's upgrade, if reported correctly, has been driven by external considerations…Under these circumstances, a decision to upgrade Malaysia to the Tier 2 Watch List would undermine the credibility of the Trafficking in Persons Report. A decade and a half of progress would rightly be called into question," the Members continued.
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  • Engel Statement on The Anniversary of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17

    "As we mark this tragic anniversary, we're reminded of the ugly truth about what happened to Flight 17 and what continues to happen in Ukraine. All that remains is for justice to be served and peace restored."
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  • Rep. Engel Announces $278,539 in Federal Funds for the College of Mount Saint Vincent

    "The Student Supportive Services Program has been a beacon of hope for countless students across the country who have had to overcome difficult circumstances as they pursued their college education," Congressman Engel said. "The Mount has always done a wonderful job supporting their students. They are a great partner in the community and a great institution for students from New York's 16th District and beyond. I am pleased that they have once again been selected to receive this important federal funding."
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  • Engel Remarks at Hearing on Women Under Isis Rule

    "And I want to add to what the Chairman said. Three years ago I put in a bill, which would have authorized the aiding and equipping of the Free Syrian Army. And I said this three years ago, and I say it now. I can't help but thinking if we had been there and had done it when it should have been done, might things have been different now in Syria. It's the Syrian people who are bearing the brunt of all the atrocities that are happening. And, I think the United States needs to be more than just a passive bystander.
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  • Engel Applauds Return of Artifacts to Iraq

    "The safe return of these items is great news. But we know there are many, many more artifacts being trafficked on the black market, and the profits from those sales are helping finance violence and bloodshed," said Rep. Engel. "The Senate has the opportunity to pass my legislation, go after this source of funding, and help preserve the cultural history that is under threat of destruction by ISIS."
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  • Engel Statement on Iran Deal

    "The Middle East continues to be engulfed in turmoil, due in no small part to Iran's influence. The Iranian regime remains intent on stoking instability and sectarian violence in Yemen, Syria, Lebanon, and Iraq. It also continues to support terrorist organizations that threaten Israel. I remain uncomfortable with the fact that we have spent so much time negotiating with a country that opposes our interests in so many ways across the region.
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  • Congressman Engel Meets With Representatives From Planned Parenthood NYC

    "It's always a pleasure meeting with representatives from Planned Parenthood NYC, especially members of Generation Action, to discuss ways we can work together to protect women's reproductive rights in America," Congressman Engel said. "The unfortunate reality is, in 2015, we are forced to fight the same tired battles over women's reproductive health that were won decades ago. Those battles require constant vigilance, which is why it is so important to partner with advocacy groups like Planned Parenthood, who are working nonstop to ensure that every woman, regardless of where she lives or her socioeconomic status, can access the care she needs."
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  • Engel Remarks on Implications of an Iran Nuclear Agreement

    "At this point, we all know the refrain: no deal is better than a bad deal. But let's see what the alternative would be. The alternative to a deal, would surely mean some kind of military strikes on Iran's nuclear plants, and would also involve sanctions. I think when we weigh whatever final deal there is, you got to weigh with the alternative and see which alternative we like better. There are no good choices, but it's very, very troubling that Iran and–continues to do what it's been doing. And that we hear negative things from the Supreme Leader, talking about all kinds of nonsense that we could not accept in any kind of a deal.
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  • Engel Marks 20th Anniversary of Srebrenica Genocide

    "We remember the Srebrenica Genocide to honor the victims and to remind ourselves of the costs of indifference–of what can happen when we say, ‘well, that's somebody else's problem.' As this region of Europe heals, and I've just come back from the Balkans, and charts a course toward a brighter future, I hope the lessons of this tragedy will be a guide for the United States and for countries around the world fighting against tyranny and oppression.
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  • Engel Remarks on Tibet Resolution, Dalai Lama's 80th Birthday

    "Throughout his life, the Dalai Lama has worked for a peaceful path forward for the Tibetan people. We're grateful for his example and his wisdom. And with this resolution, we urge China's leaders to do the right thing for Tibet.
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  • Rep. Engel: ATF Needs to Regulate Phone Cases Shaped Like Handguns

    "Like many of my colleagues, I was deeply disturbed by reports of realistic gun replicas being used as cell phone cases," Engel said. "It would be nearly impossible for a cop on the street to tell the difference between these cases and actual firearms. It's only a matter of time until a police officer runs into an individual holding one of these cases in a dangerous situation, and the results could be tragic."
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  • Engel Statement on the Dalai Lama's 80th Birthday

    "Today, we also recognize the Dalai Lama's lifetime of work to preserve the cultural, religious, historical, and linguistic heritage of the Tibetan people. That's why I introduced a resolution in the House, along with 28 co-sponsors, that recognizes his efforts to build a peaceful and lasting solution for the Tibetan people, and that reaffirms the unwavering friendship between the Tibetan people and the United States.
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  • Engel: U.S. Must Act on Isis Cultural Property Destruction

    Representative Engel's legislation unanimously passed the House on June 1st. The bill would impose new import restrictions on cultural artifacts removed from Syria. Similar restrictions were enacted in 2004 with respect to Iraqi antiquities. The legislation would provide exceptions to allow artifacts to enter the United States for protection and restoration. Restrictions would remain in effect until the crisis in Syria is resolved and America is able to work with a future Syrian government to protect cultural property from trafficking under a bilateral agreement, in accordance with America's national interests.
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  • Rep. Engel: June Jobs Numbers Continue Positive Economic Trend

    "June was yet another month of solid job growth, and I am encouraged by the continuing downward trend in unemployment," Congressman Engel said. "As we head full-steam into the summer, it appears our economy has rebounded strong from a difficult winter. But more needs to be done to improve stagnant wages and economic opportunities for every American.
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  • Congressman Engel Lauds Supreme Court Ruling on Same-Sex Marriage

    "Today is a great day, and a historic one," Congressman Engel said. "The Supreme Court has recognized the equal rights and equal dignity of same-sex couples across the country. LGBT equality is one of the defining civil rights issues of our time, and we've endured many years of legal and social struggle to guarantee today's recognition of the love and commitment of our LGBT friends, family, and neighbors. This morning's decision is a tremendous step forward for us as a nation."
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  • Engel Remarks on Academic Freedom for U.S. Universities in China

    "I support these things. I think academic exchanges are a very critical tool for building relationships between Americans and people around the world. I was a teacher myself, before I ever got a law degree, before I ever went into politics, I was a classroom teacher. I've seen firsthand how new ideas and new perspectives can transform a student's understanding of the world, and of themselves. And when students from around the world sit in our classrooms, or when American academics teach and research abroad, I really believe it helps to spread knowledge and understanding. And these person-to-person ties are the foundation of strong engagements between countries and governments. And that's why, I think these exchanges are our priority, and should remain so in our foreign policy. So, thank all of you for what you do.
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  • Congressman Engel: Supreme Court Made the Right Decision in King v. Burwell

    "Today's Supreme Court decision in King v. Burwell is a tremendous win, not only for the 6.4 million Americans who get to keep their health insurance, but for the entire country," Congressman Engel said. "As a result of this ruling, American middle-class families across the nation who purchased health insurance through the federal exchange will continue to benefit from quality, affordable, life-saving health care. To date, more than 16 million Americans have gained insurance coverage because of the ACA. As a result, our nation's uninsured rate stands at 11.9 percent - its lowest level in history. Additionally, the cost of health care is growing at a slower pace than it has in 50 years. Simply put, the ACA is working, yet in spite of this resounding success, Republicans in Congress have done nothing but waste time and energy with vote after vote to repeal it. It is my hope that today's Court decision will bring an end to this folly.
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  • Engel, Salmon, Pitts, McGovern Resolution Calls for Settlement for Tibetan People

    "Throughout his life, His Holiness, the 14th Dalai Lama, has championed greater understanding, harmony, and respect among all religious faiths. As the spiritual and temporal leader of the Tibetan people, he has been a model for all of us on the importance of preserving the cultural, religious, historical, and linguistic heritage–not just for the Tibetan people but for all people. His Holiness has done outstanding work to safeguard the environment in the Tibetan plateau, to promote democracy among the Tibetan people, and to champion non-violent conflict resolution," said Rep. Engel. "This resolution reaffirms the unwavering friendship between the Tibetan people and the United States, and I'm proud to offer it along with Representatives Salmon, Pitts and McGovern."
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  • Engel Statement on Global Anti-Poaching Act

    "The legislation the Committee approved today, of which I'm proud to be the lead Democratic sponsor, aims to do just that. It provides the authority for wildlife crimes to be prosecuted under existing U.S. money laundering and racketeering statutes. That way, those we catch will face stiffer penalties and potential traffickers will know that we mean business.
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  • Engel Remarks at Hearing on Colombia Peace Process

    "Progress that has been made, and I've been to Colombia many, many, many, many times, and each time I go I always feel an exhilarating feeling because when you look at Colombia on the verge of really becoming a failed state not that long ago, the United States has had no better partner and ally in South America than Colombia. And in the 1990s, they teetered on the edge of being a failed state. And over the last decade, the progress made in Colombia has just been unbelievable.
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  • Engel: Cut Off Isis Funding from Looted Artifacts

    Representative Engel's legislation unanimously passed the House on June 1st. The bill would impose new import restrictions on cultural artifacts removed from Syria. Similar restrictions were enacted in 2004 with respect to Iraqi antiquities. The legislation would provide exceptions to allow artifacts to enter the United States for protection and restoration. Restrictions would remain in effect until the crisis in Syria is resolved and America is able to work with a future Syrian government to protect cultural property from trafficking under a bilateral agreement, in accordance with America's national interests.
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  • Engel Statement on Impending Export-Import Bank Expiration

    "The Export-Import Bank creates American jobs. It boosts American exports. And it does so at absolutely no cost to American taxpayers. In short, it's exactly the type of tool we need to take full advantage of a growing, changing global economy.
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  • Royce, Engel, Smith, Bass Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Promote Access to Electricity in Sub-Saharan Africa

    Engel said: "Nearly 70 percent of Africans lack access to electricity, limiting their access to modern health care and education, and ultimately hindering economic growth. The bipartisan bill that we introduced today would make a real difference, improving lives in Africa and the entire global community. I look forward to working with Chairman Royce to move this important legislation forward."
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  • Congressman Engel: CBO Report Exposes Deep Cost of ACA Repeal

    "This CBO report provides yet another reason why Republicans need to cease their constant attacks on the ACA," Congressman Engel said. "To repeal the ACA is to revoke the health insurance of millions and sizably add to the nation's deficit. We cannot abandon the millions of Americans who rely on the ACA for their health coverage – especially when it would cost the country billions of dollars to do so."
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  • Engel Statement on the United Nations Gaza Report

    "Both the Israeli and Palestinian people deserve better than endless violence and finger-pointing. They deserve a permanent solution, with two states for two peoples, living in peace and security."
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  • Engel Calls on Slovenia to Release Former Kosovo Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj

    "Ramush Haradinaj has been acquitted twice by the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia and should be free of such harassment. While I hope this action was a mistake, I think the Slovenian government and judicial system can go a long way toward rectifying the error by expeditiously allowing former Prime Minister Haradinaj to return home to Kosovo.
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  • Congressman Engel Announces $207,143,524 in Federal Funds for Bronx Schools

    "Title I is a vital program that, over the course of its history, has allowed school districts to modernize their infrastructure, improve or maintain staffing, and provide children with additional programs and resources necessary to meet state standards in core academic subjects," Congressman Engel said. "Title I funds have also been used to support preschool, after-school, and summer programming that reinforces regular schooling, and helps prepare children for the next level of their academic journey. I have no doubt our Bronx schools will benefit greatly from these federal funds, which is why I will continue to be a strong supporter of the Title I program in Congress."
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  • Engel Remarks on Authorization of Force Against Isis

    "The Foreign Affairs Committee just had a hearing, earlier this morning, and we saw horrific situations of children being gassed in Syria. There is no good side in Syria. We've got to somehow let the Free Syria Army or the rebels–the well-vetted, moderate rebels–we've got to help them. And that's why I believe there is still a role for us to play. A precipitous withdrawal by turning our heads away because we are fed-up and disgusted I think is not the right move.
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  • Engel Remarks on Assad's Chemical Weapons Attacks

    "But now, true to form, Assad is testing the international community again. In September, the OPCW concluded, and I quote with "a high level, a high degree of confidence" unquote, that chlorine was used, and this is a quote again, "systematically and repeatedly" in attacks in northern Syria. Since then, more chlorine attacks have been reported. Though not as deadly as sarin, the use of weaponized chlorine is still a violation of the Chemical Weapons Convention.
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  • Engel Warns Against Reducing Support for Moderate Syrian Opposition

    "Unfortunately, most members of the House don't know for certain if this legislation will reduce our support for the moderate opposition. Those funding decisions are made behind closed doors, and that's why I believe this bill is not the right place for us to be making decisions that have a major impact on our Syria strategy.
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  • Engel Statement on American Interests at the United Nations

    "U.S. leadership at the UN has headed off deeply biased and one-sided resolutions targeting Israel. We cast the lone "no" vote against the Commission of Inquiry into the situation in Gaza. We've helped scale back the number of anti-Israel efforts in the Human Rights Council overall, and the Human Rights Council has really been a joke, as far as I'm concerned. We pushed back against the resolution recognizing Palestinian statehood. And we've rejected efforts by the Palestinians to use the UN to gain concessions from Israel outside of the context of negotiations
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  • Engel Remarks Marks on Americans Detained or Missing in Iran

    "We're a few weeks away, as I said before, from an important deadline in the Iranian nuclear talks. It is ridiculous that our citizens languish in Iranian jails while we negotiate. At the same time, as the families of the Americans point out, these negotiations have given us the only opportunity to directly raise the cases of the four Americans with the Iranian government. And we are assured by the administration that at every instance they raise these cases with the Iranian government. I'm happy they raise the cases. I'm grateful that they raise these cases. But of course, if we don't get these people home, it's all for naught. And, I cannot imagine having an agreement with Iran that doesn't take into account these people, and doesn't release these people. It would just be a dereliction of our duties and responsibility to have an agreement with Iran while not bargaining or getting the freedom of these people. We don't want to use them as a bargaining chip but on the other hand, we don't want these people to remain in jail after there is some kind of an agreement with Iran.
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  • New Isis Looting Underscores Need for Engel Cultural Preservation Bill

    "It's outrageous that ISIS continues to fund its campaign of violence by trafficking these irreplaceable artifacts. It's past time that the United States steps up to meet this challenge, just as we have in the past," said Rep. Engel. "I urge Senate leaders to take up my legislation and get it to the President's desk."
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  • Congressman Engel Delivers Opening Remarks at "James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Reauthorization Act" Hearing

    "The first responders who rely on the World Trade Center Health Program did not hesitate to risk their lives for their fellow Americans on 9/11 – we should not hesitate to care for them now. It is of critical importance that we permanently reauthorize the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act.
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  • Congressman Engel, Energy and Commerce Committee Democrats Seek Stronger Labeling of Opioids

    "Opioid abuse in the United States has reached epidemic proportions. To not adequately warn patients and prescribers of the risks associated with opioid use is not merely neglectful – it's downright dangerous," Congressman Engel said. "I was pleased to join my colleagues on the House Energy and Commerce Committee in addressing this issue and ensure that patients are afforded the information necessary to use drugs safely."
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  • Chairman Royce, Ranking Member Engel Statement on Isis Advances in Syria

    "ISIS's aggressive push north of Aleppo is an alarming new development. ISIS is now within striking distance of the vulnerable border crossing of Azaz, a vital pathway for humanitarian support. ISIS control of this crossing would threaten catastrophe for millions of Syrians and would destroy critical gains that the moderate opposition has made in recent months.
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  • Rep. Engel: May Jobs Report Shows Continued Economic Gains

    "Strong job growth continued in May, and the overall trends have the labor market moving in the right direction," Congressman Engel said. "After a rough winter, the economic recovery has come back strong. Unfortunately, wages remain flat, and the Republican leadership is not doing anything to improve economic conditions for working families.
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  • Rep. Engel Speaks on the House Floor in Support of Regulation of Cop-Killer Handguns

    "I supported the ATF's proposal then, and I still believe that this and other common sense regulations on armor-piercing handguns are sorely needed," Mr. Engel said on the floor in opposition to the amendment. "I introduced the APB Act to enact ATF's proposed change into law, because we have a responsibility to protect our police and our communities from these unreasonably dangerous weapons."
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  • Engel Statement the 26th Anniversary of the Tiananmen Square Uprising and Massacre

    "Today, on this somber anniversary, the brutal events that took place twenty-six years ago go largely unacknowledged inside China. Yet, despite a quarter-century-long effort to conceal what occurred on that day, the world knows what happened, and we mourn the lives lost and futures unfulfilled.
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  • Rep. Engel Questions Energy Secretary Moniz on the Quadrennial Energy Review (QER)

    "I am particularly focused on the ability of our grid – and our entire energy transmission and distribution system – to withstand future shocks, and also to recover quickly from any outage that might occur," Congressman Engel said. "The QER establishes a sensible blueprint to make our electric grid more resilient, and to identify and improve vulnerabilities in our current energy transmission and distribution system."
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  • Engel Remarks on Americans Missing and Detained in Iran

    "Mr. Chairman, typically, if an American were detained in Iran, our Swiss interlocutors would have access to them for consular services. In the cases of the three Iranian-Americans, Iran doesn't acknowledge their dual citizenship–only their Iranian citizenship. This position runs roughshod over long established international law. Without consular access, we can't judge the health and welfare of our own people. The United States respects this access for Iranian citizens held here. Reciprocal privileges are the least they could provide.
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  • Engel Bill to Cut Off ISIL Funding From Looted Cultural Artifacts on House Floor This Evening

    The U.S. House of Representatives this evening will consider Ranking Member Engel's legislation that would limit a critical source of funding for ISIL while at the same time improving efforts to preserve and protect cultural artifacts from looting and destruction in ISIL-held territory. The Protect and Preserve International Cultural Property Act (H.R. 1493), which Representative Engel introduced along with Rep. Chris Smith (NJ), Rep. Bill Keating (MA), and Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce (CA), would impose new import restrictions on cultural artifacts removed from Syria and would enhance coordination among U.S. government agencies working to protect cultural property around the world.
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  • Engel Applauds House Passage of Bill to Cut Off Isis Funding From Looted Cultural Artifacts

    Representative Engel's legislation would impose new import restrictions on cultural artifacts removed from Syria. Similar restrictions were enacted in 2004 with respect to Iraqi antiquities. The legislation would provide exceptions to allow artifacts to enter the United States for protection and restoration. Restrictions would remain in effect until the crisis in Syria is resolved and America is able to work with a new Syrian government to protect cultural property from trafficking under a bilateral agreement, in accordance with America's national interests.
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  • Rep. Engel: We Must Continue to Increase Awareness of Preventative Measures to Help Manage Asthma

    "In my home state of New York, asthma takes a particularly heavy toll – especially in my district, which covers parts of the Bronx and Westchester. About 390,000 children and 1.4 million adults in New York have asthma. The total cost of asthma-related hospitalizations in New York in 2007 was a staggering $535 million. The Bronx, where I was born and raised and am proud to represent part of, has one of the highest rates of asthma-related emergency room visits in all of New York.
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  • Engel Remarks At Full Committee Markup

    Representative Eliot L. Engel, the leading Democrat on the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, today delivered the following remarks at the full Committee markup of a bill to direct the President to develop a strategy to obtain observer status for Taiwan in the International Criminal Police Organization, and for other purposes (H.R. 1853), the Girls Count Act of 2015 (H.R. 2100), the United States International Communications Reform Act of 2015 (H.R. 2323), a resolution condemning the April 2015 terrorist attack at the Garissa University College in Garissa, Kenya, and reaffirming the United States support for the people and Government of Kenya (H.Res 235), and a resolution expressing deepest condolences to and solidarity with the people of Nepal following the devastating earthquake on April 25, 2015 (H.Res. 235).
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  • Engel Condemns Isis Takeover of Palmyra

    "ISIS is not only carrying out brutal attacks on the people of Iraq and Syria and destabilizing the entire region, it is also threatening the incredible cultural history of this area, also called the Cradle of Civilization. As of yesterday, the city of Palmyra, Syria is now in the hands of the terrorist ISIS group and its ancient Roman ruins under now threat. The United States must do more to protect the heritage of this region, and Congress can step up by passing the Protect and Preserve International Cultural Property Act," said Rep. Engel. "As we saw with ISIS destruction in Hatra, Nimrud, and Mosel, once these one-of-a-kind places of great cultural importance are destroyed, they're gone forever. Let's do everything to save them."
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  • Engel Statement On The President's Coast Guard Academy Commencement Address

    "Climate change also threatens our national security interests around the world. Refugee flows, a scarcity of basic resources like food and water, and heightened risks of disease all stem from our changing climate. These impacts stifle development, undermine prosperity, and fuel conflict around the globe.
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  • Rep. Engel: Head Start Changed Education in America for the Better

    "Fifty years ago today, President Lyndon Johnson changed the face of education in America by signing the Head Start Act into law. As a former teacher, I saw firsthand just how invaluable the Head Start program's health and educational services were to underprivileged students and their families. As a Member of Congress, I have strongly supported this amazing program.
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  • Engel Measure to Support Nato Mission Advances in the House

    "I view Vladimir Putin's aggression as the greatest threat to European security since the Second World War. We need to demonstrate that NATO's Article 5 remains an ironclad deterrent to further aggression," said Rep. Engel. "My measure would take a hard look at the way changes to our military posture in Europe could affect NATO's mission. It would also send a clear message to our NATO allies that we take the Russian threat seriously."
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  • Engel-Royce No-Fly Zone Measure Clears Legislative Hurdle

    "For more than four years, one of the Assad regime's most effective tools against its citizens has been to rain down terror from the skies above Syria. Fearful of Assad's barrel bombs and chemical weapons, thousands upon thousands of Syrians have abandoned their homes and spilled across the border into Lebanon, Turkey, and Jordan. They are begging the world for help. They are begging for the killing to stop," said Rep. Engel. "Our amendment would require the Pentagon's leaders to take a hard look at a no fly-zone option. While this wouldn't fully halt Assad's brutality, a no-fly zone or a safe-zone would provide a glimmer of hope for these people who have already lost so much. We need to explore this possibility and help alleviate the suffering of Syria's innocents."
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  • Rep. Engel Blasts Republicans for Again Voting to Restrict Women's Rights

    "Like a broken record, House Republicans are once again stuck on rolling back women's constitutionally-protected rights," Congressman Engel said. "This latest affront to women's health care is particularly egregious, imposing additional burdens on rape survivors and barring abortions for incest victims who are older than 18. This ill-conceived Republican measure – which President Obama has pledged to veto – wastes critical legislative hours fighting the same tired battles against women from decades past.
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  • Engel Remarks on Amendments to Defense Authorization Bill

    "I view Vladimir Putin's aggression as the greatest threat to European security since World War II. Today, NATO's Article 5 must remain a credible deterrent. My amendment takes a step in tha
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  • Engel Applauds House Passage of Iran Agreement Review Bill

    "Our negotiators continue to hammer out the details of an agreement with Iran that will hopefully foreclose all pathways to a nuclear weapon. And as I've said again and again, if a deal is struck, Congress must have a proper role in assessing that deal," said Rep. Engel today on the House floor. "We need time to take a hard look at any deal and make sure there are no loopholes that Iran's leaders might be able to exploit. The bill we're debating today would give us that time."
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  • Engel Remarks On Hezbollah Sanctions Bill

    "What concerns me most is that Iran has been able to funnel resources to Hezbollah despite the burden of the most crippling sanctions regime in history. What's going to happen if that pressure is lifted?
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  • Engel Remarks on Iran Legislation

    "I remain concerned that the messages we are hearing from Iran directly contradict what the Administration has told us. Iran's leaders have said that sanctions will be lifted immediately upon the signing of an agreement, and that Iran will never accept inspections of their military sites.
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  • Engel Remarks At Asia Hearing

    "From a geopolitical perspective, it makes sense for the U.S. to look at free trade, to pursue free trade. I think that's important. However, we would do well to listen to those who are fearful that the current TPP, as written, will drive down wages and cause the U.S. to lose jobs. I think we have to listen to everybody's voices.
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  • Statement from Rep. Engel on Amtrak Derailment

    "As the facts of the Amtrak derailment begin to come to light, it is becoming more and more apparent that this latest horrific rail accident closely mirrors the Metro North train derailment that took place in the Spuyten Duyvil section of my district in 2013. In both instances, the trains were going too fast, traveling around dangerous curves, and were not equipped with the latest safety technology, known as Positive Train Control. As a result of this same confluence of factors, in both instances the trains derailed, and lives were lost in a terribly tragic way.
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  • Rep. Engel Addresses the American Jewish World Services Policy Summit

    "When people ask me what lies at the root of the Jewish faith, one thing that always comes to mind is ‘Tikkun Olam.' In Hebrew it means to ‘repair the world,'" Engel said. "Repair the world. That's no small task. That's why organizations like the American Jewish World Service are so important."
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  • Engel Remarks at Iran Hearing

    "But as we will hear today, people are still suffering in ISIS-held territory. And I hope today's testimony will underscore for my colleagues the need to pass a new Authorization for the Use of Military Force–or AUMF. I have said this before, and I will say it again, and again, and again until Congress acts on its responsibility and passes a new authorizatio
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  • Congressman Engel Calls for Republicans to Avert Highway Trust Fund Expiration

    "People in the Bronx and Westchester deserve bigger paychecks and better infrastructure, but House Republican leadership doesn't seem interested in either," Engel said. "It is time to restore long-term certainty to the Highway Trust Fund, create more jobs, and build infrastructure worthy of the 21st century."
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  • Rep. Engel: Transformer Explosion and Fire Just the Latest Problem Plaguing Indian Point

    "This weekend's transformer explosion is the latest in a long-history of near-misses at the troubled Indian Point nuclear power plant. Entergy is emphatically telling the public that there's nothing to see here, but the plumes of smoke rising above the facility tell an entirely different story. Indian Point is old, dangerous, and should never have been built where it stands.
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  • Rep. Engel: April Jobs Report Shows Positive Economic Gains

    "The new fiscal year 2016 GOP budget, which passed earlier this week, doesn't improve wages or grow the middle class. Instead, Republicans want to vote on privatizing Medicare, gutting Medicaid, and repealing the Affordable Care Act. Again. Instead of slashing important programs, we should raise the minimum wage, invest in our future, and make it easier for families to put away money for college and retirement. It's time to stop the political pandering and do something to bring the recovery home for every working household."
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  • Reps. Engel, Deutch and DeSaulnier Introduce Distracted Driving Prevention Act of 2015

    "Distracted driving has become an epidemic, and its consequences can often be fatal," said Congressman Engel, a senior member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee. "These days, there are so many personal communication devices that command our attention, every second of every day. As we become more and more accustomed to the immediate feedback they provide, it becomes very easy to fall into the trap of texting at dangerous or otherwise inappropriate times. This is why efforts to prevent distracted driving and make drivers aware of its serious dangers are so vital."
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  • Congressman Engel Calls on Supreme Court to Recognize Full Marriage Equality

    "It is time for nationwide marriage equality. From my first years in Congress, voting against the Defense of Marriage Act in 1996, I have fought to protect equal rights and protections for LGBT Americans. It is my hope that the Supreme Court will take this opportunity to uphold the Constitutional protections promised to LGBT Americans, and that we will be able to take this important national step forward in the struggle for civil rights."
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  • Chairman Royce, Ranking Member Engel Urge President to Use Sanctions to Deter Russia's S-300 Missile Sale to Iran

    In the letter, Chairman Royce and Ranking Member Engel wrote: "We are writing to express our deep concern with Russia's planned delivery of S-300 surface-to-air missile systems to Iran. If completed, the transfer of this sophisticated weapons system would significantly bolster Iran's military capabilities and introduce new obstacles to our ability to eliminate the threat of an Iranian nuclear weapon. We believe existing U.S. sanctions should be used to deter Russia from transferring this or other dangerous weapons systems to Iran."
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  • Engel on Nomination of Gayle Smith as Usaid Administrator

    "I welcome President Obama's nomination of Gayle Smith for Administrator of USAID and urge my Senate colleagues to confirm her without delay. Ms. Smith has an impressive background and is well known in international development circles. Her life's work and vision of addressing challenges in international development and global humanitarian issues are sure to bolster USAID's mission and complement the excellent work of outgoing Administrator Dr. Raj Shah. I am confident that Ms. Smith is the right person to lead America's international development efforts and I look forward to working with her following her confirmation. "
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  • Statement from Congressman Eliot Engel on the Tragic Project Renewal Shooting in Wakefield

    "Concerns regarding safety at the Project Renewal Shelter had been raised by elected officials for months prior to this incident. Those concerns were neither heeded nor adequately addressed. Today, I join my colleagues from city, state, and local government in calling for the immediate closure of the Project Renewal Shelter. The people of Wakefield have already accepted an inordinate amount of supportive shelters into their community; they do not deserve the added burden of this unsafe facility.
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  • Engel on Japan Prime Minister's Address to Congress

    "I am a strong supporter of the U.S.-Japan alliance and believe that we have a bright future working together. However, I hope that the Prime Minister will take future opportunities to address history issues directly. I believe that Japan should proactively foster a collaborative and productive relationship with its neighbors by addressing unresolved issues. Japan will then be able to assume the sort of robust security role in Asia that the region needs, that the U.S.-Japan Alliance seeks to build, and that our allies and partners in the region will welcome."
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  • Rep. Engel: Those Looking for Information Regarding U.S. Citizens in Nepal Should Contact the U.S. State Department

    Washington, D.C. – Congressman Eliot Engel, the Ranking Member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, is encouraging people who are looking for information regarding American citizens in Nepal to contact the U.S. State Department through the department's website or via email. To notify the Department about a U.S. Citizen in Nepal, visit https://tfa.state.gov/ccd and select "2015 Nepal Earthquake." You will then be prompted to submit as much information as possible regarding the individual. If you are unable to provide information via the link above, send an email to NepalEmergencyUSC@state.gov to inform the State Department of the U.S. citizen's presence in Nepal. Please be sure to provide them with as much of the following information on the person as possible:
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  • Engel on State Department Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review

    "As the Ranking Member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, I look forward to digesting the report's findings in the coming days and working with the Administration to make sure both State and AID are well-prepared, whether through enhanced use of data and technology, or improving the way we recruit, train and incentivize the workforce, to deal with the many challenges facing the United States."
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  • Engel Pens Op-Ed on U.S.-Japan Strategic Alliance

    The United States and Japan must pursue these steps if we intend the U.S.-Japan partnership to make an impact on Asia's developing regional security architecture. We need to work together in so-called "grey zone" contingencies in the East and South China Seas and the Indian Ocean. We need to collaborate in intelligence work, surveillance, and reconnaissance operations. We need to look ahead to emerging challenges and opportunities like space and cyber space.
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  • Rep. Engel Introduces Anti-Swatting Act

    "My bill will increase penalties for this despicable act, and hold the perpetrators financially and criminally responsible for their actions. We need to do everything we can to combat swatting, and I encourage my colleagues to support this important measure."
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  • Engel on 100th Anniversary of Armenian Genocide

    "Make no mistake, what happened to the Armenians of the Ottoman Empire in 1915 was truly a genocide and that is clear for all who have eyes to see. Indeed, this was the first genocide of a century that would sear that brutal word on the conscience of humanity and evoke the cry of ‘never again.'
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  • Rep. Engel: Loretta Lynch's Confirmation as Attorney General Good for America

    "This confirmation vote should have happened months ago, but despite the games played over her confirmation, today the Senate has finally reached the conclusion that many Americans had reached long ago. Loretta Lynch is a highly qualified candidate for the role of United States Attorney General. Ms. Lynch had a distinguished record as United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, is eminently qualified for the position, and will no doubt serve in the role with great distinction."
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  • Engel on Extension of UN International Commission Against Impunity in Guatemala

    "I applaud President Pérez Molina for his decision to extend the mandate of the CICIG. As the United States looks to increase our investment in Central America, we need to work with trusted institutions with track records of strong results. The CICIG has had a remarkable impact in reducing extremely high levels of impunity in Guatemala, and I am confident that it will help to further strengthen the rule of law in Guatemala in the coming years. I believe that President Pérez Molina's decision will further solidify confidence from our Congress in the Obama Administration's $1.1 billion foreign assistance proposal for Central America. I urge my colleagues in the House of Representatives to join me in support of this funding."
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  • Engel on Death of Dr. Warren Weinstein

    "I want to express my heartfelt condolences to Dr. Weinstein's wife Elaine, daughters Jennifer and Alisa, and the rest of the Weinstein family on the tragic news of Dr. Weinstein's accidental killing during a counter-terrorism operation earlier this year. Dr. Warren Weinstein was a humanitarian aid worker who devoted his life to improving the lives of others all over the world. He was a Fulbright scholar, a volunteer with the Peace Corps, and was in Pakistan working to help Pakistani families escape poverty when he was kidnapped by terrorists in 2011. Dr. Weinstein represented the best of America and my thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends today."
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  • Engel Remarks at Markup

    "We've all seen horrific videos of ISIS ransacking historical sites in the territory they control. This is much, much more than the senseless destruction of irreplaceable treasures in Syria, alone. It's happened all over the world. But today, ISIS is trying to erase history. They're trying to wipe out the heritage and the culture of the people they oppress.
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  • Statement-Rep. Engel: There is Much to Celebrate This Earth Day

    "We have a lot to celebrate this year as we honor the 45th anniversary of Earth Day. Climate change can no longer be denied, and the United States is leading the global effort to address its threats. In the last year, U.S. production of solar power doubled and wind power outgrew all other sources of energy. We have cut our carbon emissions by 10 percent from 2007 to 2013 – the largest absolute emissions reduction of any country in the world. Renewable energy technologies are not only a tool for combating climate change, but they are also productive drivers of our economy. While costs for wind farms and solar installations are falling, renewable energy jobs are growing rapidly in everything from manufacturing to installation to maintenance. New York is among the nation's top three job creators thanks largely to significant developments in the solar installation and energy efficiency sectors.
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  • Rep. Engel Visits the White House to Celebrate Doc Fix

    "For over a decade, a permanent solution to the SGR formula problem eluded Congress, but now through bipartisan efforts we have finally addressed this issue," Congressman Engel said. "Our doctors deserve to be fairly compensated for the quality care they provide our seniors, and our seniors deserve to have the best possible care available to them. With H.R. 2, the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act signed into law, doctors will now be fairly compensated for their work, which will ensure that they continue to accept Medicare patients. Furthermore, this law includes two years of funding for New York's Child Health Plus program and the community health centers that provide quality primary health care services to New Yorkers annually. It's a win-win for our health system, and it shows what can be accomplished when Democrats and Republicans put aside petty differences in order to work for the benefit of the American people.
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  • Engel Remarks at Iran Hearing

    "Let me close by saying that even though Iran's nuclear program poses a major threat, it's only one part of a much larger problem. I said that before. I am deeply concerned about Iran's ballistic missile program and its destabilizing behavior in the region. Yet these issues are outside of the scope of the negotiations. In my mind, it's difficult to separate the nuclear issue from Iran's support for Hezbollah, the terrorists of Hezbollah, Hamas, President Assad, the Houthis in Yemen, or the American political prisoners in Iranian jails.
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  • Rep. Engel Hosting Congressional Art Competition at Yonkers Library

    "Every year, the Congressional Art competition is an opportunity for some of our youngest, most creative talents to show off their incredible work and what they're capable of," Congressman Engel said. "This year's competition will feature students from various high schools in the district, representing many municipalities. I am excited to see what these students have created, and I encourage anyone and everyone to come down to the competition Saturday to view these incredible works for themselves."
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  • Rep. Engel: It's Time to Stop the Bullying and Protect Our LGBT Youth

    "Today, LGBT youth and their allies across the country will take a day-long vow of silence to draw attention to the abuse experienced by LGBT students every day," Engel said. "Counseling and outreach have helped these students, but change is not coming fast enough. So once again I have introduced a resolution expressing my support for the Day of Silence and calling for more action. LGBT students deserve to be able to go to school without fear of harassment. We have an obligation to make sure every child feels safe, no matter who they are."
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  • Engel & Salmon Reintroduce Drug Policy Review Bill

    "Over the last few decades, we've spent billions and billions on counternarcotics programs in Latin America and the Caribbean, yet more and more Americans are using illegal drugs. We mustn't give up on this effort, but we should be smart in the way we spend our resources," said Rep. Engel. "This legislation would force us to take a hard look at our drug policy and make sure we have the best strategy going forward."
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  • Engel Statement on Holocaust Remembrance Day

    "Let this day of remembrance, Yom HaShoah, strengthen our resolve to fight anti-Semitism worldwide. We cannot allow ourselves to become complacent, and we must continue to raise our voice against anti-Semitism, wherever it might arise. Sadly, every year there are fewer and fewer Holocaust survivors among us. We must take up their mantle, educate our youth, and tell their stories. Otherwise, there is a far greater risk of history repeating itself. Today, I remember the victims of the Holocaust, and I say ‘never again'."
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  • Rep. Engel: Doc Fix Good for Our Seniors and Doctors

    "I have always said our doctors deserve to be fairly compensated for the quality care they provide to seniors, but the SGR formula in place to calculate compensation for Medicare physicians has failed to do that for years," Congressman Engel said. "The Senate's passage last night of H.R. 2, the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act, mirroring the work done by the House last month, finally ends the tradition of coming up with last-minute, temporary solutions to keep our doctors from facing steep cuts in their Medicare reimbursements. We have passed a permanent solution to this expensive problem, all by having the courage to end partisan bickering and compromise.
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  • Congressman Engel Calls for Immediate Renewal of The James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act

    "I believe allowing key provisions of the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act to expire later this year, while so many first-responders and volunteers are still struggling with the health effects of 9/11, would be an absolute disgrace," Congressman Engel said. "Passing this bill in 2010 was an enormous struggle, as it faced opposition that I would consider unimaginable from certain House members. It still shocks me that caring for those who suffered terribly on 9/11 was a partisan issue. I hope this time around that won't be the case.
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  • Engel Statement on Senate Foreign Relations Iran Bill

    "I welcome Senate Foreign Relations Committee passage of the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act of 2015, and I thank Senators Corker, Cardin and Menendez for their leadership. This compromise represents a bipartisan commitment toward preventing Iran from getting a nuclear weapon.
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  • Engel Opening Statement at Russia Hearing

    "In my view, the United States is in a unique position to convene partners from the private sector that will be essential for the success of such initiatives. Furthermore, U.S. leadership will be necessary to ensuring that reluctant Western European allies understand and appreciate the risks posed by an unchecked Kremlin propaganda campaign.
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  • Engel Statement on Cuba's Removal from State Sponsor of Terrorism List

    "President Obama's decision to remove Cuba from the list of state sponsors of terrorism is a logical step. But the story cannot end here. Having just visited Cuba, I believe the ball is now in the Cuban government's court to respond by allowing for greater political pluralism, guaranteeing freedom of speech, and ensuring that each and every Cuban political prisoner is freed. We all must redouble our efforts in support of democracy on the island."
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  • Engel Statement on Russian Missile Sale to Iran

    "In his latest outrage, Vladimir Putin is threatening to greatly strengthen Iran's air defenses with a sophisticated Russian radar and missile system. Either Putin is bluffing to gain favor with the Iranian regime and leverage with the West, or he will do it and embolden Iran just as a nuclear agreement is in sight. Step by step, Putin is turning Russia into an outlaw state."
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  • Rep. Engel Announces Federal Funding to Fix Damages in Rye Playland

    "As the warm weather approaches families from all over will be planning their trips to Rye Playland, and we want to do everything we can to make sure the park is in tip-top shape," Congressman Engel said. "The toll Superstorm Sandy took on the Sound Shore region was devastating, but we are continuing to rebuild. These federal funds for Playland repairs are indicative of our commitment to that rebuilding process. I am thankful Westchester County was awarded this allocation, and I am certain it will go a long way toward fixing lingering storm damage in the park.
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  • Local Elected Officials Meet with Bronx Postmaster to Discuss Concerns Over the Kingsbridge Post Office

    Bronx, NY – Congressman Eliot Engel, State Senator Jeff Klein, Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz, and City Council Member Andrew Cohen met with Bronx Postmaster Lilliam Rodriguez on Wednesday to discuss ways to improve postal service for the 10463 zip code. The local elected officials have been working in concert to address the problems plaguing the Kingsbridge Post office since 2013, and met with Postmaster Rodriguez in February of 2014 to voice concerns over late or missing deliveries, long lines, and other service issues at the station. Following the initial meeting, obvious improvements to the overall service were made, but a recent uptick in complaints to the elected officials' offices prompted the scheduling of a second meeting.
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  • Rep. Engel: March Jobs Report Highlights Need for Jobs Bill

    "The March jobs report is not as strong as we have come to expect," Congressman Engel said. "And there is more Congress can and should do to strengthen job creation. The economy cannot be expected to grow consistently over the long term if working families cannot afford to make ends meet.
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  • Engel Statement on Iran Negotiations

    "I also want to underscore that the challenge posed by Iran does not stop with its nuclear program. Iran has created instability across the region and supported terrorism around the world. Nothing in this agreement should prevent the United States from taking action to prevent Iran from sowing further chaos and violence against American interests."
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  • Engel Statement on Kenya Terrorist Attack

    "I condemn the brutal terrorist attack which left 143 innocent people dead at Kenya's Garissa University College. Less than two years after the bloody siege at the Westgate Mall, this attack is a stark reminder of al-Shabaab's wonton disregard for human life and of the threat the group continues to pose to Kenya and the Horn of Africa. No one should fear for his or her life just for trying to get an education. I am deeply saddened by the loss of the life that occurred today and my heart goes out to the family, friends, and loved ones of those injured and killed in today's attacks."
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  • Rep. Engel Applauds Increase in Homeland Security Funding for New York City and Westchester County

    "DHS has made a wise decision in steering additional federal security grant dollars to New York City, Westchester County and its surrounding areas, which are obviously at a higher risk of terrorist attacks than most places," Congressman Engel said. "Every dollar spent on terrorism prevention and preparedness is a dollar well spent, and I know these additional funds will help us complete some very important projects in Westchester County and New York City.
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  • Engel Statement on Nigeria Elections

    "I want to congratulate President-elect Muhammadu Buhari on his victory, and the people of Nigeria on these historic elections. I also want to commend President Jonathan for taking the important step of graciously and swiftly handing power to his opponent, which will set the tone for a peaceful transition
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  • Rep. Engel Leads the Effort to Support IDEA Funding in Congress

    "Forty years ago, we made a commitment to our students with special needs that we have not kept, and it's time for us to fix that broken promise," Congressman Engel said. "The comprehensive assessment and support services authorized by IDEA have helped close the academic achievement gap for millions of children, but we are still short-changing these students by not properly funding the initiative. Everyone deserves a quality education, especially those who need a little extra help.
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  • Engel, Royce, Keating, and Smith Urge Treasury to Block Import of Antiquities Looted From Syria

    WASHINGTON, DC–Leaders of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs today called on the Department of the Treasury to ramp up efforts to block the import of antiquities looted from Syria. In a letter to Adam J. Szubin, Acting Undersecretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence, Committee Ranking Member Eliot L. Engel (D-NY); Chairman Ed Royce (R-CA); Representative William Keating (D-MA), Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation, and Trade; and Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ), Chair of the Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations encouraged the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) to impose sanctions on importers of looted Syrian antiquities. Such an action would mirror OFAC sanctions already established for Iraq and implement a recently adopted United Nations Security Council resolution.
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  • Rep. Engel: Repealing the SGR Formula Is The Right Thing To Do For Our Seniors, Our Children and Our Doctors

