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Engel Marks National Day of Silence

Washington D.C. – Congressman Eliot Engel, a member of the Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus, today marked the National Day of Silence, an annual day to bring attention to the bullying, abuse, harassment, and discrimination faced by lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender students at school.

On April 21st, tens of thousands of students at schools across this country and around the world will observe a vow of silence in support of LGBT students. The National Day of Silence is organized by GLSEN, a national educational organization for students, parents, and teachers that champion LGBT issues in K-12 education.


Engel tells town hall meeting: No more handshakes for President Trump (Riverdale Press March 8, 2017

From the article in the Riverdale Press:

In his 29 years in Congress, U.S. Rep. Eliot Engel has become famous for hearty handshakes with president after president as they walked down the aisle to address joint sessions of Congress. Not anymore.

He told hundreds gathered at the College of Mount Saint Vincent on March 5 that he had received praise from supporters for deciding not to shake Donald Trump’s hand at the president’s first speech to Congress. In fact, he started his town hall speech with an explanation of his decision, as he took the podium at the meeting organized by a group called NYCD16-Indivisible, which focuses on opposing Trump. 

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Indivisible group unites against Trump agenda (Riverdale Press, March 9, 2017)

NYCD16-INDIVISIBLE Riverdale Caucus was featured in the Riverdale Press.

Excerpt from the article:


After the election of Donald Trump as president, Yonkers resident Eileen O’Connor and her husband were “despondent,” she said. She sent out emails to friends, asking what were they going to do and how could they supported each other, and got a few responses. She learned of an online document titled “Indivisible: A practical guide for resisting the Trump agenda.”

The emails, she said, read simply, ‘Please come to our house and let’s talk about how to organize.” On Jan. 7, 50 people showed up for the first meeting, O’Connor said in a telephone interview. She co-founded the chapter with Elizabeth de Bethune.

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Local Advocates Rally Outside Rep. Engel’s Office to Say “Thank You” for Protecting Women’s Health

Bronx, NY—A group of local Planned Parenthood advocates rallied outside the Bronx district office of Congressman Eliot Engel on Tuesday to thank the Congressman for his continued efforts to protect and preserve women’s health and reproductive rights in Congress.

“I want to thank the individuals who came to my office yesterday sporting signs of support and encouragement—I am deeply humbled by the gesture” Congressman Engel said. “The new Administration’s radical agenda has taken direct aim at women’s health, and in these uncertain times its more important than ever that we stand together to ensure our collective voices are heard. I find it ironic that as we celebrate International Women’s Day, during Women’s History Month, we are simultaneously watching the Republicans in Congress try to repeal the Affordable Care Act, which has provided vital care to millions of women across the country. We cannot allow the GOP to undo the progress we have made over the last 8 years and I intend to fight their repeal process tooth and nail in the coming days and weeks.

“There has been a tremendous amount of enthusiasm at the grassroots level since November and it’s pretty inspiring. I don’t think I’ve seen this much political activism in decades. We need to keep this momentum going and I will continue to do all I can to fight for the issues we hold dear down in Washington.”  

Background: Congressman Engel has been a longtime advocate for women’s health issues in Congress. He is a Member of the House Pro-Choice Caucus; has a 100% voting record from Planned Parenthood Action Fund; and was named first ever Congressional Defender of Women’s Rights by Westchester Coalition for Legal Abortion—Choice Matters.


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Engel Statement on Flynn Resignation

Feb 14, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON—Representative Eliot L. Engel, Ranking Member of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, this evening made the following statement regarding General Michael Flynn’s resignation as National Security Advisor:

“General Flynn is doing the right thing by stepping down. However, far too many questions remain unanswered about this Administration’s ties to Russia. The latest reporting shows that General Flynn was in contact with Russian officials during the campaign, and we know Putin was working to tip the scales in President Trump’s favor. We need a thorough, bipartisan investigation to get the complete picture of Russia’s interference in our election, and Congress needs to take steps, such as passing my SECURE Our Democracy Act, to punish those responsible.”

View press release on Committee on Foreign Affairs website.