Press Releases

October 03, 2020

CHAIRMAN JEFFRIES: “IT’S SHOCKING THAT OUR REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES CONTINUE TO ACT LIKE IT’S BUSINESS AS USUAL AND NOTHING IS WRONG”

NEW YORK - In case you missed it, House Democratic Caucus Chairman Hakeem Jeffries appeared on MSNBC'S All In with Chris Hayes to outline House Democrats' updated COVID-19 relief effort to aid Americans suffering from the public health and economic crises. CHRIS HAYES: Congressman, first, I just want to gauge your reaction and the reaction of your colleagues to this news and how it's being processed on Capitol Hill and among Democratic leadership. CHAIRMAN JEFFRIES: Well, our thoughts and … Continue Reading


October 01, 2020

CHAIRMAN JEFFRIES STATEMENT ON THE PASSAGE OF THE UPDATED HEROES ACT

WASHINGTON, DC - Upon the passage of House Democrats' updated Heroes Act, House Democratic Caucus Chairman Hakeem Jeffries released the following statement: "House Democrats acted for the people on May 15, when we passed the bipartisan Heroes Act to address the coronavirus pandemic in a comprehensive fashion. For months, President Trump and Senate Republicans did nothing. Over 120,000 Americans have succumbed to the virus during that period of time. Millions more were infected and lost … Continue Reading


September 30, 2020

CHAIRMAN JEFFRIES: “DONALD TRUMP CONTINUES TO TAKE A BLOW TORCH TO OUR DEMOCRACY”

WASHINGTON - This week, House Democratic Caucus Chairman Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY) and Vice Chair Katherine Clark (D-MA) held a House Democratic Leadership press conference, where they outlined the new Democratic relief effort to aid Americans suffering from the pandemic. CHAIRMAN JEFFRIES: [...] We just concluded a 90-minute Caucus call where we discussed our continuing efforts to address the coronavirus pandemic and to meet the moment that we are in right now, despite the fact that the … Continue Reading


September 23, 2020

TASK FORCE ON AGING & FAMILIES APPLAUDS VICTORY FOR SENIORS IN CONTINUING RESOLUTION

WASHINGTON - Following the passage of H.R. 8337, which includes provisions to prevent an up-to-$50 per month hike in Medicare Part B premiums, the House Democratic Caucus Task Force on Aging & Families (TFAF) leadership released the following statement: "Throughout this Congress, House Democrats have never lost sight of our commitment to fight skyrocketing health care costs for the people, especially those most vulnerable to cost increases, like older Americans on a fixed income," said … Continue Reading


September 22, 2020

CHAIRMAN JEFFRIES: “200,000 AMERICANS DEAD. DONALD TRUMP AND THE SENATE CONTINUE TO DO NOTHING ABOUT IT.”

WASHINGTON - This week, House Democratic Caucus Chairman Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY) and Vice Chair Katherine Clark (D-MA) held a House Democratic Leadership press conference, where they paid tribute to Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's monumental legacy and denounced Republican refusal to help the millions of American families suffering from the COVID-19 pandemic. CHAIRMAN JEFFRIES: Earlier today, we had a Caucus call, which began with a special tribute to the life and the legacy of … Continue Reading


September 18, 2020

STATEMENT ON THE PASSING OF JUSTICE RUTH BADER GINSBURG

NEW YORK - Upon the passing of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, House Democratic Caucus Chairman Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY) released the following statement: "Tonight, our nation mourns the loss of a brilliant jurist, trailblazer for equality and fearless advocate for gender, racial and social justice. Justice Ginsburg's native Brooklyn mourns the loss of its favorite daughter, whose grit and courage have forever left their mark on America. Justice Ginsburg occupies a singular place in history for … Continue Reading


September 15, 2020

CHAIRMAN JEFFRIES: “WE EXPECT TO BE HERE AS LONG AS IT TAKES IN ORDER TO GET SOMETHING DONE ON BEHALF OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE”

WASHINGTON - This week, House Democratic Caucus Chairman Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY) and Vice Chair Katherine Clark (D-MA) held a House Democratic Leadership press conference, where they outlined the long-overdue, yet still inadequate response by Senate Republicans to the COVID-19 pandemic and the need for an extraordinary solution. CHAIRMAN JEFFRIES: […] We had a very robust discussion as to where we are in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic and the need for a continued aggressive and … Continue Reading