    "I have always believed that our doctors deserve to be fairly compensated, but the SGR formula we had in place to calculate compensation for Medicare providers failed to do that for over a decade. Our doctors shouldn't face Medicare cuts year after year, which is why I am pleased House Democrats and Republicans have come together to craft a fair compromise to this long-standing and expensive problem. By ensuring that our physicians are fairly compensated under Medicare, we are also ensuring that those same physicians will continue to accept Medicare patients, thus allowing our seniors to have access to the best medical care possible.
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  • Congressman Engel Signs Congressional Letter to Support Funding for Coastal Communities

    "Superstorm Sandy was a wake-up call, and we need to make sure we are better prepared as a result," Congressman Engel said. "Coastal flooding has become a serious issue in my district, one that is difficult to fix if resources are lacking. The National Sea Grant College Program's Community Resilience initiative helps solve challenges that coastal communities face, like hurricanes, erosion, flooding, and other climate-change related effects. The research done as a result of this initiative will help improve preparedness and adaptability at a time when our weather patterns are becoming more and more erratic. I believe it is imperative for us to make every effort to robustly fund this program, so that areas like the Sound Shore region will be better equipped to handle severe weather events in the future."
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  • Chairman Royce, Ranking Member Engel Write U.S. Ambassador To United Nations, Urge Support For Israel

    The letter concludes: "We continue to support direct negotiations between Israel and the Palestinian Authority toward a two-state solution and will oppose any effort to turn to the Security Council for imposing the terms of this process. Only a solution negotiated directly between the Israelis and Palestinians can result in a lasting peace. We are seeking an assurance from you that the United States will veto resolutions at the United Nations that are biased and one-sided against Israel."
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  • Engel Opening Statement at Isis Hearing

    "As I've said again and again, this Committee and this Congress have an important role to play in our foreign policy. I believe that's the case with our negotiations over Iran's nuclear program. And the same must hold true when it comes to our effort against ISIS. Congress needs to play its part. And I will resist any attempt to marginalize Congress for fulfilling its constitutional role.
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  • Chairman Royce, Ranking Member Engel Statement on President Ghani's Address to Congress

    "We were pleased to welcome President Ashraf Ghani and Chief Executive Officer Abdullah to the U.S. Congress today. President Ghani's address to a Joint Meeting of Congress is a powerful symbol of the strong and enduring bond between the United States and Afghanistan. Though serious challenges remain, we were pleased to hear the President's ideas about the way forward in Afghanistan. President Ghani's emphasis on Afghanistan's future as a self-sufficient nation that brings greater stability to the region is a shared goal for us all. We look forward to supporting President Ghani's vision for an Afghanistan that is peaceful, and where Afghans are able to live with dignity and prosperity. The sacrifice of Americans and Afghans over the past 14 years is too great for us to not achieve this goal."
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  • Rep. Engel: Senate Needs to Confirm Loretta Lynch as 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 Judiciary Committee vote for confirmation with bipartisan support. Delaying a full Senate vote to try and punish the President for his immigration policy is shameful, and ultimately serves as nothing more than a childish distraction at a time when we face serious issues at home and abroad. I recently joined with 58 of my colleagues in writing to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell urging him to end this charade and allow for an immediate up-or-down vote on Ms. Lynch's confirmation. Matters like the appointment of a new Attorney General are far too important to be bedeviled by partisan games. It is time to move forward on this and I urge my Republican colleagues in the Senate to confirm Loretta Lynch as Attorney General without further delay."
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  • Engel Remarks Condemning Boko Haram

    "Mr. Speaker, Nigeria is a huge nation. It is the largest nation, population-wise, in Africa. What happens in Nigeria is very important. What happens in Nigeria counts. Nigeria needs to send a strong example–to set a strong example–for the region and for the continent by holding credible elections and by getting serious about Boko Haram. Nigeria needs to send a very strong message about that.
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  • Engel Remarks on Ukraine Resolution

    "Last month, I saw President Poroshenko again, in Europe, and he again pled for military assistance–not to attack Moscow, not to defeat the Russian army, not even to push the Russians out of Ukrainian territory–but simply to hold the line, to slow Russia's advance, and to give his government breathing room to focus on other threats, such as keeping the Ukrainian economy afloat.
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  • 367 House Members Send Letter on Iran Nuclear Negotiations to President Obama

    WASHINGTON, DC–U.S. Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA), Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, and U.S. Rep. Eliot Engel (D-NY), the Committee's Ranking Member, along with 365 other House Members, have released a bipartisan letter to President Obama underscoring the "grave and urgent issues that have arisen" relating to the ongoing nuclear negotiations with Iran. Negotiators face an end of March deadline.
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  • Engel, Smith, Royce, and Keating Offer Bill to Protect Cultural Property Abroad

    "Wars have long caused terrible destruction and looting of priceless cultural property, from the Nazi theft of artwork during World War II to Syria's bombing of Aleppo to ISIL's selling-off of ancient treasures. We need to strengthen our ability to stop history's looters from profiting off their crimes," said Rep. Engel. "ISIL destroys the historical sites of those they oppress as a form of terrorism, while profiting from trafficking cultural artifacts. The United States cannot be a market for Syria's stolen artifacts and must better coordinate its efforts to protect cultural property around the world. Since World War II, the United States has been a leader in protecting cultural property. We must continue our leadership in responding to ISIL and other threats around the world."
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  • Engel Statement on the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank

    "If concerns around governance and transparency are addressed, then we should welcome China's initiative as they seek to join a longstanding effort, led by institutions like the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank, to encourage economic development and reduce global poverty. I have long been a supporter of reform of the Bretton Woods institutions and believe that they should properly reflect the interests of the largest contributors. I hope that the AIIB will ultimately be a well-governed, positive force for economic development that is complementary to the work of the IMF, the World Bank, the Asia Development Bank, and others."
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  • Engel Opening Statement at Iran Hearing

    "I want to emphasize–reemphasize–what the Chairman said. There really cannot be any marginalization of Congress. Congress really needs to play a very active and vital role in this whole process, and any attempts to sidestep Congress will be resisted on both sides of the aisle.
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  • Engel Statement on Tunis Terrorist Attack

    "I strongly condemn today's terrorist attack in Tunis. My heart goes out to the families and friends of all the victims.
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  • Engel Statement on Election of Luis Almagro as Oas Secretary General

    "I am pleased to congratulate Luis Almagro on his election as the next Secretary General of the OAS. I hope that today's election will provide an opportunity for OAS member states to reaffirm their commitment to the Inter-American Democratic Charter and democracy in all its forms. We need a new kind of OAS that will not only focus on electoral democracy but will also hone in on the more subtle challenges to democracy in the hemisphere. The OAS and its member states must not be afraid to speak up when press freedom is under attack, when countries' judiciaries are no longer independent, or when leaders disregard legislatures and rule by decree.
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  • Engel Opening Statement at Foreign Assistance Budget Hearing

    "I want to thank USAID for its incredible work in responding to the Ebola crisis in West Africa. After a very challenging year, our strategy is working, but the situation remains critical in Sierra Leone and Guinea. We need smart investments in sustainable health care systems. We need to help countries identify and contain infectious diseases. And we need to help people live healthy, productive lives.
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  • Rep. Engel: Latest CBO Report Shows Growth in Health Care Costs Have Slowed Dramatically

    "Since the ACA was enacted in 2010, we have seen a reduction in cost estimates several times, proving the hysteria surrounding the cost of this legislation was completely unfounded," Congressman Engel said. "Today, the CBO estimates that the cost of the coverage provisions in 2019 will be 33% less than what was originally projected in 2010–a huge savings for taxpayers. Add in the fact that millions of Americans who did not previously have health insurance are now covered, and you have the formula for a winning piece of legislation that can save both money and lives.
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  • Rep. Engel to Introduce The Armor Piercing Bullets (APB) Act

    "Armor piercing rounds like green tips should only be in the hands of military personnel or police officers, period. There is absolutely no compelling argument to be made for anyone else to have access to them," Congressman Engel said. "But the out of touch gun industry lobby is fighting tooth and nail to keep cop-killing ammunition on the streets. We need to speak up on behalf of our police officers and say ‘stop the madness.'"
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  • Poe, Sherman, Royce, Engel: Shut Down Terrorists on Twitter

    Congressman Engel: "Times have changed and so have the means by which terrorists incite violence and recruit membership. The Internet, while facilitating many revolutionary accomplishments, has also created a terrorist breeding ground that cannot be ignored. Our efforts to combat this trend requires dedication, adaptation, and cooperation. While I applaud Twitter's recent removal of over 2,000 accounts believed to be associated with terrorist activity, this can only be considered a first step. Twitter can, and must, do more to deny groups like ISIS a forum to promote their nefarious activities."
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  • Engel Sends Bipartisan Letter to USAID Urging Funding for LGBT Rights in Central America

    We write to urge you to use existing Central America Regional Security Initiative (CARSI) funding to support organizations in Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador that protect the human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) individuals.
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  • Rep. Engel Calls for Rules for Armor-Piercing Firearms

    "In a time of heightened threats against law enforcement, it really is disgraceful that the gun industry would fight so hard to protect their ability to sell armor-piercing bullets," Congressman Engel said. "Threats against our police and soldiers are more and more pronounced. We really should be doing everything we can to help protect them, and regulating weapons designed specifically to kill people in body armor – to kill cops and military personnel – should be an obvious step."
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  • Engel and Renacci Introduce Bill to Reform Hospital Readmission Program

    "The Establishing Beneficiary Equity in the Hospital Readmission Program Act that Rep. Renacci and I have introduced in the House, and Senators Portman and Manchin have introduced in the Senate, would make a vital correction to the HRRP hospital readmission formula, which currently treats certain hospitals in lower socioeconomic communities unfairly," Congressman Engel said. "Hospitals must be held accountable for providing high quality care to all patients, but as numerous studies have shown, socioeconomic factors can influence patient outcomes. Therefore, hospitals serving our neediest populations shouldn't be penalized for doing so. This is a piece of common sense legislation and I hope it passes in the House and Senate quickly."
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  • Congressman Engel Joins Colleagues in Calling for Supreme Court to Defend Marriage Equality

    "As the Supreme Court recognized two years ago in United States v. Windsor, ‘state laws defining and regulating marriage must respect the Constitutional rights of persons.' There is no way to ban same-sex marriage without disrespecting the rights of committed, same sex couples," Congressman Engel said. "State refusals to issue marriage licenses or recognize the marriages of same-sex couples deprive American families of the due process rights and the equal protection they are entitled to under the Constitution. And the federal courts have overwhelmingly agreed.
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  • Rep. Engel Marks the 50th Anniversary of "Bloody Sunday," Saluting the Courage and Commitment of the Civil Rights Marchers

    "I salute the extraordinary courage and commitment of those civil rights marchers, who on March 7, 1965, marched across the Edmund Pettus Bridge, simply demanding their right to vote," Congressman Engel said. "All Americans owe the courageous marchers of ‘Bloody Sunday' a debt of gratitude. "
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  • Rep. Engel: February Jobs Report Shows Need for Greater Emphasis on Wage Growth

    "It is very important to see steady, continued growth in the jobs market, and the February jobs report shows us exactly that," Congressman Engel said. "While it is apparent that our economic recovery is gaining steam, I am still concerned by the lack of consistent progress on wages. Despite the economic resurgence, far too many New Yorkers are feeling that the recovery has left them behind.
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  • Rep. Engel Supports Passenger Rail Reform and Investment Act of 2015

    "In less than 14 months, I have seen a tragic train derailment in the Spuyten Duyvil section of my district that killed four people, and a horrific accident at a rail crossing in Valhalla that claimed the lives of six more, including a constituent of mine. We cannot afford to wait any longer to seriously address rail safety," Congressman Engel said. "If we want to continue to promote mass transit as a more efficient form of travel, then we cannot cut corners. The Passenger Rail Reform and Investment Act of 2015 is a bipartisan initiative that will make our railways safer for riders and non-riders, while improving the general infrastructure of our regional transportation systems. I have long been a vocal proponent of increased investment in infrastructure, and I applaud my colleagues in the House for coming together to make rail safety a priority and to ensure the wellbeing of our constituents."
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  • Engel at Ukraine Hearing

    "In Ukraine, the events of the past year and the ongoing Russian aggression threatens the security and stability of the entire region, and undermines decades of American commitment to and investment in a Europe that is whole, free, and at peace. In fact, this is a threat to the whole international order.
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  • Engel Announces New Legislative Push on Ukraine

    "I'm announcing today my plan to introduce new legislation. It will offer Ukraine greater assistance on a variety of fronts. It will dial up the pressure on Vladimir Putin for his reckless, destructive, and destabilizing policies. And it will send a clear message that the United States stands with the people of Ukraine against Russian aggression. I look forward to working with Chairman Royce and other colleagues as we move ahead with this effort," said Rep. Engel.
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  • Statement from Congressman Engel on Final Passage of Clean 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 the name of nonsensical political posturing was always a short-sighted–and dangerous–approach to handling a policy disagreement with the President. House Republicans played reckless games with our national security for too long.
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  • Engel Statement on Prime Minister Netanyahu's Address

    "Prime Minister Netanyahu's speech showed that there remain serious and urgent concerns about the nuclear negotiations with Iran. These are not new–and many of them are shared by Republicans and Democrats, including officials in the Obama Administration. Together, we must work to curb Iran's nuclear program and prevent them from accessing any pathway to a bomb. I expect that Democrats and Republicans will move forward together in the interest of our national security and strengthening the U.S.-Israel relationship."
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  • Representatives Honda, Royce, Engel, Meng, Chabot, and Bera Urge State Department to Act on Murder of U.S. Citizen in Bangladesh

    "We're writing this letter to reiterate the United States' commitment to combat extremism, stand strong for freedom of speech and freedom of thought, and seek justice under the rule of law." Congressman Honda said. "Bangladesh is an important economic, humanitarian, and strategic partner for the U.S. We must work with the Bangladeshi authorities to bring Dr. Roy's murderers to justice and promote the ideals and freedoms Dr. Roy died for. The people of Bangladesh, the United States, and the world should be free to engage in public discourse and expression without living in fear of violent extremism."
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  • Chairman Royce, Ranking Member Engel Release Iran Nuclear Letter To Be Sent To President Obama

    The letter states: "The United States has had a longstanding interest in preventing Iran from achieving a nuclear weapons capability. Over the last twenty years, Congress has passed numerous pieces of legislation imposing sanctions on Iran to prevent that outcome, ultimately forcing Iran into negotiations. Should an agreement with Iran be reached, permanent sanctions relief from congressionally-mandated sanctions would require new legislation. In reviewing such an agreement, Congress must be convinced that its terms foreclose any pathway to a bomb, and only then will Congress be able to consider permanent sanctions relief. Resolving the nuclear crisis with Iran remains of grave importance to our nation's security. As the Administration continues to negotiate with Iran, we are prepared to evaluate any agreement to determine its long-term impact on the United States and our allies. We remain hopeful that a diplomatic solution preventing Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon may yet be reached, and we want to work with you to assure such a result."
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  • Rep. Engel Defends Health and Human Services Secretary Burwell From Republican Attacks at Subcommittee Hearing

    "I have always been a strong supporter of CHIP, which as of July 2014 has an estimated 476,000 New York children enrolled," Engel said. "I believe that all Americans deserve access to high quality, affordable health care, but I hope we can all agree that at the very least, children should face as few barriers as possible to affordable health care. States are in the process of developing their budgets now, and they need to know the federal funding they have received to help children obtain affordable coverage will continue."
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  • Engel Statement on the Murder of Russian Dissident Boris Nemtsov

    "Yesterday's brutal murder of Boris Nemtsov–literally in the shadow of the Kremlin's walls–is a chilling reminder of the risks faced by those in Russia who oppose Vladimir Putin's violent kleptocracy. Mr. Nemtsov was well known and respected here in Congress. His fearlessness in exposing high-level corruption is a testament to his patriotism and an inspiration to those seeking a brighter future for Russia. I extend my heartfelt sympathy to his family, friends, and colleagues and condemn the regime that has fostered a climate of fear and hatred where such murders can happen and happen with impunity."
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  • Engel Statement on the Murder of Avijit Roy

    "I'm shocked and saddened to learn of the brutal murder of Avijit Roy, a Bangladeshi-American writer, and I convey my deepest condolences to Roy's wife, Rafida Ahmed–who was also seriously wounded in the attack–and to his friends and family. Mr. Roy's killers used machetes to murder him because of his opposition to religious extremism. Though his killers have tried to silence Roy's call for tolerance, his murder has instead amplified his critical message. I urge the Administration and Bangladeshi authorities to make every possible effort to bring those responsible to justice."
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  • Bipartisan Group of Legislators Announces Bill to Ensure that U.S. Policy Supports Hong Kong's Freedom and Democracy

    Eliot Engel, Ranking Member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, said "When the British returned the city of Hong Kong to the Chinese government in 1997, Beijing promised that Hong Kong would retain its special rights and autonomy. Beijing also set the expectation that, in 2017, the people of Hong Kong would be allowed to elect a leader through ‘universal suffrage.' Recent events, including the August 2014 decision that proscribed limitations on Hong Kong's electoral process, make clear Beijing intends instead to maintain a firm grasp on Hong Kong's political development. My concern is not just about election mechanics but about Hong Kong's future as an open society under Beijing's ‘one country, two systems' regime."
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  • Rep. Engel Receives 91% on 2014 League of Conservation Voters Scorecard

    "Environmental conservation has always been a passion of mine, and that passion informs the way I approach legislating in Congress," Congressman Engel said. "We only have one planet and it is up to us to make sure we keep it as clean and healthy as possible. My 2014 score of 91% from the League of Conservation Voters reflects my commitment to keeping our waters clean, our air fresh, and our carbon footprint small.
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  • Engel Statement on North Korea Sanctions Bill

    "You and I agree about the threat posed by North Korea. I want to thank you for giving this issue the attention it deserves. And I'm proud to be the lead Democratic sponsor of the North Korea Sanctions Enforcement Act.
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  • Engel Statement on GAO Report on Central American Migration

    "Congress must invest in long-term solutions focused on economic development and opportunity for younger populations, so that no child is forced to make the perilous journey from Central America through Mexico to our southern border. In designing these programs, Congress and the Obama Administration must ensure that resources are targeted toward the most vulnerable communities from which children are migrating. As Congress struggles to fund the Department of Homeland Security, I think we can all agree that investing in the root causes of migration to the United States will save lives and decrease the Department's financial burden in the long term."
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  • Statement: Engel Warns against House Republicans' Plan to Shut Down DHS

    "With less than two days before the Department of Homeland Security runs out of funding, we find ourselves nearing a dangerous precipice. The way House Republicans are playing politics with our national security is incredibly dangerous.
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  • Rep. Engel Announces $492,000 HUD Grant for Yonkers Municipal Housing Authority

    "I grew up in public housing, and I believe it is important for government to do what it can to support the residents who live in those developments," Congressman Engel said. "The federal funds HUD has allocated for the hiring of Service Coordinators will benefit the residents of the Yonkers Municipal Housing Authority. These coordinators can act as a resource for folks who are looking to put themselves on more sound financial footing–a valuable asset, especially in times of economic uncertainty. I applaud HUD for making the residents of the Municipal Housing Authority for the City of Yonkers a priority."
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  • Engel Opening Statement at International Affairs Budget Hearing

    "The Kaiser Family Foundation reported recently that many Americans believe we spend much more on foreign assistance than we actually do. Here are the facts. International affairs totals just over one percent of our federal budget, and foreign aid accounts for less than one percent. With that narrow sliver of the pie, we're keeping Americans safe, strengthening ties around the world, and promoting American leadership abroad. We're getting a pretty good bang for our buck.
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  • Engel Remarks at Press Availability on Congressional Delegation to Cuba, the Dominican Republic, and Haiti

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  • American Jewish World Services Thanks Rep. Engel for Supporting International Violence Against Women Act

    "I want to thank my friends and constituents in American Jewish World Services for their incredible support of our efforts to pass the International Violence Against Women Act," Congressman Engel said. "When a community group–no matter their size–gets engaged, they have the power to influence things on a global scale. It is my hope that with the help of the AJWS we will be able to make the passage of IVAWA a reality.
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  • Engel Statement on Recent Developments in Venezuela

    "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 continues to look for any excuse to blame his country's woes on others rather than look for real, practical solutions to these problems.
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  • Rep. Engel Applauds President Obama's 'Every Kid in a Park' Initiative

    "I am fortunate enough to represent a district that is full of natural splendor, and I would like to see more of our children take advantage of that," said Congressman Engel. "Starting in the 2015-2016 school year, President Obama's ‘Every Kid in a Park' initiative will offer families the opportunity to get outside, get some exercise, and explore the incredible beauty of our National Parks and waterways–for free. This doesn't just present a fun, cost-effective family outing; it also can be an incredible learning experience, as anyone who has ever visited the Statue of Liberty or Ellis Island can attest. I encourage every eligible family to take advantage of this program and add visiting a National park to their vacation plans next school year."
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  • Engel Statement on Minsk Ceasefire Agreement

    "Whatever happens, Ukraine's people and its government need urgent assistance on many fronts. We cannot allow Ukraine's economy to collapse and those trapped behind the front lines this winter need immediate and life-saving humanitarian aid. Also, Ukraine should get the security aid it needs to control its territory. This includes key defensive arms and systems. Nothing that transpired in Minsk this week changes this, nor does it change our commitment to see Ukraine's territorial integrity restored.
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  • Rep. Engel Questions Department of Energy Secretary Moniz on President's 2016 Budget

    "As the first member of Congress to call for its closing, I am concerned about Indian Point due to its close proximity to America's largest metropolitan population," Engel said. "I am convinced that a nuclear facility built on two seismic fault lines, and only 24 miles north of New York City, would never be approved if it were to be built today; yet that's exactly what we have in Buchanan, NY. If a problem were to occur at Indian Point, evacuation of the region would be virtually impossible. I have urged and will continue to urge Secretary Moniz to take a close look at whether the Indian Point reactors should remain online."
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  • Chairman Royce, Ranking Member Engel Press Secretary Kerry on Pakistan's Failure to Combat Terrorists

    Today, U.S. Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA), Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, and U.S. Rep. Eliot Engel (D-NY), the Committee's Ranking Member, sent a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry to express their serious concern about Pakistan's failure to combat Islamist terrorist groups operating within its territory.
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  • Rep. Engel Cosponsors Expanded & Improved Medicare For All Act to Create Single-Payer Option

    According to data released in January 2015 by Gallup, nearly 13 percent of all adults still lack health coverage, despite the incredible decrease in uninsured Americans as a result of the Affordable Care Act. Health care costs also remain a concern for many Americans, as out-of-pocket health expenses, including workers' premium contributions and deductibles, accounted for 9.6 percent of median household income in 2013, an increase of 4.3 percent from the previous decade. As a result, many Americans are still forced to prioritize their expenses, often to the detriment of their own personal health.
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  • Engel Opening Statement at Isis Hearing

    "Thank you, very much, Mr. Chairman, and I want to thank our witnesses for their testimony. Our hearing today, takes place in the wake of President Obama sending his request for the use of force to the Congress yesterday. The AUMF lands squarely in the jurisdiction of this committee, and I look forward to working with Chairman Royce and all of our colleagues on both sides of the aisle to thoroughly review the President's proposal and our overall strategy to defeat ISIS in the days and weeks ahead.
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  • Rep. Engel: Time For Republicans to Stop Playing Games With Our Security

    "We must remain committed to keeping America safe. But instead of honoring this commitment and passing a clean Homeland Security bill, Republicans are playing politics with the agencies that protect our borders – just as international terrorism is on the rise. Once again, Republicans are falling back into their pattern of irresponsible brinksmanship. Even though they know that this may lead to a shutdown of the Department of Homeland Security, making all Americans less safe.
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  • Chairman Royce, Ranking Member Engel Statement on President's Request for Authorization to Use Military Force Against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant

    As Chairman and Ranking Member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, we welcome the President's transmittal of specific legislative language to authorize the use of military force against ISIL. He should now aggressively make the case to the American people. We intend to conduct an in-depth review of the President's proposal, including through continued hearings on the Administration's strategy to combat this barbaric terrorist group. This review will begin with a hearing tomorrow.
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  • Engel Statement on the Death of Kayla Jean Mueller

    "Kayla's work stands in such sharp contrast to the terrorists responsible for her death. ISIS extremists place no value on human life. They are a constant threat to our security and our values, and we must remain steadfast in our efforts to put an end to their reign of terror."
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  • Engel Statement on the Crisis in Ukraine

    "I was in Munich over the weekend and met with Ukrainian President Poroshenko. He described in vivid detail the Russian occupation, the murder of Ukrainian citizens, the need for weapons to fight back, and the hope that the United States would provide defensive weapons.
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  • Rep. Engel: January Jobs Report Shows Need for Greater Emphasis on Wage Growth

    "There are things Congress can do right now to improve the wage situation for millions of Americans, the most obvious being voting to increase the Federal minimum wage. Also, we can promote and expand vital tax credits–like the Earned Income Tax Credit and the Child Tax Credit–so that people can keep more of what they earn. Every dollar counts, and we as representatives in government can do more to make sure that every working family sees the recovery in their paychecks."
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  • Congressman Engel Says the Cross Harbor Freight Program Cannot be Further Delayed

    Washington, D.C. -- Congressman Eliot Engel (NY-16), a senior member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, submitted written testimony yesterday at a public hearing held by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (PANYNJ), calling for a Tier II analysis of the proposed double stack rail freight tunnel that would run between Brooklyn, NY and Jersey City, New Jersey. The proposed tunnel, also referred to as the Cross Harbor Freight Program, would allow goods to move beneath the Hudson River instead of exclusively over the George Washington Bridge, alleviating a significant amount of traffic on the Cross Bronx and the Major Deegan Expressways.
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  • Chairman Royce, Ranking Member Engel Introduce Legislation to Tackle Growing North Korea Threat

    In the wake of the state-sponsored cyber-attack on Sony Pictures, the bipartisan legislation targets North Korea's access to the hard currency and other goods that help keep the regime in power. Additionally, it presses the Administration to use all available tools to impose sanctions against North Korea and on countries and companies that assist North Korea in bolstering its nuclear weapons program. The legislation also has an important human rights focus as a recent U.N. report found that the regime's abuses have no "parallel in the contemporary world." A section-by-section summary of the "North Korea Sanctions Enforcement Act" is available HERE.
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  • Statement from Congressman Engel on Metro-North Train Accident in Valhalla

    "My thoughts and prayers go out to the victims and families of last night's terrible Metro-North accident in Valhalla. I thank the courageous first responders who selflessly risked their safety to protect others. I am also appreciative of the National Transportation Safety Board for acting quickly and vigilantly to investigate this accident, so that we may do everything possible to ensure the safety of all Metro-North riders."
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  • Engel Opening Statement at Cuba Hearing

    Last month, Chairman Royce and I sent a letter to Secretary Kerry. We asked for the names of the 53 political prisoners the Cuban government committed to releasing. I was very grateful for Secretary Kerry's rapid response to our letter with a full list of the released prisoners.
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  • Congressman Engel Applauds President Obama's FY 2016 Budget

    "I did not vote for the sequester in 2011 because it was bad policy then, just as it remains bad policy today," Congressman Engel said. "The mindless austerity measures taken four years ago have been counterproductive to our economic recovery, limiting its potential by curtailing government spending in research, education, and defense. Our economy has improved drastically in spite of austerity, not because of it. I applaud President Obama for offering a budget that finally ends sequestration, which will allow us to grow the middle-class and put more Americans back to work in the industries that drive innovation."
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  • Engel Statement on The President's International Affairs Budget

    "Around the world today, the United States faces tremendous challenges, from violent extremism to nuclear proliferation to climate change. The budget released by the President today will help keep the United States safe and provide for strong American leadership. The budget provides dedicated funding to counter ISIS and other terrorist threats; advances our global health priorities, including a continued commitment to fighting HIV/AIDS and Ebola; provides $1 billion to address the root causes of migration from Central America; and includes important assistance to Ukraine and neighboring countries facing Russian pressure. In addition, the President's budget keeps our American diplomats safe by providing $4.8 billion for worldwide security protection.
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  • Engel Reintroduces Bill to Improve Intravenous Patient Care

    "Correcting the current Medicare exclusion of in-home infusion therapy needs to be a priority for this Congress," Congressman Engel said. "Under current guidelines, patients battling cancer or suffering from a serious infection must leave their homes for infusion therapy treatment, often against the better judgment of their doctors. Leaving the house for this treatment not only puts the patient at a higher risk of infection, it also costs significantly more than it would if the therapy was provided in-home. There is no reason for us to continue making patients pursue a more dangerous and expensive method of infusion therapy treatment when there is a safer, more cost-effective alternative available."
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  • Engel Announces Federal Homeland Security Funding for Glen Island Park in New Rochelle

    The grant money from FEMA will be used to complete permanent repairs to three park locations: the sea walls bordering the island; the east and west pavilions; and several stone walls. Funds will also be used to replace over 600 cubic feet of eroded beach soil, and to create a more resilient sea wall.
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  • House Foreign Affairs Committee Leaders Write Secretary Kerry on Palestinian Authority

    In the letter to Secretary Kerry, the Committee leaders write: "This development is deeply troubling. If the PA becomes a member of the ICC, it will undoubtedly attempt to exploit the organization for its own purposes and ultimately make the prospect of peace with Israel far more difficult to achieve. We believe the actions that the PA has taken require an immediate and forceful response from the United States that is commensurate with the gravity of its decision. We understand that the State Department is conducting a review of assistance to the PA in light of recent developments. The United States should not support direct economic assistance to the PA until it demonstrates a meaningful reversal of this destructive course and proves it can be a willing partner for peace."
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  • Engel Accompanies President Obama to Saudi Arabia to Offer Condolences on the Passing of King Abdullah

    "I want to extend my condolences to King Salman and the people of Saudi Arabia, and I'm humbled that President Obama asked me to join his delegation representing the United States on this sad occasion," said Rep. Engel. "King Abdullah helped to strengthen the critical partnership between the United States and Saudi Arabia, and I hope the days ahead bring a smooth transition for King Salman and his government. I look forward to working with Saudi Arabia's leaders in the future on the many challenges facing our two countries and the region."
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  • Engel Statement on 70th Anniversary of Auschwitz-Birkenau Liberation

    "Given Europe's history with the Holocaust, I am deeply disturbed by the recent wave of anti-Semitism in Europe – most notably this month's attack by religious extremists on a Paris kosher supermarket. Anti-Semitism is again rearing its ugly head and European leaders must remain vigilant in combatting its perpetrators and ensuring the safety of their Jewish communities. Only with honest dialogue, critical self-examination, and strong security measures can Europe effectively defeat this wave of hate and protect the rights – and lives – of all its citizens."
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  • Statement: Congressman Engel Blasts Republican Anti-Women Legislation

    "House Republicans complain about the government meddling into business matters through overregulation, yet today they show that they have no problem meddling with women's health care. They are so callous that they choose today, the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, to impose their ideology on all women. Today, they bring to the floor H.R.7, the so-called ‘No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act and Abortion Insurance Full Disclosure Act of 2015.' Today, they force women to adhere to their standards of ‘right' and ‘wrong.' Today, they show so little respect for the women of our nation that they will impose their will and curtail women's capacity to make decisions about their own bodies.
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  • Statement: Congressman Engel Laments Citizens United Decision on Fifth Year Anniversary

    "I am also once again cosponsoring the DISCLOSE Act which would strengthen transparency in federal campaigns to help ensure the voices of the American people aren't drowned out by the wealthy elite. If we expect to get anything done on behalf of the American people we need to do everything we can to make sure their will and best interests are at the forefront of our legislative efforts. I call on my Republican colleagues in Congress to support the DISCLOSE Act so that we can restore some balance to the electoral process for the American people."
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  • Chairman Royce, Ranking Member Engel Introduce Anti-Trafficking Legislation

    On the legislation's introduction, Ranking Member Engel said: "Modern slavery is a horrific crime and an assault on freedom and justice. As leader in fighting this scourge, the U.S. government needs to make sure that our procurement and contracting practices don't lead to abuse or exploitation of workers. The bill that Chairman Royce and I are offering will help ensure taxpayer dollars aren't inadvertently making this problem worse."
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  • Statement: Congressman Engel Praises President Obama's Plan to Grow the Middle Class in State of the Union Address

    "As I sat in the House Chamber listening to President Obama's State of the Union Address I was pleased to hear so many initiatives that, if enacted, would help grow the middle class, improve the economy, and strengthen our homeland security.
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  • Engel Remarks on Resolution Condemning Paris Terrorist Attacks

    "As a New Yorker, Mr. Speaker, I remember the outpouring of support from France following September 11th, 2001. But even as we mourn the dead, we draw inspiration from the displays of courage and solidarity on the streets of the City of Light, across Europe, and around the world. With the attackers still at large, Parisians took to the streets in massive and peaceful vigils. They sent a clear message to the world that freedom and justice will not be cowed by violence and terror.
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  • Engel Statement on Imprisonment of Mauritanian Anti-Slavery Activist

    "I was deeply disappointed to hear of the sentencing of Mauritanian anti-slavery activist Biram Dah Abeid to two years in prison. Founder of the Initiative for the Resurgence of the Abolitionist Movement, Biram is a passionate human rights defender, and in 2013 was awarded the United Nations Human Rights Prize and the Front Line Defenders Award for his work combating slavery in Mauritania. For his efforts, he has already been arrested several times on trumped-up charges, most recently during a peaceful protest march in November. The arrest and sentencing of Biram Dah Abeid, along with Brahim Bilal Ramdhane, IRA's vice president, and Djiby Sow, president of the non-governmental organization Kawtal, undermine those who have the passion and courage to speak on behalf of human rights in Mauritania. I urge the Mauritanian authorities to release Biram and allow his organization and others like it to legally register.
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  • Engel Announces Democratic Subcommittee Assignments

    "The success of the Foreign Affairs Committee is a result of the expertise and dedication of our members. I'm proud to welcome our Democratic members, both new and returning, who bring a rich diversity of background and experience to the Committee," said Rep. Engel. "Around the world today, the United States faces tremendous challenges, from violent extremism to nuclear proliferation to climate change. Meeting these challenges requires us to put party politics aside and present a unified front on the global stage. I'm confident that our ranking Democrats and all our members will continue working across the aisle with our Republican colleagues, standing up for our values and priorities, and helping advance American interests around the world."
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  • Engel Opening Statement at North Korea Briefing

    "I want to on a personal note say that I commend your strong leadership on this issue, and it means a great deal that this briefing is the very first item on our Committee's agenda in the 114th Congress. I look forward to working with you and the rest of our colleagues to address this challenge and to continue working in a bipartisan and productive way in the year ahead.
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  • Royce, Engel Statement on State Department's Release Of Names of Cuba Political Prisoners

    "The release of the 53 is a positive step, but merely a step by the Cuban government toward what is truly needed. We urge the Cuban government to build on this action by allowing for greater political freedom on the island and respecting the human rights of all Cubans. We will continue to monitor the human rights situation in Cuba very closely."
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  • Statement from Rep. Engel on Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act

    "House Republicans are trying to use the Homeland Security Appropriations Act to roll back the President's new immigration program. For the Republicans to play partisan games with the Department of Homeland Security when international terrorism is on the rise is outright dangerous.
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  • Engel Statement on Boko Haram Attacks

    "The pace and viciousness of Boko Haram's attacks has not abated since nearly 200 schoolgirls were kidnapped last spring. Indeed, it has gotten worse. They must be stopped and their brutal tactics put to an end. I urge the Nigerian authorities, as well as partner countries in the region, to step up their response to this terrorism. The weak resistance Boko Haram faces in northeastern Nigeria will only fuel its ambitions to drive further into the country and the broader region.
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  • Engel Statement on The Fifth Anniversary of The Haiti Earthquake

    "Five years ago today, Haiti was struck by a devastating earthquake that killed more than 230,000 people and affected many more. Shortly thereafter, I visited Haiti to make sure that the Haitian people knew that Congress would stand with them as they rebuilt their country. Congress has provided support for Haiti totaling $4 billion since the earthquake, and the country has made impressive strides in recovering. Yet it still remains the poorest country in the hemisphere, and we cannot abandon the Haitian people just as things have begun to turn the corner. Haiti needs us now more than ever. As reconstruction on the island continues, I am confident that the Haitian-American community will continue to play an extremely important role.
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  • Royce, Engel Call on Kerry To Publicly Name 53 Cuban Political Prisoners

    After sending the letter, Ranking Member Engel said: "Normalizing relations with Cuba cannot be a one-way street. We need to see real changes from the Castro regime, and human rights need to be at the center of those reforms. More transparency about the release of these prisoners would provide assurances that Havana is living up to its end of the bargain."
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  • Rep. Engel: December Jobs Report Shows Unemployment Drop to Lowest Level Since June ‘08

    "As we begin the 114th Congress we must do everything we can to help those still in the throes of economic uncertainty. Once again, I renew my call to Speaker Boehner to allow for an up-or-down vote on extending unemployment insurance, and I also hope that as we begin a new year House Republicans will seriously consider other economic measures to help the middle class, like raising the minimum wage."
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  • Engel Statement on Sri Lanka Elections

    "I congratulate Maithripala Sirisena on his election as President of Sri Lanka, and also current President Mahinda Rajapakse for his hard-fought campaign. This campaign and the election's outcome are the newest chapters in Sri Lanka's long and proud democratic tradition.
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  • Engel Statement on Paris Terrorist Attack

    "I'm outraged and disgusted by today's terrorist attack in Paris. My heart goes out to the families and colleagues of all the victims.
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  • Engel Statement on Mexican President Peña Nieto's Visit to Washington

    "The U.S.–Mexico partnership is stronger than ever, and I'm pleased that President Obama's first meeting with a foreign leader in 2015 will be with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto. Today, our economies are tied together more closely than ever before. Mexico is the second-largest destination for U.S. exports and the third-largest source of imports. In 2013, Mexico was the eighth-largest market for exports from my home state of New York with $2.2 billion of goods exported from New York to Mexico. We must continue to strengthen the economic ties between our two countries.
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  • Engel Statement on Raid of Rfe/Rl in Azerbaijan

    "I'm deeply troubled by the recent actions against RFE/RL and its personnel by the government of Azerbaijan. Freedom of the press is a cornerstone of democracy, and for generations RFE/RL has been a source of reliable, unbiased news and information across Europe. With the RFE/RL Baku bureau sealed shut by government officials, that source has been silenced and that freedom is under assault. "
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  • Rep. Engel Calls for a TRIA Extension

    Congressman Engel voted earlier this month to extend the terrorism risk insurance program for another six years.
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  • Engel Statement on Tunisia's Presidential Election

    "I look forward to working with President-elect Beji Caid Essebsi to build a more prosperous, secure and democratic Tunisia as well as a stronger US-Tunisian relationship."
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  • Rep. Engel Condemns the Assassination of Two NYC Officers

    "I strongly condemn the assassination today of two New York City Police officers. This stands as a stark reminder of the terrible risks our first responders face everyday. These officers were executed in cold blood as they were doing their job of protecting us. It is an incredibly tragic situation and my deepest sympathies go out to the officers' loved ones during this impossibly difficult time.
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  • Engel Statement on UN Security Council Resolution on Palestinian Statehood

    "This week's action at the United Nations demonstrates that the Palestinians are not serious about negotiating an end to the Arab-Israeli conflict. A UN Security Council Resolution that imposes timetables for Palestinian statehood eliminates any incentive for the Palestinians to return to the negotiating table. A Palestinian state will only be born at the negotiating table where the parties themselves reach a mutually agreed upon arrangement. Unilateral action at the United Nations will only lead to greater instability and uncertainty for the Palestinian people, and make it that much harder to achieve a durable two-state solution. I call on the Administration to veto any UN Security Council Resolution that imposes timetables."
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  • Rep. Engel Announces HUD Housing Vouchers for Cottage Gardens Residents

    "I am also pleased that local, state and federal resources will be used to fix and repair our existing public housing facilities. The Warburton Apartments will enable more working families to secure a home, as well as improve our neighborhoods and the quality of life for the people who live there."
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  • Engel Statement on Sony Cyber-Attack

    "The continued development of North Korean capabilities in cyber warfare is of grave concern. Cyber-attacks have become increasingly common–most prominently from China, Russia, and non-state actors. It should be a high priority of the United States government–and for American businesses–to address cybersecurity vulnerabilities and prevent these attacks from compromising our systems.
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  • Engel Statement on the Resignation of Dr. Rajiv Shah

    "I want to express my deep gratitude to Dr. Shah. Raj led USAID with tireless commitment and a clear vision for alleviating global poverty and promoting economic welfare and development for those countries most in need. From food aid, to the Ebola crisis, to coordinating relief efforts, under Raj's leadership USAID has shown itself to be a premier global development agency.
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  • Engel Statement on The Obama Administration's Announcement of Changes in U.S. Policy Toward Cuba

    "While I am pleased that 53 political prisoners are expected to be released, we must continue to insist that each and every individual who is languishing inside a Cuban prison be freed. Cuba's leaders are not off the hook. While the President has the authority to make the changes that were announced today, Congress has the authority to maintain or eliminate the trade embargo on Cuba. I believe that Congress must see a greater political opening in Cuba before lifting the embargo."
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  • Engel Statement on The Release of Alan Gross

    "I am pleased to hear news reports regarding the release of Alan Gross from prison in Cuba. It has been five very long years for Alan and his family, and his release is long overdue. Alan's release during the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah is appropriate as Hanukkah celebrates hope at a time of seeming hopelessness. I wish Alan and his family a happy and healthy holiday season."
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  • Engel Statement on Russia Sanctions Bill

    "I commend President Obama for signing the Ukraine Freedom Support Act, clearing the way for the United States and our allies to keep the pressure on President Putin and expand support for Ukraine. This legislation gives the President broad authorities to respond to Mr. Putin's aggression while at the same time allowing flexibility to consult with our allies. News out of Moscow makes clear that our actions against Russia so far are having an impact. The Ruble has collapsed and the Russian economy is teetering on the edge. Nevertheless, Moscow-backed forces continue to flout international law and trample on Ukraine's sovereignty while the Russian people bear the burden. We need to do more, and I welcome the President's decision."
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  • Chairman Royce, Ranking Member Engel Statement on Deteriorating Security in South Sudan, Need For Action

    "The U.S. has expended significant resources – both political and financial – in helping the people of South Sudan achieve their aspiration of establishing an independent country that is at peace. The unfortunate reality today though is that South Sudanese political leaders are an impediment to achieving that goal. Khartoum is feeding political and inter-ethnic tensions, but that doesn't excuse the reckless and destructive actions of southern political leaders.
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  • Engel Statement on Terrorist Attack on Pakistani School

    "I am shocked, angered, and deeply saddened by the appalling terrorist attack on the Pakistani school. I can think of nothing more repulsive than the murder of children, and my heart goes out to those who lost family or loved ones.
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  • Rep. Engel Calls for Changes to Liver Transplant Allocations

    "We are extremely grateful to Congressman Engel, Congressman Nunes and other members of Congress who have taken a true leadership role in advocating to make the organ transplant distribution system more equitable," said Steven M. Safyer, M.D., president and CEO of Montefiore Health System. "Many patients lose their lives waiting for transplants. We believe reform is necessary to reduce geographic disparity and ensure that patients most in need receive transplants."
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  • Engel Remarks on the "Laos Nine"

    "So it's time for North Korea's leaders to be held accountable for their atrocities, which rank among the worst since World War II. And we've had lots of atrocities unfortunately. But theirs are the worst. This sort of brutality has no place in the 21st century. And I urge the United Nations General Assembly to vote in favor of referring this case to the International Criminal Court.
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  • Engel Statement on Formation of a New Government in Kosovo

