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Rep. Hakeem Jeffries

Rep. Hakeem Jeffries

Democrat, New York, 8th District
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Office Phone: 202-225-7924
Committees:
Budget
Judiciary

DISTRICT SNAPSHOT
Among children in this district:
27.6% of children are in poverty
29.4% of children under 6 are in poverty
11.0% of children are in extreme poverty
21.8% are food insecure
1.8% lack health insurance

Sources: 2017 Annual Community Survey, US Dept. of Agriculture

Jeffries on Child Poverty

  • voted against H.R.1, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which provided for tax cuts that disporportionately favor wealthy individuals and corporations. The bill is projected to add $1.5 trillion to the national debt over ten years, which could lead to future cuts to important social safety net programs. The bill also repeals the individual health insurance mandate established under the Affordable Care Act, jeopardizing health insurance coverage for millions of people.

  • co-sponsored H.R.15, the Raise the Wage Act, which would increase the minimum wage to fifteen dollars an hour over a period of seven years.

  • co-sponsored H.R.821, the Child Tax Credit Improvement Act, which would increase the Child Tax Credit from $1,000 per child to $3,600 per child for children under the age of 6.

  • co-sponsored H.R.1748, the Opening Doors for Youth Act, which would provide at-risk and disconnected youth with subsidized summer and year-round employment and assist local community partnerships in improving high school graduation and youth employment rates.

  • co-sponsored H.R.3757, the GAIN Act, which would increase the value of the Earned Income Tax Credit for every group including individuals with no children.

  • co-sponsored H.R.5785, the Jobs and Justice Act, which would redirect federal appropriations toward high poverty areas, increase funding for federal housing assistance, create a commission on youth justice, and modify gun laws to ban weapon sales to abusers and to allow federal research on gun violence.

  • co-sponsored H.R.6467, the Federal Jobs Guarantee Development Act, which would establish grants to states and other entitites to establish subsidized jobs to anyone age 18 or older who lives in the area served by the program.

  • Jeffries on Child Health

  • voted against H.R.195, the HEALTHY KIDS Act, which extended funding for the federal government by three weeks and extended CHIP for six years.

  • voted for H.R.315, the Improving Access to Maternity Care Act, which would provide for the identification of areas of need with respect to maternity care health professionals.

  • voted against H.R.1370, the Further Additional Continuing Appropriations Act, which extended funding for the government by four weeks and retroactively funded CHIP for the first half of fiscal year 2018.

  • voted against H.R.1628, the American Health Care Act, which would have repealed Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act, repealed the individual and employer health care mandates, and otherwise modified the private health insurance market.

  • voted against H.R.1892, the Bipartisan Budget Act, which extended CHIP for four additional years, funded a home visiting program for new mothers, funded community health centers, and modified funding and eligibilty requirements for foster care prevention services.

  • voted for H.R.2422, the Action for Dental Health Act, which would establish a CDC grant program to improve access to dental care for underserved communities.

  • co-sponsored H.R.2745, the Healthy Maternity and Obstetric Medicine Act, which would provide for special enrollment periods for pregnant women seeking health coverage.

  • co-sponsored H.R.3770, the Community Health Investment, Modernization, and Excellence Act, which would reauthorize and extend funding for community health centers.

  • voted against H.R.3922, the CHAMPIONING HEALTHY KIDS Act, which would extend CHIP and Community Health Centers funding. CHIP and Community Health Centers were eventually funded through a series of budget bills.

  • co-sponsored H.R.4129, the State Public Option Act, which would establish a state public option through Medicaid.

  • co-sponsored H.R.5977, the MOMMA’s Act, which would provide technical assistance and federal grants to fund the implementation of maternal safety measures.

  • co-sponsored H.R.6117, the Choose Medicare Act, which would establish Medicare plans that are available for purchase on the health care exchanges.

  • voted against H.R.6311, the Increasing Access to Lower Premium Plans and Expanding Health Savings Accounts Act, which would modify rules regarding health savings accounts and allow for the sale of bare bones health plans on the health care exchanges. Often these plans are purchased by lower-income individuals who are unaware that the benefits offered by the plan are extremely limited.

  • Jeffries on Child Welfare

  • voted against H.R.2824, the Increasing Opportunity and Success for Children and Parents through Evidence-Based Home Visiting Act, which would reauthorize the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program for five years, and require grantees to match federal funds beginning in fiscal year 2020. MIECHV was eventually reauthorized through H.R.1892, the Bipartisan Budget Act, without a state matching requirement.

  • voted for H.R.2847, the Improving Services for Older Youth in Foster Care Act, which would authorize states to extend foster care eligibilty up to age 21 and to increase age limits on other programs for youths who have aged out of foster care.

