I want you to know that serving you and our community in Congress has been one of the great honors of my life. In all that I do, I think of you and our community. In Washington, I am fighting to protect Social Security and Medicare from Republican-sponsored budget cuts. In addition to introducing my own jobs legislation, I support President Obama's economic stimulus and job creation initiatives. The only way to successfully get out of this recession is to create jobs and to protect social safety-net programs so that we have a strong, educated and healthy workforce.
As a member of the Committee on Foreign Affairs, I have supported policies and programs to rebuild Haiti and ensure that Israel remains a strong, stable democracy and friend in the Middle East. As a Member of the Committee on Science, Space and Technology, I have worked to increase minority participation in the science and technology industries and to broaden access to science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education for minority students and to establish grants to hire more minority teachers in STEM fields.
For any questions you may have about my legislative agenda, please go to my website at www.wilson.house.gov or contact one of my offices listed below. I am very proud to represent you and your interests in Congress.
Frederica S. Wilson
Congresswoman, 17th District of Florida
Legislation I Have Introduced
1) H.R.2574: Jobs Now Act -- Allows federal money to bypass the state government and go directly to the localities that have been hardest hit during the recession. This bill is modeled after the old CETA program that many of you will remember.
2) H.R.2575: Drive to Stay Alive Act -- This piece of legislation is a federal attempt to combat Texting While Driving.
3) H.R.2582: Homeowners' Defense Act of 2011 -- This legislation would create a National Catastrophe Risk Consortium to monitor and regulate state insurance entities, and make it easier for Floridians to insure their homes against hurricanes.
4) H.R.2723: Social Security Protection Act -- This bill protects our nation's Social Security Program from facing devastating cuts during Congress's budget negotiations.
5) H.R.2724: Medicaid Protection Act -- This piece of legislation seeks to protect the benefits and health of those who need it most in our nation. Now is not the time to jeopardize the health of millions Americans across the country.
6) H.R.2725: Medicare Protection Act -- Throughout my public service career in Florida, I have steadfastly remained committed to protecting seniors' access to healthcare. This bill is yet another effort in this fight.
7) H.R.2726: Education Protection Act -- This bill is my effort as a former teacher and school principal to let Congress know that deep cuts to our nation's education programs are unacceptable.
8) H.R.2727: People's Act -- This bill is a combination of the above four bills which I introduced during tense budget negotiations with Republicans last year. These bills were my strong, public statement that yes, the country may have to tighten its belt fiscally, but that it should not be done at the expense of those Americans who need help the most.
9) H.R.3507: Cease Haitian Deportations Act -- Would ensure that deportations to Haiti are not allowed to resume until it can be proven that the nation has recovered sufficiently to handle an influx of new populations of people.
10) H.R.3595: Mandatory Foreclosure Mediation Act -- This bill would require banks to enter into mandatory mediation sessions with a borrower before foreclosure proceedings are ever allowed to occur.
11) H.R.3741: Rilya Wilson Act -- This bill is named after Rilya Wilson, a foster care child who went missing in our district 12 years ago. It is an attempt to strengthen the reporting process for missing children.
12) H.RES.371: Expressing support for designation of a "Hear My Cry Day" in schools across the United States to combat bullying.
13) H.RES.521: Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that the United States should work with the Government of Haiti to address gender-based violence against women and children.
14) H.RES.581: Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that the continued deployment of United States military support personnel advising regional forces working toward the apprehension of Joseph Kony is both necessary and appropriate.
Legislation I am Proud to Support
1) H.R.1905: Iran Threat Reduction Act -- Compels Iran to abandon its pursuit of nuclear weapons through full implementation of all enacted sanctions.
2) H.R. 4133: United States-Israel Enhanced Security Cooperation Act -- States that it is U.S. policy to: (1) reaffirm the commitment to Israel's security as a Jewish state, (2) provide Israel with the military capabilities to defend itself, (3) expand military and civilian cooperation, (4) assist in a negotiated settlement of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict that results in two states living side by side in peace and security, and (5) encourage Israel's neighbors to recognize Israel's right to exist as a Jewish state.
3) H.R.1397: Employment Non-Discrimination Act -- Prohibits employment discrimination on the basis of actual or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity.
4) H.R. 998: Student Non-Discrimination Act -- Prohibits public school students from being excluded from participating in, or being subject to discrimination under, any federally-assisted educational program on the basis of their actual or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity.
5) H.R.1462: National Black Clergy for the Elimination of HIV/AIDS Act -- Authorizes the Director of the Office of Minority Health of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to make grants to public health agencies and faith-based organizations to conduct HIV/AIDS prevention, testing, and related outreach activities to reduce HIV/AIDS in the African-American community.
6) H.R.1774: Increasing Access to Voluntary Screening for HIV/AIDS and STIs Act -- Requires a state plan under Medicare and Medicaid to provide coverage of routine screening services for HIV/AIDS and sexually transmitted infections (STIs).