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Espaillat, Velázquez, Ocasio-Cortez Lead Push To Prioritize Immigration, Housing, Transportation In Reconciliation Package

October 7, 2021

Today, Representatives Adriano Espaillat, Nydia Velázquez, and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez led their colleagues in a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer. The letter is urging them to prioritize public housing, immigration reform and accessible transportation in low-income communities as negotiations continue for the Build Back Better reconciliation package.

“As our communities continue on the road to recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s more crucial now than ever that we deliver the much-needed support our constituents and the American people need,” said Rep. Espaillat. “By ensuring robust investments in immigration reform, public housing, and transportation infrastructure remain included in the budget reconciliation package, we’ll be able to provide our most vulnerable communities the support they need to not only stay afloat, but to build back better and stronger than ever before. We promised to go big and bold – and this is how we deliver.”

In addition to Representatives Espaillat (NY-13), Velázquez (NY-07), and Ocasio-Cortez (NY-14), the letter was signed by Representatives Ritchie Torres (NY-15), Yvette D. Clarke (NY-09), Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-12), Grace Meng (NY-06), and Jamaal Bowman Ed.D. (NY-16).