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Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee Calls GOP’s “MakeAmericaSickAgain” Plan a Disaster for Families

March 7th, 2017

 

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Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee Calls GOP’s “MakeAmericaSickAgain” Plan a Disaster for Families

 

Congresswoman Jackson Lee: “Not only does this plan not provide insurance to all Americans as the President promised, but it would actually knock millions of people off their health insurance plans and bring misery to hard working families struggling to make ends meet.”

 

Washington, DC– Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, a senior member of the House Committees on Judiciary and Homeland Security and Ranking Member of the Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security and Investigations, ripped into the Republican’s health care plan for coming up woefully short on providing the kind of coverage the President promised.

 

“With America finally on the mend thanks to the expansion of coverage through the Affordable Care Act, the Republican plan to repeal and replace the ACA threatens to turn the clock back by making America sick again.

“For seven years, GOP lawmakers said they had a better idea.  The President even promised to a plan to provide insurance for everybody.  But the dangerous details of this legislation were hidden from the public.

 

“The Republican plan will kick millions of Americans off their health insurance plans and force others to pay more for less.  This plan is a prescription for misery and spells disaster for hard-working families struggling to make ends meet in the face of spiraling health care costs.”

 

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Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee is a Democrat from Texas’s 18th Congressional District.  She is a senior member of the House Committees on Judiciary and Homeland Security and is a Ranking Member of the Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security and Investigations. The House Committee on Homeland Security serves the cybersecurity needs of critical infrastructure owners and operators. Congresswoman Jackson Lee serves on the Subcommittees on Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Protection, and Counterterrorism and Intelligence. She is the current Ranking Member on the Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security and Investigations, which gives her a portfolio that covers the breath of issues including national and criminal justice issues that touch upon cybersecurity.

 

 

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CONGRESSWOMAN SHEILA JACKSON LEE INTRODUCES USA VALUES ACT TO PROTECT RELIGIOUS LIBERTY AND STOP TRUMP ADMINISTRATION FROM DENYING HUMANITARIAN RELIEF TO REFUGEES LAWFULLY ENTITLED TO ENTER THE UNITED STATES

January 30th, 2017

 

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Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee Introduces USA Values Act to Protect Religious Liberty and Stop Trump Administration From Denying Humanitarian Relief To Refugees Lawfully Entitled to Enter The United States

 

Jackson Lee: “I have introduced the USA Values Act (H.R. 735) which will invalidate the President’s discriminatory Executive Order which has the effect and intent of excluding persons whose religious faith is Muslim from entering the United States. My USA Values Act affirms our nation’s core beliefs regarding religious freedom and equal protection and treatment under law.”

 

Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, a senior member of the House Homeland Security and Judiciary Committees today released the following statement after introducing H.R. 735, the Universal Security of American Values Act of 2017 (USA Values Act), which will invalidate the discriminatory Executive Order issued by the President banning visitors and refugees from certain countries from entering the United States simply because they exercise their right to religious liberty by adherence to the Muslim faith:

 

“The United States of America is a country founded by persons escaping religious persecution and freedom of worship has been a bedrock national value since the Pilgrims landed on Plymouth Rock in 1620. It is no coincidence that the first of the amendments comprising the Bill of Rights protects inviolate the free exercise of religion.

 

“Neither the Constitution nor the First Amendment recognizes an exception to the free exercise of religion in the case of persons of the Muslim faith. The executive order issued by the President last Friday is discriminatory Executive Order because it has the effect and intent of excluding from the United States those persons from predominately Muslim countries whose religious faith is Muslim. This is the type of invidious discrimination that our Constitution, laws, customs, and traditions do not countenance.

 

“That is why I have introduced H.R. 735, the Universal Security of American Values Act of 2017 (USA Values Act of 2017), which declares the Executive Order issued by the President on January 27, 2017 to be null and void and of no force and legal effect.  In addition, USA Values Act prohibits the issuance or implementation of any Executive Order that has the effect of abridging religious liberty or any of the privileges and immunities guaranteed under the Constitution or laws of the United States.

