A nationally known and highly regarded seven-term member of the House of Representatives, Democratic Congressman and New Yorker, Jerry Nadler has been an independent, progressive voice fighting for New York City for most of his life -- and he has delivered.
Elected to Congress in 1992, Jerry has used his position in the US House of Representatives as Congressman from Eighth District to battle for the needs of everyday New Yorkers, and against the powerful special interests. Whether it was his successful drive to restore hundreds of millions of dollars for affordable housing in the Federal budget, getting a 50% increase in transit funding for New York, or securing hundreds of millions more for improving quality of life and strengthening our
Jerry Nadler lives on Manhattan's West Side with his wife, Joyce Miller. He has one son, who is currently following in his dad's footsteps at Columbia University.
Law Clerk, Morgan, Finnegan, Pine, Foley & Lee, 1976
Shift Manager, New York City Off-Track Betting Corporation, 1972-1976
Legislative Assistant, New York State Assembly, 1972
Law Clerk, Morris, Levin & Shein, 1971
Legal Assistant, Corporation Trust Company, 1970.
New York State Board of Directors, Anti-Defamation League, 1993-present
National Vice President, Americans for Democratic Action, 1992-present
Member/New York State Board of Directors, National Abortion Rights Action League, 1970s-present
Member, American Civil Liberties Union, 1968-present
Member, United States Holocaust Memorial Council, 1993-1994
National Governing Council, American Jewish Congress, 1985-1992
Executive Director, Community Free Democrats, 1972
Member, Community Board #7, 1967-1971
Member, American Israel Public Affairs Committee
Member, National Organization for Women
Board of Directors, West Side Anti-Crime Campaign
He began his political career in 1976 in the New York State Assembly, where he served for 16 years. In 1992, following the death of Congressman Ted Weiss, Nadler was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in a special election and has served in Congress ever since. He was re-elected to his ninth full term in 2008, receiving 80 percent of the vote.
In 2007, Rep. Nadler was given the honor of serving as the Chair of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Civil Liberties. In 2011, when Republicans took control of the House, he assumed the position of Ranking Democrat on that Subcommittee. He is also the highest ranking Northeastern member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, an Assistant
Congressman Nadler launched his public service career in the late 1960s while a student at Columbia University, where he founded a group of students known as the "West Side Kids."
Congressman Nadler earned hundreds of awards from varied organizations for his Assembly work, from being the only male to be honored as Assemblymember of the Year by the National Organization for Women to his inclusion on the American Civil Liberties Union's Annual Honor Roll. It was also during his Assembly years that Nadler honed his expertise on issues of urban infrastructure. He founded and chaired the Assembly Subcommittee on Mass Transit and Rail Freight.
A well-regarded source of political opinion and policy expertise, Nadler has been a featured guest on nearly
Nadler is a graduate of Crown Heights Yeshiva, Stuyvesant High School, Columbia University, and Fordham Law School.
Was the first person in Congress to push aggressively for inspection of 100% of the cargo containers coming to America through its ports, and introduced measures that would do just that. Currently, just 2% of containers are inspected, leaving a gaping hole in our security, as terrorists can too easily smuggle dangerous weapons into the US by ship.
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Pushed to the forefront of the national security debate the issue of weapons-grade plutonium sitting under inadequate security in the former Soviet Union. Until Jerry spoke out and introduced his Nuclear Terrorist Threat Reduction Act, most in Congress were satisfied with the Nunn-Lugar program, which would buy the materials from Russia for disposal over the next 30 years. Jerry was among the first
Was a leader in the successful fight to stop the Total Information Awareness (TIA) program - a massive government database that would store all available electronic information about every American, from medical records to video rental history to charges on credit cards.
Authored the High-Risk Non-Profit Security Enhancement Act, which would authorize the Homeland Security Department to provide structural protection to non-profit, likely targets of terrorism, such as synagogues and schools.
Consistently fought for funding for the protection of the health of First Responders - the police, firefighters and emergency medical technicians - who are our first line of defense should another attack occur.
Was a leader in protecting the rights of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered (LGBT) community long before most elected officials had the courage to speak out. Jerry's years of public service reflect a profound and heartfelt commitment to the LGBT community. US Rep. Barney Frank said, "Jerry Nadler has been a vigorous, unyielding, active supporter of fairness for gay men and lesbians on every relevant issue since he came to Congress." Because of his continuing commitment and achievement, he earned a 100% lifetime rating from Human Rights Campaign (HRC), and has been honored by a myriad of community organizations from HRC to Brooklyn Lambda Democrats to GAYLAW. He was also the first Federal candidate ever endorsed by a chapter of ACT-UP,
As a leading Judiciary Committee Democrat, is leading the fight against the Bush Administration's attempt to amend the Constitution to deprive gay men and lesbians of the right to marry.
