- Women & Children Issues
In the time of the #MeToo movement and the Trump Administration, women’s rights are, on one hand, being taken more seriously, and on the other, being threatened. Congresswoman Clarke is a champion of women’s rights, family and children’s issues in Washington.
Congresswoman Clarke continues to be a steadfast defender of women’s rights and healthcare. She often co-sponsors bills aimed at raising wages for women and protecting their reproductive health. She is a co-sponsor the Lilly Ledbetter Act, which was signed into law by President Obama to ensure women receive equal pay for equal work.
Congresswoman Clarke is staunch sponsor and supporter of the Affordable Care Act, so Americans of all walks of life can afford healthcare for their families, and so that their children can be insured as fully as they are, guarding them against insurance companies who often remove them from their insurance rolls when they need health insurance coverage the most.
Congresswoman Clarke remains a fierce and vocal opponent of the underfunding of Planned Parenthood. She rejects all assaults on women’s healthcare and attacks on reproductive rights. She also introduced legislation to require ALD screenings for newborn babies, and co-sponsored the Healthy Family Act, allowing sick workers for those helping sick family members to receive paid leave.
Here is a snapshot of bills introduced by Congresswoman Clarke on Women & Children's Issues:
- H.R. 5547 - CARE Act, which would amend the Violence Against Women Act of 2000 to reauthorize the grant program for education, training, and enhanced services to end violence against and abuse of women with disabilities.
- H.R.4855 - SNAP Healthy Incentives Act of 2018, which would amend the Food and Nutrition Act of 2008 to provide a financial incentive for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as the food stamp program) participants to purchase fruits and vegetables.
- H.R.4260 - Adjusting for Income Disparity Act of 2012, which amends the Internal Revenue Code to allow an individual taxpayer a new tax credit to compensate for income disparity. Sets the amount of such credit at the applicable credit amount ($2,500 to $5,000) reduced by a specified percentage (3 1/3% to 6 2/3%) of the excess of the taxpayer's modified adjusted gross income over a specified threshold ($15,000 to $30,000), based on the number of the taxpayer's dependents.
- H.R.3617 - See Something, Say Something Act, which amends the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act to require the state plan under a grant from the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) for child abuse and neglect prevention and treatment programs to contain an assurance in the form of a certification by the state governor that the state has in effect and is enforcing a state law prescribing a criminal penalty against any person age 18 or older who fails to report to a state or local law enforcement official or child protective services that the person has knowledge of child abuse or neglect that occurred in the state.
Improving housing opportunities are a top priority for Congresswoman Clarke and she has fought the Trump administration’s efforts to cut back funding for housing subsidies and Section 8 for renters. She knows the housing situation in Brooklyn is in dire straits and that providing federal assistance is extremely critical to fixing the housing crisis.
Here is a snapshot of bills introduced by Congresswoman Clarke on Housing:
- H.R.5200 - Hardest Hit Housing Act of 2018, which will provide additional funding for the public housing Capital Fund for large public housing agencies, for mortgage foreclosure mitigation assistance, and for incremental rental assistance vouchers, and for other purposes.
- H.R.4403 - Homeowner Disaster Relief Act of 2014, to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to waive the 10-percent penalty on qualified natural disaster distributions from qualified retirement plans.
In the area of immigration, Congresswoman Clarks is fighting tirelessly for immigrants and mobilizing opposition to the Trump administration’s decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). She is working with Mayor de Blasio to maintain and uphold our sanctuary city status by fighting to protect our immigrant community from unfair prosecution and deportation. She has introduced the Protect Our Sanctuary Cities Act, to end President Trump’s executive order imposing punitive measures against cities like New York. To continue the fight for our immigrant neighbors and friends, she introduced the ASPIRE Act, a bipartisan solution that would provide relief to all temporary protected status (TPS) eligible individuals. She has hosted citizenship drives in the 9th Congressional District to help eligible constituents establish U.S. citizenship.
Congresswoman Clarke introduced the Freedom for Refugees Escaping Enmity (FREE) Act, which aims to invalidate the Muslim ban, which discriminates against people who want an equal opportunity for a more secure future. She also co-sponsored the DREAM Act and the American Hope Act, giving young immigrants the opportunity to live the American Dream.
Here is a snapshot of bills introduced by Congresswoman Clarke on Immigration:
- H.R.1014 - Haiti Emergency Relief Act of 2017, extends 18-month temporary protected status to a national of Haiti who: (1) has been continuously physically present in the United States since November 4, 2016, (2) is admissible as an immigrant and not ineligible for temporary protected status, and (3) registers for temporary protected status in a manner that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) shall establish.
- H.R.3297 - H.E.L.P. Act, amends the Immigration and Nationality Act with respect to V-visa non immigrants (spouses and minor children of lawful permanent residents who come to the United States to wait for completion of the immigrant visa process) to include certain Haitian nationals whose petition for a family-sponsored immigrant visa was approved on or before January 12, 2010.
- H.R.1992 - Immigration Fraud Prevention Act of 2009, amends the federal criminal code to subject a person to fine, imprisonment, or both, who: (1) willfully and knowingly executes a scheme in connection with any federal immigration law-related matter to defraud a person, or to obtain money or anything else of value from a person by means of false or fraudulent pretenses, representations, or promises; or (2) willfully, knowingly, and falsely represents that such person is an attorney or an accredited representative in any federal immigration law related matter.
Year after year, healthcare is a key issue with women, which is often a prime motivator of their voting patterns. Congresswoman Clarke was a champion of the Affordable Care Act under President Obama and will fight against its dismantling this law under the current administration. She believes all Americans should be able to afford healthcare for their families. It is imperative to protect hard-working families’ rights to receive healthcare at a time families need it the most.
Here is a snapshot of bills introduced by Congresswoman Clarke on Health Care:
- H.R.5590 - Opioid Addiction Action Plan Act requires the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to develop an action plan to provide recommendations on changes to the Medicare and Medicaid programs to enhance: (1) the treatment and prevention of opioid addiction, and (2) the coverage and reimbursement of medication-assisted treatment for opioid addiction.
- H.R.5353 - Eliminating Opioid-Related Infectious Diseases Act of 2018 amends the Public Health Service Act to reauthorize and expand a program of surveillance and education, carried out by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, regarding infections associated with injection drug use.
- H.R.3889 - Safer Prescribing of Controlled Substances Act requires certain practitioners authorized to prescribe controlled substances to complete continuing education.
- H.R.5616 - Opioid Minority Health Report to Congress Act of 2018 requires the National Institute of Minority Health and Health Disparities to submit to Congress a report on the impact of the opioid epidemic on minority communities.