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May 19, 2016 Press Release

Washington, DC – On Thursday, May 19, 2016, Congressman Lee Zeldin (R, NY-1) was presented with the “Legislator of the Year” award from the National Association of Private Special Education Centers (NAPSEC). NAPSEC supports special education programs for individuals with disabilities and their families on Long Island and across the country.

March 7, 2016 Press Release

Brookhaven, NY – On Monday, March 7, 2016, Congressman Lee Zeldin (R, NY-1) hosted an Education Task Force meeting, which was held at Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL). The meeting agenda included a discussion of higher education and K-12 issues, the upcoming appropriations process, and pending legislation in Congress.

March 7, 2016 Press Release

There are so many important ways that the federal government can help improve the quality of education in our schools. Some of these opportunities include rolling back the excessive amount of federally-mandated testing in schools, advancing the investment in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), modernizing student loan debt financing, and restoring more local control of education to put parents and teachers back in charge of education, and give every child a better opportunity to succeed.

February 22, 2016 Press Release

Patchogue, NY – Congressman Lee Zeldin (R, NY-1) released today the framework of his “New Era of American Strength” agenda for 2016 and beyond.

It is such an honor to be leading the Fighting First in Congress.” ~ Congressman Zeldin.

Recapping a few of Representative Zeldin’s 2015 Victories for NY-1:

January 11, 2016 Press Release

Washington, DC –Congressman Lee Zeldin (R, C – NY-1) hosted a press conference today at Long Island University (LIU) in Riverhead to discuss legislation he introduced in Congress, The Earnings Contingent Education Loans (ExCEL) Act of 2015 (H.R.3695); and urge Congress to act swiftly to pass this critical legislation that would address the growing student loan debt crisis.

December 17, 2015 Press Release

Washington, DC – Congressman Lee Zeldin (R, C – NY-1) today announced that the Zeldin Amendment regarding Common Core was signed into law.

The Zeldin Amendment would allow states to opt out of Common Core without fear that there will be any loss of federal funding as a result.

December 2, 2015 Press Release

Washington, DC – Congressman Lee Zeldin (R, C – NY-1) today announced that an amendment he introduced to the Student Success Act (H.R. 5), which passed the House of Representatives on July 8, 2015, was included in the final conference agreement between the Senate and House. The final legislation passed the House today, and will be sent to the President’s desk to be signed into law.

October 16, 2015 In The News

An amendment was successfully added to the Student Success Act that could possibly bring an end to Common Core. This week, the US House narrowly passed the reauthorization of HR 5 (the Student Success Act). HR 5 is the controversial proposed replacement for the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB). The amendment, authored by conservative Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-NY), would allow a state to opt-out of Common Core “or other specific standards” without reprisals from the feds. It passed with overwhelming bi-partisan support in a 373-57 vote.

September 24, 2015 Press Release

July 8, 2015 Press Release

Washington, DC – Today, July 8, 2015, an amendment offered by Congressman Lee Zeldin (R, C – Shirley) to protect states that choose to opt out of Common Core passed the House of Representatives by an overwhelming vote of 373 to 57. This was an amendment to an education bill, H.R. 5, that was scheduled to be voted on later in the evening.