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July 30, 2009
Recovery Act Working in Upper Manhattan
Less than six months into law, Economic Stimulus has invested more than $46 million in recovery projects for the community.The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act has committed $46.6 million to the 15th Congressional District of New York as of the end of May 2009, according to the Office of the Vice President which oversees the implementation of the Recovery Act.  Congressman Charles B. Rangel represents the District, which encompasses Upper Manhattan and Harlem.  These funds include tax cuts for families and investments in health, education, safer communities and energy efficiency, in addition to allocations from the following Federal agencies: $6.2 …more

July 30, 2009
Congressman Rangel Mourns the Death Of NYS State Senator Olga A. Mendez
Congressman Charles Rangel released the following statement on the death of community leader and former New York State Senator Olga A. Mendez. Mendez, who passed away July 29 after a long battle with breast cancer, was the first Puerto Rican elected to a state legislature, serving East Harlem and parts of the South Bronx from 1978 – 2004.Olga Mendez was passionate leader and legislator that fought for not just the people of her beloved East Harlem, but for all people of humble backgrounds. We became good friends working for our constituents and while we may not have seen eye-to-eye on …more

July 28, 2009
Rangel Cosponsors Bill Honoring Enslaved Blacks Who Built Capitol
Congressman Charles Rangel last week joined an effort in the House to commemorate the enslaved Blacks who built the U.S. Capitol by constructing a statue in their honor in the Capitol’s Emancipation Hall. “Thousands of Black men and women held in bondage lent their bodies and their lives to the construction of the Capitol building,” Rangel said. “A statue in their collective honor would serve as a reminder of their contributions and of how far we have come. Their names may be unknown to the Capitol’s visitors, but to their families, their peers, and their friends, they were human beings, …more

July 27, 2009
House Passes Rangel Amendment Postponing Community Service Requirement for Public Housing Residents
Thanks to the efforts of Congressman Charles B. Rangel, the U.S. House of Representatives passed housing legislation last week that would temporally suspend the community service requirement for public housing residents across the nation. The Rangel-sponsored amendment to the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Act would temporarily exempt residents from the current requirement of eight hours every month by forbidding the use of any federal funds next year to administer the rule. The full bill passed the evening of July 23 by a vote of 256-168. Rangel has criticized the requirement as unfair and insulting since it was first …more

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