House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries appointed Queens Congresswoman Grace Meng to serve in the Regional Leadership Council as a liaison between the House and the White House on Feb. 1. She is one of 12 members of Congress serving on the Council.
The main purpose of this panel is to help promote and implement meaningful legislation. Each of the 12 members are responsible for different regions of the country. Meng will be responsible for the New York region.
“Over the past two years, House Democrats approved, and the president signed into law, many crucial and historic pieces of legislation to strengthen our country and help the American people,” Meng said. “It is vital for the New York region to reap the benefits of these measures, and as a member of this new group, I will fight to make sure that we receive our fair share. I will also work to ensure that those in our area know about these bills and how they have made a difference in their lives and communities. I’m excited to get down to work.”
The liaisons will work on boosting public awareness of the federal infrastructure bill; the Inflation Reduction Act, which lowers healthcare and energy costs, combats the climate crisis and reduces the deficit; the CHIPS and Science Act, which improves America’s manufacturing and research of semiconductors; the Safer Communities Act; and other crucial measures.
“The Regional Leadership Council will guide our partnership with the Biden administration as we implement historic legislation signed into law during the previous Congress,” Jeffries said. “During the next two years, it is critical that the promise of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, Safer Communities Act, CHIPS and Science Act, Inflation Reduction Act and other initiatives are brought to life in every corner throughout America. The Regional Leadership Council will focus like a laser beam on executing President Biden’s vision of investing in America. I thank Leader Hoyer and our 12 distinguished colleagues for undertaking the responsibility of helping to make sure that successful implementation occurs, public awareness of our legislative accomplishments increases and meaningful change is realized in all 212 congressional districts represented by House Democrats.”
Other members of the Regional Leadership Council include Reps Tony Cárdenas and Jared Huffman of California, Angie Craig of Minnesota, Robin Kelly of Illinois, Derek Kilmer of Washington, Lizzie Fletcher of Texas, Troy Carter of Louisiana, Darren Soto of Florida, Lisa Blunt Rochester of Delaware, Madeleine Dean of Pennsylvania and Lori Trahan of Massachusetts.