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Congresswoman Brenda Lawrence

Representing the 14th District of Michigan

Congresswoman Lawrence's First 100 Days Report

June 9, 2015
Press Release
Legislation, Caucuses focus on jobs, education, under-served communities

May 12, 2014 | News Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Brenda L. Lawrence on Tuesday released a report on her first 100 days, highlighting her efforts to address key issues for the 14th District, such as the need for quality education and jobs and support for the region’s economic growth and under-served communities.

The congresswoman has sponsored four bills and one amendment, she is the original co-sponsor on two other pieces of legislation, she has sponsored an additional 116 pieces of legislation and she has not missed a single vote.

“All of my legislation seeks Republican and Democratic support in line with my campaign pledge to find bipartisan solutions to ease the gridlock that has slowed Congress and negatively impacted the American public for far too long,” Congresswoman Brenda L. Lawrence said.

Key pieces of legislation include:

  • H.R. 1970, the Congresswoman’s Workforce Development for the Advancement of Manufacturers Act provides employers a tax credit equal to 20 percent for providing employees with training programs and essential skill building.
  • H.R. 5 amends the existing Student Success Act, which reauthorized ESEA, also known as No Child Left Behind, requires foster youth to be included in tracking and services provided.
  • H.R. 1900, The National Sea Grant College Program Amendments Act supports the Michigan Sea Grant Program at Michigan’s universities, funds the responsible use of the coastal and Great Lakes resources, and has helped more than 10,000 Michigan youths.
  • H.R. 1843, The Pilot Program to Provide Greater Access for Disabled Veterans and their Families to Support Services helps more than 40 percent of Michigan’s veterans who live in rural or remote regions.
  • H.R. 1899, The Caregivers Expansion and Improvement Act allows veterans from all wars the ability to apply for the VA Caregivers program, not just those injured after Sept. 11, 2001.
  • H.R. 1308, The Economy in Motion: The National Multimodal and Sustainable Freight Infrastructure Act seeks to reverse the national trend of our crumbling infrastructure.
  • H.R. 910, The Vehicle-Infrastructure Safety Technology Investment Flexibility Act defines V2I technology to provide a legislative and regulatory path forward and allows states to use certain existing funds to invest in V2I technology.

Aside from her legislative work, the congresswoman has dedicated herself fully to constituent outreach. The congresswoman has personally attended more than 400 meetings and events and she has issued more than 500 certificates and awards.

The congresswoman’s staff has attended more than 700 meetings and events. She and her staff have responded to more than 4,500 constituent calls, emails, and letters. More than 400 constituent cases were resolved within her first 100 days.

Congresswoman Lawrence has taken on additional responsibility with two Small Business Subcommittees focused on Agriculture, Energy and Trade, and Contracting and Workforce.

Additionally, the congresswoman has revived the Congressional Former Mayor’s Caucus, a bipartisan group of former mayors who can draw upon their previous service to apply local solutions and know how to federal issues. Congresswoman Lawrence has also co-founded the Congressional Investment in America’s Skilled Workforce Caucus, along with Rep. Yvette Clarke (NY-09), is aggressively seeking membership from both sides of the aisle.

If you have any questions, please contact Tracy Manzer in Congresswoman Lawrence’s office at or call (202) 225-5802.

Brenda L. Lawrence was elected to Congress in November 2014. She served as Southfield mayor between 2002 and 2015. A Senior Whip, Congresswoman Lawrence represents 18 communities throughout Greater Detroit, including portions of Detroit as well as segments of Oakland and Wayne counties.