“It is the legacy of helping families and individuals and making this country a more welcoming place for people – people a lot like my parents from rural Puerto Rico – that is what I carry with me as I leave.”
Today, in a speech on the House floor, Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-IL) discussed his legacy as Representative from Illinois’ 4th Congressional District for the past 26 years and thanked his colleagues past and present with whom he has served. He also took time to thank those – especially those who sacrificed and died in the American civil rights movement – who opened the door for a Puerto Rican Congressman, born in Chicago in in a racially and culturally segregated America in 1953, to be able to have the opportunity to serve in the House. Over the years, he said, his office had helped the 4th District make significant gains in the citizenship of immigrants and keeping immigrant families together.
October 30, 2018 Press Release
“Trump keeps going back to his comfort zone, the foundation of his presidency: hating on brown people.”
Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-IL) said he is planning a Wednesday press conference in Chicago to denounce the President’s plan to amend the U.S. Constitution by executive order to address the President’s long-standing desire to deny citizenship to people born in the United States. "Trump is showing his desperation headed into next week. It is incredible how far he is willing to go to protect himself from Speaker Pelosi and the subpoenas he knows are coming next year. He must be making a lot more money from his time in office than we even imagined..."
“I am used to death threats and they are not going to stop me or slow me down in anyway.”
The following is a statement by Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-IL), reacting to news stories that he was threatened on Twitter by the suspect arrested today in Florida. Screen shots today of a social media account attributed to the suspect indicate that the Congressman was the target of several tweets on September 14, 2018 and some were quite threatening to the Congressman and his family. "I am thankful for the brave men and women of the FBI, the US Postal Service and all of the national and local law enforcement that played a role in making an arrest in this case. This underscores why it is so important to support law enforcement who protect us and protect our democratic system."
October 5, 2018 Press Release
“The facts were clear and despite the efforts of the Emanuel Administration to keep the truth from the public, the truth has come to light.”
The following is a statement by Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-IL) reacting to 2nd degree murder conviction in the trial of Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke in the killing of Chicago teenager Laquan McDonald. "The murder of Laquan McDonald is one of the ugliest chapters in Chicago history, both in the action itself and in the effort to delay justice or sweep the whole deadly matter under the rug..."
Resolution recognizes and commemorates the 200th anniversary of the admittance of the State of Illinois to the Union
U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL), Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), and the entire Illinois House delegation introduced a bipartisan resolution in the House and Senate celebrating the 200th anniversary of the founding of the State of Illinois. The resolution honors and celebrates the State of Illinois and the Illinoisans who have participated in cultivating the rich history of the State. December 3, 2018, will mark the 200th anniversary of the State of Illinois’ admittance as the 21st State to the Union.
September 26, 2018 Press Release
“We should be leading by example and allowing victims to come forward, be respected and be heard…Women in this country should know that if you come forward to make credible allegations against anyone – anyone – you will be respected and you will be heard.”
Today in a speech on the House floor, Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-IL) called on Senators to “listen to the women” in the confirmation process for Judge Brett Kavanaugh, jeopardized as it is by multiple allegations of sexual assault and misconduct, because “this is an important moment for young men and young women in this country.” How the Senate handles these allegations – or dismisses them to steamroll opposition and speed the nominee to a confirmation vote – is vitally important because “we should be leading by example and allowing victims to come forward, be respected and be heard... Women in this country should know that if you come forward to make credible allegations against anyone – anyone – you will be respected and you will be heard,” Rep. Gutiérrez said.
September 22, 2018 Press Release
“The Donald Trump-led Republican Party is now the party opposed to legal immigration and allowing those here legally to ever fully integrate and apply for citizenship...President Trump would obviously rather follow Miller’s agenda than confront the reality of Mueller’s investigation.”
The following is a statement by Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-IL) reacting to news that the Trump Administration is severely restricting the ability of legal immigrants to fully integrate into our society and apply for citizenship. "I see the Trump Administration’s hostility towards immigrants as part of a strategy of mass distraction to keep the focus on fomenting outrage directed at Latinos while keeping the focus off of the corruption and graft that are gripping the White House and the GOP..."
September 20, 2018 Press Release
“The emergency and the response to that emergency grew out of decades of neglect and disregard for Puerto Rico and her people by Washington and the U.S. Congress.”
The following is a statement by Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-IL) on the one-year anniversary of the day Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico: "For me, the response to Hurricane Maria speaks volumes about Puerto Rico’s relationship with the United States. The greatest and most powerful nation on earth was unable to prevent 3,000 deaths on its colonial Caribbean possession and the failure to adequately respond stretches to the highest levels of the U.S. government. But the emergency and the response to that emergency grew out of decades of neglect and disregard for Puerto Rico and her people by Washington and the U.S. Congress. The U.S. has systematically stripped power from Puerto Rico to determine its own economic and political destiny and this contributed to the magnitude of the disaster as it unfolded last year...."
September 13, 2018 Press Release
“With 3,000 people dead, for the President to say that Puerto Rico was a success – a triumph of the Trump presidency – is simply delusional.”
Today in a speech on the House floor, Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-IL) reacted to President Trump’s Tweets today denying that 3,000 people died in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria hit the Island and the President’s claim earlier this week that the response to Maria was “one of the best jobs that’s ever been done.” The Congressman said the response to Hurricane Maria was “disaster mismanagement…that lies at the feet of the President and his Administration.”
September 6, 2018 Press Release
On Mueller: “He lets his indictments do the talking.”
A day after he called for the President’s resignation in a floor speech, Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-IL) was back on the floor this morning to compare the main protagonists in the legal drama unfolding between President Trump and Special Counsel Robert Mueller. The Illinois Congressman asked “So, in this battle of he-said/he-said, who would the odds makers pick? If you were a betting man or woman, a Vegas odds maker, or just an arm chair quarterback, who would you go with?” With a picture of Mueller and Trump side by side, Rep. Gutiérrez went over their records. He noted that while the President has been talking and tweeting incessantly offering his side of the story, Former FBI Director Mueller “lets his indictments do the talking.”