August 28, 2020

TASK FORCE ON AGING AND FAMILIES DEMANDS REVERSAL OF DESTRUCTIVE POSTAL CUTBACKS

WASHINGTON - Today, the Task Force on Aging & Families, led by Co-Chair Doris Matsui (D-CA) along with Rep. Deb Haaland (D-NM), demanded in a letter that USPS Postmaster General DeJoy immediately reverse harmful policies that have delayed the delivery of social security checks and jeopardized the financial security of senior citizens and individuals with disabilities. The letter, signed by 23 Members of the U.S. House of Representatives, comes two days after Postmaster General DeJoy … Continue Reading


August 11, 2020

TASK FORCE ON AGING AND FAMILIES STATEMENT ON PRESIDENT TRUMP’S EXECUTIVE ACTION DESTABILIZING SOCIAL SECURITY AND MEDICARE

WASHINGTON - In response to President Trump's executive action destabilizing Social Security and Medicare, the House Democratic Caucus Task Force on Aging & Families released the following statement: "Americans are facing both a public health crisis and an economic one due to the coronavirus pandemic. It is nothing short of cruel that President Trump has chosen this moment to plunge Social Security and Medicare into chaos, along with the millions of children and older Americans who … Continue Reading


July 27, 2020

CHAIRMAN JEFFRIES ON MITCH MCCONNELL: “HE’S BEEN STUMBLING, FUMBLING AND BUMBLING”

WASHINGTON - Today, Caucus Chairman Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY) appeared on MSNBC's The ReidOut to discuss Republicans' lackluster and late response to the COVID-19 crisis. JOY REID: You know, when you hear this, combine the fact that Donald Trump is completely confused, there is complete confusion in the messaging coming out of the White House. The other piece of confusion that I see, respectfully, is out of what's happening in Congress right now. You have Mitch McConnell wearing a mask in a … Continue Reading


July 06, 2020

NATIONAL SECURITY TASK FORCE LAUDS ADVANCEMENT OF FY21 NDAA FOR THE PEOPLE

WASHINGTON -- Today, the leadership of the House Democratic Caucus National Security Task Force highlighted the unanimous passage of the FY21 National Defense Authorization Act through the House Armed Services Committee last week. The NDAA heads to the House floor with several provisions championed by National Security Task Force Co-Chairs Reps. Jason Crow (D-CO), Andy Kim (D-NJ) and Xochitl Torres Small (D-NM) to honor and protect our nation's servicemembers, create jobs and support critical … Continue Reading


July 02, 2020

TASK FORCE ON AGING & FAMILIES DEMANDS ANSWERS ON WRONGFUL ELDERLY EVICTIONS AMID COVID-19 PANDEMIC

WASHINGTON - Over a week has passed since disturbing reports emerged of thousands of vulnerable older Americans being wrongfully discharged from nursing homes across the country during the COVID-19 pandemic. In response to continued CMS and HHS inaction to stop these evictions, today, House Democratic Caucus Task Force on Aging and Families (TFAF) Co-Chairs Reps. Jan Schakowsky (IL-9), Doris Matsui (CA-6) and Conor Lamb (PA-17) along with Vice Chairs Lucille Roybal-Allard (CA-40), Debbie … Continue Reading


June 08, 2020

READOUT: HOUSE DEMOCRATIC CAUCUS CONFERENCE CALL ON JUNE 8, 2020

Chairman Hakeem Jeffries and Vice Chair Katherine Clark convened a telephone meeting of the House Democratic Caucus at 4:00 p.m. ET. Members of the Caucus heard brief updates from leadership before engaging in a robust discussion of the transformative Justice in Policing Act of 2020, guided by Congressional Black Caucus Chair Karen Bass and House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler. As Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, Majority Whip Jim Clyburn and other Members of … Continue Reading


June 04, 2020

READOUT: DEMOCRATIC CAUCUS FAMILY DISCUSSION ON RACE

Chairman Hakeem Jeffries and Vice Chair Katherine Clark convened a telephone meeting of the House Democratic Caucus at 4:00 p.m. ET. Members of the Caucus heard brief updates from leadership before engaging in a robust family dialogue about race in America, drawing on the insights of Bryan Stevenson and Robin DiAngelo and uplifting the lived experiences of Members from throughout the House Democratic Caucus. In his introduction of Equal Justice Initiative founder and executive director, … Continue Reading


May 22, 2020

HOUSE DEMOCRATIC CAUCUS TASK FORCE ON AGING & FAMILIES INTRODUCES LEGISLATION TO HELP SENIORS AND PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES ACCESS CRITICAL BENEFITS AMID COVID-19

WASHINGTON - Today, the House Democratic Caucus Task Force on Aging & Families (TFAF) leadership announced the introduction of the COVID-19 Recovery for Seniors and People with Disabilities Act of 2020. As the pandemic continues to have a disproportionate impact on America's older Americans, their families and caregivers, this measure would make additional investments in our nation's most vulnerable populations' access to quality health care, food security and financial security. A similar … Continue Reading


May 20, 2020

HOUSE DEMOCRATIC CAUCUS TASK FORCE ON AGING & FAMILIES LEADERSHIP RESPONDS TO USDA'S EXPANDED SNAP ONLINE PURCHASING PROGRAM

Today, The House Democratic Caucus Task Force on Aging & Families leadership released the following statement responding to the USDA Food and Nutrition Service's announcement that it will expand the SNAP online purchasing program to 13 additional states: "Older Americans should never have to decide between their health and safety and putting food on the table. Especially considering the increased risk posed by COVID-19, seniors relying on the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program … Continue Reading


May 07, 2020

HOUSE DEMOCRATS FIGHT FOR STRONGER SECURITY MEASURES IN NURSING HOMES AMID COVID-19

WASHINGTON - This week, as nursing homes and long-term care facilities across the country continue to be ravaged by the COVID-19 pandemic, the House Democratic Caucus Task Force on Aging and Families (TFAF) leadership took steps to promote maximum safety for nursing home residents and caregivers by continuing pressure on the Trump administration and introducing life-saving legislation. Task Force on Aging and Families Co-Chairs Reps. Jan Schakowsky (IL-9), Doris Matsui (CA-6), and Conor Lamb … Continue Reading


May 05, 2020

HOUSE DEMOCRATIC CAUCUS TASK FORCE ON AGING & FAMILIES OUTLINES PROTECTIONS FOR SENIORS, LOVED ONES AND CAREGIVERS AMID COVID-19

WASHINGTON - Yesterday, House Democratic Caucus Task Force on Aging and Families (TFAF) Co-Chairs Reps. Jan Schakowsky (IL), Doris Matsui (CA) and Conor Lamb (PA) along with TFAF Vice Chairs Debbie Dingell (MI), Ayanna Pressley (MA) and Ted Deutch (FL) joined Caucus Chairman Hakeem Jeffries to discuss the crisis facing Older Americans and their families amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Chairman Jeffries and the TFAF leadership emphasized that House Democrats will continue to fight for protections … Continue Reading


April 27, 2020

HOUSE DEMOCRATIC CAUCUS TASK FORCE ON AGING & FAMILIES OUTLINES BLUEPRINT FOR PROTECTING OLDER AMERICANS AMID COVID-19

WASHINGTON - Today, following last week's House vote to provide additional support for small businesses, hospitals, health care workers and all Americans, House Democrats' Task Force on Aging and Families announced a set of principles guiding its efforts in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. The blueprint builds on the Task Force's previously announced Older Americans Bill of Rights, a comprehensive framework to keep Older Americans and their families healthy, safe and financially … Continue Reading


April 08, 2020

HOUSE DEMOCRATIC CAUCUS TASK FORCE ON AGING & FAMILIES LEADERSHIP CALLS ON USDA TO EXPAND SNAP ONLINE PURCHASING PROGRAM

WASHINGTON - Today, House Democratic Caucus Task Force on Aging and Families (TFAF) Co-Chairs Reps. Jan Schakowsky (IL-9), Doris Matsui (CA-6), and Conor Lamb (PA-17) and Vice Chairs Lucille Roybal-Allard (CA-40), Debbie Dingell (MI-12) and Ayanna Pressley (MA-7), along with Reps. Rosa DeLauro (CT-3) and Alan Lowenthal (CA-47), sent a letter to US Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Sonny Perdue calling for an immediate nationwide expansion of the Online Purchasing Pilot for the … Continue Reading

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