 

“As Americans we are best when we are true to the values we hold dear, beginning with fidelity to the Constitution and the laws of the United States. The executive order, which represents the President’s attempt to make good on his pledge to impose a ban on Muslims from entering our country,  is a radical departure from the values, principles, and practices that heretofore have made America the envy of the world.

 

“Former president Barack Obama ‘fundamentally disagrees with the notion of discriminating against individuals because of their faith and religion.’ The former president is right, the current president is wrong and I call upon the President to rescind this discriminatory order immediately.”

 

“Arbitrarily excluding Muslim visitors to our country will not make us safer and makes a mockery of our reputation as the world’s most welcoming nation. The USA Values Act, which affirms the nation’s core values, complements the ‘Statute of Liberty Values Act’ (SOLVE Act), which bars ethnic and religious discrimination against refugees that was also introduced today by my colleague, Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren of California, and sponsored by me and more than 125 Members of the House.”

 

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Congresswoman Jackson Lee is a Democrat from Texas’s 18th Congressional District. She is a senior member of the House Committees on Judiciary and Homeland Security and is Ranking Member of the Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security and Investigations.

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CONGRESSWOMAN SHEILA JACKSON LEE STATEMENT REGARDING PRESIDENT’S EXECUTIVE ORDER REGARDING ADMISSION OF REFUGEES AND HIS RECKLESS HOMELAND SECURITY POLICIES

January 26th, 2017

 

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PRESS STATEMENT

 

CONGRESSWOMAN SHEILA JACKSON LEE STATEMENT REGARDING PRESIDENT’S EXECUTIVE ORDER REGARDING ADMISSION OF REFUGEES AND HIS

RECKLESS HOMELAND SECURITY POLICIES

 

Jackson Lee: “The proposed wall does not provide a barrier that will provide total prevention of illegal entries into the United States”

 

Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, a senior member of the House Homeland Security and Judiciary Committees today released the following statement in response to the executive order issued today by the President regarding admission of refugees to the United States:

“I call upon the President to heed the counsel of Texas Impact, urging him to reaffirm our nation’s commitment to welcome those displaced by oppression and injustice. The President should set an example for states to follow by refraining from statements and actions designed to frighten and divide our people. Texas became the second most populous state, and Houston the nation’s fourth largest and most diverse city, by welcoming persons of all backgrounds and cultures, races and creeds, religions and ethnicities, particularly those fleeing religious persecution and political oppression.

“As a senior member of the House Homeland Security Committee and the Ranking Member on the Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and

Homeland Security, my priorities have focused on protecting our homeland and national security in a manner that keeps our nation safe but affirms our national values and principles.

“The shameful rhetoric and conduct of certain Texas public officials undermines America’s moral leadership in the world, embarrasses our state, and does nothing to make our country safer. The United States already has in place the world’s most rigorous screening process for refugees seeking asylum. The critical features of this 21-step process require that every applicant for asylum must:

1. register with, and be pre-screened by, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees;

2. provide background information, including what caused him or her to flee their home country (a ready means of comparing information provided by more than one million refugees to further verify the validity of the information provided);

3. meet one of five legal qualifications: threat of violence based on race, religion or faith or national origin; political beliefs; or membership in a targeted social group;

4. undergo a rigorous background check during which investigators fact-check the refugee’s biography to ensure consistency with published or documented reports of events such as bombings or other violence;

5. be subjected to biometric tests conducted by the Defense Department, in conjunction with other federal agencies (the U.S. military has an extensive biometric data base on Iraqis from its time in Iraq); and

6. Sit for intensive in-person interviews, which may takes a minimum of 18-24 to conduct and complete.

 

“In addition, intelligence and law enforcement agencies have over the past several years established and perfected an intensive form of screening for Syrians called the “Syrian Enhanced Review,” which involves a vetting even more intensive and intrusive that applied for other asylum seekers.

