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.
My Sister's Place is just one of several domestic violence groups that I was able to help through acquiring federal grants to support victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking. There is no excuse for domestic violence, and we must work together to ensure women and children know that resources are available so that they may live safely without fear of violence. These federal grants help us mark the beginning of Domestic Violence Awareness Month with a strong statement against domestic violence in our communities. As Ranking Member of the House Appropriations Committee, I helped to increase funding for the Office of Violence Against Women grants, and I will continue to secure funding for critical programs that help eradicate the scourge of abuse and assist victims.
The ranking member of the House Appropriations Committee asked the U.S. Department of Education to insure that college programs receiving federal funds not include an anti-Israel bias. In a letter sent Monday to Education Secretary Arne Duncan, Rep. Nita Lowey (D-N.Y.), requested that standards of accountability be adopted so that any college or university receiving federal Title VI funding not have an anti-Israel slant. “Incidents of anti-Semitism have spiked worldwide in recent months, including many that were borne out of protests against Israel’s acts of self-defense against the terrorist group Hamas,” Lowey stated in the letter. “It is vital to ensure that academic programs do not become tilted against Israel in a way that engenders anti-Semitism or criticism of Israel that devolves into the defamation of the Jewish people.”
U.S. Rep. Nita Lowey (D-Westchester/Rockland) announced more than $800,000 in National Institutes of Health grants to New York Medical College in Valhalla and Burke Rehabilitation Center in White Plains. The college will receive $402,500 to develop neurotoxin poisoning treatments and Burke will receive $398,879 to determine which hand therapies work best for children with cerebral palsy. “The health industry is part of the lifeblood of the Lower Hudson Valley economy, and these NIH grants will help keep our communities safe and healthy,” said Lowey.
U.S. Rep. Nita Lowey, D-Westchester/Rockland, the ranking member on the House Appropriations Committee, announced that 14 local organizations will receive a total of $1.7 million in federal grants for youth anti-substance abuse initiatives through the Office of National Drug Control Policy's Drug-Free Communities Program. “Our children deserve the opportunity to grow, learn and thrive in communities free of harmful substances,” said Lowey. “These Drug Free Communities grants will help prevent youth drug and alcohol abuse and, as ranking member of the House Appropriations Committee, I will continue fighting to ensure this important program receives the federal funding it deserves.”