Economic Recovery Act
In early 2009, when President Obama asked Congress to pass a recovery bill, Chairman Rangel led his committee to provide tax relief for Americans, new novel tax exempt funding mechanisms for state and local governments and school districts and additional tax exempt bond authority focused at the hardest hit communities. Under his leadership, the committee also provided for alternative funding for the Low Income Housing Tax Credit so the development of new rental housing for moderate income families could be sustained.
This has resulted in 855 new jobs in the district, total grants of 391 that resulted in nearly $300 million awarded to the 15th Congressional District. Examples of these awards are, Saint Luke's -Roosevelt Hospital Center, Apollo Theatre, Harley United Community AIDS Center, Columbia University and East Harlem Employment Services.
The Empowerment Zone
Congressman Rangel authored and spearheaded enactment of the most ambitious economic development program since the Great Society. Nationally, the historic Empowerment Zone program is providing $3.5 billion for urban and rural development. The Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone is driving the economic renaissance with more than $300 million in federal, state and city-funded loans and grants for business development, jobs, educational and health programs, and social services in Harlem, East Harlem, Washington Heights and Inwood.
Recovery Zone Bonds
Congressman Rangel authored the Recovery Zone Bond program of the ARRA to insure that distressed communities have access to capital to be able to participate in the recovery. $25 million of bonds have been allocated for distressed communities in NYC.
Qualified Zone Academy Bond program (QZAB)
Congressman Rangel spearheaded enactment of the QZAB program which authorized bond-financing for the rehabilitation of public schools across the country.
125th Street Corridor Revitalization
Secured provisions in the tax law which helped finance revitalization of the 125th Street corridor.
Apollo Theater Rescue
Mr. Rangel intervened with New York State authorities and the private sector to rescue the landmark theater from closing. He secured a half a million dollars of federal funds for the renovation of the Apollo Theater.
Frederick Douglas Circle
Frederick Douglass Circle named for the American abolitionist, women's suffragist, editor, orator, author, statesman and reformer, Frederick Douglass, is an intersection located in the New York City borough of Manhattan. It is located at the Northwest corner of Central Park. The park opened in June, 2010. Mr. Ranged secured $9 million in federal funding for the restoration of Frederick Douglas Circle and the 110th Street Gateway.
African Burial Ground
From 1690's to 1794 both free and enslaved Africans were buried in 66 acres in lower Manhattan. It was rediscovered in 1991. Today the site is a National Monument featuring a distinctive memorial that commemorates and communicates the story of the African Burial Ground-the single-most important, historic urban archaeological project undertaken in the United States. He secured $4.5 million to preserve this historic site.
National Jazz Museum in Harlem
Outside of its native New Orleans, no community has nurtured jazz more than Harlem. The National Jazz Museum in Harlem is dedicated to fostering this spirit -the music as a living, breathing entity that looks as far into the future as it does into the past. He secured a $1 million to help build the Museum in Harlem.
Center for Jewish History
The Center for Jewish History is a world-class venue for exhibitions, cultural ideas and public scholarship rooted in the rich collections of its five distinguished institutions located in Manhattan. Mr. Range provided federal funds to help establish the Center.
Mount Morris Park Community
Mount Morris Park Historic District was designated to be a historic district by New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission in 1971. It is a large 16-block area in east central Harlem. Mr. Rangel pprovided federal funds for the preservation and revitalization around Mt. Morris Historic Park
The Armory Foundation
The Armory Foundation was created in 1993 to rehabilitate the 168th Street Armory in Washington Heights from what was then an underutilized military installation and overcrowded homeless shelter into a vital resource for the children and people of New York. The Armory Foundation promotes excellence, fitness and community by hosting over 100 track events each year, maintaining the National Track and Field Hall of Fame, operating the largest after school activity center in New York and offering a variety of community support programs in its world class facility. Mr. Rangel has provided over $700,000 of federal funds for the Amory.
Dance Theater of Harlem
Dance Theatre of Harlem is a leading dance institution of unparalleled global acclaim, encompassing a "Classically American® dance company, a leading arts education center and Dancing Through Barriers®, a national and international education and community outreach program. Mr. Rangel provided federal funds for renovation.
Abyssinian Development Corporation
Congressman Rangel arranged for the Resolution Trust Company to sell the defaulted mortgages for Harlem's famous Renaissance Ball room to the Abyssinian Development Corporation in order for the site to be rehabilitated for community use. He provided over $1 million of federal funds for the development of Renaissance ballroom, as well as educational support for underachievers and youth summer programs.