“Before coming to Congress, I served on the Board of Interfaith Ministries for Greater Houston, which provides refugee services and, in conjunction with the U.S. State Department, Episcopal Migration Ministries and Church World Service, resettles legal refugees fleeing their homeland in fear of political, social or religious persecution. Interfaith Ministries for Greater – 3 –

 

Houston helps refugees from around the world make new lives in Texas and enhances America’s reputation as a haven for the oppressed.

I applaud the work of organizations like Interfaith Ministries and Texas Impact and call upon my fellow Texans to join me in renouncing all attempts to demonize refugees who may happen to be Muslim. The world’s mightiest nation must not be afraid to show compassion and provide sanctuary to some of the world’s most vulnerable persons, including Syrian mothers, children, and seniors.”

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Congresswoman Jackson Lee is a Democrat from Texas’s 18th Congressional District. She is a senior member of the House Committees on Judiciary and Homeland Security and is Ranking Member of the Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security and Investigations

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CONGRESSWOMAN SHEILA JACKSON LEE, JOINED BY HOUSE DEMOCRATS, CALLS UPON JUSTICE DEPARTMENT TO CONDUCT THOROUGH INVESTIGATION OF CREDIBLE ALLEGATIONS OF VOTER FRAUD IN ALL 50 STATES

January 25th, 2017

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Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, Joined By House Democrats, Calls Upon Justice Department to Conduct Thorough Investigation of Credible Allegations of Voter Fraud in All 50 States to Determine Whether Reported Outcomes Reflected Preferences of the American People For President of the United States

 

Jackson Lee: “Voter fraud is a threat to democratic governance because it threatens the ability of election results to reflect the preference of the people. Coming from the current President of the United States, these allegations of “widespread voter fraud” are serious and the Department of Justice should conduct a thorough and comprehensive investigation of voting irregularities and anomalies, which should include a full examination of voting machines and other voting devices, in all 50 states.”

 

Washington, DC – Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, a senior member of the House Committees on the Judiciary and Homeland Security Committee and Ranking Member of the Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Investigations, released the following statement today regarding the letter sent by her and Democratic colleagues Rep. Henry C. “Hank” Johnson (GA-04), Rep. Karen Bass (CA-37), and Rep. Gwen Moore (WI-04) to Acting U.S. Attorney General Sally Yates requesting the Department of Justice to conduct a thorough and comprehensive investigation of voting irregularities and anomalies, which should include a full examination of voting machines and other voting devices, in all 50 states:

 

“In recent days, President Trump, personally or through his spokespersons, has repeatedly, consistently, and confidently asserted that the 2016 presidential election was marked by “voter fraud.” The president has not identified or produced any credible evidence to support the claim that he is the rightful winner of the popular vote which he lost to Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton by more than 2.8 million votes, the largest vote deficit in history.

 

“Coming from the current President of the United States, these allegations of ‘widespread voter fraud’ are serious and should be taken seriously because, at bottom, what is now at stake is public confidence and certainty as to who really won the 2016 presidential election. For this reason, it is imperative that the Department of Justice conduct a thorough and comprehensive investigation of voting irregularities and anomalies, which should include a full examination of voting machines and other voting devices, in all 50 states.

 

“Voter fraud is a threat to democratic governance because it threatens the ability of the election results to reflect the preference of the people. This type of fraud, however, can manifest itself in two distinct ways: first, by counting votes cast by persons not eligible to cast them; and second, by actions designed to prevent, deter, and exclude eligible persons from casting their votes. To ensure public confidence, both of these types of ‘voter fraud’ allegations must be investigated by the Department of Justice.

 

The November 8, 2016 election was the first presidential election held since the Supreme Court decided Shelby County v. Holder, which neutered the preclearance provisions of the Voting Rights Act, adversely affecting the ability of hundreds of thousands of persons to cast a ballot and have their vote counted because of numerous hindrances, including the curtailment of early voting, photo identification requirements, serendipitous changes to voting places, purging of voting rolls, and the use of outdated, obsolete, unreliable, and insecure voting machines disproportionately placed in underrepresented communities.

 

Every American has a vested interest in an electoral system that is fair, transparent, and reliable. That is why I believe that where the results in the Electoral College and of the popular vote diverge, as is the case this year, by the largest and most astounding margin in American history, it is particularly fitting, appropriate, and necessary for the Department of Justice to conduct a thorough investigation of all credible allegations of voter fraud in all 50 states to determine whether the reported outcomes reflected the preferences of the American people. The fate of our democracy is at stake.”

 

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Congresswoman Jackson Lee is a Democrat from Texas’s 18th Congressional District. She is a senior member of the House Committees on Judiciary and Homeland Security and is Ranking Member of the Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Investigations.

 

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CONGRESSWOMAN SHEILA JACKSON LEE STATEMENT OF GRATITUDE TO PETA

January 23rd, 2017

 

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CONGRESSWOMAN SHEILA JACKSON LEE STATEMENT OF GRATITUDE TO PETA

Congresswoman Jackson Lee: “I am honored to receive the PETA Congressional Leadership Award and will continue working for the fair treatment of animals.”

 

Washington, DC – Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, a senior member of the House Homeland Security Committee and Ranking Member of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Investigations, released the following statement after receiving the Congressional Leadership Award from the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA):

 

“I am honored to receive the PETA Congressional Leadership Award and will continue working for the fair treatment of animals.

 

“In response to the brutal killing of Cecil the Lion, I introduced the Cecil the Lion Endangered and Threatened Species Act. This legislation would amend the Endangered Species Act of 1973 to prohibit the taking and transportation of any endangered or threatened species as a trophy into the United States. Currently, the Endangered Species Act (ESA) does not protect the vast majority of wild animals killed and imported.  As a result of this loophole, tens of thousands of wild animals are killed every year by trophy hunters and transported into the United States. 

 

“The conservation of endangered and threatened species is critically important to the sustainability of our biodiversity, and ecosystems. Injustice is universal, rather it be directed towards animals or humans and I thank PETA for their gallant efforts and will continue to support them in the fight for animal rights.”

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Congresswoman Jackson Lee is a Democrat from Texas’s 18th Congressional District. She is a senior member of the House Committees on Judiciary and Homeland Security and is Ranking Member of the Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Investigations.

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CONGRESSWOMAN SHEILA JACKSON LEE APPLAUDS PRESIDENT OBAMA AND SECRET SERVICE DIRECTOR CLANCY ON $24 MILLION SETTLEMENT OF DECADES-OLD RACIAL-BIAS CLAIMS BROUGHT BY AFRICAN AMERICAN SECRET SERVICE AGENTS

January 18th, 2017

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Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee Applauds President Obama and Secret Service Director Clancy on $24 Million Settlement of decades-old Racial-Bias Claims Brought by African American Secret Service Agents

 

Jackson Lee: “I am pleased this two-decade-old racial discrimination case has been resolved.  I am glad to see the Secret Service renew its commitment to fairness in promoting its most talented officers and agents. As Director Clancy moves the agency forward under the new administration, I hope and expect the Secret Service to embrace transparency. Secret Service agents who put their lives on the line to keep us safe deserve to have their efforts rewarded by a fair promotion process.”

 

Washington, DC – Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, a senior member of the House Committees on the Judiciary and Homeland Security Committee and Ranking Member of the Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Investigations, released the following statement today regarding the $24 million settlement reached between the Secret Service and plaintiffs compensating more than 100 dedicated African American agents for legal injury they suffered as a result of unfairness in the agency’s promotion practices:

 

“I applaud President Obama and Secret Service Director Clancy for their great work in reaching the agreement that settles the two-decade-old case involving more than 100 black agents alleged to have been denied promotion because of racially discriminatory promotion practices that routinely promoted white agents over more qualified African American candidates.

 

“I thank Mr. Moore and all the plaintiffs for bringing this issue to light and for persevering in their search for justice.  This case was tied up in litigation for entirely too long and through too many administrations.  I am glad to see the plaintiffs obtain compensate and closure, remedying the sting of the discrimination the agents suffered and the career opportunities they lost and believe and hope this long fought for result will prevent future discrimination in the agency.

