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Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal

Representing the 7th District of Washington


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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 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.

March 5, 2018 Press Release
Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal will host two town halls in the month of March. The town halls will be held in West Seattle and Edmonds. These town halls are an opportunity for constituents to raise concerns, learn what actions are being taken in Congress and discuss the path ahead as we continue the fight for justice.
February 20, 2018 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Jimmy Panetta (CA-20) and Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal (WA-07) today announced that they introduced the Immigrant Witness and Victim Protection Act (H.R. 5058). The bill lifts arbitrary caps on the number of “U" visas available for undocumented immigrant witnesses and victims of violent crimes who cooperate with law enforcement. The bill also prevents “U” visa applicants and “T” visa human trafficking victim applicants, from being detained or deported prior to obtaining visas Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) protections. Finally, the bill allows applicants to receive work authorization permits within limited timelines.
February 15, 2018 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal released the following statement in response to gross misconduct displayed by Seattle’s top Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) attorney, Raphael A. Sanchez. Sanchez is accused of stealing the identities of immigrants in an effort to defraud financial institutions.
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.
February 8, 2018 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, Representatives Pramila Jayapal (D-WA), Ted Lieu (D-CA), Jamie Raskin (D-MD) and Brenda Lawrence (D-MI) sent a letter asking White House Chief of Staff John Kelly to explain when he had knowledge of the allegations of domestic abuse by White House Staff Secretary Rob Porter and the actions he took given that knowledge. According to reports, Mr. Porter’s alleged abusive behavior was the reason he was unable to secure a permanent security clearance, yet apparently Mr. Kelly defended him, promoted him, and urged him to stay.