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Representative, District 9U.S. House of RepresentativesNovember 8, 2016New York General Election

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November 8, 2016New York General Election

U.S. House of RepresentativesRepresentative, District 9

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Representatives are elected to two-year terms to represent the people of a specific congressional district in the federal government. They introduce and vote on new laws, hold hearings, and are responsible for approving federal taxes.
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  • Fighting for a Comprehensive Immigration Reform, and supporting legislation to protect immigrants’ rights
  • Championing for equitable opportunities for small businesses, especially businesses owned by women and minorities
  • Fighting for every low and moderate-income families and individuals in Central Brooklyn to have access to affordable housing
Profession:Elected Official
Member, representing New York’s 9th District, US House of Representatives — Elected position (2010current)
Member, representing New York’s 11th District, US House of Representatives — Elected position (20072010)
Member, representing New York City Council’s 40th District, New York City Council — Elected position (20012006)
Director of Business Development, Bronx Overall Economic Development Corporation (19952000)
Oberlin College Bachelor of Science, Government Public Policy (1986)
Member, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. (2013current)
  • New York State AFL-CIO
  • Planned Parenthood
  • Alliance for Retired Americans
  • Peace Action New York State
  • Lambda Independent Democrats of Brooklyn
Total money raised: $690,741

Below are the top contributors that gave money to support the candidate(s).

1
New York Life Insurance Company
$10,375
2
Border Health PAC
$10,000
2
Comcast
$10,000
2
Cox Enterprises
$10,000
2
International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers
$10,000
2
International Brotherhood of Teamsters
$10,000
2
National Association of Broadcasters
$10,000
2
National Cable & Telecommunications Association
$10,000
2
Off the Sidelines
$10,000
2
Service Employees International Union
$10,000
2
UNITE HERE
$10,000

By State:

District of Columbia 45.39%
New York 23.98%
Maryland 4.77%
Virginia 4.38%
Other 21.47%
45.39%23.98%21.47%

By Size:

Large contributions (94.93%)
Small contributions (5.07%)
94.93%

By Type:

From organizations (74.12%)
From individuals (25.88%)
74.12%25.88%
Source: MapLight analysis of data from the Federal Election Commission.

JUSTICE: Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke believes that if our

civil society is to grow and to prosper, we must uphold Justice as

a virtue. She believes that when we fall short of equal justice

under the law, we are all diminished as a society. Her strong sense

of justice was instilled in Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke at a

very young age by her mother, former Councilwoman Una S.T.

Clarke. However, it is the Congresswoman’s firsthand viewing of the many injustices occurring in our communities, and communities

all across this nation, that compels her to advance legislation

to benefit all of us, making her a defining voice in the emerging

progressive inclusionary movement for unity and diversity.

  

FAIRNESS: One of Congresswoman Clarke’s greatest influences

is former representative Shirley Chisholm, the pioneering champion

of justice and fairness who believed “You don’t make progress by

standing on the sidelines, whimpering and complaining. You make

progress by implementing ideas.”

Throughout her career, Congresswoman Clarke has done just

that—taking action, fighting to ensure that all hardworking American

families have a fair opportunity to thrive. She has received an “A”

rating from the Drum Major Institute and TheMiddleClass.org for her

efforts. She also helped draft the Affordable Care Act that has

reduced the number of uninsured New Yorkers by 850,000, and

recently introduced bills to combat income inequality, protect

Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security, and mandate paid sick leave.

 

 EQUITY: Congresswoman Clarke knows the importance of

equitable access to opportunities, benefits, and resources and

how they can change the trajectory of an individual, organization

or small business as she stands on the shoulders of those who

blazed a trail that affords her the chance to support our community

in Washington. She has worked to advance equity as a

member of the Energy and Commerce Committee, the Small

Business Committee, Congressional Black Caucus and the Congressional Progressive Caucus.

The issues that Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke focuses on

Summary

Affordable Housing, Caribbean issues, Education, Energy and Environment, Gun Violence Prevention, Healthcare Reform, Homeland Security, Immigration, Labor and Small Businesses    

AFFORDABLE HOUSING

I am committed to fighting for access to affordable housing for every low and moderate income families and individuals in Central Brooklyn. I want to develop new policies to not only preserve public housing, but to expand it to help reduce the waiting list. I am committed in being the champion for the protection of Central Brooklyn homeowners and renters’ rights. I co-sponsored the Flood Insurance Affordability Act, which protects homeowners from skyrocketing insurance price as a result of flood, and asked for stronger rent regulations.