 

“As a senior member of the House Committees on Homeland Security Committee Homeland Security, which has jurisdictional oversight over the Secret Service, I have worked closely among my colleagues in Congress, as well as with agency leaders, to ensure that they have the resources needed to properly do their jobs, and a work environment marked by a fair and transparent promotion process.  within the federal government and hope that today’s announcement will ensure that the agency’s continued commitment to do so in the future.

 

“The Secret Service has long tradition of doing great work as the elite law enforcement agency responsible for ensuring the president’s safety.  I am glad to see them acknowledge the unfairness endured by Mr. Moore and the other eight plaintiffs which amount to a glass ceiling which denied advancement to so many qualified African American agents for so long.  I applaud the Secret Service for changing its long-standing promotion process by considering multiple candidates for each position and keeping records of factors for making promotions, as well as agreeing to create a hotline for agents to report bias, and to keep track of racial-bias complaints made against supervisors when considering them for promotion. This settlement agreement brings needed changes to make the Secret Service a model for other law enforcement agencies to emulate.”

 

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Congresswoman Jackson Lee is a Democrat from Texas’s 18th Congressional District. She is a senior member of the House Committees on Judiciary and Homeland Security and is Ranking Member of the Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security and Investigations

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CONGRESSWOMAN SHEILA JACKSON LEE GIVES HER SUPPORT TO DIRECTOR JOHN BRENNAN, DIRECTOR JIM CLAPPER, AND THE ENTIRE INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY FOR THEIR TREMENDOUS SERVICE TO OUR NATION

January 17th, 2017

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CONGRESSWOMAN SHEILA JACKSON LEE GIVES HER SUPPORT TO DIRECTOR JOHN BRENNAN, DIRECTOR JIM CLAPPER, AND THE ENTIRE INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY FOR THEIR TREMENDOUS SERVICE TO OUR NATION

 

Jackson Lee: “I have worked closely with the Intelligence community for most of my years in Congress.  These are some of the most honest and bravest men and women serving in our government”

 

WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, a senior member of the House Homeland Security Committee and Ranking Member of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Investigations, released the following statement regarding her support of Director John Brennan, Director Jim Clapper, and the entire Intelligence community:

 

“I have worked closely with the Intelligence community for most of my years in Congress.  These are some of the most honest and bravest men and women serving in our government. I stand firmly by Director John Brennan, Director Jim Clapper, and the families whose loved ones sacrificed and lost their lives in the line of duty.  Their families would not consider them Nazi’s. I look forward to working with, and continuing my support of our Intelligence community wherever they may be throughout the world.”

 

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Congresswoman Jackson Lee is a Democrat from Texas’s 18th Congressional District. She is a senior member of the House Committees on Judiciary and Homeland Security and is Ranking Member of the Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Investigations.

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Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee Statement Calls Upon House Committee Leaders to Aggressively Investigate Russian Tampering in U.S. Presidential Election Following The Trail Wherever It Leads And Taking Appropriate Punitive Actions Where Required

December 14th, 2016

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Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee Statement Calls Upon House Committee Leaders to Aggressively Investigate Russian Tampering in U.S. Presidential Election Following The Trail Wherever It Leads And Taking Appropriate Punitive Actions Where Required

 

Jackson Lee: “The subject of Russian interference in U.S. elections represents such an existential threat to national security that it is essential that all of the relevant House congressional committees – Intelligence, Judiciary, Homeland Security, Armed Services, Foreign Affairs, and Oversight and Government Reform – must launch investigatory hearings as soon as the 115th Congress begins, following the trail wherever it leads, and taking appropriate punitive actions to deter any repetition of such conduct.”