Mr. Rangel provided over $1 million of federal funds for the redesign and revitalization of 65th Street between Broadway and Amsterdam Avenues. This is critical to continuing the Lincoln Center's economic impact on NYC.
Museum for African Art
Opened to the public in 1984, the Museum for African Art is dedicated to the arts and cultures of Africa and the African Diaspora. Since that time, it has become internationally recognized as a preeminent source for exhibitions and publications related to historical and contemporary African art, with programs that are as diverse as the continent itself. Congressman Rangel secured $250,000 in federal funding for development of the Museum for African Art.
Mr. Rangel secured $1 million in federal funding for research into the development of Hudson River pier area on Harlem's west side.
Protection for Freedom National Bank Depositors
Secured legislation that required the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) to reimburse nonprofit depositors after the failure of Freedom National Bank.
Reconstruction of Hamilton Grange
Congressman Rangel secured $10 million in federal funding for the restoration of Hamilton Grange. Hamilton Grange National Memorial preserves the home of the Country's founding father Alexander Hamilton. It is one of Harlem's most important historic landmarks.
Greater Harlem Chamber of Commerce
Mr. Rangel secured $282,000 of Federal Funds for the Harlem Chamber of Commerce to promote tourism.
In 2008, in response to the emerging housing crisis, Chairman Rangel teamed with Chairman Barney Frank to produce legislation that provided tax relief to homeowners in danger of losing their homes. He was also successful in improving the effectiveness of the most significant housing production program of the last 25 years, the Low Income Housing Tax Credit.
Low Income Housing Tax Credit
Considered the father of the program, Mr. Rangel spearheaded its passage in 1986 and all the improvements since. More than 6,000 units built in the 15th District. The program generates investments in low- and moderate-income housing construction and rehabilitation. This permanent program is responsible for most affordable housing construction nationwide in the last decade.
Updating the Low Income Housing Tax Credit
Recently, he has lead the effort to update the Low Income Housing Tax Credit program in order to create more housing for low income tenants with the same amount of resources. The legislation expands the ability of New York City to issue more tax exempt debt to support thousands of new apartments for moderate income families.
Mortgage Debt Tax Relief
Forgiveness of debt results in Federal Income tax liability. He provided relief for families losing their homes.
Cooperative Housing Tax Relief
Congressman Rangel enacted legislation that holds down rents for thousands of low- and moderate-income residents of cooperative (Mitchell-Lama) apartments by providing tax exemptions for earnings by the cooperative.
At Riverbend and Esplanade Gardens, the Congressman assisted renters and owners by reversing Internal Revenue Service claims.
In 2007 passed an amendment to the tax code that allows co-ops to charge market rents for retail tenants in their buildings. This lowers the housing costs for the co-operators.
Public Housing Work Requirement
Mr. Rangel enacted legislation placing a moratorium on the mandatory work requirement for residents of public housing.
Taino Towers Rehabilitation
Mr. Rangel secured $9 million in federal funding for a major rehabilitation of the 650-unit Taino Towers complex in East Harlem.
Relief for the Homeless
Mr. Rangel secured the moratorium that prevented the federal government from cutting off AFDC funds for housing the homeless in welfare hotels.
Corporation for Supportive Housing
A non-profit organization that helps communities create permanent housing for the homeless and provides services to end homelessness. Mr. Rangel secured $400,000 for their projects.
Mr. Rangel secured $605,000 for the construction of facility for homeless at 180 W. 135th St.
Covenant House provides shelter and services to homeless and runaway youth. In addition to food, shelter, clothing and crisis care, Covenant House provides a continuum of care to homeless youth aged 16-21 designed to transition them into an independent adulthood free from the risk of future homelessness. Mr. Rangel secured $225,000 for the renovation of their Crisis Center in Harlem.
El Barrio's Operation Fightback
El Barrio's Operation Fightback (EBOF) works against the deterioration of housing, the displacement of families, and the declining availability of affordable housing in East Harlem. Mr. Rangel proved $750,000 in federal funds to create 74 units of affordable housing for artists at the historic PS 109 public school building in East Harlem.
Health Care Reform
The Committee on Ways and Means was the first committee in Congress to report out a truly comprehensive health reform bill. Rangel provided the leadership for the Committee to report out the most significant health reform package among all the committees working on reform. His open and firm methods steered the Committee to a bill that most represents the principles set out by President Obama. He did this by bringing the members of the Committee together for over 80 hours of spirited and detailed debate over the direction of reform. By the end of the process there was near unanimous consensus among committee Democrats of all stripes on the reported bill. All of the members came through the process in support of the Chairman's leadership. His open and strong methods steered the Committee to a bill that most represents the principles set out by President Obama and that was signed into law.
