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  • Hastings, Meeks' Statement on Foreign Affairs Funding for Diversity and Global Anti-Racism Programs
    Posted in Press Releases on July 24, 2020 | Preview rr
    Tags: Education, Foreign Affairs

    Congressman Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL) and Congressman Gregory W. Meeks (D-NY) today issued the following joint statement regarding the language in the Fiscal Year 2021 State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs (SFOPS) appropriations bill that supports efforts to foster diversity and inclusion in international affairs and provide protections for minority and indigenous populations abroad: “Our success in securing more funding and reporting requirements to diversify America’s diplomatic workf... Read more

  • Hastings, Fitzpatrick Lead 83 Members of Congress in Urging Support for Animal Shelters and Rescues
    Posted in Press Releases on July 23, 2020 | Preview rr
    Tags: Animal Welfare and Wildlife Conservation

    Today, Congressman Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL) and Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA) led 83 Members of Congress in sending a bipartisan letter to House Leadership urging support for animal shelters and rescue organizations in any upcoming aid package. As our country continues to respond to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, animal shelters and rescue organizations are working diligently to provide emergency services that benefit animal welfare and the public health, even as they continue to f... Read more

  • Hastings’ Statement on Rubin Stacy Remembrance Day
    Posted in Press Releases on July 19, 2020 | Preview rr

    Congressman Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL) released the following statement to commemorate the 85th year since the lynching of Mr. Rubin Stacy in Broward County, and recognize Mayor Dale V.C. Holness‘ proclamation of July 19, 2020 as Rubin Stacy Remembrance Day. “The lynching of Mr. Rubin Stacy on July 19, 1935 is a horrific stain on the history of South Florida and remains a tragedy in our community to this day. As we reflect on the modern-day lynchings we continue to bear witness to, including that ... Read more

  • Hastings’ Statement on the Passing of Congressman John Lewis
    Posted in Press Releases on July 18, 2020 | Preview rr

    Congressman Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL) released the following statement on the passing of Congressman John Lewis (D-GA): “Words cannot express how heartbroken I am to learn of the passing of my dear friend and colleague, Congressman John Lewis. John had an unlimited reservoir of love. He taught us all to respect the dignity of all human life. He was indeed the conscience of the United States Congress. I am so blessed to have known him as a friend. “Known for getting into 'good trouble,' John was a... Read more

  • Helsinki Commission Chairman Hastings, Commissioners Moore, Cleaver, and Veasey Lead Call for Comprehensive Action to Address Anti-Black Racism Abroad
    Posted in Press Releases on July 8, 2020 | Preview rr
    Tags: Foreign Affairs, Foreign Affairs - Europe

    In a bicameral letter to the President of the European Commission, Helsinki Commission Chairman Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL) joined the Black members of the Helsinki Commission, Representatives Gwen Moore (D-WI), Emanuel Cleaver (D-MO), and Marc Veasey (D-TX), in leading 35 other Members of the United States Congress, including the Congressional Black Caucus Chair and other Helsinki Commissioners, in calling for a sweeping plan of action following the European Parliament’s Juneteenth Day resolution ... Read more

  • Hastings, Barragán, Pingree, Huffman, Lawrence Call for A Bold Green Stimulus Package to Address Health, Economic, and Climate Crises
    Posted in Press Releases on July 1, 2020 | Preview rr
    Tags: Energy and Environment, Jobs and the Workforce

    Congressman Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL) joined Representatives Nanette Diaz Barragán (D-CA), Jared Huffman (D-CA), Chellie Pingree (D-ME), and Brenda Lawrence (D-MI) in leading 55 of their colleagues in sending a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) advocating for a bold and meaningful green stimulus investment package that would deliver a transformational economic recovery and establish a resilient, clean-energy economy and good-paying jobs. T... Read more

  • Hastings’ Provisions Added to H.R.2, the Moving Forward Act Prior to Passage
    Posted in Press Releases on July 1, 2020 | Preview rr
    Tags: Transportation and Infrastructure

    Congressman Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL) released the following statement following the House passage of H.R.2, the Moving Forward Act. The legislation included two amendments offered by Hastings that will benefit South Florida’s infrastructure by improving rural roads used in our farm food supply chain and investing in broadband connectivity in federally assisted housing. “Our country needs a dramatic investment in infrastructure, from investments in the roads and bridges we drive on to funding for... Read more

  • Hastings’ Statement on the House Passage of the Justice in Policing Act
    Posted in Press Releases on June 26, 2020 | Preview rr

    Congressman Alcee L. Hastings, an original cosponsor of H.R. 7120, the Justice in Policing Act, released the following statement after managing the rule for House consideration and voting for the measure, which passed the House of Representatives. H.R.7120 is bold, transformative legislation to reimagine the culture of policing in America with unprecedented reforms to curb police brutality, end racial profiling, eliminate qualified immunity for law enforcement and build greater trust between law... Read more

  • Hastings, Frankel, Deutch Urge Immediate Local Action on Police Reform
    Posted in Press Releases on June 26, 2020 | Preview rr

    Following House passage of H.R.7120, the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act, Congressman Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL) joined Representatives Lois Frankel (D-FL) and Ted Deutch (D-FL) today in sending a letter to Palm Beach County commissioners and mayors calling on them to initiate policing reforms at the local level. H.R.7120 serves as a clear blueprint for governments at all levels to ensure police are held accountable in the justice system, improve transparency in policing through the collectio... Read more

  • Hastings Commemorates the 155th Anniversary of Juneteenth
    Posted in Press Releases on June 19, 2020 | Preview rr

    Congressman Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL) made the following statement in observance of Juneteenth, the 155th anniversary of the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States: “One hundred and fifty-five years ago today, Union Army General Gordon Granger arrived in Galveston, Texas, and delivered the order notifying the last slaves that they had been freed. General Granger’s order begins, ‘The people of Texas are informed that, in accordance with a Proclamat... Read more

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