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Every Family Should Have Food on the Table

March 17, 2016

Last year, four Double 8 Foods grocery stores closed in my congressional district. These stores were located in low-income neighborhoods where many families lack a car or reliable public transportation to get to the nearest alternative, often located over a mile away. Today, thousands of my constituents are struggling to find the food they need, with many forced to rely on fast food restaurants and convenience stores. These options are neither healthy nor affordable.

Congressional Writers Caucus Meeting – 4/15/16

March 17, 2016

On Friday, April 15th, Congressman Steve Israel will be holding the next meeting of the Congressional Writer’s Caucus. The featured speaker will be Kevin Baker.

Help 4.8 Million Student Parents by Expanding Campus Child Care

March 17, 2016

Improving access to high quality, dependable and affordable child care is one of the most efficient and effective ways colleges and universities can help low-income student parents successfully earn a degree, while meeting family responsibilities. Over the past 15 years, the number of student parents enrolled in higher education increased by 50 percent. Today, there are 4.8 million students parents enrolled in postsecondary education, which accounts for 26 percent of the total student population in the United States. 82 percent of student parents are women, and nearly half of all African American women in college are mothers (47 percent) followed by 41 percent of American Indians or Alaska Natives, 39 percent of Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander women and 36 percent of Latina women. Expanding access to affordable child care is critical for many of these student parents to attend and complete their college education.

Help the Health of America

March 16, 2016

Tomorrow representatives from the American College of Sports Medicine and the Sports and Fitness Industry Association will be on Capitol Hill advocating for healthy lifestyles and physical activity. One issue they will discuss is H.R. 1499, the Physical Activity Recommendations for Americans Act.

2016 Nowruz Reception on Capitol Hill (Wednesday, March 16th)

March 15, 2016

Alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages as well as a variety of savory and traditional Persian appetizers and sweets will be served. Please RSVP by March 16, 2015 to Sanam Masroor at Sanam@paaia.org or (202) 828-8370.

Cosponsor H.Res. 156: Recognizing Nowruz (Iranian New Year)

March 15, 2016

In the 1st session of the 114th Congress, I introduced H. Res. 156 to honor and celebrate both the cultural and historical significance of Nowruz, also known as the Iranian New Year. As Nowruz approaches on March 20th, let us express our appreciation for the contributions of Iranian-Americans and all those who celebrate Nowruz in our society and recognize the hopes and aspirations of the people of Iran for human rights and religious tolerance as embodied in the spirit of Nowruz.

Increase the Supply of Lead-Safe Housing: Co-Sponsor the Lead-Safe Housing for Kids Act of 2016

March 15, 2016

Please join us in cosponsoring The Lead-Safe Housing for Kids Act. This bill would ensure that our limited supply of federally-subsidized homes meets the most up-to-date lead-safety standards. Despite significant progress in lead abatement, lead poisoning continues to disproportionally affect low-income and minority children. In order to address this crisis, Congress must update the Department of Housing and Urban Developmentā€™s (HUD) lead safety regulations and provide more safe and affordable housing. Congress has failed to do either.

Support Opening Doors: Federal Strategic Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness – T-HUD Letter Closes COB TODAY (3/14/16)

March 14, 2016

Please join us in requesting full funding for the programs that comprise Opening Doors, theFederal Strategic Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness. Since Opening Doors was launched in 2010, homelessness among certain populations of Americans has been significantly reduced. For instance, homelessness among veterans has declined by 36 percent while chronic homelessness has fallen by 22 percent. By fully funding the below programs, we can continue making progress in ending homelessness in America.

Prioritize Research on Substance Use Among Adolescents and Young Adults

March 14, 2016

Please join me in urging the Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies to prioritize research on substance use and substance use disorders among adolescents and young adults in the Fiscal Year 2017 appropriations process.

Prioritize Research on Substance Use Among Adolescents and Young Adults

March 11, 2016

Please join me in urging the Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies to prioritize research on substance use and substance use disorders among adolescents and young adults in the Fiscal Year 2017 appropriations process.