 

Washington, DC – Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, a senior member of the House Committees on the Judiciary and Homeland Security Committee and Ranking Member of the Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Investigations, released the following statement today in response to published reports that the Central Intelligence Agency has concluded, in a secret assessment, that Russia intervened in the 2016 election to help Donald Trump win the presidency, rather than just to undermine confidence in the U.S. electoral system:

 

“With each passing day, it becomes increasingly clear that a foreign power, the Government of Russia, actively worked to subvert the 2016 presidential campaign of the Democratic candidate for the express purpose of electing the preferred choice of the Russian Government for U.S. President, Donald J. Trump.

 

“The subject of Russian interference in U.S. elections represents such an existential threat to national security that it is essential that all of the relevant committees of Congress – Intelligence, Judiciary, Homeland Security, Armed Services, Foreign Affairs, Oversight and Government Reform – must launch investigatory hearings as soon as the 115th Congress begins, following the trail wherever it leads, and taking appropriate punitive actions to deter any repetition of such conduct.

 

“The linchpin of representative democracies such as the United States is public confidence in the political system, regime, and community. That confidence in turn rests upon the extent to which the public has faith that the system employed to select its leaders accurately reflects its preferences. At bottom, this means that the American people must be able to freely elect their leaders without interference, covert or overt, from foreign governments or entities allied with foreign powers.

 

“The Central Intelligence Agency has concluded, in a secret assessment, that Russia intervened in the 2016 election to help Donald Trump win the presidency, rather than just to undermine confidence in the U.S. electoral system. This is the gravest attack on American independence and sovereignty as great as Pearl Harbor and 9/11. It cannot be allowed to stand with impunity. The facts and actors involved in this plot must be uncovered and laid bare for the American people to see and understand. And that requires at a minimum that that all of the relevant committees of Congress – Intelligence, Judiciary, Homeland Security, Armed Services, Foreign Affairs, and Oversight and Government Reform – should launch investigatory hearings immediately upon the commencement of the 115th Congress.

 

“There can be no higher priority for the next Congress than ensuring that the election process, the hallmark of democratic governance, is invulnerable to foreign influence or manipulation.”

 

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Congresswoman Jackson Lee is a Democrat from Texas’s 18th Congressional District. She is a senior member of the House Committees on Judiciary and Homeland Security and is Ranking Member of the Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security and Investigations.

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Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Statement Opposing Nomination of Sen. Jeff Sessions of Alabama to be U.S. Attorney General

December 7th, 2016

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Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Statement Opposing Nomination of Sen. Jeff Sessions of Alabama to be U.S. Attorney General

Jackson Lee: “The duty of the U.S. Attorney General is to lead the Department of Justice in protecting and expanding the civil rights of all Americans and the pursuit of equal justice for all, not to turn back the clock on hard won rights and liberties.”

 

Washington, DC – Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, a senior member of the House Committees on the Judiciary and Homeland Security Committee and Ranking Member of the Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Investigations, released the following statement today in response to the President-Elect’s announced intention to nominate U.S. Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL) to be the next Attorney General of the United States:

 

“On Election Night the President-Elect pledged to the nation that he would be a president to all Americans. That pledge will ring hollow to tens of millions of Americans in light of his announced intention to nominate one of the U.S. Senate’s most far-right members, Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL) to be the next Attorney General of the United States.

 

“Perhaps nothing would do more to reassure the American people that the President-Elect is committed to unifying the nation than the nomination and appointment of a person to be Attorney General who has a record of championing and protecting, rather than opposing and undermining, the precious right to vote; the constitutionally guaranteed right of privacy, criminal justice reform, and support for reform of the nation’s immigration system so that it is fair and humane.

 

“The nomination of Senator Sessions as Attorney General does not inspire the necessary confidence. As Senator from Alabama, the state from which the infamous Supreme Court decision in Shelby County v. Holder originated, Senator Sessions has failed to play a constructive role in repairing the damage to voting rights caused by that decision. He was one of the leading opponents of the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act. He is one of the Senate’s most hostile opponents of comprehensive immigration reform and was a principal architect of the draconian and incendiary immigration policy advocated by the President-Elect during the campaign. And his record in support of efforts to bring needed reform to the nation’s criminal justice system is virtually non-existent.

