Our nation’s workforce is the lifeblood of our economy.  Congressmember Espaillat firmly believes that the best path to economic stability and success on an individual, family, and national level is a good paying job.  This begins with ensuring that our workers are making enough money to support themselves and their families.  No one should have to work multiple jobs simply to make ends meet, which is why Congressmember Espaillat is a strong proponent of increasing the federal minimum wage to a living wage.  Not only do we need to make sure that our employees are making a livable wage for their hard work, but we also need to ensure that all employees are receiving equal pay for equal work.  Congressmember Espaillat is a cosponsor of the Equal Pay for Equal Work Act, and will continue to advocate for living and equal wages.

In addition to ensuring that our country’s employees make enough money to make ends meet, Congressmember Espaillat also believes that worker and workplace protections are critical to ensuring a healthy, safe, and efficient workforce.  This means protecting the Fair Labors Standards Act from attacks aiming to dismantle it; ensuring that Occupational and Safety Hazards Act continues to work for the benefit of hardworking Americans; and supporting the right of workers to unionize in order to bargain for the benefits and pay they so duly deserve.

Congressmember Espaillat understands that we must not only take care of our employees during their working years, but we need to provide the tools and resources necessary to allow those individuals to properly and effectively save for their retirements. In New York City alone, there are 1.1 million private sector employees who do not have access to a retirement plan through their employer.  In an attempt to allow states and very large cities to creatively develop a solution to this problem, the Department of Labor under President Obama published two rules that allowed states and very large cities, like New York, to develop an opt-in retirement plan for those employees.  However, Congressional Republicans and the Trump Administration recklessly nullified those rules, chilling any potential solutions to this problem in the near future.  Congressmember Espaillat understands the importance of saving for the future, and will continue to advocate for policies that look out for America’s workers. 


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August 3, 2021 Press Release

Para divulgación inmediata

2 de agosto, 2021

WASHINGTON, DC — El congresista Adriano Espaillat (NY-13) encabezará una feria de empleos virtual para los residentes del Distrito Congresual 13 de Nueva York el miércoles, 11 de agosto y el jueves, 12 de agosto, de 10:00 a.m. a 4:00 p.m. (EDT).

August 3, 2021 Press Release

Press Release
For Immediate Release

August 2, 2021

WASHINGTON, DC — Representative Adriano Espaillat (NY-13) will host a virtual career fair for residents of New York’s 13th Congressional District on both Wednesday, August 11th and Thursday, August 12th from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (EDT).

August 2, 2021 Press Release


Para divulgación inmediata

29 de julio, 2021

August 2, 2021 Press Release


For Immediate Release

July 29, 2021

WASHINGTON, DC - Today, Representative Adriano Espaillat (NY-13) announced nearly 50 venues in his district will receive a total of over $8 million in Shuttered Venue Operators Grants (SVOG). Rep. Espaillat voted to establish the program, which provides support to hard-hit businesses in the music and entertainment sector that were forced to shut their doors due to pandemic restrictions.

June 29, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC -- Today, Representative Adriano Espaillat (NY-13) announced  a combined $2.48 million to the Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone - UMEZ ($1.826 million) and Business Resource & Investment Service Center ($658k) through the New York Public Library allocated through the U.S. Treasury CDFI Fund. 


June 28, 2021 Page

Welcome to the job seeker and employer portal for the 2021 Summer Career Fair! Each year, Congressman Adriano Espaillat (NY-13) hosts a number of career fairs throughout New York’s 13th congressional district to help connect job seekers with leading employers – right here in New York City and around the country.

The 2021 Summer Career Fair will be held on Wednesday, August 11th and Thursday, August 12th from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. daily. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, this event will be held virtually.

April 28, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC -- Representative Adriano Espaillat (NY-13) released the following statement in support of President Joe Biden’s first address to Congress.

Watch Rep. Espaillat's pre-joint address remarks.

March 11, 2021 Press Release

NEW YORK, NY – Today, Representative Adriano Espaillat (NY-13) released the following statement following the passage of the American Rescue Plan Act, a $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package that will deliver vital aid to millions of Americans:


January 27, 2021 Press Release

NEW YORK, NY –El congresista Adriano Espaillat (NY-13) ha sido designado para formar parte de tres paneles clave en el Comité de Apropiaciones de la Cámara de Representantes que supervisan los fondos para los programas federales de vivienda, transporte y ayuda exterior, así como las operaciones de la rama legislativa.

January 27, 2021 Press Release

NEW YORK, NY - Representative Adriano Espaillat (NY-13) has been appointed to serve on three key panels on House Appropriations Committee that oversee funding for federal housing, transportation and foreign aid programs, as well as operations of the legislative branch. A former member of the House Foreign Affairs and Transportation and Infrastructure committees, Espaillat will continue to play a key role in our nations diplomatic efforts as well as in a forthcoming infrastructure investment package.