Associates of the House of Assembly booty their adjuration of appointment at the Capitol on Jan. 3. Photo Credit: Getty Images / Chip Somodevilla
By Newsday Readers Updated January 9, 2019 9:00 AM PrintfbShare Tweet gShare Email
I watched the new Congress booty its adjuration of office, which is about the aforementioned adjuration I took back abutting the government 28 years ago [“House gavel is afresh Pelosi’s,” News, Jan. 4]. The aberration is, I took my adjuration seriously. Congress has bootless to canyon the federal account on time every year back 1997.
I accept been through six shutdowns and four pay freezes, yet I consistently accept performed to the best of my ability. I accept gone years afterwards demography a ailing day, yet every year, federal workers like myself are advised like pawns in a political chess bold that ultimately has no winners.
The money these shutdowns amount the taxpayers far exceeds the dollars the politicians are angry over. The accepted abeyance will amount us all abundant added than the $5 billion the admiral wants for bound security.
It is time for all of the politicians, be they Republicans or Democrats, to attending up the chat “compromise,” account their oaths, alpha to absolutely represent their capacity and end the government shutdown.
Jeffrey Sussman, Merrick
Editor’s note: The biographer is ability operations administrator for the General Services Administration in Washington.
Assorted angle on the new Congress
I am captivated that our new Congress is added diverse, and this agency that added assorted credibility of angle will be explored as these associates attending to the approaching of our country in a absolute way. My affair is, do these new associates of Congress apperceive that they are assembly of the people? That is, will they backpack out what the bodies appetite and not accompany their own calendar to the table?
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This will be the important affair to watch; we accept two senators from New York who do not accept to their constituents, but rather accompany their own agendas to the table and activity for the win at all costs. Sen. Chuck Schumer has flip-flopped on the bound wall; already he accurate allotment it, but now is arch the opposition. I accept accounting to him again and accustomed no response. I accept Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand puts an disproportionate accent on electing women allegedly based mostly on on their gender. This is annihilative behavior. Hopefully our new assorted Congress will not be this way, but will accept to the angle of their constituents.
Robert Damato, Floral Park
At the alpha of the celebrated 116th Congress, Democrats voted for backbone in administration while Rep. Kathleen Rice (D-Garden City) casting a beef vote for Stacey Abrams, the accident applicant for Georgia governor, for House speaker.
Rice, a Republican until 2005, back she ran for Nassau County commune attorney, is a bourgeois Democrat who threw in her lot with added Democrats who against Pelosi afterwards she got to Congress and has congenital a acceptability based on ability from her affair — and Pelosi.
Rice has said her attacks on Pelosi were not personal, but accused her of application “fear and intimidation” to dissuade challenges to leadership. Rice’s alarm for “a generational change in leadership” at atomic sounds like ageism and makes little sense. Pelosi has done a acceptable job, so why do we charge addition younger? Rice has not articular addition who can calculation votes the way Pelosi can.
Democrats, including new House associates like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-Bronx), Rice’s constituents, and alike her cohorts, apperceive that Pelosi is the appropriate being to advance the House appropriate now. Rice’s abhorrence to apprehend the allowance may amount her her bench in 2020, and she has been warned.
Zara Friedman, Rockville Centre
This new year brings with it a atom of new hope. The acceptable bodies who accomplish up the new Democratic majority in the House of Assembly accept amorphous to allege in ardent for their constituents, as able-bodied as millions of Americans whose ethics we carefully share. This Congress will be on the apple date as its anew affidavit leaders biking a adamantine adventure to normalcy. No one has an accessible job ahead.
There was no woman adopted admiral in 2016, but America now has added than three dozen new changeable choir in the House. This promises to be a Broadway hit with a casting apery a assortment of colors, creeds, ethnicities and mindset. Get accessible to watch a well-written, fact-based account about advantageous villains in a abortive government.
Kathleen Young, Northport
Haitian immigrants charge activity on DACA
Many immigrants from Haiti are afflicted by the Deferred Activity for Childhood Arrivals affairs and the proposed Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors Act (DREAM), but Democrats in Congress accept bootless to move the brawl on either.
President Donald Trump bidding some alertness aftermost year to accommodate allotment for the Southern bound bank in barter for DACA and the Dreamers, but area is our own congressman, Gregory Meeks (D-St. Albans), whom abounding Haitians in the 5th Commune accept voted for?
I accept not heard or apprehend any contempo statements from Meeks on affair the admiral center for Haitians afflicted by DACA and the DREAM Act to be placed on a aisle to citizenship. Haitian association assembly and voters should flood the offices of Meeks and added associates of Congress with calls to appeal action. If they abide to vote for these Democratic assembly every election, they cannot abide acquiescent by not ambitious they accommodate on their behalf.
David Duchatellier, Elmont
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