 

“In 1986, ten years before Senator Sessions was elected to the Senate, he was rejected for a U.S. District Court judgeship in view of documented incidents that revealed his lack of commitment to civil and voting rights, and to equal justice. And his Senate voting record and rhetoric has endeared him to white nationalist websites and organizations like Breitbart and Stormfront.

 

“Should the President-Elect proceed with the nomination of Senator Sessions to be Attorney General, I call upon the Senate Judiciary Committee to subject the nomination to the most comprehensive, searching, and withering examination.

 

“The United States has been blessed to have been served as Attorney General by such illustrious figures as Robert Jackson, Robert Kennedy, Herbert Brownell, Ramsey Clark, Nicholas Katzenbach, Eric Holder, and Edward H. Levi.

 

“No senator should vote to confirm the nomination of Jeff Sessions as U.S. Attorney General if there is the slightest doubt that he possesses the character, qualities, integrity, and commitment to justice and equality needed to lead a department, the headquarters building of which is named for Robert F. Kennedy, one of the nation’s greatest and most indefatigable champions of civil rights and equal justice for all.”

 

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Congresswoman Jackson Lee is a Democrat from Texas’s 18th Congressional District. She is a senior member of the House Committees on Judiciary and Homeland Security and is Ranking Member of the Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security and Investigations.

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Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee Statement on World AIDS Day

December 1st, 2016

 

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Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee Statement on World AIDS Day

 

 

Washington, D.C.Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, a senior Member of the House Committee on Judiciary and House Committee on Homeland Security and Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Investigations, released the following statement today commemorating “World AIDS Day”:

 

“We have come a long way since the first World AIDS Day in 1988. We have dramatically expanded investments in HIV/AIDS prevention, care, treatment, and research. Strong advocacy has paved the way for the Ryan White Act, the Housing Opportunities for People with AIDS Initiative, growing investments in NIH research, and an end to the ban on federal funds for syringe exchange. Beyond our borders, our efforts have extended care to millions in the developing world, through increased resources for PEPFAR and the Global Fund.

 

“Our investments have saved lives – preventing millions of new HIV cases, expanding access to improved treatments, and enabling medical advances that help HIV/AIDS patients live longer and healthier. Here and across the globe, AIDS-related deaths are on the decline – with UNAIDS estimating that 700,000 deaths were averted last year.  Studies are pointing the way to new ways to limit the spread of the disease, with treatment as prevention. Yet, while our efforts have grown, we still only reach half of all people eligible for HIV treatment; and more must be done.

 

“Working together, we must continue to strengthen – not weaken – our national and international efforts to combat AIDS and other infectious diseases. We must work to achieve the Obama Administration’s goal of an AIDS-free generation. We must honor the memory of those we have lost and act on our hope, optimism, and determination to end the HIV/AIDS pandemic.

 

“We must continue to work with programs and clinics, like  Legacy Community Health, Avenue 360 Health and Wellness, Change Happens, and the Harris County Hospital District (HCHD) who are treating and caring for patients with HIV/AIDS. In 1989, HCHD opened Thomas Street Health Center, the first free-standing facility dedicated to outpatient HIV/AIDS care in the nation. The center has become the cornerstone of all HIV/AIDS care available to Harris County residents.

 

“The Thomas Street Health Center has dedicated their services to about 25 percent of Harris County’s HIV/AIDS. Annually, the health center, along with HCHD, serves 4,463 unique patients for about 37,000 patients’ visits.

 

“We will continue to fight a tough fight against HIV and AIDS. We will continue to strengthen and support centers like Thomas Street Health Center, Legacy Community Health, Avenue 360 Health and Wellness, and Change Happens who work diligently with HIV/AIDS patients. Our focus on HIV/AIDS prevention and awareness will be to ensure all of our friends, relatives and children live healthy and full lives.”

 

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Congresswoman Jackson Lee is a Democrat from Texas’s 18th Congressional District. She is a senior member of the House Committees on Judiciary and Homeland Security and is Ranking Member of the Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Investigations.

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