Congressman José E. Serrano

Representing the 15th District of New York

The Serrano Report, Volume XII, #4

Mar 6, 2015
The Serrano Report

On Capitol Hill 

Congressman Serrano Asks Treasury Secretary Lew About the IRS Funding Levels, Cuba Embargo

On Wednesday, Congressman Serrano participated in a House Appropriations Financial Services Subcommittee hearing with Treasury Secretary Jack Lew to evaluate the department’s budget request for fiscal year 2016. As Ranking Member of the Subcommittee, Congressman Serrano asked Secretary Lew about the Internal Revenue Service’s (IRS) funding levels and implementation of our groundbreaking changes to Cuba policy. 

“The Treasury Department is at the center of our economic recovery, plays an important role in the implementation of some of our most important public policy initiatives, and works to enforce our tax laws fairly," said Congressman Serrano. "I fully support Secretary Lew’s request for more funding for the IRS,  the Community Development Financial Institutions Fund  in fiscal year 2016 and I look forward to working to increase funding for these and other areas of the Treasury Department as the appropriations process moves forward.”

Congressman Serrano Applauds House Passage of a “Clean” DHS Funding Bill

On Tuesday, Congressman Serrano applauded the passage in the House of Representatives of the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act (H.R. 240) – the clean Department of Homeland Security (DHS) funding bill that was approved in the Senate last week.  The bill passed by a 257-167 vote, with all Democrats voting in favor.

“After five failed attempts to pass an extreme anti-immigrant legislation that put us on the brink of a Department of Homeland Security shutdown last week, I am glad Republicans finally decided to put radical right-wing politics aside and let the House vote on a clean funding bill," said Congressman Serrano. "The bill that passed in the House of Representatives will allow one of our nations’ most important national security agencies to continue operating efficiently without affecting President Obama’s ability to implement his executive orders on immigration.  As was clearly demonstrated throughout this process, the budget is not the place to debate and shape our national immigration policy. Now the only obstacle preventing the Administration from starting to implement the President’s executive action on immigration is a Texas federal district court’s temporary ruling, which the U.S. Department of Justice plans to appeal. The Department has already requested a stay to prevent this ruling from taking effect, and I am confident the executive order’s validity and legality will ultimately prevail.”

Congressman Serrano Speaks with Students from the Renaissance Youth Center

On Wednesday, Congressman Serrano spoke with a group of students from the Renaissance Youth Center who traveled from the Bronx to Washington, DC to learn more about our nation’s political process, the work that Members of Congress do on behalf of their constituents, and how their daily life is affected by the work of Congress. After visiting Congress, they performed at the Rite-Aid Convention held at Maryland’s National Harbor.

“It was a pleasure to spend some time with such a wonderful group of students discussing our nation’s government, how it impacts their life, and how they can play a role in shaping public policy," said Congressman Serrano.  "These students represent the diversity and potential of our community’s youth. I look forward to seeing the great future they will carve out for themselves and the positive impact they will continue to have in our community through hard work and dedication.”

Congressman Serrano meets with students from the Renaissance Youth Center. (3/6/2015)


Congressman Serrano Meets with Members of the New York City Coalition Against Hunger

On Wednesday, Congressman Serrano met with members of the New York City Coalition Against Hunger. The members, who came from the Bronx and throughout New York City, came to advocate for the reauthorization of funding for child nutrition programs in the Farm Bill.

“It was a pleasure to meet with these hard-working individuals and learn more about their advocacy efforts to expand food security and nutrition programs for children in New York City. As a senior member of the House Appropriations Committee, I will continue fighting to support funding for federal programs that seek to eradicate hunger and provide children with access to healthy food. No one should go to bed hungry.”

Congressman Serrano with members of the New York City Coalition Against Hunger. (3/6/2015)


In New York City 

Congressman Serrano Hails Mayor De Blasio’s $150 million Investment in Hunts Point Market

Yesterday, Congressman Serrano hailed Mayor Bill De Blasio’s announcement of $150 million to develop and expand the Hunts Point Food Distribution Center in the Bronx. 

“As a longtime advocate of more funding to improve the Hunts Point Food Distribution Center, I am thrilled by Mayor De Blasio's announcement of $150 million to develop and expand this important food distribution hub. This is great news and a big step forward for our community and the region. The Mayor's plan and funding for the area will help improve the market’s infrastructure to protect it from future natural disasters, boost our local economy, help small businesses, and expand families’ access to locally grown food. Thanks to this effort, Bronxites and New Yorkers will have access to more jobs, economic opportunities, and healthy food alternatives. Thank you Mayor De Blasio for choosing to invest in the Bronx,” said Congressman Serrano.