Congressman Serrano's 2017 Year In Review
With the beginning of the Trump Administration, this last year in Congress was extremely challenging. The Republican majority has sought to implement some of the most anti-labor, anti-immigrant, and anti-environment policies in our recent history. I have been working hard to prevent the passage of what I feel have been this Administration’s most outrageous proposals- including its tax plan to help the richest one percent and its efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act. As a senior member of the Appropriations Committee, I am fighting to protect funding for programs that expand access to opportunity, protect our health, and promote fairness for Bronxites.
It is my pleasure to once again update you on my work in Congress. Enclosed you will find more information on my work in Congress in 2017. I look forward to fighting on our community’s behalf in the year ahead.
Congressman José E. Serrano
As a former public housing resident, I know the crucial need to have safe and affordable housing available to all Bronxites. Last year, I introduced legislation to increase the funding available for public housing authorities to perform much-needed capital repairs that would help improve the living conditions and health outcomes of public housing residents. This bill will help thousands of public housing residents in the Bronx.
As the leading Democrat overseeing funding for the Department of Justice, I fought to make sure that programs supporting police reform and community trust were not eliminated by the Trump Administration. Additionally, given the rising tide of online hatred and its role in promoting extremism and violence, I introduced legislation that would develop strategies to combat these growing threats.
Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands (USVI)
Since Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands in September, I have been working with my colleagues to craft a comprehensive emergency disaster supplemental that allocates robust funding to address the rebuilding and recovery process in areas impacted by Hurricanes Maria, Irma, and Harvey. I continue to fight for fairness in the recovery effort, and to make sure that Puerto Rico and the USVI are treated equally with other areas affected this hurricane season.
In my opinion, immigration enforcement under this presidency has gone beyond the boundaries of the law and of human decency. I have led efforts to hold the Department of Homeland Security accountable when they overstep the law, and to strengthen and enforce limitations on actions at sensitive locations, like schools, hospitals, and places of worship. I recently led 84 Democrats demanding action against those who violate current sensitive-location policies, and worked with several other members to introduce the Protecting Sensitive Locations Act to limit these problems going forward.