Seems the tobacco wars will never end on the Hill.
This week, Democrats accused Republicans of “tucking a special interest giveaway to the tobacco industry” in an agriculture appropriations bill. The White House scolded them that spending bills should be “free of ideological provisions.” Public health groups warned they’re putting children at risk.
But Republicans stood fast Wednesday to vote down a Democratic amendment to strip out language exempting tobacco products, like e-cigarettes, which are already on the market, from a retroactive review by the federal government.
Among the most basic responsibilities of the federal government is safeguarding public health. When it comes to preventing an epidemic or infectious disease outbreak, promoting healthy lifestyles, researching disease and injury prevention, and much more, our efforts are more effective when they are collective, rely on proven science and benefit from robust investments.
ELMSFORD, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — A New Yorkcongresswoman is fighting to protect a program that helps feed children in need during the summer months.
A spending bill making its way through the House calls for budget cuts to the National School Lunch Program as well as the Summer Electronic Benefit Transfer for Children pilot program, which helps families with kids who qualify for free or reduced-price meals during the school year to purchase healthy food during the summer months.
As colleges hold commencements this month in our communities and across the country, a much improved economy is creating more opportunity for graduates. We all remember the excitement of our first, hard-earned paycheck, and the additional responsibilities that came with it: paying the bills, buying groceries, and trying to save for that new car or house.
But, for too many, the crushing reality of student loan debt and high interest rates hurt their quality of life and financial security.
House panel votes to cut Amtrak budget hours after deadly crash - “Starving rail of funding will not enable safer train travel,” Rep. Nita Lowey (D-N.Y.) said.
House Republicans voted Wednesday to chop $260 million from Amtrak’s budget, less than a day after a deadly train crash that Democrats pointed to as a prime example of the dangers of shortchanging the nation’s transportation needs.
Rep. Nita Lowey, D-N.Y., wants to ban all Bakken crude shipments by rail unless volatile gases are first removed. “I don’t want any cars coming here, even if they’re the new cars, if those products, the Bakken fuel, is not reduced in volatility,” the congresswoman said. The federal government is requiring tougher tanker cars, but it’s going to take up to a decade to get all of them rolling.
"Peace will come from hard choices and compromises that must be made at the negotiating table."
Those are the words of U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power on December 30, 2014, explaining the United States’ vote against a "deeply imbalanced" and "unconstructive"
Democrat Nita Lowey has served 13 terms in Congress, this latest round in a shifted 17th District that encompasses all of Rockland and part of Westchester. She's a workhorse for her constituents, and holds power as the ranking Democrat on the House Appropriations Committee. As a champion of the Hudson Valley, she deserves our ongoing support.
As heroin use and trafficking skyrocket throughout the Northeast, I'm so pleased to have secured grants for local organizations like Alliance for Safe Kids in Yorktown. Our children deserve the opportunity to grow, learn, and thrive in communities free of harmful substances.
Congresswoman Nita Lowey announced Tuesday Oct. 14 that $27 million is being allocated by the federal government to replace and strengthen bridges in Pleasantville and the Town of Cortlandt. Lowey, a Democrat from Harrison, is the ranking member on the House Appropriations Committee. She said the money is part of $60 billion in federal assistance she helped secure for flood-related projects early last year in response to Superstorm Sandy. The "federal hazard mitigation grants" ensure the bridges are protected against threats from repeated flooding, according to a press statement from Lowey.