Congressman José E. Serrano

Representing the 15th District of New York

The Serrano Report - August 2, 2019

Aug 2, 2019
The Serrano Report

In Washington, DC

Congressman Serrano’s Statement on Governor Rossello’s Resignation

Last week, Congressman Serrano released the following statement on Governor Rossello's resignation:

“Puerto Ricans have spoken and demanded accountability and respect from their leaders.  They have spoken out against mismanagement and corruption, issues that have no party lines on the island. Now Puerto Rico must come together and chart a path forward as the island continues recovering from the ongoing economic crisis and the effects of hurricane Maria. The events in recent weeks will only make things harder at the Federal level going forward, but I am confident that together, the island can find ways to overcome these challenges. As the longest serving member of Congress of Puerto Rican descent, I will continue to fight on behalf of and stand up for the people of Puerto Rico- as I have done throughout my career.  

Congressman Serrano Chairs Hearing on the White House Office of Science and Technology Budget

Also last week, Congressman Serrano chaired his last hearing, before Congress left for summer recess, focused on the budget and oversight of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP):

"OSTP is the interagency science and technology policy coordinator across the federal government and has a vital role in advising the President with sound scientific and technological advice.

"That is a tough job under this Administration.  Since January 2017, there has been a consistent effort to undermine the Federal agencies that make the United States the world leader in science and technology.  In addition, there seem to have been clear attempts to bury the unbiased research and conclusions of the scientists who work for the Federal Government. 

"Nowhere is that more prominent than in the discussion of climate change.  The Trump Administration has pursued a relentless agenda of climate change denial.  By withdrawing from the Paris Climate Change Agreement and attempting to bury the stunning conclusions of the Fourth National Climate Assessment this Administration has shown that it is not committed to addressing climate change. Recently, a State Department intelligence official—Rod Schoonover—spoke before the House Intelligence Committee about the security risks the U.S. faces due to climate change.  White House officials refused to allow him to submit a written statement that climate impacts could be, quote, “possibly catastrophic.”  Mr. Schoonover ended up resigning from the State Department as a result.

"Tackling climate change is not about scoring political points; it is about confronting an immediate crisis that affects the future of billions of people around the world.  We have a moral responsibility to address it now.  Only those who close their eyes cannot see the urgent need to act, but those seem to be the very people you need to convince," said Congressman Serrano in his opening statement. 

Watch Congressman Serrano's full remarks and the entire hearing below:

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Congressman Serrano’s Statement on President Trump’s Executive Action Concerning Census Citizenship Question

Congressman Serrano made the following statement in response to President Trump’s Executive Action restating efforts to use citizenship information from other executive branch agencies to supplement the 2020 Census survey:

“I am glad the President appears to have finally realized it is pointless to continue pushing for the inclusion of a citizenship question in the 2020 Census. This is a victory for those of us who have fought for the Department of Commerce to eliminate the citizenship question from the form, and to ensure a fairer and more accurate count. It is worth noting, however, that the President admitted the true intent of the citizenship question effort- to discriminate and dilute the power of minority communities by trying to allow states to redistrict based on citizen voting age population instead of total population. This discriminatory intent is what those of us who support a fair Census have long argued is the true rationale behind the Administration’s push for citizenship question; today he proved us right once again.  We must remain vigilant to prevent further efforts to intimidate and discriminate, and I will be carefully watching the implementation of the executive order and the administration of the 2020 Census.”
Earlier this week, Congressman Serrano, as Chairman of the House Appropriations Commerce, Justice, Science Subcommittee, warned the Trump Administration of his intention to prevent the allocation and use of funding for the reprinting or inclusion of an addendum in the 2020 Census form. Read more here.

Congressman Serrano Meets with Friends of the National Museum of the American Latino

Congressman Serrano met with Friends of the National Museum of the American Latino last month to discuss strategy for passage of H.R. 2420, the National Museum of the American Latino Act.

"It was great to meet with Friends of the National Museum of the American Latino to discuss the National Museum of the American Latino Act, a bill that I'm proud to sponsor in the House.  We are at 110 cosponsors and counting. Now is the time to establish a Latino Museum and ensure that our history is fully represented! Latino History Is American History."

Congressman Serrano meets with Friends of the National Museum of the American Latino. (July 24, 2019)

Congressman Serrano Meets with Former Governor of PR Carlos Romero Barceló

Last week, Congressman Serrano met with Former Governor of PR Carlos Romero Barceló to discuss the ongoing issues in Puerto Rico post Hurricane Maria as well as issues with the debt crisis that the island faces. 

"I had the pleasure of welcoming former Governor of Puerto Rico Carlos Romero Barceló in my office last week to discuss the many issues that Puerto Rico is currently facing. I have fought for the equal treatment of Puerto Rico and the other U.S. territories for years and I will continue to do so until my last day in office," said Congressman Serrano. 

Former Governor of PR Carlos Romero Barceló and Congressman Serrano (July 12, 2019)

In The Bronx

Congressman Serrano Meets with Georgetown's Community Scholars from New York

Last week, Congressman Serrano met with first year students from Georgetown University who are part of Georgetown's Community Scholars program. The program provides enhanced educational opportunities and resources for a multicultural cohort of first-generation college students who have achieved the dream of higher education through personal initiative, service, and academic excellence. Congressman Serrano and the students discussed his work in Congress and some of the issues they face as first generation college students. 

"Programs such as the Georgetown Community Scholars program do a great service in helping first generation college students navigate the intimidating world of higher education with a plethora of resources. It was a pleasure to meet with these students as they embark on this new journey and look forward to seeing their future success," said Congressman Serrano. 

Congressman Serrano with Georgetown Community Scholars. (July 12, 2019)