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Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal

Representing the 7th District of Washington

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May 16, 2018 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Representatives Pramila Jayapal (D-WA) and Mia Love (R-UT) led 130 bipartisan members of Congress in urging Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen to maintain the current regulation granting work authorization to certain H-4 dependent spouses of H-1B nonimmigrant workers. The Trump Administration is expected to rescind the rule granting these spouses work authorization in June.
March 22, 2018 Press Release
Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal released the following statement in response to House passage of the latest Republican FY 2018 Omnibus Appropriations Act: “I voted no on today’s omnibus bill. I recognize there are some compelling aspects of this bill. Democrats fought tooth and nail to have our priorities included, particularly for child care, transportation infrastructure, election protections, health insurance and other critical programs. However, the fact remains for me, the bad outweighs the good. I just can't stomach it.
February 12, 2018 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal, vice ranking member of the House Budget Committee, issued the following statement in response to the budget proposal released by President Trump today: “President Trump’s budget proposal makes it clear, all over again, that his administration does not care about working people. His budget takes from middle class families and the most vulnerable and gives to the rich. It guts anti-poverty and health care programs, and slashes investments in economic growth. All of this in order to pay for the GOP’s tax scam that handed trillions of dollars to the wealthy and large corporations. This is the last step in the GOP’s three-step dance to rig the economy in favor of the top 1 percent.
January 18, 2018 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal released the following statement in response to the House Republican passage of the fourth short-term spending in nearly as many months, in lieu of a permanent budget fix: “The majority has made a mockery of our legislative process. We just voted on the fourth continuing resolution in nearly four months. This makes no sense. It is no way to govern.
December 21, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal released the following statement in response to House passage of the continuing resolution that funds the government through January 19:

“It’s shameful to see House Republicans skip town to enjoy the holidays after voting for the continued suffering of millions of young people and children. They have the majority, their votes overrule ours, and their choice today was cruel and immoral.

December 6, 2017 Press Release
Washington, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal joined Congresswoman Cheri Bustos and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, along with former Fox News host Gretchen Carlson and a bipartisan group of members of Congress, to announce legislation to prevent sexual harassment in the workplace. The Ending Forced Arbitration of Sexual Harassment Act of 2017 would void forced arbitration agreements that prevent sexual harassment survivors from getting the justice they deserve. Carlson, who previously hosted “Fox & Friends,” left the network after enduring years of sexual harassment by powerful men who used forced arbitration to institutionalize protections for sexual harassers, and prevent survivors from discussing their cases and taking them to trial.
November 3, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal released the following statement in response to the House Republican tax plan:

“The plan released by the Republican leadership is nothing but a dream come true for the biggest corporations. It will further destroy the middle class by giving huge tax breaks to wealthy Americans on the backs of working people.

September 26, 2017 Blog Post

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January 5, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal issued the following statement applauding Seattle’s minimum wage increase, as the hourly wage for some workers hit $15:

“I’m incredibly proud that Seattle is continuing to lead the way in the fight against income inequality,” said Rep. Jayapal. “No one should work full time and live in poverty.”

As of January 1, 2017, the minimum wage for tens of thousands of workers at Seattle’s largest businesses is $15 per hour.