A native of Woodside, Queens and a son and grandson of immigrants, Congressman Joe Crowley serves the people of the Bronx and Queens with honor. In Congress, he is a leader in the fight against Donald Trump. Joe knows that the American family is strongest when communities are secure. That can only happen when working men and women have the opportunity to secure good-paying jobs and financial security; when students have the ability to learn without burdening themselves with a life-time of debt; and when we celebrate the diversity of our communities. There are many important fights in Washington today. Below are Joe’s positions on the most pressing issues facing our country today.
Health care is right for all Americans – not a privilege for the wealthy. Joe is an outspoken supporter of Obamacare and an impassioned advocate for local health care facilities in the Bronx and Queens. He’s a co-sponsor of the Medicare for All Act, which would dramatically increase health care coverage in this country. He was a leading advocate for a permanent Children’s Health Insurance Program to ensure that vulnerable children have access to a doctor. Joe even demanded that Republican lawmakers give up their own health care before they stripped access away from hard-working Americans.
Equal Pay for Women
Women deserve equal pay for equal work – period. Joe is a strong advocate for equal pay and other measures to ensure that are women are treated with dignity and respect in the work place. He is a co-sponsor of the Paycheck Fairness Act, which strengthens the Equal Pay Act and helps ensure women earn a fair day’s pay for a fair day’s work.
As the son and grandson of immigrants, Joe is proud to represent one of the most diverse congressional districts in the nation. Joe is fighting to protect immigrants from harassment by federal authorities and is defending immigrant communities against hate crimes. He supports fixing our broken immigration system by creating a system that would provide an earned path to citizenship for 11 million undocumented immigrants, keep the best and brightest here, and secure our borders.
Gun violence is an epidemic in our country. Joe has consistently opposed the NRA’s radical positions on gun ownership and he’s fighting to crack down on illegal firearms from being brought into New York. Joe is the co-sponsor of legislation that would require universal background checks, as well as co-sponsor of a bill to ban dangerous assault weapons, like those used in the mass shooting tragedies in Parkland, Las Vegas, and others.
Joe is firmly committed to preparing all young Americans for successful careers by advocating for public education, championing increased federal support for Head Start and other pre-kindergarden programs, and fighting to maintain critical financial aid, such as Pell Grants, so more students can afford a college education. Joe is also committed to expanding vocational training and on-the-job training programs so that all Americans can find careers that work best for them.
Joe authored the Rent Relief Act to help working families and seniors afford to live in increasingly expensive cities like New York City, by providing tax relief to renters struggling to afford housing. Without assistance, men and women will be forced out of their communities – diminishing what makes Queens and the Bronx great.
Crime and Safety
Joe established the Crime Stoppers program to support local organizations working to reduce crime and improve the quality of life in our neighborhoods. This program has delivered more than $1 million dollars in federal funding to the Bronx-Queens community for graffiti clean-up, after-school programming, and civic patrol efforts.
9/11 and National Security
In the wake of 9/11, Joe stepped to defend New York City and protect our brave first responders. He was instrumental in passing the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act to provide 9/11 workers with health care, and led efforts to create the Urban Area Security Initiative that has steered more than $950 million dollars in funding to make New York’s airports, train stations, and ports more secure.