My Legislative Priorities for 2019
By Congressman ELIOT L. ENGEL

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Congressman Eliot Engel is the U.S. Representative for New York’s Congressional District 16.

WASHINGTON, DC — December 31, 2018 — 2018 is drawing to a close, and 2019 promises a fresh start for us in Congress. As Democrats transition into leadership roles, there are issues we must tackle on behalf of the American people.

I believe that the Conservative-controlled Congress over the past two years abdicated its duty when it comes to Executive oversight, and we must correct that immediately upon taking control of the House. 

Looking ahead, I wanted to share with you some of my top priorities for the new year:

1.  Oversight: When it comes to foreign policy, I have time and time again disagreed with the policies of this President and his Adminsitration, especially as it pertains to diplomacy. But some of his more curious moments may not be by accident. For instance, what did the President and Vladimir Putin discuss in Helsinki? Why has it been kept secret, and why do we still not know? What type of business dealings did the President have abroad prior to his election, and how has it affected his decision making? These are critical questions that have been left unanswered, and I plan to get to the bottom of it. Congress is a co-equal branch of government, not a rubberstamp for the Executive.

2.  Health Care: The The Majority worked hard to repeal the Affordable Care Act and strip Americans of critical protections. I believe it should be strengthened. We need to make health care more affordable and ensure every American has access to the care they need. That’s why I have long supported, and continue to support, opening up a Medicare for All program.

3.  Fighting Climate Change: The President’s own Adminsitration has said climate change is a huge problem that must be dealt with immediately. America should be the global leader in creating a new, green economy that produces renewable fuels and well-paying jobs. But we can’t do that without the right leadership in Washington. The House Energy and Commerce Committee, which I sit on, and the Foreign Affairs Committee have legislative jurisdiction over this critical issue. When Democrats take over, we will be able to tackle climate change and set us on the right path to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. This is a huge undertaking, but if we don’t act now, we’ll have deprived our children of massive economic opportunities and doomed them to life on an increasingly inhospitable planet.

4.   Gun Control: The Majority in the 115thCongress will be noted more for what it didn’t do than what it accomplished. Nowhere is that more evident than on the issue of gun control. We have a serious epidemic of gun violence in this country. There is a mass shooting, on average, every single day in America, and nothing has been done to fix the ongoing crisis. We need universal background checks, a reinstitution of the assault weapons ban, and to fund critical research on gun violence through the CDC. We also need to pass my legislation that would ban the sale of armor piercing bullets that pose a particular threat to law enforcement. Weapons of war don’t belong in our society; deer don’t wear Kevlar.

5). Repealing the GOP Tax Law: I believe last year’s tax law was one of the worst bills I have ever seen come to the floor of the House. I also believe the bill disproportionately hurt New Yorkers, who lost critical State and Local Tax (SALT) deductions. We need to repeal this bill and work on a tax code that’s beneficial to working Americans, not corporate interests.

6). Defend Our Immigrant Communities: We are a country of immigrants, but the current Administration’s policies–from separating families at the border to lowering the cap on refugee admissions–have, I believe, worked to disenfranchise our immigrant communities. That isn’t the America I know. We need to help those in need and stop the attacks on people who come seeking a better future for their families. Legislatively, we must also finally pass a permanent extension of DACA to protect our DREAMers and reunite families.

7). Repealing the GOP Tax Law: I believe last year’s tax law was one of the worst bills I have ever seen come to the floor of the House. I also believe the bill disproportionately hurt New Yorkers, who lost critical State and Local Tax (SALT) deductions. We need to repeal this bill and work on a tax code that’s beneficial to working Americans, not corporate interests.

8). Defend Our Immigrant Communities: We are a country of immigrants, but the current Administration’s policies–from separating families at the border to lowering the cap on refugee admissions–have, I believe, worked to disenfranchise our immigrant communities. That isn’t the America I know. We need to help those in need and stop the attacks on people who come seeking a better future for their families. Legislatively, we must also finally pass a permanent extension of DACA to protect our DREAMers and reunite families.

9).   Protect Voting Rights: I feel voting rights are under attack in this country. We should be making it easier for people to vote, not harder. As such, when Congress reconvenes I plan to reintroduce H.J. Res 28, (originally introduced in January, 2017) calling for a comprehensive voting rights Constitutional Amendment. It includes repealing the Electoral College, establishing Election Day as a national holiday, outlawing gerrymandering, and restoring voting rights, among other reforms.

There are many other issues we need to address—protecting Social Security and Medicare, restoring net neutrality, and tackling the the student loan crisis 

Just to name a few. But no matter where we start, I am committed to working with my fellow House Members to ensure this new Congress reflects the values of my constituents here in New York’s 16th Congressional District. 

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SOURCE: Bryant Daniels | Director of Public Affairs | Congressman Eliot L. Engel

 

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By Congressman ELIOT L. ENGEL

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  1. So , how do you meld in medicare for all when you have people who have contributed nothing and people who have contributed their whole life into one. I can take a guess, how about the rest of America?

    Those who have paid will continue to pay and also for those who give nothing. You sir, are a vote gathering disgrace.

  2. The America you know, is a Country of LEGAL immigrants, and sometimes even that has not worked out for the better. A large influx of illegal immigrants with little to no job skills will undermine nearly every aspect of American society, except one. The Democratic party needs to create a new block of voters to support their modern progressive views, as it is these same views that are undermining the Party outside of the metropolitan areas. All the individuals from the demographic groups, who have traditionally supported the Democrat Party, had better open their eyes, before you vote your unskilled or blue collar job, and/or your public assistance, right out of your grasp. It is nothing more than supply and demand. Supply will go up, while demand remains the same or becomes less. If you are banking on your minority status, to help you, you were just bumped up the totem pole and there is an entirely new group of people below you. Welcome to the new lowest stratum, and the competition. Remember, there are only so many elitist Democrat politicians, that will hire undocumented immigrants (illegals) to be their maids and service people, so the rest will either be coming to a workforce or public assistance line near you.

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      1. Mr Engel maybe you should ask yourself why did you say that Maryland was your primary residence so you could benefit on your taxes. Mr Engel ask yourself why you were pocketing “excessive per-diem money”. Mr Engel ask yourself why you got a loan in excess of $100,000 from a local business owner and refused to say if you were paying interest on said loan. Mr Engel you are nothing but a slimeball politician from the Bronx.

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