The Serrano Report - Volume XVI, Issue #5
In Washington, DC
Congressman Serrano Vows to Fight Republicans’ Efforts to Cut Funding for “Sanctuary Cities”
Congressman Serrano, the new Ranking Member of the House Appropriations Commerce, Justice, Science Subcommittee released a statement this week expressing his support of maintaining funding for ‘sanctuary cities’:
“It has been made clear by the Trump Administration and Republicans in Congress that cutting funding for sanctuary cities is among their top priorities. As the new Ranking Member of the Commerce, Justice, Science Subcommittee and the Representative from a city that has served as a haven for immigrants for centuries, I will say from the get go that gutting funding for sanctuary cities is non-negotiable for Democrats on the Appropriations Committee. Attempting to remove law enforcement funding for ‘sanctuary cities,’ in a misguided attempt to force them to act as immigration enforcement agents is not just unconstitutional, but will undermine public safety as well. This is an issue I won’t compromise on- our security, prosperity, justice and values are on the line,” said Congressman Serrano.
Congressman Serrano Meets With AFGE Members
This week, Congressman Serrano met with labor union members from AFGE Local 3355 (Equal Employment Opportunity Commission), AFGE Local 3369 (Social Security Administration), and AFGE Local 1988 (Veterans Affairs). These three affiliates represent federal employees at the New York offices of these federal agencies. All groups raised concerns with the Trump Administration’s recent executive order implementing a federal employee hiring freeze. This policy is bad for the Bronx and will endanger the services that many Bronxites depend on. Our federal agencies are already severely under-staffed, which has resulted in longer wait times, slower services, and a consolidation of offices that make it difficult for my constituents to access.
“I will continue to do all I can as a senior member of the Appropriations Committee and Ranking Member of the Commerce, Justice, Science Subcommittee to ensure our federal employees are treated with the dignity and respect they deserve, and the right investments are made to ensure taxpayers get access to the timely services they depend on,” said Congressman Serrano.
Congressman Serrano with members of AFGE 3355 about how the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission protects federal employees from discrimination.
Congressman Serrano with representatives from AFGE Local 3369 after talking about the challenges Social Security Administration employees face.
Congressman Serrano with representatives from AFGE Local 1988.
House LGBT Caucus Announces Bipartisan, 102 Person Membership in the 115th Congress
The Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus announced its bi-partisan membership list for the 115th Congress today. The Caucus will continue to be co-chaired by the six openly LGBT members of the House of Representatives: Jared Polis (CO-02), David N. Cicilline (RI-01), Sean Patrick Maloney (NY-18), Mark Pocan (WI-02), Kyrsten Sinema (AZ-09), and Mark Takano (CA-41).
“On behalf of the co-chairs, I thank my colleagues in both parties who have joined the LGBT Equality Caucus and pledged to stand for and with the LGBT community,” said LGBT Equality Caucus Co-Chair Rep. Kyrsten Sinema (AZ-09). “While we’ve made significant progress in recent years, we still have more work to do and must protect the progress we’ve made. Our caucus continues to work to ensure every American has the fundamental freedom and opportunity to pursue the American Dream.”
“I am proud to once again be a member of the LGBT Caucus. We have made significant progress in the advancement of LGBT rights in recent years but much more needs to be done. This Congress we will also have to fight hard Republican’s efforts to roll back many of these achievements. As a member of the Caucus and Senior member of the Appropriations committee I will work to ensure all Americans have access to the same rights and opportunities,” said Congressman Serrano.
The Caucus also announced the eleven Vice Chairs of the Caucus, who will assist the Co-Chairs in leading the Caucus and promoting LGBT equality in the House: Ted Deutch (FL-22), Ruben Gallego (AZ-07), Joseph P. Kennedy, III (MA-04), Dan Kildee (MI-05), Barbara Lee (CA-13), Ted W. Lieu (CA-33), Alan Lowenthal (CA-47), Jerrold Nadler (NY-10), Mike Quigley (IL-05), Linda T. Sánchez (CA-38), and Adam B. Schiff (CA-28).
The mission of the Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus is to promote lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) equality. The bi-partisan LGBT Equality Caucus is strongly committed to achieving the full enjoyment of human rights for LGBT people in the U.S. and around the world. By serving as a resource for Members of Congress, their staff, and the public on LGBT issues, the Caucus works toward the extension of equal rights, the repeal of discriminatory laws, the elimination of hate-motivated violence, and the improved health and wellbeing for all regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity/expression.