 

CARIBBEAN ISSUES

I am a second generation Jamaican American, and I represent one of the most diverse districts in the country with a high concentration of Caribbean Americans. I am dedicated in working with my colleagues at Congress, the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), the Organization of American States, and the CARICOM Diplomatic Corps to tackle the following issues for the successful future of the Caribbean nations:

• Trade

• Security

• Economic Development

• Disaster Preparedness

• Accurate Census Data 

• Correspondent Banking

 

EDUCATION

I vow to ensure that all of our children benefit from a first-class education. I Promise to continue to hold schools and teachers accountable for their students’ progress, and advocate for the implementation of a growth model to assess these students’ abilities and improvements. I will also fight for a lower teacher to student ratio and better training programs for teachers. 

During my time in congress, I have co-sponsored the Protecting Educational Loans for Underserved Students Act, which allows more students’ families to have access to loans for college, and the Federal Student Loan Refinancing Act, which lowers interest rates on federal student loans. I have supported a bill for universal early childhood education in New York and have voted against the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.

 

ENERGY AND ENVIRONMENT

It is our responsibility as a society to protect our environment for future generations to come. Since joining Congress, I have been an advocate for the protection of our environment. I was among the members who blocked the Trade Adjustment Assistance Act because it not only undermined American workers’ rights, it posed considerable threats to our environment. I have also been a strong supporter of the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, the Clean Power Plan and the Paris Agreement. I have also backed legislation on the protection of our country’s rivers and streams, on the liability of industrial polluters, and on the investment in restoration of contaminated sites.

I believe in the importance of using alternative sources of energy for our economic recovery, national security, global competitiveness and the future of our planet. I supported and co-sponsored legislation on fuel efficiency standards, our nation’s dependence on foreign oil and its transition to alternative fuel sources.

 

GUN VIOLENCE PREVENTION

Gun violence, illegal trafficking and use of firearms and the trauma it has caused on many people deeply trouble me. These problems need to be tackled at the source. For this reason, I have decided to work jointly with the (Leader gun control task force?). As a measure to prevent gun violence, I believe in the establishment of a universal background check, which will take into account private sales. I strongly believe in that assault weapons, which were used in the Sandy Hook Elementary school shooting, should not be made available public.

As of now, there is no federal law that prohibits gun trafficking. We are obligated as lawmakers to protect the American people. While we must respect and protect the right of gun owners, we must protect people’s right to be safe from gun violence.

 

HEALTHCARE REFORM

I was very active in the passing of the Affordable Healthcare for America Act and in ensuring that some key elements were added to it. I was involved in implementing the H.R. 3269, which guarantees coverage to 96% of Americans and incorporates a public health plan option.

I also introduced the Safer Prescribing of Controlled Substances Act to fight the abuse of prescription drugs. The bill proposed to mandate medical professionals who prescribe controlled substances to complete a training program.

As a member of the Energy and Commerce Committee, I promise to continue my fight for the expansion of investment in health care services, which include community health centers. I also promise to continue to uphold my strong support for Medicare, Medicaid and Planned Parenthood.

 

HOMELAND SECURITY

As the Representative of the 9th Congressional District, I have been fighting and will continue to fight for the safety and security of America. I was a strong supporter of the filling deadline extension of the Temporary Protected Status for nationals of Liberia, Guinea, and Sierra Leone, the permanent extension of the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Reauthorization Act. In addition, I strongly opposed the shutdown of the Department of Homeland Security and the Visa Waiver Program Security Enhancement Act, which restricted Iraq and Syria citizens from travelling to the United States.

I also pushed for the funding for the Securing the Cities Initiative to protect New York City’s transit and worked on a comprehensive plan against to fight cyber-terrorism. 

 

IMMIGRATION

As a second generation immigrant, I am committed to ameliorating our broken immigration system, and I will continue my fight for a Comprehensive Immigration Reform. Since joining congress, I have sponsored, as well as co-sponsored, many actions toward solving the issues immigrants face in the country, including a bill to criminalize people who perform fraudulent acts toward those in search of assistance related to federal immigration laws. I co-sponsored the Exchange Inclusion for a Healthy America Act of 2015, which permits immigrants without legal status to purchase health insurance under the Affordable Care Act, and condemned the delay of the implementation of the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and the expanded Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

 

LABOR

My stance to fight for the American workers will continue on. I plan to work on better pay and conditions for all workers. I supported the Fair Minimum Wage Act, which benefited 13 million lowest-paid workers, the Healthy Families Act for an extension in paid sick leave, and the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, which protects workers from discriminatory pay. I also co-sponsored the Employee Free Choice Act, which gives workers the right to not join a union. 

 

SMALL BUSINESS

As I have numerous times stated, small businesses are vital to our economy. I vow to continue to advocate in congress for their protection. I have been part of the Small Business Committee since 2007, and, since then, have championed for equitable opportunities for small businesses, especially those in the 9th district and those owned by women and people of color. It is for this reason I supported the Small Business Access to Spectrum Act, which enforces updated rules in the Federal Communications Commission to make it easy for small businesses to participate in spectrum auctions.

 

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