    "This February, the Republic of Kosovo celebrates seven years of independence, and I look forward to working with the new government on the crucial issues which it must address: advancing Kosovo's Euro-Atlantic Integration, adding more recognitions, strengthening reforms, fighting corruption, and further normalizing Kosovo-Serbia relations.
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  • Engel Opening Statement at Isis Hearing

    "I understand that the American people are uneasy about getting more involved in another conflict halfway around the globe. I feel the same way. We're tired of war. We want to bring our men and women home. This is another reason why working with local partners is so important; it will help prevent future escalation of American involvement.
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  • Rep. Engel Praises Passage of The Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for American Veterans Act

    "Our veterans risked their lives for our liberty, and losing just one to suicide is far too many. This bill provides our heroes with the support they have earned to overcome post-traumatic stress disorder, mental health issues, and traumatic brain injuries. There are few issues that both political parties have agreed on, and I am pleased that we were able to come together and pass this bill with unanimous support," said Congressman Engel.
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  • Rep. Engel Applauds Strong Job Growth

    "I am renewing my call to Speaker Boehner to allow for a simple up-or-down vote on extending unemployment insurance. Economic recoveries don't take place overnight. It's going to take more time for our economy to fully recover, and House Republicans should work with the Democratic Caucus to ensure that no American workers are left out."
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  • Engel Remarks on U.S.-Israel Strategic Partnership Act

    "Israel is a bright light, Mr. Speaker, in a very very dark region–the only democracy in the Middle East and a valued ally of the United States. That's why we're considering this bill. To strengthen our relationship with the state and the people of Israel and to send a clear and unmistakable message to Israel's foes. And that message is, America stands with Israel.
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  • Rep. Engel Calls Badillo a Pioneer

    "I was saddened to learn of the passing of Herman Badillo. He adopted the Bronx as his home, and dedicated his life to public service. Herman was a pioneer for the Hispanic community, and for all of us. His presence will be missed, and I hope his legacy continues to inspire others."
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  • Rep. Engel Highlights Affordable Care Act Is Helping to Dramatically Improve Patient Safety

    "Today's report shows that the Affordable Care Act isn't just saving lives, it's also saving us billions of dollars every year through safety reforms," Rep. Engel said. "From 2010 to 2013, we have seen 1.3 million fewer hospital-acquired conditions, resulting in 50,000 lives saved and $12 billion in healthcare costs avoided."
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  • Rep. Engel Discusses Storm Prep with Con Edison CEO

    "The lessons we learned from Superstorm Sandy have made our communities stronger. I am pleased to have discussed my concerns with Con Edison's CEO and I look forward to continuing our dialogue."
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  • Engel Remarks Condemning Russian Aggression

    "We must be clear that our concerns are not directed toward the Russian people. In fact, as Putin tightens his grip, his own citizens are among those suffering the most. Basic freedoms are under attack. The media has become a mouthpiece for Putin and his cronies. And as Russia continues its aggression in Ukraine, international sanctions are hitting home, dragging down Russia's economy.
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  • Rep. Engel Says Garner Decision "Doesn't Pass the Smell Test"

    "The color of Eric Garner's skin should not matter, but his death should. This is not a black issue, a white issue or a Latino issue. It's an American issue. It breaks my heart because we have worked hard in this country to bring people together. I want my kids to know that they live in a society where everyone is given equal treatment. That's what our country is all about."
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  • Engel Statement on the Anniversary of Alan Gross's Imprisonment

    "When I first met with Alan Gross's wife Judy in 2009, I never could have imagined that Alan would still be in prison in Cuba five years later. I continue to call on the Cuban government to release Alan immediately on humanitarian grounds."
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  • Rep. Engel Says More Needs to Be Done to Combat HIV/AIDS

    "We have a moral obligation to do all that is in our power to halt the spread of this deadly disease that has claimed the lives of 39 million people across the world. There are few votes I have taken as significant as the ones I have cast in support of the Ryan White Program and PEPFAR, and I am looking forward to the day when those initiatives will no longer be necessary."
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  • Rep. Engel Praises New EPA Air Pollution Guidelines

    "I am pleased that the EPA has decided to act despite the political pressure that has been levied against the federal agency. Stronger environmental protections are not an either or proposition that would hurt American businesses. These protections will create new innovations and industries. Giving businesses a free pass to pollute not only ignores science, it ignores our own well-being."
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  • Engel Statement on Postponement of Mistral Sale

    "The United States and our western allies should look for a way to spare France the financial hit that could accompany this courageous step. I have repeatedly encouraged NATO to lease or buy the Mistral ships. Whether by that course or another, we need to stand together with France and help ease the burden they risk taking on. This sort of shared responsibility and unified action is essential–now and in the days ahead–to respond to Russia's blatant ambition for expanding its power in Europe."
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  • Engel Statement on Iran Negotiations

    "It's premature to comment on an extension of the negotiations with Iran, as the details have not yet been announced. I would hope any extension includes new concessions from the Iranians while keeping the talks on track. I'll have more to say once we see all the specifics."
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  • Rep. Engel Says Obama's Immigration Plan Removes Deportation Threat for Millions of Families

    "The Senate passed a bipartisan bill that would strengthen our borders, and require undocumented immigrants to undergo a background check and pay back taxes before they qualify for citizenship. That bill calls for responsibility–not amnesty–but the House Republican leadership hasn't brought it to the floor for a vote.
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  • Chairman Royce, Ranking Member Engel Statement on Iran Nuclear Negotiations

    "We believe that any final agreement between the P5+1 and Iran must foreclose any pathway for Iran to develop a nuclear weapons capability. It must include an effective, intrusive, and long-term verification mechanism that would give us ample warning of any attempt by Iran to break out. It must also require Iran to come clean on its past work to develop a bomb.
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  • House Passes Legislation to Extend U.S-U.K Nuclear Security Cooperation

    "The Mutual Defense Agreement between the United States and the U.K. has underpinned our cooperation on nuclear security issues for more than half a century. But without Congressional action, this agreement will lapse at the end of the year. By passing this legislation, we're ensuring continued collaboration with our British allies on this critical issue, we're enhancing the security of both our countries, and we're shoring up the ‘Special Relationship' for years to come."
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  • Engel Statement on Reelection as HFAC Ranking Member

    "Over the last two years, I've worked to represent the priorities of our Democratic members and caucus, while at the same time adhering to the belief that when it comes to foreign policy, politics should stop at the water's edge. With our Chairman Ed Royce, we have collaborated in a bipartisan way to help the United States meet some of our biggest challenges around the world, from countering violent extremism to combating HIV and AIDS to advancing democracy and the rule of law.
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  • Engel Remarks on Iran Human Rights Resolution

    "We all remember the massive protests as the Chairman mentioned after the fraudulent 2009 Iranian elections. We all remember the images of tens of thousands of Iranians, brave Iranian citizens, taking to the streets. And we all remember how the Iranian government responded, sending the Basij militia to brutally beat peaceful protesters. The leaders of that Green Revolution remain under house arrest to this very day.
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  • Engel Statement on Jerusalem Terrorist Attack

    "I'm outraged by today's brutal terrorist attack in Jerusalem, which took the lives of four people including three Americans. My heart goes out to their families."
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  • Engel, Smith Offer Bill to Improve Culture Preservation, Curb ISIL Funding

    The Engel-Smith legislation would create a White House Coordinator for International Cultural Property Protection to coordinate and promote efforts by multiple federal agencies, including diplomatic activities, military activities, law enforcement activities, and the work of the Cultural Antiquities Task Force. It would also impose import restrictions on cultural property unlawfully removed from Syria, protecting the property at risk of loss or destruction at the hands of ISIS/ISIL and other international criminal and terrorist organizations.
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  • Chairman Royce, Ranking Member Engel Work to Renew Key Agreement for U.S.-U.K. Nuclear Security Cooperation

    Ranking Member Engel said: "For more than half a century, the Mutual Defense Agreement has been a vital part of the alliance between the United States and the United Kingdom and a cornerstone of European defense. Though we face a new set of challenges in the 21st century, the need for close cooperation on nuclear security remains clear. As we move to extend this agreement, we reaffirm the importance of the Special Relationship."
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  • Engel Opening Statement at Ebola Hearing

    "Mr. Chairman, thank you for holding this important hearing. Let me say, it was good spending time with you this past week. And to our witnesses: thank you for your service and for your testimony here today. I want to single out Rajiv Shah, the administrator of USAID, with whom I've worked closely during the past several years. We appreciate your efforts, Administrator Shah, and the efforts of all the good people who are testifying before here today. Thank you Ambassador Williams, and the others. Thank you so much.
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  • Chairman Royce, Ranking Member Engel Statement on U.S.-Colombia Relations

    "The partnership between the United States and Colombia is stronger than ever. Under the leadership of President Santos, Colombia has continued to make progress. Homicides are down nearly 50 percent since 2002 while kidnappings have dropped by almost 90 percent. The Colombian economy has had an average growth rate of 4.7 percent over the last decade. Colombia is a true success story and a country where our joint efforts have made a real difference.
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  • Engel Statement on Carbon-Emission Agreement

    "To meet our emission-reduction targets in the United States, we all need to be in this together. We need to encourage our innovators to help us hit those targets. We need to sustain the transition to a clean-energy economy. And we all need to accept the overwhelming scientific evidence that climate change is real and that it is man-made.
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  • Rep. Engel Says FEMA Needs to Do a Better Job Determining Aid

    "Providing assistance then yanking it away is outrageous. FEMA needs to implement stronger procedures to prevent erroneous relief payments, and to better communicate the terms of its support. I urge FEMA to conduct a careful review of any cases where recipients claim they were misled by agency representatives. Going forward, FEMA should focus on ensuring that aid is delivered where it is needed, rather than trying to claw back money from those who cannot afford to pay for the agency's mistakes."
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  • Rep. Engel: October Jobs Report is Proof Economy on the Right Track

    "Millions of Americans are still struggling to find work, but House Republicans have steadfastly refused to extend unemployment insurance to those who lost their jobs through no fault of their own. I am again calling on Speaker Boehner to let the full Congress have a simple up-or-down vote on extending UI. If House Republicans are serious about putting people back to work and helping working Americans, then it's time for them to allow a vote."Washington, D.C. – Congressman Eliot Engel, a senior member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, says the October jobs report provides further evidence the economy is on the right track, but reiterated the need to extend emergency unemployment insurance.
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  • Engel: No Advanced Warships to Putin's Russia

    "I appreciate France temporarily suspending the sale of these advanced warships to Russia, but we must find a way to permanently ensure that they do not fall in to Putin'shands," said Rep. Engel. "That is why I'm calling for NATO to seize this opportunity to strengthen its own assets while at the same time definitively deny Russia any chance to add to its capabilities."
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  • Engel Urges Action on New UN Report on Climate Change

    "The latest and most comprehensive report from the world's foremost climate scientists makes it abundantly clear, yet again, that humans are behind mounting greenhouse gas emissions that are warming our planet. By ignoring the science that is so clearly and persuasively set forth in this report, we are saddling future generations with unimaginable and possibly irreversible problems.
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  • Engel Statement on the Situation in Burkina Faso

    "I am deeply troubled by recent developments in Burkina Faso, including efforts by President Compaore to extend his term as President, his decision to dissolve parliament, and violent acts by both government security forces and civilian protestors. I urge all parties to refrain from further violence and to engage in peaceful dialogue that will create a pathway to free and fair elections next year."
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  • Rep. Engel Says Many Communities Are Still Recovering Post-Sandy

    "I can only hope that Superstorm Sandy was a singular act of nature, but we have to be prepared for the next storm. Congress needs to act quickly and decisively in the face of future disasters. I am deeply disappointed that some of my Congressional colleagues delayed federal assistance for the post-Sandy recovery efforts. We cannot, nor should not, withhold aid to those who most need it.
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  • Rep. Engel Calls Metro-North's Safety Record ‘Inexcusable'

    "In my December meeting with the U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx and Joseph Szabo of the Federal Railroad Administration, I requested them to act promptly on the safety recommendations of the NTSB."
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  • Engel Statement on U.S.-Israeli Relations

    "I was shocked and disappointed on reading the comments in The Atlantic. I call upon the Administration to reassert the importance of the relationship between the United States and Israel, and to reaffirm that the bonds between our two countries are unbreakable. I realize that two allies, such as the United States and Israel, are not going to agree on everything, but I think it is counterproductive and unprofessional for Administration officials to air their dirty laundry in such a public way. I am getting tired of hearing about the leaks and denials. This ought to be the last time we hear of such talk because it is getting to a point where nobody believes the denials anymore."
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  • Engel Statement on Elections in Ukraine

    Ukraine's parliamentary elections were widely observed by domestic and international monitors and took place in a calm atmosphere with only isolated disturbances and security incidents. The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) headed the observation mission and deemed the nationwide poll to have been "well-organized and orderly" and "an important step in consolidating democratic elections in line with international commitments." The OSCE is widely considered the gold standard of election observation. The United States is one of the OSCE's 57 participating States, which include Russia, Ukraine, and all 28 EU Member States. Switzerland currently chairs the OSCE.
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  • Rep. Engel Says We Must Take Immediate Steps to Curb Gun Violence

    "School shootings have become far too common in our society, and no parent or child should ever wonder if it could happen at their school. We must take immediate steps to curb gun violence today, before another shooting happens tomorrow."
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  • Engel Applauds IOC Action on Kosovo

    "The best path forward for Kosovo requires inclusion in major organizations in Europe and on the global stage. This includes the Olympic Games. The Olympics help strengthen ties among people from all over the world, and Kosovo's athletes are ready to compete. I'm pleased that the IOC has taken this step, and I look forward to the completion of this process in December," said Rep. Engel.
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  • Congressman Engel, State Hospital Representatives Discuss Ebola Response

    "Proper preparation and training are critical to containing and ultimately combatting Ebola. The purpose of the call was to learn more about the challenges these hospitals face, and to ensure that they are receiving the necessary resources and support from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other federal agencies," said Congressman Engel.
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  • Engel Statement on the Crackdown on Protest in Hong Kong

    "I sympathize with the protestors–students and residents of Hong Kong–who feel that Beijing's decision will further erode their rights and freedoms. I believe that this protest is not just about election mechanics; it is about Hong Kong's future as an open society under Beijing's ‘one country, two systems' regime.
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  • Rep Engel Says Met Opera Trivializes Klinghoffer's Murder

    "It is hard to stay silent when the killing of an innocent man has been trivialized and exploited. The men who murdered Leon Klinghoffer were terrorists working to destroy Israel, and to undermine any hopes for peace. It's a disgrace that the Met has chosen to feature an opera with such vile undertones, particularly given the rising current of anti-Semitism across the globe."
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  • Engel Urges Administration to Consult Congress on Iran

    "I disagree with the Administration's reported assertion that it does not need to come to Congress at this point during negotiations with Iran."
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  • Engel Statement on New DHS Program Reuniting Separated Haitian Families

    "This coming January marks the five-year anniversary of the devastating January 12, 2010, earthquake which killed 200,000 Haitians and impacted scores more. While the country has made impressive strides towards recovery, it still remains the poorest nation in the hemisphere. As a longtime supporter of Haiti in Congress, I believe the United States must stand by Haiti. Today's announcement is just one small way in which we can continue to support the Haitian people and the Haitian-American community."
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  • Rep. Engel Receives 100% Rating From Human Rights Campaign

    "We are a nation of equals, and there should be no exceptions. Members of the LGBT community should enjoy the same rights of full equality and inclusion as any other members of our society.
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  • Rep. Engel Meets with ACEC Members

    "I have long advocated for increased funding for our aging infrastructure, and welcomed the opportunity to speak with some of New York City's leading engineers. They shared their thoughts on a number of issues, from the Highway Transportation bill to the Export-Import Bank," said Congressman Engel. "These are critical issues of concern, and I look forward to continuing our dialogue.
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  • Rep. Engel Says Same-Sex Marriage Bans are Discriminatory

    "I have long supported marriage equality and was one of only 67 House members in 1996 who voted against the now-obsolete Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). There is no place in any society for discrimination, particularly our own."
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  • Engel Statement on Afghan Presidential Inauguration

    "I want to congratulate President Ashraf Ghani on his inauguration yesterday. I join millions of Afghans and leaders around the world in wishing him well. Now, the hard work begins. Afghanistan faces a range of challenges, and the Afghan people have put their trust in the new President to guide their country forward.
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  • Engel Statement on Hong Kong Protests

    "I commend the students and residents of Hong Kong who are calling for Beijing to honor the promise of ‘one country, two systems' by allowing Hong Kong to play a meaningful role in selecting their leader. For Hong Kong's 2017 elections to truly represent the wishes of the people, they must be allowed to nominate candidates of their own choosing.
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  • MD CARE Act Signed into Law

    "The MD CARE Act has long played a critical role in improving the lives of those suffering from muscular dystrophy. People with muscular dystrophy are living longer, and their needs have evolved. The MD CARE Amendments Act ensures that we are able to better respond to their changing needs by updating existing programs to reflect the scientific gains made since the law was last updated in 2008," said Congressman Engel. "This law has always enjoyed full bipartisan support, and I am pleased to see that this tradition remains strong."
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  • Congressman Engel urges Bronx, Westchester Residents to Participate in National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day

    "I encourage individuals and families to safely dispose of expired and unused prescription drugs during Saturday's Take-Back Day. Flushing unused medicine down the toilet or tossing them in the trash can lead to potential safety and health hazards," said Congressman Engel. "Unused prescription drugs are prone to misuse. Removing these drugs from our homes removes the opportunity for abuse."
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  • Engel Opening Statement at Isis Hearing

    "We can't know what would have happened if we had acted then. But we do know that since then, tens of thousands of men, women, and children have lost their lives. Millions have been driven from their homes. And ISIS has grown and spilled across the Iraqi border, leaving behind a trail of destruction and bloodshed.
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  • Engel Leads Bipartisan Group of Lawmakers Calling On Haitian Senate To Move Forward With Elections

    "The people of Haiti deserve to choose their own leaders and chart the course for their country's future. The delays to free elections in Haiti are stifling the aspirations of that country's people and undermining Haitian democracy. It's time for the Haitian Senate to do the right thing and pass the legislation needed to move forward with elections," said Rep. Engel.
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  • Engel Offers Legislation to Establish New Embassies in the Caribbrean

    "They say you can't conduct diplomacy from a bunker; it's also true that you can't conduct diplomacy from hundreds of miles away. The United States shares close ties with so many of our Caribbean neighbors, whether through our governments' efforts to curb drug trafficking, our shared work through the OAS, or the constant exchange of citizens among our countries. My bill would ramp up our diplomatic efforts across the region and improve services for American citizens living in these five countries," said Rep. Engel.
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  • Congressman Engel Commends CVS Health for Decision to End Cigarette Sales

    "I commend CVS Health for their commitment to end tobacco sales, and for doing so nearly a month ahead of their announced schedule. Smoking is a serious public health crisis, and an estimated 480,000 people die each year from tobacco-related illnesses. Smokers also have a higher risk of developing lung cancer, heart disease or suffering from a stroke than non-smokers," said Congressman Engel.
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  • Engel Bill Would Improve Intravenous Patient Care

    Washington, DC – Congressman Eliot Engel, a senior member of the Subcommittee on Health for the House Energy and Commerce Committee, and Congressman Pat Tiberi (R-OH-12) introduced The Medicare Home Infusion Site of Care Act to close the Medicare coverage gap for home-based infusion care.
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  • Rep. Engel Co-Sponsors Legislation to Expand Women's Access to Comprehensive Health Care

    "The Supreme Court placed unnecessary limits on women's access to comprehensive health care in a narrow 5-4 ruling that clearly favors corporate interests. This bill will enable women to access contraception and other federally-mandated health services without interference from her employer. Women's health is a private matter, not a political one. No one should come between a woman and her physician, including her boss."
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  • Engel Statement on New Sanctions Against Russia

    "With every promise to deescalate the crisis in Ukraine that Mr. Putin breaks, and with every lie about the role of Russia's military he tells, he will face stronger condemnation from the global community, harsher consequences for his actions, and deeper isolation for his country.
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  • Rep. Engel Statement on September 11 Anniversary

    "Many heroes died, and many others were born. Let us remember those we lost, and honor those who have worked to make our country even stronger."
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  • Engel Statement on the President's Address

    "Over one year after I introduced the Free Syria Act to arm the moderate, vetted Syrian opposition, I welcome the President's renewed and urgent commitment to do just that. The moderate opposition are our partners in Syria–against both ISIS and Assad–and we must expand our support to them so that they may continue to be vigilant in our fight against this dual threat.
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  • Rep. Engel says August Jobs Report Shows Modest Gains

    Washington, D.C. – Congressman Eliot Engel, a senior member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, says that the August jobs report indicates modest gains but it also demonstrates the need for Congress to do more to aid job creation.
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  • Engel Statement on The Death of Ahmed Godane

    "The death of Al-Shabaab's leader, Ahmed Godane, marks another important victory in the fight against global terrorism and violent extremism. Godane preached an ideology of radicalism and hatred, and the organization he led is responsible for the murders of countless innocent men, women, and children–including Americans. Al-Shabaab remains a threat to countries across Africa and to the United States, and we must remain diligent in our efforts to neutralize this organization and root out terrorist groups wherever they exist. But today, thanks to the courage and capability of our armed forces and President Obama's leadership, the world is a safer place."
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  • Rep. Engel Announces Federal Grant for College of Mount Saint Vincent

    "The College of Mount Saint Vincent is a true melting pot, and I have long been impressed by their commitment to serve the needs of each student who walks through their doors," said Congressman Engel. "Hispanics are one of the fastest-growing groups in the United States, and the College of Mount Saint Vincent is working to ensure that Hispanic students are not only able to succeed, but also to thrive. And they are obviously doing something right; the College of Mount Saint Vincent has the nation's highest graduation rate for Hispanic students majoring in science and related fields. They have taken an innovative approach to educating our future leaders, and this federal grant will ensure that they continue to do so."
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  • Engel Statement on Iraq

    "Peaceful transitions of power are the hallmark of any democracy, and the Iraqi people deserve stability in this transition."
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  • Engel Statement on Iraq

    "The suffering that ISIS is raining down upon Iraqi civilians is intolerable, and I support the President's relief effort."
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  • Congressman Engel Says New Law Addresses Issues that Plague VA

    "I am very pleased that Congress took decisive action to address the issues that plague the Department of Veterans Affairs. Our veterans should not be forced to wait an unreasonably long time for medical care, and it's appalling to even think that some have died because of treatment delays."
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  • Congressman Engel Speaks at Congressional Reception for U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit

    "The old African proverb tells us: if you want to go fast, go alone; if you want to go far, go together. The United States wants the countries of Africa to go far. And United States wants to be Africa's partner on that journey."
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  • Engel Statement on Sentencing of Khmer Rouge Officials

    "This is a historic day for the people of Cambodia, and especially for those who suffered under Pol Pot's cruel Khmer Rouge regime. Between 1975 and 1979, Pol Pot began systematically restructuring Cambodian society in pursuit of a utopian agrarian state. Years of disease, starvation, and torture in Khmer Rouge ‘killing fields' left as many as two million dead."
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  • Rep. Engel Says James Brady Turned Personal Tragedy into a Call to Action

    "I am deeply saddened to learn that James Brady has passed away. Jim was a tireless advocate for sensible gun control solutions who turned a personal tragedy into a national call to action. He was a driving force behind the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act -- which established federal background checks for gun buyers -- and launched the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence with his wife Sarah. I am proud to have earned their support."
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  • Rep. Engel Votes Against Anti-DREAMer Bill

    "House Republicans voted to kill the American Dream for thousands of children who qualify for deferred action. Given that House leadership has failed to pass meaningful legislation to strengthen the economy or create new jobs, fund a long-term plan to fix our aging infrastructure, and tackle pay inequality then I guess it's fair to say that they are trying to kill the American Dream for all of us."
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  • Rep. Engel says Supplemental Appropriations Bill Won't Fix the Root Problem of Humanitarian Crisis at the Border

    "There is a humanitarian crisis unfolding on our Southern border, and House Republicans refuse to acknowledge the urgency with which we must address it."
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  • Engel Condemns Hamas for Ceasefire Breach, Calls For Release of Abducted Israeli Soldier

    "I condemn in the strongest possible terms Hamas's breach of the negotiated humanitarian ceasefire, which resulted in the killing of two Israeli soldiers and abduction of 2nd Lt. Hadar Goldin."
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  • Rep. Engel Says July Jobs Report Shows Continued Growth

    The monthly jobs report shows that 209,000 jobs were added to the economy in July, and the unemployment rate rose slightly to 6.2 percent from 6.1 percent in July.
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  • Engel Opening Remarks at Syria Briefing

    "Mr. Chairman, thank you for holding this important hearing. I am proud of our Committee and the work we've done together on both sides of the aisle. This is obviously a very, very important hearing."
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  • Congressman Engel Applauds Bipartisan VA Bill

    "I was appalled by allegations that nearly 40 veterans died in Phoenix while waiting for care at a VA medical center, and that staffers tried to cover up those treatment delays. We have since learned that the problem wasn't limited to one facility, and that thousands of our heroes had been denied timely care."
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  • Engel Remarks on Use of Human Shields by Hamas

    "Mr. Speaker, in recent weeks, on our TV screens and computer monitors–in the pages of newspapers and magazines–we've seen the bloody and brutal results of war. We've heard the reports of so many lives lost. And no matter where you come from or what you believe, if you don't grieve over every innocent killed, you simply don't have a heart."
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  • Engel Opening Remarks at Full Committee Markup

    "Chairman, thank you for holding this important markup. Thank you for the bipartisan collaboration you've brought to all of these measures, and for working with me on what I consider a vital measure, the Emergency Iron Dome Replenishment Act."
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  • Engel Opening Remarks at Full Committee Markup

    "Chairman, thank you for holding this important markup. Thank you for the bipartisan collaboration you've brought to all of these measures, and for working with me on what I consider a vital measure, the Emergency Iron Dome Replenishment Act."
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  • Engel Statement on Visa Restrictions on Human Rights Abusers in Venezuela

    "In recent months, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has stifled the democratic aspirations of the Venezuelan people as his security forces have cracked down on peaceful protesters. The Obama Administration's announcement today of visa restrictions against human rights violators in Venezuela is a welcome step."
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  • Engel Emergency Iron Dome Replenishment Act Passes House Committee

    "Israel is our closest ally and the only democracy in the Middle East, and the United States has a clear interest in helping Israel defend itself and protect its citizens. Iron Dome works. We need to make sure it continues to shield Israel from the Hamas's nonstop terrorist attacks. My legislation will save lives and send a clear message that the United States is standing shoulder to shoulder with our Israeli allies," said Rep. Engel. "I'm pleased the Foreign Affairs Committee sent this bill forward and I urge my colleagues in the House to support it."
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  • Engel Statement on New Sanctions Against Russia

    "It's now clear that President Putin's support for rebels in Ukraine brought down a plane full of innocent civilians. From within Russian borders, his military assets are raining violence and destruction down upon eastern Ukraine. And his dangerous missile tests have trampled on an agreement that even his Soviet predecessors supported."
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  • Engel Opening Statement at Iran Hearing

    "Thank you very much, Mr. Chairman, for holding this important hearing. Let me thank our witnesses for appearing today. Ambassador Sherman, Under Secretary Cohen, we have met with you many times, and America thanks you for the good work both of you have done and continue to do."
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  • Report Shows that ACA Will Extend Medicare Solvency

    "This report should send the Republican spin doctors into hiding. It's contrary to what they have been peddling about the Affordable Care Act. Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, the Medicare Hospital Insurance Trust Fund will remain solvent four years longer than projected. This is welcome news for the millions of seniors who rely on Medicare to cover doctor visits, prescriptions, and hospital stays. "
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  • MD CARE Act Passes House of Representatives

    Muscular Dystrophy is not a single disease, but is an overarching term for a spectrum of genetic disorders resulting in progressive muscle weakness and degeneration. Hundreds of thousands of children and adults currently suffer from the various forms of Muscular Dystrophy in the United States, and around the world.
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  • Engel Hails House Passage of Sanctions on North Korea

    H.R. 1771 would impose the first comprehensive sanctions on the North Korean regime and those in other countries who abet North Korea's arms smuggling, weapons of mass destruction and ballistic missile development, human rights abuses, and support of terrorism. The legislation would require asset freezes and seizures as well as visa denials on persons who materially contribute to these efforts.
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  • Rep. Engel Says First ALS Registry Data Release Will Help Spur Scientific Research

    ALS is a fatal disease that destroys a person's ability to control muscle movement. The life expectancy for a person with ALS is two to five years from the time of diagnosis, and as the disease progresses, victims lose their ability to talk, walk and even breathe. There is no cure for ALS, but this registry is a significant step towards better understanding the disease.
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  • Engel Remarks On Iraq Resolution

    "Madam Speaker, the threat posed by ISIS is real. Iraq is teetering on the brink, and we cannot allow that country to become a safe haven for terrorists that could be used to launch another 9/11. While the Hamas terrorists are pushing forth in Gaza, the ISIS terrorists are pushing forth in Iraq."
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  • Engel to Obama: Push to Stop Sale of French Warships to Russia

    "We've seen the consequences of thugs getting their hands on advanced weaponry, and the last thing we need is our allies helping bolster Russian military strength," said Rep. Engel. "I hope President Obama will work with our allies and partners to put a stop to this sale. NATO buying or leasing the ships would be a win-win-win: a win for NATO, a win for France, and a win by keeping the powerful ships out of Russian hands."
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  • Engel Opening Remarks at Iraq Hearing

    "Since December, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant–ISIL or ISIS–has marched across Iraq with lethal efficiency. Fallujah, Ramadi, and Mosul have fallen to their control. Hundreds of Iraqi soldiers have been killed or have laid down their weapons, and the military equipment they left behind–some even supplied by the United States–is now in the hands of these fanatics. The border between Iraq and Syria is gone. ISIS is advancing toward the Jordanian border. And ISIS's leaders have declared an Islamic caliphate, promising to rule with a brand of barbarism out of the darkest chapters in human history. "
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  • Engel Remarks on Hezbollah Sanctions

    "So, I rise in strong support of H.R. 4411, the Hezbollah International Financing Prevention Act. This legislation will greatly enhance our ability to confront Hezbollah as they continue to sow terror around the globe."
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  • Rep. Engel Says LGBT Workers Need Workplace Protections

    "I applaud President Obama for taking steps to end discriminatory hiring among federal contractors. Now it's time for Congress to finish what he has started. The Senate passed the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) in November, which would extend that ban to all employers, but House Republicans have refused to act."
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  • Rep. Engel Shows Support for Israel at White Plains Rally

    "Hamas is a terrorist organization whose sole purpose is to destroy Israel. The Hamas rockets that have been fired into Israel have forced the hand of the Israeli people, who have a right to defend themselves against the threat of terror."
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  • Rep. Engel Announces $226K NSF Grant for Manhattan College

    The award will help fund a project by Rostislav Konoplich, Ph.D., entitled "Studies of Higgs Boson Properties and Search for New Physics with ATLAS." Konoplich is a professor of physics at Manhattan College and a member of ATLAS, one of the two international teams that collaborated to pinpoint the Higgs boson.
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  • Engel Urges Turkish Prime Minister to Defend Turkish Jewish Community

    The disgusting letter published by the Turkish newspaper Yeni Akit has no place in any society and only serves to put innocent lives in danger."
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  • Engel Statement on Israeli Military Operations

    "Today, Israel is taking steps to defend itself from the thousands of rockets that have terrorized its citizens since Israel withdrew from Gaza, and in response to the tunnel discovered by Israel that posed a direct threat to the Israeli people. "
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  • Engel Statement on Airliner Crash

    "My heart goes out to the families and loved ones of all those lost in today's tragedy. While there may be a temptation to jump to conclusions about what happened, we don't have enough information yet and we should avoid careless speculation."
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  • Engel: Address the Root Causes of Migration Crisis

    "While we need to address the humanitarian crisis on our southern border, we also need to realize that this situation is the symptom of a much larger problem. These children are leaving home because they don't have opportunity or they fear for their lives. We need to make sure that our assistance to Central America is being used where it's needed most, and that we're getting at the root causes behind this challenge," said Rep. Engel.
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  • Engel Statement on New Sanctions Against Russia

    "I applaud President Obama's announcement of new, tougher sanctions against Russia. Putin has failed to deescalate the crisis in Ukraine, and now he is facing the consequences. These measures go farther than any we've taken so far, and Putin should be on notice that we will continue to dial up pressure so long as Russia threatens its neighbors."
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  • Engel Remarks on Kidnapped Nigerian Girls and Boko Haram

    "This year, Boko Haram has killed more than 2,000 people in nearly 100 attacks. They have kidnapped more women. They have terrorized villages in northeastern Nigeria, and have launched attacks on the capital of Abuja and Lagos, Nigeria's commercial center. "
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  • Engel Opening Remarks At Iran Hearing

    "Even as Iran's economy continues to falter under the weight of international sanctions, leaders in Tehran are plowing their scarce resources into elements of Iran's security apparatus that support terrorism–particularly the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps and its Quds Force. Iran also provides funding, weapons, and other support to a wide range of terrorist groups, including Hezbollah, Hamas, and Palestinian Islamic Jihad. "
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  • Rep. Engel Calls Highway Trust Fund Bill a "Band Aid"

    "This bill is little more than a band aid, but the alternative would have been far worse. If Congress failed to replenish funding for the Highway Trust Fund, then states would see an estimated 28 percent drop in federal financing for vital infrastructure projects. New projects would be halted, and much-need repairs for existing roads and bridges would be delayed."
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  • Engel Statement on Iran Negotiations

    "Ever since the P5+1 and Iran agreed to the terms of the Joint Plan of Action, I have said that this should be a temporary arrangement–not a final agreement–because it would not preclude a relatively rapid ‘breakout' by Iran."
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  • Engel Statement Following Briefing From Israeli Ambassador

    "As Hamas terrorists continue to rain down rockets across Israel, I strongly support Israel's right to take all necessary actions to defend itself. "
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  • 342 House Members Join Chairman Royce, Ranking Member Engel In Calling On President Obama To Consult Congress On Iran Nuclear Negotiations

    While Iran's nuclear program continues to pose a grave threat to the national security of the United States and our allies, the Obama Administration, Iran, and other world powers in November reached an "interim agreement" that eased sanctions on Iran in exchange for minimal nuclear concessions. The agreement set a July 20 deadline for reaching a "comprehensive solution" to prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon.
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  • Engel Opening Statement on Civilian Nuclear Cooperation

    "We face a challenge today, a challenging question: how can we achieve our nonproliferation goals while commercial nuclear energy technology is now readily available in the global marketplace?"
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  • Engel Opening Remarks at Hearing on Human Rights in Southeast Asia

    "The Asia-Pacific is home to almost half of the world's population, and more than half of global trade and GDP. This region will be a key driver of global events in the decades to come, and central to America's international interests as a Pacific power. "
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  • Engel Statement on Addressing Migration of Unaccompanied Children From Central America

    As a father, my heart goes out to all the children making the perilous journey from Central America to the United States. What we're seeing on our southern border is the result of a complex range of factors: from a lack of economic opportunity and violence across Central America; to the need to enforce a 2008 law, signed by President Bush, providing greater protection for children facing deportation; to misperceptions about our current immigration policy."
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  • Engel Statement on Events in Israel and the Palestinian Territories

    "I am saddened by recent events in Israel and the West Bank and Gaza. Violence and revenge are incompatible with achieving progress toward a peaceful solution. "
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  • Rep. Engel: June Jobs Report Strong – More Must Be Done

    "Our economy continues to recover and Americans are returning to work. But more must be done. Imagine what we could do if Congress worked in unison with the recovery. A jobs bill would make vital investments in our nation's infrastructure, and provide a needed boost to the construction and transportation sectors. With underemployment rates at high levels, we must continue to push for new measures to ensure a sustainable, long-term recovery."
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  • Rep. Engel Urges Congress to Renew Highway Trust Fund Authorization

    Congressman Eliot Engel, a senior member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, urged Congress to find an immediate fix that would replenish the Highway Trust Fund before the current authorization expires.
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  • Rep. Engel Says Robert McDonald's Tenure Would Mark New Chapter for Veterans Affairs

    Congressman Eliot Engel, a senior member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, welcomed the nomination of Robert A. McDonald for the Secretary of Veterans Affairs.
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  • Rep. Engel says Congress Should Have Fixed Broken Immigration System

    Congressman Eliot Engel, a senior member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee and the leading Democrat on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, says House Republicans' refusal to work towards a comprehensive immigration solution has forced President Obama to take executive action.
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  • Rep. Engel Says Harris v. Quinn Diminishes Workers' Rights

    "The Supreme Court's narrow decision continues their disturbing trend towards diminishing unions' collective bargaining ability. "
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  • Rep. Engel Calls Hobby Lobby Ruling a Step Backwards for Women's Health Care

    Congressman Eliot Engel, a senior member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee and a member of the subcommittee on Health, says that the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in the Hobby Lobby case places unnecessary limits on women's access to comprehensive health care.
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  • Engel Statement on the Death of Three Israeli Teens

    "As we look at the faces of these young boys, it is my hope that even those who seek harm upon us realize that children are off limits. Young kids should never be targets in conflict. "
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  • Engel Applauds Administration Move to Support Moderate Syrian Opposition

    Administration Request Mirrors Engel's Free Syria Act
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  • Rep. Engel Meets Congressional Art Winner

    Scarsdale Senior Yunchao Le Attends D.C. Ceremony
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  • Rep. Engel Says SCOTUS Decision Protects Digital Data Against Unreasonable Seizure

    Congressman Eliot Engel, a senior member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, praised the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling that police cannot seize a suspect's cell phone data without a warrant.
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  • Rep. Engel Says Autism CARES Act Extends Critical Funding for Autism

    Autism affects more than two million individuals and their families across our country. The rate of diagnosis has climbed dramatically in recent years; and today, 1 out of every 68 American children is diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder by the age of eight.
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  • Engel Statement on Albania's EU Candidate Status

    "With today's announcement conferring EU candidate status, Albania has cleared another hurdle on the way toward EU membership and full European integration. "
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  • Media Advisory

    Leehy Shaer, Aunt of Kidnapped Israeli-American Teen Naftali Frenkel, To Join Members of Congress in Calling for the Release of the Three Kidnapped Israeli Teens
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  • Engel Statement on Removal of Chemical Weapons from Syria

    "The removal today of chemical weapons material from Syria is an important achievement. More than 1,000 tons of deadly chemicals have been taken away from the Assad regime."
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  • Engel Statement on Iraq

    This afternoon, Vice President Biden briefed me along with several other lawmakers on the situation in Iraq. I am deeply concerned, and reports on the ground all point to a rapidly deteriorating crisis. I urge the Maliki government to engage with Sunni and Kurdish leaders, and to look for a solution that will allow all people in Iraq to live side-by-side in peace and security.
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  • Engel Opening Remarks at Iran Hearing

    According to the IAEA, the Joint Plan of Action interim agreement has paused many of Iran's advancements toward a nuclear weapon. However, if this temporary agreement became permanent, it would certainly be inadequate. The status quo would leave us with too many unanswered questions and an Iran that is too close to a nuclear breakout point. A comprehensive agreement is necessary to end the permanent threat of a nuclear Iran.
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  • Engel Statement on Kosovo General Elections

    Yesterday, the citizens of Kosovo went to the polls to choose their leaders, to chart a path forward for their country, and to show the world the progress of a thriving young democracy. They should be proud of what they've accomplished, and I send my warmest congratulations.
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  • Engel Statement on 70th Anniversary of D-Day

    Seventy years ago, the United States and our allies mounted a military operation unprecedented in history. As Allied troops came ashore to the shelling and smoke on Omaha Beach and Utah Beach, as they scaled the cliffs of Pointe du Hoc despite falling rocks and flying bullets, they took the first pained steps in liberating a continent from tyranny and securing the future of democracy and justice.
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  • Representative Engel Says the May Jobs Report Points to a Stronger Labor Market

    The monthly jobs report shows that 217,000 jobs were added to the economy in May, thereby erasing the number of jobs lost during the recession. The unemployment rate held steady at 6.3 percent.
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  • Engel Statement on 25th Anniversary of the Tianamen Square Massacre

    Around the world over the last quarter century, the image of a single man standing before a column of tanks has been seared into our collective memory. When we think of that man, we think of the struggle for basic human rights and greater freedom, and the brutal lengths to which oppressive governments will go to hold onto power.
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  • Engel Statement on the President's Announcement of New European Security Initiative

    With his announcement today, President Obama has sent a clear message that standing for a Europe whole and free remains a priority for the United States, and that President Putin's challenge to our allies and friends will not go unanswered.
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  • Engel Statement on Return of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl

    After five years, Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl is coming home to a grateful nation. As the war in Afghanistan draws to a close, his return is a reminder to us of the courage and sacrifice of all our men and women in uniform, and the costs of defending liberty and advancing justice.
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  • Engel Amendment on Alternative Fuels Adopted into Commerce Appropriations Bill

    The amendment codifies the Presidential Memorandum on Federal Fleet Performance issued last week by President Barack Obama. The Memorandum would require all new light duty vehicles in the federal fleet to be alternate fuel vehicles, such as hybrid, electric, natural gas, or biofuel, by December 31, 2015.
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  • Congressman Engel Says Shinseki Put Country First by Resigning

    General Eric Shinseki has served our country honorably. His career was built on putting his country first, and his decision to resign as Secretary of Veterans Affairs reflects that principle.
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  • Engel Remarks on Western Hemisphere Drug Policy Commission Act

    This legislation would create an independent commission to evaluate U.S. policies aimed at reducing drug production and trafficking in the Western Hemisphere. The Commission will be required to submit recommendations on future U.S. drug policy to Congress, the Secretary of State, and the Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy 12 months after its first meeting.
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  • Engel: Stop Sale of French Warships to Russia

    In a letter to NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen, the lawmakers urged NATO to purchase or lease the ships as a common naval asset for the alliance.
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  • Engel Remarks At Foreign Affairs Committee Markup

    This bill would broaden U.S. sanctions against those helping sustain the regime in Pyongyang, whose crimes against humanity the UN Human Rights Office says are "without parallel in the modern world.
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  • Engel Remarks At Foreign Affairs Committee Markup

    This bill would broaden U.S. sanctions against those helping sustain the regime in Pyongyang, whose crimes against humanity the UN Human Rights Office says are "without parallel in the modern world.
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  • Engel Remarks At Foreign Affairs Committee Markup

    This bill would broaden U.S. sanctions against those helping sustain the regime in Pyongyang, whose crimes against humanity the UN Human Rights Office says are "without parallel in the modern world.
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  • Engel Statement on Egyptian Election

    After three years of tumultuous change, I hope that these elections will mark a turning point in Egypt. But that will only be the case if Egyptian leaders are willing to make the tough decisions that allow Egypt's economy to grow and prosper, and will permit its people the dignity that they marched for three years ago.
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  • Engel Statement on President's Foreign Policy Address

    Today, President Obama made a clear and strong case for American leadership in the 21st century and why the United States must remain engaged around the world.
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  • Engel Statement on Presidential Election in Ukraine

    I congratulate the people of Ukraine on holding a successful presidential election, and I congratulate the presumptive President-elect, Petro Poroshenko.
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  • Engel Leads Bipartisan Congressional Group Expressing Concern Over Nazi Occupation Monument in Hungary

    "We believe that the current plans for the monument do history a disservice and don't tell the whole story of the Nazi occupation. If the Hungarian government proceeds as planned, many people both in Hungary and around world will view this monument as an effort to sweep a tragic part of history under the rug," said Rep. Engel.
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  • Engel Statement on Military Coup in Thailand