  • voted for H.R.2866, the Reducing Unnecessary Barriers for Relative Foster Parents Act, which would require the Department of Health and Human Services to identify model standards for the licensing of foster family homes and to evaluate state plans against those standards.

  • voted for H.R.5890, the Assisting States’ Implementation of Plans of Safe Care Act, which would provide states with guidance and technical assistance for the safe care of infants affected by prenatal substance use.

  • co-sponsored H.R.5955, the Victims of Child Abuse Act Reauthorization Act, which would increase funding to improve outcomes for children who have been abused.

  • co-sponsored H.R.6014, a bill to reauthorize the Family Violence Prevention and Services Act, which would extend the law through 2023. The Family Violence Prevention and Services Program supports emergency shelter and assistance for victims of domestic violence and their children.

  • co-sponsored H.R.6545, the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act, which would improves services for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, including young victims.

  • Jeffries on Youth Justice

  • co-sponsored H.R.968, the Equal Justice Under Law Act, which would enforce the Sixth Amendment right to the assistance of effective counsel at all stages of the adversarial process.

  • co-sponsored H.R.2435, the Justice Safety Valve Act, which would amend the criminal code to allow judges discretion to imposes sentences below the statutory minimum.

  • co-sponsored H.R.2899, the Second Chance Reauthorization Act, which would revise and reauthorize grant programs regarding offender reentry, substance abuse treatment, and education. The bill would also repeal some diversion programs for drug offenders.

  • Jeffries on Gun Violence Prevention

  • voted against H.R.38, the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act, which would allow individuals licensed for concealed carry in one state to possess or carry a concealed weapon in another state that allows individuals to carry concealed firearms.

  • co-sponsored H.R.1478, the Gun Violence Research Act, which would permit the Department of Health and Human Services to sponsor research on gun violence.

  • co-sponsored H.R.2598, the Gun Violence Restraining Order Act, which would allow family members of an individual who they believe to be a danger to himself or others to seek a gun violence prevention order, which would allow for the temporary seizure of said individual’s firearms.

  • co-sponsored H.R.3464, the Background Check Completion Act, which would prohibit the sale of firearms prior to the completion of a background check.

  • co-sponsored H.R.3947, the Automatic Gunfire Prevention Act, which would prohibit the sale of bump stocks and other mechanisms to increase the rate of fire of a semiautomatic rifle.

  • co-sponsored H.R.4573, the Gun Violence Research Act, which would allow for federal funds to be used for research on mental health, gun violence, and how they intersect, and provide for reporting on the effects of gun violence.

  • co-sponsored H.R.5087, the Assault Weapons Ban, which would prohibit the possession, sale, manufacture, importation, or transfer of a semiautomatic wepaon or large capacity ammunition feeding device.

  • co-sponsored H.R.5164, the Urban Progress Act, which would implement rental assistance, subsidized jobs, and improved community policing programs, as well as a number of gun violence prevention measures including stronger background checks and increased research on gun violence.

  • Jeffries on Housing

  • voted for H.R.5793, the Housing Choice Voucher Mobility Demonstration Act, which would establish a demonstration program to encourage families receiving housing voucher assistance to move to lower-poverty areas.

  • Jeffries on Nutrition

  • did not vote on H.R.2, the Agriculture and Nutrition Act, which would cut SNAP benefits by $20 billion over ten years through more stringent work requirements and elimination of other programs; the bill would also create additional barriers to receiving SNAP benefits.

  • co-sponsored H.R.1276, the Closing the Meal Gap Act, which would increase the minimum SNAP benefit and exempt individuals from work requirements if they have not been offered a position in a federal jobs or job training program.

  • co-sponsored H.R.3749, the SNAP Standard Medical Expense Deduction Act, which would provide for a standard medical expense deduction for the purpose of calculating monthly income to determine eligibility for SNAP.

  • Jeffries on Early Childhood Development

  • voted against H.R.695, the Child Protection Improvements Act, which would establish a background check system for individuals who care for children, the elderly, or individuals with disabilities.

  • co-sponsored H.R.1022, the Federal Employees Paid Parental Leave Act, which would provide 6 weeks of paid parental leave to Federal employees.

  • Jeffries on Education

  • voted against H.J.RES.57, the resolution that nullified a Department of Education rule providing for federal standards for states implementing plans to meet the needs of historically marginalized groups under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965.

  • co-sponsored H.R.2475, the Rebuild America¬ís Schools Act, which would provide funds for improvements to public school facilities.

  • voted for H.R.4909, the STOP School Violence Act, which would reauthorize a grant program for school security to train local law enforcement, school personnel, and students and to develop an anonymous reporting system for violent threats at school.

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