Mental Health parity
The Mental Health Parity Act (MHPA) requires that annual or lifetime dollar limits on mental health benefits be no lower than any such dollar limits for medical and surgical benefits offered by a group health plan or health insurance issuer offering coverage in connection with a group health plan. Congressman Rangel helped guide this legislation through Congress.
Genetic Non-discrimination (GINA)
Chairman Rangel enacted The Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008. This law is designed to prohibit the improper use of genetic information in health insurance and employment. The law prohibits group health plans and health insurers from denying coverage to a healthy individual or charging that person higher premiums based solely on a genetic predisposition to developing a disease in the future.
Funding for Kidney Dialysis
Mr. Rangel secured adequate levels of reimbursements for dialysis treatments for victims of kidney disease, which disproportionately afflicts African Americans.
Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act -
Prevented a 10% physician cut; reduced cost-sharing for low-income beneficiaries and those needing mental health services; improved access to preventive services; modernized payment system for dialysis services; increased payments for community health centers, extended provisions benefitting rural providers.
Medicare, Medicaid and SCHIP Extension Act
Congressman Rangel successfully enacted the legislation that: provide health coverage to an estimated 11 million children without insurance, made improvements to Medicare, protected doctors from a Medicare reimbursement cut, and provided regulatory relief to long-term care hospitals and inpatient rehab facilities.
Medicare Support of New York Hospitals
Mr. Rangel led the successful initiative to direct an additional $400 million in Medicare payments for New York's teaching hospitals, nursing homes and health care providers. Also secured Medicare payments to inner city hospitals and increased payments for medical education for residents and interns assigned to hospitals serving the poor.
St. Lukes/Roosevelt and Presbyterian Hospitals Reconstruction
Mr. Rangel secured federal guarantees for the sale of bonds to finance $300 million reconstruction of St. Lukes/Roosevelt and $400 million renovation of Presbyterian Hospitals.
North General Hospital Construction
Intervened with the Internal Revenue Service to authorize construction of East Harlem's new North General Hospital in East Harlem, and secured federal funding for development of its geriatric ward. Mr. Rangel provided almost $2 million in Federal funds to help save the hospital.
Mt. Sinai Hospital Expansion
Mr. Rangel secured $10 million in funding for the Mt. Sinai Hospital Human Genome Project, allowing expansion of the hospital's clinical services to the community.
Congressman Rangel worked with the Health and Hospital Corporation to reorganize the Harlem Hospital and improve its quality of care and improved its affiliation arrangement with Columbia University Medical School. He provided over half a million dollars in federal funds for the purchase of equipment and mural preservation.
Boriken Community Health Center
Mr. Rangel Saved the Boriken Community Health Center from closure by intervening with the Internal Revenue Service to resolve a tax claim against the East Harlem health facility. He provided almost half a million dollars for the development of an environmentally aware "Green" replace community health center at 2265 Third Avenue.
New York Presbyterian Hospital
Congressman Rangel provided almost $5 million in federal funds for Telemedicine project; Allen Pavillion ER; and expansion of Neonatal ICU. .
Metropolitan Hospital is a full-service, acute care hospital emphasizing primary care medicine and utilizing the latest advances in medical science. In March 2006, Metropolitan Hospital Center was the first hospital in East Harlem to be designated by the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) as an official Stroke Center. Mr. Rangel has secured almost a half million dollars for the facility.
Children's Health Fund
Secured $100,000 of federal funds for a school based health center within the Harlem Children's Zone, an organization that provides education, family support and social services to children and families living in Central Harlem
Congressman Rangel was instrumental in securing major increases in funding for AIDS research and treatment under the Ryan White legislation, and for treatment of AIDS in Africa and Caribbean.
MILITARY AND VETERANS
Tax relief for military families
Authored HEART act signed into law in June to help active military receive stimulus rebate payments, permanently include combat pay as earned income for purposes of the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and other improvements.
Supporting Military Families and other Volunteers Serving America
Chairman Rangel let the efforts to enact provisions ensuring that military families and AmeriCorps volunteers are not penalized for their service when SSI benefits are determined.
Harlem Veterans Outreach Center
Mr. Rangel secured the creation of a full service Veterans Outreach Center in Harlem, that is located at 2279 Third Avenue, situated at the southeast corner of 124th Street. It is the first center of its kind serving veterans in Upper Manhattan.