    I am deeply concerned by the Royal Thai Army's drastic step of seizing power, and urge the return to democratic rule.
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  • Engel Opening Statement At Boko Haram Hearing

    Before this brazen kidnapping, Boko Haram was virtually unknown around the world. As more of their violent history has come to light, the international community has reacted with shock, horror, and disbelief. But the sad reality is that Boko Haram is not new and neither are their tactics.
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  • Engel Remarks on International Megan's Law

    H.R. 4573 establishes an "Angel Watch Center" within Immigration and Customs Enforcement that would provide advance notice to foreign countries when a convicted child sex offender travels to that country. The bill also calls on the President to negotiate agreements with foreign governments that would encourage information–information sharing on known child sex offenders.
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  • Engel Remarks Condemning Abduction of Nigerian Schoolgirls

    This resolution strongly condemns the abduction of nearly [300] schoolgirls by the Nigerian terrorist group, Boko Haram, and supports U.S. and international efforts to assist in their recovery.
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  • Elaine Katz Receives Congressional Proclamation

    Katz is a member of the Board of Trustees and Assistant Financial Secretary. She's organized many outreach community programs for the Riverdale Temple, and serves as President of the Women of Reform Judaism. She also serves as the Vice President of the Lower Eastside Service Center in Manhattan, a non-profit organization that assists New Yorkers with mental health and chemical dependency issues.
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  • Engel Calls for New Assessment of Efforts to Curb Gun Trafficking in Mexico

    In a letter to GAO Comptroller General Gene L. Dodaro, Rep. Engel requested information on the progress of agencies across government in meeting challenges in combating illicit sales of firearms in the United States and stemming their flow into Mexico, including federal laws that restrict the collection and reporting of data on firearms purchases.
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  • Engel Opening Remarks at Hearing on U.S.-Mexico Relations

    Once characterized by mutual mistrust, U.S.–Mexico relations are now stronger than ever. I am pleased that the Obama Administration has prioritized our partnership with Mexico from the very start, and I'm happy to see that Secretary Kerry is continuing our high level engagement with his trip there tomorrow.
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  • Engel Statement on the 70th Anniversary of the Deportation of Crimean Tatars

    "Seven decades ago, more than 200,000 Crimean Tatars were forced from their homeland in Crimea by Soviet forces. Nearly half of those deported perished, either in transit or of hunger and disease while in forced exile. Today, we mark this dark chapter in the history of the 20th century, and we join in solidarity with Crimean Tatars around the world still bearing the scars of this terrible tragedy"
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  • Congressman Engel Reiterates Obama's Call for Increased Transit Investments

    "The Tappan Zee Bridge is long overdue for replacement. I toured the Bridge several years ago, and saw exactly how much it has deteriorated. I can only imagine that it's grown much worse since then. I supported the allocation of$1 million for a study back in 2005, and have been fighting for increased funding for this and other critical transportation projects for years."
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  • Engel Statement on Chinese Provocations in the South China Sea

    "Chinese drilling and intimidation of Vietnamese vessels near the Paracel islands are needless provocations that threaten peace and stability across the region. China's behavior is clearly adversarial."
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  • Engel Opening Statement at Ukraine Hearing

    "Chairman Royce and I, along with several other colleagues on this committee, recently visited Kyiv. We heard the same thing over and over again: Ukrainians do not want Russian interference, and they resent Russian attempts to tear their country apart. The people of Ukraine are looking to us and our allies to ensure Putin's attempts to weaken their country do not succeed."
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  • Engel & Salmon Offer Legislation To Review Drug Policy in the Western Hempisphere

    "The Western Hemisphere Drug Policy Commission Act of 2014 would create an independent commission to evaluate American drug policies and programs, assess which efforts are succeeding, and make recommendation on future counternarcotics policy."
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  • Engel Statement on Referendum in Eastern Ukraine

    "The so-called referendum held on May 11 by separatists in some cities in eastern Ukraine was illegal under Ukraine's constitution, was conducted under the threat of violence, and did not meet even minimal democratic standards. It has no legal force."
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  • Congressman Engel Announces DOT Research Grants

    Congressman Eliot Engel announced that Manhattan College is one of 33 colleges across the country that will share in a $62,631,600 research grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation, as part of the University Transportation Centers (UTCs).
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  • Engel Remarks on Proposed Benghazi Select Committee

    I rise in strong opposition to both the rule and the bill. It's really a political charade and this pointless attempt to find a scandal that simply doesn't exist.
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  • Engel Calls For An End To Persecution Of The Rohingya People in Burma

    Representative Eliot L. Engel, the leading Democrat on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, this evening delivered the following remarks in support of H.Res. 418, Urging the Governmnet of Burma to end the persecution of the Rohingya people and respect intentionally recognized human rights for all ethnic and religious minority groups within Burma
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  • Engel Remarks on the Electrify Africa Act

    "In the United States, we take reliable electricity for granted. When we flip the switch, we expect the lights to come on. This winter, many of us were frustrated when storms knocked out our power. Life was harder as we impatiently waited for the electricity to be restored. But imagine if the power never came back. And that was your life, every day, year in and year out. That's the stark reality facing many families in Africa."
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  • Congressman Engel calls on GOP to "get serious" on climate change

    "House Republicans need to get serious about climate change. This isn't an issue that's only going to affect or kids or grandkids in the very distant future. The demands we are putting on our limited resources has reached the tipping point. A majority of scientists agree we are already experiencing some of the more serious impacts of climate change, which will only get worse without action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, among other things."
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  • Congressman Engel Honors Nurses

    "Nurses are on the frontline of our health care system. They play a critical role in our schools, community clinics, and hospitals. Much is asked of them, and their responsibilities have only increased over the years. Nurses comfort us, care for us, and offer their compassion without the need for a prescription. We owe them our thanks, not just one week a year but every day of the year."
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  • Congressman Engel Honors Teachers

    "America will not be able to compete globally, if we continue to shortchange students with overcrowd classrooms or underpaid teachers."
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  • New York Congressional Delegation Met with Mayor de Blasio

    "I want to thank the Mayor for meeting with the New York Congressional delegation so early in his term. Mayor de Blasio is off to an excellent start, and I want to give him credit where credit is due. He has released Superstorm Sandy housing funds to those who need it, expanded access to pre-kindergarten, and is addressing New York City's affordable housing crisis."
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  • Engel Statement on the Abduction of Nigerian Girls

    "The recent abduction of more than 200 Nigerian girls by Boko Haram is a cowardly and despicable act and a horrific abuse of basic human dignity and human rights."
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  • Rep. Engel Presented a Congressional Silver Award to Westchester Teen

    Congressman Eliot Engel presented a Congressional Silver Award to Nicholas Tornatore, a junior at Iona Preparatory School in New Rochelle.
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  • Rep. Engel: Job Growth Continues, But We Can't Give Up on the Unemployed

    Congressman Eliot Engel, a senior member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, said a better-than-expected monthly jobs report shows that the labor market is continuing to improve, but noted that long-term unemployment is still a problem for approximately 3.5 million people who have been out of work for six months or longer.
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  • Military Construction/VA Appropriations bill includes Engel Language on Alternative Fuels

    Washington, D.C. - Congressman Eliot Engel, a senior member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, announced today that his language requiring the use of alternative fuel vehicles by the U.S. Department of Defense, and related agencies, was adopted in the FY 2015 Department of Defense Appropriations bill.
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  • Engel Statement on Iraqi Elections

    "The people of Iraq should take pride as they chart the course for their country's future."
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  • Engel Remarks on U.S. Broadcasting Reform Legislation

    "Unfortunately, our efforts to disseminate objective news to societies that lack a free media are not as effective as they should be."
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  • Chairman Royce, Ranking Member Engel Introduce U.S. International Broadcasting Reform Legislation

    "Around the world, millions of people are denied access to objective news. My recent trip to Ukraine was a strong reminder that the competition of ideas is still very much alive and that the United States has an important role to play in facilitating the free flow of information and in sharing our values. The legislation that Chairman Royce and I introduced will strengthen our international broadcasting operations by improving management, enhancing coordination, and empowering journalists and editors to produce high-quality programming that keeps pace with the rapidly evolving international media landscape."
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  • Engel Statement on New Sanctions Against Russia

    "The United States is making it clear to President Putin–along with the people and businesses aligned with him–that their actions have consequences."
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  • Congressman Engel Urges HUD to leave Sandy funding in tact

    Congressman Engel Urges HUD to leave Sandy funding in tact
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  • Congressman Engel Announces $4.1 million HHS Grant for Mount Vernon Neighborhood Health Center

    Congressman Engel Announces $4.1 million HHS Grant for Mount Vernon Neighborhood Health Center
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  • ENGEL COMMEMORATES ANNIVERSARY OF ARMENIAN GENOCIDE

    "I want to express my great sorrow and deepest condolences to all Armenians on this solemn occasion. I also once again call on Turkey to acknowledge the genocide."
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  • Engel Statement on Hamas-Fatah Unity Agreement

    "President Abbas should demonstrate that his priority is peace with Israel–not Hamas."
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  • Congressman Engel urges Bronx, Westchester residents to participate in National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day

    Congressman Engel urges Bronx, Westchester residents to participate in National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day
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  • Chairman Royce and Ranking Member Engel Statements at Conclusion of Three-day Visit to Ukraine

    Delegation meets with VP Biden, Travels to Eastern Ukraine
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  • Engel Congratulates Anne Hutchinson Elementary for Green Ribbon Honors

    Engel Congratulates Anne Hutchinson Elementary for Green Ribbon Honors
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  • Congressman Engel to HUD: Leave Sandy Funds Alone

    Congressman Engel to HUD: Leave Sandy Funds Alone
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  • Engel Opening Remarks at Media Availability in Ukraine

    "The answer to Putin is that he's not going to crush a free and democratic Ukraine because the people of Ukraine will not stand for it."
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  • Rep. Engel Supports Voluntary Smartphone Anti-Theft Commitment

    Urges Congress to push for tighter rules
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  • Chairman Royce, Ranking Member Engel to Lead Bipartisan Delegation to Ukraine Next Week

    Washington, D.C. – House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce (R-CA) and Ranking Member Eliot Engel (D-NY) will lead a bipartisan congressional delegation to Ukraine from Monday, April 21 to Wednesday, April 23. In Kiev, the delegation will meet with U.S. and senior Ukrainian officials to assess the effect of ongoing U.S. efforts to support Ukraine.
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  • Ranking Member Engel to Lead Bipartisan Delegation with Chairman Ed Royce to Ukraine

    Washington, D.C. – Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY), the leading Democratic voice on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, and Committee Chairman Ed Royce (R-CA) will lead a bipartisan congressional delegation to Ukraine from Monday, April 21 to Wednesday, April 23. In Kiev, the delegation will meet with U.S. and senior Ukrainian officials to assess the effect of ongoing U.S. efforts to support Ukraine.
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  • Rep. Engel Praises $8 Billion Medicaid Waiver

    Washington, D.C. – Congressman Eliot Engel, a senior member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, which has jurisdiction over the Medicaid program, praised a decision by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to grant final approval of an $8 billion Medicaid waiver. The waiver will enable New York State to reinvest savings produced by the Medicaid Redesign Team (MRT) reforms.
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  • Engel Statement on Administration's Decision to Deny Visa to Iran UN Ambassador Appointee

    "I hope Iran gets the message that we don't forget easily the transgressions of the past."
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  • Engel Statement on UNSC Vote Authorizing Peacekeeping Mission in Central African Republic

    "As the situation deteriorates it is up to the international community to provide more sustained, reliable support to the African Union and French forces."
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  • Engel Opening Statement at Subcommittee Hearing "Advancing U.S. Interests in the Western Hemisphere: The FY 2015 Foreign Affairs Budget"

    "As this subcommittee is well-aware, our actions at home have a major impact on our neighbors in Latin America and the Caribbean."
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  • Engel, Conyers and 80 House Members Urge President to Stop Import of Military-Style Firearms

    Enforcement of import ban would reduce violence in U.S. and illegal firearms trafficking to Mexico
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  • Congressman Engel announces over $3 million HUD award for homeless services

    Washington, D.C. – Congressman Eliot Engel (NY-16) announced that the U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has awarded over $3 million in grants to non-profits and governmental agencies in his Congressional District, which will provide social services and housing assistance to homeless individuals and families.
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  • Engel Statement on Developments in Eastern Ukraine

    "Russia must refrain from further threats and destabilizing actions against Ukraine, and the United States and its European allies must continue to stand up for Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity, and for the right of its people to chart their own future."
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  • Engel Statement on 20th Anniversary of Rwandan Genocide

    "We should remember the failure of the international community to prevent the deaths of hundreds of thousands of innocent Rwandans and remind ourselves of our commitment to ‘never again' allow this scale of atrocity to occur."
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  • Engel Statement on Indian Elections

    "I look forward to hearing the results of the election and to working with India's new government to further advance the U.S.-India partnership."
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  • Engel Statement on Afghanistan Elections

    "I am heartened by the courage of Afghans, and those wishing to represent them. The candidates, the poll workers, and all those who have braved countless acts of violence and intimidation, but still see the importance of making their voices heard are an inspiration."
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  • Rep. Engel says Jobs Report Points to Continued Growth

    Adds that Congress needs to look out for those still seeking jobs
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  • Reps. Meadows, Schneider, Royce, Engel to Author Tougher Sanctions Against Hezbollah

    WASHINGTON–Rep. Mark Meadows (NC-11), Rep. Brad Schneider (IL-10), House Foreign Affairs Chairman Ed Royce (CA-39) and Ranking Member Eliot Engel (NY-16) will introduce legislation that would toughen economic sanctions against Hezbollah, a terrorist organization that continues to pose a threat to the United States, our allies and interests throughout the Middle East, and well beyond.
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  • Congressman Engel receives Humane Advocate Award

    Washington, D.C. -- Congressman Eliot Engel (NY-16) received the Humane Advocate Award from the Humane Society of the United States for his perfect score on their 2013 Humane Scorecard, and for his strident opposition to the King amendment.
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  • Supreme Court ruling on campaign contributions will increase the flood of special interest spending

    Rep. Engel calls for re-instatement of federal limits
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  • Rep. Engel: GOP Budget is nothing more than an April Fool's joke

    Budget will hurt children, seniors and working families
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  • Congressman Engel calls on House Republicans to drop Obamacare opposition

    More than 7 million Americans have enrolled in health care plans
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  • Engel Remarks During Floor Debate of the Support for the Sovereignty, Integrity, Democracy, and Economic Stability of Ukraine Act of 2014 and United States International Programming to Ukraine and Neighboring Regions Bill

    Washington, D.C. – Rep. Eliot L. Engel, the Ranking Member on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, gave the following remarks on the House floor today during debate on H.R. 4152, the Support for the Sovereignty, Integrity, Democracy, and Economic Stability of Ukraine Act of 2014, and S.2183, United States International Programming to Ukraine and Neighboring Regions.
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  • Chairman Royce, Ranking Member Engel Introduce Turkish Religious Freedom Legislation

    Washington, D.C. – Today, Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA), Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, and Rep. Eliot Engel (D-NY), Ranking Member of the Committee, introduced the Turkey Christian Churches Accountability Act (H.R. 4347). The legislation requires an annual report from the State Department on the status of stolen, confiscated or unreturned Christian properties in territories controlled by Turkey.
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  • Engel Pens Op-Ed for Foreign Policy on Sri Lanka Reconciliation

    Washington, D.C. – Rep. Eliot L. Engel, the senior Democrat on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, published the following op-ed today in Foreign Policy on Sri Lanka's road to reconciliation.
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  • Chairman Royce, Ranking Member Engel Applaud House Passage of the Ukraine Support Act

    Washington, D.C. – Today, the House of Representatives passed with overwhelming bipartisan support the Ukraine Support Act (H.R. 4278), introduced by Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA), Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, and Rep. Eliot Engel (D-NY), the Committee's Ranking Member. The legislation, which passed the House Foreign Affairs Committee earlier this week, promotes Ukraine's sovereignty and democratic institutions while sanctioning those who have sought to undermine Ukraine's independence and stability.
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  • Engel Opening Statement at Full Committee Hearing "The Geopolitical Potential of the U.S. Energy Boom"

    "Using more natural gas in the United States to produce electricity could displace dirtier coal, thus lowering greenhouse gas emissions and the negative impact on our climate. We could also bolster U.S. national security by using natural gas as a transportation fuel, which helps reduce our reliance on oil."
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  • Engel Opening Statements at Full Committee Markup of H.R. 4278, H.Res. 418 and H.Res 494.

    Washington, D.C. – Rep. Eliot L. Engel, the senior Democratic member on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, delivered the below remarks, as prepared for delivery, at today's full committee markup of H.R. 4278, H.Res. 418, and H.Res 494.
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  • Chairman Royce, Ranking Member Engel Introduce Legislation to Support Ukraine and Sanction Those Responsible for Undermining the Nation's Independence and Stability

    Committee to Consider Ukraine Support Act Tuesday Morning
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  • Rep. Engel Announces $4.7 Million in HUD Grants

    Congressman Eliot Engel announced four U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) grants for three municipalities within Westchester County, totaling $4,681,167, to improve or develop public housing options for low-income families, the elderly and people with disabilities.
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  • Engel Supports Hoyer/Cantor Letter to President on Iran

    "All of us want to see a diplomatic resolution to this crisis, but that desire should not blind us of Iran's long history of delay and deception, which raises serious questions about its sincerity and good faith in these negotiations."
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  • Chairman Royce, Ranking Member Engel Support U.S. Expulsion of Syrian Diplomats

    Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA), Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, and U.S. Rep. Eliot Engel (D-NY), the Committee's Ranking Member, issued the following statement on the State Department's decision today to expel Syrian diplomats from the United States. The State Department action comes four days after Royce and Engel introduced H. Res. 520, which calls on the Obama Administration to withdraw official recognition of the Assad regime.
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  • Engel Statement on Crimea Referendum and Additional U.S. Sanctions

    "With the presence of more than 20,000 Russian occupation troops and no standards whatsoever for the vote, the referendum represented a clear violation of the Ukrainian constitution and international law."
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  • Chairman Royce, Ranking Member Engel Introduce Resolution on Syria Attacks on Civilians and Humanitarian Access

    Calls for Obama Administration to Withdraw Recognition of Assad Regime
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  • Representative Engel says he is appalled by Metro-North safety report

    Representative Engel says he is appalled by Metro-North safety report Says safety must be a higher priority
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  • Engel Opening Statement at Full Committee Hearing "The Promise of the Taiwan Relations Act"

    Washington D.C. – Rep. Eliot L. Engel, the senior Democratic member on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, gave the following statement, as prepared for delivery, at today's full committee hearing "The Promise of the Taiwan Relations Act."
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  • ICYMI: Engel Opening Statement at Full Committee Hearing "Advancing U.S. Interests Abroad: The FY 2015 Foreign Affairs Budget"

    "At a time of crisis in the Middle East, Central Africa, and now Europe, the international affairs budget request supports our diplomatic and development efforts in these and other regions. It provides critical funding to strengthen our allies, fight the spread of infectious disease, combat terrorism, and support many other essential activities."
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  • Engel Opening Statement at Full Committee Hearing "Advancing U.S. Interests Abroad: The FY 2015 Foreign Affairs Budget"

    Washington D.C. – Rep. Eliot L. Engel, the senior Democratic member on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, gave the following statement, as prepared for delivery, at today's full committee hearing "Advancing U.S. Interests Abroad: The FY 2015 Foreign Affairs Budget."
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  • Engel Hails House Passage of H.Res 499

    "President Putin has violated international law and his country's commitments to Ukraine, and his act of aggression risks inciting further violence and armed conflict between peoples and families. This resolution puts President Putin on notice that his reckless actions will have consequences."
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  • Defenders of Wildlife give Rep. Engel 100% Rating

    Washington, D.C. – Congressman Eliot Engel, a senior member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, received a 100 percent score for his commitment to environmental issues from the Defenders of Wildlife Action Fund on their 2013 Conservation Report Card.
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  • Engel Hails Passage of Loan Guarantee to Ukraine

    "Without this support, Ukraine's progress could stall in the face of unrelenting pressure from Russia, which has illegally occupied a part of Ukraine, is encouraging separatism and conflict, and which has substantial leverage on the Ukrainian economy."
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  • Engel Opening Statement at Full Committee Hearing "U.S. Foreign Policy Toward Ukraine"

    "This is a critical moment. The U.S., our European allies, and the international community must stand up for Ukraine's unity and territorial integrity."
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  • Chairman Royce, Ranking Member Engel Introduce Ukraine Resolution Expressing Support for Sanctions

    Washington, D.C. – Today, Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA), Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, and Rep. Eliot Engel (D-NY), Ranking Member of the Committee, introduced H.Res. 499, which condemns the violation of Ukrainian sovereignty and calls for sanctions on Russian officials, banks and other state agencies. The Committee will consider the resolution at a markup tomorrow, immediately following the Committee's hearing on Ukraine. The hearing will begin at 9 a.m. (Note new hearing time; was originally scheduled to begin at 9:30 a.m.)
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  • Rep. Engel Praises Obama Budget

    Washington, D.C. – Congressman Eliot Engel, a senior member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, praised President Obama's proposed budget which he unveiled today.
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  • Rep. Engel Stands Firm Against Flood Insurance Price Spike

    Washington, D.C. – The U.S. House of Representatives today passed the Homeowners Flood Insurance Affordability Act, which delays a price increase for flood insurance premiums. Congressman Eliot Engel, a senior member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, co-sponsored the bill.
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  • Engel Statement on Release of the President's FY 2015 International Affairs Budget

    "These investments are essential to strengthening our national security, building economic prosperity, and protecting the health and safety of all Americans, while demonstrating our moral values and humanitarian principles."
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  • Engel Statement on Russian Military Provocations Against Ukraine

    "Russian military activities in Crimea and the decision today of the Russian Senate to authorize the use of force in Ukraine without the permission of Ukrainian authorities are acts of aggression that violate Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity."
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  • Engel Opening Statement at Full Committee Markup of H.R. 2548 the Electrify Africa Act of 2014

    "This long-term strategy will focus not only on building more power plants, but also on increasing African government accountability and transparency, improving regulatory environments, and increasing access to electricity in rural and poor communities through small, renewable energy projects."
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  • Rep. Engel: It's Time to Raise the Minimum Wage

    Washington, D.C. – Congressman Eliot Engel, a senior member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, lent his support of the Democratic Caucus' efforts to raise the federal minimum wage to $10.10 an hour.
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  • Rep. Engel: Obamacare Works for New Yorkers

    The New York State Department of Health says over a half-a-million New Yorkers have signed up for health coverage through the exchange, and 70 percent of enrollees were previously uninsured.
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  • Engel Opening Statement, as Prepared for Delivery, at Full Committee Hearing "International Wildlife Trafficking Threats to Conservation and National Security"

    "It's a terrible tragedy that rampant wildlife poaching is driving iconic animal populations toward extinction. But there's also a national security dimension to this growing crisis."
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  • Engel Statement on Agreement Between Ukrainian President and Opposition

    "This agreement appears to provide the best chance at present for a peaceful, negotiated resolution to the crisis. I commend the efforts of Ukrainian leaders who have realized the need for compromise and laud the efforts of the Administration and our European partners, in particular the Foreign Ministers of France, Germany, and Poland, who facilitated this agreement."
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  • Bronx Officials Work to End to Mail Disruptions

    Washington, D.C. -- Elected officials from the Bronx met with Acting Postmaster Lilliam Rodriguez Wednesday afternoon to find a solution to mail delivery problems within the 10463 zip code.
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  • Engel Pens Op-Ed for CQ Roll Call Urging Continued U.S. Engagement in Kosovo

    "The United States has stood by Kosovo as its people have triumphed over incredible adversity, and I look forward to seeing our partnership continue to flourish, as Kosovo builds a prosperous and secure democracy within a Europe whole, free and at peace."
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  • Rep. Engel Urges Metro-North to Implement NTSB Recommendations

    Washington, D.C. – Congressman Eliot Engel (New York-16) urges Metro-North to quickly adopt new safety recommendations from the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) in the wake of the deadly train derailment in his Congressional District on December 1.
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  • Engel Calls for Immediate Targeted Sanctions in Ukraine

    "At this critical moment, the United States must stand up for the democratic and human rights of the citizens of Ukraine, and for their democratic aspirations and right to choose their own future."
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  • Rep. Engel Urges Metro-North to Implement NTSB Recommendations

    Washington, D.C. – Congressman Eliot Engel (New York-16) urges Metro-North to quickly adopt new safety recommendations from the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) in the wake of the deadly train derailment in his Congressional District on December 1.
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  • Rep. Engel: New Fuel Efficiency Standards a Start, Alternative Fuel Sources a "Must"

    Washington, D.C. – Congressman Eliot Engel, a senior member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee and the Founder/Co-Chair of the House Oil and National Security Caucus, says while new fuel efficiency standards are a positive development, they won't replace the need for alternative energy sources.
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  • Engel Statement on Escalation of Violence in Ukraine

    "Both sides must hold accountable those who facilitate and perpetrate violence. It is also important to reiterate United States support for the people of Ukraine as they work towards a more democratic and European future."
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  • Engel Statement on Crackdown Against Venezuela Protestors

    "I join the Inter-American Commission on Human rights in calling upon the Venezuelan government to protect the human and civil rights of its people."
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  • Rep. Engel Applauds $8B Medicaid Waiver

    Washington, D.C. – Congressman Eliot Engel, a senior member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, which has jurisdiction over the Medicaid program, applauded the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for reaching an agreement in principle with New York State on their pending Medicaid Redesign Team waiver.
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  • Rep. Engel: Women Want Equal Representation for Valentine's Day

    Congressman Eliot Engel, a Senior Member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee and the Ranking Member on the Foreign Affairs Committee, says he'd like to see a woman elected as President in 2016.
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  • Rep. Engel Speaks to Mexican Ambassador, Seeks Leads in Devert Case

    Washington, D.C. – Congressman Eliot Engel, the Ranking Member of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, spoke with the Mexican Ambassador to the United States yesterday as part of his efforts to help locate missing New Yorker Harry Devert. The conversation comes less than a week after Congressman Engel reached out to the U.S. Embassy in Mexico.
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  • Congressman Engel receives 93% LCV rating for environmental record

    Washington, D.C. – Congressman Eliot Engel, a senior member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, received a 93 percent score for his commitment to environmental issues from the League of Conservation Voters on their annual National Environmental Scorecard. The LCV has issued a scorecard every year since 1970.
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  • Congressman Engel, Senator Klein, Assemblyman Dinowitz and Councilmember Cohen to File Joint Amicus Brief Against LG Headquarters

    Local elected officials to file Amicus brief in support of appeal to decision upholding zoning code that allowed 143-foot LG Tower to be built
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  • House Passes H.Res. 447 Supporting the Democratic and European Aspirations of the People of Ukraine

    "The passage of this resolution shows that the United States House of Representatives stands with the people of Ukraine in their struggle for freedom and democracy."
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  • Congressman Engel Praises State of the City Address

    Says Mayor's Education Initiatives Would Help the Working, Middle Classes
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  • Engel Signs Bipartisan Letter to Kerry Urging NATO Enlargement

    "Support for these initiatives will encourage these nations to further pursue important democratic reforms and strengthen their commitment to partnering with Euro-Atlantic institutions, both of which are important to achieve our vision of a Europe whole, free, and at peace."
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  • Rep Engel: Jobs Report Shows Continued Progress, But UI Extension Still Needed

    Washington, D.C. – Congressman Eliot Engel (NY-16), a senior member of the Energy and Commerce Committee, says the latest jobs report shows the economy continues to pick up steam, but emphasizes the need to extend unemployment insurance for those still looking for work.
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  • Engel Opening Statement at Full Committee Hearing "Al-Qaeda's Resurgence in Iraq: A Threat to U.S. Interests"

    "The discussion today is important to understanding how we can encourage a political solution in Iraq that will give Sunnis a meaningful stake in the future of their country. This is the only viable way to build a safer future for Iraq, while helping to curb Iranian influence and hopefully reducing the violence in Syria."
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  • Engel Opening Statement at Full Committee Hearing "Al-Qaeda's Resurgence in Iraq: A Threat to U.S. Interests"

    "The discussion today is important to understanding how we can encourage a political solution in Iraq that will give Sunnis a meaningful stake in the future of their country. This is the only viable way to build a safer future for Iraq, while helping to curb Iranian influence and hopefully reducing the violence in Syria."
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  • House Foreign Affairs Committee Sends Best Wishes to U.S. Olympic Team

    Washington, D.C. – As U.S. Olympians begin arriving in Sochi, Russia for the 2014 Winter Olympics, U.S. Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA), Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, and U.S. Rep. Eliot Engel (D-NY), the Committee's Ranking Member, today released a bipartisan video in support of Team USA. In the video, Committee Members from across the nation send best wishes to the U.S. Olympic athletes and coaches who will represent the United States at the Winter Games set to begin Thursday.
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  • Snap Cuts Hurt the Most Vulnerable

    "While the Farm Bill the House considered today is a marked improvement from the original House bill, which cut $40 billion from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), the $8.5 billion in cuts to the program were simply unacceptable. The House Republican's fixation on cutting aid to the most needy was mitigated, but not eliminated in today's bill."
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  • Rep. Engel: Fair Pay Act A Start -- But More To Do

    Congressman Eliot Engel marked the fifth anniversary of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, which champions equal pay for women, by calling for swift passage of the Paycheck Fairness Act – legislation he co-sponsored – to end the wage gap between men and women doing the same job.
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  • Engel Opening Statements at Full Committee Markup of H.Res. 447 and H.R. 938

    Washington, D.C. – Rep. Eliot L. Engel, the senior Democratic member on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, delivered the below remarks, as prepared for delivery, at today's full committee markup of H.Res. 447 and H.R. 938
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  • Engel Reponds to State of the Union Speech

    "I agree with the President that it's long time for Congress to work together to strengthen working and middle class families."
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  • Engel Statement on Upcoming Salvadoran Presidential Elections

    "Congratulations to the people of El Salvador for their incredible achievements since the monstrous civil war that was still raging barely 20 years ago. They are poised once again to choose a new leader, and for another peaceful transfer of power."
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  • Engel Statement on Anti-Semitic Actions by Ukrainian Member of Parliament From Svoboda Party

    "I call on Svoboda's leadership to condemn this hateful action, distance themselves from similar acts in the future, and reaffirm their commitment to building a pluralistic, tolerant democracy within Europe."
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  • Engel Statement on Ukrainian Legislation Constraining Fundamental Rights and Civil Liberties

    "If allowed to stand, the legislation will constitute a setback to democracy in Ukraine and will only deepen the current political crisis. I therefore call on President Yanukovych to veto immediately these profoundly undemocratic measures."
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  • Engel Statement on Acceptance of Rabbi Weiss' Religious Credentials

    "While I am encouraged to see the decision concerning Rabbi Weiss resolved in a positive manner, I would note that the broader issue of how Diaspora Jewish communities and their religious leaders are recognized by Israeli state institutions remains largely unresolved."
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  • Engel Blasts GOP for Ignoring the Unemployed

    Washington, D.C. – Congressman Eliot Engel took to the House floor today to urge House GOP to extend unemployment insurance for the 1.3 million Americans who lost it when the extension expired on December 28, 2013. He said it was a failure of government to ignore those who are still recovering from the worst recession since the Great Depression. House Republicans, in mid-December, blocked an effort by Democrats to extend the program before the cut-off, when 137,315 New Yorkers lost their unemployment insurance.
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  • Engel Opening Statement, as Prepared for Delivery, at Full Committee Hearing: "South Sudan's Broken Promise?"

    "It is truly a tragedy to see a young country with such hope and promise descend into destructive chaos. I regret that we have to hold a hearing on how to prevent South Sudan from becoming a failed state rather than on its accomplishments since independence."
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  • Engel Statement on Russia's Refusal to Allow Radio Free Europe Journalist to Report from Moscow

    "This action can only be interpreted as an another blow to freedom of the press and independent journalism in Russia."
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  • Engel Statement on Passing of Former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon

    Washington, D.C. – Rep. Eliot L. Engel, the senior Democratic Member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, released the following statement regarding the passing of former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon.
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  • Engel Statement on Appointment of Deborah Birx as Ambassador at Large and Coordinator of United States Government Activities to Combat HIV/AIDS Globally

    Washington, D.C. – Rep. Eliot L. Engel, the senior Democratic Member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, released the following statement regarding the appointment by the President of Deborah Birx as Ambassador at Large and Coordinator of United States Government Activities to Combat HIV/AIDS Globally.
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  • Engel Pens Letter to Prime Minister Netanyahu Regarding Developments Between the Israeli Chief Rabbinate and the American Jewish Community

    Washington, D.C. – Rep. Eliot L. Engel, the senior Democratic Member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, today sent a letter to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu regarding the Chief Rabbinate's decision to unilaterally reject Jewish status letters written by his constituent, Rabbi Avraham Weiss of New York:
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  • Engel Statement on Dennis Rodman Trip to North Korea

    "As North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un continues to starve and oppress his citizens, it is unthinkable that a few fading celebrities would use such an opportunity to reward his brutal regime."
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  • Engel Statement on Violence in Cambodia

    "I strongly condemn the recent spate of violence in Cambodia, which has left three individuals dead and many more injured. I urge all sides to exercise maximum restraint, or risk allowing events to quickly spiral out of control."
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  • Engel Statement on Attack on Ukrainian Journalist

    "As I have said repeatedly, Ukraine's authorities must respect fundamental democratic principles of freedom of assembly and expression, and of freedom of the press. The government's response to the attacks on Ms. Chornovol and others is a litmus test of its commitment to uphold these principles."
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  • Bipartisan Congressional Leaders Call for End of Hostilities and Encourage Inclusive Political Dialogue in South Sudan

    Washington, D.C. – Today, a bipartisan and bicameral group of Congressional leaders expressed deep concern to South Sudan President Salva Kiir Mayardit about the growing ethnic violence and deteriorating security situation in the world's newest independent nation. The Congressional leaders called on all political leaders to cease hostilities and exercise restraint to prevent the violence from further escalating and emphasized the importance of an inclusive political dialogue.
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  • Engel Pens Letter to American Studies Association Regarding Israel Boycott, Offers Assistance in Identifying Countries with Human Rights Concerns

    "I believe such action by the ASA is another example of the unfair double standard Israel is regularly and unfairly subjected to by organizations such as yours."
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  • Co-Chairs of Albania and Serbia Caucuses Nominate EU, Serbia, and Kosovo Leaders for Nobel Peace Prize

    "In establishing his prize, Alfred Nobel sought to recognize individuals who overcame significant hurdles to build fraternity between nations. The Serbia-Kosovo agreement, in which formerly bitter adversaries put aside their differences for the sake of peace and a better future for their countries, exemplifies Alfred Nobel's vision."
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  • Engel Statement on Uganda Anti-Homosexuality Bill

    "To be clear, the passage of this legislation is a stain on the human rights record of Uganda, and appears to be part of a troubling trend of legislation intended to undermine basic human rights in that country."
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  • Engel Urges Extension of Unemployment Benefits

    Congressman Eliot Engel said today that 1.3 million Americans people will lose their federal unemployment insurance on Dec. 28, unless Congress acts to extend the program. House Republicans in mid-December blocked an effort by Democrats to extend the program before the cut-off, when 127,100 New Yorkers will lose their benefits and another 132,800 will them in the first half of 2014.
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  • Engel Introduces Bipartisan Resolution on Ukraine

    Washington, D.C. – Rep. Eliot L. Engel, the senior Democratic member on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, today introduced H. Res. 447, "Supporting the Democratic and European Aspirations of the People of Ukraine, and Their Right to Choose Their Own Future Free of Intimidation and Fear." The resolution calls on Ukrainian authorities to respect the democratic rights of the hundreds of thousands of Ukrainian citizens who continue to demonstrate in Kyiv and other Ukrainian cities in support of a democratic, European future for their country. It further states that the United States should hold those who authorize or engage in violence against peaceful protesters personally accountable, including through targeted sanctions, if necessary, and urges all parties to exercise restraint and enter into substantive dialogue to resolve the current political and economic crisis.
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  • Engel to Introduce Resolution on Ukraine Unrest

    "It is very important that Ukraine's authorities understand that the use of force against peaceful protesters will not be tolerated, and we should hold those who authorize or engage in such violence personally accountable – including through the use of individually targeted sanctions, if necessary."
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  • Engel: Grants help New Yorkers get affordable health insurance

    Congressman Eliot Engel announced $1.4 million in grants to 56 heath centers across New York State from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to expand programs to enroll people in health care plans under the Affordable Care Act.
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  • Bipartisan Letter sent to Bangladesh Prime Minister and Chairperson, Bangladesh Nationalist Party Urging Free and Fair Elections

    Washington, D.C. – Today, a bipartisan letter was sent to both Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and Bangladesh Nationalist Party Chairperson Begum Khaleda Zia, urging a free, fair, and credible election process.
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  • Cong. Eliot Engel questions NRC on Indian Point safety

    Congressman Eliot Engel used a joint subcommittee hearing on proposed legislation governing the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to raise the issue of safety at Indian Point with NRC Chairwoman Allison Macfarlane. Rep. Engel said the plant "has an operational history … plagued by irresponsible acts."
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  • Engel Remarks During Floor Debate of Assessing Progress in Haiti Act

    Washington, D.C. – Today, H.R. 3509, the Assessing Progress in Haiti Act of 2013, passed unanimously in the House of Representatives.
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  • Bipartisan Congressional Leaders Push to Increase Effectiveness of AGOA, Landmark Legislation to Boost U.S.-Africa Trade

    Washington, D.C. – Today, a group of bipartisan leaders from the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Senate Foreign Relations Committee, the House Ways and Means Committee and the Senate Finance Committee, sent a letter to the U.S. Comptroller General requesting a study to examine the effectiveness of the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) in an effort to better increase investment, trade and job growth between African countries and the United States.
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  • Cong. Eliot Engel says to renew unemployment insurance

    Congressman Eliot Engel said today the failure of the proposed budget agreement to include an extension of unemployment insurance could cause more than a quarter of a million long-term unemployed New Yorkers to lose their benefits by the end of this year or in the first half of 2014. The Emergency Unemployment Compensation program expires in less than three weeks. Now the only hope for its continuance is for Congress to pass new legislation to extend the bill.
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  • Engel Statement on Use of Riot Police Against Peaceful Protests in Kyiv

    "The authorities must understand they face a stark choice: either live up to their international commitments to respect democratic rights and enter into dialogue to resolve the current crisis, or face consequences if they resort to force."
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  • Engel Opening Statement for Full Committee Hearing "Afghanistan 2014: Year of Transition"

    "This transition will not be easy, and insurgents will challenge government control in parts of the country. The capabilities of the Afghan national security forces are improving, but the ANSF will need additional training and mentoring, which can only occur if the U.S.-Afghanistan Bilateral Security Agreement is finalized."
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  • ICYMI: Engel Opening Statement at Full Committee Hearing "The Iran Nuclear Deal: Does it Further U.S. National Security?"

    Washington D.C. – Watch Ranking Member Eliot Engel's opening statement from today's Full Committee hearing "The Iran Nuclear Deal: Does it Further U.S. National Security?" here.
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  • Engel Opening Statement at Full Committee Hearing "The Iran Nuclear Deal: Does it Further U.S. National Security?"

