Congressman José E. Serrano

Representing the 15th District of New York

The Serrano Report - Volume XVI, Issue #7

Mar 10, 2017
The Serrano Report

In Washington, DC

Congressman Blasts Republican Health Care Proposal to Repeal ACA

On Tuesday, Congressman Serrano issued a statement in strong opposition of Congressional Republicans’ plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

The “American Health Care Act” will rip coverage from away from over 20 million Americans, including nearly 400,000 individuals in the Bronx.

“I am at a loss for words by Congressional Republicans’ plan to repeal and ‘replace’ the ACA. The President and Congressional Republicans promised that under their plan all Americans would have access to better, more affordable coverage, but the American Health Care Act does exactly the opposite,” said Congressman Serrano. “The plan will lead to chaos in the individual health insurance marketplace and among employer-sponsored plans. Older Americans will see their premiums skyrocket under the proposed- and highly discriminatory- age-based tax credits. Americans with pre-existing conditions will once again see access to care denied once they hit their lifetime insurance cap, which will put their lives at grave risk. Hundreds of thousands of working class Bronxites in my District will see their care under Medicaid slowly ripped out from under them, leaving their children and families even more vulnerable than before.  Thousands more will lose access to tax credits that made insurance attainable and more affordable.

“Republicans have had seven years to come up with alternatives to drive down health care costs and expand coverage as they claim to want; yet this is the best they could do. They should be ashamed of themselves. This is yet another huge tax cut for the most wealthy Americans, and a huge giveaway to big pharma and insurance companies. As a sitting member of Congress and senior member of the Appropriations Committee, I will do everything in my power to prevent this legislation from becoming law.”

Congressman Serrano on President Trump’s Revised Anti-Muslim Immigration Executive Order

Also Tuesday, Congressman Serrano released the following statement on President Trump’s release of a revised executive order on immigration:

“President Trump thinks that tweaking and repackaging his Muslim and refugee ban is the solution to bypass our nation’s Constitution. The updated executive order on immigration is as unconstitutional, discriminatory, and misguided as the first one and won’t be upheld in federal courts.

Trump claims his extreme measures are necessary keep our country safe, but he has yet to demonstrate any legitimate justification for targeting and banning individuals from primarily Muslim countries.  His efforts actually make our country less safe by serving as a recruitment tool for terrorists abroad,” said Congressman Serrano.

Congressman Serrano Stands in Support of ‘Day Without a Woman’ Campaign on International Women’s Day

On International Women’s Day, Congressman Serrano joined Democratic colleagues on the steps of the Capitol to support the “Day Without a Woman” campaign and stress the importance of Congress supporting women’s rights, including paid family leave, equal pay, and reproductive rights.

 International Womens Day

Congressman Serrano Keynotes Science Coalition Breakfast on Science and Research Funding

On Thursday, Congressman Serrano was the featured guest of the Science Coalition’s Headliner breakfast on the challenges and opportunities ahead for science funding. As a Senior member of the House Appropriations Committee and Ranking Member of the Commerce, Justice and Science Subcommittee, Congressman Serrano is a longtime advocate of securing funding for science research and other related initiatives in the appropriations process. The Science Coalition is a non-profit organization that advocates for federal science research and its members include New York institutions such as: Columbia University, New York University, Pace, Stony Brook, Rockefeller University, SUNY, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and the University of Rochester in New York. 

Science Coalition Breakfast 2017

In the Bronx

Congressman Serrano Leads Effort Seeking Answers on High Lead Levels in NYC Public Schools

Last week, Congressman Serrano and seven members of the New York City Congressional Delegation sent a letter to NYC Public Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña requesting information regarding the City’s investigation and handling of high lead levels in City schools. The request for information comes after several reports of mishandling the parental notification process, inadequate lead testing procedures, and lack of transparency with the Department of Education.

“I am concerned by more and more reports about the City’s handling of the crisis surrounding lead levels in our public schools,” said Congressman Serrano. “Parents and families deserve to know the results of these tests, whether their children have been exposed, and what the City is doing to quickly address the situation. We cannot- and must not- take this situation lightly, as it directly impacts our children’s health and overall well-being. I intend to do all I can to ensure the administration follows through on its commitment to providing a safe, lead-free learning environment for all students across New York City.”

Last year, in direct response to the lead crisis situation in Flint, MI, the New York State Legislature mandated that all schools test water systems for lead. News reports surfaced that the Department of Education loosened testing procedures that could have potentially altered results. In addition, as more schools are reporting abnormally high lead levels, many families were left in the dark about the situation. The NYC Department of Education must work to improve lines of communication and restore trust with parents and teachers that this situation will be addressed immediately.

Click HERE for a full text of the letter.