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Equal Rights

In June 2015, our Nation took a step forward when the Supreme Court decided that it was unconstitutional for states to ban same-sex marriage. Discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people is intolerable and is not in line with our American values. While this decision was a milestone for the LGBT community, it is clear more must be done to ensure all Americans are treated equally under the law. I have continuously supported legislation that protects those in the LGBT community and works to end discrimination.

I was an original cosponsor of H.R. 3185, the Equality Act, introduced by Rep. David Cicilline (D-RI), during the 114th Congress. The Equality Act would have prohibited discrimination on the basis of sex, gender identity, and sexual orientation. Specifically, this legislation would have extended anti-discrimination protections in public accommodations, housing, employment, federal funding, education, credit, and jury service. I look forward to cosponsoring this legislation again when it is reintroduced during the 115th Congress.

Similarly, I was also a cosponsor of H.R. 5586, the Customer Non-Discrimination Act, during the 114th Congress. H.R. 5586, introduced by Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-NJ), would have amended the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to include sex, sexual orientation, and gender identity among the prohibited categories of discrimination or segregation in places of public accommodation. This bill would have expanded the categories of public accommodations to include places or establishments that provide: exhibitions, recreation, exercise, amusement, gatherings, or displays; goods, services, or programs; or transportation services. This bill has yet to be reintroduced in the 115th Congress and I look forward to cosponsoring it again.

It is our responsibility as Americans to treat our neighbors equally and with respect. I will continue to work with my colleagues in Congress to advance legislation that promotes fairness, justice, and equality under the law. 

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Aug 3, 2020

Last week, I was back in Washington to vote on important legislation to appropriate funds to the government, expand and protect access to child care, create a National Museum of American Latinos, and we commemorated the late John Lewis. I also attended a House Foreign Affairs Committee review and consideration of several bills and wrote an op-ed on the Ortega regime’s continued abuse of human rights in Nicaragua.

Jul 17, 2020

This week, I attended a House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee vote on an important water infrastructure bill and submitted public comments opposing the Administration’s proposal to rewrite asylum rules. I also signed onto letters opposing the Administration’s recent attempted rule on international students, urging the Administration to extend the current public health emergency, pushing for protections for immigrant victims of domestic violence, and encouraging the Administration to keep protections in place for Medicaid beneficiaries.

Jul 13, 2020

Last week, I was in Jersey City to announce more CARES Act funding to assist small businesses in the area. A long-time Jersey City resident returned to the United States after being wrongly imprisoned in Egypt. I also attended a House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing focused on the Administration’s response to reports of Russian bounties on U.S. troops.

Jun 29, 2020

Last week, I travelled back to Washington D.C. to cast my vote for the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act. The House also considered legislation on Washington D.C. statehood and I announced additional funding for NJ Transit from the CARES Act.

Legislation

Jun 29, 2020

Last week, I travelled back to Washington D.C. to cast my vote for the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act. The House also considered legislation on Washington D.C. statehood and I announced additional funding for NJ Transit from the CARES Act.

Legislation

Jun 26, 2020

(Washington, DC) – Today, Congressman Albio Sires (D-NJ) released the following statement after voting in favor of the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act which passed the House by a vote 236-181:

Jun 22, 2020

Last week I continued to work with my colleagues on legislation addressing the COVID-19 pandemic, helped provide COVID-19 tests in the 8th District, and spoke at a virtual House Committee on Transportation & Infrastructure Markup.

• DACA
• COVID-19 Testing
• Transportation
• Pride Month  
• Foreign Affairs

Jun 19, 2020

(Washington D.C.) – Today, Congressman Albio Sires issued the following statement on the recognition of Juneteenth:
 

Jun 8, 2020

(Washington, DC) – Today, Congressman Albio Sires (D-NJ) joined House Democrats, led by Congresswoman Karen Bass, Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus, and Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee Jerry Nadler, as an original cosponsor of the Justice in Policing Act of 2020 in the House of Representatives. The bill was introduced by Senator Cory Booker and Senator Kamala Harris in the Senate.

Jun 3, 2020

(West New York, NJ) – Congressman Albio Sires (D-NJ) released the following statement after the announcement of additional charges in the death of George Floyd:

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