Authored the Permanent Partner Immigration Act, which would provide same-sex permanent couples with the same rights under U.S. immigration law as married couples currently have.
Wrote and passed the Father Mychal Judge Act, which allowed federal death benefits to be paid out to same-sex partners of those emergency responders killed on September 11th, if named a designee in the deceased's life insurance policy. This was the first time the beneficiary rights of same-sex partners were recognized in Federal law, creating an important precedent for the future.
In his very early years in Congress, worked for the right to allow gays to serve openly in the military, in opposition to "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," which he believed did not go far enough. Jerry was a lead cosponsor of legislation to overturn the ban on gays in the military. He was the first Member to speak about transgender rights on the floor of the House. He successfully opposed the bill that would have denied federal funding to schools using a pro-equal rights curriculum, and led an historic victory in providing for Justice Department intervention to stop harassment of a lesbian couple in Mississippi.
As a leading Judiciary Committee Democrat, is leading the fight against the Bush Administration's attempt to amend the Constitution to deprive gay men and lesbians of the right to marry. Jerry vehemently opposes any attempt to write discrimination into the Constitution.
Was original co-sponsor of the Hate Crimes Prevention Act, and introduced the Bias Crimes Prevention Act, which would provide unprecedented legal standing to victims of hate crimes. Under the act, victims could bring civil action against perpetrators of such crimes for compensatory damages of not less than $100,000 plus punitive damages.
America and Israel have a special relationship that goes back to the time when President Harry Truman made the United States the first nation to recognize Israel as a Jewish state in 1948. As the only democracy in the region, Israel stands not only as a critically important home for the Jewish people, but also as an invaluable strategic ally for the United States.
Jerry is a leading pro-Israel voice in Congress, working towards a safe, secure, and prosperous Israel, and he has been strongly supportive of all efforts in Congress to strengthen US-Israel ties. Jerry - a frequent visitor to Israel - was a block away from the tragic bus bombing in Jerusalem in February 2004 and has seen, first hand, the type of violence that ravages the region everyday.
Jerry has demonstrated his commitment to preserving jobs for American workers again and again, leading Michael Tomasky in the Village Voice to write, "He has one attribute, which sadly, few progressives do: Jerry wakes up in the morning thinking about bringing blue collar jobs to New York City."
He is a lead cosponsor of the Defending American Jobs Act, a measure that would prohibit American corporations from getting federal grants, loans, and loan guarantees if they lay off a greater percentage of workers in the United States than workers in other countries.
Is consponsoring the Employee Free Choice Act, which would allow free elections for workers who wish to organize and join unions. Jerry is also a leading House opponent of Republican
Is a lead cosponsor of the Defending American Jobs Act, a measure that would prohibit American corporations from getting federal grants, loans, and loan guarantees if they lay off a greater percentage of workers in the United States than workers in other countries.
Jerry's Five Point Plan to Help New York Working Families
Repeal the Bush tax cuts for the wealthiest citizens, to restore our Federal government to a sound fiscal basis and to enable the Federal government to help our families.
Reform our tax and trade policies to encourage job growth in the US and discourage the outsourcing of jobs to other nations.
Enhance focused investment in infrastructure to grow sustainable jobs.
Increase the minimum wage and the Earned Income Tax Credit, and use the full purchasing power of the Federal government to encourage living wages for employees of government contractors.
Index federal income tax and federal government benefits to reflect regional cost of living difference so that New Yorkers are treated more fairly for the cost of living here
Jerry seeks to:
The United States experienced unprecedented economic prosperity during the Clinton years. Under that Administration, we created over 22 million new jobs, reached the lowest unemployment rate in 30 years and had the first back-to-back budget surpluses in 42 years. The result is that most Americans are still better off today than they were a decade ago. However, that strong economy did not bring everyone along, and every day more Americans are struggling with the far worse economy under the Bush Administration. In fact, Bush has lost more jobs during his tenure than any president since the Great Depression.
Here in New York, many working families in the City face special challenges because the cost of living is among the highest in the nation.
