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Congressman Luis Gutierrez

Representing the 4th District of Illinois

Press Releases

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.”
September 5, 2018 Press Release
“Please resign and spare the nation from this ongoing nightmare. Don’t do this to us. Don’t make us go down with you. Step aside, sir, for the good of your country and the world.”
Today in a speech on the House floor, Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-IL) said he has sent a letter to the President asking him to resign “for the good of the United States and her people.” Holding a copy of the letter, sent today, the Illinois Congressman and Member of the Judiciary Committee said, “It has become clear… that for decades, the President led a vast criminal enterprise that went on to engage in criminal activity during the 2016 campaign for the White House and has engaged in criminal activity since the President took office.”
August 28, 2018 Press Release
173 House Democrats demand Secretary DeVos issue formal guidance prohibiting the use of federal education funding to purchase firearms

Washington, DC -- Ranking Member Bobby Scott (VA-03) and more than 170 House Democrats sent a letter today to Education Secretary Betsy DeVos calling on the Department to issue formal guidance prohibiting the use of federal education funding to buy guns for teachers and school staff.

August 24, 2018 Press Release
Press Release from House Judiciary Democrats
Today, in the wake of continuing fallout from the guilty plea of President Donald Trump's longtime personal lawyer, Michael Cohen; the conviction of his former campaign manager, Paul Manafort; grants of immunity for David Pecker, Chairman of American Media and the Trump Organization’s chief financial officer, Allen Weisselberg; and President Trump’s reactions to these events, Ranking Member Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) led a letter signed by every Democratic member of the House Judiciary Committee to Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA). The letter asks that Chairman Goodlatte call the House Judiciary Committee back into session immediately to allow members to meet with the Department of Justice (DOJ) regarding the implications of the Cohen investigation; to respond to possible abuse of the pardon power by the President and his continuing attacks on the DOJ; and to take up bipartisan legislation to protect the Special Counsel.
July 26, 2018 Press Release
Lawmakers ask Amazon to answer questions about privacy, civil rights implications of sale of facial recognition technology to the police
Senators Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), and Representatives Luis Gutiérrez (IL-04) and Mark DeSaulnier (CA-11) today questioned Amazon about the sale of its facial recognition technology, “Rekognition,” to law enforcement. In their letter, the lawmakers noted a study that found more than 117 million American adults are in facial recognition databases that can be searched in criminal investigations. This figure reveals just how broadly American privacy and civil rights are implicated by the proliferation of facial recognition technology. Senator Markey and Representatives Gutiérrez and DeSaulnier sent their letter after the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) released a report showing that Amazon Rekognition had misidentified 28 members of Congress in a set of public arrest photos, including the lawmakers. Amazon employees, Amazon shareholders, and a coalition of nearly seventy civil rights organizations had all recently called on Amazon to halt the sale of its facial recognition technology to law enforcement.
July 23, 2018 Press Release
Rep. Jared Polis, D-Colo., Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., and Rep. Luis Gutierrez, D-Ill., rallied 143 other members of Congress to demand immigration detention facilities immediately end their practice of charging migrant parents as much as $8 per minute to speak with their children by telephone. More than 2,400 migrant parents have been separated from their children under the Trump administration’s “zero-tolerance” policy.
July 18, 2018 Press Release
“Russia is not a government to be condoned, it is a government to be contained and yet, our President was unable to be critical of the dictator of our greatest rival in public…and God knows what he did in private.”
Today on the House floor, Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-IL) renewed his call for President Trump’s impeachment saying that the President’s decision to take Russian President Vladimir Putin’s side at the Helsinki summit was “nothing short of treasonous.” In a scathing speech, the 13-term Illinois Congressman, who was among the first to sign on to Articles of Impeachment introduced in November 2017, said, “The President has proven himself unable to separate his own personal interests from his current job as leader of the free world...” and went on to say to his House colleagues, “As a body, we must take action to relieve the President of his duties.”
July 10, 2018 Press Release
“I understand this incident on a gut level because almost exactly the same thing happened to me...”
Washington, DC – Today, Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-IL) wrote to the Acting Assistant Attorney General in charge of the Civil Rights Division at the Department of Justice demanding DOJ investigate an incident that took place last month in a Cook County, IL park, which was captured on a video that has gone viral. The incident concerns a man who verbally and physically intimidates a woman, who is wearing a t-shirt with the Puerto Rican flag, while an officer with the Forest Preserve of Cook County looks on, avoiding responding to the man and offering no help to the woman who was being harassed.