NOW’s Primary Endorsements: U.S. Congress
United States House of Representatives
Rockland County and parts of Westchester County
Congresswoman Nita M. Lowey is a trailblazer for women and a leader in Congress on protecting women’s health services and access to family planning. She authored the Breast Cancer and Environmental Research Act, enacted in 2008, to increase research on the links between breast cancer and the environment, and passed coverage of contraceptives for federal employees in 1998. The House Appropriations Committee recently approved Lowey’s proposed amendment for coverage of abortions for members of the Peace Corps who have been raped during their service.
Currently serving her thirteenth term in Congress, Congresswoman Lowey was first elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1988. She was selected by her colleagues in 2012 to be the Ranking Democrat on the powerful House Appropriations Committee and is the first woman to lead either party on this committee.
New York City’s East Side of Manhattan, Roosevelt Island, parts of Queens (Astoria, Long Island City, Woodside) and parts of Brooklyn (Greenpoint)
Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney, recently named one of the ten biggest supporters of women’s rights in U.S. government, has been a tireless advocate for women’s issues. She has led the fight for historic, game-changing legislation for women: the Debbie Smith Act to fund the testing of rape kits; the Campus SaVE Act and SAFER, measures to address sexual assault on campus; fighting human trafficking, establishing Women’s Health Offices in five federal agencies; and creating a Credit Cardholders’ Bill of Rights to address the deceptive practices and excessive fees levied by credit card companies. She is also a co-founder of the House 9/11 Commission Caucus.
The National Organization for Women was proud to endorse the Congresswoman for her very first run for Congress, when she became the first woman ever to represent New York’s 12th Congressional District. NOW-NYC is proud to continue to support her today.
New York City’s Staten Island and South Brooklyn
Domenic Recchia, former NYC Councilmember and Chair of its Finance Committee, is a pro-choice leader and clear advocate for women’s rights. He has been an outspoken supporter of pay equity and reproductive choice. Fighting to represent parts of Brooklyn and Staten Island in Congress, his race has been highlighted as one of the top national races to watch.
Recchia is running against Republican incumbent Congressman Michael Grimm, the only anti-choice Representative in New York City. Grimm is currently facing charges of tax fraud and has a long anti-woman record – he voted to de-fund Planned Parenthood, cosponsored the “No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act”, and supports cuts to Medicaid, Medicare, and Social Security. NOW-NYC has been tracking Grimm’s anti-woman record on our “Grimm Reality” blog.
Click here to view all NOW-NYC Primary Endorsements for 2014.