    "Now that we have an interim deal, we must focus with laser-like intensity on ensuring that any long-term agreement dismantles all Iranian nuclear infrastructure that could lead to a breakout capacity. Any deal which does not achieve that goal will be a devastating failure."
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  • House of Representatives to Consider Resolution Honoring Mandela's Life, Accomplishments, and Legacy

    Washington, D.C. – A bipartisan group of House Members today introduced a H.Res. 434, a resolution honoring the life, accomplishments and legacy of Nelson Mandela and expressing condolences on his passing.
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  • Engel Presses Kerry About Violence and Fundamental Freedoms in Ukraine

    "It is imperative that Ukraine's authorities scrupulously respect and uphold essential freedoms of assembly and expression. All parties must exercise restraint, avoid confrontation, and enter into dialogue."
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  • ENGEL: JOBS GROWTH SIGN OF CONTINUED RECOVERY

    Congressman Eliot Engel called the 203,000 jobs added to the economy in November, with an unemployment rate dropping to 7%, a good indication the economy is on the path to a sustainable recovery and the 44th consecutive month of job gains.
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  • Engel Statement on Passing of Nelson Mandela

    "Nelson Mandela was one of the great leaders of our time and his passing is a tremendous loss for the people of South Africa and the entire international community."
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  • Cong. Eliot Engel bill to fight HIV-AIDS becomes law

    Rep. Eliot L. Engel, a senior Democrat on the House Energy and Commerce Committee's Subcommittee on Health, praised the enactment of his PEPFAR Stewardship and Oversight Act of 2013, which was signed into law by President Obama, saying the bill "signals the continued commitment of the United States to preventing, treating, and ultimately ending the scourge of HIV/AIDS around the world."
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  • Cong. Eliot Engel statement on swastikas Seton Park

    "There is no place in Riverdale, or anywhere, for these offensive symbols of a hateful and lethal ideology that shamed the world. I don't know what kind of demented individual or individuals would do such a thing. It is reassuring that the Police Department has referred this to the Hate Crimes unit. I ask anyone who may have seen something to call the police immediately with all information. This abominable behavior can not be tolerated and those responsible must be made to account for their actions."
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  • Engel Statement on Becoming Chair of the International Council of Jewish Parliamentarians

    "The ICJP represents Jewish parliamentarian from all over the world, and today's meeting represents an important opportunity for Congress to hear from a broad array of Jewish voices on issues of mutual concern."
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  • Cong. Eliot Engel addressed the House on Metro North tragedy, today will lead a moment of silence for victims

    Today Rep. Engel, joined by Representatives Nita Lowey and Sean Maloney, will lead a moment of silence in the House of Representatives to honor the victims of Sunday's Metro North accident. Congressman Eliot Engel spoke on the floor of the House of Representatives Monday about the Metro North tragedy in which four people died and more than 60 were injured, some critically. (see youtube above)
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  • Engel Statement on Fourth Anniversary of Incarceration of Alan Gross by Cuba

    "I urge the Obama Administration and the international community to redouble their efforts and seek new ways to bring Alan home and reunite him with his family."
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  • Statement from Congressman Eliot Engel on the Metro North rail crash

    "I send my thoughts and prayers to the families of those lost and injured this morning. I am calling on the National Transportation Safety Board to respond immediately and quickly determine the cause of this horrific accident. I will work to ensure that whatever federal assistance is needed is provided as soon as possible."
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  • Engel Statement on the signing into law of The PEPFAR Stewardship and Oversight Act of 2013

    "PEPFAR started as, and remains, the largest commitment by any individual country in the world to combat a single disease internationally"
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  • Engel Statement on Ukraine Protests

    "Violence against peaceful protestors is unacceptable, and it is imperative that Ukraine's authorities respect and uphold fundamental rights, including freedom of speech and assembly."
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  • Engel: End Food Stamp Cuts

    At a time when Americans celebrate a land of plenty, Congressman Eliot Engel today called for the reversal of the recent cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) calling the program essential for helping working people below the poverty line.
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  • Cong. Eliot Engel praises huge saving in prescription drug program

    Congressman Eliot Engel applauded today's announcement that Medicare recipients have saved $8.9 billion nationwide, including almost $670 million in New York State alone, on prescription drugs as a result of the provisions slowly closing the Medicare Part D donut hole which were included in the Affordable Care Act.
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  • Engel Statement on Loya Jirga's Approval of U.S.-Afghan Bilateral Security Agreement

    "The future of the U.S.-Afghan relationship is being placed at risk by these needless theatrics. I urge President Karzai to heed the Jirga's recommendations and sign the Bilateral Security Agreement without further delay."
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  • Engel Statement on Reports of a Delayed Signing of the U.S.-Afghanistan Bilateral Security Agreement

    "Not finalizing the agreement under the timeline as previously agreed would be a disservice to the Afghan people, and would undermine Afghan and international security."
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  • Engel Statement on Interim Deal Reached Between P5+1 and Iran

    "While I am concerned that this interim agreement does not require Iran to completely halt its enrichment efforts or dismantle its centrifuges, I hope that over the next six months, Iran takes the necessary steps to finally end its quest for a nuclear weapons capability."
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  • Cong. Eliot Engel introduces Minority Diabetes Initiative Act

    This November, to coincide with National Diabetes Month, Congressman Eliot Engel is cosponsoring the Minorities Diabetes Initiative Act (HR 3591) which would provide grants to physicians, community based organizations, and other health care providers for the prevention, care, and treatment of diabetes in minority communities.
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  • Engel Statement on Ukraine Suspending EU Association Agreement Negotiations

    "Ukraine already has made considerable progress, and it will be truly unfortunate if the Ukrainian authorities succumb to outside pressure and turn their backs on a partnership which so clearly benefits Ukraine and the wider region."
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  • ICYMI: NY Times - Typhoon Reignites Debate Over How U.S. Supplies Food Aid

    "Buying food locally when it makes sense, like in this case, is cheaper and faster."
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  • Engel Statement on Georgia's European Future

    "At the end of November, Georgia is set to initial a historic agreement with the EU which will help to strengthen democratic institutions, spur economic growth, and bolster the rule of law."
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  • Ranking Member Engel Helps Introduce Bipartisan International Violence Against Women Act

    "It's clear to me that we need a coherent strategy for ensuring that our diplomatic and development efforts are more focused on preventing gender-based violence."
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  • Cong. Eliot Engel meets AP Government students from Mamaroneck High School on 11/14/13

    A group of 86 AP Government students and teachers from Mamaroneck High School visited Capitol Hill and met with Congressman Eliot Engel (11/14) on the Capitol steps. Rep. Engel spoke to the group for about 20 minutes, answering their questions on government. The visit was part of the Close Up Foundation Program which seeks to educate students by providing them with the experience to become active citizens in our democracy.
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  • Engel resolution on Eastern Partnership approved unanimously by House Foreign Affairs Committee

    "Moscow must know that its counterproductive, zero-sum approach is not going to prevent aspirant Eastern Partnership members from exercising their sovereign rights."
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  • Engel Op-Ed on Eastern Partnership

    "By clearly expressing our support as well as our expectations, we will help to make the region more democratic, prosperous and secure, and move one step closer to realizing the vision of a Europe whole, free and at peace."
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  • Engel Floor Remarks on S. 1545 – The PEPFAR Stewardship and Oversight Act of 2013

    "At this critical juncture, the PEPFAR Stewardship and Oversight Act is an important demonstration of our ongoing, bipartisan support for the fight against HIV/AIDS."
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  • ENGEL'S OFFICE COLLECTING TOYS FOR HOMELESS CHILDREN

    Congressman Eliot Engel's office at 3655 Johnson Avenue will collect toys for the homeless boys and girls as part of a drive by the Coalition for the Homeless to get toys to children in the City's homeless shelters for the holidays.
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  • Chairman Royce, Ranking Member Engel Introduce Resolution to Express Support for Philippines Typhoon Victims

    Washington D.C. - U.S. Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA), Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, and Rep. Eliot Engel (D-NY), the Committee's ranking member, introduced H.Res. 404, a resolution that expresses deep sympathy and support to the people of the Philippines for the terrible loss of life and massive destruction as a result of Typhoon Haiyan, which landed on November 8, 2013.
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  • Chairman Royce, Ranking Member Engel Introduce Resolution to Express Support for Philippines Typhoon Victims

    Washington D.C. - U.S. Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA), Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, and Rep. Eliot Engel (D-NY), the Committee's ranking member, introduced H.Res. 404, a resolution that expresses deep sympathy and support to the people of the Philippines for the terrible loss of life and massive destruction as a result of Typhoon Haiyan, which landed on November 8, 2013.
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  • Engel Introduces Bipartisan Resolution Regarding Eastern European Nations Seeking Deeper Ties with EU

    "This resolution makes clear that aspirant Eastern Partnership members must be allowed to exercise their sovereign rights."
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  • Engel Speech at Council of Americas on Upcoming Elections in Central America

    "But by words and deeds, the burden is on us to actually persuade our Central American friends that we do not have a finger on the electoral scale, and that we will work with whoever is elected."
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  • Engel Opening Statement at Full Committee Hearing "Examining Nuclear Negotiations: Iran After Rouhani's First 100 Days"

    "But the biggest threat, by far, is Iran's continuing effort to develop a nuclear weapons capability. Many experts believe that Iran is approximately one year away from acquiring this capability, and we must do everything possible to prevent that from happening."
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  • Cong. Eliot Engel at Kristallnacht commemoration

    Congressman Eliot Engel with Bettina Graf at the 75th remembrance of Kristallnacht at New Rochelle Beth El Synagogue Sunday. Ms. Graf witnessed firsthand the horror and destruction of the Nazi Pogrom on Jews and Jewish property. Rep. Engel read a description of the Nazi rioting that killed 96 Jews, had 30,000 sent to the camps, and burned down more than 1,000 synagogues. Jews, he said, must be ever vigilant against the rise of anti-Semitism, which is growing in Europe. He also spoke of his worry about Iran over nuclear weapons, saying that Holocaust-denying country does not have a 'right' to enrichment of uranium and must stop, and roll back, its nuclear program.
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  • Bronx street sign upside down

    This alternate side street parking sign apparently was put on at night when the installer couldn't see it was upside down. Congressman Eliot Engel saw the sign on the east side of Broadway outside the Memorial Grove in Van Cortlandt Park after attending a veterans memorial ceremony there Sunday. He wrote to the Department of Transportation asking them to fix the sign.
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  • Rep. Eliot Engel at ALS dinner on November 8, 2013

    Congressman Eliot Engel pictured with the display at the annual ALS dinner Thursday telling of the Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis registry, which was established by Rep. Engel's 2008 legislation. ALS, called Lou Gehrig's Disease, is a fatal, progressive neurodegenerative disease affecting the brain and spinal cord. Approximately 5,600 people in the U.S. are diagnosed with ALS each year, and it is estimated that as many as 30,000 Americans have the disease at any given time. The average life expectancy for a person with ALS is 2 to 5 years from the time of diagnosis. Rep. Engel said, "With a national patient registry to collect information on ALS, we will be able to amass needed data for ALS research, disease management and the development of care standards to help find a treatment and cure for ALS."
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  • Engel Statement on Devastation Caused by Typhoon Haiyan

    Washington D.C. – Ranking Member Eliot L. Engel, the senior Democratic member on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, released the following statement on the devastation caused by Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines.
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  • Cong. Eliot Engel at Food Bank

    Congressman Eliot Engel at Food Bank NYC with (l) Katy Flint Coppinger, Senior Director of Development for the Food Bank for Westchester, and (r) Margarette Purvis, President and CEO of Food Bank for New York City. Rep. Engel was at the New York Anti-Hunger Roundtable Friday at Hunts Point to discuss the impact of cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) on New York, and how to protect and strengthen anti-hunger resources.
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  • Engel Statement on Iran Nuclear Talks

    Washington D.C. – Ranking Member Eliot Engel, the senior Democratic member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, released the following statement regarding reports that negotiators may soon finalize the parameters of an interim agreement regarding Iran's nuclear program.
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  • Engel, Serrano Call for End to SNAP Cuts

    Congressman Eliot Engel, joined by Congressman Jose Serrano, today called for the reversal of the cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) at the Food Bank for New York City, saying these necessary benefits must be preserved.
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  • CONGRESSMAN ENGEL SPEAKS AT MONTEFIORE

    Congressman Eliot Engel (at mike) speaks at the ownership transfer of Sound Shore Hospital to Montefiore Medical Center, congratulating Dr. Steven Sayfer, (to his right) President and CEO of MMC, on the successful integration of Sound Shore and Mount Vernon Hospitals into MMC. Also at the ceremonies Wednesday were (l-r) Ivar Hyden, New Rochelle City Council, Dr. Sayfer, State Senator Ruth Hassell-Thompson, Rep. Engel, State Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins, and Jared Rice, New Rochelle City Council.
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  • PRESIDENT OBAMA RECOGNIZES CONGRESSMAN ENGEL'S WORK REGARDING THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT

    See below for President Obama's remarks to ACA Coalition Partners and Supporters, and at an Organizing for Action Event on November 4, 2013.
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  • Engel Statement on M23 Congo Rebel Group Ending Rebellion

    Washington D.C. – Ranking Member Eliot Engel, the senior Democratic member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, released the following statement regarding the decision by M23, a rebel group in the Democratic Republic of Congo, to lay down its arms.
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  • Engel Statement on New Social Media Initiative

    Washington D.C. – Ranking Member Eliot Engel, the senior Democratic member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, released the following statement regarding his new social media initiative, #AskEngel, which the Committee on Foreign Affairs will debut today at noon via Twitter.
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  • Engel Statement on Kosovo Municipal Elections

    Washington D.C. – Ranking Member Eliot Engel, the senior Democratic member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, released the following statement regarding Kosovo's recent municipal elections.
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  • Cong. Eliot Engel presents awards at Yonkers Historical Society Sunday

    Congressman Eliot Engel presented Certificates of Achievement at the Yonkers Historical Society annual awards brunch Sunday. (l-r) Bayardo Villegas, manager of the Shop Rite Supermarket, was given the Corporate Leader Award; Declan Hoar, a senior at Sacred Heart High School, received the Volunteer of the Year Award; Mina Crasson, a Trustee of the Society, received the 2013 Key to History Award; Anne Kakos, a member of the World War II Cadet Nurse Corps, received the Special Recognition Award; Cong. Engel; and Mary M. Hoar, president of the Yonkers Historical Society.
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  • ENGEL: SOCIAL SECURITY COLA TO RISE 1.5% IN 2014

    Calls formula unfair to seniors
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  • ENGEL: TAPPAN ZEE BRIDGE LOAN THE RIGHT THING TO DO

    Congressman Eliot Engel called the U.S. Department of Transportation loan to build the Tappan Zee Bridge a positive benefit for the area, for the regional economy, and for the people of the Hudson Valley and New England.
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  • MCDERMOTT, ENGEL, AND TEN SENATORS AND REPRESENTATIVES SEND AMICUS BRIEF TO SUPPORT TRANSPARENCY AROUND CONFLICT MINERALS

    "The U.S. consumer should be proud that the companies they support are working to improve human rights around the world, not undermine them."
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  • ENGEL: GRANTS AVAILABLE FOR DISASTER RELIEF PROGRAMS

    Congressman Eliot Engel announced that competitive grants from $250,000 to $5 million will be awarded to projects that assess, restore, enhance or create wetlands, beaches and other natural systems. The grants are designed to better protect communities, as well as fish and wildlife species and habitats, from the impacts of future storms and other naturally occurring events.
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  • ENGEL: MEDICARE PART B PREMIUMS STAYING THE SAME FOR 2014

    Congressman Eliot Engel said that the Medicare Part B standard premium will be $104.90 in 2014, the same as in 2013. In addition, the Part B deductible for 2014 will remain the same at $147.
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  • ENGEL PENS POLITICO OP-ED ON FOOD AID

    "When it comes to global hunger, Americans have had the right idea. We want to feed the hungry, and since 1954, the Food for Peace program has fed more than a billion people around the world. However, this program is now in urgent need of modernization."
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  • ENGEL CALLS FOOD STAMP CUTS A 'MORAL OUTRAGE'

    "I strongly oppose cuts to SNAP, and find it a moral outrage we would consider gutting this program when so many Americans are still recovering from the effects of the worst recession in generations."
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  • ENGEL: REPUBLICANS ON THE WRONG SIDE OF HISTORY

    Congressman Eliot Engel told Republicans, at a hearing on the flawed rollout of the Affordable Care Act today, they were "on the wrong side of history," and were hypocritical in complaining about people unable to sign up for insurance after fighting the law since its enactment.
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  • ENGEL STATEMENT ON MEETING WITH IRAQ PRIME MINISTER NOURI AL-MALIKI

    "I expressed my support for Iraq in its fight against al-Qaeda, and urged the Prime Minister to reduce sectarian tensions by taking steps to address the grievances of Iraq's Sunni population."
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  • ENGEL REMARKS FOLLOWING FIRST MEETING OF FARM BILL CONFERENCE COMMITTEE

    "I strongly oppose cuts to SNAP, and find it a moral outrage that we would consider gutting this program when so many Americans are still recovering from the effects of the worst recession in generations." "The bottom line is that these artificial restrictions on our ability to respond to humanitarian emergencies must be reformed to make our programs more flexible and efficient."
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  • CONGRESSMAN ENGEL WELCOMES THE NEW ISRAELI AMBASSADOR

    Congressman Eliot Engel welcomed the new Israeli Ambassador Ron Dermer in his Washington office Tuesday. The two had a productive meeting in which they discussed the threat of Iran's nuclear program and other issues important to the U.S.-Israel relationship. Rep. Engel said, "I anticipate working with Ambassador Dermer on the many issues involved in our relationship with America's closest ally in the Middle East." Ambassador Dermer was born in Miami, Florida, and moved to Israel in 1997. He has worked within Prime Minister Netanyahu's inner circle as a political adviser for the past four years. He replaces Ambassador Michael Oren.
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  • ENGEL OPENING STATEMENT AT FULL COMMITTEE HEARING "NEXT STEPS ON EGYPT POLICY"

    "During this fragile period we should be rebuilding partnerships in Egypt that enhance our bilateral relationship and support regional stability, and I hope the Administration will reconsider its decision to suspend most military aid to Egypt."
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  • ENGEL APPLAUDS U.S.-MEXICO TRANSNATIONAL FINANCIAL CRIMES AGREEMENT

    Washington D.C. – Ranking Member Eliot Engel, the senior Democratic Member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, hailed the signing by U.S. and Mexican officials of an agreement to combat illicit transnational financial networks.
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  • ENGEL FRUSTRATED BY HEALTH CARE WEBSITE DELAYS BUT PRAISES LAW

    The Energy and Commerce Committee, of which Congressman Eliot Engel is a senior member, Thursday heard testimony from some of the website contractors on the problems faced by people using the federal exchange website, healthcare.gov, to sign up for health
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  • ENGEL: BAD AIR CAUSES CANCER AS WELL AS ASTHMA AND HEART PROBLEMS

    Congressman Eliot Engel said that polluted air has been officially classified as carcinogenic by the International Agency for Research on Cancer which reported that it is laced with cancer-causing substances.
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  • ENGEL REMARKS ON IRAN AT JEWISH COMMUNITY RELATIONS COUNCIL PANEL

    Washington D.C. – Ranking Member Eliot Engel, the senior Democratic member on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, made the following remarks at a Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) panel regarding Iran's nuclear weapons program.
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  • ENGEL REMARKS ON COMMITTEE MEETING WITH PAKISTAN PRIME MINISTER

    Washington D.C. – Ranking Member Eliot Engel, the senior Democratic member on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, released the following statement on today's Committee meeting with Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.
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  • ENGEL ANNOUNCES $1.25 MILLION GRANT FOR MT. VERNON SCHOOLS

    Congressman Eliot Engel announced the awarding of a $1,250,749 Department of Education grant for the Mount Vernon Art in Education Development Program to integrate arts education into the curricula and strengthen arts instruction in grades 1-6.
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  • CONGRESSMAN ENGEL AT THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT AND NYS HEALTH EXCHANGE FORUM (PHOTOS)

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  • ENGEL OPEN FUEL STANDARDS FOR CARS ENDORSED BY U.S. ENERGY SECURITY COUNCIL ON 40TH ANNIVERSARY OF OIL EMBARGO

    Congressman Eliot Engel's legislation, the Open Fuel Standard Act (H.R. 2493), to require a growing percentage of new cars to operate on nonpetroleum fuels, as well as or instead of petroleum based fuels, was endorsed by the United States Energy Secur
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  • REP. ENGEL ON BUDGET AGREEMENT

    I congratulate my colleagues on coming to an agreement to reopen the government, and stave off the default crisis. However this is no way to run a government. We cannot lurch from crisis to crisis, holding our economy hostage and shutting down our govern
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  • REP. ENGEL NAMED CONFEREE ON FARM BILL: Will negotiate on Farm Bill with Senate

    Congressman Eliot Engel was named as a conferee to the Farm Bill Conference Committee, which will work out a compromise Farm Bill with the Senate. Both bodies passed differing bills, so conferees, as they are called, from both houses will negotiate the co
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  • ENGEL: DEFAULT WILL PAIN NEW YORKERS

    Congressman Eliot Engel said if Republicans drive the United States into default, Americans will suffer grave consequences including losses in retirement accounts, higher mortgage costs, Social Security checks and pensions for disabled veterans halted, an
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  • ENGEL OPENING STATEMENT AT FULL COMMITTEE MARKUP OF H.R. 3212, THE SEAN AND DAVID GOLDMAN INTERNATIONAL CHILD ABDUCTION PREVENTION AND RETURN ACT OF 2013

    Washington D.C. – U.S. Rep. Eliot L. Engel, the senior Democrat on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, delivered the below remarks, as prepared for delivery, at today's Full Committee markup of H.R. 3212, the Sean and David Goldman Internationa
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  • GOVERNMENT CLOSURE HARMING SMALL BUSINESSES

    Congressman Eliot Engel warned the closure of the federal government was harming small businesses throughout the country, as well as in his Congressional District. Last year the Small Business Administration approved an average of $126,417 in loans a day
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  • ENGEL STATEMENT ON REPORTED SUSPENSION OF MILITARY AID TO EGYPT

    Washington D.C. – Congressman Eliot Engel, the Senior Democratic Member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, released the following statement regarding the Administration's reported decision to suspend military aid to Egypt.
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  • ENGEL OPENING STATEMENT FOR FULL COMMITTEE HEARING "HAITI: IS U.S. AID EFFECTIVE?"

    Washington D.C. – Congressman Eliot Engel, the Senior Democratic Member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, delivered the following statement, as prepared for delivery, at the Full Committee hearing "Haiti: Is U.S. Aid Effective?"
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  • CONG. ENGEL TO OBAMA: USE 14TH AMENDMENT TO END DEBT CRISIS

    "President Obama can end our national debt crisis by invoking the 14th Amendment, and instruct the Department of the Treasury to issue whatever instruments are needed to prevent the country from defaulting on our legitimate debts and ruining our economy.
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  • CONG. ELIOT ENGEL MEETS WITH MAMARONECK SUPERVISOR NANCY SELIGSON

    Congressional Eliot Engel met with Mamaroneck Town Supervisor Nancy Seligson to discuss the importance of continuing the recovery from Hurricane Sandy, of federal funding in protecting Long Island Sound, and other environmental issues. Rep. Engel said, "A
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  • ENGEL STATEMENT ON PROPOSED EUROPEAN CIRCUMCISION BAN

    Washington D.C. – Congressman Eliot Engel, the Senior Democratic Member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, released the following statement regarding the passage of a resolution by the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe urging the
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  • ENGEL OPENING STATEMENT FOR FULL COMMITTEE HEARING "AL-SHABAAB: HOW GREAT A THREAT?"

    Washington D.C. – Congressman Eliot Engel, the Senior Democratic Member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, delivered the following statement, as prepared for delivery, at the Full Committee hearing "Al Shabaab: How Great a Threat?"
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  • ENGEL HAILS PASSAGE OF LEGISLATION EXTENDING EMERGENCY VISAS FOR IRAQIS EMPLOYED BY U.S. DURING IRAQ WAR

    Washington D.C. – Congressman Eliot Engel, the Senior Democratic Member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, praised the swift passage of legislation extending emergency visas for Iraqis employed by the United States during the Iraq War.
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  • ENGEL ELATED AS ‘OBAMACARE' A HIT IN NYS - But 2.5 million ‘hits' overwhelm system

    The New York State Healthcare Exchange website, New York State of Health, received 2.5 million ‘hits' when it opened this morning to register New Yorkers for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act. So many ‘hits' in such a short time over
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  • ENGEL STATEMENT ON VENEZUELAN PRESIDENT NICOLAS MADURO'S EXPULSION OF U.S. EMBASSY PERSONNEL

    Washington D.C. – Ranking Member Eliot Engel, the senior Democratic member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, released the following statement regarding Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro's expulsion of U.S. embassy personnel.
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  • ENGEL: RECKLESS GOP COULD WRECK ECONOMY

    Washington, DC – Congressman Engel (D-NY-16) issued the following statement in response to House Republican brinksmanship on the looming government shutdown. Rep. Engel is a senior Member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee and the top Democ
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  • The New York Botanical Garden's Greenmarket: Wednesdays now through November 27, 9 a.m.–3 p.m.

    Every Wednesday now through November 27, The New York Botanical Garden's Greenmarket provides affordable, locally grown produce along with fresh and nutritious baked goods and other specialty items. And, the market accepts EBT cards, FMNP, and WIC in
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  • HOUSE PASSES STATE DEPARTMENT AUTHORIZATION LEGISLATION FOCUSING ON EMBASSY SECURITY

    Washington D.C. – Today, the House of Representatives passed by a vote of 384 to 37 a bipartisan State Department authorization bill to improve security at U.S. embassies and diplomatic facilities around the world, H.R. 2848, the "Department of Stat
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  • REP. ENGEL SLAMS HOUSE GOP FANTASY TO END GOVERNMENT

    Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY-16) issued the following statement in response to the House Republican Majority's attempts to shutdown the federal government. The House GOP voted today to send back the Continuing Resolution to the Senate to further the
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  • REP. ENGEL, DEFENDING OBAMACARE, DRAWS SHOUTS ON HOUSE FLOOR

    Congressman Eliot Engel was half way through his remarks on the House floor defending the Affordable Care Act, and holding Republicans responsible for shutting down the government, when Republican members started heckling him.
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  • ENGEL STATEMENT ON OBAMA-ROUHANI CALL

    Washington D.C. – Ranking Member Eliot Engel, the senior Democratic member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, released the following statement regarding the phone call between President Barak Obama and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani.
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  • ENGEL HAILS SECURITY COUNCIL AGREEMENT ON SYRIA CHEMICAL WEAPONS

    Washington D.C. – Ranking Member Eliot Engel, the senior Democratic member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, released the following statement on a proposed United Nations Security Council resolution mandating the destruction of Assad's che
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  • ENGEL STATEMENT ON U.N. REPORT STATING CLIMATE CHANGE IS MAN-MADE

    Washington D.C. – Ranking Member Eliot Engel, the top Democrat on the House Foreign Affairs Committee and senior Member of the Energy and Commerce Committee, released the following statement on the recently released U.N. report stating that climate
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  • ENGEL STATEMENT ON U.N. REPORT STATING CLIMATE CHANGE IS MAN-MADE

    Washington D.C. – Ranking Member Eliot Engel, the top Democrat on the House Foreign Affairs Committee and senior Member of the Energy and Commerce Committee, released the following statement on the recently released U.N. report stating that climate
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  • ENGEL HAILS PASSAGE OF ORGANIZATION OF AMERICAN STATES REFORM LEGISLATION

    Washington D.C. – Ranking Member Eliot Engel, the senior Democratic member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, praised the Senate passage of the House-amended Organization of American States Revitalization and Reform Act of 2013 -- legislation i
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  • ENGEL BILL PROTECTING PRIVACY MIMICKED IN CITY COUNCIL

    Bronx -- Congressman Eliot Engel's federal bill to prevent employers from requiring access to employees and prospective employees social and networking media accounts is being taken up by the New York City Council.
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  • RANKING MEMBER ENGEL INTRODUCES LEGISLATION EXTENDING CRITICAL GLOBAL HIV/AIDS PROGRAMS

    Washington D.C. – Rep. Eliot Engel (D-NY), the senior Democrat on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, today introduced the PEPFAR Stewardship and Oversight Act. This legislation aims to extend critical PEPFAR and Global Fund authorities and streng
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  • ENGEL STATEMENT ON U.S. DECISION TO JOIN U.N. ARMS TRADE TREATY

    Washington D.C. – Congressman Eliot Engel, the senior Democratic Member on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, released the following statement in response to the U.S. decision to join the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty.
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  • ENGEL REACTION TO ROUHANI UN SPEECH

    Washington D.C. – Congressman Eliot Engel, the senior Democratic Member on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, released the following statement in reaction to Iranian President Hassan Rouhani's speech to the United Nations General Assembly:
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  • ENGEL STATEMENT ON TERRORIST ATTACK AT PAKISTANI CHURCH

    Washington D.C. – Congressman Eliot Engel, the senior Democratic Member on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, released the following statement on the terrorist attack at a Pakistani church in which 81 people were killed.
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  • CONG. ENGEL PRESENTS FREE MAC LAPTOPS TO STUDENTS AT MS142

    Congressman Eliot Engel presents free Mac laptops to 100 eighth grade students at John Philip Sousa Middle School (MS142) in ceremonies at the Baychester Avenue school Monday. The laptops were a gift from Facebook and the Hispanic Federation, a network of
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  • ENGEL: $4.264 MILLION IN HOUSING GRANTS FOR YONKERS

    Congressman Eliot Engel announced the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development is awarding $4,264,061 in grant money to Yonkers, to improve housing in the city and expand economic opportunities for low- and moderate-income residents.
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  • ENGEL STATEMENT ON THE AL-SHABAB ATTACK IN KENYA

    Washington D.C. – Congressman Eliot Engel, the senior Democratic Member on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, released the following statement on the terrorist attack at a shopping mall in Nairobi, Kenya.
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  • ENGEL STATEMENT ON REPORTS THAT PUTIN & ASSAD STALLING DISPOSAL OF SYRIA'S CHEMICAL WEAPONS ARSENAL

    Washington D.C. – Congressman Eliot Engel, the senior Democratic Member on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, released the following statement on reports that Vladimir Putin and Bashar al-Assad are stalling attempts at the United Nations to come t
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  • ENGEL: MORE POINTLESS ANTI-HEALTH CARE VOTES FROM HOUSE GOP

    Congressman Eliot Engel called the latest attempt by the House Republicans to do away with Obamacare its 42nd exercise in futility. Friday the Republican majority in the House passed a Continuing Resolution funding the government into the next Fiscal Year
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  • ENGEL: IT'S TIME TO ACT ON CLIMATE CHANGE

    Congressman Eliot Engel told a Congressional hearing that it was time to act on climate change because the science is undeniable. "I know that climate change is real," he told a hearing before the Energy and Power Subcommittee, "and I have seen the devast
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  • ENGEL URGES STATE DEPARTMENT ACTION TO COUNTER RUSSIAN ATTEMPTS TO INTIMIDATE EUROPEAN NEIGHBORS SEEKING CLOSER INTEGRATION WITH EUROPE

    Washington D.C. – Congressman Eliot Engel, the senior Democratic Member on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, sent a letter to Secretary Kerry urging the State Department to speak out strongly against Russian strong arm tactics aimed at its neighb
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  • ENGEL OPENING STATEMENT AT FULL COMMITTEE HEARING "BENGHAZI: WHERE IS THE STATE DEPARTMENT ACCOUNTABILITY?"

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  • ENGEL STATEMENT SUPPORTS OBAMA CALL FOR FISCAL SANITY

    "Over the past five years our economy has been growing and our unemployment rate decreasing. But these accomplishments could have been much greater if Republicans in Congress stopped their obsessive efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act, and instead a
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  • ENGEL STATEMENT ON UN SYRIA CHEMICAL WEAPONS REPORT

    Washington D.C. – Congressman Eliot Engel, the senior Democratic Member on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, released the following statement on the United Nations report on the use of chemical weapons in Syria.
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  • CONGRESSMAN ELIOT ENGEL ON ANNIVERSARY OF 9/11

    Today is another beautiful September morning, just like in 2001 when the sunshine was blotted out by the smoke from the World Trade Center. And while the wounds are slowly healing, we will always have the scars of that terrible day in America.
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  • ENGEL STATEMENT ON RUSSIAN ANTI-AIRCRAFT SALE TO IRAN

    Washington D.C. – Congressman Eliot Engel, the senior Democratic Member on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, released the following statement on Russia's sale of the S-300 anti-aircraft system to Iran.
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  • ENGEL REACTION TO PRESIDENT OBAMA'S ADDRESS TO THE NATION

    Washington D.C. – Congressman Eliot Engel, the senior Democratic Member on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, released the following statement reacting to the President's speech on Syria.
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  • REP. ENGEL AT WHITE HOUSE BRIEFING ON SYRIA

    Rep. Eliot Engel (D-NY-16), the Ranking Member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, was part of the briefing on the situation in Syria, as conducted at the White House by President Barack Obama. The meeting was for the leaders of both the House and Se
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  • ENGEL - UNEMPLOYMENT RATE DROPS TO LOWEST POINT SINCE 2008; BIPARTISAN ACTION NEEDED TO MAKE MORE PROGRESS

    Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY-16) said that the latest jobs report, the 42nd consecutive month of job creation, shows the economic recovery continues, but is still in need of bipartisan Congressional action to pass a jobs package helping the economy make
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  • REP. ENGEL ANNOUNCES GRANTS FOR REDUCING YOUTH SUBSTANCE ABUSE

    Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY-16) announced today that the Yonkers Coalition for Youth has been awarded a $125,000 grant to help young people deal with substance abuse. The grant is part of the Drug-Free Communities (DFC) Support Program, and was issued
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  • ENGEL OPENING STATEMENT AT FULL COMMITTEE HEARING "SYRIA: WEIGHING THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION'S RESPONSE"

    Washington, D.C. – Ranking Member Eliot Engel, the senior Democratic member on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, delivered the below remarks as prepared for delivery at today's Committee hearing, "Syria: Weighing the Obama Administration'
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  • ENGEL STATEMENT ON PRESIDENTIAL ADDRESS ON SYRIA

    New York – Ranking Member Eliot Engel, the senior Democratic member on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, released the following statement on President Obama's address on Syria.
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  • ENGEL READOUT ON WHITE HOUSE SYRIA CALL

    Washington D.C. – Ranking Member Eliot Engel, the senior Democratic member on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, released the following readout on a White House call regarding Syria.
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  • YONKERS TO RECEIVE OVER $1.6 MILLION IN FEMA GRANTS

    Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY-16) announced that the City of Yonkers will be receiving $1,612,116 in funding from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, through the Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA). The grant is for Hurricane Sandy r
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  • NEW ROCHELLE TO RECEIVE ALMOST $1.5 MILLION IN HOUSING GRANTS

    Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY-16) announced that the City of New Rochelle will be receiving $1,419,575 in funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The source of the grant comes from the Community Development Block Grants (CDBG),
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  • ENGEL STATEMENT ON RWANDA ACTIONS AT UN

    Washington D.C. – Ranking Member Eliot Engel, the senior Democratic member on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, released the following statement on Rwanda's actions to block United Nations sanctions against senior commanders of the M23 rebel
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  • REP. ENGEL URGES 9-11 VICTIMS TO SIGN UP FOR THE VICTIM COMPENSATION FUND

    Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY-16) wants all who have considered registering for the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund, to know the deadline for applying is rapidly approaching. Anyone who knew or had reason to know of physical harm or illness resul
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  • REP. ENGEL – HISTORY MADE AT THE LINCOLN MEMORIAL

    Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY-16) issued the following statement after joining with President Barack Obama and other leaders at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington DC today, as part of the 50th Anniversary of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s historic
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  • ENGEL STATEMENT ON BROADER STRATEGY IN SYRIA

    Washington D.C. – Ranking Member Eliot Engel, the senior Democratic member on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, released the following statement on a broader U.S. strategy in Syria.
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  • ENGEL STATEMENT ON RELEASE OF IAEA REPORT ON IRAN

    Washington D.C. – Ranking Member Eliot Engel, the senior Democratic member on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, released the following statement on the release of the International Atomic Energy Agency's most recent report regarding Iran'
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  • ENGEL STATEMENT ON CONSULTATION WITH SECRETARY KERRY

    Washington D.C. – Ranking Member Eliot Engel, the senior Democratic member on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, released the following statement regarding a consultation he had today with Secretary of State Kerry on Syria.
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  • ENGEL STATEMENT ON SECRETARY KERRY'S REMARKS ON SYRIA

    Washington D.C. – Ranking Member Eliot Engel, the senior Democratic member on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, released the following statement on remarks made today by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry regarding the use of chemical weapons in
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  • REP. ENGEL JOINS THOUSANDS ON THE NATIONAL MALL TO HONOR THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF DR. KING'S "I HAVE A DREAM" SPEECH

    Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY-16) issued the following statement after attending the 50th Anniversary of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s famous speech on the Lincoln Memorial steps in Washington DC, as part of the historic March on Washington in 196
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  • ENGEL STATEMENT ON PRESIDENT OBAMA'S RESPONSE TO REPORTED CHEMICAL WEAPONS ATTACK BY ASSAD

    Washington D.C. – Ranking Member Eliot Engel, the senior Democratic member on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, released the following statement on President Obama's response to reports that the Assad regime used chemical weapons against its
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  • ENGEL STATEMENT ON POSSIBLE CHEMICAL WEAPON USE IN SYRIA

    New York – Ranking Member Eliot Engel, the senior Democratic member on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, released the following statement regarding reports that the Assad regime in Syria again used chemical weapons.
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  • ENGEL STATEMENT ON DEMPSEY LETTER CONCERNING ADDITIONAL MILITARY OPTIONS IN SYRIA

    New York – Ranking Member Eliot Engel, the senior Democratic member on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, released the following statement upon receiving a reply from General Martin Dempsey to his letter dated August 5th, requesting further clarif
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  • RANKING MEMBER ENGEL STATEMENT ON EGYPT AID

    New York – Ranking Member Eliot Engel, the senior Democratic member on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, released the following statement regarding the Administration's review of the U.S.'s current Egypt aid policy.
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  • RANKING MEMBER ENGEL STATEMENT ON PRIME MINISTER ERDOGAN'S ACCUSATION OF ISRAELI ROLE IN RECENT EVENTS IN EGYPT

    New York – Ranking Member Eliot Engel, the senior Democratic member on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, released the following statement regarding today's accusation by Turkish Prime Minister Recep Erdogan that Israel has played a role in th
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  • RANKING MEMBER ENGEL STATEMENT ON RECENT VIOLENCE IN EGYPT

    Washington D.C. – Ranking Member Eliot Engel, the senior Democratic member on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, released the following statement on the recent violence in Egypt.
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  • ENGEL APPLAUDS PENTAGON'S EXTENSION OF PERSONNEL BENEFITS TO SAME-SEX MILITARY AND CIVILIAN COUPLES

    Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY-16) issued the following statement after the U.S. Department of Defense announced it plans to extend full personnel benefits to same-sex military and civilian couples. The benefits will become available by September 3, and a
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  • CONG. ELIOT ENGEL DENOUNCING PROPOSED OFFICE TOWER OVER PALISADES

    Congressman Eliot Engel Wednesday denounced a proposed office building that would rise high over the Palisades and ruining the view of these magnificent cliffs. Rep. Engel was joined by State Senator Jeffrey Klein and Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz at a n
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  • CONG. ENGEL ACCEPTING DONATIONS FOR HOMELESS SCHOOL CHILDREN IN ‘PROJECT: BACK TO SCHOOL'

    Congressman Eliot Engel is working with the Coalition for the Homeless to help the city's homeless children get ready for school by taking part in ‘Project: Back To School," a drive to collect school supplies for the more than 21,000 school age childr
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  • ROYCE, ENGEL, MENENDEZ, CORKER CALL FOR HUMAN RIGHTS IMPROVEMENT IN SOUTH SUDAN

    Washington, D.C. – Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA), Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, joined by Rep. Eliot Engel (D-NY), Ranking Member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Senator Menendez (D-NJ), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Com
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  • RANKING MEMBER ENGEL STATEMENT ON MEETING WITH TAIWANESE PRESIDENT MA YING-JEOU

    New York City – Ranking Member Eliot Engel, the senior Democratic member on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, released the following statement after meeting with Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou.
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  • ENGEL ADDRESSES THE U.S./INDIA POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE

    Engel addresses the U.S./India Political Action Committee (USINPAC) conference discussing regional cooperation in Afghanistan post 2014.
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  • ENGEL: CONGRESS MUST RESTORE THE VOTING RIGHTS ACT

    Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY-16) called today for legislation to restore the Voting Rights Act prior to the upcoming 2014 midterm elections in order to protect voters from discrimination, and ensure all Americans have full and equal access to the ballot
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  • CONGRESSMAN ELIOT ENGEL AT THE SUMMER READING BUDDIES PROGRAM

    Congressman Eliot Engel talks with some of his youngest constituents at the Yonkers Riverfront Library Wednesday at the Summer Reading Buddies Program where volunteers help elementary school children with their summer reading assignments. Last summer, mo
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  • RANKING MEMBER ENGEL STATEMENT ON WHITE HOUSE DECISION TO CANCEL MEETING WITH RUSSIAN PRESIDENT VLADIMIR PUTIN

    Washington, D.C. – Ranking Member Eliot Engel, the senior Democrat on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, released the following statement on the White House's decision to cancel a bilateral meeting with Russia President Vladimir Putin prior to
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  • REP. ENGEL – OPEN FUEL STANDARD WILL BOLSTER EPA'S RENEWABLE FUEL EFFORTS

    Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY-16) issued the following statement after the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released the final 2013 Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) requirements today. Under the program, oil-and-gas companies are required to blend biofu
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  • RANKING MEMBER ENGEL STATEMENT ON ELECTIONS IN ZIMBABWE

    Washington, D.C. – U.S. Representative Eliot Engel (D-NY), Ranking Member of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, issued the following statement on elections in Zimbabwe:
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  • RANKING MEMBER ENGEL STATEMENT ON SENTENCING OF THOSE ACCUSED OF ATTEMPTING TO OVERTHROW TURKISH GOVERNMENT

    Washington, D.C. – Ranking Member Eliot Engel, senior Democrat on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, sharply criticized the sentences handed down by a Turkish court today in a highly publicized case against those accused of attempting to overthrow
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  • RANKING MEMBER ENGEL LETTER TO CHAIRMAN OF JOINT CHIEFS OF STAFF GENERAL MARTIN DEMPSEY

    Washington, D.C. – Ranking Member Eliot Engel, the senior Democrat on the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, sent the following letter to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Martin Dempsey, requesting clarifications on possible U.S.
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  • ENGEL CALLS FOR EQUALITY IN FEDERAL BENEFITS

    Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY-16) wants equality in all federal benefits for every American – regardless of their sexual orientation. Rep. Engel is a co-sponsor of legislation expanding Social Security benefits for same-sex families.
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  • REP. ENGEL APPLAUDS FDA CLARIFICATION OF GLUTEN-FREE PRODUCTS

    Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY-16) applauded the announcement by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today clarifying what gluten-free products on the market actually entail. Rep. Engel is a senior member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, and
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  • REP. ENGEL CALLS FOR MORE ISSUES TO VOTE ON 40 TIMES

    Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY-16) voted against the latest House Republican attempt to repeal part of the landmark Affordable Care Act. The latest marked the 40th attempt by the House Republican Majority to repeal the law since they claimed the majority
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  • ENGEL ANNOUNCES $509,506 GRANT FOR YONKERS FD

    Congressman Eliot Engel announced the awarding of a $509,506 Department of Homeland Security grant to the Yonkers Fire Department that will allow the department to upgrade its communications and safety equipment.
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  • ENGEL - UNEMPLOYMENT RATE DROPS TO LOWEST POINT SINCE 2008; TIME TO REPLACE SEQUESTER

    Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY-16) said that the latest jobs report, the 41st consecutive month of job creation, is a continuing sign the economic recovery continues to gain momentum. The unemployment rate dropped to 7.4% - the lowest it has been since De
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  • RANKING MEMBER ENGEL ON SECRETARY KERRY'S ANNOUNCEMENT ON SAME-SEX SPOUSAL VISAS

    Washington, D.C. – Ranking Member Eliot Engel, the senior Democrat on the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, released the following statement on U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry's announcement that foreign national same-sex spouses will now
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  • RANKING MEMBER ENGEL ON RUSSIA GRANTING EDWARD SNOWDEN TEMPORARY ASYLUM

    Washington, D.C. – Ranking Member Eliot Engel, the senior Democrat on the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, released the following statement on Russia's decision to grant temporary asylum to Edward Snowden.
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  • CHAIRMAN ROYCE, RANKING MEMBER ENGEL APPLAUD HOUSE PASSAGE OF BIPARTISAN "NUCLEAR IRAN PREVENTION ACT"

    Washington, D.C. – Today, the House of Representatives passed by an overwhelming majority the bipartisan "Nuclear Iran Prevention Act," introduced by U.S. Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA), Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, and Rep. Eliot Engel (D
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  • REP. ENGEL MARKS MEDICARE/MEDICAID ANNIVERSARY BY SUPPORTING SGR REFORM BILL

    Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY-16) released the following statement marking the 48th anniversary of the creation of Medicare and Medicaid. Rep. Engel is a senior member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee Subcommittee on Health.
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  • REP. ENGEL – WESTCHESTER COUNTY TO RECEIVE NEARLY $2.5 MILLION IN SANDY RELIEF

    Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY-16) congratulated Westchester County for obtaining nearly $2.5 million in federal funding from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security/Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for strengthening the Yonkers Joint Wastewater
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  • REP. ENGEL DEMANDS STORM RECOVERY GRANTS FOR CO-OPS AND CONDOS

    Congressmen Eliot Engel (D-NY-16) will co-sponsor legislation to make it easier for condominiums and cooperatives to be eligible for Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Individual Assistance, and eliminating the cap on aid so that residents can hav
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  • RANKING MEMBER ENGEL STATEMENT ON RESUMPTION OF ISRAELI-PALESTINIAN PEACE TALKS

    Washington, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Eliot Engel, the senior Democrat on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, today released a statement on the resumption of peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians.
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  • CONGRESSMAN ENGEL PRESENTS TREASURY DEPARTMENT AWARD TO WORLD BANK

    Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY-16), the Ranking Member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, was invited by U.S. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew (a Riverdale resident) to present World Bank President Jim Kim with a Developmental Impact Award at the Treasury
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  • ENGEL AMENDMENT ON ALTERNATIVE FUELS INCLUDED IN DEFENSE APPROPRIATIONS BILL

    Congressman Eliot Engel's (D-NY-16) amendment requiring the use of alternative fuel vehicles by the U.S. Department of Defense, and related agencies, was adopted in the FY 2014 Department of Defense Appropriations bill. Earlier this year, the same am
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  • RANKING MEMBER ELIOT ENGEL'S STATEMENT ON STATE-FOREIGN OPERATIONS FUNDING

    Washington, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Eliot L. Engel, the top Democrat on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, released the following statement regarding the State-Foreign Operations Appropriations bill that passed the House Appropriations Committee.
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  • RANKING MEMBER ELIOT ENGEL'S BIPARTISAN EXPORT PROMOTION BILL PASSES COMMITTEE

    Washington, D.C. – H.R. 1409, the Export Promotion Reform Act, introduced by U.S. Rep. Eliot Engel, was approved unanimously today by the House Committee on Foreign Affairs. The legislation, featured in Minority Whip Steny Hoyer's ‘Make It In A
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  • RANKING MEMBER ELIOT ENGEL STATEMENT ON DC CIRCUIT COURT RULING ALLOWING STATE DEPARTMENT TO BAR JERUSALEM-BORN AMERICAN CITIZENS FROM LISTING "ISRAEL" AS THEIR COUNTRY