On Helping New York City Recover after September 11th, Jerry:
Immediately after the September 11th attacks, formed the Ground Zero Elected Officials Task Force, comprised of all elected officials in the area, to respond to the needs of residents and small business people in the area affected by the collapse of the World Trade Center. Jerry and his dedicated staff joined many New Yorkers in a spirit of generous determination to help thousands of those most affected by the attacks navigate the bureaucracy to get much needed Federal, State, and City aid.
Was a lead member of the New York delegation sent to the White House to obtain critical Federal funding for New York following the attacks. Jerry is continuing efforts to get the White House
Jerry believes that we must return to a common-sense fiscal policy that helps families and those most in need get through these challenging times, even if it is at the expense of cutting the Bush tax giveaways to the country's most wealthy citizens.
Jerry's Five Point Plan to Help New York Working Families:
Increase the minimum wage and the Earned Income Tax Credit, and use the
Index federal income tax and federal government benefits to reflect regional cost of living difference so that New Yorkers are treated more fairly for the cost of living here.
Even with the passage of the McCain-Feingold "soft money" ban, which Jerry supported, our government is still far too subservient to special interests. Jerry was an early and active supporter of the effort to enact a system of full public financing of political campaigns. He believes that those who want to represent the people should not need to be rich or well-connected, and that those who are now serving should worry more about how their actions affect average Americans, than about those funding their campaigns.
As we learned in the 2000 Presidential election, our nation's antiquated and poorly functioning voting systems hinder civic participation, disenfranchise voters, and instill a lack of confidence about election outcomes.
Having seen first hand the type of disenfranchisement that happened to voters in Florida, Jerry has used his position in Congress to push for serious electoral reform.
Has consistently fought to strengthen environmental policy, earning him the Earth Day New York/Natural Resources Defense Council's 2003 "Public Official of the Year" award and the endorsement of the Sierra Club and the League of Conservation Voters in every year he has run for Congress.
Took on the White House and exposed the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) wrongdoing and public dishonesty following the collapse of the World Trade Center on September 11th. Now he is leading the fight to get the EPA to do its job by testing and cleaning all areas affected by the hazardous materials released by the World Trade Center collapse. WNBC-TV's News Forum said, "Congressman Jerry Nadler, who represents Lower Manhattan, was among the first to
Is a strong supporter of legislation protecting the Alaskan Wildlife Refuge from oil drilling.
Is cosponsoring both the Clean Smokestack Act requiring the reduced emissions of four key pollutants under the Clean Air Act, and the Acid Rain Control Act calling for a reduction in pollutants released by the nation's power plants.
Successfully opposed all attempts to roll back Clean Air Act provisions during debates on funding for transportation.
Is a staunch advocate for the Clean Water Act Authority Restoration Act, which would require greater enforcement of the Clean Water Act. Jerry also introduced an amendment to the Clean Water Act, the Hamburg-Nadler Chlorine Free Paper Amendment. The amendment would dramatically reduce the use of chlorine in paper production, resulting in fewer dioxins and furans being released into the environment during the paper bleaching process.
Spearheaded the effort to stop over-development near the watershed area in upstate New York, protecting the integrity of the city's drinking water.
Took on the White House and exposed the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) wrongdoing and public dishonesty following the collapse of the World Trade Center on September 11th. Now he is leading the fight to get the EPA to do its job by testing and cleaning all areas affected by the hazardous materials released by the World Trade Center collapse. WNBC-TV's News Forum said, "Congressman Jerry Nadler, who represents Lower Manhattan, was among the first to question the EPA and he hasn't stopped." And Juan Gonzalez of the New York Daily News wrote, "Of all the politicians in this town, Nadler has fought the hardest to get EPA to assume responsibility for indoor cleanup."
Is a leader in the fight for legislation that would reinstate and make
Jerry fought to condition funding to agencies, such as the Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA), on a commitment to stop buying diesel buses. In response to his Cleaner Buses for Cleaner Cities Act, the MTA decided it would phase out diesel buses and buy an additional 250 clean-fuel buses.
Is helping to lead the battle to close Indian Point Nuclear Power Plant and opposed plans to store nuclear waste at Yucca Mountain facility.
Is a staunch advocate for the Clean Water Act Authority Restoration Act, which would require greater enforcement of the Clean Water Act. Jerry also introduced an amendment to the Clean Water Act, the Hamburg-Nadler Chlorine Free Paper Amendment. The amendment would dramatically reduce the use of chlorine in paper production,
Finding a peaceful, two-state solution to the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians is of utmost importance. Yet, time and again, when offered the chance at a real and substantial peace, the Palestinian leadership has failed its people by walking away from the bargaining table and promoting violence and terrorism.
