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Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal

Representing the 7th District of Washington

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November 7, 2018 Press Release

SEATTLE, WA – Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal, member of the House Judiciary Committee, released the following statement regarding the firing of Attorney General Jeff Sessions:

“This was no simple resignation: President Donald Trump fired Jeff Sessions the day after an election in which his party lost control of the House. This is extremely dangerous territory, placing our nation in the throes of a potential constitutional crisis. We must do everything we can to protect the Special Counsel’s investigation, and to ensure that this president does not obstruct justice.

October 6, 2018 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal, member of the House Judiciary Committee, issued the following statement: “Eleanor Roosevelt once said, ‘We go ahead together or we go down together.’ Today, it is clear the party of Donald Trump wants us to go down together, ramming through a Supreme Court nominee at the expense of the legitimacy of our highest court and public trust.
July 9, 2018 Press Release

SEATTLE – House Judiciary Committee Member Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal released the following statement on President Trump’s nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court:

“To no one’s surprise, Donald Trump nominated a conservative justice who will endanger Roe v. Wade, threaten to gut the Affordable Care Act and infringe on our voting rights. Since his campaign, Trump’s motives have been clear: he’s taking swipes at vulnerable communities and hardworking families with every chance he gets.

March 23, 2018 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal scored a victory for the Seattle-based Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD) program by securing funding to expand the initiative nationwide. Last September, Jayapal led 10 members of Congress in urging the House Appropriations Committee to allocate $2.5 million to the program. She continued to build support for LEAD funding, working with Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI), and corralled four other Republican members and 10 Democrats to join her in another letter with the same request. Earlier this month, in another push, Jayapal sent a third request urging support in 2019 appropriations with the backing of 22 members.
January 4, 2018 Press Release

SEATTLE – Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal released the following statement regarding the Department of Justice’s reported change in policy of non-interference with marijuana-friendly state laws:

“I’m extremely disappointed in Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ attempt to disregard the will of the people and return us to the days of prohibition and the war on drugs.

November 1, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – In a letter to Department of Homeland Security Acting Secretary Elaine Duke, co-chairs of the Women’s Working Group on Immigration Reform, Representatives Lucille Roybal-Allard (CA-40) and Pramila Jayapal (WA-07) led 68 of their fellow members of Congress in expressing concern about increased detention rates of pregnant immigrant women and recent miscarriages in detention centers across the United States.

October 3, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Adam Smith (WA-09) and Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal (WA-07) introduced the Dignity for Detained Immigrants Act, legislation to reform the systemic problems in our immigration detention system. Our current system is inhumane, unjust, and driven by private, for-profit corporations like The GEO Group, which operates the Northwest Detention Center located in Tacoma, Washington.

October 2, 2017 Press Release
Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal released the following statement in response to the mass shooting in Las Vegas.
June 19, 2017 Press Release

SEATTLE – Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal released the following statement on the police shooting of Charleena Lyles:
 
“The shooting death of Charleena Lyles is an extraordinary tragedy. In the wake of this trauma, we must support the Lyles family in their grieving and healing. The Seattle Police Department and its oversight bodies must conduct a thorough and transparent investigation in such a way that builds community trust, using the policies and procedures developed through Department of Justice reforms.
 

February 9, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal is introducing her first bill, the Access to Counsel Act, to make certain that those held or detained while attempting to enter the United States are guaranteed access to legal counsel.