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September 25, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, following passage of H.R. 1595 – the SAFE Banking Act of 2019, Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley (MA-07) issued the following statement:

September 5, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley (MA-07), along with Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Edward J. Markey (D-MA), and Representatives Richard E. Neal (MA-01), James P. McGovern (MA-02), Stephen F. Lynch (MA-08), William Keating (MA-09), Joseph P. Kennedy III (MA-04), Katherine Clark (MA-05), Seth Moulton (MA-06), and Lori Trahan (MA-03) announced that the Commonwealth of Massachusetts was awarded over $43 million in grant funding from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to the combat the opioid crisis.

August 14, 2019 In The News

On Wednesday afternoon, the House Oversight and Reform committee launched an investigation into the Department of Justice’s recent decision to resume executions of inmates on federal death row. The decision, announced by Attorney General William Barr late last month, marked the end of a 16-year hiatus on federal executions. Now, House Democrats are demanding answers on how the administration arrived at its decision to bring back capital punishment, as well as details on how the DOJ plans on carrying out its executions.

August 14, 2019 In The News

Democrats on the House Oversight and Reform Committee want answers from Attorney General William Barr over the decision to resume executing federal death-row inmates for the first time since 2003.

Democrats are asking Barr in a letter why the Justice Department decided to start executions and who was consulted. While the death penalty remains legal in many states, federal executions are rare.

The Democrats raised questions about the lethal drug pentobarbital sodium that will likely be used amid problems reported at some manufacturers.

August 12, 2019 In The News

Together we are grieving from 33,708 violent gun attacks since the beginning of 2019.

We have suffered 255 mass shootings this year – that’s more than 1 mass shooting a day. And there are thousands more gun violence tragedies in this country that never get covered. But just because it doesn’t make the national headlines doesn’t mean it didn’t matter.

For a family it mattered. For a community, it mattered.

August 9, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – In an op-ed published today in The Bay State Banner, Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley (MA-07) reaffirmed the need for community-based violence-prevention and trauma-support programs to heal the nation from the incessant gun violence tragedies, especially for communities like the Massachusetts 7th which is disproportionately impacted by violence.

July 25, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley (MA-07) introduced H.R. 4052, legislation to prohibit the use of the death penalty at the federal level and require re-sentencing of those currently on death row. The legislation comes after the U.S. Department of Justice’s announcement that they will resume the use of the death penalty for the first time in more than 16 years.


May 1, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON  – Today, at a Committee on Oversight and Reform’s Subcommittee Hearing on Civil Rights and Civil Liberties entitled Protecting the Right to Vote: Best and Worst Practices, Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley (MA-07) delivered testimony  in support of re-enfranchising millions of Americans who have been stripped of their right to vote by a criminal legal system that is fundamentally unjust.