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Click here to see how I would have voted on March 5, 2014. I missed votes because I was helping to host President Obama at Central Connecticut State Unniversity in New Britain.
NEW BRITAIN — City leaders were among those who sat down with U.S. Rep Elizabeth Esty, D-5th District, Sunday afternoon at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church to discuss immigration reform.
A focus was put on the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act (H.R. 15), which was introduced to the House of Representatives and is currently awaiting enough cosponsors to support a vote.
Recently I held a roundtable in Waterbury on immigration to hear the perspectives and first-hand accounts of local students, DREAMers, workers, and community leaders.
Some expressed concern about current immigration reform proposals, others shared their desire for reform that is tough but fair, while still others provided their personal stories as a way to add perspective to the debate.
Regardless of their background or perspective, each participant underscored the same theme: The status quo is unacceptable.
U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty has co-sponsored the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013, legislation aimed at strengthening the ability of the government, law enforcement and service providers to stop domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking.
The reauthorization also removes barriers to services for LGBT victims, undocumented victims and Native American women.
When a Member of Congress is given time to formally express an opinion or make a statement on an issue before the House, they are said to have the 'floor' of the House, and their views are referred to as a 'Floor Speech'.
How House Members are allotted time to speak, or sometimes observe silence, are adapted from rules of order originally written by Thomas Jefferson. The speeches and other proceedings of the House are published daily in the Congressional Record.
Editorials historically came about as a means to let the average person know the opinions of the editors and publishers of newspapers and magazines.
Eventually editors realized that added interest in their newspapers and magazines could be sparked by allowing readers to express their opinions on the page opposite the editorial, and the modern op-ed was invented. Today 'editorial' and 'op-ed' are often used interchangeably to refer to any written piece expressing an opinion on the issues of the day, whether in a magazine, a newspaper, or a website.
The First Session of the 113th Congress commences January 3rd, 2013.
Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty was sworn in as a Member of the United States House of Representatives by House Speaker John Boehner January 3rd, 2013.
The One Hundred Thirteenth United States Congress is the next meeting of the legislative branch of the United States federal government, composed of the United States Senate and the United States House of Representatives. It is scheduled to meet in Washington, D.C. from January 3, 2013 to January 3, 2015.