March 16, 2016

Statement on SCOTUS Nomination from Congressional Candidate Ali Mirza (NY-5)

"While many in the South Asian community were hoping that President Obama would make history by nominating Sri Srinivasan, the President has done his job by selecting a very qualified person and now it is time for Senate Republicans to do theirs. Justice Garland is extremely qualified to serve on the highest court in the land and deserves a fair and non-politicized confirmation process. I strongly support his nomination and urge Senate Republicans to give Justice Garland an up or down vote."


March 22, 2016

Statement on Candidate James Sanders’ Withdrawal from Congressional Race from Candidate Ali Mirza (NY-5)

“Over the course of this election season it has become increasingly obvious that New York’s 5th Congressional District is in need of fresh perspective and new leadership. Our hard working families deserve an honest, progressive leader who will put their priorities first. It is time to give our community the leader they deserve.

I commend State Senator James Sanders for throwing his name in for consideration, and offering an alternative to the establishment politics that we’ve seen. I wish him the best and continued success in his bid for re-election to his New York State Senate seat.

I am working hard to provide a new, fresh alternative to the establishment politics that have plagued our communities for far too long. The honest, hardworking people of the 5th district deserve a leader who will work tirelessly to restore honesty and integrity to our political process and prioritize the things that matter most to our community. As your Congressman I will fight to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour, and stop harmful trade deals that take jobs away and hurt American workers. I am proud to be a part of this community and as your congressman I will continue to stand up on behalf of all our families and communities in the entire district and work towards real, tangible progress and reform.”


March 28, 2016

Statement on Recent Bombings and Terror Attacks from Candidate Ali Mirza (NY-5)

"As the world mourns the violence suffered by our brothers and sisters in Brussels, Lahore and Baghdad, it is vital that we work even harder towards diplomatic solutions to the most difficult issues facing our world today. Hundreds were killed and many more were injured, and we must stand together as a global community to condemn senseless violence. Now is the time for us to commit ourselves to ending the cycle of perpetual war and violence through carefully thought out diplomacy. For ourselves, for our children, for our grandchildren; we must fight every day for a better tomorrow so that the blood of our global brothers and sisters no longer paints our holidays with sadness, but instead the bright hope of tomorrow brings us joy and excitement about progress to come."


March 29, 2016

Statement on SCOTUS Decision from Candidate Ali Mirza (NY-5)

"Today's Supreme Court decision is a victory for all hard-working Americans. The right to unionize is a crucial protection for workers against being abused and exploited, and a loss in this case could have ripped that protection away from millions of Americans. I applaud the court for its wisdom and look forward to working with the hardworking men and women of organized labor in Congress."


April 12, 2016

STATEMENT ON EQUAL PAY DAY FROM CANDIDATE ALI MIRZA

“Since 1996, the National Committee on Pay Equality have worked tirelessly so that this country takes notice of Equal Pay Day. While today is recognized symbolically, Equal Pay Day seeks to publicize the very real inequality in our society.

Based on the thorough calculations conducted by the committee, we use today as a reference demonstrating how far into the year women and minorities must work in order to earn what men earned in the previous calendar year. The event illustrates the disparity between the wages of men and women, an injustice which persists in nearly every industry.

When I came to this country 32 years ago, it was to pursue opportunities afforded to us, afforded to every American, regardless of gender, race, or religion. The land of opportunity was meant to provide everyone with the same rights and freedoms, meant to shelter us from injustice. As a United States Congressman, I will not rest until this injustice is rectified. My priority will be to urge companies to take on initiatives which help women narrow the gap with their male counterparts. I also intend to close tax loopholes allowing corporations to pay lower taxes and increase the minimum wage to $15 per hour. This type of economic injustice is designed to keep struggling families in poverty, and I will not stand for it.

If we intend to make the American Dream attainable, to each and every American, we must address the injustices causing growing inequalities.”