    Washington, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Eliot Engel, the senior Democrat on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, today criticized a ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia allowing the State Department to continue to refuse American ci
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  • RANKING MEMBER ELIOT ENGEL'S STATEMENT ON THE EUROPEAN UNION'S LISTING HEZBOLLAH'S MILITARY WING AS A TERRORIST GROUP

    Washington, D.C. – Washington, D.C. – Ranking Member Eliot Engel released the following statement on the European Union's decision to place Hezbollah's military wing on its terrorist list: The EU's decision to place Hezbollah&#
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  • ENGEL JOINS BIPARTISAN LATINO - JEWISH CONGRESSIONAL CAUCUS TO INTRODUCE PRINCIPLES FOR COMPREHENSIVE IMMIGRATION REFORM

    WASHINGTON, DC – Today, the Latino - Jewish Congressional (LJC) Caucus, a bipartisan group of Latino and Jewish members in the U.S. House of Representatives who work together on issues of common concern, are introducing five principles – inclu
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  • ENGEL TO MTA: RESTORE CO-OP CITY BUSES

    Congressman Eliot Engel demanded that the Metropolitan Transportation Authority restore the BX 26 and BX 28 bus lines to Co-op City as part of its service restoration plans. The 12-term congressman said: "I understand that the MTA is announcing plans t
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  • ENGEL VOTES AGAINST PARTISAN BILL TO CRIPPLE PUBLIC EDUCATION

    Congressman Eliot Engel's (D-NY-16) voted against the partisan House Republican bill that would make the outdated No Child Left Behind (NCLB) education policy even worse. Rep. Engel has long called for a rewrite of the nation's education policy,
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  • ENGEL INTRODUCES EMBASSY SECURITY AND ENHANCEMENT ACT

    Legislation Implements Security Recommendations of Benghazi Review Panel
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  • REP. ENGEL – NEW YORK HEALTH PREMIUMS TO BE HALVED IN 2014; BUT GOP STILL FIGHTS AFFORDABLE CARE ACT

    Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY-16) chastised the House Republicans for holding another politically charged vote on the Affordable Care Act – now up to 39 votes against the law – despite reports that New Yorkers will see a 50% reduction in premi
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  • ENGEL, MALONEY, AND LOWEY ANNOUNCE INVESTMENT TO HELP 700 HOMELESS VETERANS AND THEIR FAMILIES IN THE HUDSON VALLEY

    $2.4 Million in U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Funding Will Support Local Service Providers More Than 62,000 Veterans Homeless Each Night Elmsford, NY – Representatives Eliot Engel, Sean Patrick Maloney, and Nita Lowey today announced a
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  • ENGEL AMENDMENT ON ALTERNATIVE FUELS ACCEPTED INTO THE ENERGY AND WATER APPROPRIATIONS BILL

    Congressman Eliot Engel's (D-NY-16) amendment requiring the use of alternative fuel vehicles by the U.S. Department of Energy, and related agencies, was adopted in the FY 2014 Energy and Water Appropriations bill. Last month, the same amendment was i
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  • REP. ENGEL VOTES AGAINST SPLIT FARM BILL; CALLS EXCLUSION OF FOOD STAMPS "A SHAM"

    Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY-16) voted against the House GOP Leadership's passing of a watered down Farm Bill which omitted the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Historically, the SNAP program has been part of the Farm Bill – w
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  • CHAIRMAN ROYCE AND RANKING MEMBER ENGEL RELEASE JOINT STATEMENT ON ONGOING EVENTS IN EGYPT

    Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA), Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, and U.S. Rep. Eliot Engel (D-NY), the Committee's Ranking Member, released the following statement in response to ongoing events in Egypt
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  • ENGEL LAUDS REOPENING OF THE STATUE OF LIBERTY

    "It is appropriate that the Statue of Liberty, a symbol of our nation's freedom, should be reopened on July 4th, our nation's birthday. The gift to America from the people of France is known worldwide as a symbol of democracy. The Statue is openin
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  • RANKING MEMBER ELIOT ENGEL STATEMENT ON TURKISH DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER ATALAY'S ANTI-SEMITIC SLUR

    Washington, DC– U.S. Rep. Eliot L. Engel, the top Democrat on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, released the following statement regarding Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Besir Atalay's accusation that "diaspora Jews" are behind the recent prot
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  • ENGEL LAUDS CIVIL RIGHTS ACT ON ANNIVERSARY OF ITS SIGNING, BUT HE COUNSELS THERE IS MORE TO ACCOMPLISH

    "Forty nine years ago today President Lyndon Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to restart the process of ending the blight of segregation in the United States. The Act ended segregation in public places and banned employment discrimination on th
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  • ENGEL, GILLIBRAND AND NYC CONGRESSIONAL DELEGATION URGE HUD TO REFORM SANDY AID; ALLOWING CITY TO AID THOSE NOW INELIGIBLE

    Congressman Eliot Engel joined Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and the New York City Congressional delegation in urging Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Shaun Donovan to cut bureaucratic tape in the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG)
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  • ENGEL STATEMENT ON TACKLING INTERNATIONAL WILDLIFE CRIMES

    Washington, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Eliot Engel (D-NY), the top Democrat on the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, released the following statement after the President issued an executive order to combat the illegal trade in wildlife.
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  • REP. ENGEL AT NEW YORK'S GAY PRIDE PARADE

    Congressman Engel was one of only 67 Congress members to vote against the Defense of Marriage Act, a stand upheld by the Supreme Court in a ruling last week. He said when the Supreme Court ruled against DOMA, "In 1996, I voted against DOMA, and I was pro
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  • REP. ENGEL CHASTISES REPUBLICAN FAILURE TO STOP DOUBLING OF STUDENT LOAN RATES

    Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY-16) slammed House GOP Leadership for failing to work with Democrats in the House and Senate on a bipartisan solution to prevent a scheduled doubling of the interest rate on subsidized Stafford student loans. As a result, the
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  • ENGEL STATEMENT ON NOMINATION OF STATE DEPARTMENT INSPECTOR GENERAL

    Washington, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Eliot Engel (D-NY), the top Democrat on the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, released the following statement after the announcement that Steve Linick has been nominated to be the State Department Inspector General.
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  • REP. ENGEL APPLAUDS SENATE PASSAGE OF IMMIGRATION REFORM, CALLS ON HOUSE LEADERSHIP TO FOLLOW SUIT

    Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY-16) applauded the U.S. Senate for passing a bipartisan, comprehensive immigration reform plan today, and urged House leadership to do the same. Rep. Engel has supported comprehensive reform, with a path to citizenship, for m
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  • ENGEL STATEMENT ON ALBANIAN ELECTIONS

    Washington, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Eliot Engel (D-NY), the top Democrat on the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, released the following statement on the recent elections in Albania.
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  • REP. ENGEL SAYS SUPREME COURT RULINGS A LANDMARK DAY FOR EQUALITY

    Rep. Eliot Engel (D-NY-16) issued the following statement on the U.S. Supreme Court's decision affirming a lower court decision overturning the California law against same sex marriage. Rep. Engel is a long-time supporter of marriage equality in the
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  • REP. ENGEL – BIPARTISAN OPEN FUEL STANDARD BENEFITS TAXPAYERS, BOLSTER NATIONAL SECURITY

    Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY-16) and Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL-27) introduced the Open Fuel Standard Act (H.R. 2493) which would require 30 percent of new automobiles in 2016, 50 percent in 2017, and 50 percent in each subsequent year, to o
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  • HOUSE PANEL APPROVES ENGEL "JOBS THROUGH EXPORTS" BILL

    Washington, DC– Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY-16) had legislation approved today by a bipartisan voice vote by the House Foreign Affairs Committee Subcommittee on Trade. Rep. Engel is the top Democrat on the Foreign Affairs Committee. The "Export
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  • REP. ENGEL PRAISES THE LONG-OVERDUE REPEAL OF THE DEFENSE OF MARRIAGE ACT

    Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY-16) issued the following statement after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is unconstitutional. Rep. Engel was one of only 67 House Members to vote against the bill in 1996, and is on
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  • REP. ENGEL APPLAUDS OBAMA'S CARBON EMISSION ACTIONS

    Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY-16) applauded the actions taken today by President Barack Obama to reduce carbon pollution from the nation's power plants. Rep. Engel is a senior member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee.
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  • REP. ENGEL URGES BIPARTISAN ACTION ON VOTING RIGHTS IN LIGHT OF SCOTUS RULING

    Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY-16) is calling for immediate, bipartisan action in Congress to respond to the U.S. Supreme Court's 5-4 ruling along partisan lines to toss Section 4 of the 1965 Voting Rights Act. The Court said in the ruling that Congre
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  • ROYCE, ENGEL, AND ROS-LEHTINEN RELEASE GAO REPORT DOCUMENTING FAILINGS IN U.S. ASSISTANCE FOR HAITI RECONSTRUCTION

    Washington, DC– Today, Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA), Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Rep. Eliot Engel (D-NY), the Committee's Ranking Member, and Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), Chairman of the Subcommittee on the Middle East and North
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  • RANKING MEMBER ELIOT ENGEL URGES STRENGTHENING OF US-INDIA RELATIONSHIP IN HUFFINGTON POST OP-ED

    Washington, DC–U.S. Rep. Eliot Engel (NY-16), the top Democrat on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, published the following article in the Huffington Post today on the opportunity to strengthen US-Indian relations during Secretary Kerry's tri
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  • REP. ENGEL VOTES AGAINST THE LATEST HOUSE GOP ATTEMPT TO REGULATE CHOICE

    Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY-16) voted against the House Republican Leadership's legislation to ban abortions after 20 weeks. This legislation, he said, would greatly endanger the health of the mother. It would deny care to women in the most despera
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  • REP. ENGEL STILL SEEKS REASONABLE GUN CONTROL LEGISLATION

    Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY-16) was invited to the White House today to be part of Vice President Joseph Biden's public endorsement of continuing the fight towards achieving sensible and reasonable gun control legislation.
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  • RANKING MEMBER ELIOT ENGEL STATEMENT ON SECURITY TRANSITION IN AFGHANISTAN AND TALIBAN COMMITMENT TO PEACE TALKS

    Washington, DC– Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY-16), Ranking Democrat on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, issued the following statement on security transition in Afghanistan and the Taliban commitment to peace talks.
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  • RANKING MEMBER ELIOT ENGEL CELEBRATES THE 10TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE LIFE-SAVING PEPFAR PROGRAM

    Washington, DC–Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY-16), Ranking Democrat on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, issued the following statement in honor of the 10th anniversary of the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). To view Rep.
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  • REP. ENGEL SAYS STUDENT LOAN RATES MUST NOT BE PERMITTED TO DOUBLE

    Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY-16) is demanding support from House GOP Leadership to prevent the doubling of the interest rate on subsidized Stafford student loans on July 1. Rep. Engel joined Democratic colleagues in submitting a bill to freeze the inter
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  • RANKING MEMBER ELIOT ENGEL STATEMENT ON SYRIA USING CHEMICAL WEAPONS AGAINST ITS OWN PEOPLE

    Washington, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Eliot L. Engel, the top Democrat on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, issued the following statement after news that the Syrian regime used chemical weapons against its own populace.
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  • JOBS REPORT SHOWS MORE CONFIDENCE IN RECOVERY; MORE PEOPLE SEEKING WORK

    Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY-16) said that the May jobs report, the 39th consecutive month of job creation, is a promising sign that the economic recovery is gaining momentum. However, he cautioned that much work still needs to be done.
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  • REP. ENGEL RECEIVES FRIZIS AWARD FROM CYPRUS AND HELLENIC LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE

    Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY-16), the Ranking Member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, was honored at the 29th Annual Cyprus and Hellenic Leadership Conference with the prestigious Frizis Award. This honor is given annually to a prominent member o
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  • ENGEL AMENDMENT ON ALTERNATIVE FUELS ACCEPTED INTO THE HOMELAND SECURITY APPROPRIATIONS BILL

    Congressman Eliot Engel's (D-NY-16) amendment requiring the use of alternative fuel vehicles by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security was adopted in the FY 2014 Homeland Security Appropriations bill. Earlier in the week, the same amendment was inc
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  • ENGEL STATEMENT ON SUSAN RICE AS NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISOR

    Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY-16), the Ranking Member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, issued the following statement after President Barack Obama announced the resignation of National Security Advisor Tom Donilon, and the appointment of U.S. Ambas
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  • REP. ENGEL AMENDMENT ON ALTERNATIVE FUELS ACCEPTED INTO THE MILITARY CONSTRUCTION/VETERANS ADMINISTRATION APPROPRIATIONS BILL

    Congressman Eliot Engel's (D-NY-16) amendment requiring the use of alternative fuel vehicles by the U.S. Veterans Administration was adopted in the FY 2014 Military Construction/VA Appropriations bill.
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  • REP. ENGEL EARNS AWARD FROM HUMANE SOCIETY

    Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY-16) was presented with the Legislative Leader award Wednesday by the Humane Society of the United States for his support of animal protection legislation. The award was specifically for his leadership on strengthening enforc
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  • REP. ENGEL SUPPORTS EFFORTS TO PROTECT AND PRESERVE THE LONG ISLAND SOUND

    Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY-16) cosponsored the Long Island Sound Stewardship and Restoration Act to provide funds for cleanup, water quality, shoreline preservation and other critical environmental and conservation needs. The bill streamlines the auth
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  • REP. ENGEL MOCKS GOP'S MILLIONTH VOTE TO REPEAL HEALTH CARE LAW

    Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY-16) will vote against the latest House Republican repeal of the landmark Affordable Care Act. Speaker John Boehner said in a Politico report that this new vote to repeal is for the 30 new members of the GOP conference who di
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  • REP. ENGEL, DR. BURGESS INTRODUCE GESTATIONAL DIABETES ACT (GEDI) OF 2013

    In recognition of Mother's Day this Sunday, Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY-16) and Congressman Michael C. Burgess, M.D. (R-TX-26) introduced the Gestational Diabetes (GEDI) Act of 2013. According to the American Diabetes Association, up to 18 percent
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  • REP. ENGEL ANNOUNCES $100,000 TO RENOVATE SAINT PAUL'S CHURCH IN MOUNT VERNON

    Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY-16) announced today that the historic Saint Paul's Church and Cemetery in Mount Vernon will receive $100,000 from the U.S. Department of the Interior as part of the Disaster Relief Appropriations Act of 2013. The funds w
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  • REP. ENGEL CRITICIZES HOUSE GOP "PAY CHINA FIRST" AGENDA

    Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY-16) voted against the House GOP Majority's latest attempt to politicize the raising of the federal debt ceiling by voting to pay China first over any domestic expenditures for our infrastructure, our veterans, or our heal
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  • REP. ENGEL SLAMS GOP ATTEMPT TO DESTROY THE 40-HOUR WORK WEEK

    Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY-16) voted against what he called a "shameless attempt to destroy the 40-hour work week." House Republicans passed the Working Families Flexibility Act (H.R. 1406), which would encourage employers to demand longer hours by cu
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  • REP. ENGEL SAYS CO-OPS AND CONDOS ARE HOME AND MUST BE HELPED

    Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY-16) said that thousands of people who live in cooperatives and condominiums must not be excluded from vital Superstorm Sandy relief funds because of the type of home they live in.
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  • REP. ENGEL - CON EDISON BONUSES "AN INSULT" TO RATEPAYERS

    Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY-16) issued the following statement after the New York Post reported that four executives at Con Edison split $614,000 in bonuses – with CEO Kevin Burke receiving $315,400. The bonuses were awarded because of the "signi
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  • REP. ENGEL URGES PARTICIPATION IN NATIONAL PRESCRIPTION DRUG TAKE-BACK DAY - APRIL 27

    Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY-16) urged people to take part in National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, sponsored by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). It gives the public an opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their home
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  • REP. ENGEL INTRODUCES BILL PROTECTING CELL PHONE USERS

    Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY-16) has re-introduced legislation, the Cell Phone Theft Protection Act (H.R. 1730), to discourage cell phone theft by requiring wireless commercial services to cut off service to a stolen phone.
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  • REP. ENGEL STATEMENT ON BOSTON BOMBERS TARGETING NEW YORK CITY

    Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY-16) issued the following statement after it was reported today that the Boston Marathon bombers intended to come to New York City and detonate their remaining explosives in Times Square.
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  • REP. ENGEL BILL WOULD BETTER PREPARE FOR NUCLEAR DISASTER

    Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY-16) has re-introduced the Nuclear Disaster Preparedness Act, to ensure the Federal Government has a coherent nuclear disaster response plan. It would require the President put one Federal Agency in charge of coordinating the
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  • REP. ENGEL STATEMENT ON THE CANCELLATION OF FLEET WEEK 2013

    Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY-16) issued the following statement after Fleet Week 2013, scheduled for late May, was cancelled because of budget cuts resulting from the federal sequester.
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  • REP. ENGEL RE-INTRODUCES TWO BILLS TO PROMOTE SAFETY ON THE ROADS

    Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY-16) re-introduced two bills today aimed at reducing deaths and injuries due to distracted or impaired driving.
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  • REP. ELIOT ENGEL STATEMENT ON KOSOVA - SERBIA AGREEMENT

    U.S. Rep. Eliot L. Engel, the top Democratic on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, released the following statement regarding the landmark agreement achieved today between Kosova and Serbia to normalize ties.
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  • NATIONAL DAY OF SILENCE FIGHTS VIOLENCE AND DISCRIMINATION AGAINST LGBT YOUTH

    Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY) and Congressman David Cicilline (D-RI) applaud everyone who is taking part in this year's National Day of Silence on April 19.
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  • RANKING MEMBER ELIOT ENGEL OPENING STATEMENT & QUESTIONS AT HEARING FEATURING SECRETARY OF STATE KERRY

    U.S. Rep. Eliot L. Engel, the top Democratic on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, spoke at today's committee hearing, "Securing U.S. Interests Abroad: The FY 2014 Foreign Affairs Budget." Secretary of State John Kerry appeared before the committee
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  • REP. ENGEL CALLS FOR SUPPORT ON SOCIAL SECURITY "COLA" LEGISLATION

    Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY-16) urged his Congressional colleagues to support his Guaranteed 3% Cost of Living For Seniors Act, which would guarantee a minimum three percent increase annually in COLA for Social Security recipients. This year's COLA
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  • REP. ENGEL SLAMS INDIAN POINT EVACUATION PLAN

    Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY-16) repeated his call for the closure of Indian Point following the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) report calling the emergency evacuation plan inadequate to protect people within the 10-mile evacuation zone.
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  • REP. ENGEL CALLS FOR BIPARTISAN AGREEMENT FOR THE FEDERAL BUDGET

    Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY-16) repeated his call for a long-term, bipartisan agreement for the federal budget, and an end to the brinksmanship which has marred the fiscal debate since 2011.
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  • REP. ENGEL CALLS FOR EQUAL PAY FOR WOMEN

    Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY-16) is calling for swift passage of the Paycheck Fairness Act of 2013 – legislation he co-sponsored – to end the wage gap between men and women doing the same job.
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  • REP. ENGEL ANNOUNCES $2 MILLION GRANT FOR YONKERS SUPERSTORM SANDY CLEANUP

    Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY-16) announced today that the City of Yonkers was awarded a $2,062,270.19 grant from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
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  • REP. ENGEL ANNOUNCES OVER $100,000 IN HOMELAND SECURITY FIRE DEPARTMENT GRANTS FOR PELHAM MANOR

    Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY-16) announced the U.S. Department of Homeland Security is awarding $108,175 in grant money to the Village of Pelham Manor.
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  • REP. ENGEL SAYS WESTCHESTER "IMPACTED AND DISTRESSED" BY SUPERSTORM SANDY

    Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY-16) is urging the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to classify Westchester County as a region "most impacted and distressed" by Superstorm Sandy. This designation will enable the county to receive the p
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  • REP. ENGEL ANNOUNCES OVER $500,000 IN 'SAFER' GRANTS FOR LARCHMONT

    Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY-16) announced the U.S. Department of Homeland Security is awarding $519,744 in grant money to the Village of Larchmont.
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  • REP. ENGEL TO HUD: CLEAR UP SANDY FUNDING CONFUSION

    Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY-16) is urging the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to clarify the allocation of Superstorm Sandy funds for Westchester residents recovering from the aftermath of that storm.
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  • REP. ENGEL CALLS AGAIN FOR THE REPEAL OF THE DEFENSE OF MARRIAGE ACT

    Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY-16) issued the following statement on the day oral arguments were heard before the U.S. Supreme Court on the constitutionality of the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).
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  • REP. ENGEL APPLAUDS FEMA FOR EXTENDING THE SANDY FILING DEADLINE

    Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY-16) announced that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has approved a 15-day extension, for those affected by Hurricane Sandy, to apply for federal disaster assistance. Applications must be submitted by April 13.
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  • REP. ENGEL OPPOSES REPUBLICAN BUDGET; CALLS IT "DAMAGING TO OUR COUNTRY"

    Washington, DC--Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY-16) said the House Republican budget – which passed the House solely with Republican votes – would be "damaging to our country," and will thankfully never be adopted by the Senate.
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  • REPS. ENGEL & ISRAEL JOIN 19 BIPARTISAN MEMBERS TO CALL ON FEMA TO MAKE CO-OPS AND CONDOS ELIGIBLE FOR STORM RECOVERY GRANTS

    Today, Congressmen Eliot Engel (D-NY-16) and Steve Israel (D-NY-03), along with 19 bipartisan Members of Congress, called on the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to include co-op and condo owners among those eligible for disaster aid.
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  • STATEMENT FROM REP. ELIOT ENGEL ON ST. PATRICK'S DAY

    "I would like to wish everyone a Happy St. Patrick's Day, including warm greetings to my Irish and Irish-American friends. This annual demonstration of Irish pride throughout the tri-state area is truly inspiring, and I always enjoy participating in
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  • REP. ENGEL DISCUSSES ISRAEL/MIDDLE EAST POLICY WITH WHITE HOUSE

    Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY-16) met with Vice President Joseph Biden and White House staff this week to discuss President Barack Obama's upcoming trip to the Middle East, and his first visit as President to Israel. Rep. Engel is the Ranking Member
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  • REP. ENGEL RIPS "TONE DEAF" HOUSE REPUBLICAN BUDGET

    Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY-16) criticized the House Republican Budget plan as being "tone deaf" and "damaging to the county." This budget has no chance for adoption in the Senate. Rep. Engel has repeatedly called for a bipartisan, balanced approach t
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  • JOBS REPORT SHOWS RECOVERY IS GAINING STEAM; SEQUESTER CUTS ENDANGER PROGRESS

    Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY-16) said that the February jobs report, the 36th consecutive month of job creation, shows that the economy is beginning to gain momentum.
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  • REP. ENGEL VOTES AGAINST GOVERNMENT FUNDING BILL; URGES COMPROMISE

    Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY-16) voted against the House Republicans' Continuing Resolution to fund the government, which holds spending levels reflecting the cuts made in the 2011 Budget Control Act, from which we will see sequestration cuts to Medi
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  • REP. ENGEL STATEMENT ON THE PASSING OF VENEZUELAN PRESIDENT HUGO CHAVEZ

    Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY-16), the top Democrat on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, and a former Chairman of the Western Hemisphere subcommittee released the following statement regarding the passing of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez.
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  • REP. ENGEL VOTES TO PASS VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN ACT

    Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY-16) voted in favor of the Senate-passed, bipartisan, Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) which, due to inaction by the House Republican Leadership, expired at the beginning of 2013. Rep. Engel joined 60 Republicans in rejectin
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  • REP. ENGEL RIPS "STUPID" AUTOMATIC CUTS

    Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY-16) called the series of automatic budget cuts – known as sequestration – a "stupid" plan which will have an extremely negative impact on families and the nation.
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  • REP. ENGEL CALLS FOR MORE EARLY EDUCATION

    Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY-16) urged support for President Obama's initiative to make early education a nationwide priority, calling the early years of a child's life critical for building a strong foundation for a child's development.
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  • REP. ENGEL WANTS DISASTER AID FOR ALL VICTIMS OF SUPERSTORM SANDY

    Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY-16) co-sponsored legislation to provide federal disaster relief to places of worship which suffered from the devastation wrought by Superstorm Sandy in October. The bipartisan bill overwhelmingly passed the full House today
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  • REP. ENGEL CALLS FOR BIPARTISAN SOLUTIONS TO THE NATION'S ISSUES

    Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY-16) applauded President Barack Obama's State of the Union address and called for a bicameral, bipartisan effort to reach consensus on the various issues raised in the speech. Rep. Engel is the Ranking Member of the House
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  • REP. ENGEL ADDRESSES MANHATTAN COLLEGE ABOUT CHILD LABOR

    Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY-16) spoke at a Manhattan College event today regarding the Harkin-Engel Protocol, which was established in 2001 to seek the elimination of forced child labor in the growing and processing of cocoa beans. Over 200 people
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  • POST OFFICE CONTINUES PATH TO OBLIVION

    Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY-16) criticized the U.S. Postal Service plan to end Saturday delivery service by August, calling the move part of a program of eventual elimination of service by the Post Office. In recent months, the Postal Service has closed
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  • REPS. ENGEL, SCHAKOWSKY, GRIMM SEEK TO PROTECT ONLINE CONTENT

    Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY-16), Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky (D-IL-9), and Congressman Michael Grimm (R-NY-11) have re-introduced legislation to protect the users of social networking sites from having to divulge their personal information to employers
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  • ANOTHER POSITIVE JOBS REPORT; PROVES THE NEED TO AVOID HARMFUL SEQUESTRATION SPENDING CUTS

    Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY-16) said that the January jobs report, the 35th consecutive month of job creation, shows continued economic recovery, but cautioned that it can still be adversely affected by partisan rancor and the looming so-called sequestr
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  • REP. ENGEL - GUN VIOLENCE MUST BE STOPPED

    Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY-16) will be re-introducing legislation to ban the "Five-seveN" handgun when the House re-convenes next week. This handgun is a pistol capable of killing a police officer wearing a bullet-proof vest from over 200 meters away
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  • REP. ENGEL APPLAUDS OBAMA, SENATE PLANS FOR COMPREHENSIVE IMMIGRATION REFORM

    Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY-16) is encouraged by the comprehensive immigration reform plans unveiled by President Obama and by the bipartisan group of Senators known as the "Gang of Eight." Rep. Engel has supported comprehensive reform with a path to
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  • REP. ENGEL SLAMS CON EDISON FOR RATE INCREASE REQUEST

    Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY-16) ripped Con Edison's request for rate increases after their abysmal performance in restoring power in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. Close to a million customers in Westchester County and New York City lost power
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  • REP. ENGEL VOTES AGAINST REPUBLICAN DEBT CEILING SHENANIGANS

    Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY-16) voted against the so-called "No Budget, No Pay Act" which temporarily suspended the debt ceiling for three more months, but tied holding the vote today to having the Senate pass a budget, which would then allocate funds
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  • REP. ENGEL CALLS FOR IMMEDIATE SUPPORT TO PREVENT VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN

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  • RANKING MEMBER ELIOT ENGEL STATEMENT ON ELECTIONS IN ISRAEL

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  • REP. ENGEL URGES NEW YORKERS TO TAKE EXTRA CARE DURING FLU EPIDEMIC

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  • REP. ENGEL APPLAUDS OBAMA PLAN TO STEM GUN VIOLENCE

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  • REP. ENGEL VOTES AID TO SANDY VICTIMS; SCOLDS GOP FOR WAITING MONTHS TO VOTE

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  • REP. ENGEL STATEMENT ON NOMINATION OF RIVERDALE RESIDENT JACK LEW FOR TREASURY SECRETARY

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  • REP. ENGEL APPLAUDS SANDY AID VOTE; DEMANDS BIPARTISAN SUPPORT FOR THE REMAINDER OF THE FUNDS

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  • REP. ENGEL SAYS JOBS REPORT INDICATES NEED FOR FINANCIAL STABILITY, JOBS LEGISLATION

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  • REP. ENGEL SLAMS HOUSE GOP LEADERSHIP FOR NOT VOTING ON HURRICANE SANDY RELIEF

    Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY-17) issued the following statement after the House Republican leadership decided not to vote on any Hurricane Sandy relief legislation before adjourning. The Senate already passed a measure providing $60 billion to the affec
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  • REP. ENGEL SWORN IN TO SERVE 13TH TERM IN CONGRESS

    Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY-16) was sworn in as a member of the 113th Congress today, embarking upon his first day in representing the new 16th Congressional District incorporating parts of the Bronx and Westchester County.
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  • REP. ENGEL - "FISCAL CLIFF" AVOIDED; SOLUTION NOT PERFECT, BUT ACCEPTABLE

    Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY-17) voted in favor of the Senate-passed solution to the so-called "fiscal cliff," addressing the many tax rates which were due to increase at the end of 2012. The agreement also temporarily shuts off the "sequester" cuts to
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  • REP. ENGEL DEMANDS VOTE ON HURRICANE SANDY AID

    Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY-17) demanded the House Republican leadership schedule a vote immediately to provide badly-needed assistance to the millions of people affected by Hurricane Sandy. Rep. Engel called the decision by House leadership not to all
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  • REP. ENGEL SUPPORTS TAPPAN ZEE BRIDGE DESIGN PROPOSAL

    Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY-17) issued the following statement after the New York State Thruway Authority selected the Tappan Zee Constructors' proposal for a replacement Tappan Zee Bridge.
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  • ENGEL: NO THRUWAY TOLL INCREASE IS GOOD NEWS

    Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY-17) said Monday's decision by the New York State Thruway Authority to skip toll hikes for the next two years is good news. This decision shows the Authority responded to elected officials and drivers who criticized propo
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  • REP. ENGEL STATEMENT ON NEWTOWN, CT SCHOOL MASSACRE

    Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY-17) issued the following statement in response to the senseless murders in an elementary school in Newtown, CT.
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  • REP. ENGEL – POSITIVE JOBS GROWTH CONTINUES IN NOVEMBER

    Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY-17) hailed the 33rd consecutive month of job creation following the U.S. Department of Labor reporting an increase of 146,000 jobs in November. The unemployment rate dropped to the lowest number in four years – 7.7 per
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  • REP. ENGEL ANNOUNCES $1.7 MILLION IN HUD GRANTS FOR MOUNT VERNON

    Congressman Eliot Engel announced the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is awarding $1,710,377 in grant money to Mount Vernon.
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  • REP. ENGEL TO BECOME HOUSE FOREIGN AFFAIRS COMMITTEE RANKING MEMBER

    Congressman Eliot Engel issued the following statement after the House Democratic Caucus voted by acclamation to make him the Ranking Member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee for the 113th Congress. He has been the top Democrat on the Western Hemisp
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  • MEDICARE RECIPIENTS SAVED $5 BILLION ON PRESCRIPTION DRUGS THANKS TO AFFORDABLE CARE ACT

    Congressman Eliot Engel said that Medicare recipients saved $5 billion nationwide – over $364 million in New York State – on prescription drugs as a result of provisions within the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Rep. Engel is an enthusiastic supp
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  • ENGEL: $20 MILLION AWARDED TO FIX HURRICANE SANDY ROAD DAMAGE

    Congressman Eliot Engel said the $20 million in federal funds was awarded to New York State for emergency repairs of roads damaged by Hurricane Sandy.
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  • REP. ENGEL ARGUES FOR SPEEDIER DISTRIBUTION OF SANDY RECOVERY FUNDS

    Congressman Eliot Engel issued the following statement after testifying in the U.S. Senate about the need for a speedier distribution of emergency funds for New York, and the surrounding region, following the devastation inflicted by Hurricane Sandy.
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  • REP. ENGEL CONDEMNS U.N. GENERAL ASSEMBLY VOTE TO ENHANCE PALESTINIAN STATUS OUTSIDE OF NEGOTIATIONS WITH ISRAEL

    Rep. Eliot L. Engel, a senior member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, issued the following statement following the United Nations' General Assembly's vote to make Palestine a "nonmember observer state."
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  • REP. ENGEL ANNOUNCES MAJORITY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS COMMITTEE DEMOCRATS SUPPORT HIS CANDIDACY FOR RANKING MEMBER

    Congressman Eliot Engel issued the following statement after a majority of Democrats on the Foreign Affairs Committee agreed to support his candidacy to become Ranking Member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee.
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  • ENGEL ANNOUNCES FEMA WILL ADD WESTCHESTER AND ROCKLAND TO DISASTER HELP LIST

    Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY-17) said that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has agreed to include Westchester and Rockland Counties as part of the major disaster declaration. Rep. Engel directly requested the agency include Rockland and We
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  • ENGEL REQUESTS FEMA TO ADD WESTCHESTER AND ROCKLAND TO DISASTER HELP LIST

    Congressman Eliot Engel strongly urged the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to add Westchester and Rockland Counties to the major disaster declaration, and grant the two counties a waiver of preliminary assessment reports to speed aid to the st
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  • EMERGENCY DISASTER FUND FOR WESTCHESTER AND ROCKLAND

    Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY-17) announced that Westchester and Rockland Counties are eligible for federal emergency disaster funds for damage and losses caused by drought and excessive heat since June.
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  • NY FEDERAL COURT RULES AGAINST DEFENSE OF MARRIAGE ACT

    Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY-17) welcomed today's ruling, by the three-judge 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York City, that the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is unconstitutional. Rep. Engel was one of only 67 House Members to vote ag
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  • REP. ENGEL - SUPPORT URGED FOR SOCIAL SECURITY COLA LEGISLATION

    Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY-17) urged his Congressional colleagues to support his Guaranteed 3% Cost of Living For Seniors Act, which would guarantee a minimum three percent increase annually in COLA for Social Security recipients. This comes following
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  • REP. ENGEL - JOBLESS RATE FALLS TO 7.8%, LABOR FORCE INCREASES

    Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY-17) said the employment rate dropping significantly, to 7.8 percent, and the addition of 114,000 private sector jobs, were positive signs for the economy and good news for Americans. The unemployment rate fell from 8.1 perce
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  • REP. ENGEL - REPUBLICAN WAR ON SCIENCE CONTINUES WITH EFFORT TO CRIPPLE EPA

    Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY-17) condemned the House Republican's thinly-veiled efforts to cripple the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The so-called "Stop the War on Coal Act of 2012" (HR 3409) was passed by the House today, with Rep. Engel v
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  • REP. ENGEL SUPPORTS BILL TO FIGHT MOST DEADLY TYPES OF CANCER

    Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY-17) voted in favor of legislation he co-sponsored, the Recalcitrant Cancer Research Act, which is designed to enhance medical research on cancers with high mortality rates, including pancreatic cancer. Rep. Engel is a senior
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  • ENGEL AND LOWEY ANNOUNCE FEDERAL FUNDING FOR WESTCHESTER AND ROCKLAND COMMUNITY COLLEGES

    Congressman Eliot Engel (NY-17) and Congresswoman Nita Lowey (NY-18) today announced Westchester Community College and Rockland Community College will receive a total of $210,408 in federal funding to help outsourced workers and veterans gain skills to fi
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  • ENGEL RAPS GOP FOR "MOVING THE GOALPOSTS" ON SEQUESTRATION

    Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY-17) criticized House Republicans for trying to weasel out of legislation to cut funds for military and social programs, called a sequestration agreement. The cuts were agreed to as part of the Budget Control Act of 2011, to r
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  • REP. ENGEL CONDEMNS ATTACK ON AMERICANS BY RADICAL EXTREMISTS

    Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY-17) issued the following statement in response to the attacks on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, which resulted in the murder of Ambassador Christopher Stevens, Foreign Service Information Management Officer Sean Smith
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  • REP. ENGEL REMEMBERS THE VICTIMS OF SEPTEMBER 11

    Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY-17) issued the following statement to mark the 11th anniversary of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 in New York City, Washington DC, and rural Pennsylvania, which resulted in the deaths of nearly 3000 people.
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  • REP. ENGEL - AUGUST JOBS REPORT PROVES NEED FOR ACTION

    Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY-17) said the August jobs report is yet another example of how the American people need its elected representatives to work together to boost the economy, rather than hold the recovery hostage for political gain. The U.S. Dep
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  • REP. ENGEL - JERUSALEM IS THE CAPITAL OF ISRAEL

    Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY-17) issued the following statement after the Democratic Party amended its platform to make it clear that it supports Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
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  • ENGEL ANNOUNCES $250,000 GRANT FOR ROCKLAND DA

    The Rockland County District Attorney's office is receiving a Department of Justice grant of $250,000 to increase coordination among criminal justice and mental health organizations, Congressman Eliot Engel announced Wednesday.
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  • REP. ENGEL ON SHOOTING AT EMPIRE STATE BUILDING

    "Once again innocent people are being shot on our streets, this time a victim, his killer, and bystanders outside the Empire State Building. It is appalling that people going to work, or getting coffee to start their work day are not safe."
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  • ENGEL ANNOUNCES GRANT TO CURB UNDERAGE DRINKING

    Congressman Eliot Engel announced a US Department of Health and Human Services grant of $193,032, for a program to curb drinking among underage high school students in South Orangetown.
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  • REP. ENGEL: $193,032 GRANT FIGHTS UNDERAGE DRINKIN

    Congressman Eliot Engel announced a $193,032, four-year grant, for the Mount Vernon Community Coalition STOP Act Project to prevent and reduce underage alcohol use.
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  • REP. ENGEL - REMEMBERING THE SPIRIT OF THE 19TH AMENDMENT TO THE CONSTITUTION

    Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY-17) issued the following statement marking the 92nd anniversary on Saturday of the ratification of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution granting women the right to vote.
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  • REP. ENGEL ANNOUNCES $1.9 MILLION FOR MONTEFIORE FOR HIV/AIDS CARE FOR WOMEN, INFANTS

    Congressman Eliot Engel announced a $1.9 million grant for Montefiore Medical Center by the Department of Health and Human Services to ensure women, infants, and youth living with HIV/AIDS receive comprehensive medical care and support services.
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  • REP. ENGEL MARKS THE ANNIVERSARY OF SOCIAL SECURITY

    "For almost eight decades, Social Security has provided a lifeline to millions of Americans and improved the lives of those who would be in great need without it. It has been one of our most successful social programs – just as Medicare and Medicai
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  • REP. ENGEL PRAISES CHANGES TO PROTECT THE JOBS OF AMERICAN BORDER PROTECTION WORKERS IN IRELAND

    Congressman Eliot Engel issued the following statement following the decision from the Federal Impasse Panel that certain American U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) employees, who have been serving under "temporary" status overseas do not have to r
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  • REP. ENGEL: "BOOKS NOT BULLETS" FOR ONLINE PURCHASING

    Rep. Eliot Engel (D-NY-17) co-sponsored legislation requiring face-to-face purchase of ammunition, to prevent individuals from buying unlimited amounts of ammunition over the Internet. The legislation would ensure that law enforcement is alerted to any s
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  • REP. ENGEL - JULY JOBS GROWTH ENCOURAGING, BUT MORE MUST BE DONE

    Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY-17) said the July jobs report's mixed results – 163,000 jobs added, the most in five months, but a small uptick in the unemployment rate – proves that Congress should not break for August recess, and must come
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  • REP. ENGEL HIGHLIGHTS FREE COVERAGE OF KEY PREVENTIVE SERVICES FOR WOMEN

    Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY-17) announced all new and renewed health care plans will be required to provide free coverage of key women's preventative services at the start of their plan year. This provision of the Affordable Care Act takes effect t
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  • REP. ENGEL VOTES TO EXTEND TAX CUTS FOR 98% OF AMERICANS

    Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY-17) voted against the House Republican plan to extend all of the Bush Tax Cuts, including those for the wealthiest Americans. Instead, he voted for the Democratic alternative – an identical version of the Senate-passed
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  • REP. ENGEL: IOC SHOULD BE "ASHAMED," AS PALESTINIAN AUTHORITY THANKS THEM FOR SHUNNING MINUTE OF SILENCE FOR MUNICH 11

    Rep. Eliot Engel (D-NY-17) slammed the International Olympic Committee (IOC) for continuing their refusal of a minute of silence to honor the 11 Israeli athletes murdered at the 1972 Munich Games by Palestinian terrorists. Rep. Engel is a senior member o
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  • REPS. ISRAEL, HANNA, LOWEY, AND ENGEL TO HOLD MINUTE OF SILENCE TO HONOR VICTIMS OF '72 MUNICH MASSACRE

    They will also call on the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to reconsider its rejection of recent requests to hold a minute of silence during the opening ceremonies of this year's Olympic Games, which will take place the following day.
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  • SEN. HARKIN, REP. ENGEL MOURN DEATH OF PRESIDENT MILLS OF GHANA

    Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) and Rep. Eliot Engel (D-NY-17) expressed their sympathy to the family of Ghanaian President John Atta Mills, and the people of Ghana, after the untimely death of President Mills today. Sen. Harkin and Rep. Engel are the authors
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  • REPS. ENGEL: SUPREME COURT HEALTH CARE RULING SAVES $84 BILLION WHILE INSURING 33 MILLION MORE

    Rep. Eliot Engel (D-NY-17) said the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) analysis of the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to uphold the Affordable Care Act, but limit the Medicaid expansion, will reduce the cost of the Affordable Care Act by $84 billion whi
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  • REPS. ENGEL, LOWEY URGE IOC TO HONOR MUNICH 11 AT FRIDAY'S OPENING CEREMONIES

    Reps. Eliot Engel and Nita Lowey are calling for the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to hold a minute of silence to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the terrorist murder of 11 Israeli Olympians at the 1972 Munich Olympics.
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  • REP. ENGEL QUESTIONS NEW NRC CHAIRPERSON ABOUT THE FUTURE OF INDIAN POINT

    Rep. Eliot Engel (D-NY-17) outlined his concerns about the safety of the Indian Point nuclear reactor in Buchanan to Dr. Allison Macfarlane, the new Chair of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC).
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  • REP. ENGEL APPLAUDS PRESIDENT OBAMA'S SUPPORT FOR A MOMENT OF SILENCE AT OLYMPICS

    "I am very pleased that President Obama supports a moment of silence at the Olympic Games in London to honor the memory of the Israeli athletes slain at the 1972 Munich Olympics."
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  • ENGEL CONDEMNS BOMBING IN BULGARIA, OFFERS ASSISTANCE

    Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY-17) issued the following statement in response to the deadly bombing of a bus in Bulgaria carrying Israeli tourists, killing six and injuring over 30. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in a statement that "all t
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  • ENGEL SLAMS UNBALANCED APPROACH TO REDUCING THE DEFICIT

    Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY-17) issued the following statement after voting no on legislation related to the sequestration, which was negotiated as part of the Budget Control Act of 2011 to reduce the deficit. The sequestration was designed to be a har
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  • REP. ENGEL APPLAUDS FDA APPROVAL OF TRUVADA

    Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY-17) welcomed news that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the medication Truvada, designed to prevent HIV transmission. It is the first drug approved to reduce the risk of infection in individuals at high ri
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  • REP. ENGEL - ENSURING THE SAFETY OF RENTAL CAR DRIVERS

    Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY-17) introduced legislation this week – along with colleagues Rep. Lois Capps (D-CA-23) and Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL-9) – to ensure the safety of rental car drivers by prohibiting the rental or sale of vehicles un
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  • OPEN FUEL STANDARD WILL PROVIDE NEEDED OPTIONS FOR CONSUMERS

    At an Energy and Power Subcommittee hearing on Tuesday, Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY-17) stressed the importance of his proposed legislation, the Open Fuel Standard. This bill would require 50 percent of new automobiles in 2014, 80 percent in 2016, and
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  • REP. ENGEL VOTES TO KEEP THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT...AGAIN

    Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY-17) voted against the latest House Republican repeal of the landmark Affordable Care Act. This was the 31st time since the Republicans took over the House, and comes less than two weeks after the U.S. Supreme Court upheld th
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  • REP. ENGEL - CONGRESS AGREES TO CREATE HIGHWAY JOBS, AVOID STUDENT LOAN RATE HIKE

    Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY-17) voted for the House-Senate agreement to fund surface transportation through September 2014. Included in the legislation was an agreement to extend low student loan rates for another year – avoiding the potential do
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  • ENGEL CONDEMNS HOUSE CONTEMPT VOTE AGAINST ATTORNEY GENERAL HOLDER

    Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY-17) condemned the House Republican Majority for its contempt vote against U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder. Rep. Engel was one of the many Members of Congress who walked out of the chamber in protest rather than take part i
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  • REP. ENGEL - SUPREME COURT UPHOLDS AFFORDABLE CARE ACT; MILLIONS OF AMERICANS KEEP HEALTH CARE COVERAGE

    Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY-17) issued the following statement after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled the Affordable Care Act was constitutional.
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  • COURT OVERTURNS MAJORITY OF ARIZONA IMMIGRATION LAW; NARROWLY UPHOLDS ITS MOST CONTROVERSIAL PART

    Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY-17) issued the following statement after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down three out of four provisions of S.B. 1070, the controversial Arizona state immigration law.
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  • REP. ENGEL - SUPREME COURT SIDES WITH CORPORATE SPECIAL INTERESTS

    Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY-17) slammed the U.S. Supreme Court for overturning the Montana state law passed to ban corporate campaign spending.
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  • REP. ENGEL - COURT DECISION AGAINST WORKERS IS APPALING

    Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY-17) issued the following statement after the U.S. District Court in Fort Worth, Texas ruled in favor of American Airlines and blocked efforts by the Communications Workers of America to hold organizing elections for nearly 10
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  • REP. ENGEL SLAMS PARTISAN ENERGY LEGISLATION; URGES BIPARTISAN ACTION INSTEAD

    Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY-17) voted against the House Republican leadership's energy legislation on Thursday, calling it a "wish list for Big Oil." Rep. Engel is a senior member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee's Subcommittee on Ener
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  • REP. ENGEL ANNOUNCES GRANT AID FOR HOMELESS VETS

    Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY-17) announced that over $400,000 in grants will be available to New York City groups to aid hundreds of local homeless veterans with job training. The grants are part of the $15 million provided by the U.S. Department of Lab
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  • ENGEL ANNOUNCES ENHANCED MEDICAL PROGRAM FOR BRONX

    Congressman Eliot Engel announced a $12,839,157 grant for the Bronx Regional Health Information Organization to create data registries and predictive systems to encourage early care interventions to better manage high-risk, high-cost patients.
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  • 9-11 HEALTH FUND WILL COVER CANCER VICTIMS

    Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY-17) released the following statement after Dr. John Howard, director of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, said the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act will include cancer on the list of dis
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  • ENGEL AMENDMENT ON ALTERNATIVE FUELS ACCEPTED INTO THE HOMELAND SECURITY BILL

    Congressman Eliot Engel's (D-NY-17) amendment requiring the use of alternative fuel vehicles by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security was adopted in the FY 2013 Homeland Security Appropriations bill. The amendment codifies the Presidential Memorand
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  • REPS. ENGEL, LOWEY RESOLUTION CALLING FOR 2012 OLYMPICS MINUTE OF SILENCE ADOPTED BY HOUSE FOREIGN AFFAIRS COMMITTEE

    The House Committee on Foreign Affairs today adopted a resolution sponsored by Reps. Eliot Engel and Nita Lowey calling on the International Olympic Committee to hold a minute of silence to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the terrorist murder of 11 Is
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  • ENGEL AMENDMENT ON ALTERNATIVE FUELS ACCEPTED INTO THE ENERGY & WATER BILL

    Congressman Eliot Engel's (D-NY-17) amendment requiring the use of alternative fuel vehicles by the U.S. Department of Energy was adopted in the FY 2013 Energy & Water Appropriations bill. The amendment requires all new light duty vehicles in the fede
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  • ENGEL: UNEMPLOYMENT NUMBERS DEMAND GOVERNMENT ACTION

    Congressman Eliot Engel said today's Department of Labor employment numbers showed that the federal government must take action to stimulate the economy and put Americans back to work.
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  • REP. ENGEL VOTES TO SUPPORT TROOPS, HONOR VETERANS

    Congressman Eliot Engel voted to approve the FY 2013 Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Act, which supports our troops and honors our veterans by funding critical veterans' health services, and funds the construction of key faci
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  • REP. ENGEL URGES MORE OVERSIGHT ON LOW-FARE BUS LINES

    Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY-17) approved of the closing of 26 bus lines for safety reasons by the U.S. Department of Transportation. The buses transported close to 2,000 passengers per day along I-95 between New York and Florida. In March 2011, a bus r
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  • REP. ENGEL VOTES AGAINST ANOTHER ANTI-CHOICE HOUSE BILL

    Congressman Eliot Engel issued the following statement in opposition to The Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act, which would have made it "a federal offense to perform, solicit funds to perform, or coerce a woman into a sex-selection abortion." It would have
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  • REP. ENGEL APPLAUDS COURT RULING AGAINST DEFENSE OF MARRIAGE ACT

    Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY-17) welcomed today's unanimous ruling, by the three-judge 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Boston, that the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) was unconstitutional. Rep. Engel was one of only 67 House Members to vot
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  • REP. ENGEL URGES BIPARTISAN ACTION TO REFORM NO CHILD LEFT BEHIND

    Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY-17) issued the following statement after New York State was granted waivers from the harshest parts of "No Child Left Behind," (NCLB).
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  • REP. ENGEL URGES BIPARTISAN ACTION TO REFORM NO CHILD LEFT BEHIND

    Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY-17) issued the following statement after New York State was granted waivers from the harshest parts of "No Child Left Behind," (NCLB).
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  • ENGEL: MACFARLANE BRINGS STRONG CREDENTIALS TO NRC

    Congressional Eliot Engel applauded the White House's quick action in nominating Allison Macfarlane to chair the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC). Rep. Engel, a senior member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, urges a rapid confirmation fr
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  • ENGEL CONGRATULATES BRONX SCIENCE; NAMED A TOP 100 SCHOOL

    Congressman Eliot Engel congratulated the Bronx High School of Science for being named one of the top 25 high schools in the northeast by Newsweek/Daily Beast in its annual survey of high schools across America.
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  • ENGEL CONGRATULATES IRVINGTON HIGH SCHOOL'S TOP 100 RANKING

    Congressman Eliot Engel congratulated Irvington High School for being named one of the top 25 high schools in the northeast by Newsweek/Daily Beast in its annual survey of high schools across America.
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  • REPS. ENGEL, LOWEY INTRODUCE RESOLUTION CALLING FOR 2012 OLYMPICS MINUTE OF SILENCE

    On the heels of the International Olympic Committee again refusing to honor the 40th anniversary of Israeli athletes and coaches murdered at the 1972 Olympic Games, Congressman Eliot Engel and Congresswoman Nita Lowey today announced the introduction of H
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  • REP. ENGEL – STATEMENT ON THE ANNIVERSARY OF BROWN V. BOARD OF EDUCATION

    "Today marks the 58th anniversary of the 1954 Supreme Court decision, Brown v. Board of Education, the landmark decision that declared separate was not equal in educating our young people. It declared state laws establishing separate rules for African-Ame
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  • REP. ENGEL – VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN SHOULD NOT BE POLITICIZED

    Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY-17) issued the following statement criticizing the alteration of the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), stating that the bill passed on Wednesday afternoon put women's lives in jeopardy.
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  • CONGRESSMAN ENGEL ON CHASE $2 BILLION LOSS AND NEED FOR REGULATIONS

    Congressman Engel said the JPMorgan Chase loss of $2 billion loss in hedge fund derivatives trading demonstrated that banks, even ‘banks too big to fail', must be more stringently regulated so their actions don't threaten the economy. Rep. Engel m
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  • ENGEL APPLAUDS FDA ADVISORY PANEL'S APPROVAL OF TRUVADA, LOOKS FORWARD TO FDA APPROVAL

    Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY-17) welcomed news that a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) advisory panel has recommended the medication Truvada be approved for the prevention of HIV transmission. The advisory panel made the recommendation of Truvada use
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  • ENGEL AMENDMENT ON ALTERNATIVE FUELS ACCEPTED INTO THE COMMERCE/JUSTICE/SCIENCE BILL

    Congressman Eliot Engel's (D-NY-17) amendment requiring the use of alternative fuel vehicles by the U.S. Departments of Commerce and Justice, and related agencies, was adopted in the FY 2013 Commerce, Justice and Science Appropriations bill. The amend
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  • REP. ENGEL APPLAUDS PRESIDENT OBAMA'S SUPPORT FOR SAME SEX MARRIAGE

    Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY-17) applauded the announcement from President Barack Obama that he is now officially supporting legalized same sex marriage.
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  • SOCIAL SECURITY ASSISTANCE AT ENGEL OFFICE MAY 23RD

    Representatives of the Social Security Administration will be at Congressman Eliot Engel's Bronx office on Wednesday, May 23rd to assist people with questions or problems concerning this program.
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  • REP. ENGEL: EXTEND THE MORATORIUM ON POST OFFICE CLOSINGS

    Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY-17) joined with House colleagues in a letter to Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe asking him to delay any closing of local post offices beyond the end of the moratorium on May 15. This will enable Congress to complete legis
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  • REMEMBER YOUR TEACHERS ON TEACHER APPRECIATION DAY, AND EVERY DAY

    Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY-17) issued the following statement regarding Teacher Appreciation Day. In addition, this week is also Teacher Appreciation Week.
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  • REP. ENGEL – SAFETY MUST COME FIRST IN DEALING WITH FRACKING

    Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY-17) issued the following statement in response to the Obama Administration's new rules to provide oversight of fracking on public lands. Companies seeking to use the process on federal lands will have to obtain governmen
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  • REP. ENGEL – CONGRESS MUST ACT TO BOOST JOB CREATION

    Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY-17) said the April jobs report was a sign the economy is improving but it also makes clear that Congress cannot continue to sit on the sidelines. The 12-term Congressman said "we must begin passing legislation to aid the priv
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  • ENGEL ANNOUNCES $278M IN HUD GRANTS FOR NEW YORK CITY

    Congressman Eliot Engel announced the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development is awarding $278,433,450 in grant money to New York City.
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  • REP. ENGEL STATEMENT ON THE ONE-YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF BIN LADEN'S DEATH

    Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY-17) released the following statement on the one-year anniversary of Osama bin Laden's death. Rep. Engel is a senior member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee.
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  • REP. ENGEL URGES PARTICIPATION IN NATIONAL PRESCRIPTION DRUG TAKE-BACK DAY – APRIL 28

    Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY-17) urged people to take part in National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, sponsored by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). It gives the public an opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of
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  • REP. ENGEL CALLS FOR AID FOR STUDENT LOANS WITHOUT SACRIFICING WOMEN'S HEALTH

    Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY-17) voted against the House Republican legislation which would have raided funding for preventative health care, to keep federal student loan rates from doubling. His comments can be viewed here - http://www.youtube.com/wat
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  • REP. ENGEL SEEKS TO PROTECT PERSONAL ONLINE CONTENT

    Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY-17) has introduced legislation protecting users of social networking sites from having to divulge personal information to employers, schools and universities. The legislation protects people already employed or enrolled, and
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  • U.S. REPS. BERKLEY, ENGEL: TURKEY MUST NOT BE ALLOWED TO BLOCK ISRAEL'S ATTENDANCE AT UPCOMING NATO SUMMIT

    Responding to efforts by Turkey to block Israel's attendance at an upcoming NATO summit, Congresswoman Shelley Berkley (NV) and Congressman Eliot Engel (NY) today issued the following statement:
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  • SUPREME COURT SHOULD STRIKE DOWN ARIZONA'S IMMIGRATION LAW

    Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY-17) said he was concerned about how the U.S. Supreme Court would rule on the constitutionality of Arizona's immigration law, as well as the Affordable Care Act, because of the court's turn to activism, demonstrated in
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  • AFFORDABLE CARE ACT WILL SAVE MEDICARE OVER $200 BILLION

    Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY-17) issued the following statement following a report released on Monday by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) stating through 2016, Medicare will save over $200 billion due to the Affordable Care Act. Medi
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  • REP. ENGEL - USE EARTH DAY TO CHANGE CONGRESSIONAL POLICY

    Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY-17) wants the GOP House Majority to use Earth Day as a reason to change their current environmental policy. In the 112th Congress, House Republicans have launched a relentless attack on our environment that seeks to rollback
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  • NATIONAL DAY OF SILENCE FIGHTS VIOLENCE AND DISCRIMINATION AGAINST LGBTQ YOUTH

    Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY-17) applauds everyone who is taking part in today's National Day of Silence, coordinated nationally by the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN). The Day of Silence is a day in which students from around th
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  • REP. ENGEL CALLS FOR BETTER BEHAVIOR FROM GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES

    Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY-17) issued the following statement concerning the recent behavior by Secret Service agents during the Summit of the Americas in Colombia. Rep. Engel is a senior member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee.
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  • SUMMIT OF THE AMERICAS PROVES THE VALUE OF U.S. ENGAGEMENT IN THE WESTERN HEMISPHERE

    Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY-17) returned from the Summit of the Americas in Colombia encouraged by President Obama's diplomatic outreach to other leaders of Latin America and the Caribbean. Rep. Engel was invited by President Obama to be part of hi
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  • TAPPAN ZEE BRIDGE REPLACEMENT NEEDS INCREASED FUNDING; NATION NEEDS LONG-TERM TRANSPORTATION BILL

    Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY-17) urged the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) to approve grants to New York State for more funding for the Tappan Zee Bridge replacement project. The need of a replacement bridge highlights the national need for incr
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  • REP. ENGEL – ONE YEAR LATER, PLANNED PARENTHOOD STILL STRONG

    Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY17) marked the one-year anniversary of the GOP's failed attack on women's health by calling on his Republican colleagues to focus on a bipartisan effort to create jobs, balance the budget and move the country forward r
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  • REP. ENGEL TRAVELS TO SUMMIT OF THE AMERICAS WITH PRESIDENT OBAMA ABOARD AIR FORCE ONE

    Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY-17) is part of the Presidential delegation attending the Summit of the Americas in Colombia this weekend. At the request of the White House, Rep. Engel, a senior member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, is traveling wi
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  • Reps. Engel and Nadler Renew Call for Protection of Mount of Olives in Jerusalem

    Today, Representatives Eliot Engel (D-NY) and Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) reiterated the need for Israeli authorities to protect the sacred cemetery at Har HaZeitim, the Mount of Olives, which abuts Jerusalem's Old City. The Members sent a letter today to
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  • NEW FCC RULES ON STOLEN CELL PHONES COMPLEMENTS ENGEL LEGISLATION

    Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY-17) commended the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for acting on his proposed legislation. The FCC proposal will require wireless phone companies to cut off service to stolen phones, rendering them worthless to thieve
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  • REP. ENGEL –BIPARTISAN JOBS BILL NEEDED TO BOOST EMPLOYMENT NUMBERS

    Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY-17) said the March jobs report continued the trend of positive job growth, and highlighted the need for a bipartisan jobs bill to propel the recovery to the next level. The unemployment rate dropped to 8.2 percent, it's l
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  • ENGEL ANNOUNCES HUD GRANT MONEY FOR DISTRICT

    Congressman Eliot Engel announced Wednesday that the Department of Housing and Urban Development is awarding more than $67 million to communities across New York State, including those in the Bronx, Westchester and Rockland Counties.
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  • REP. ENGEL'S CALLING CARDS BILL WOULD PREVENT $1 MILLION IN CONSUMER FRAUD EVERY DAY

    Congressman Eliot Engel's (D-NY-17) legislation, the Calling Card Consumer Protection Act, would protect buyers of telephone calling cards, who often get only 60 percent of the minutes advertised on the calling cards they purchase. The bill, introduc
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  • REP. ENGEL: BIPARTISAN AGREEMENT NEEDED FOR TRANSPORTATION JOBS, INFRASTRUCTURE IMPROVEMENTS

    Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY-17) chastised House Republican Leadership for another missed opportunity to work in a bipartisan manner to help the American people. He voted against the Surface Transportation Extension Act of 2012, because the House and Se
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  • REP. ENGEL – HOUSE REPUBLICANS LIVING IN A "FISCAL FANTASY WORLD"

    Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY-17) rejected the House Republican Leadership budget on Thursday, for the pain it inflicts on low- and middle-income families. The GOP budget proposed cuts for scores of programs affecting working families and low-income comm
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  • REP. ENGEL ADDRESSES ORGANIZATION OF AMERICAN STATES

    Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY-17) spoke before the Organization of American States (OAS) at a meeting focusing on the upcoming Summit of the Americas. He supported regional efforts to help Haiti and called for a renewed commitment to the Inter-American D
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  • REP. ENGEL ANNOUNCES AID FOR HOMELESS VETS

    Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY-17) announced that some 200 local homeless veterans will be helped to find permanent housing, along with thousands of others nationwide, as part of a U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the U.S. Department of Veteran
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  • REP. ENGEL MARKS THE 2ND ANNIVERSARY OF THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT

    Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY-17) issued the following statement on the second anniversary of the landmark Affordable Care Act.
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  • REP. ENGEL ENCOURAGES SUPPORT FOR COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTERS

    Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY-17) met with New Yorkers attending the National Association of Community Health Centers convention in Washington DC. Rep. Engel, a senior member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee's Subcommittee on Health, discus
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  • REP. ENGEL INTRODUCES BILL PROTECTING CELL PHONE USERS

    Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY-17) introduced legislation to protect cell phone users whose cell phones have been stolen. The Cell Phone Theft Protection Act amends the Communications Act to require wireless commercial services to cut off service to the s
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  • CONG. ELIOT ENGEL: ENTERGY SHORT MONEY TO SAFELY CLOSE INDIAN POINT

    Congressman Eliot Engel demanded Entergy immediately start raising the missing $500 million necessary to safely close down the reactors at Indian Point. Nuclear power plants are required to have enough funds set aside to safely close plants. A recent New
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  • ENGEL ANNOUNCES $556,106 HOMELESS GRANT FOR ROCKLAND

    Rockland County's Office of Community Development was awarded a $556,106 Continuum of Care Homeless Assistance grant from the Department of Housing and Urban Development to provide assistance to homeless persons, including transitional housing, perman
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  • ENGEL ANNOUNCES HOMELESS GRANT FOR MOUNT VERNON

    Mount Vernon was awarded a $178,338 Continuum of Care Homeless Assistance grant from the Department of Housing and Urban Development to provide assistance to homeless persons, including transitional housing, permanent housing plus supportive services Cong
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  • ON THE FIRST ANNIVERSARY OF THE SYRIAN UPRISING, REP. ENGEL SAYS "IT'S TIME TO SUPPORT THE REBELS"

    Rep. Eliot L. Engel (D-NY-17), author of the Syria Accountability Act of 2003, today called upon the Obama Administration to provide military support for the rebels fighting the Assad regime.
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  • SOCIAL SECURITY ASSISTANCE AT ENGEL OFFICE MARCH 28TH

    Representatives of the Social Security Administration will be at Congressman Eliot Engel's Bronx office on Wednesday, March 28th to assist people with questions or problems concerning this program.
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  • REP. ENGEL – ECONOMY HAS BEST 12 MONTHS OF JOB GROWTH IN FIVE YEARS

    Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY-17) said the February jobs report showing a substantial increase of 227,000 jobs created in February, the third consecutive month of 200,000-plus job growth, was an outstanding sign of the continuing recovery. The private se
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  • REP. ENGEL CONDEMNS RACIST MESSAGE BY FEDERAL JUDGE

    Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY-17) called for the sanctioning of Chief U.S. District Judge Richard F. Cebull for forwarding an email, on his official court email address, containing racist messages about President Obama.
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  • REP. ENGEL ADDRESSES INTERNATIONAL ISSUES WITH SECRETARY OF STATE CLINTON

    Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY-17) quizzed U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton Wednesday when she appeared before the House Foreign Affairs Committee about areas of concern in the Western Hemisphere, the Middle East and the Balkans.
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  • REP. ENGEL ADDRESSES NEW YORK'S ENVIRONMENTAL CONCERNS WITH EPA ADMINISTRATOR

    Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY-17) asked Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson about several issues important to residents in New York including questions on the safety of fracking and the state of natural gas development, how the fede
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  • REP. ENGEL ADDRESSES HILLVIEW RESERVOIR WITH EPA ADMINISTRATOR

    Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY-17) asked Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Lisa Jackson to provide an update on the EPA's review of the regulations requiring New York City to spend at least $1.6 billion on a cover for the Hillview Res
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  • REP. ENGEL STATEMENT ON CONTINUED ASSAULT ON WOMEN'S HEALTH

    Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY-17) issued the following statement after the Virginia Senate passed legislation forcing women to undergo an ultrasound if they seek an abortion. The new bill was amended to make the ultrasound external, rather than the origi
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  • REP. ENGEL CALLS FOR REPEAL OF DEFENSE OF MARRIAGE ACT

    Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY-17) praised the California federal court ruling that the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is unconstitutional. Rep. Engel was one of only 67 House Members to vote against DOMA in 1996. President Obama announced a year ago tha
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  • REP. ENGEL – CONGRATULATIONS TO CARDINAL DOLAN

    Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY-17) congratulated New York Archbishop Timothy Michael Dolan upon his elevation to Cardinal by Pope Benedict XVI. Cardinal is the second-highest rank in the Roman Catholic Church.
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  • TAX CUTS EXTENDED FOR MIDDLE CLASS FAMILIES

    Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY-17) voted for the House-Senate compromise to extend the payroll tax cut, unemployment insurance and what is known as the "Doc Fix" which will prevent substantial cuts in Medicare payments to doctors. However, he said the dea
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  • REP. ENGEL – STOP DISTRACTED DRIVING

    Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY-17) praised the U.S. Department of Transportation's efforts in curbing distracted driving. The DOT announced the first-ever federal guidelines to encourage automobile makers to "limit the distraction risk for in-vehicle
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  • REP. ENGEL – MORE PROMISING SIGNS FOR THE ECONOMY

    Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY-17) said the latest economic news – months of declining jobless rates, General Motors recording its biggest profit ever after surviving disaster thanks to a government assistance, new jobless benefit filings at a four-y
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  • REP. ENGEL EARNS PERFECT SCORE ON WOMEN'S ISSUES

    Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY-17) earned a perfect 100 percent score from the American Association of University Women (AAUW) for his voting record in the first session of this Congressional session. Rep. Engel regularly scores high grades from AAUW due
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  • REP. ENGEL – YONKERS SOUTH POST OFFICE CLOSURE NO LONGER CONSIDERED

    Congressman Eliot Engel said the Postal Service is no longer studying the Yonkers South Post Office for closure. To save money, the Postal Service is considering closing thousands of post offices nationwide, slashing hundreds of thousands of jobs, while f
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  • REP. ENGEL STATEMENT ON 2013 BUDGET REQUEST

    With President Obama releasing his proposed 2013 budget today, Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY-17) urged the House Republican Majority to abandon partisan rhetoric and work with the President and House Democrats to create a FY 2013 budget that is fair and e
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  • SOCIAL SECURITY AID AT ENGEL'S OFFICE FEB. 22ND

    Representatives of the Social Security Administration will be at Congressman Eliot Engel's Bronx office on Wednesday, February 22nd to assist people with questions or problems concerning this program.
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  • MORTGAGE DEAL COULD GIVE "A LIFELINE" TO MILLIONS OF AMERICANS

    Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY-17) praised the deal struck on Thursday to provide $26 billion in foreclosure relief for families struggling with their mortgages.
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  • POST OFFICE: MONSEY MAIL PROCESSING CENTER MAY MOVE

    Congressman Eliot Engel said that the Postal Service is taking comments on a feasibility study to move the mail processing operations of the Monsey Destination and Delivery Center, consolidating it with the Westchester Processing and Distribution Center
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  • GREEN POWER COMING TO EAST RIVER

    Congressman Eliot Engel announced that the first-ever license by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) for a tidal-energy project is coming to fruition. The project to generate energy using the tides of the East River received a $3.2 million ap
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  • REP. ENGEL DISCUSSES EDUCATION ISSUES WITH LOCAL SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS

    Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY-17) met on Tuesday with several members of the Westchester, Rockland and Putnam County School Boards, to discuss the many issues facing New York public schools. Rep. Engel's district includes parts of Rockland and Westch
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  • REP. ENGEL APPLAUDS COURT RULING ON SAME SEX MARRIAGE IN CALIFORNIA

    Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY-17) applauded the decision by the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals regarding California's Proposition 8, ruling the California law banning same-sex marriage is unconstitutional. The case is expected to be appealed to
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  • REP. ENGEL URGES SUPPORT OF LEGISLATION TO HELP VETS FIND EMPLOYMENT

    Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY-17) supports President Barack Obama's Veterans Job Corps initiative to help returning veterans find employment, a plan he advocated in his State of the Union address.
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  • REP. ENGEL CALLS HOUSE TRANSPORTATION BILL "DISASTROUS"

    Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY-17) condemned the Republican Majority's latest anemic and disastrous five-year transportation bill.
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  • SUSAN B. KOMEN FOUNDATION REVERSAL ON PLANNED PARENTHOOD THE RIGHT DECISION

    Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY-17) released the following statement after the Susan B. Komen Foundation reversed course and decided to continue funding their grant to Planned Parenthood. Rep. Engel criticized the decision on February 1 to withhold grant f
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  • REP. ENGEL OPPOSES FAA'S FLAWED REDESIGN AND ANTI-UNION PROVISIONS IN THE FAA REAUTHORIZATION

    Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY-17) voted against the four-year re-authorization of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) because of its New York/New Jersey/Philadelphia Airspace Redesign plan, and because of the anti-union provisions included in the le
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  • REP. ENGEL – UNEMPLOYMENT RATE CONTINUES TO DROP

    Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY-17) issued the following statement on the January jobs report showing a substantial increase of 243,000 jobs created in January. This increase in jobs lowered the unemployment rate to 8.3 percent, a decline for the fifth str
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  • REP. ENGEL CALLS DECISION TO CUT OFF FUNDS TO PLANNED PARENTHOOD "A SHAME"

    Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY-17) released the following statement after the Susan B. Komen Foundation decided to cut off grant funds to Planned Parenthood.
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  • REP. ENGEL CONTINUES OPPOSITION TO FAA AIRSPACE REDESIGN

    Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY-17) presented the following statement to the House on Tuesday, regarding the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) temporary funding reauthorization. Rep. Engel has vowed to oppose all reauthorizations for the FAA unti
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  • REP. ENGEL – REACTION TO STATE OF THE UNION ADDRESS

    Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY-17) issued the following statement after President Obama's State of the Union address.
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  • NEW RULES PROTECTING AIRLINE PASSENGERS IN EFFECT THIS WEEK

    Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY-17) applauded the new rules protecting airline passengers going into effect this week. The new rules include requirements that airlines and ticket agents include all mandatory taxes and fees in published airfares, and that t
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  • REP. ENGEL CALLS FOR REDUCING THE INFLUENCE OF BIG MONEY IN POLITICS

    Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY-17) called for a reduction of the growing influence of special interests and big money in politics. Two years ago, the Supreme Court delivered the devastating decision in the Citizens United case, opening the door for the ma
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  • ONLINE PIRACY BILL THREATENS FIRST AMENDMENT RIGHTS

    Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY-17) issued the following statement in opposition to the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA). Rep. Engel opposes online piracy, but SOPA goes too far in infringing upon First Amendment rights. Rep. Engel is a senior member of the
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  • REP. ENGEL PRAISES CONGRESSMAN HINCHEY'S SERVICE TO THE NATION

    Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY-17) issued the following statement following the announcement that Congressman Maurice Hinchey (D-NY-22) was going to retire following the end of his current term.
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  • OBAMA PLAN TO BOOST U.S. TOURISM WILL INCREASE JOBS; AID REGIONAL ECONOMIES, ESPECIALLY NEW YORK STATE

    Congressman Eliot L. Engel (D-NY) today praised President Barack Obama's plan to boost tourism in the U.S. in an effort to increase jobs and revenues across the country. Rep. Engel is especially excited for the opportunities for more people to visit
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  • ENGEL HAILS EXPEDITED HIGH SPEED RAIL PROGRAM

    Congressman Eliot Engel praised the federal decision to expedite the environmental review processes for high speed passenger rail service along the Northeast Corridor.
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  • KOSOVAR-AMERICAN PILOT RELEASED FROM ERITREA PRISON TODAY; FREEDOM ADVOCATED BY REP. ENGEL

    Congressman Eliot L. Engel (D-NY) today released the following statement on the release of pilot James Berisha from prison in Eritrea.
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  • EPA GREENHOUSE GAS TRACKING REPORT STEMS FROM 2007 ENGEL BILL

    Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY-17) issued the following statement after the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced its Greenhouse Gas Reporting Program today. Rep. Engel introduced his Greenhouse Gas Accountability Act in 2007, which required comp
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  • HAITI CONTINUES TO REBUILD, TWO YEARS AFTER THE EARTHQUAKE

    Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY-17) issued the following statement on the second anniversary of the massive earthquake which shook Haiti, leveling a substantial amount of the country and leaving thousands of people injured or dead.
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  • REP. ENGEL – CARDINAL-DESIGNATE DOLAN DESERVES ACCOLADES

    Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY-17) congratulated New York Archbishop Timothy Michael Dolan upon his appointment to Cardinal by Pope Benedict XVI. Cardinal is the second-highest rank in the Roman Catholic Church. The ceremony will take place in Rome on Fe
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  • REP. ENGEL – JOB CREATION CONTINUES TO TREND UPWARD

    Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY-17) issued the following statement after the December jobs report showed better than expected job creation, with the overall amount of jobs created at 200,000. The unemployment rate fell to 8.5 percent, the lowest it has bee
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  • SOCIAL SECURITY ASSISTANCE AT ENGEL OFFICE JANUARY 25TH

    Representatives of the Social Security Administration will be at Congressman Eliot Engel's Bronx office on Wednesday, January 25th to assist people with questions or problems concerning this program.
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  • HOUSE GOP FINALLY AGREE TO NOT RAISE TAXES ON MIDDLE CLASS FAMILIES

    Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY-17) issued the following statement after House Republicans once again stepped back from the brink and agreed to the two-month extension to the payroll tax holiday, as agreed to by the Senate last week.
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  • REP. ENGEL SAYS THAT ONE YEAR AFTER DON'T ASK, DON'T TELL REPEAL – "THE SKY HASN'T FALLEN"

    Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY-17) issued the following statement on the one year anniversary of President Barack Obama's signing of the repeal of the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy.
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  • HOUSE GOP PLAYING IRRESPONSIBLE GAME WITH THE MIDDLE CLASS

    Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY-17) criticized the cynical decision from the House Republican Majority to put at risk a vital tax break for low- and middle-income families, and unemployment insurance extension for out-of-work Americans. Their decision to s
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  • DEMISE OF A DICTATOR – KIM JONG IL'S DEATH CAUSING SERIOUS CONCERN IN ASIA

    Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY-17) issued the following statement after the death of North Korean dictator Kim Jong Il. Rep. Engel is a senior member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee who has visited North Korea twice in the last decade.
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  • SUPREME COURT TO HEAR ARGUMENTS ON AFFORDABLE CARE ACT IN MARCH 2012

    Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY-17) issued the following response to the today's announcement that the U.S. Supreme Court has scheduled to hear arguments from lawyers in late March regarding the lawsuits challenging the Affordable Care Act. Rep. Engel
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  • REP. ENGEL – IRAQ WAR ENDS

    Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY-17) issued the following statement after President Obama spoke at Fort Bragg today before the many brave troops who have returned from service in Iraq. Earlier this year, President Obama promised that all American combat tro
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  • REP. ENGEL – POST OFFICE LISTENS TO REASON

    Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY-17) issued the following statement following the announcement by the U.S. Postal Service to delay any closing or consolidation of any Post Office or mail processing facility until May 15, 2012. Rep. Engel has recently critic
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  • REP. ENGEL SUPPORTS EFFORTS TO QUIET LOUD ADS

    Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY-17) issued the following statement following the announcement by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) that new rules will be put in place to silence television advertisements which blare at ever-increasing volume. Rep
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  • HOUSE GOP PLAYING GAMES WITH MIDDLE CLASS TAXES

    Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY-17) voted against the House Republican Majority's proposal to extend key provisions which must be completed before the end of the calendar year. Changes made by the Majority would actually make things worse for far too m
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  • REP. ENGEL – DRIVING DISTRACTED A THREAT TO ALL OF US

    Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY-17) applauded the National Transportation Safety Board for its call for a nationwide ban on the use of cell phones and text messaging devices while driving. The ban would not apply to hand-free devices or to passengers. Rep
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  • ENGEL, STABENOW INTRODUCE BILL TO PROTECT PREGNANT WOMEN AND NEWBORNS

    Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY-17) and Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) introduced the Quality Care for Moms and Babies Act to ensure higher-quality maternity services, improve health outcomes for women and children, and provide better value and efficiency f
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  • ENGEL CALLS THE DUMPING OF AMERICAN TROOPS' REMAINS IN LANDFILL ‘HORRIBLE;' URGES A CONGRESSIONAL INVESTIGATION

    Congressman Eliot Engel said that the dumping of the cremated remains of American troops killed overseas in a Virginia landfill was ‘horrible;' and those responsible must be held accountable. Rep. Engel has called for an immediate and full Congressio
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  • OVER 1000 HOLIDAY CARDS SENT TO VETERANS, SERVICE MEMBERS

    Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY-17) announced today that more than 1,000 people in his Congressional district sent holiday cards to his offices, to be forwarded to service members and veterans around the world, as part of the American Red Cross Holiday Mail
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  • ENGEL COMMENDS EU DECISION TO INCLUDE CROATIA AND HOLD BACK SERBIA

    Today, Rep. Eliot L. Engel, a senior member of the U.S. House of Representatives' Europe Subcommittee, commended the European Union for its decision to make Croatia the European Union's 28th member, and to hold back Serbia from gaining candidate s
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  • REP. ENGEL – SANDFORD POST OFFICE CLOSURE NO LONGER CONSIDERED

    Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY-17) issued the following statement after being informed that the U.S. Postal Service will no longer consider the Sandford Station Post Office in Mount Vernon for closure. The current plan by the Postal Service to close hundr
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  • REP. ENGEL SLAMS POST OFFICE FOR DROPPING OVERNIGHT DELIVERY FOR FIRST CLASS MAIL

    Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY-17) today criticized the U.S. Postal Service for announcing the elimination of overnight service for First-Class mail. Currently, 41.5 percent of First-Class mail arrives the next day but with the Post Office's proposed c
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  • REP. ENGEL – UNEMPLOYMENT AT LOWEST RATE IN 2 ½ YEARS

    Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY-17) said he was encouraged by the better-than-expected unemployment numbers for November as the rate dropped to 8.6%, the lowest since March 2009. In addition to the 120,000 jobs added, an upgrade of the September and Octobe
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  • REP. ENGEL DEMANDS THE RELEASE OF ALAN GROSS FROM CUBAN PRISON

    Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY-17) today demanded the Cuban government release Alan Gross from his wrongful imprisonment on what is the second anniversary of his incarceration. Rep. Engel is the Ranking Member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee's
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  • ENGEL: WEST NYACK POST OFFICE TO REOPEN DEC. 5TH

    Congressman Eliot Engel announced that the West Nyack Post Office will reopen in time for the holiday season on Monday, December 5. The post office will have the same services as it had before its closure.
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  • REP. ENGEL – SUPER COMMITTEE FAILURE NOT A SURPRISE

    Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY-17) expressed disappointment, but no surprise, at the failure of the so-called "super committee" to agree to a debt reduction plan. The committee announced its failure prior to Monday's midnight deadline.
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  • REP. ENGEL CALLS BALANCED BUDGET AMENDMENT "FANTASY"

    Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY-17) criticized the House Republican Majority for wasting more time on a Balanced Budget Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, instead of focusing on creating jobs and other more pressing issues. The measure failed to generate
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  • REP. ENGEL – POST OFFICE NEEDS OVERHAUL, NOT U-HAULS

    Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY-17) issued the following statement condemning the U.S. Postal Service for singling out post offices for closure, and considering slashing hundreds of thousands of jobs, while failing to identify root causes for their massive
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  • REP. ENGEL SLAMS GOP FOR ENDANGERING CITIZENS

    Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY-17) slammed the House Republican Majority for passing a bill which would force all 50 states to accept concealed handgun carry permits issued in other states, regardless of whether or not the permit violates state law. The b
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  • GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN AVOIDED AGAIN

    Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY-17) voted for the Continuing Resolution (CR) to fund the government through December 16. The package contains the first three completed appropriations measures for FY 2012: Agriculture, Commerce-Justice-Science and Transport
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  • REP. ENGEL – PUBLIC HOUSING PROTECTED FROM SEVERE CUTS

    Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY-17) is pleased to announce the removal of a provision that would have denied operations and Section 8 funding for 12,000 public housing units in New York City. The provision, originally inserted by House Republicans into the
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  • REP. ENGEL – SUPREME COURT TO PROVIDE CLOSURE ON THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT

    Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY-17) issued the following statement after the U.S. Supreme Court announced on Monday that it will hear arguments in the cases opposing the Affordable Care Act. Rep. Engel is a senior member of the House Energy and Commerce Co
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  • REP. ENGEL APPLAUDS APPEALS COURT HEALTH CARE RULING

    Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY-17) welcomed the decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit today that the Affordable Care Act's mandating individual coverage is constitutional. Two of the three judges who ruled in favor
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  • ENGEL, RED CROSS, PITNEY BOWES UNITE FOR HOLIDAY MAIL FOR HEROES PROGRAM

    Congressman Eliot Engel is joining with the American Red Cross and Pitney Bowes to send holiday cards to members of our military, veterans and their families, many serving overseas, in the American Red Cross Holiday Mail for Heroes program.
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  • REP. ENGEL – JOBS REPORT SHOWS PROGRESS

    Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY-17) said he was encouraged by the jobs creation progress shown in the October jobs report released Friday. This is coupled with the positive revisions of the August and September reports. Rep. Engel also called for passage
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  • BERKLEY, ENGEL: FREEZE ARMS TO TURKEY

    Congresswoman Shelley Berkley (D-NV) and Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY) introduced bipartisan legislation Thursday that seeks to block a proposed sale of U.S. military equipment to the Republic of Turkey over concerns about its treatment of American allie
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  • REP. ENGEL –VETS TO RECEIVE DISABILITY BENEFITS INCREASE

    Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY-17) issued the following statement following the full House's passage of the Veterans' Compensation Cost-of-Living Adjustment Act of 2011. The legislation, which previously passed the Senate, passed the House by a vo
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  • SOCIAL SECURITY ASSISTANCE AT ENGEL OFFICE Nov. 23TH

    Representatives of the Social Security Administration will be at Congressman Eliot Engel's Bronx office on Wednesday, November 23rd to assist people with any questions about or issues that may have with this program.
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  • ENGEL LEADS SENIOR HOUSE MEMBERS IN CALLING FOR REVIEW OF POLICY TOWARD TURKEY

    Rep. Eliot L. Engel, and six other senior members of Congress, today sent a letter to President Barack Obama expressing concern about Turkey's bellicose posture toward its neighbors in the Eastern Mediterranean, and asking for an urgent review of our
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  • REP. ENGEL – FEMA REGISTRATION DEADLINE EXTENDED

    Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY-17) said on Monday that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has extended the registration deadline for those affected by hurricanes and tropical storms this summer. The deadline for federal disaster assistance was
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  • ENGEL, BERKLEY CONDEMN UNESCO VOTE TO ADD PALESTINE AS MEMBER; SAY IT WILL RESULT IN U.S. FUNDING CUT

    Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY) and Congresswoman Shelley Berkley (D-NV) issued the following statement condemning today's vote at the United Nations Economic, Social, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) making Palestine a member. This vote occurred wi
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  • MEDICARE PART B PREMIUMS TO DROP FOR 2012

    Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY-17) said on Friday that Medicare recipients will see lower than expected premiums under Medicare Part B. The premiums will be $99.90 per month, rather than the $106.60 projected by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Ser
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  • STUDENT LOAN ASSISTANCE A WELCOME FIRST STEP

    Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY-17) is calling for the House Republican Majority to build upon President Obama's recent Executive Order to assist college graduates in paying off their growing student loans. The President's actions come in the absen
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  • CONGRESSMEN ENGEL & SHIMKUS, KENNY WALLACE AND ROBERT MCFARLANE DISCUSS OPEN FUEL STANDARD

    Congressmen Eliot Engel (D-NY-17) and John Shimkus (R-IL-19) joined with members of the Open Fuel Coalition on Tuesday afternoon to present an Energy Security Roundtable. Afterwards, the two lawmakers, along with NASCAR driver Kenny Wallace and former Na
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  • WEST NYACK POST OFFICE EXPECTED TO RE-OPEN IN DECEMBER

    Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY-17) issued the following statement regarding the West Nyack Post Office.
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  • REP. ENGEL – END OF IRAQ WAR BY 2012

    Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY-17) issued the following statement in response to President Obama's announcement that all American troops will be out of Iraq by the end of the year. Rep. Engel is a senior member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee.
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  • REP. ENGEL – STATEMENT ON THE DEATH OF MOAMAR QADAFFI

    Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY-17) issued the following statement in response to the death of Moamar Qadaffi in Libya today. Rep. Engel is a senior member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee.
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  • ENGEL, ROCKLAND ELECTEDS CALL FOR A REBUILDING PROGRAM TO REPAIR OUR INFRASTRUCTURE, PUT PEOPLE BACK TO WORK, ENERGIZE ECONOMY

    Congressman Eliot Engel, Ramapo Supervisor Christopher St. Lawrence, State Senator David Carlucci, and Assembly Member Ellen Jaffee joined in calling for a federal rebuilding program to salvage our country's infrastructure, and put people back to work
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  • REP. ENGEL – SENIORS FINALLY TO GET SOCIAL SECURITY COLA INCREASE

    Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY-17) welcomed the announcement that seniors will get their first cost-of-living increase in Social Security benefits since 2009. The 3.6 percent raise will help about 55 million beneficiaries during these difficult financial
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  • ENGEL BLASTS GOP BILL ENDANGERING PUBLIC HEALTH

    Congressman Eliot Engel criticized the Republican Coal Residuals Reuse Management Act (HR. 2273), passed today in the House (267-144), saying it fails to protect the environment from coal ash and is a danger to public health and safety.
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  • REP. ENGEL – GOP CONTINUES HYPOCRITICAL ATTACK ON WOMEN'S RIGHTS

    Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY17) criticized the Republican leadership for passing the so-called "Protect Life Act," (H.R. 358), which is yet another attempt by the GOP to intrude on the private lives of American women and their families. This latest bit
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  • REP. ENGEL – TAPPAN ZEE BRIDGE TOPS NATIONAL PRIORITY LIST

    Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY-17) issued the following statement after President Barack Obama highlighted the Tappan Zee Bridge replacement as one of several transportation projects nationwide to be expedited through the permitting and environmental revie
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  • REP. ENGEL – POLITICS CONTINUES TO TRUMP JOBS

    Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY-17) called for the immediate consideration of jobs legislation to get more Americans back to work. Despite private payrolls growing by 103,000 jobs in September – more than expected – unemployment is still too-hi
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  • CONGRESSMAN ELIOT ENGEL ON THE 10TH ANNIVERSARY OF U.S. FORCES IN AFGHANISTAN

    Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY-17) issued the following statement on the 10th Anniversary of American military engagement in Afghanistan. Rep. Engel is a senior member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee.
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  • REP. ENGEL – CANCER CLAIMS APPLE FOUNDER STEVE JOBS

    Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY-17) issued the following statement on the passing of Apple founder Steve Jobs after a long battle with pancreatic cancer.
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  • REP. ENGEL INTERCEDES TO KEEP FEMA CENTER OPEN THROUGH NEXT WEEK

    Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY-17) convinced the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to delay a proposed plan to close the Rockland Disaster Recovery Center this weekend. That closing would have coincided with Yom Kippur, the highest holy day of th
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  • REP. ENGEL – SHUTDOWN AVOIDED, FOR NOW

    Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY-17) issued the following statement after voting for the Continuing Resolution (CR) to fund the government, which included funding for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) without cuts to other programs.
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  • REP. ENGEL CONDEMNS SYRIAN THREAT AGAINST US, ISRAEL, EUROPEAN TARGETS

    "If anyone was still in doubt, today's comments from Syrian President Bashar Assad should make it clear that it is past time for the Assad regime to go. The Assad dynasty was brutal under the late Hafez Assad and has only become more murderous under
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  • ROCKLAND, WESTCHESTER, NYC GET AID FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT

    Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY-17) announced that New York City, Rockland and Westchester Counties have qualified for a combined total of over $13.6 million to help local police forces and municipalities deal with incarcerating illegal criminal aliens. The State Criminal Alien Assistance Program (SCAAP), run by the U.S. Department of Justice Programs' Bureau of Justice Assistance, reimburses states and localities for the costs of incarcerating criminal illegal aliens.
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  • ENGEL CALLS FOR MORE REFORMS TO NO CHILD LEFT BEHIND

    Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY-17) applauded the Obama Administration's latest efforts to reform "No Child Left Behind." In the absence of Congressional actions to make changes to the flawed program, the Administration's initiative is encouraged.
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  • REP. ENGEL – STOP PLAYING POLITICS WITH PEOPLE'S LIVES

    Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY-17) issued the following statement after House Republicans adjourned for the week, setting the stage for a government shutdown next weekend. The Senate rejected the politically-charged Continuing Resolution (CR) to fund the government, and the House left town without addressing the problem. The Senate plans a vote on Monday evening to pass a CR, including disaster aid for flood victims, without any accompanying cuts.
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  • AMERICANS' HEALTH CARE ALREADY IMPROVING DUE TO AFFORDABLE CARE ACT

    Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY-17) announced millions of Americans are benefiting from the improved coverage and lower costs provided by the Affordable Care Act. Today marks the one year anniversary of the Patient's Bill of Rights. All Americans with private health plans are now receiving the protections of the Bill of Rights.
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  • REP. ENGEL INFORMED OF EVENTUAL RE-OPENING OF THE WEST NYACK POST OFFICE

    Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY-17) contacted the United States Postal Service (USPS) to urge them to re-open the West Nyack Post Office as soon as possible. The facility has been closed due to flood damage from Hurricane Irene. Due to rumors of its eventual permanent closing, Rep. Engel reached out to USPS officials to find out when the West Nyack Post Office would re-open.
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  • HOUSE REPUBLICANS CONTINUE ASSAULT ON PUBLIC HEALTH

    Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY-17) voted against the latest House Republican Majority attempt to return to the early 20th Century, a time when industrial polluters ran roughshod over the environment and public health. The measure, passed by the GOP majority, would block and indefinitely delay two of the most important and life-saving Clean Air rules in decades – the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards, which limit the amount of mercury and other toxic pollutants that utilities can emit, and the Cross-State Air Pollution Rule, which reduces air pollution emitted in upwind states, as in the Midwest, which harm health in downwind states such as New York. These rules would prevent an estimated 51,000 premature deaths annually.
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  • REP. ENGEL – "SHAMEFUL" HOUSE MAJORITY STILL DOESN'T GET IT

    Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY-17) issued the following statement after House Republicans continued their failed policy of using disaster victims as hostages in their attempt to demand offsets for disaster funding.
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  • REP. ENGEL – TYING DISASTER RELIEF TO POLITICS IS "SHAMEFUL"

    Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY-17) blasted House Republican leadership for playing politics with disaster victims by tying relief funds for to these victims to cuts at the U.S. Department of Energy - funds intended to create "green" jobs and technology. To view Rep. Engel's speech on the House floor - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zuYxxKEUvLI
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  • REPS. ENGEL, GRIMM, CROWLEY URGE PROTECTION FOR GRADUATE MEDICAL EDUCATION

    Representatives Eliot Engel (D-NY-17), Michael Grimm (R-NY-13) and Joseph Crowley (D-NY-7) led a bipartisan letter, signed by all members of the New York delegation, to the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction. The letter expressed strong opposition to cuts to Medicare and Medicaid providers, specifically cuts to Graduate Medical Education (GME). This would affect funding for teaching hospitals and essential Medicaid services, which will have a serious impact on patient care and the economy.
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  • DON'T ASK, DON'T TELL ENTERS HISTORY BOOKS

    Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY-17) issued the following statement on the day the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" (DADT) policy, which prevented openly gay members of the military from serving their country, came to an official close. The repeal, which passed Congress with Rep. Engel's vote and was signed into law by President Obama in December 2010, is final.
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  • MILLIONAIRE TAX MAKES TAX BURDEN FAIR FOR WORKING FAMILIES, MIDDLE CLASS

    Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY-17) praised the proposal for America's long-term fiscal health put forth by President Barack Obama today - a "millionaire tax" - which requires the wealthiest Americans to pay their fair share. The President has made it clear that those who can afford to pay a bit more will do so, instead of the middle class and workers who are struggling to make ends meet.
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  • NEW CITY POST OFFICE RE-NAMED TO HONOR KEN ZEBROWSKI

    Congressman Eliot Engel announced today that the New City Post office at 245 North Main St. will be renamed Monday in honor of the late state Assemblyman Ken Zebrowski.
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  • HOUSE REPUBLICANS VOTE TO WIPE OUT 75 YEARS OF LABOR LAWS

    Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY-17) voted against a House Republican bill stripping the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) of its power and setting back labor relations to a time before the Second World War.
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  • REP. ENGEL – DRIVING DISTRACTED A THREAT TO ALL DRIVERS

    Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY-17) praised the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) for recommending a ban on the use of mobile phones by commercial drivers while driving, This decision follows an accident in Kentucky where a truck crashed into a passenger van killing 10 of the 12 occupants. Investigators determined that the truck driver made the last of his 69 calls and texts (within a 24-hour period) at the moment the truck swerved into the van.
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  • FEMA EXTENDS FIREFIGHTER GRANT PROGRAM DEADLINE

    Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY-17) announced that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is extending the Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) application period for one additional week, until September 23, 2011 at 5:00 p.m. EDT.
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  • ENGEL JOINS CARIBBEAN LEADERS IN ISRAEL; URGES SUPPORT FOR ISRAEL AND "NO" VOTE ON UN PALESTINIAN STATEHOOD RESOLUTION

    Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY-17) accompanied a delegation of high ranking officials from the Caribbean nations of Grenada and St. Kitts and Nevis last week on a visit to Israel. He talked to the Caribbean leaders not only about Israel and the reasons to oppose the upcoming vote at the United Nations on Palestinian statehood, but also about his amendment to put U.S. embassies in the five Caribbean countries where we have now have none. Rep. Engel, the Ranking Member of the House Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere, and the Caribbean delegation met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman and Palestinian Prime Minister Salaam Fayyad.
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  • ENGEL JOINED COLLEAGUES TO PLANT A TREE AT US CAPITOL TO HONOR 9-11 ANNIVERSARY

    Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY-17) joined his House colleagues to plant a tree at the U.S. Capitol to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the 9-11 attacks. The memorial tree is a swamp white oak, over 400 of which were recently planted on the plaza of the National September 11 Memorial and Museum at the World Trade Center. The tree is fast-growing and has a lifespan of up to 350 years. It was planted on the House-side of the U.S. Capitol Square, across from the Rayburn House Office Building with a dramatic view of the U.S. Capitol from the site of the tree.
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  • BRONX TO GET FEDERAL AID FOR HURRICANE DAMAGE

    Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY-17) announced that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) agreed to make Bronx families eligible for individual assistance to recover from damage suffered from Hurricane Irene. Individual assistance allows people to request aid for damage to their homes and personal belongings damaged by the storm.
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  • ENGEL ANNOUNCES $650,000 REHAB GRANT FOR BUS FLEET

    Congressman Eliot Engel announced today that Westchester's Bee Line received a $650,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation. The grant is for new bus engines, including the rehabilitation of its articulated bus fleet.
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  • FEMA TO OPEN ROCKLAND DISASTER EMERGENCY CENTER

    Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY-17) announced that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is opening an office at the Fire Training Center in Pomona to assist people filing for federal assistance in the wake of Hurricane Irene. Rep. Engel's continued intervention with FEMA got them to witness Rockland's damage first hand and approve assistance to people whose homes and belongings were damaged by the storm.
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  • REP. ENGEL – GOP NEEDS TO WORK WITH DEMOCRATS, PRESIDENT OBAMA INSTEAD OF OBSTRUCTING

    Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY-17) issued the following statement following President Obama's jobs proposal, delivered this evening to a joint session of Congress.
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  • SOCIAL SECURITY ASSISTANCE AT ENGEL OFFICE SEPT. 28TH

    Representatives of the Social Security Administration will be at Congressman Eliot Engel's Bronx office on Wednesday, September 28th to assist people with questions or problems concerning this program.
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  • REP. ENGEL – NO MORE DISTRACTIONS, TIME TO PASS A JOBS BILL

    Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY-17) urged House Republican Leadership to put aside partisan rhetoric and work with Democrats and President Barack Obama to pass a comprehensive jobs package as soon as possible. The August jobs report indicated no new jobs were created by the U.S. economy, with the unemployment rate holding steady at 9.1%.
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  • ENGEL: ROCKLAND ‘IRENE' VICTIMS TO GET FEDERAL AID

    Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY-17) announced that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) agreed with his assessment of the extensive damage done to Rockland County by Irene and will make Rockland families eligible for individual assistance to recover from the devastation they suffered in the storm. Individual assistance allows people to request aid for damage to their homes and personal belongings damaged by the storm.
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  • REP. ENGEL – TURKEY MUST STOP THE HYPOCRISY AND STOP BASHING ISRAEL

    Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY-17) issued the following statement in response to Turkey's decision to expel the Israeli ambassador from Ankara, following the release of the U.N. report on the Israeli actions to enforce its blockade of Gaza. Rep. Engel is a senior member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee.
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  • HEALTH INSURANCE TRANSPARENCY WILL HELP FAMILIES, SMALL BUSINESSES

    Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY-17) issued the following statement to spotlight that new requirements for health insurers to justify rate increases, which took effect yesterday, designed to protect and control costs for many families and small businesses who are struggling to afford coverage.
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  • REP. ENGEL – AMERICA NEEDS ROBUST INVESTMENT IN INFRASTRUCTURE, JOBS

    Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY-17) urged the Republican House Majority, Senate Leadership, and President Barack Obama to come together and produce a robust, long-term surface transportation funding extension which would improve the nation's infrastructure and put more Americans back to work, especially in light of today's announcement of no new jobs added.
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  • REP. ENGEL – STATE DEPARTMENT SHOULD DEMAND PALESTINIANS KEEP AGREEMENTS WITH ISRAEL

    Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY-17) issued the following statement in response to yesterday's U.S. State Department's caution to Israel to not dissolve their agreements with the Palestinian Authority. Rep. Engel is a senior member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee.
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  • REP. ENGEL CONVINCES FEMA TO INSPECT ROCKLAND DAMAGE

    Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY-17) issued the following statement after his conversation with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), regarding the need for FEMA assistance to the people of Rockland County, following the damage caused by Hurricane Irene. Individual assistance allows people to request aid if their homes and personal belongings were damaged by the storm.
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  • REP. ENGEL TOURS FLOOD-DAMAGED REGIONS; VOWS TO PUSH FOR FEDERAL AID

    Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY-17), joined with local officials, viewed regions in Rockland and Westchester Counties severely damaged by the flooding caused by Hurricane Irene. Rep. Engel is fighting for federal assistance to come to the residents and small businesses who have suffered devastating damages to their homes and livelihood.
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  • ENGEL: SCHNEIDERMAN REMOVAL FROM STATE LAWSUIT IS WRONG

    Throwing NYS Attorney General Eric Schneiderman off an executive committee negotiating a nationwide settlement with the nation's largest banks over dubious foreclosure practices is wrong said Congressman Eliot Engel.
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  • REP. ENGEL VOWS TO SEEK FEDERAL AID FOR FLOODED REGIONS

    Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY-17) vowed to pursue all federal options to help the Hudson Valley and New York City recover from the devastation caused by Hurricane Irene. Flooding, from overflowed rivers and streams, poured into Rockland and Westchester communities. This flooding caused widespread damage.
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  • DRAMATIC PROGRESS IN LOU GEHRIG'S DISEASE

    Scientists believe they have found a common cause for the three types of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), commonly known as Lou Gehrig's Disease, which could greatly aid efforts to find a treatment for the fatal neurodegenerative disease.
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  • NEW RULES PROTECTING AIRLINE PASENGERS IN EFFECT

    Congressman Eliot Engel applauded the new rules protecting airline passengers who are now eligible for increased compensation when bumped from flights, from $650 up to $1,300 depending on when the airline gets them to their destination.
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  • ENGEL HITS GOP ON TAX HYPOCRICY DON'T TAX THE RICH, JUST THE MIDDLE CLASS

    Congressman Eliot Engel pummeled Republicans for supporting increased taxes on middle income people while demanding that the rich be left alone.
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  • ENGEL: EARTHQUAKE SHOWS DANGER TO INDIAN POINT

    Congressman Eliot Engel said the 5.7 magnitude earthquake that struck near Washington D.C. Tuesday demonstrates that the east coast of the United States faces the dangers of earthquakes that could dramatically affect the Indian Point nuclear facility.
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  • REPS. ENGEL, BILIRAKIS AND 100 HOUSE MEMBERS URGE SUPPORT FOR DEMOCRACY IN ALL OF CYPRUS

    Congressmen Eliot Engel (D-NY-17) and Gus Bilirakis (R-FL-09), along with more than 100 bipartisan members of the House Representatives, gave their strong support for the U.S.-Cyprus relationship in a letter to President Obama. The members thanked Cyprus for being a staunch friend and ally in the increasingly unstable eastern Mediterranean.
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  • STATUE HONORING MARTIN LUTHER KIND UNVEILED IN WASHINGTON

    The National monument to America's greatest Civil Rights leader, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., was unveiled Monday on the Mall in Washington, where he joins Jefferson and Lincoln among America's heroes. The official dedication is Sunday, the 48th anniversary of his famous ‘I Have A Dream' address to the March on Washington.
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  • ENGEL: $745 MILLION IN IMPROVEMENTS COMING ON NORTHEAST CORRIDOR TRACKS

    Congressman Eliot Engel announced that the U.S.Department of Transportation will be spending nearly $745 million to upgrade some of the Northeast Corridor's most heavily-used sections. Improvements between New York City and Trenton will improve on-time performance and reliability, and an initial increase in top operating speeds up to 160 mph and future maximum speeds of 186 mph. The work is expected to create approximately 12,000 jobs.
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  • CONG. ENGEL ACCEPTING DONATIONS FOR ‘PROJECT: BACK TO SCHOOL'

    Congressman Eliot Engel is again working with the Coalition for the Homeless to help New York's homeless children prepare for the school year by taking part in ‘Project: Back To School," a drive for backpacks and other school supplies.
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  • REP. ENGEL CONDEMNS TERRORIST ATTACK ON ISRAELI CIVILIANS

    Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY-17) issued the following statement in response to the deadly attack on a bus in Southern Israel by armed terrorists. Israel said the Palestinian assailants, from Hamas-ruled Gaza, crossed into Israel from the Sinai Peninsula in Egypt and killed seven people.
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  • REP. ENGEL APPLAUDS PRESIDENT OBAMA'S CALL FOR AN END TO ASSAD REGIME

    "President Obama is right. It's time for the Assad regime to go. The Assad dynasty was brutal under the late Hafez Assad and has only become more murderous under his son Bashar."
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  • REP. ENGEL – HEALTH CARE RULING A STEP BACK FOR AMERICANS

    Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY-17) said he was greatly disappointed in the ruling handed down today by the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals, which singled out the provision in the Affordable Care Act requiring Americans to acquire health care coverage. Rep. Engel is a senior member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee's Subcommittee on Health.
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  • ENGEL SUPPORTS REFORMS TO FLAWED "NO CHILD LEFT BEHIND"

    Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY-17) gave his full support to the Obama Administration's plans to reform "No Child Left Behind," after continued resistance by Congress to make changes to the flawed program.
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  • ENGEL ANNOUNCES NEW TRAFFIC SIGNAL IN KINGSBRIDGE

    Congressman Eliot Engel announced that a new traffic signal will be installed at the intersection of 234th Street and Bailey Avenue.
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  • REP. ENGEL CALLS ON PRESIDENT OBAMA TO TIGHTEN SANCTIONS ON SYRIA

    Today, Rep. Eliot L. Engel (D-NY-17), a senior member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, urged to President Barack Obama to respond to the repression in Syria by tightening sanctions against the regime.
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  • REP. ENGEL – NO MORE DELAYS ON A JOBS BILL

    Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY-17) called on the House Republican Majority to use the promising July jobs numbers to finally fulfill its promise to the American people to have a "laser-like" focus on jobs. The self-inflicted distraction of the debt ceiling debate has passed, so there is no excuse to continue avoiding any kind of jobs bill to help Americans get back to work.
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  • ENGEL CONDEMNS CUBAN REGIME FOR REJECTING ALAN GROSS APPEAL

    Rep. Eliot L. Engel (D-NY-17), Ranking Member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee's Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere, today condemned the Cuban regime for rejecting Alan Gross's appeal of his 15-year prison sentence
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  • REP. ENGEL CALLS FOR HALT ON HILLVIEW RESERVOIR COVER

    Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY-17) said the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) should abandon the construction of a cover over the Hillview Reservoir in Yonkers. The Congressman joined several of his colleagues to insist that the EPA grant a waiver to their mandate to build the cover.
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  • HHS COVERAGE OF CONTRACEPTION WILL HELP MILLIONS

    Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY-17) applauded the decision by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to include contraception as part of preventative care for women covered by insurance. This decision will be beneficial to millions of Americans for preventing communicable diseases and eliminating unwanted pregnancies.
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  • SOCIAL SECURITY ASSISTANCE AT ENGEL OFFICE AUGUST 24TH

    Representatives of the Social Security Administration will be at Congressman Eliot Engel's Bronx office on Wednesday, August 24th to assist people with questions or problems concerning this program.
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  • REP. ENGEL – DEBT COMPROMISE IS FAR FROM A REAL COMPROMISE

    Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY-17) voted against the debt "compromise" bill today, saying it accomplished little more than putting more of a burden on the backs of the middle class. Rep. Engel has called for a vote on the debt ceiling without preconditions, something which has been done scores of times previously, and having a budgetary discussion separate from this necessary procedural move. As it became clear the Tea Party dominated House Majority was refusing, Rep. Engel urged President Obama to invoke the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution and raise the debt ceiling to prevent the first-ever default on our debts. To view his comments from the House floor - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K24PkXmRjY0
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  • ENGEL PRAISES LITERACY, READING PROGRAM AT KINGSBRIDGE LIBRARY

    In remarks prepared for delivery at the new Kingsbridge Library announcing a program to promote reading and literacy, Congressman Eliot Engel called reading not only a gateway to learning but something to be enjoyed.
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  • ENGEL WARNS OF POSTAL E-FRAUDS

    Congressman Eliot Engel warned of a new scam when a constituent received an e-mail purportedly from a U.S Postal Inspector saying a package had been intercepted by the postal service and she should send money to an overseas address to free the package for delivery.
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  • REP. ENGEL – TIME TO STOP THE GAMES

    Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY-17) issued the following statement regarding the special Saturday session of the U.S. House of Representatives and the "sham" vote taken on a copy of the debt reduction plan being considered in the U.S. Senate.
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  • REP. ENGEL CALLS HOUSE GOP DEBT REWRITE "POLITICAL THEATER AT ITS WORST"

    Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY-17) issued the following statement regarding the second version of the House GOP leadership debt bill. After failing to convince their own members to support the first version, Republican Leadership chose to further pander to their Tea Party members rather than appeal to Democrats to pass a bill.
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  • ENGEL ANNOUNCES $500,000 FEDERAL GRANT FOR MOUNT VERNON HEALTH CENTER

    Congressman Eliot Engel announced a $500,000 federal grant for the Mount Vernon Neighborhood Health Center to expand its school-based health care programs established by the Affordable Care Act.
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  • HOUSE REPUBLICANS' DEBT BILL - AN ASSAULT ON THE MIDDLE CLASS

    Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY-17) voted against the House Republicans' debt bill on Friday, calling it an "all out assault" on the middle class. The partisan plan passed the House, and is expected to be rejected by the Senate.
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  • ENGEL, GARAMENDI, JACKSON LEE, CHRISTENSEN CALL FOR 14TH AMENDMENT AS "FAILSAFE"

    Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY-17), with colleagues Rep. John Garamendi (D-CA-10), Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX-18) and Delegate Donna Christensen (D-Virgin Islands), called for President Obama to invoke the 14th Amendment of the Constitution to raise the debt ceiling as a "failsafe" method to avoid a government default. They held a press conference at the symbolic corner of 14th Street and Constitution Avenue in Washington to highlight the call for invoking the constitutional option. The 14th Amendment was officially certified on this day in 1868.
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  • STEM CELL RESEARCH SAVES JOBS, ADVANCES SCIENTIFIC DISCOVERY

    Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY-17) issued the following statement concerning a federal judge's reversal of his original ruling blocking federal funding of human embryonic stem cell research. In 2010, President Barack Obama issued an executive order lifting former President George W. Bush's ban on federal funding. U.S. District Judge Royce Lamberth issued an injunction against the National Institutes of Health moving ahead with the research last year, but based on a higher court ruling, has now ruled to uphold the President's executive order.
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  • 9-11 HEALTH BILL MUST ACCOUNT FOR CANCER VICTIMS

    Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY-17) released the following statement after the doctor overseeing the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act, said there may not be evidence to include cancer on the list of diseases covered by the law.
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  • REP. ENGEL – CALL TO INVOKE THE 14TH AMENDMENT

    Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY-17) is calling for President Obama to invoke the 14th Amendment of the Constitution as the deadline for the country to act to avoid default rapidly approaches. Rep. Engel will be joined by several colleagues in support of the action – Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY- 8), Rep. John Garamendi (D-CA-10), and Del. Donna Christensen (D-Virgin Islands) - at a press conference on Thursday afternoon at the corner of 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW in Washington DC.
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  • DON'T ASK, DON'T TELL FINALLY COMES TO AN END

    Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY-17) celebrated the end of the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell (DADT) policy which prevented openly gay members of the military from serving their country. Today, President Barack Obama, U.S. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Michael Mullen officially certified that the Pentagon is ready to transition the law out of existence. In 60 days from today, the repeal which passed Congress with Rep. Engel's vote and was signed into law by President Obama in December 2010, will become final.
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  • ENGEL AMENDMENTS WOULD BLOCK AID TO PALESTINIANS AND PREPARE THEM FOR PEACE

    The House Committee on Foreign Affairs yesterday adopted two amendments written by Rep. Eliot L. Engel (D-NY-17) to condition assistance to the Palestinian Authority (PA). The amendments block aid for the PA if it declares independence or seeks UN recognition, and requires it to end incitement and prepares its people for peace with Israel.
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  • ENGEL AMENDMENT PRESSES FOR EMBASSIES IN CARIBBEAN

    Yesterday, the House Foreign Affairs Committee passed an amendment authored by Rep. Eliot L. Engel (D-NY-17) pressing the State Department to open U.S. embassies in the five Caribbean countries which currently do not have one.
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  • ENGEL ANNOUNCES GRANTS FOR SCHOOL-BASED HEALTH CENTERS

    Congressman Eliot Engel announced that $500,000 in federal funding from the Department of Health and Human Services for Montefiore Medical Center to expand school-based health programs established by the Affordable Care Act
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  • ENGEL ANNOUNCES FEDERAL GRANTS FOR REFUAH SCHOOL-BASED HEALTH CENTERS

    Congressman Eliot Engel announced that $417,600 in federal funding from the Department of Health and Human Services for Refuah Health Center to expand school-based health care programs established by the Affordable Care Act.
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  • REP. ENGEL SPEARHEADS MEETING WITH NY REPS/DEMOCRATIC LEADER PELOSI

    Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY-17) organized a meeting between the New York House Democratic delegation and Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi on Wednesday afternoon to urge her to stand strong against proposed cuts to Medicare, Medicaid and Graduate Medical Education (GME). The delegation called such funding reductions "devastating to New York's economy." The delegation would "find it next to impossible" to support a debt ceiling package which included cuts to GME funding for teaching hospitals and essential Medicaid services.
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  • REP. ENGEL CALLS MEDICARE/MEDICAID CUTS "DEVASTATING" TO NEW YORK

    Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY-17) led a New York delegation letter to President Barack Obama, House Speaker John Boehner and Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi in strong opposition to proposed drastic cuts to Medicare and Medicaid. Rep. Engel's letter stated that the Members would "find it next to impossible" to support a debt ceiling package which included cuts to Graduate Medical Education (GME) funding for teaching hospitals and essential Medicaid services.
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  • REP. ENGEL, DR. BURGESS APPLAUD RECOMMENDATIONS FOR GESTATIONAL DIABETES SCREENINGS

    Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY-17) and Congressman Michael C. Burgess, M.D. (R-TX-26) applauded the findings of the Institute of Medicine's (IOM) report issued on Tuesday regarding screening of pregnant woman for gestational diabetes. First and foremost among the recommendations regarding essential women's preventative health services is screening for all pregnant women and a focus for at-risk pregnant women to be screened for Gestational Diabetes. Rep. Engel and Dr. Burgess recently introduced the Gestational Diabetes Act of 2011 (GEDI), (H.R. 2194) legislation designed to lower the incidence of gestational diabetes and prevent affected women and their children from later developing Type 2 diabetes. The bill passed the House last year but stalled in the Senate.
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  • REP. ENGEL REJECTS REPUBLICAN "CUT, SLASH, GUT AND DON'T CARE ACT"

    Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY-17) opposed the House Republican Majority's latest budget plan, which is a more extreme version of the budget they passed in April. The latest version would result in more job losses and a federal government which will be unable to adjust to changing economic conditions. A two-thirds majority would need to vote to stimulate growth increasing spending.
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  • REP. ENGEL CALLS FOR REPEAL OF DEFENSE OF MARRIAGE ACT

    Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY-17) issued the following statement following the news that President Obama supports the Respect for Marriage Act, which repeals the Defense of Marriage Act. Rep. Engel was one of only 67 House Members to vote against DOMA.
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  • REP. ENGEL ADDRESSES FINANCIAL SERVICES ROUNDTABLE; RINGS CLOSING BELL AT NASDAQ

    Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY-17) spoke before the Financial Services Roundtable, a group representing 100 of the nation's largest financial institutions, before joining them in ringing the closing bell at NASDAQ. Rep. Engel discussed the current debt ceiling and budget negotiations taking place in Washington.
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  • ENGEL AMENDMENT ON ALTERNATIVE FUELS ACCEPTED INTO ENERGY AND WATER BILL

    Congressman Eliot Engel's (D-NY-17) amendment was adopted into the FY 2012 Energy and Water Appropriations bill, requiring the mandatory use of alternative fuel vehicles by the U.S. Department of Energy and related agencies. The amendment codifies the Presidential Memorandum on Federal Fleet Performance issued recently by President Barack Obama. The Memorandum would require all new light duty vehicles in the federal fleet to be alternate fuel vehicles, such as hybrid, electric, natural gas, or biofuel, by December 31, 2015.
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  • EAST CHESTER CREEK DREDGING ADVANCES

    Congressman Eliot Engel praised the action of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works for providing the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers authority to study the feasibility of dredging Eastchester Creek. This dredging would allow for expanded commercial transportation of home heating fuel and other products in the region.
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  • REP. ENGEL RECEIVES MEXICO'S HIGHEST HONOR

    RECOGNIZED FOR WORK FIGHTING DRUG CRIME AND ILLEGAL WEAPONS TRAFFICKING, AND FOR PROMOTING IMMIGRATION REFORM
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  • REP. ENGEL – ARMY CORPS FUNDING NEEDED TO HELP FLOOD VICTIMS

    Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY-17) voted to increase the budget for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and restore the huge cuts made by the House Republican Majority. As Rockland and Westchester Counties and other areas throughout the country deal with the recent devastating floods, it is more apparent that deep cuts to the Army Corps are short-sighted.
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  • ENGEL: AS CATASTROPHE LOOMS, GOP VOTES ON LIGHTBULBS

    Congressman Eliot Engel accused the House GOP majority of wasting time on an ideological agenda, while the country teeters on the edge of economic catastrophe, by voting on light bulb legislation.
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  • REP. ENGEL – HOW GOVERNMENT DEFAULT AFFECTS AMERICAN FAMILIES

    Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY-17) said failure to raise the debt ceiling would have dire consequences for the American economy, and around the world, with chilling affects on each and every family in America, and across the world. "If Congress plays politics and allows the unthinkable to happen," he said, "we could experience a global depression the likes of which has not been seen for generations.
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  • REP. ENGEL – SPACE SHUTTLE PROGRAM LAUNCHES FINAL MISSION

    Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY-17) issued the following statement in response to the final launch of the space shuttle Atlantis. There are no plans for astronauts to be sent into space from U.S. soil for at least three years. NASA has indicated an intention to go to Mars or to an asteroid as the next mission.
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  • REP. ENGEL APPLAUDS THE END OF DON'T ASK, DON'T TELL

    Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY-17) applauded the recent decision handed down by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals banning the Pentagon from preventing openly gay members of the military from serving their country. President Obama signed the repeal of the practice, known as "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" (DADT) in December 2010, but the process of implementing the repeal has not yet been finalized. The Pentagon said it would comply with the court's ruling, essentially ending DADT for good.
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  • REP. ENGEL – WHERE IS THE JOBS BILL?

    Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY-17) urged the Republican House Majority to finally fulfill their promise to the American people and produce a jobs bill. Seven months into their control of the House and not a single jobs bill has been discussed, much less passed. This is despite an unemployment crisis and a Republican campaign promise to have a "laser-like" focus on jobs.
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  • REP. ENGEL CONDEMNS ‘ANEMIC' TRANSPORTATION BILL

    Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY-17) condemned the Republican Majority's latest failure to create jobs with its unveiling of a six-year transportation bill which cuts current funding levels by 35 percent.
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  • ENGEL AMENDMENT ON ALTERNATIVE FUELS ACCEPTED INTO DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE APPROPRIATIONS BILL

    Congressman Eliot Engel's (D-NY-17) amendment was adopted into the FY 2012 Department of Defense Appropriations bill, requiring the mandatory use of alternative fuel vehicles by the Department of Defense. The amendment codifies the Presidential Memorandum on Federal Fleet Performance issued last week by President Barack Obama. The Memorandum would require all new light duty vehicles in the federal fleet to be alternate fuel vehicles, such as hybrid, electric, natural gas, or biofuel, by December 31, 2015.
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  • REP. ENGEL URGES AMT SOLUTION AS PART OF DEBT, TAX CODE REFORM DEAL

    Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY-17) is calling for a permanent reform of the Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT) to be included in any bipartisan budget agreement to cut the deficit.
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  • REP. ENGEL HIGHLIGHTS 45TH ANNIVERSARY OF MEDICARE

    Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY-17), in celebrating today as the 45th anniversary of the implementation of Medicare, vowed to ensure the program will survive, despite efforts to radically change the way it works. President Lyndon Johnson had signed Medicare into law on July 30, 1965, and on July 1, 1966, enrollees first entered the program.
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  • CONGRESSMAN ENGEL PRAISES WOODLAWN'S STATUS AS NATIONAL HISTORIC LANDMARK

    As a lifelong Bronx resident, I am pleased to learn that Woodlawn Cemetery will be designated a National Historic Landmark. At nearly 150 years old and where countless great Americans are laid to rest, Woodlawn Cemetery has been instrumental in preserving this nation's legacy.
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  • STATUTORY DEBT CEILING VIOLATES CONSTITUTION

    Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY-17) wrote to President Barack Obama stating that since the Fourteenth Amendment of the Constitution prohibits the United States from defaulting on its public debt, having a statutory debt ceiling is unconstitutional.
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  • CONG. ELIOT ENGEL ON SENTENCING IN BOMBING PLOT AGAINST SYNAGOGUES

    Two years ago a group of terrorists shocked the Riverdale community and the country with their attempt to bomb two Synagogues in Riverdale and one in Rockland, as well as plotting to shoot down military aircraft at Stewart International Airport in Newburgh. What is equally shocking is that those responsible for this horrific plot would receive anything less than life sentences.
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  • APPEALS COURT HEALTH CARE RULING THE CORRECT DECISION

    Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY-17) welcomed the decision by the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals today that the Affordable Care Act's mandating individual coverage is constitutional. Two of the three judges who ruled in favor of the landmark legislation were appointed by former Democratic President Jimmy Carter and former Republican President George W. Bush, proving that the legality of the mandate transcends party lines. Rep. Engel is a senior member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee's Subcommittee on Health, and was a strong supporter of the Affordable Care Act.
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  • CONGRESSMAN ELIOT ENGEL ON LOCAL FLOODING AND BUDGET CUTS

    Today's flash flooding in Rockland and Westchester stresses the connection between budget negotiations in Washington and how they affect people's everyday lives. Our immediate focus must be on managing the floodwaters and responding to the disaster.
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  • PLAYING "CHICKEN" WITH THE DEBT IS NOT A GAME

    Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY-17) issued the following statement after the Republican Congressional Leadership walked out on the bipartisan talks to raise the debt ceiling and strike a 2012 deal on a budget.
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  • NEW NLRB RULES WILL BENEFIT AMERICAN WORKERS

    Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY-17) applauded the recent decision issued by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) proposing new rules to speed up and modernize union elections.
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  • TROOPS RETURN APPLAUDED; BUT NEEDS TO BE MORE

    Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY-17) welcomed the news of President Obama's troop reductions in Afghanistan, but thinks the withdrawal should be accelerated. Published reports state that 10,000 troops would be coming home by the end of 2011, and another 23,000 by the end of next summer. The senior member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee encouraged the Administration to bring more troops home sooner rather than later.
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  • HORACE MANN MIDDLE SCHOOL – STEM SCIENCE FAIR WINNERS

    The four won first place in the Middle School Division of the 2011 STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) Education Science Fair. Their project harnesses energy from "wasted wind" in the New York City Subway system. Their coach, Jodi Hill, was not pictured
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  • ENGEL STATEMENT ON REP. WEINER'S RESIGNATION

    Congressman Weiner has chosen to resign and we must all respect that decision. I hope he can now move on with his life, and Congress must now proceed with the important issues of the day.
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  • REPS. ENGEL, BURGESS INTRODUCE GESTATIONAL DIABETES ACT

    Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY-17) and Congressman Michael C. Burgess, M.D. (R-TX-26) re-introduced the Gestational Diabetes Act of 2011 (GEDI), (H.R. 2194) legislation designed to lower the incidence of gestational diabetes and prevent affected women and their children from later developing Type 2 diabetes. The bill passed the House last year but stalled in the Senate.
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  • ENGEL, MURPHY BILL HELPS INTRAVENOUS PATIENTS

    The Medicare Home Infusion Therapy Coverage Act of 2011 closes Medicare gaps and saves money
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  • REP. ENGEL HONORS HEROIC IRANIAN DISSIDENTS AND ACTIVISTS

    Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY-17) issued the following statement in support of the Iran180 Hero Awards, which were presented today at a ceremony in New York City. The awards were presented almost two years after Iran's elections led to the controversial re-election of President Ahmadinejad. Rep. Engel was one of several leaders who questioned the legitimacy of that election.
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  • ENGEL, LOWEY TO CO-CHAIR ALLERGY & ASTHMA CAUCUS

    Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY-17) and Congresswoman Nita Lowey (D-NY-18) will serve as two of the four co-chairs of the Congressional Allergy and Asthma Caucus. Both have been longtime leaders in the fight to cure asthma, and other debilitating allergies and have been long serving members of the Caucus. Today, they are leading the caucus and will be joined by Republican Congressmen Joe Barton (R-TX) and Bill Cassidy (R-LA).
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  • REP. ENGEL – CLEAR EVIDENCE FOR THE NEED OF A JOBS BILL

    Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY-17) said the May jobs report, while adding a disappointing 54,000 jobs in the last month, was still the 15th consecutive month of job growth. The result is over two million private sector jobs added as America comes out of the recession.
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  • REP. ENGEL MEETS WITH SECRETARY OF STATE CLINTON

    Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY-17) met with U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at the State Department on Wednesday and addressed several areas of concern in the Western Hemisphere, the Middle East and in the Balkans.
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  • REP. ENGEL – BIPARTISAN OPEN FUEL STANDARD WILL BENEFIT TAXPAYERS, BOLSTER NATIONAL SECURITY

    Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY-17) was joined by Republican colleagues Rep. John Shimkus (R-IL-19) and Rep. Roscoe Bartlett (R-MD-6) Thursday to promote the Open Fuel Standard Act (HR 1687). The lawmakers were joined by former National Security Advisor Robert MacFarlane, Gregory Dolan from the Methanol Institute and Bob Dinneen of the Renewable Fuels Association. Rep. Steve Israel (D-NY) is also an original co-sponsor of the legislation.
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  • ENGEL AMENDMENT ON ALTERNATIVE FUELS ACCEPTED INTO HOMELAND SECURITY APPROPRIATIONS BILL

    Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY-17) had an amendment to the FY 2012 Homeland Security Appropriations bill successfully adopted late Wednesday evening. The amendment codifies the Presidential Memorandum on Federal Fleet Performance issued last week by President Barack Obama. The Memorandum would require all new light duty vehicles in the federal fleet to be alternate fuel vehicles, such as hybrid, electric, natural gas, or biofuel, by December 31, 2015. Rep. Engel's amendment, which received bipartisan support, would ensure that no funds may be used by the Department of Homeland Security for its fleet of vehicles except in accord with the President's Memorandum.
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  • REP. ENGEL – STATEMENT ON REPUBLICAN MAJORITY'S ATTACK ON MEDICARE, HOMELAND SECURITY

    Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY-17) issued the following statement following the deeming and passing of the Republican budget as part of the Homeland Security FY 2012 Appropriations bill.
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  • CONGRESSMAN ELIOT ENGEL ON NEW SQUARE ARSON

    The horrific attack in which Aron Rottenberg was burned over 50 percent of his body is a very disturbing event. Justice must be vigorously pursued in this case. The alleged assailant has been arrested and charged. Now it is time for us to step back and let justice pursue its course. It is essential that this crime be thoroughly investigated to determine the extent of culpability. I am confident in our system of justice, but I will be monitoring these events very closely, and if at any time I believe it is going off course, I will not hesitate to speak out and call for further action.
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  • Rep. Engel: Arrest of Mladic Is Important Step for Serbia; Urges Resolution of Dispute with Kosovo Before EU Membership

    Congressman Eliot L. Engel (D-NY-17), a senior member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee's Subcommittee on Europe, issued the following statement applauding Serbia's arrest of Ratko Mladic, the former Bosnian Serb army chief. He also cautioned that Serbia must resolve its dispute with Kosovo before it can join the European Union.
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  • REP. ENGEL – AUTO BAILOUT PROVES SUCCESSFUL

    Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY-17) said today that the Chrysler's repaying the loan given to them by the American people, six years earlier than expected, was proof that the auto bailout of 2008 was a huge success. Chrysler announced they will repay $5.9 billion in loans to American taxpayers, marking a remarkable turnaround for the company and the U.S. auto industry. Also today, it was reported that American manufacturers have added nearly 200,000 jobs in the past year–the highest manufacturing jobs growth since 1998
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  • REP. ENGEL – U.S. AND ISRAEL BOND IS AS STRONG AS EVER

    Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY-17) called Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's speech to a joint meeting of Congress "exceptional" and that it spelled out the reality of what is holding back peace in the Middle East.
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  • REP. ENGEL – PRESIDENT OBAMA IMPLEMENTS ENGEL INITIATIVE FOR FLEX FUELS

    Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY-17) applauded President Barack Obama's implementing the Open Fuel Standard on federal vehicles. The Presidential Memorandum on Federal Fleet Performance, which would require all new light duty vehicles in the federal fleet to be alternate fuel vehicles, such as hybrid, electric, natural gas, or biofuel, by December 31, 2015.
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  • REP. ENGEL – STATEMENT ON PRESIDENT OBAMA'S MIDDLE EAST SPEECH

    Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY-17), a senior member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, issued the following statement in response to President Barack Obama's speech on Middle East and North Africa policy.
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  • REP. ENGEL PRAISES NEW SANCTIONS ON SYRIAN REGIME

    Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY-17) applauded the decision by the Obama Administration to impose sanctions against Syrian President Bashar Assad and six other Syrian officials, freezing assets that fall under U.S. jurisdiction and, for the most part, bar American individuals and companies from doing business with the Syrian officials. The sanctions came as a result of Syria's human rights abuses during its violent crackdown on anti-government protests in which an estimated 850 killed and another 8,000 arrested by their own government.
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  • REP. ENGEL – EXTENDED TPS STATUS FOR HAITIANS IS THE RIGHT DECISION

    Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY-17) applauded the Obama Administration's extension of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Haitian beneficiaries for an additional 18 months, until January 22, 2013.
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  • REP. ENGEL: ‘MANHATTAN PROJECT' FOR ENERGY IS NEEDED

    Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY-17), a senior member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, in a major policy address on Monday (5/16) to the American Jewish Committee in New York City, called for a bold new energy plan for America to end dependence on foreign oil. Calling it a new "Manhattan Project," the plan would bring together the sharpest scientific minds, for economic and national security reasons, to revamp our energy priorities. It would catapult the nation forward and move energy policy into the 21st Century.
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  • ENGEL ASKS PRESIDENT FOR EXTENDED STAY FOR HAITIANS

    Congressman Eliot Engel joined congressional colleagues in asking President Obama to extend the Temporary Protective Status now granted Haitians in the United States whose visas have expired saying that forcing them to return to Haiti would only strain that poor country's resources while it is still rebuilding after the devastating earthquake.
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  • ENGEL CONDEMNS SYNAGOGUE PLOT, PRAISES POLICE WORK

    Congressman Eliot Engel praised the NYC Police Department for its actions in arresting two men they charged with plotting an attack on a New York synagogue.
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  • SOCIAL SECURITY REPRESENTATIVES AT REP. ENGEL'S OFFICE May 25th

    Representatives of the Social Security Administration will be at Congressman Eliot Engel's Bronx office on Wednesday, May 25th to help people with questions and/or issues concerning Social Security.
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  • REP. ENGEL – IMMIGRATION REFORM IS LONG OVERDUE

    Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY-17) issued the following statement following President Barack Obama's speech in El Paso, Texas today regarding immigration reform.
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  • REP. ENGEL – REPEATS CALL FOR INDIAN POINT CLOSURE

    Congressman Eliot Engel repeated his call today for the closure of Indian Point following his tour of the plant with Nuclear Regulatory Commission Chairman Gregory Jaczko and Congresswoman Nita Lowey. Rep. Engel was the first New York Member of Congress to call for the plant's closure, and maintains the position that the plant is dangerous to the New York City region and beyond.
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  • REP. ENGEL – PRIVATE SECTOR JOB CREATION AT A FIVE-YEAR HIGH

    Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY-17) released the following statement on the April job report indicating an addition of 244,000 jobs in the last month. This is the largest increase in private sector employment since February 2006.
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