The United States has an important and unique role to play in the peace process. If the Palestinian Authority ever shows a real and genuine commitment to cracking down on terror so that negotiations can resume, the United States, having the trust of both sides, should be in the position of mediating at the negotiating table.
If there are ever to be real negotiations and a successful peace agreement, the United States can show no equivocation in its support of Israel's right to exist as a Jewish state and to her unqualified right to defend herself against Hamas, Hezbollah, and other terrorist groups.
Has shown leadership and unwavering commitment to curbing gun violence and keeping guns out of the hands of criminals, netting him a 100% rating from the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence and the American Bar Association's Special Committee on Gun Violence and Handgun Control.
Introduced the first bills in the 106th Congress to license and register all handguns.
Authored "Ari's Law," which would ban the sale of gun kits. These gun kits evade the Assault Weapons Ban by selling illegal weapons in parts through the mail. The legislation was named in honor of Ari Halberstam, a young Orthodox Jewish man from Brooklyn, who was shot and killed by anti-Semites using a gun purchased in this manner.
Wrote the Assault Weapons Ban Enhancement Act - legislation
Wrote the Assault Weapons Ban Enhancement Act - legislation aimed at closing loopholes in the Assault Weapons Ban.
Fought hard against every attempt by the gun lobby to repeal, or let expire, the Brady Bill and the Assault Weapons Ban. Sarah Brady, of The Brady Campaign to Stop Gun Violence, said of Jerry's gun control work, "If half the members of Congress had half the courage of Jerry Nadler, we could put the NRA out of business."
Sarah Brady, of The Brady Campaign to Stop Gun Violence, said of Jerry's gun control work, "If half the members of Congress had half the courage of Jerry Nadler, we could put the NRA out of business."
Was one of only a handful of legislators to oppose the 1997 Balanced Budget Act, which forced crippling cuts to Medicare. He has since worked to restore these cuts.
Was a co-author and original co-sponsor of the law requiring insurance companies to provide coverage for 48-hour hospital stays for mothers and infants following an uncomplicated birth, and 96 hours after a Cesarean section.
Identified the problems faced by those in HMOs and addressed them with his Health Care Consumer Protection Act, long before Congress and the White House debated a Patients Bill of Rights.
On his first day in Congress, introduced legislation that would ensure that any comprehensive health care reform legislation should ensure that women receive appropriate breast and cervical cancer screenings and general gynecological care consistent with current medical standards.
Is active on the Democratic Caucus Task Force on Medicare
Is active on the Democratic Caucus Task Force on Medicare and Health, helping to shape Democratic policy proposals on those issues. Jerry persuaded Democrats to propose a prescription drug plan with the government paying 80% of the cost of drugs, rather than 50%.
Called for a guaranteed benefit under Medicare that would ensure that all seniors have quality, affordable health care, while President Bush and Congressional Republicans have advanced inadequate and unworkable Medicare prescription drug benefit plans that would leave most seniors out in the cold.
Opposed so called "reforms" of Medicare that are really attempts to dismantle this vital program, including attempts to privatize the system.
Recommended to implement a universal, single-payer health care system, which will provide care for every single American, without concern for a corporate bottom line. Preventive care for every American will keep down the costs associated with treating ailments far into their progression, making universal care a cheaper and more attentive health care system than the one we have now.
Is the lead House sponsor (with Senator Barbara Boxer) of the Freedom of Choice Act - a bill that would codify the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision, barring government at any level from interfering with a woman's right to choose.
Jerry is a nationally known leader of the Congressional Pro-Choice Caucus, sponsoring or co-sponsoring every significant piece of pro-choice legislation since coming to Congress, from the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances Act to the Family Planning and Choice Protection Act. He also led the opposition to every threat to a woman's right to choose since he came to Congress in 1992, including the so-called "Partial-Birth Abortion" Act and the Unborn Victims of Violence Act.
Has received 100% ratings from both NARAL
Jerry led the opposition to every threat to a woman's right to choose since he came to Congress in 1992, including the so-called "Partial-Birth Abortion" Act and the Unborn Victims of Violence Act.
Jerry is a nationally known leader of the Congressional Pro-Choice Caucus, sponsoring or co-sponsoring every significant piece of pro-choice legislation since coming to Congress, from the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances Act to the Family Planning and Choice Protection Act.
We must ensure the long-term viability of programs implemented during the Clinton years, such as the COPS program, which put 100,000 police officers on the street, and after-school programs that keep children off the streets and away from the temptation to turn to crime.
