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Congresswoman Joyce Beatty

Representing the 3rd District of Ohio

Congresswoman Beatty Stands Up for the People

Sep 28, 2018

On September 28, 2018, U.S. Congresswoman Joyce Beatty (OH-03) submitted the following statement into the Congressional Record:

"Americans want a government 'For The People.' They want Congress and a president that listens, speaks, and works for them.

My Democratic colleagues and I are focused on precisely that here in Washington and back home.

To list just a few highlights from the past few weeks for me:

Fighting to keep Central Ohio families together, including members of our vibrant Mauritanian, Somali, Latin American and Central American communities, families like Edith Espinal’s, who has been forced to take sanctuary in Columbus Mennonite Church for more than a year or face deportation.

In the nearly 365 days that have passed since Edith took refuge, my staff and I have been working diligently to try to help reunite Edith and her family. We have meet Edith’s family, her advocates, legal representation and will do so again in the coming days, as well as other stakeholders. I have spoken directly with Edith. My District staff just last month met with another group of Edith’s advocates, and we contacted USCIS and ICE officials requesting assistance. Our efforts continue.

In addition to standing up for Central Ohio families and our newest neighbors, I also hosted a Community Conversation with hundreds of my constituents at St. Stephens Community House—in conjunction with their 100th year of service. Held a Healthcare Listening Session and Roundtable with hospital executives and local stakeholders on the future of healthcare; as well as my "Money, Wealth and Disparities Issues Forum" during the 48th Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s Annual Legislative Conference. 

Walked in the National African-American Male Wellness Walk in Columbus and packing care packages with the USO for military families.

Toured several Central Ohio businesses, including the new AmeriSource Bergen Lockborne facility, Core Molding Technologies, the Ohio Media School, Heidelberg Distributing, and Home Depot to name a few.

Visited first time homeowner, 75 years young Mrs. Joyce Mayne and the amazing people at Homeport, who helped Mrs. Mayne and many other Central Ohioans realize the American Dream of homeownership.

Met with the AFL-CIO, Moms2B, the Oho Credit Union League, YWCA Columbus, Ohio Dominican University President Robert Gervasi, the Ohio Automotive Dealers Association, and countless other constituents and community leaders.  

It certainly has been a hectic month and a half, but I look forward to continue listening, speaking, and working “For The People” who entrusted me to be there voice in Congress.

Central Ohioans and Americans are clamoring for better jobs, better wages, better opportunities, and a better future.

That is why Congressional Democrats are working tirelessly—whether that be in the Halls of Congress and in neighborhoods all across America, like the East Side of Columbus to Franklinton, and Westerville to Groveport—to focus our efforts on: increasing take home pay; preparing American workers for the jobs of tomorrow; lowering prescription drug prices and healthcare costs; cleaning up the Culture of Corruption, and making Washington work better for ALL Americans!

These coming weeks are critical, and I urge all Americans to make sure to vote.

Our work certainly will continue through the November elections and into the 116th Congress."