Congressman José E. Serrano

Representing the 15th District of New York

The Serrano Report - Volume XII, Issue #13

Jun 19, 2015
The Serrano Report

In Washington, DC

Serrano Bill to Rename Morrisania Post Office after Herman Badillo Passes House of Representatives

This week, legislation to rename the Morrisania Post Office in the Bronx in honor of Puerto Rican trailblazer Herman Badillo (H.R. 1350) was approved in the U.S. House of Representatives by voice vote.

Herman Badillo was the first Puerto Rican city commissioner and borough president, and the first Congressman to have been born in Puerto Rico. The legislation was introduced in the House of Representatives by Congressmen Serrano, Rangel and Crowley, and was eventually cosponsored by the entire New York delegation. Senators Schumer and Gillibrand introduced identical legislation in the Senate. At the local level, Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. was instrumental in the process, especially in identifying an appropriate location for the recognition.

“As the sponsor of this legislation in the House of Representatives, I am immensely proud and excited to see this bill one step closer to becoming law.  Herman Badillo was a trailblazer in every sense of the word, and many of us in Bronx politics would not be where we are today if it weren’t for his leadership and support. His work was instrumental in Puerto Ricans’ civic participation both at the local and national level, and helped bring attention to issues of concern to the community. Renaming the Morrisana Post Office, a historic building in the Bronx, is a fitting tribute that will help ensure his legacy and memory live on,” said Congressman Serrano.

Click here for a video of Congressman Serrano speaking on the House floor on H.R. 1350 and Herman Badillo.

Congressman Serrano Defends Net Neutrality in Appropriations Financial Services Full Committee Markup

On Wednesday, the the House Appropriations committee considered and marked up the Financial Services and General Government Appropriations bill approved at the subcommittee level last week.

Republicans are attempting to block net neutrality by limiting funding for the FCC and inserting riders in this bill for FY2016. During the full committee markup of the bill, Ranking Member Serrano introduced an amendment to strike several riders related to net neutrality, including one rider that prohibits the FCC from implementing its recent net neutrality order until all pending court cases are resolved. This Republican rider would indefinitely postpone the implementation of these important net neutrality rules by encouraging plaintiffs in ongoing lawsuits to delay the resolution of these cases.

“The appropriations process is not the place for this debate. Most importantly, Republicans’ efforts to block net neutrality do not reflect the wishes of the majority of the American people- who want an open, free and democratic internet. Delaying the implementation of net neutrality is also bad for innovation and for our nation’s economy. Once again, Republicans are putting corporate greed ahead of our national interest. Net neutrality is here to stay, it is what the American people want, and I will continue fighting for it in the Appropriations process,” said Ranking Member Serrano.

Serrano opposed the entire Financial Services appropriations bill because it underfunds many important priorities, and contains numerous partisan riders that harm important priorities of the President.  Unfortunately, the bill passed out of committee on a party line vote, with all Democrats opposed.

Serrano, Crowley, Curbelo Amendment to Provide National Security Training Grants to Hispanic Serving Institutions Approved in the House of Representatives

On Tuesday, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a bipartisan amendment to the FY2016 Intelligence Authorization Act to provide national security training grants to Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs) of higher education to prepare students for careers in national security. The amendment was offered by Reps. Joe Crowley (D-Queens, the Bronx), Vice Chair of the Democratic Caucus, José E. Serrano (D-the Bronx), and Carlos Curbelo (R-FL).

“The number of Hispanics and other underrepresented minorities in the national security and intelligence fields is too small. As the job opportunities and the importance of this field increase, we have to make sure that future generations of Hispanics are well prepared to compete for these opportunities. This amendment will help facilitate Hispanics’ access to a well-rounded education in national security matters through foreign language education and study abroad programs. Oftentimes, Hispanics don’t pursue these types of opportunities not for lack of interest, but rather simply because they don’t have the resources and support to do so. With this amendment, we are helping ensure that one of our government’s less diverse career tracks accurately reflects the ‘face’ of America in the future,” said Serrano.

Congressman Serrano Votes Once Again Against Trade Fast Track Legislation

This week, the U.S. House of Representatives considered again legislation to grant the President authority to negotiate a trade agreement without the input of Congress during the process.

“Past trade agreements made without congressional input have not lived up to the promises made to protect American workers, our economy and the environment,” said Congressman Serrano. “That is why I voted against granting the President authority once again this week. A fast track agreement will mainly benefit large corporations and special interests. We need fair trade agreements that helps level the playing field and don’t contribute to further income inequality and job displacement.”

Click here to read to read Congressman Serrano’s statement after voting against TPA last week:


Baseball Cares

Deadline: July 27, 2015 

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in the Dominican Republic, in partnership with the Major League Baseball (MLB) and MLB Players Association has made funding available through the Agency for International Development for the Baseball Cares program, which aims to implement a two year program “Baseball Cares” in the Dominican Republic. This program will work to promote education for youth, address the educational needs of children with disadvantages, and combat domestic abuse. Qualified nongovernmental organizations, not-for-profit and for profit entities (including NGO’s, business associations, and universities and academic institutions) are encouraged to apply.

Please follow this link for the full grant announcement For more information about federal grants please visit