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Congresswoman Brenda Lawrence

Representing the 14th District of Michigan

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March 11, 2019 In The News

A new public-private grant program that aims to improve green stormwater infrastructure and natural habitats has been launched with a three-year, $3.9 million funding commitment. The Southeast Michigan Resilience Fund was launched by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation with corporate, nonprofit and federal support, according to a Monday announcement at Hart Plaza in downtown Detroit. Community leaders and politicians including U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow, U.S. Rep. Debbie Dingell and U.S. Rep.

March 11, 2019 In The News

Michigan State Rep. LaTanya Garrett is calling for state-level hearings to discuss the "alarming" findings of a Monday Free Press investigation that detailed a widening federal probe of Detroit's demolition program. The Free Press reported Monday that contaminated dirt was potentially used to fill demolition sites across the city and is the focus of a criminal probe being conducted by the Special Inspector General for the Troubled Asset Relief Program (SIGTARP).  Garrett's request comes one day after Detroit City Council President Pro Tem Mary Sheffield requested a U.S.

March 11, 2019 In The News

A high-ranking Detroit official is requesting a U.S. congressional hearing be held to discuss the city's federally-funded demolition program, a day after a Free Press investigation detailed a widening criminal probe that could have potential environmental implications. The Free Press reported Monday that contaminated dirt was potentially used to fill demolition sites across the city and is the focus of a criminal probe being conducted by the Special Inspector General for the Troubled Asset Relief Program (SIGTARP).

March 6, 2019 In The News

Watch live as a bicameral group of Democrats reintroduces the Paycheck Fairness Act, marking the 10th anniversary of President Barack Obama signing the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act. The group includes House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, fellow Democratic Reps. Rosa DeLauro, Bobby Scott, Lois Frankel, Brenda Lawrence, Jackie Speier, and Barbara Lee, and Democratic Sen. Patty Murray.

March 6, 2019 In The News

Democrats rallied to renew the push towards equal pay for equal work, stressing that while there has been progress towards pay equality, women still earn just 80 cents to the dollar a man makes for the same work. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says every member of her caucus signed onto an effort reintroducing the Paycheck Fairness Act, and with the partial government shutdown finally over, her new majority is pressing on with its agenda.

March 6, 2019 In The News

Michigan members of Congress expressed relief Friday that federal employees would return to work after President Donald Trump announced a deal to reopen shuttered government departments for three weeks. After insisting for more than a month on $5.7 billion for a border wall, Trump said he would sign a short-term deal with no wall funding to reopen the government and give lawmakers time to negotiate on border security.  “If we don’t get a fair deal from Congress, the government will either shut down on Feb.

March 6, 2019 In The News

Nearly a month into the partial federal government shutdown, dozens of local furloughed federal employees rallied downtown Friday, calling to get back to work. “The public needs to understand that this is a problem,” said Cheryl Monroe a 56-year-old chemist for the Federal Drug Administration. “This is serious. While it may not impact them directly, it definitely impacts them indirectly.” Monroe’s task is to analyze ingredients in pharmaceutical drugs. She said only one or two staffers are in her lab to analyze the ingredients of high-risk drugs. U.S. Rep.

March 6, 2019 In The News

It's beginning to look a lot like shutdown. For the third time this year under President Donald Trump, it appears the federal government could be heading toward a shutdown, with the current spending arrangements for nine departments and other agencies set to lapse Saturday morning. With conservatives in the U.S.

March 6, 2019 In The News

U.S. Sens. Mark Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) are urging congressional leadership to include in end-of-year legislation an extension of the coal excise tax at current levels for the Black Lung Disability Trust Fund, the addition of orphan miners from 2018 bankruptcies into the Coal Act, and a permanent fix to ensure the solvency of the United Mine Workers of America (UMWA) 1974 Pension Plan.

March 6, 2019 In The News

General Motors Chief Executive Mary Barra came under harsh criticism from members of Congress from Michigan on Thursday for building a new vehicle in Mexico while ending production at five North American assembly plants and cutting nearly 15,000 jobs. On the second day of meetings on Capitol Hill, Barra faced a tough session with normally supportive lawmakers from the state where GM is based and has thousands of workers.