WASHINGTON, D.C. – In a letter signed by 178 members of Congress today, House Democrats called on the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to end its controversial Family Detention Program. Congressman Gutiérrez said about this letter: “I am pleased that so many of my House colleagues including our top leaders are united in telling the President and Secretary of Homeland Security that putting moms and kids in detention just does not comport with our values as a Americans. We have been making progress towards ending family detention all year, but the court ruling and the unity of Democrats on this matter make it clear that family detention is almost over. And good riddance.”
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Two leading House Democrats introduced a new bill this week to incentivize economic growth, stimulate entrepreneurship, and attract additional foreign investment to the United States with the goal of creating jobs.
Washington, DC – Today, for the second day in a row, Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-IL) spoke on the House floor about Puerto Rico, the debt crisis, bond-holders, and the Puerto Rican status issue. In a mix of English and Spanish, Rep. Gutierrez said Puerto Rico must set the status issue aside in order to prioritize addressing the debt crisis gripping the Island.
Washington, DC – Today, Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-IL) spoke on the House floor about Puerto Rico and the debt crisis it faces. His message was that Puerto Ricans must come up with a plan and make Congress act on that plan, otherwise Washington or Wall Street will develop a plan that does not take the needs of the Puerto Rican people seriously.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representatives Luis V. Gutiérrez (D- Ill.), Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-Calif.), and Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.) today issued the following statement after U.S. District Judge Dolly M. Gee ruled late last week that the detention of immigrant women and children violated the terms of the Flores Settlement:
[WASHINGTON, D.C.] – U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) and U.S. Representative Luis Gutierrez (D-IL) today urged the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to work together to expedite the restoration of the South Fork of the South Branch of the Chicago River – known as “Bubbly Creek”.
Washington, DC – Today, Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-IL) announced that proposed Obama overtime regulations would apply to his congressional employees in Washington and Chicago regardless of whether the U.S. Congress moves to adopt them when final. The rules, announced this summer and still in the comment period until September, would raise the cap from $23,660 per year to $50,440 per year at which employees could earn time-and-a-half for overtime. Congress generally does not abide by private sector or public sector standards, setting its own rules on employee compensation. For example, Congress still abides by the 1996 standard of $13,000 per year as the threshold to trigger overtime for salaried employees.
Washington, DC – Today, Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-IL) spoke on the House floor in opposition to H.R. 3009, a bill to take funding away from state and local police departments who have certain community policing and community trust policies regarding immigrants.
Washington, DC – Today, Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-IL) issued a statement marking the fifth anniversary of the Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act in 2010, known as the Dodd-Frank bill.
CHICAGO – On Monday, two Chicago-area Members of Congress, Jan Schakowsky and Luis Gutiérrez, met with reporters to discuss the prospects for the Iran Nuclear Arms Agreement as it heads to the Congress for approval, and express their optimism. They were joined by experts in international affairs and Middle East policy to discuss the deal and its implications for the US and Middle East policy. Alan Solow, Former Chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, and Dr. Rachel Bronson, Executive Director and Publisher of the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists and Adjunct Professor of Global Initiatives at Kellogg School of Management, shared their perspectives as to why this is a strong agreement.