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Originally published in the March 2013 Juniper Berry Magazine

Grace Goes to Washington

Congresswoman Grace Meng

U.S. Congresswoman Grace Meng is serving her first term in the United States House of Representatives. Grace represents the Sixth Congressional District of New York encompassing the New York City borough of Queens, including west, central and northeast Queens. She is dedicated to fighting for the hardworking families of Queens by protecting Medicare and Social Security, spurring economic growth, creating jobs, ensuring access to a quality education and increasing funding for transportation and infrastructure projects.

Since being sworn in to Congress last month, Grace has hit the ground running. She has embarked on numerous initiatives, the highlights of which include:

• Working with Republicans and Democrats to pass legislation she sponsored that would allow houses of worship to receive emergency disaster funds from the Federal Emergency Agency (FEMA) for damages sustained from Hurricane Sandy.

• Urging the head of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to reconsider the implementation of new flight patterns over Queens that would lessen airplane noise over the borough.

• Calling on the French government to block the conditional release of George Ibrahim Abdallah, a terrorist serving a life sentence in France for the murder of an American and Israeli diplomat and the attempted murder of a U.S. consul general.

• Spearheading a bipartisan letter to the Postmaster General ‒ signed by virtually all of New York Members of Congress ‒ that urges the Postal Service to not end Saturday mail delivery.

• Vigorously supporting the Sandy aid package.

• Urging the Small Business Administration to provide more Sandy relief contracts to local businesses.

• Supporting legislation that temporarily extends the nation's debt ceiling for three months including the No budget, No Pay Act provision which withholds the salaries of Senators and Congress members if they fail to adopt a budget.

• Honored Middle Village teenager/St. Francis Prep student Aishvarya Arora for being the only student from a Queens high school to be named a semi-finalist in the prestigious Intel Science Talent Search.

On Key Congressional Committees

Grace also won seats on key Congressional Committees including the HouseForeign AffairsCommittee and its Subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa. The Foreign Affairs Committee oversees United Statesforeignpolicy towards all nations around the world, and has jurisdiction overforeignaid, the State Department and key international organizations such as the United Nations.

In addition, Grace was appointed to the House Small Business Committee and named as the Ranking Member on the panel's Subcommittee on Contracting and Workforce, and a member of theSubcommittee on Agriculture, Energy and Trade. The Small Business Committee, which was established to protect and assist small business owners, oversees financial aid, regulatory matters and the Small Business Administration (SBA); issues critical to Queens and New York City since small businesses are the economic engines of the region.

Prior Service & History

Prior to serving in Congress, Grace was a member of the New York State Assembly. While in the Assembly, Grace was a dedicated bridge builder and a fighter for equality. She passed laws to extend unemployment coverage during the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression, fought human trafficking, cracked down on those who abuse women and children and protected seniors from rising property taxes.

Born and raised in Queens, Grace graduated from Stuyvesant High School and the University of Michigan. She then earned a law degree from Yeshiva University's Benjamin Cardozo School of Law. Prior to entering public service, she worked as a public interest lawyer.

Grace resides in Queens with her husband, Wayne, two sons ‒ Tyler and Brandon ‒ and her dog, Bounce.

She encourages constituents to visit her website (http://meng.house.gov), check out her Facebook page (Grace Meng) and follow her on Twitter (@RepGraceMeng).

Congresswoman

Grace Meng

218-14 Northern Blvd.

Bayside, NY 11361

(718) 423-2154 Phone

(718) 423-5053 Fax

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