Chuck Schumer and Jerry Nadler Rail Against ‘Nuclear’ Iran

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani. (Photo: Andrew Burton/Getty)
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani. (Photo: Andrew Burton/Getty)

Senator Chuck Schumer and Congressman Jerry Nadler reaffirmed their hawkish foreign policy credentials at a Council of Jewish Organizations of Flatbush breakfast yesterday.

Mr. Schumer, speaking briefly to members of the Brooklyn Jewish civic group, said that the greatest threat to Israel “is now possible” if Iran, already buffeted by American sanctions, gains the ability to wield nuclear weapons.  Continue reading “Chuck Schumer and Jerry Nadler Rail Against ‘Nuclear’ Iran”

Jerry Nadler Says Republicans Pushing for Food Stamp Cuts ‘Just Want People to Starve’

Jerry Nadler. (Photo: Andrew Burton/Getty)
Jerry Nadler. (Photo: Andrew Burton/Getty)

West Side Congressman Jerry Nadler is fuming mad about the federal farm bill, which cuts billions from food stamp benefits.

Mr. Nadler, not known as a rhetorical bomb-thrower, used some unusually harsh language Sunday against Republicans lawmakers, charging they “want people to starve” by forcing “immoral” and “disgusting” cuts on hungry families.  Continue reading “Jerry Nadler Says Republicans Pushing for Food Stamp Cuts ‘Just Want People to Starve’”

Jerry Nadler Joins Immigration Advocates Targeting Michael Grimm

Congressman Jerry Nadler today.
Congressman Jerry Nadler today.

Congressman Jerry Nadler wants the lone Republican in the city’s Congressional delegation to get lost.

Speaking at an immigration reform rally this morning, Mr. Nadler took aim at Republican Congressman Michael Grimm, whom advocates charge has not done enough to pass comprehensive immigration reform. Continue reading “Jerry Nadler Joins Immigration Advocates Targeting Michael Grimm”

Jerry Nadler Tears Into Eliot Spitzer on Scott Stringer’s Behalf

Congressman Jerry Nadler. (Photo: Getty)
Congressman Jerry Nadler. (Photo: Getty)

Congressman Jerry Nadler, a long-time ally of comptroller hopeful Scott Stringer, ripped into Mr. Stinger’s high-profile rival today after watching the two candidates slug it out on television last night.

“It’s not even primarily the fact that he patronized a prostitute,” Mr. Nadler told Politicker of ex-Gov. Eliot Spitzer, who is currently ahead in the polls. “It’s that he was prosecuting people for the same thing he was doing–that’s the hypocrisy.”

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NYC Congressional Delegation Gathers to Denounce Trayvon Martin Verdict

Congressman Hakeem Jeffries and the city's Congressional delegation today.
Congressman Hakeem Jeffries and the city’s Congressional delegation today.

A jury of his peers may have found George Zimmerman innocent, but–many miles away from the Sanford, Florida case–New York City lawmakers aren’t done with the controversy

The city’s congressional delegation gathered this afternoon in Lower Manhattan to condemn the trial’s verdict, while at the same time, praising the Department of Justice’s willingness to investigate the killing of 17-year-old Trayon Martin.

“The families should know, while they’ve lost their dear son, they’ve gained a groundswell of Americans who really want us to do the right thing,” said Congressman Charlie Rangel, the senior member of the delegation. “There’s no place that a young black male can go without carrying the additional burden of being a black male.” Continue reading “NYC Congressional Delegation Gathers to Denounce Trayvon Martin Verdict”

Jerry Nadler Lauds DOMA Being Sent ‘Into the Dustbin of History’

Same-sex marriage supporters shout slogans in front of the US Supreme Court. (Photo: Getty)
Same-sex marriage supporters shout slogans in front of the US Supreme Court. (Photo: Getty)

Manhattan Congressman Jerry Nadler’s constituent, Edie Windsor, is the plaintiff in the Defense of Marriage Act’s U.S. Supreme Court case, and Mr. Nadler says he couldn’t be pumped for the ultimate outcome.

“I am thrilled to be able to take part in this historic day,” Mr. Nadler said in a statement announcing his intention to attend U.S. v. Windsor‘s opening arguments tomorrow. “Our constitutional commitment to equal protection of the law requires more; that we treat all married couples with the same regard and respect. DOMA fails this simple test, and I am hopeful that the Court will strike down this shameful law and send it into the dustbin of history where it belongs.”

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Trio of NYC House Members Warn Obama They Won’t Back Cut-Based Sequester Bargain

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(Photo: Getty)

Three members of New York City’s congressional delegation have signed on to a letter vowing not to back any White House bargain to avoid the $85 billion in automatic budget cuts known as the sequester that includes cuts to Social Security and Medicare. Both parties have been at an impasse over the cuts with Democrats favoring debt reduction through tax increases and Republicans wanting spending cuts. President Barack Obama has repeatedly expressed a desire to make a deal ahead of the March 1 deadline that includes both tax increases and proposals to reduce the costs of social programs. Now, Congressmen Jerry Nadler, Jose Serrano and Nydia Velazquez have all signed the pledge promising not to back any deal including the compromises being called for by the White House.

“Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid are the great bedrocks of our middle class society and, together, constitute an essential safety net for millions of Americans,” Mr. Nadler said. “I will fight like hell against any deficit plan that cuts these programs or fails to address our immediate jobs problem. It is unconscionable for Republicans to ask those who can least afford it – seniors, kids, our most vulnerable families – to sacrifice even more and shoulder a disproportionate burden. I do not support anydeal that cuts Social Security, Medicare or Medicaid benefits.” Continue reading “Trio of NYC House Members Warn Obama They Won’t Back Cut-Based Sequester Bargain”