Congressman José E. Serrano

Representing the 15th District of New York

The Serrano Report, Volume XII, #6

Mar 27, 2015
The Serrano Report

In Washington, DC


Congressman Serrano Votes Against House Republican Budget for FY2016

On Wednesday, Congressman Serrano voted against the Republican “Work Harder for Less” budget and highlighted the negative impact that Republicans’ proposal for fiscal year 2016 will have on the people of New York – particularly seniors, workers, women, children, and minorities.

“New Yorkers are tired of House Republicans’ wrong priorities and values when it comes to our country’s budget and government spending. With this proposal, Republicans have once again demonstrated whose side they are on – big money and special interests. The “Work Harder for Less” budget has a simple philosophy – increase tax breaks for the super-wealthy on the backs of hard-working Americans.

“The Republican budget hits low-income and minority families the hardest, those who are already struggling to make ends meet in today’s tough economy. It fails to invest in areas that would help these families achieve the American dream and that would boost America’s economic competitiveness– education, health care, infrastructure, and job creation. This proposal is not founded on the right set of values. It stacks the deck against the working class and won’t help us build a strong and prosperous America. We need a budget like the one proposed by Democrats, one that reforms our tax system, rewards Americans for their hard work, and invests in the right priorities.”

Recent data from the White House exposes the full extent of the damage that House Republicans’ budget would do to New York seniors, students, women, and workers.

For a comparison between the Democratic and Republican budgets, visit:
http://democrats.budget.house.gov/fact-sheet/democratic-budget-vs-gop-budget

Congressman Serrano Celebrates Fifth Anniversary of the Affordable Care Act, Hails Benefits for Hundreds of Thousands of New Yorkers

On the fifth anniversary of the enactment Affordable Care Act, Congressman Serrano highlighted a new report released by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) that shows that millions of people nationwide, including hundreds of thousands living in New York, are benefiting from this landmark legislation. 

“In only five years, millions of Americans have already benefited from the Affordable Care Act, including lower costs and better coverage,” said Congressman Serrano. “This includes millions of Latinos, African-Americans, women, young adults, seniors, and hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers. We celebrate all the progress that has been made in our public health thanks to the Affordable Care Act."

Congressman Serrano celebrates the Fifth Anniversary of the Affordable Care Act with Leader Pelosi and other members of Congress on the steps of the U.S. Capitol. (3/24/2015)

The new report released by HHS shows all the different ways in which New Yorkers are benefiting from the Affordable Care Act.

Data also demonstrates that Latinos, African-Americans, women, young adults, and seniors have particularly benefited the most from the historic legislation.

Congressman Serrano Votes in Favor of Bill to Strengthen Medicare for Seniors and Health Insurance for Children

Yesterday, the House of Representatives passed with overwhelming bipartisan support a bill – the Medicare Access and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) Reauthorization Act (H.R. 2) – to reform the flawed Medicare physician payment system and extend both the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and the Community Health Centers Program.

The bill includes several victories for low-income seniors, children, and working families:

• A two-year extension of the Children’s Health Insurance Program at the same rates set by the Affordable Care Act, to protect the health care of poor children.

• Additional funding for initiatives that help low-income seniors pay their Medicare Part B premiums, which will help strengthen the quality of care for many older Americans.

• Critical funding for community health centers over the next two years, expanding a vital investment in underserved communities.

“The Medicare Access and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) Reauthorization Act (H.R. 2) will help ensure physicians and seniors have the certainty they need from Medicare to provide and receive health care respectively in a reliable manner. It will also help ensure millions of children and  families have access to the health care they need in their communities. This bipartisan bill marks an important victory in the fight to expand access to health care for seniors, children, and low income people and I am glad we were able to find common ground to see it through.”

Congressman Serrano Questions FCC Officials at House Appropriations Financial Services Subcommittee Hearing

This week, the House Appropriations Financial Services subcommittee held a hearing to evaluate the Federal Communication Commission's budget request for fiscal year 2016. As the subcommittee’s Ranking Member, Congressman Serrano questioned FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler and FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai on the Commission’s funding needs in light of the cuts it has faced in recent years, net neutrality, and “kill switch” technology.

“Over the past 30 years the FCC has had to regulate entire new industries, but we are only providing enough resources to regulate those that existed 30 years ago. The FCC has had to do much more with much less than is needed. In this context, I believe the FCC's budget request is reasonable and necessary and I completely support it,” said Congressman Serrano.

“There are also a number of other important issues that the FCC is dealing with beyond low funding that are important for consumers and that I am glad we got to discuss during the hearing, such as net neutrality and ‘kill-switch’ technology. I am a strong supporter of having in place the necessary regulations to ensure open access to the internet and to deter smartphone thefts, and I want to ensure they continue to be a priority for the FCC,” he added.