Office of Minority Veterans Affairs
Mr. Rangel authored legislation which established the Office of Minority Veterans Affairs in the Federal department of Veterans Affairs. The office addresses issues of particular concern to minority veterans.
369th Regiment Charter
Mr. Rangel secured federal charter for the 369th Regiment, the "Harlem Hellfighters." The Harlem Hellfighters is the popular name for the 369th Infantry Regiment, formerly the 15th New York National Guard Regiment. The unit was also known as The Black Rattlers, in addition to several other nicknames. The 369th Infantry Regiment was one of the most highly decorated Regiments in WWI.
Chairman Rangel's leadership facilitated a bipartisan support for the first increase in minimum wage in over a decade.
Stimulus Rebate Checks
Congressman Rangel worked with bipartisan leadership in Congress to pass and enact tax rebates for middle-class families to stimulate the economy.
Extended Unemployment Benefits
Congressman Rangel led the charge for successful bills to extend unemployment benefits for workers who lost their job through no fault of their own. In combination, these measures provided one of the quickest and most generous unemployment extension programs ever enacted by Congress.
Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC)
Congressman Rangel fought for the dramatic expansion of the Earned Income Tax Credit. EITC is the largest federal assistance program for working families.
Improving the Well Being of Foster Children
Passed the most sweeping overall of the Nation's child welfare system in over a decade. This law provides new federal assistance for grandparents and other relatives caring for foster children, extended federal assistance for foster children to the age of 21, additional support for families adopting foster children, increased oversight of the health and education needs of foster children, federal support for Tribal foster care programs, and many other important reforms.
Helping Elderly and Disabled Refugees
Passed legislation to extend critical assistance to elderly and disabled refugees.
The new law extends Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits for tens of thousands of refugees who have fled persecution and who have few other sources of income.
Work Opportunity Tax Credit
The tax credit program has financed thousands of jobs for underprivileged young people, veterans and ex-offenders, while meeting the business community's need for workers.
Mr. Rangel authored provisions in the tax law allowing police and firefighters to retire early without penalty to their pension levels.
Holding Down Utilities Rates
Mr. Rangel secured authorization for Con Edison to use tax exempt bonds for improvements to their infrastructure, saving New York City utility customers over $26 million per year.
Farm Bill and Food Stamps
In 2008, Chairman Rangel was pulled in to the difficult debate on the farm bill. He brought together Democrats and Republicans to come up with a funding mechanism for the bill. He acted as an honest broker and obtained improvements in the food stamps program and provided help for upstate New York dairy farmers.
Under Chairman Rangel's leadership, the Committee secured a temporary increase in Social Security Administration administrative budget in order to address the backlog in disability claims. The FY2008 appropriation for SSA was $150 million above the President's budget request. SSA has been able to hire more administrative law judges and other resources with this funding, which is vital toward whittling down the backlog of over three-quarters of a million disability claims hearings.
FAMILY SUPPORT SERVICES
Council for Senior Centers and Services
A membership organization of more than 200 senior services agencies. Helps 300,000 seniors in NY to make sure they receive services. Mr. Rangel provided $75,000 of federal funds for an information system.
The Fortune Society's mission is to support successful reentry from prison
and promote alternatives to incarceration, thus strengthening the fabric of our communities. Mr. Rangel provided over $2 million federal funding for re-entry programs.
Ready Willing and Able (Doe Fund)
Ready, Willing & Able is The Doe Fund's holistic, residential, work and job skills training program which helps homeless individuals in their efforts to become self-sufficient, contributing members of society. Ready, Willing & Able has helped more than 3,000 men and women become drug-free, secure full-time employment, and obtain their own self-supported housingHelps provide jobs and helps homeless achieve permanent self-sufficiency. Mr. Rangel has provided almost $2 million of federal funds for vocational training for former felons.
Mother Cabrini High School
Mother Cabrini High School is an institution dedicated to secondary education of young women. Mother Cabrini High School is among the nation's award winning schools and is the first Catholic High School in New York State to receive the U.S. Department of Education "Blue Ribbon School of Excellence." Mr. Rangel secured $715,000 of federal funds for their Juvenile Delinquency Prevention Programs.
A community development organization that partners with youth, families and public and private institutions to revitalize economically distressed neighborhoods. Their mission is to assist children, youth and families break the cycle of poverty. Mr. Rangel provided $788,000 of federal funding for development of the Triangle Building.
