April 12, 2017 Press Release
EPA Extends Energy Answers’ permit for 5 more months
Washington, DC – Today, Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-IL) learned that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) granted a highly unusual and suspect second extension to Energy Answers of their Prevention of Significant Deterioration of Air Quality (PSD) permit that would allow the company to move forward in the construction of a waste-to-energy incinerator in Arecibo, Puerto Rico. It was extended contrary to the EPA’s own guidance to not extend a PSD permit without commencement of construction on the proposed site by the deadline of April 10, 2017. As reported yesterday and previously, Rep. Gutiérrez called on the EPA not to extend the permit.
April 10 Groundbreaking Deadline is Today
April 5, 2017 Press Release
“This will be a day for all Americans to demonstrate our resistance to the mass deportation, mass discrimination, and mass deception policies of our President.”
Washington, DC – Today, Rep. Luis V.
March 31, 2017 Press Release
April 10 Groundbreaking Deadline Approaches
Today, Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-IL) released two letters related to the proposed solid waste incinerator project in Arecibo, Puerto Rico: one a letter from the Congressman to the Acting Regional Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Region 2; and the response back to the Congressman. The purposed waste-to-energy incinerator in Arecibo, Puerto Rico has been criticized for several reasons, including its major impact on public health, the environment, its minimal impact generating energy, little economic contribution, and the manner in which the project has been imposed on the local population.
March 29, 2017 Press Release
“The circumstances of this enforcement action should be brought into the light of day. My constituents deserve to know whether they are safe in their own homes under this President.”
Today, Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-IL) said he is calling for a full and fair investigation that includes the DHS Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties into the circumstances surrounding the shooting of a 53-year-old Legal Permanent Resident (Green Card Holder) in Chicago early Monday morning. The Congressman made inquiries with ICE headquarters in Washington and with the ICE Regional Headquarters in Chicago but has received very little information other than press statements that the incident is being looked at by the ICE Office of Professional Responsibility.
March 29, 2017 Press Release
“Water is wet, dogs have four legs and President Trump tells lies. There may be exceptions, but basically, all three are truthful statements. Unless we are outlawing the truth in Congress.”
Today, Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-IL) spoke on the floor of the House about the words of President Trump and when it is acceptable under House Rules to repeat them. Yesterday in the Immigration Subcommittee, Rep. Gutiérrez was reprimanded by Chairman Rep. F James Sensenbrenner (R-WI) for saying that Donald Trump had said that Mexicans are criminals and rapists. But the President said those things and Rep. Gutiérrez was simply repeating the President’s words. So the Congressman from Illinois came to the floor to deliver a rather sarcastic speech about when it is and is not acceptable to repeat the words of the President in the House of Representatives.
March 27, 2017 Press Release
"Congress needs to act quickly over the purse strings so that the Trump Administration cannot damage public safety..."
Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) Chairwoman Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham, CHC Immigration Task Force Chair Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez, and 18 members of the CHC sent a letter calling on the Chairman and Ranking Member of the Appropriations Committee. The signers ask the Appropriation’s leaders to reject the President’s proposed FY2017 supplemental budget request for an additional $3 billion to implement his executive orders on border security and interior immigration enforcement.
March 24, 2017 Press Release
Republicans “surrendered before they were actually defeated on the House floor.”
Today, Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-IL) issued the following statement after Republicans pulled the Trumpcare health care reform bill from the House floor: “Republicans could not even agree on how cruel they should be to the American people and how generous they would be to billionaires. So they surrendered before they were actually defeated on the House floor."
March 22, 2017 Press Release
"Senator Schumer is backing the Latino and immigrant community and we in the CHC have his back as well."
The Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) met with Senate Democratic Leader Charles E. Schumer to discuss ways to keep families together and protect immigrants from President Trump’s draconian immigration policies.
March 22, 2017 Press Release
“The 5 million U.S. citizens who have parents at risk of deportation know their government is a threat to their safety and security.”
Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-IL) spoke on the floor of the House of Representatives about the surge in the demand for citizenship and the American citizens stepping up to help immigrants apply. The Congressman held a day-long citizenship workshop in Chicago on March 11 at which 260 applications were completed. Such workshops have been a regular feature of his constituent services work since he was first elected in 1992, but what has changed is the engagement of people who are not immigrants who want to help immigrants get through the process. This has created a new opportunity for immigrants and natives to bond with each other by working together during the citizenship process. At the same time, some immigrants at risk of deportation are preparing for the worst.