The Serrano Report - June 24, 2019
In Washington, DC
Chairman Serrano Leads House Floor Deliberation on FY 2020 CJS Funding Bill
Last week, Congressman Serrano, Chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, ushered his FY 2020 Commerce, Justice and Science funding bill to the House floor.
Chairman Serrano brought the bill to the House Rules Committee where he discussed the successes of the bill. This was the final step before sending the bill to the House Floor and you can watch his remarks at the Rules Committee below:
After passing the Rules Committee, the bill headed to the House floor where Chairman Serrano highlighted many of the important investments including in the bill. The legislation provides $74 billion to help address climate change, fund STEM education and research, and promote civil rights, among other things. Watch his remarks below:
Following his speech on the bill, the House started considering amendments to the legislation. Chairman Serrano spoke out against Congressman King's amendment that would strike Section 534, which prohibits the use of funds for the inclusion of a citizenship question in the 2020 Census. The House voted 240-192 against Representative Steve King’s amendment to the bill. Watch his remarks in opposition below:
Chairman Serrano also spoke against an amendment by Congressman Golden that would have undermined science used to help protect North Atlantic right whales. Watch his remarks below:
Lastly, Chairman Serrano spoke in support of Congresswoman Ocasio-Cortez's amendment to move $5 million from the Drug Enforcement Agency to the Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Program in keeping with the growing consensus to treat drug addiction as a public health issue. The amendment passed. Watch Congressman Serrano's remarks below:
In the Bronx
Congressman Serrano, NOAA Host Roundtable on Addressing Climate Change and Resiliency in New York
Last week, Congressman Serrano co-hosted a roundtable with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), local environmental advocacy groups, and other stakeholders on addressing climate change in New York City. As a longtime member of the House Appropriations Committee and the Chairman of the CJS Subcommittee, Congressman Serrano has been instrumental in securing funding for climate change research at NASA and NOAA, environmental restoration and resiliency work in the Bronx and New York City, and creation of green jobs in the Bronx and the rest of the country.
During the meeting, representatives from Congressman Serrano’s office reiterated the Congressman’s commitment to addressing climate change, particularly through increased funding for key initiatives at NOAA and NASA. Representatives from other Congressional offices, the Mayor’s office, other relevant federal agencies, and New York academic institutions also participated in the first meeting of its kind in the Bronx.
“Throughout more than 30 years in Congress, I have consistently made it a priority fighting for environmental justice, preservation and sustainability in the Bronx and beyond. Thanks to these efforts, we’ve witnessed the transformation and restoration of the Bronx River, the expansion of green spaces in Bronx neighborhoods, and the creation of educational centers to prepare New Yorkers to be able to obtain the green jobs of the future. As Chairman of the Commerce, Justice and Science subcommittee, I have also secured robust funding for scientific research to better understand and address climate change. Today’s roundtable discussion served as an opportunity to discuss how we can join efforts at the local and federal level to help curb climate change, which is already having an impact in our communities and we simply can’t wait to address,” said Congressman Serrano.