Repairing America’s Broken Cannabis Laws with the MORE Act
Washington, December 11, 2020
Reflecting on the House Judiciary Committee’s Accomplishments
This past Congress has been an especially busy one for the House Judiciary Committee. While some of the Judiciary Committee’s efforts to hold the Trump Administration accountable dominated news coverage, I’m equally as proud of our work to fight the scourge of gun violence, protect the freedom of our elections, defend the welfare of consumers against abusive corporations, reform America’s flawed policing system, and so much more. A recent report prepared by the Judiciary Committee staff makes clear the impact of the Committee’s tenacious work throughout this truly historic Congress, with 92 Judiciary bills passed by the House (30 of which have been signed into law) since I became Chairman in January 2019.
As Chairman of the Judiciary Committee, I strive each day to ensure that our Committee’s priorities match the priorities of everyday Americans and am especially grateful for my colleagues on the Committee—without their dedication to bettering our nation, none of these accomplishments would be possible. Yet the work is not over. There is still much to be done to make our nation fairer, safer, and more equal for all. I look forward to leading the Judiciary Committee in the coming 117th Congress and continuing my work to best serve the interests of the American people.
Bringing Green Jobs to New York City
As our nation confronts the threat of climate change, New York City should lead the way. Overcoming the most serious challenge facing our planet today will require hard work and leadership, both of which New Yorkers have in abundance. That’s why I, along with Rep. Nydia Velázquez (D-NY), called on Governor Cuomo to build America’s first offshore wind production hub at the South Brooklyn Marine Terminal, generating green jobs for our city and building the infrastructure needed to reduce our dependency on destructive fossil fuels. This project doesn’t only invest in a more sustainable future for our planet, it invests in a sustainable economic future in Brooklyn, offering opportunities to local small businesses and residents while rendering New York’s workforce capable of doing the jobs of tomorrow. The world has so often looked to New York in the past for the innovation it generates and the example it sets. As we embark upon the task of building a greener future and developing renewable energy sources, New York should be the model other cities aspire to emulate. I look forward to working with Governor Cuomo, Rep. Velazquez, and others to make this project a reality.
Historic Election with Biden-Harris Victory
The shouts and hollers that echoed throughout New York City after the announcement of President-Elect Biden’s electoral victory were an unfamiliar sound. After a year of sirens and eerie silence, it was a welcome change to hear expressions of joy and hope ringing through the streets. While several weeks have passed since the election was called, my sense of hope remains just as strong as it did that jubilant day. This was an historic election, in more ways than one—not only did more eligible voters (73 percent) vote in this election than any previous Presidential election, they cast more votes for President-Elect Joe Biden than any other candidate in history. Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris made history in her own right as the first woman and the first person of color to be elected Vice President—her election will inspire countless young Americans to think differently about who can and should lead America.
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