Jerry Nadler was the driving force behind the establishment of New York's first Quality of Life police patrol force, while in the New York State Assembly.
In Congress, authored the Rape Kit DNA Analysis Backlog Elimination Act, to provide $250 million to eliminate the backlog of rape kits (DNA evidence collected by police after a rape) that have not been analyzed by police departments nationwide. Scott Berkowitz, of the Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network (RAINN) said,
Was the driving force behind the establishment of New York's first Quality of Life police patrol force, while in the New York State Assembly.
In Congress, authored the Rape Kit DNA Analysis Backlog Elimination Act, to provide $250 million to eliminate the backlog of rape kits (DNA evidence collected by police after a rape) that have not been analyzed by police departments nationwide. Scott Berkowitz, of the Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network (RAINN) said, "Congressman Nadler is to be commended for his work to assure that police have the tools to put rapists behind bars."
Was a Judiciary Committee leader on the Violence Against Women Act and Democratic sponsored legislation aimed at stiffening the penalty for violent crimes against women
Distinguished himself on the Judiciary Committee in supporting the Violence Against Women Act, and sponsored legislation to process 100% of the backlog of DNA Rape Kits. The law based on Jerry's bill will lead to the successful prosecution of thousands of rape cases across the nation.
Fought for international women's rights by sponsoring a Congressional resolution condemning so called "Honor Crimes" - the murder or maiming of women for "shaming" their families - a practice condoned by some foreign governments. Jerry's resolution is supported by the National Organization of Women, Amnesty International, and the Feminist Majority.
Was a Judiciary Committee leader on the Violence Against Women Act and Democratic sponsored legislation aimed at stiffening the penalty for violent crimes against women who are pregnant.
Obtained free cell phones for the Shomrim, Boro Park's main crime fighting unit, in order to establish an emergency communications network in the neighborhood.
Wrote legislation aimed at setting higher standards for ATM security cameras, many of which are non-functioning or of such low-grade quality that no evidence can be gleaned from them.
Cosponsored legislation to provide bullet-proof vests for the nation's police officers.
If you are looking for one overriding reason why we don't have the health care system we deserve, environmental protections that will preserve our natural resources, a common-sense economic policy that helps those who need it most, or simple anti-crime and counter-terrorism measures that would protect us all, look no further than the stranglehold special interests have on our government.
Even with the passage of the McCain-Feingold "soft money" ban, which Jerry supported, our government is still far too subservient to special interests. Whether it's the HMOs defeating a "Patients Bill of Rights," the credit card companies passing destructive bankruptcy legislation, or energy companies seeking to drill in Alaska's pristine wildlife reserves,
Played a leading role in securing passage of the historic Family and Medical Leave Act and supports efforts to expand it.
Was an original lead cosponsor of the Women's Health Equity Act, which included 32 provisions to improve the health of women.
On his first day in Congress, introduced legislation that would ensure that any comprehensive
Recommended to slash the cost of prescription drugs by mandating that the government use its full power to negotiate cheaper prices, and by permitting reimportation of safe, cheaper drugs from Canada.
Received an astounding 110% rating from the United Auto Workers, and over the course of his career has earned 100% ratings from labor organizations fighting to protect working families, such as the AFL-CIO, AFSCME, SEIU, the Teamsters, the International Association of Firefighters, the National Association of Social Workers, the Transportation Communications Workers, the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, the International Brotherhood of Boilermakers, the American Federation of Government Employees, the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, the American Postal Workers, and the United Food and Commercial Workers.
Is consponsoring the Employee Free Choice Act, which would allow free elections for workers who wish to organize and join unions. Jerry is also a leading House opponent of Republican attempts to undermine Davis-Bacon protections.
Introduced the first-ever pay equity bill, when in the New York State Assembly, in 1979.
Wrote many of the state laws on child support enforcement and day care, including a law to establish a state-wide childcare resource and referral system. He was honored by Childcare, Inc. for his work in the area. He has also introduced a bill in Congress that would create tougher safety standards for child care facilities.
Is one of the most vocal defenders of the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment, which separates Church and State, as well as of the Free Exercise Clause, which protects religious practice.
Is a key Congressional leader in the effort to stop President Bush's so-called "Faith-based" program, as well as other efforts that provide taxpayer money to pervasively sectarian institutions that would allow use of Federal funds for discrimination in hiring based on religion.
Continues to be a vigorous defender of minority religious liberties: he sponsored and secured passage of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act and the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act. In addition, he has been the lead sponsor of the Workplace Religious Freedom Act that would allow people to follow the credos and commandments of their religion (for example, wearing a headscarf or yarmulke), and not lose their job because of it.
