April 26, 2018 Press Release
“Working with people from the other side of the aisle is just one aspect of bipartisanship. Where the rubber meets the road is when you take on the leaders of your own party in order to achieve a bipartisan goal.”
Bipartisanship is more than Republicans and Democrats signing on to the same bill, Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-IL) said in a floor speech in the House this morning. “Where the rubber meets the road,” he said, “is when you take on the leaders of your own party in order to achieve a bipartisan goal.” He said that the Republican Members who have signed on to H. Res 774 – Rep. Jeff Denham’s (R-CA) “Queen of the Hill” rule to bring about votes on a series of immigration bills, cannot declare “Mission Accomplished” just by signing on. The next step is to put “skin in the game” by demanding a vote from Republican Leadership through a discharge petition which would force Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) to bring about an immigration vote.
April 23, 2018 Press Release
Court Orders and Reports of Delays and Backlogs Spur Bipartisan Inquiry
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Representative Mike Coffman (R-CO) and U.S. Representative Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-IL) sent a letter to the heads of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the U.S.
April 19, 2018 Press Release
“This amounts to collusion on the part of House Republicans and Bob Goodlatte with the President’s intention to evade justice and avoid consequences for his actions.”
Today, Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-IL) signed a ‘subpoena’ calling on House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) to come before the Committee and explain why there have been no hearings and no investigations into “the President’s alleged collusion with Russia or efforts by the President and other Republicans…to derail or obstruct said investigation.”
Press Release from Judiciary Committee Democrats
WASHINGTON (TUESDAY, April 17, 2018) -- U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), U.S. Congressman Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.), and U.S. Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.) have led all Senate and House Judiciary Democrats in a letter condemning recent actions by the Justice Department undermining basic due process protections for immigrants. As Members of the committees of jurisdiction over the Justice Department, immigration law, and constitutional law, they raised concerns that the Justice Department’s actions flout Supreme Court precedent and abandon the most basic notions of fairness within the American justice system.
April 17, 2018 Press Release
“Where is the FAA? The DOT? The Committees of jurisdiction right here in the House of Representatives?”
On the House Floor this morning, Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-IL) discussed a scathing exposé on discount airline Allegiant Air that was broadcast on CBS News’ “60-Minutes” this past Sunday. The Congressman called on relevant committees on Capitol Hill and agencies who oversee airline safety to address the egregious safety record of the airline, which has 3.5 times as many serious safety incidents as any other airline. Rep. Gutiérrez pointed out that Allegiant Air is run by one of the founders of ValuJet, a discount airline that closed only after its Flight 592 crashed in the Florida Everglades in 1996 killing all 110 passengers on board. He said with regard to Allegiant Air’s safety record, “We ought to demand that experts inside and outside of Congress get the facts and hold people accountable
April 11, 2018 Press Release
“My fellow Americans, we must be ready to stand up again and again and answer the call when our nation is under attack and threatened by a tyrant.”
On the House Floor this morning, Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-IL) addressed his colleagues about the President’s “disgraceful” reaction to developments in the investigation led by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, including “lawful warrants legally executed against the homes, offices, and hotel rooms of the President’s chief fixer and fellow grifter” Michael Cohen this week. Rep. Gutiérrez said that if the President follows through on threats to further obstruct justice or derail the investigation, Americans must be prepared to come to Washington to defend our Democracy and system of government. "We have to be ready to come to Washington, quickly, massively, energetically, in huge numbers when the shoe drops. We have to answer the call to defend the country we all love and we must be united."
“I am glad this review is resolved and that the Ethics Committee exonerated me of any willful or intentional wrongdoing.”
Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-IL) released a statement today reacting to the final report from the House Committee on Ethics “In the Matter of Allegations Relating to Representative Luis V. Gutiérrez.” The report concludes that: "[N]one of the findings in this case should be read to indicate any knowing or willful intent by Representative Gutierrez or his staff to misuse MRA [Member’s Representational Allowance] or otherwise violate House Rules or CHA [Committee on House Administration] regulations governing the work contractors may perform for a congressional office."
March 21, 2018 Press Release
“I will not vote for funding that continues Trump’s war on immigrants”
Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-IL) released a statement today reacting to news that the Omnibus spending measure will not include any additional help for Puerto Rico, will not include the Dream Act or other relief for Dreamers and those with DACA, and will include more than a billion dollars for border walls and fencing and does nothing to curtail Trump’s deportation force. "I’m voting against the Omnibus because I’m against the continued deportation of hard-working immigrants and families in communities like mine in Chicago. It would be like me voting against the Iraq war and then turning around and voting for military spending to execute that war. I will not vote for funding that continues Trump’s war on immigrants with deep roots who are assets to their community...."
March 15, 2018 Press Release
“The President, who many of us think is profiting illegally from the office – and we have filed impeachment articles because of it – seems to attract a lot of people with deep pockets and shallow reserves of judgement to his side.”
Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-IL) said on the House floor this morning that billionaire investor and Trump friend Carl Icahn should be the target of an investigation by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) because of his extremely beneficial and well-timed stock dealings just before President Trump announced steel and aluminum tariffs. Just a week before the President made public his intention to raise tariffs on steel, Icahn sold millions of dollars of stock in a manufacturing company dependent on steel, whose share price plummeted after President Trump made his announcement. Coincidence? Rep. Gutiérrez is not buying it. He wrote to SEC Chairman Jay Clayton last week calling for the investigation, and today brought an enlarged poster of Icahn to the House floor to make sure Chairman Clayton – and Mr. Icahn – get the message.
“Do not be distracted by the President’s nativist agenda or the bills in Congress that seek to implement his nationalist views. Do not give up on taking action that is serious and will actually protect Dreamers and the communities they live in; and do not allow the deportation and family destruction machine to thrive and grow on our watch.”
Washington, DC – Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-IL) addressed the House this morning during morning business on the floor and discussed a letter signed by 83 House Democrats urging House Leadership and Appropriators to attach the Dream Act to the Omnibus spending bill that will be voted on this week or next week. Rep. Gutiérrez began his remarks on the floor with a scathing assessment of Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte’s proposal to reduce legal immigration and give Dreamers with DACA three additional years of DACA-like status, and was discussed at a Capitol press conference yesterday. Gutiérrez said: "What the Chairman [Goodlatte] did not mention is that his bill is actually about something else. It is about changing the racial make-up of America’s immigrants so that more of them are white and fewer of them come from countries in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, and Latin America."