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Congresswoman Wilson's American Teacher Act to Raise the Minimum Teacher Salary to $60,000

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Washington D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Frederica S. Wilson (FL-24), Chair of the Higher Education and Workforce Investment Subcommittee, introduced the American Teacher Act to incentivize states to increase the minimum K-12 teacher salary to $60,000 and provide adjustments for inflation. This financial incentive supports ongoing state efforts to provide competitive wages for teachers and address t...

Congresswoman Wilson's Statement on Markenzy Lapointe's Senate Confirmation for U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Florida

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WASHINGTON – Yesterday, The U.S. Senate voted to confirm Markenzy Lapointe, longtime government lawyer and Miami-based litigator, to serve as U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Florida. Congresswoman Frederica S. Wilson (FL-24) issued the following statement regarding Lapointe’s Senate confirmation: “Markenzy Lapointe represents the American Dream! After more than two years of relentless a...

Senate confirms Mark Lapointe as Miami U.S. Attorney. He's the first Haitian-American in post

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Markenzy Lapointe was confirmed by the United States Senate Tuesday night as the U.S. attorney for South Florida, making him the first Haitian American lawyer to serve in the region’s most powerful federal law enforcement position. Lapointe, a former U.S. Marine and ex-federal prosecutor who was raised in Haiti and Miami, was nominated in September by President Joe Biden to fill the position, whic...

Congresswoman Wilson’s Reaction to President Biden Extending TPS for Haiti and Other Countries

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Miami, Fla. – Today, Congresswoman Frederica S. Wilson (FL-24) issued the following statement regarding the Biden administration’s decision to extend Temporary Protective Status (TPS) for eligible nationals from Haiti, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Honduras, Sudan, and Nepal living in the United States: “Right decision, right time! I applaud President Biden for extending TPS for Haiti and several other ...

Congresswoman Wilson Statement on Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s Decision to Not Seek Reelection to Leadership

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Miami, Fla. – Today, Congresswoman Frederica S. Wilson (FL-24) released the following statement regarding Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi's decision to not seek reelection to leadership and remain in Congress to serve her district: "During my time in Congress, Speaker Nancy Pelosi has been my rock and a formidable, incomparable force in the U.S. House of Representatives. For the last two decades...

Congresswoman Wilson Urges the State of Florida to Reverse Course on Sending U.S.-Born Baby Ector to Haiti Over Safety Concerns

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Miami, Fla. – Today, Congresswoman Frederica S. Wilson (FL-24) urged the Florida Department of Children and Families to reconsider their plan to send Baby Ector Jean to Haiti in a letter to Secretary Shevaun Harris. In the letter, Congresswoman Wilson advocates for the best interest of Baby Ector and points to the lack of safety and dire healthcare, economic, and political conditions ravaging Hait...

Congresswomen Wilson and Cherfilus-McCormick Urge President Biden to Halt Deportations and Extend TPS for Haitian Migrants

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Miami, Fla. – This week, Congresswoman Frederica Wilson (FL-24) and Congresswoman Sheila Cherfilus-McCormick (FL-20) sent a letter to President Biden and Secretary Mayorkas requesting an extension and redesignation of Temporary Protective Status (TPS) for Haitian migrants, and a moratorium on deportations to Haiti. The request is among several efforts Congresswoman Wilson is undertaking to support...

A year after border crisis, Haitian asylum seekers face discriminatory treatment, report says

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Miami Herald ArticleHaitians crossing the southern border of the United States without proper documentation are being subjected to arbitrary detention and discriminatory and humiliating ill treatment that amounts to race-based torture, Amnesty International says in a new report marking the first anniversary of the migration crisis at the U.S. border in Del Rio, Texas. A year ago this month, nearly...

Nancy Pelosi Turns to Frederica Wilson to Lead Push to Expand Pell Grants, Reform Student Loans

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Florida DailyLast week, U.S. Rep. Frederica Wilson, D-Fla., introduced the “Lowering Obstacles to Achievement Now (LOAN) Act.” Wilson’s bill would “lower the cost of college for current and future student borrowers and their families” and builds on President Biden’s historic one-time student loan debt relief announcement last month to forgive up to $20,000 in outstanding federal student loan debt ...

Milestone for Miami: First Haitian-American nominee for U.S. attorney named by Biden

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Miami Herald ArticleMiami attorney Markenzy Lapointe, a former U.S. Marine and federal prosecutor who was raised in Haiti and Liberty City, was nominated Thursday by President Joe Biden to become the next U.S. attorney in South Florida. If confirmed by the Senate, Lapointe, 54, would become the first Black lawyer to serve in the most powerful federal law enforcement position in South Florida. Lapo...

Congresswoman Wilson’s Statement on the Nomination of Markenzy Lapointe for U.S. Attorney in Florida

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Today, Congresswoman Frederica S. Wilson (FL-24) issued the following statement regarding Markenzy Lapointe’s nomination to serve as the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Florida: “Today, President Joe Biden nominated Markenzy Lapointe, longtime government lawyer and Miami-based litigator, to serve as U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Florida. Mr. Lapointe’s nomination is welcome...

Congresswoman Wilson Introduces New Bill to Lower Cost of College

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Today, Higher Education and Workforce Investment Subcommittee Chair Frederica Wilson (FL-24) introduced the Lowering Obstacles to Achievement Now (LOAN) Act to lower the cost of college for current and future student borrowers and their families. The new legislation builds on President Biden’s historic one-time student loan debt relief announcement last month to forgive up to $20,000 in outstandin...

A third of U.S. House Democrats oppose Manchin permitting deal in stopgap spending bill

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Florida Phoenix ArticleThe group of U.S. House Democrats asking the chamber’s leaders not to include environmental permitting changes in a stopgap spending deal this month comprises 76 members, including senior leaders of budget and spending committees and factions across the caucus’ ideological spectrum. The 76 signers on a letter sent late last week make up a third of the House Democratic caucus...

Florida Delegation Calls on U.S. Trade Rep to Investigate Fruit, Vegetable Importers From Mexico

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Florida Daily ArticleAt the end of last week, the Florida congressional delegation, led by U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., and U.S. Rep. Al Lawson, D-Fla., called on U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai “to initiate a Section 301 investigation of fruit and vegetable imports from Mexico, and to secure trade relief for Florida growers.” U.S. Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., and U.S. Reps. Gus Bilirakis, R...

Congresswoman Wilson’s Statement on Texas Anti-LGBTQ Healthcare Ruling

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Today, Congresswoman Frederica S. Wilson (FL-24) issued the following statement on a Texas judge’s decision striking down an Affordable Care Act requirement that insurers and employers offer plans that cover HIV-prevention drugs: “For a decade, PrEP has been a lifesaving tool to prevent the spread of a still incurable illness—HIV and AIDS. This medication has helped us fight back against an epide...