Waged a 25-year effort to promote a cross-Harbor rail freight tunnel, which would lower the price of all consumer goods, because such goods would no longer need to come in and out of the city only by truck.
Fought to stop the MTA's recent arbitrary closing of subway toll booths in New York. The lawsuit to keep the toll booths open was based on a law Jerry authored while he was in the New York State Assembly. Jerry also sided with the Straphangers Campaign at the New York Public Interest Research Group (NYPIRG) in calling for suspension of plans for a hike in subway and bus fares until an immediate independent investigation can determine the extent to which the MTA may have been engaged in fraudulent accounting.
Is the author of the Aircraft
Is the author of the Aircraft Clean Air Act to force the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and airlines to record and adequately respond to cabin air quality complaints from crew and passengers. The bill also provided for a full government study on the issue. It was endorsed by the Association of Flight Attendants.
As the Ranking Democrat on the Constitution Subcommittee, Jerry is charged with defending the equal protection provisions of the Constitution. If there was ever a time to have a staunch and unapologetic defender of civil rights, like Jerry, as our representative in Congress, it is now.
Nothing is more fundamental in our society than ensuring equal rights and protection for all. Yet, in the past few years, members of the Supreme Court, like Justices Scalia and Thomas, have shown their determination to decimate the constitutional guarantee of equal protection, and to undermine Congress' ability to enforce that guarantee. Similarly, the Republican Congressional majority takes every opportunity to express its hostile opposition to the protection
Became an outspoken opponent of the Patriot Act, after Republicans introduced a version of the bill which no one had time to read. Since then, Jerry has been a principal in the efforts to repeal parts of the Patriot Act. He supports writing bi-partisan legislation that protects Americans without curbing their civil liberties.
Leads the Congressional Privacy Caucus
Authored the Federal Agency Protection of Privacy Act, legislation that would require federal agencies to analyze the impact of proposed rules and regulations on privacy rights.
Was a leader in the successful fight to stop the Total Information Awareness (TIA) program - a massive government database that would store all available electronic information about every American, from
Cosponsoring legislation that would set up a commission to examine the question of reparations for slavery.
Is a cosponsor of legislation in Congress to ban racial profiling.
Was the only non-African American member of the House to speak on the floor against the deplorable confinement of H.I.V. infected Haitian refugees being held at Guantanamo Bay.
Was one of the lead organizers in a 10,000-person protest rally against the Ku Klux Klan, in 1999.
Housing has long been a difficult issue for New York. City residents face what can only be described as a housing emergency. Rents and purchase prices for homes and apartments are at an all-time high, while vacancy rates are extremely low. As a result, many people are being priced out of their homes and neighborhoods. Housing costs are so prohibitive that we can no longer attract many of the kinds of individuals who have contributed to the diverse intellectual and cultural life of the City.
Moderate and low income housing are specifically threatened. Numerous federal "project-based" Section 8 contracts are set to expire in the next few years, as are many Mitchell-Lama contracts, as owners of buildings complete payment of their mortgages and
Recommended to slash the cost of prescription drugs by permitting reimportation of safe, cheaper drugs from Canada.
Recommended to slash the cost of prescription drugs by mandating that the government use its full power to negotiate cheaper prices.
Served as Chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus Social Security Task Force.
Led the opposition in the House to increasing taxes on Social Security benefits.
Introduced a resolution in 1999 condemning Social Security privatization of individual accounts. Barbara Kennelly of the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare said, "When so many in Washington are using fancy words to hide their intention to dismantle Social Security, Jerry stood out as one public official using the simplest word possible - 'NO!' Senior citizens in New York and America have a true champion in Jerry Nadler."
Introduced the first comprehensive Social Security legislation that showed the way to bring the Social Security system into long-term
Introduced the first comprehensive Social Security legislation that showed the way to bring the Social Security system into long-term actuarial balance for at least 75 years without raising the retirement age, without cutting benefits, without shifting risk to individuals through individual private accounts funded by FICA taxes, and without raising tax rates.
Actively participated in White House Summit on Social Security, raising key questions about the economic assumptions in Social Security forecasts.
Was named a "Hero" for his lifetime record in Congress by the Consumer Federation of America, particularly for his work on critical consumer issues such as HMO and bankruptcy reform. Jerry is considered one of our nation's leaders on a variety of consumer issues including the lowering of prescription drug prices and promoting real competition in telecommunication services.