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  • Hastings’ Statement on the 2017 Yulin Dog Meat Festival
    Posted in Press Releases on June 21, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Animal Welfare and Wildlife Conservation

    Congressman Alcee L. Hastings made the following statement on the 2017 Yulin Dog Meat Festival, which began today in the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region of China: “I find it completely outrageous that the Yulin authorities and Chinese government failed to take any meaningful action to bring an end to this year’s Yulin Dog Meat Festival. This festival and others like it that celebrate the torture of dogs and cats is an abhorrent display of animal cruelty. During Yulin, dogs are burnt, skinned, o... Read more

  • Hastings’ Statement on World Refugee Day
    Posted in Press Releases on June 20, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Immigration Policy, Human Rights and Refugees

    Congressman Alcee Hastings (D-FL) made the following statement in observance of World Refugee Day: “We observe World Refugee Day to draw attention to the plight of the more than 65 million people around the globe who have been forced to flee their homes and countries. More than any time in recorded history, war, persecution, religious intolerance, and natural disasters have forced millions of people to abandon everything in order to survive. On this day, we must reflect on the importance of prom... Read more

  • Hastings Introduces Bipartisan Resolution Supporting a Concurrent Track Approach to the Israeli-Palestinian Peace Process
    Posted in Press Releases on June 20, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Foreign Affairs, Foreign Affairs - The Middle East, Foreign Affairs - Israel

    Today, Congressman Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL) introduced a House Resolution expressing support for addressing the Arab-Israeli conflict in a concurrent track with the Israeli-Palestinian peace process and commending Arab and Muslim-majority states that have improved bilateral relations with Israel. The concurrent track approach, sometimes referred to as the “outside-in” approach, encourages Arab and Muslim-majority states to improve bilateral relations with Israel as Israel and the Palestinian Aut... Read more

  • Hastings Celebrates Juneteenth
    Posted in Press Releases on June 19, 2017 | Preview rr

    Congressman Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL) made the following statement in observance of Juneteenth, which commemorates the day that the last slaves in the United States were set free: “Two years after President Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation black Americans remained enslaved in parts of the country. It was not until Major General Gordon Granger landed his regiment in Galveston, Texas, 152 years ago today, that all Americans were finally freed from bondage. “The observation of Juneteenth... Read more

  • Hastings’ Statement on the 5th Anniversary of DACA
    Posted in Press Releases on June 15, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Immigration Policy, Human Rights and Refugees

    Congressman Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL) released the following statement on the 5th Anniversary of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program: “Since DACA was launched five years ago, nearly 800,000 young people have received temporary relief from deportation. The program has afforded youth the opportunity to work, go to school, and be active and contributing members of our society. “President Donald John Trump’s administration has undermined DACA, targeting recipients with deportati... Read more

  • Hastings' Statement on the One Year Anniversary of the Pulse Nightclub Shooting
    Posted in Press Releases on June 12, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Judiciary Issues, Gun Control

    Congressman Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL) released the following statement marking the one year anniversary of the Pulse Nightclub shooting: "Republican Members of Congress have a bad habit of ignoring the devastation brought by gun violence. All too frequently, calls for action go on unanswered - if not entirely ignored - by my Republican colleagues, even as Americans are killed by firearms on a daily basis. "It has now been one year since the shooting at the Pulse Nightclub. Despite the public outc... Read more

  • Hastings’ Statement on U.S.-Mexico Sugar Agreement
    Posted in Press Releases on June 7, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Agriculture, Foreign Affairs

    Congressman Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL), Co-Chairman of the House Sugar Caucus, released the following statement regarding the announced agreement in principle to suspend antidumping and countervailing duties against Mexican sugar imports into the United States: “The deal announced yesterday by Secretary of Commerce Ross and Mexican Secretary of Economy Guajardo is a step in the right direction. These types of deals are never easy, and I appreciate the hard work put in by the parties involved. “A n... Read more

  • Hastings Statement on the 2017 Hurricane Season
    Posted in Press Releases on June 6, 2017 | Preview rr

    Congressman Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL) made the following statement regarding the 2017 hurricane season, which began on June 1st: “Forecasters have predicted that this year’s hurricane season could yield significant and damaging storms. It is critical that all Floridians adequately prepare beforehand. As we enter hurricane season, I will continue to work closely with federal, state, and local agencies to ensure that the necessary resources are available in the event of a natural disaster. “My offi... Read more

  • Hastings’ Statement on LGBT Pride Month
    Posted in Press Releases on June 2, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: LGBTQ Equality

    Today, Congressman Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL) released the following statement marking LGBT Pride Month: “The start of June marks the beginning of LBGT Pride Month and the 48th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots. I would like to wish all of my friends in the LGBT community a ‘Happy Pride.’ This month, we celebrate the individuals who continue to fight for freedom, fairness, and equal opportunity for all. “I am proud to be an original cosponsor of H.R.2282, the Equality Act, legislation recently in... Read more

  • Hastings’ Statement on President Trump’s Intention to Pull out of the Paris Climate Agreement
    Posted in Press Releases on May 31, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Environment, Energy, Environment and Conservation

    Congressman Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL) released the following statement in response to reports that President Donald John Trump will pull the United States out of the Paris Climate Accord: “President Trump’s intention to pull the United States out of the Paris Climate Agreement is an irresponsible renouncement of American leadership. The results of abandoning this international framework will be tragic, destructive, and costly, and will undermine the legitimacy of our country on the global stage. ... Read more