Community Service Society
Mr. Rangel provided $330,000 of federal funds for advocacy, research and direct services for better jobs, to break cycle of intergenerational poverty among low income in NY.
Organization provides inner-city youth the opportunity to play, learn and grow. It provides year round sports to inner-city kids. Mr. Rangel secured over half a million in federal funds for these programs.
M.L. Wilson Boys and Girls Club
The organization provides kids with greater access to quality education and recreation programs. Mr. Rangel secured $250,000 of federal funds for these programs.
DRUG ABUSE AND CRIME PREVENTION
Drug Source County Certification Program
Mr. Rangel spearheaded the program requiring annual presidential certification of counter-drug cooperation by drug-producing.
Drug Free School Act and Edward Byrne Memorial Grant Program
Mr. Rangel authored both programs to support state and local anti-drug enforcement
Disparity in Drug Sentencing
Mr. Rangel led efforts to narrow the disparity of drug sentencing between crack and cocaine.
Second Chance Programs
Mr. Rangel continues to work on behalf of the 2nd Chance programs for ex-offenders.
The Phoenix House promotes drug free lives with more than 30 residential and out patient facilities in NYC for adults and adolescents. Mr. Rangel secured $700,000 federal funds for the programs.
Vera Institute of Justice
The Vera Institute of Justice combines expertise in research, demonstration projects and technical assistance to help leaders in government and civil society improve the systems people rely on for justice and safely. Mr. Rangel secured $600,000 for their programs.
Race To The Top
New York State was awarded $700 million in federal funding as part of the as part of the U.S. Department of Education Race to the Top competition. The federal funding, $250 million to $300 million of which will go to New York City, will go to support and expand a host of reforms, including the creation of a new teacher evaluation system and the strengthening of curriculum and State assessments based on the national Common Core Standards. As Dean of the New York delegation, Rangel worked behind the scenes to promote New York's proposal
Qualified Zone Academy Bond
Mr. Rangel spearheaded enactment of program that authorized bond-financing for the rehabilitation of public schools across the country.
Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Program
A highly competitive program, it offers graduate school fellowships, internships, international affairs training, and expedited entry into the Foreign Service for high-achieving candidates from underrepresented ethnic groups. So far, 40 women and minorities have completed the program and are serving as diplomats in the Foreign Service around the world.
Tuition Reimbursement for Employees
Mr. Rangel played a decisive role in the Ways and Means Committee to extend the right of employees who receive tuition reimbursement from employers to deduct up to $5,250 from their taxable income.
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, a research unit of The New York Public Library, is generally recognized as one of the leading institutions of its kind in the world. For over 80 years the Center has collected, preserved, and provided access to materials documenting black life, and promoted the study and interpretation of the history and culture of peoples of African descent. Congressman Rangel secured $2.5 million in federal funding for computerizing the archives of the research center.
Mr. Rangel has secured over $5 million for projects ranging from the CCNY Community based science and technology education center, Nuestra Herencia, for family literacy program, Aaron Davis Hall at CCNY, The Charles B. Rangel Center for Public Service, The Nanotechnology Center and the John Jay College/National Academy for Re-entry.
New York Structural Biological Center (NYSBC)
The NYSBC is a unique consortium of 10 leading biomedical research centers in New York State. Since opening in 2002, the NYSBC has become the nation's premier center for structural biology with unrivaled facilities for Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy (NMR), Cryoelectron Microscopy (CEM), and X-Ray Crystallography. NYSBC's research facilities represent a capital investment of more than $60 million, and include state-of-the-art instrumentation for analyzing proteins and other molecules that trigger diseases, such as bacterial and viral infections; disease and neurodegeneration; and trauma. The NYSBC is located at 133rd Street and Convent Avenue in Manhattan. Mr. Rangel has secured almost $10 million of federal funds for the facility.
Audubon Research Park Development is managed by Columbia University. Congressman Rangel is a major supporter of an important Upper Manhattan economic development project, securing millions of dollars in federal development funds for the Audubon Research Park for Biomedical Research. He secured $10 million in federal funds for development of the Audubon Research Park. The Audubon Center was developed by Columbia University, the City of New York and the State of New York. Mr. Range has continued to provide federal funding for the program. Mr. Rangel also secured $1 million for Columbia University Public Heath - Bio defense.
Audrey Cohen College
Now the Metropolitan College of New York, Mr. Rangel secured $475,000 of federal funds for the welfare to work programs.
A post-secondary educational institution located in New York City, United States. The college was designed to serve the educational needs of Puerto Ricans and other Hispanics. Mr. Rangel secured $775,000 of federal funds for Digital Divide Mini School and renovating classrooms.
College of Mt. St. Vincent
The College of Mount Saint Vincent is an academically excellent, authentically inclusive, Catholic and ecumenical liberal arts college. The College combines a strong core curriculum with a full array of majors in the liberal arts and, within the tradition of liberal education, selected professional fields of study. Mr. Rangel secured $200,000 federal funds for training in forensic science.
El Museo del Barrio
An outreach initiative designed to serve students and teachers in Manhattan, Queens and the South Bronx. This program introduces students and teachers to El Museo's collection, exhibits and resources by offering schools and community based organizations free singe sessions to visit to the classroom, three part programs and multi session programs. Mr. Rangel provided about $200,000 for the programs.
Institute for Student Achievement - Park East
This programs prepare students for college. Provides a balance between in-depth and project based instructions. Institution has tuned schools around, by focusing on teaching and teachers. Mr. Rangel provided $100,000 for the programs.
Boys and Girls Habor - Raicies Collection
Program offers music lessons, dance classes and acting classes. The Latin music program is located in El Barrio Harbor Conservatory. Mr. Rangel provided $100,000 in Federal funds for their programs.
New Heights Center
The organization, located in the Armory Track and Field Center, works with 17 to 21 year olds that dropped out of school to help them obtain their GED. Also provides job, jobs training, interviewing skills, internships and necessary skills to obtain a job. Mr. Rangel provided $50,000 of Federal funds for the programs.
Helene Fuld School of Nursing
The Helen Fuld School of Nursing is a private non-profit nursing school. Mr. Rangel provided $97,000 of federal funding to advance their program.
Harlem School of the Arts
The school provides arts education for children and young adults. It teaches dance, music and visual arts. Mr. Rangel provided $95,000 for their programs.
A program to enable bodega owners and employees to develop various skills sets by providing training courses (i.e. food preparation, accounting classes) and/or an opportunity to receive a higher education at creditable institutions. The project will also provide financial literacy, proficiency programs, and educational workshops to bodega owners in NYC. Mr. Rangel secured $200,000 of federal funds for these programs.
Dominican Women's Development Center
The center was organization to empower women and families through education programs, with emphasis on Dominican/Latin communities. Mr. Rangel secured $285,000 for their programs.
The Brownfield Workers On-the-Job Training project would provide stipends for graduates of the STRIVE's job training programs for three-months on the job training experience in brownfields industry at $12/hour. The job experience and mentoring program will assist these low skilled workers in obtaining additional temporary and permanent jobs, gaining a foothold onto a green career path. Mr. Rangel obtained $400,000 for this program.
House-passed Trade Adjustment Act (TAA overhaul)
Authored legislation to significantly expand the current program to cover more workers and improve on job training and other benefits offered to workers displaced by globalization.
Earthquake Relief for Haiti
In response to the devastating earthquake Mr. Rangel proved provided tax benefits for charitable contributions to Haiti that are assisting in the rebuilding of Haiti.
Improvements to HAITI Hope
Mr. Rangel led the efforts to substantially liberalized apparel rules of origin which should increase trade and investment in the impoverished nation.
African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA)
Mr. Rangel authored this historic legislation that for the first time created a trade investment framework between the U.S. and the countries of sub-Saharan Africa. Apparel exports from Africa to the U.S. have increased significantly, signaling new job opportunities in Africa and investment opportunities for Americans.
Extension of preference programs
Mr. Rangel led the efforts to extended and improved CBI, GSP and ATPA. Mr. Rangel included improvements to the African Growth and Opportunity Act in these bills.
Rangel Amendment that forced collapse of apartheid Government in South Africa
A Rangel tax amendment led to the collapse of apartheid in South Africa and the release of Nelson Mandela after 27 years in prison.
Caribbean Basin Initiative
Mr. Rangel is the original author of legislation to encourage trade with Caribbean Islands.
May 10 Agreement
Mr. Rangel led the way for bipartisan agreement to include - for the first time - key labor and environmental standards in the core text of pending trade agreements.
Passage of Peru FTA
Mr. Rangel's efforts on behalf of labor and environment paved the way for passage of this agreement and should help facilitate passage of the Panama agreement in the near future.
Harlem Hospital Parking facility- $8,000,000
Harlem River Park and Bikeway-$800,000
Also funded with other Member's allocations:
W. 79th Street Rotunda- $1,600,000
High Bridge over the Harlem River- $4,000,000