Undeterred by Political Turmoil in DC, Suozzi Continues to Deliver for Long Island and New York
Before the holidays, Congressman Tom Suozzi (D – Long Island, Queens), delivered on several priorities important to his constituents, Long Island, and New York State.
In the last week before the holidays, Congressman Suozzi:
· Successfully advanced his legislation to restore the SALT deduction through the United States House of Representatives;
· Helped secure funding and several legislative items important to New York and Long Island through the end-of-year budget legislation; and
· Voted to pass the United States Mexico Trade Agreement (USMCA) which will create jobs and support nearly 800,000 workers in New York.
“Staying laser-focused on the needs of my constituents, no matter the political climate, has been a priority of mine since my days as mayor of Glen Cove. Last week, not only did the House support my efforts to restore tax fairness, but I was able to secure funding for programs that are critical to my district. Programs that protect the Long Island Sound, care for a population that is deaf and blind, combat gun violence, create jobs, take care of our veterans, and much more,” said Suozzi. “I am proud of the hard work it has taken to pass all of this legislation, which will demonstrably improve the lives of my constituents.”
In addition to leading the fight to restore tax fairness, Suozzi helped secure several funding items in the end-of-year budget deal that was signed into law last week, including:
· $21 million to protect and preserve the Long Island Sound, this is a $17 million increase since Suozzi joined the Congress in 2017;
· $2.8 billion for the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act and $175 million for Registered Apprenticeships. Suozzi testified before House Appropriates in June in support of this funding;
· $16 million for the Helen Keller National Center for Deaf-Blind Youth and Adults, an increase of $2.5 million from last year. This organization is headquartered in Sands Point and serves a population that is both deaf and blind;
· $25 million for gun violence research (this has not happened for decades);
· $55 million for Homeless Veterans’ Reintegration Program;
· $40 million for HUD/VA Supportive Housing for Homeless Veterans;
· $21.4 million in federal funding which will go towards children and families who are at risk of entering the New York State Foster care system;
· The SECURE Act, legislation which will help make retirement security a reality for millions of Americans; and
· Repeal of the Unrelated Business Income Tax (UBIT), created as a result of the 2017 GOP tax bill, it placed an additional tax burden on houses of worship and other non-profits.
Suozzi also voted in support of the USMCA in Ways and Means and again on the House floor. New provisions in the deal secured by Democrats will bolster the U.S. economy, support workers, protect the environment, and improve access to affordable prescription drugs. At a Ways and Means mark-up of the trade deal, Suozzi made it clear that while the deal could be improved, it is a win for the United States and working-class families across the country.
In 2020, Suozzi remains committed to working with anyone, regardless of party, to get things done for his constituents, protect our environment, reform our immigration system, combat gun violence, and much more.