Congressman José E. Serrano

Representing the 15th District of New York

The Serrano Report - Volume VII, Issue #8

May 1, 2015
The Serrano Report

In Washington, DC

Congressman Serrano Votes Against  GOP Budget Conference Report

Yesterday, Congressman Serrano voted against Republicans’ Budget Conference Report and released the following statement:

 “Like all recent Republican budget proposals, the Budget Conference Report approved today seeks to ‘balance’ our budget on the back of hard-working Americans, while extending tax breaks for the wealthiest and protecting special interests. Republicans’ “Work Harder For Less” budget invests in the wrong priorities and it’s a bad deal for Bronx families and for our country’s future.

“The bill’s $5.5 trillion in spending cuts focus mostly on Republican’s favorite targets, programs crucial to low-income families and the middle class: health care programs, funding for higher education, assistance for the families that need it the most, and infrastructure investment. Almost half of this amount comes from entirely repealing the Affordable Care Act, which Republicans want to do without putting forth an alternate proposal to meet the needs of the 16 million people who have already benefited from this historic legislation. Meanwhile, it does not raise any new revenue from taxes. A truly balanced budget would raise new revenue by putting in place a tax system that requires everyone to pay their fair share," said Congressman Serrano.

Congressman Serrano Introduces Bill to Expand Housing for “Grandfamilies”

Yesterday, Congressman Serrano introduced the Generational Residences and Nurturing Dwellings Act (GRAND) Act (H.R. 2188). The bill seeks to expand affordable housing for low-income grandparent-headed families by creating a competitive grant program within the Department of Housing and Urban Development for eligible non-profit organizations that provide specialized housing and supportive services to seniors raising children under the age of 18.

“Over the past decade, the amount of grandparents acting as primary caregivers for minor children has increased by 16 percent. Our federal policies and programs need to reflect the demographic and family composition changes taking place in our society. The GRAND Act attempts to address a growing need for affordable housing for grandparent-led families.

“By authorizing and facilitating the creation of a new grant program, the GRAND Act would allow eligible non-profit organizations to serve more ‘grandfamilies’. The grants would specifically help non-profits that intend to open, or already operate, specialized housing units build such facilities, cover operational expenses, provide rental assistance to eligible tenants, and offer supportive services to grandparents raising children," said Congressman Serrano.

Congressman Serrano Meets with Students from the Bronx and Puerto Rico

Recently, Congressman Serrano met with students from the Bronx and Puerto Rico. 

On Wednesday, Congressman Serrano met with students from Claremont International High School in the Bronx who were in Washington, DC as part of the Close Up program.

And last week, Congressman Serrano met with students from Puerto Rico who are in Washington, DC for a semester through the Cordova-Fernós Internship Program and the Arturo Morales Carrión Internship Program.

“It was an honor to welcome in my office some of the promising students from the Bronx and Puerto Rico who are already making a difference in their communities. We spoke about how Congress works and how the legislation passed here impacts our family, friends and neighborhoods. It’s always gratifying to see young adults interested in learning more about our democratic institutions and how they can become more involved in the policy making process. These students have a bright future ahead of them," said Congressman Serrano. 

Congressman Serrano with students from Claremont International High School in the Bronx. (4/29/2015)
Congressman Serrano with Students from the Córdova and the Arturo Morales Carrión internship program. (4/22/2015)

Grant Announcement

Public Health Leader Fellowship Program

Deadline: June 26, 2015 

The Department of Health and Human Services has made funding available through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for the Public Health Leader Fellowship program, which aims to enhance CDC’s ability to reduce racial and ethnic disparities in health by supporting the development of a national public health leadership fellowship program to train racial/ethnic minority undergraduate and post-doctoral recipients who are under-represented in public health careers. The program will consist of two training tracks, a one year track for post-doctoral students, and a ten-week summer track for undergraduate students or recent graduates (received bachelor’s degree within one year or less before application to the program). Eligible applicants are designated as Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs), Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institutions (AANAPIIs), and Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs); those institutions of higher education with a documented record of success in enrolling socially or economically disadvantaged students; and a specific requirement is at least 4 years of documented experience administering similar fellowship/training programs. These institutions of higher education are encouraged to apply.

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