Press Releases

Aug 19, 2016

Rep. Meeks, Local Elected Officials Announce Roadmap for Action & $91 Million for Downtown Far Rockaway

Rockaway, New York—This morning, Congressman Gregory W. Meeks (NY-05), elected officials, and several of New York City’s Commissioners announced Roadmap for Action, a plan to revitalize Downtown Far Rockaway. In addition to providing $91 million to revitalize Downtown Far Rockaway—the most significant investment in the Rockaways in decades—the Roadmap for Action updates zoning, encourages mixed-income housing, improves transportation infrastructure, and connects small businesses to local jobs. Regarding this announcement, Congressman Gregory W. Meeks issued the following statement:

Aug 3, 2016

Rep. Meeks Statement on WSJ Iran-Hostage Report

New York, NY—Senior Member of the Foreign Affairs Committee, Congressman Gregory W. Meeks, issued the following statement regarding the Wall Street Journal’s report alleging the Obama Administration sent money to Iran in exchange for the release of four Americans:

Jul 15, 2016

Rep. Meeks Statement on Reports of Turmoil in Turkey

Washington, D.C.—Congressman Gregory W. Meeks issued the following statement regarding reports of turmoil in Turkey:

Jul 12, 2016

Rep. Meeks Proposes Amendment to Protect Dept. of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)

Washington, D.C.—Congressman Gregory W. Meeks (NY-05) proposed an amendment to H.R. 4768, the Separation of Powers Act. Congressman Meeks’ amendment would exempt any rules issued by HUD from additional judicial review and delay. Rep. Meeks’ amendment was voted down on party lines. Regarding his amendment, Congressman Meeks issued the following statement:

Jul 8, 2016

Rep. Meeks Statement on Violence in Dallas, Baton Rouge, and Minneapolis

Washington, D.C.—On Thursday, July 7th, a nonviolent protest in Dallas in response to the deaths of two black men turned deadly. When hundreds gathered to protest the shooting of Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge and Philando Castile in Minneapolis, a sniper fired upon Dallas policemen and women, killing 5 and wounding 7. Congressman Gregory W. Meeks issued the following statement regarding the violent acts:

Jul 8, 2016

Rep. Meeks Asks FEMA to Oversee Private Insurance Companies in National Flood Insurance Program

Washington, D.C.— Today, Congressman Gregory W. Meeks (NY-05) and twenty-two colleagues in Congress sent a bipartisan letter to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) asking it to fulfill its legal obligation to provide oversight of the private insurance companies that participate in the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). Regarding his letter, Congressman Meeks issued the following statement:

Jun 30, 2016

Rep. Meeks and Colleagues Send New Letter to Pres. Obama Requesting a Posthumous Pardon for Boxing Great, Jack Johnson

New York, NY– Today, U.S. Representatives Gregory W. Meeks (D-NY) and Peter King (R-NY) joined U.S. Senators John McCain (R-AZ) and Harry Reid (D-NV) in sending another letter (below) to President Barack Obama asking him to issue a posthumous pardon to boxing legend John Arthur “Jack” Johnson. The above Members of Congress originally passed through both Houses a resolution that expressed the sense of Congress that Johnson should receive a pardon. As an original cosponsor of that legislation, Congressman Meeks issued a statement regarding the new letter to President Obama:

Jun 29, 2016

Rep. Meeks, Other Elected Officials, Life Camp, Inc., Community Leaders Hold Day of Action to Stress Need to Prevent Gun Violence

Queens, NY— Following the unprecedented #NoBillNoBreak Sit-In by Democratic members of the House of Representatives, Congressman Gregory W. Meeks, near the site of Saturday’s shooting, gathered elected officials and members of the community on the National Day of Action to Prevent Gun Violence:

Jun 29, 2016

Rep. Meeks Tours Downtown Jamaica with US Comptroller of the Currency Thomas J. Curry

Jamaica, NY—Today, Congressman Gregory W. Meeks and U.S. Comptroller of the Currency, Thomas J. Curry, toured downtown Jamaica, NY, to highlight the need for revamping the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA). Originally passed in 1977, the CRA incentivizes depository institutions to provide credit to individuals in low- and middle-income communities. The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) regulates and supervises national banks, including enforcement of CRA provisions. Congressman Meeks issued the below statement after the tour:

Jun 24, 2016

Rep. Meeks Statement on United Kingdom’s Decision to Exit the European Union

New York, NY—Congressman Gregory W. Meeks, Ranking Member on the Subcommittee for Europe, Eurasia, and Emerging Threats issued the following statement regarding the United Kingdom’s decision to exit the European Union: