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  • Critical Lifeline Lost When Unemployment Benefits End
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on February 13, 2014 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy

    Published by the ​Eastern Group Publications​ Even as our economy moves toward recovery, albeit slowly, the scourge of unemployment persists in many greater Los Angeles communities. Among them are communities in my 40th Congressional district where unemployment stubbornly remains well above the national average. While local businesses tell me they see improvement, there are still far too many Angelenos looking for work who need their unemployment benefits to feed their families. Tragically, by b... Read more

    Posted in Opinion Pieces on June 6, 2013 | Preview rr

    Today, lead DREAM Act sponsor and member of the Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee, Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard, decried a reckless and irresponsible amendment to the FY 2014 DHS Appropriations bill offered by Rep. Steve King (R-IA). The King amendment would prevent continued implementation of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) initiative, which has allowed hundreds of thousands of undocumented youth to live, work and study without fear of deportation. It would ... Read more

    Posted in Opinion Pieces on March 20, 2012 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health

    Washington, DC—Today, Representative Roybal-Allard praised new data released by the Department of Health and Human Services showing that the Affordable Care Act has resulted in 45 million women now having access to recommended preventative services with no co-payments—including 20 million women with private health insurance and 25 million women with Medicare. In addition to giving women access to preventative services free of charge, the law also bans insurance companies from denying women cover... Read more

    Posted in Opinion Pieces on March 6, 2012 | Preview rr

    Today, Representative Lucille Roybal-Allard released the following statement on the passing of Representative Donald Payne (NJ-10): “I was deeply saddened to learn of the passing of my friend and colleague Donald Payne earlier today, and I join the congressional community in remembering the legacy he leaves behind. As the first African American elected to Congress from New Jersey, he was a powerful and important voice as Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus. He fought tirelessly for human rig... Read more

  • Op-ed: Redefining Rape
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on December 5, 2011 | Preview rr
    Tags: Civil Rights

    Op-ed by Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard, who represents the 34th Congressional District of California Tonight across America, in depressed urban neighborhoods and affluent suburban towns, in rundown public spaces and on Ivy League campuses, women of every race, class, and ethnicity will be sexually assaulted. The statistics are devastating: in the United States today a rape occurs on average every two minutes. Ultimately, 1 in 4 American women will endure this terrible crime in their lifet... Read more

  • Op-ed: Fighting for Parks and Outdoor Spaces
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on September 15, 2011 | Preview rr
    Tags: Energy & Environment

    Op-ed by Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard, who represents California’s 34th District in the U.S. House of Representatives, and Secretary John Laird, California’s Secretary of Natural Resources If you live in L.A., you would never know that while idling in your car in traffic along the 110, you are sitting beside what could be one of the most effective obesity, crime, and disease prevention tools we have in our community – the Los Angeles State Historic Park. Not just any park, the 32 acres of... Read more

  • Op-ed by Rep. Roybal-Allard: Protecting Our Air and Public Health
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on April 13, 2011 | Preview rr
    Tags: Energy & Environment

    Californians, like all Americans, love breathing clean, healthy air. We relish that picture perfect moment: a clear view of the mountains or ocean, kids playing soccer or baseball, enjoying a picnic in the park on a warm day, or just a brisk walk with the dog. There are also the moments we’d like to forget -- missed school or missed work due to bad air days, asthma and bronchial attacks and the associated costs to families, business, and the economy. The EPA and Clean Air Act have delivered much... Read more

  • Op-ed by Rep. Roybal-Allard: Help Our Community Get Its Fair Share of Funding: Open Your Door to Census Workers and Make Sure You’re Counted!
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on May 6, 2010 | Preview rr
    Tags: Budget

    Now through July 10, you can expect to receive a visit by a census worker if you did not return your census form before April 16th. These census takers are friends and neighbors hired from our own communities to make sure our local area gets an accurate count. I urge you to open your doors to the census takers. Answering their questions is easy, important and safe. Census takers – called enumerators – will only ask questions related to the 2010 Census. The census form is only 10 questions and ta... Read more

  • Op-ed: This Tax Season, all Eligible Working Families Are Urged to Take Advantage of the Earned Income Tax Credit, Child Tax Credit and Free Tax Preparation Services
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on March 10, 2010 | Preview rr
    Tags: Seniors, Economy

    Each year, thousands of hardworking families in the 34th Congressional District and throughout the Los Angeles area lose money they're entitled to because they fail to take advantage of two important tax credits – the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and the Child Tax Credit (CTC). Could you be one of them? As the April 15 deadline approaches for filing your taxes, I encourage you to find out whether you qualify for one or both of these credits. During these challenging economic times, the answer... Read more

  • Celebrating America's Birth
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on July 4, 2009 | Preview rr
    Tags: Veterans

    Two hundred and thirty three years after the ratification of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, the principles outlined in this historic document remain our country’s guiding light. It defines what we stand for and who we are as a nation and embodies the heart and spirit of the American people. Today, our men and women in uniform continue to exemplify Thomas Jefferson’s glorious words stated eloquently in the Declaration of Independence “… with a firm reliance on the protection of ... Read more