April 13, 2018 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal released the following statement in response to President Trump’s decision to launch airstrikes in Syria: “President Trump has just conducted another set of unconstitutional strikes. He does not have the power to take these actions without consulting Congress. Only Congress – not the White House – has the power to declare war.
April 11, 2018 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal, joined by Reps. A. Donald McEachin and Nanette Diaz Barragán, led 28 members of Congress in denouncing Department of the Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke for his comments that "diversity isn't important," "I don't care about diversity," and "I don't really think that's important anymore." In the letter, members urged Zinke to rethink his comments and focus his efforts on increasing diversity to keep up with the rapidly changing demographics of our nation. Jayapal, McEachin and Barragán are co-chairs of the United for Climate and Environmental Justice Task Force that works to address the disproportionate impact of climate change on communities of color and other marginalized groups.
Today, Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal released the following statement in response to the Trump administration’s move to send the National Guard to the southern border: “Trump’s move to send the National Guard to the southern border is a monumental waste of time, money and resources – especially when the border is as secure as ever. Apprehensions are at record lows and numbers of border crossings are down, this move by the administration does nothing to fix the immigration issues at hand.
SEATTLE – Today, Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal released the following statement in response to the Department of Commerce move to include a citizenship question in the 2020 census. “The Trump administration’s latest move will not only hurt open participation in the census, but also disproportionately impact immigrant communities. People are less likely to respond to the census out of fear of deportations, of putting their families at risk, of ‘outing’ themselves or their loved ones. The fear that remains even among legal immigrants.
March 26, 2018 Press Release
SEATTLE – Today, Rep. Pramila Jayapal released the following statement in response to the White House announcement to expel 60 Russian diplomats and close the Russian consulate in Seattle. "It’s important that the United States is coordinating with Canada and the European Union to punish Russia. Standing strong with our allies is essential. The action to expel diplomats and close the Russian consulate in Seattle, given its strategic location, is a small step in holding Russia accountable. However, this action is almost ironic, given the president is dragging his feet to do anything against Putin or Russia for interfering in the 2016 election – taking months to implement the bipartisan sanctions that passed through Congress last year.
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.
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.
March 20, 2018 Press Release
Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal led a letter to the House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Appropriations, along with Homeland Security Committee Ranking Member Bennie Thompson, Immigration Subcommittee Ranking Member Zoe Lofgren, and 58 members of Congress to urge the committee to reject the separation of families at the border and instead restore funding for alternatives to detention, such as the Family Case Management Program (FCMP).
March 6, 2018 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Reps.
March 5, 2018 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal is encouraging all recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program to renew their status.