Congressman José E. Serrano

Representing the 15th District of New York

The Serrano Report - Volume XIV, Issue #11

Jun 24, 2016
The Serrano Report

In Washington, DC

Congressman Serrano Joins No Bill, No Break Sit-In to Demand A Vote on Gun Violence

On Wednesday Congressman Serrano joined House Democrats’ sit-in on the House Floor to demand that Speaker Ryan and House Republicans allow a vote on bipartisan legislation to address gun violence. The sit-in took place in the wake of the horrific act of terror and deadliest mass shooting in American history last week.

“Congress has already had too many moments of silence for victims of gun violence. It’s time to take action. The Republican House is rushing toward another week away from Washington, DC. We cannot afford to leave without at least moving forward legislation to prevent the next tragedy,” said Rep. Serrano.  “Today, I’m joining my fellow House Democrats on the floor to demand that Republicans end their ridiculous obstruction. Our appeal to Speaker Ryan and House Republicans is simple and more than reasonable: let the People’s House vote and decide on bipartisan and commonsense legislation that will help keep guns out of dangerous hands and is overwhelmingly supported by the American people. We won’t give up until Congress shows the courage that the American people expect from it. Until then No Bill, No Break.

The sit-in lasted 26 hours while Republicans refused to allow a vote on legislation to prevent terrorists from being able to purchase guns. Democrats plan to continue their efforts to reduce gun violence when Congress is next in session.


Congressman Serrano Hosts Congressional Art Winner in Washington D.C.

On Thursday, Congressman Serrano met with the winner of the Congressional Art Competition for his Congressional District. This competition takes place in every Congressional district in the country and the winner’s art piece is displayed at the U.S Capitol  for one year. Jonathan Sujlall and his grandfather visited the Capitol on Thursday for a special reception for the winners of the art competition from all Congressional districts including those of the territories.

The Congressman stated: “I am deeply proud of this young man’s artistic talent. He is a wonderful example for students in my congressional district, and I hope that he continues developing his passion."

Congressional Art competition

House Zika Conference Appropriations Democrats to Oppose Partisan Conference Report

On Thursday, Congressman Serrano joined other Democratic members on the Zika and Military Construction-VA conference committee, Rep. Nita Lowey (D-NY), Rep. Rosa DeLauro, Rep. Sanford Bishop (D-GA), and Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz to oppose the Republican Conference Report providing insufficient funding to address the crisis. The partisan conference report that does not seek to take the Zika virus seriously, and appropriates  inadequate funds to combat this crisis and others that may arise with the upcoming hurricane seasons. The report also undermines the Clean Water Act which threatens our environment. The conferees said:

“House Democrats will not sign this partisan conference report.

“Four months ago, the President requested and justified $1.9 billion in emergency funding to mount a robust response to Zika, an urgent public health crisis.  This conference report provides an insufficient amount, and offsets a portion of this funding by cutting other critically needed public health resources.  Offsetting emergency spending would set a precedent that will hinder our ability to respond to the next public health crisis, natural disaster, or national security event requiring emergency funding. 

“This conference report includes language making access to contraceptive services more difficult at home and abroad, a senseless and counterproductive restriction when responding to a virus that can spread through sexual transmission. Furthermore, it would undermine the Clean Water Act and jeopardize our environment by allowing unrestricted use of toxic pesticides near waterways.

“House Democrats remain willing to work in good faith to develop a bipartisan conference report that can be enacted into law.”