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."
March 14, 2018 Press Release
“I look at this crowd and I see the future – I see you. And I came here to say thank you. Because I know, you will accomplish what I and others have failed to do.”
Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-IL) was among a small number of lawmakers invited to speak at today’s rally on the U.S. Capitol grounds in conjunction with the national student walkout to prevent gun violence. The event was organized by Montgomery County (MD) Students for Gun Control and the Congressman was introduced by Emily Dohler Rodas a senior at Albert Einstein High School in Montgomery County, Maryland. The Congressman has a long history of working on gun violence prevention issues going back to his first days in Congress 25 years ago, as his remarks indicate. But he urged the students to “accomplish what I and others have failed to do” with regards to gun control and banning assault weapons.
On Wednesday, 83 House Democrats released a letter they signed to House Leadership in both parties and to Appropriators calling for the Dream Act to be attached to the Omnibus spending bill the House will vote on this week or next. The lawmakers also asked that the government funding bill be free from increased spending on immigrant deportation and detention and free from further border militarization. The letter states: "Congress is long overdue in acting on this issue, and the failure to pass the Dream Act has resulted in countless lives put in peril. Meanwhile the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) tears families apart by targeting Dreamers, long-term residents, asylum-seekers, families and children for detention and deportation."
“[I]f I were to dump a stock a week before Congress took action that would impact that stock’s price, I would most certainly be investigated, resulting in possible sanctions, removal from office or jail time.”
Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-IL) is calling for a federal investigation into the suspiciously timed sale of stock by Trump insider and former advisor Carl Icahn just before President Trump announced steel and aluminum tariffs that caused the value of those stocks to plummet. In a letter [LINK] to Jay Clayton, Chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Rep. Gutiérrez said: "I write to request that you and your agency immediately investigate possible illegal insider trading by Mr. Carl Icahn, a longtime friend of President Donald Trump, who according to his SEC filings sold $31.3 million worth of stock in a company heavily dependent on steel just days before the President announced plans to impose import tariffs on steel and aluminum."