NYC : As Congressman Ed Towns Prepares to Leave Office: Get to Know His Agenda and THOMAS My Friends!

The Transition of Power = The Voice in Representative Government!

Congressman Edolphus “Ed” Towns  (10th District NY) has announced his plan to retire from the House of Representatives after 16 terms but what does this transition of power mean to the American public in his district and across country based on the impact of Ed Towns in vital committees?

Let’s face Democrat freshman have not upset the nation like Republican freshman these days. When we lose a people’s champion and an efficiently run “office” in Washington, DC  it takes more than typical “freshman” promises to restore power — so let’s look in the coming weeks at the legislation and the ideas of Congressman “Ed” Towns.

President Obama said in a statement, “As a veteran, teacher, minister and congressman, Edolphus Towns has dedicated his life to public service.  In his 30 years representing the people of New York, Ed has fought tirelessly to improve the public healthcare system, strengthen consumer protections and improve the public education system.  He has served as chairman for the Congressional Black Caucus, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee and currently chairs the Congressional Social Work Caucus which he created to provide a platform for over 600,000 social workers who positively impact the lives of the elderly, the disadvantaged, children and veterans.  Michelle and I join the people of New York in wishing Ed and his family all the best in the future.”

Whether Mr. Jeffries or Barron seeks to fill the shoes of the former Chairman we will have to follow his large 30-year footprint with a vigilance to be involved in the process and to get to know THOMAS as the “office” is groomed to respond to the constituencies of the 10th district and the nation adapts to his absence and “standing” in critical committees.

H.R. 683 Urban Jobs Act


Bill Summary & Status 112th Congress (2011 – 2012)

H.R.683 All Information

Latest Title: Urban Jobs Act of 2011

Sponsor: Rep Towns, Edolphus [NY-10] (introduced 2/11/2011)      Cosponsors (23)

Related Bills: S.922

Latest Major Action: 3/4/2011 Referred to House subcommittee. Status: Referred to the Subcommittee on Higher Education and Workforce Training.

TITLE(S):  (italics indicate a title for a portion of a bill)

    Urban Jobs Act of 2011
    To amend the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 to authorize the Secretary of Labor to provide grants to the National Urban League for an Urban Jobs Program, and for other purposes.



Urban Jobs Act of 2011 – Amends the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 to authorize the Secretary of Labor to make grants to the National Urban League to operate, through local affiliates, an Urban Jobs Program to provide job training, education, and support services and activities for eligible young adults to prepare them for entry into the workforce.

Defines “eligible young adults” as individuals ages 18 to 24 who: (1) are not enrolled in secondary or post-secondary school, or (2) are or have been subject to the criminal justice process.

Directs the Secretary to establish a National Jobs Council Advisory Committee.

Expresses the sense of Congress that National Urban League affiliates should establish local jobs council advisory committees to aid in establishing local community support for local implementation of the program.

COSPONSORS(23), ALPHABETICAL [followed by Cosponsors withdrawn]:     (Sort: by date)

Rep Brady, Robert A. [PA-1] – 3/31/2011

Rep Brown, Corrine [FL-3] – 3/31/2011

Rep Christensen, Donna M. [VI] – 9/20/2011

Rep Cohen, Steve [TN-9] – 3/31/2011

Rep Conyers, John, Jr. [MI-14] – 3/9/2011

Rep Filner, Bob [CA-51] – 3/27/2012

Rep Fudge, Marcia L. [OH-11] – 7/28/2011

Rep Green, Al [TX-9] – 9/22/2011

Rep Green, Gene [TX-29] – 3/8/2012

Rep Hastings, Alcee L. [FL-23] – 2/11/2011

Rep Higgins, Brian [NY-27] – 4/17/2012

Rep Jackson, Jesse L., Jr. [IL-2] – 2/11/2011

Rep Johnson, Eddie Bernice [TX-30] – 4/8/2011

Rep Johnson, Henry C. “Hank,” Jr. [GA-4] – 9/20/2011

Rep Lewis, John [GA-5] – 5/10/2011

Rep Meeks, Gregory W. [NY-6] – 4/8/2011

Rep Payne, Donald M. [NJ-10] – 2/11/2011

Rep Rangel, Charles B. [NY-15] – 2/11/2011

Rep Richmond, Cedric L. [LA-2] – 2/15/2011

Rep Rush, Bobby L. [IL-1] – 5/25/2011

Rep Scott, Robert C. “Bobby” [VA-3] – 3/7/2012

Rep Sires, Albio [NJ-13] – 4/8/2011

Rep Sutton, Betty [OH-13] – 3/31/2011


Committee/Subcommittee: Activity:
House Education and the Workforce Referral, In Committee
Subcommittee on Higher Education and Workforce Training

Committees & Affiliation of Congressman Ed Towns

Committee assignments in the 109th Congress (2005-2006)

Coalitions and Caucuses

  • Executive Committee, Albanian Issues Caucus
  • Congressional Black Caucus
  • Congressional Competitiveness Caucus
  • Co-Chair, Congressional Glaucoma Caucus
  • Congressional Narcotics Abuse and Control Caucus
  • Congressional Urban Caucus

Boards and other Affiliations

  • Boy Scouts Advisory Council
  • Kiwanis
  • Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity
  • Salvation Army

We will certainly have to get to know “THOMAS”. Thomas… is the public information repository for legislative information in Washington, DC. THOMAS was launched in January of 1995, at the inception of the 104th Congress. The leadership of the 104th Congress directed the Library of Congress to make federal legislative information freely available to the public. Since that time THOMAS has expanded the scope of its offerings to include the features and content listed below.

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THOMAS is said to be developed,”In the spirit of Thomas Jefferson, legislative information from the Library of Congress”

“My Boy!” Thomas

Remarks from Washington, DC

Towns the Legislator

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