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Cherfilus-McCormick: First Haitian-American congresswoman on her first 30 days in office – Palm Beach Post

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Some say the first 30 days as a new member of Congress are critical to setting the tone for the rest of their congressional career. Some say you can compare your first 30 days to your first day of school. 
As many of you know, I am the first Democrat of Haitian descent elected to Congress and I am here to bring that voice and understanding and cultural competency of being a Caribbean woman, being a woman and representing a district full of minorities. So, it is a huge responsibility to serve in Congress and I am excited for the challenge, because now I get to tell our story. 
Since being sworn in Jan. 18, I hit the ground running. I have been appointed to two very important committees for my district and the state: the Committee on Education and Labor and the Committee on Veterans Affairs. While serving on the Education and Labor Committee, I will work hard to ensure that Florida students are afforded a quality education and I will support legislation that will help close the achievement gap and improve educational outcomes for Floridians. While serving on the Veterans Affairs Committee, I will keep in mind that Floridians serve in our military at a high rate per capita and I will commit to ensure that Florida veterans have full and equal access to the health, housing, education and employment benefits they have earned. 
As a member of Congress, I play a vital role in securing resources and funding for our district. Under Appropriations Committee guidelines, each representative may request funding for up to 10 projects in their community for the fiscal year, although only a handful may be funded. Projects are restricted to a limited number of federal funding streams and only state and local governments and eligible non-profits can receive funding.  
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I have taken critical votes to move our district forward. I voted on the Postal Service Reform Act, Ending Forced Arbitration of Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment Act, Bioeconomy Research and Development Act, EVEST Act and the COMPETES Act. This legislation will bolster American independence and self-sufficiency in manufacturing and innovation, while positioning American interests and values to win the 21st Century. This legislation is also needed to contain inflation, by committing $42 billion to address the supply chain challenge. Lastly, I voted for a resolution that will keep our government open, meet the needs of the American people and honor the values of our nation. This will ensure we have the time we need to finalize negotiations on a strong, bipartisan measure to fund the government through the end of the year. 
I have also had the chance to join important caucuses, such as the Congressional Black Caucus. I will soon travel with other freshman members of Congress to Israel, to meet our counterparts there. I have also been hiring staff, in D.C. and the district, where they will serve constituents as “work horses” and not “show horses.” 
In the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, I led efforts to meet the immediate needs of our district. I will continue that while in Washington and small business will always be the heartbeat of our communities. I will take that mantra to Washington with me. 
As the proud daughter of immigrants, I have experienced the American dream, but it has not been without hard work or hardships. As Americans we share this story of trials and triumphs. As citizens it is our right to demand more of our system and our leaders. It is our right to pursue a more perfect union. 
I am honored and humbled for this opportunity and will work hard every day for the people of the district. 

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