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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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.

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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.

January 12, 2021 Press Release

NEW YORK, NY – Aviso: la SBA, en consulta con el Departamento del Tesoro de EE.UU., ha reabierto el portal del Programa de Protección de Cheques de Pago (PPP) y ahora está aceptando solicitudes de préstamos de primeros préstamos PPP de las instituciones financieras comunitarias (CFI) participantes, que incluyen Instituciones Financieras de Desarrollo Comunitario (CDFI), Instituciones Crediticias de Minorías (MDI), compañías de desarrollo certificadas (CDC) e intermediarios de microcrédi

January 12, 2021 Press Release

NEW YORK, NY -- Notice: the SBA, in consultation with the U.S. Treasury Department, has re-opened the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) portal and is now accepting First Draw PPP loan applications from participating CFIs, which include Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs), Minority Depository Institutions (MDIs), Certified Development Companies (CDCs), and Microloan Intermediaries. 

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December 22, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Hoy, el congresista Adriano Espaillat (NY-13) anunció una serie de victorias en políticas clave y financiamientos importantes en la legislación que establece el gasto federal.

El proyecto de ley, que se convertirá en ley como parte de un paquete de financiamiento del gobierno de fin de año, incluye miles de millones de dólares para programas y prioridades que Espaillat ha avanzado en los últimos años.

December 22, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC -- Today, Representative Adriano Espaillat (NY-13) announced a series of key policy and funding wins in legislation setting federal spending.

The bill, which is slated to become law as part of a year-end government funding package, includes billions of dollars for programs and priorities Espaillat has advanced over the past few years.

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: