Congressman José E. Serrano

Representing the 15th District of New York

The Serrano Report - Volume XVI, Issue #9

Mar 27, 2017
The Serrano Report

In Washington, DC

Serrano Introduces Legislation to Ensure Unmarried Women Can Access Small Business Assistance

On Thursday, Congressman José E. Serrano introduced legislation that would expand opportunities for women nationwide to access capital and technical assistance to start or grow a small business. The Expanding Small Business Opportunities to All Women Act ensures that economically disadvantaged, unmarried women are included in planning efforts made by the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Women’s Business Centers.   The legislation accomplishes this by expanding SBA evaluation criteria for Women’s Business Center applicants to include training and services for economically disadvantaged, unmarried women. This bill also seeks to address the gender gap in financing by providing women-owned businesses with greater access to capital funding.  According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Bronx County has the highest percentage of women-owned businesses (50.6 percent) in the nation among the 50 largest counties.

“Unmarried entrepreneurs face higher barriers to starting, maintaining, and growing a business,” said Congressman Serrano. “The Expanding Small Business Opportunities to All Women Act will ensure that Women’s Business Centers take these challenges into consideration when developing plans to assist communities. We must ensure Women’s Business Centers continue helping “level the playing field” for all women entrepreneurs.”

Women’s Business Centers are a national network of 100 centers throughout the U.S. and its territories that help women start and grow small businesses. 

Congressman Serrano Joins Fordham University Community to Celebrate 175th Anniversary in Washington, DC

Congressman Serrano welcomed Fordham University President Father Joseph M. McShane, S.J. to the Capitol  last week to discuss issues important to the Fordham community, such as Pell Grant funding and other issues facing the South Bronx. The Congressman also hosted a Congressional reception for Fordham alumni in the area to celebrate the University’s Dodransbicentennial (175th Anniversary).

“For the last 175 years, Fordham University has been leading cutting edge academic research and providing a world class education to Bronxites and people from all over the world. Fordham’s tradition is a source of pride and an invaluable resource for the Bronx. I congratulate Father McShane and the Fordham community on reaching this important milestone and I look forward to celebrating many more years of quality instruction and investigation,” said Congressman Serrano.

Father McShane visit 2017

Congressman Serrano Meets with NYCHA Representatives to Discuss Trump’s Budget Negative Impact on New Yorkers

On Wednesday, Congressman Serrano met with representatives from the New York City Housing Administration (NYCHA) to discuss the appropriations process and the negative impact that President Trump’s budget proposal will have on New Yorkers.

NYCHA Meeting Trump Budget

Congressman Serrano Meets with Head of Legal Services Corporation

On Wednesday, Congressman Serrano met with the President of Legal Services Corporation (LSC), Jim Sandman, to discuss the impact that President Trump’s proposal will have on this important Department of Justice program. LSC, which falls under the jurisdiction of the Commerce, Justice and Science Subcommittee that Serrano is Ranking Member of, is the agency in charge of providing civil legal aid to Americans that cannot afford legal representation or need help navigating the justice system through non-profit legal aid programs nationwide. Hundreds of thousands of Americans, including many veterans and senior citizens, are able to access to access the help they need and defend their rights thanks to this important program. 

“The value of the Legal Services Corporation and local non-profit legal aid programs nationwide can’t be overstated. Cutting funding for this important program, as Donald Trump is proposing, will greatly harm underserved and economically disadvantaged areas like the Bronx. Thousands of individuals and families that simply can’t afford to pay for legal services will be left in the lurch, unable to access the help of a lawyer to defend them or assert their rights on issues like housing, Social Security, and domestic violence.. As Ranking Member of the Appropriations Commerce, Justice and Science Subcommittee, I will do everything I can to protect this important program,” said Congressman Serrano.

Meeting Head of Legal Services

Serrano Participates in House Natural Resources Oversight Hearing on Puerto Rico’s Electric Power Authority and Press Conference on PR Medicaid Funding Cliff

On Wednesday, Congressman Serrano participated in a House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Indian, Insular and Alaska Native Affairs hearing on the status of the restructuring of Puerto Electric Power Authority. At the hearing, Congressman Serrano asked the Governor of Puerto Rico about the relationship between his administration and the Financial Oversight and Management Board of Puerto Rico.  Click HERE to read more about the hearing.

After the hearing, the Congressman participated at a press conference with leaders from different political parties in Puerto Rico to raise awareness and discuss efforts regarding much-needed Medicaid funding for Puerto Rico.  Congressman Serrano pledged his continued support to help the people of Puerto Rico obtain access to this funding.

PR Hearing Nat Resources 2017


In the Bronx

Serrano Hosts Immigration Info Session in the Bronx
Thursday night, Congressman Serrano hosted an Immigration Info Session in the Bronx with local advocacy groups. The event featured a panel of immigration lawyers and advocates who discussed the Trump Administration’s recent executive actions and other changes in immigration policy, including Jack Marth, Program Director at Part of the Solution (POTS); Anthony Alba, Esq., Staff Attorney at Northern Manhattan Coalition for Immigrant Rights; and Eirik Omlie, Communications Director at African Services Committee.

Immigration Info Session