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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November 2, 2020 Press Release

NEW YORK, NY – A principios de este mes, el congresista Adriano Espaillat (NY-13) se unió a Robit Arora, CEO y cofundador de Biz2Credit, Inc., y a su colega del Comité de Pequeñas Empresas, el congresista Kevin Hern (OK-01) para discutir sobre el apoyo federal para las pequeñas empresas durante la crisis del COVID-19.
Después de su discusión, el Rep. Espaillat (NY-13) compartió la siguiente declaración:

November 2, 2020 Press Release

NEW YORK, NY – Earlier this month, Representative Adriano Espaillat (NY-13) joined Robit Arora, CEO and Co-Founder of Biz2Credit, Inc., and his Small Business Committee colleague Representative Kevin Hern (OK-01) to discuss Federal support for small businesses during the COVID-19 crisis.

Following their discussion, Rep. Espaillat (NY-13) shared the following statement:

August 24, 2020 Press Release

NEW YORK, NYCongressman Adriano Espaillat (NY-13) released the following statement in recognition of Harlem Week 2020:

March 19, 2020 Press Release

NEW YORK, NY – Representative Adriano Espaillat (NY-13) led members of the New York City congressional delegation to send a letter to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, New York State Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, and New York State Assembly Speaker Carl E.

December 17, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DCRepresentative Adriano Espaillat (NY-13) released the following statement on legislative victories secured through his efforts in the recent appropriations package that will have immediate impacts on projects throughout New York’s 13th congressional district.


October 23, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DCRepresentative Adriano Espaillat (NY-13) released the following statement on House passage of his bill, H.R. 4387, which passed unanimously by voice vote yesterday and would codify, reauthorize and fund the growth accelerator fund competition for four years.


August 29, 2019 Press Release

NEW YORK, NY – Today, Representative Adriano Espaillat (NY-13) led 26 of his colleagues from downstate New York and northern New Jersey in sending a letter to top leadership at American Airlines and unions representing their workforce urging them to maintain jobs in the greater New York metropolitan region.


July 22, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DCRepresentative Adriano Espaillat (NY-13) voted to increase the paychecks of American workers by passing H.R. 582, the Raise The Wage Act, to gradually increase the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2025 and restore the value of work in our economy by lifting struggling workers and their families out of poverty.


May 1, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today Representative Adriano Espaillat (NY-13) issued the following statement to recognize immigrant workers on May Day.


February 21, 2019 Press Release

NEW YORK, NY – This week, Representative Adriano Espaillat (NY-13) provided an overview of his legislative priorities, agenda for the 116th Congress, and record accomplishments on behalf of New York’s 13th congressional district during this year’s State of the District event held on Tuesday evening at the Our Children’s Foundation, Inc. This year marked Rep. Espaillat’s third annual State of the District address since he was sworn into Congress in 2017.