Rep. Adriano Espaillat Votes to Protect Vulnerable New York Families and to Re-Open the Departments of Transportation and Housing and Urban Development

January 10, 2019
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Rep. Adriano Espaillat (NY-13) joined House Democrats to pass the FY 2019 Transportation and Housing and Urban Development appropriations bills to re-open these two essential government agencies and rescue the hard-working New York families who are at imminent risk of being evicted while ensuring air travel and highway transportation are safe for all Americans.  As we enter Day 20 of the Trump Shutdown, thousands of American workers, including essential air traffic controllers, are arriving at work to find zero dollars on their paystubs.

“Throughout New York, my district and in communities across the country, the Trump Shutdown is threatening the housing security of more than four million households that depend on HUD’s rental assistance initiatives,” said Rep. Adriano Espaillat (NY-13). “Among those at risk of eviction are an estimated 2.2 million low income households, including hundreds of thousands of veterans, seniors and people living with disabilities.  Every day that the Trump Shutdown continues, New York children and families are placed in immediate danger of being thrown out on the street.  Yet, the President is threatening to keep the government and its critical housing services for vulnerable families closed for ‘years.’” 

“While the President and Senate Republicans refuse to do their job, Democrats are acting quickly to re-open government and fulfill our responsibility to New Yorkers and the American people.  By passing today’s legislation, we are ensuring that hard-working New Yorkers can travel and conduct their business safely and securely, knowing that the roads they drive on and the aircrafts they fly in are being inspected and maintained.”

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First elected to Congress in 2016, Rep. Adriano Espaillat is serving his second term in Congress where he serves as a member of the influential U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee, the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, and the House Select Committee on Small Business.  He is a member of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) and serves in a leadership role as CHC Whip. He is also chairman of the CHC Task Force for Transportation, Infrastructure and Housing.  Rep. Espaillat’s Congressional District includes Harlem, East Harlem, northern Manhattan and the north-west Bronx. To find out more about Rep. Espaillat, visit online at

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