Rose Statement in Support of Articles of Impeachment
Congressman: ‘Party and politics will never come before the country I bled to protect—and would unquestionably do so again’
Staten Island, December 13, 2019
Congressman Max Rose issued the following statement announcing his position on the Articles of Impeachment:
“Party and politics will never come before the country I bled to protect—and would unquestionably do so again. A President coercing a foreign government into targeting American citizens is not just another example of scorched earth politics, it serves as an invitation to the enemies of the United States to come after any citizen, so long as they disagree with the President. Embarking on an unprecedented effort to obstruct this inquiry doesn’t make the facts any less true. Therefore I will vote in support of the two Articles of Impeachment.
“I came to Washington to take on both parties and get things done. In the past year alone we passed legislation to finally build the East Shore Seawall, permanently fund the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund, and enact sanctions on Chinese pharmaceutical companies for pumping fentanyl into our communities. We’ve also beat FEMA, the Port Authority, and secured much needed funding for transportation projects. Whether the Senate votes to remove the President or not, I will continue to focus on getting results for the people of Staten Island and South Brooklyn.”
In his first year in office, Rose has seen incredible success in achieving results for the people of Staten Island and South Brooklyn—including recovering more than $1.2 million in benefits owed to constituents. Rose, an original cosponsor of the bipartisan legislation to permanently renew and fully fund the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund, which was signed into law earlier this year, secured the support of every one of his freshman Democrat colleagues in the House.
In his fight to protect Staten Islanders and South Brooklynites from future storms, Rose’s first piece of legislation was signed into law by the President which will allow the construction of the East Shore Seawall on Staten Island to finally begin. Additionally, after continual pressure by Rose, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced it was delaying implementation of a proposed overhaul of how the National Flood Insurance Program calculates premiums and rates.
Rose has also made significant progress in his efforts to combat the opioid epidemic and raising awareness around the disease of addiction. With the recent passage of the bipartisan National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2020, a must-pass defense bill which is expected to pass the Senate next week, Rose’s Fentanyl Sanctions Act to combat the illicit flow of fentanyl from China will soon be signed into law by the President. Additionally, following a bipartisan push by Rose to increase funding for opioid prevention and treatment efforts, the House of Representatives passed legislation that increases funding to the agency responsible for supporting these efforts by $129 million.
Rose has made improving infrastructure and commuting times for Staten Island and South Brooklyn a top priority, and led the successful bipartisan charge the against the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey’s proposed toll hikes and cuts to the resident discounts. Additionally, Rose helped secure $9 million in federal funding to improve bus safety and accessibility in South Brooklyn and passed legislation through the House to bring split tolling to the Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge, which would crack down on out-of-state toll shoppers, decrease congestion, and increase transportation investments on Staten Island and in South Brooklyn.