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No air guitar for Crowley; he’s the real McCoy

Sunnyside Post - March 13, 2011

Congressman Joseph Crowley’s St. Patrick’s Day celebration at Sidetracks on March 13

A Very Crowley New Year

Dear Friend,

Thank you again for your support over the last few years.  I wish you all the best in 2011 and hope our work together will continue.  I am pleased to share with you an update on some of the exciting work I will be taking on in the coming year.  

Paying Tribute to the Victims of Tucson and Gaby Giffords

Dear Friend,

Today, both the U.S. House of Representatives and President Obama will hold tributes to honor the victims of the shooting in Tucson, Arizona. I hope the entire nation will find a way to show its support for those affected by this tragedy.

As you know, the January 8th massacre took the lives of six innocent people and injured many more, including Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords.  I have traveled to Tucson many times to campaign for Gabby – who is more than a colleague of mine. She is a close friend who I respect for her kind heart, love of life, intelligence and determination.

DCCC adds new faces to leadership team

New York Rep. Joseph Crowley has been tasked with raising the millions of dollars Democrats will need in their bid to reclaim the House majority.

Rep. Steve Israel (N.Y.), who heads the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, announced Thursday that Crowley would serve as the DCCC's finance chairman for what's expected to be a costly election cycle.

A new order: House power players to watch in the 112th Congress

Lawmakers in the House will jockey over the next several months to establish a new pecking order.

Some of the power players will remain the same but adopt new roles, such as outgoing Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.).

Senate Passes 9/11 Health Bill

After years of fierce lobbying and debate, Congress approved a bill on Wednesday to cover the cost of medical care for rescue workers and others who became sick from toxic fumes, dust and smoke after the 2001 attack on the World Trade Center.

The $4.3 billion bill cleared its biggest hurdle early in the afternoon when the Senate unexpectedly approved it just 12 days after Republican senators had blocked a more expensive House version from coming to the floor of the Senate for a vote.

Safe Schools, Healthy Kids Act could give federal aid for schools contaminated with PCBs

The fight to eliminate a dangerous toxin from city schools moved to Washington - with a new bill to have the federal government help pay for a massive cleanup.

The Safe Schools, Healthy Kids Act would allow states to compete for federal dollars to fund the removal from schools of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), known to cause chronic illness.

Drop-Side Cribs Banned Due to Safety Issues

The Consumer Product Safety Commission is banning cribs with drop-down sides because they have been blamed for the deaths of at least 32 infants since 2001.

The announcement was made in Washington by Senator Gillibrand, Inez Tenenbaum, chairman of the Consumer Product Safety Commission, Rep. Joseph Crowley, D-N.Y., Rep. Jan Schakowsky, D-Ill., and the parent of a child said to have died because of a faulty crib.

Crowley to remain as House chief deputy whip

U.S. Rep. Joseph Crowley (D-Jackson Heights) will retain his position as one of nine chief deputy whips when the 112th Congress convenes Jan. 3. The announcement was made by outgoing House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) Thursday.

“I am honored to serve the Democratic Caucus once again as chief deputy whip,” Crowley said in a release. “This position is critical to unifying our caucus and ensuring that the legislation needed to revitalize our economy and move our nation forward is enacted.”

Leona Helmsley’s $12 Million Dog Enters Tax Debate

When Leona Helmsley left her dog Trouble a $12 million trust fund, she probably wasn’t worried about the tax bite. But as Congress argues about who should receive an extension of the Bush-era tax cuts, Trouble’s name and tax status are being tossed around on the House floor.

Queens Rep. Joseph Crowley, a Democrat, took to the floor Thursday to accuse the Republicans of trying to protect millionaires — like Trouble — rather than the middle class.

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