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Congressman Steve Israel represents New York's 3rd Congressional District, encompassing northeast Queens and the townships of North Hempstead, Oyster Bay, Huntington and Smithtown. Much of the area is famously known as the historic “Gold Coast.” He is the sixth ranking member of the House Democratic Leadership, serving as Chair of Policy & Communications, where he focuses on the issue of middle-class economic security and opportunity.

Israel, a Democrat, serves on the House Appropriations Committee, and previously served as Chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. He was first elected in 2000 and is now serving his 7th term in the House.

Entries by Rep. Steve Israel

Kings of the Hill: Man Accidentally Watches CSPAN 3, Proclaims "Perfect Enlightenment"

(0) Comments | Posted April 15, 2015 | 7:49 PM


Boars Head delivery driver Bobby McPhee held a press conference outside his Stutsville Ohio home to announce that he had mistakenly watched a few minutes of CSPAN 3 and now "totally gets democracy."

"I was sitting in my lounger, you know, just screwing around with...

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Kings of the Hill: Had My Mother Attended the Nuclear Negotiations

(2) Comments | Posted April 2, 2015 | 4:07 PM

IRANIAN FOREIGN MINISTER MOHAMMED JAVAD ZARIF: The hour is late. Do we have a deal or not?

SYLVIA: What, all of a sudden you're in such a rush? You should never sign a nuclear program agreement on an empty stomach. Here, have some more brisket.

ZARIF: Enough of these...

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Kings of the Hill: Taking Shots

(0) Comments | Posted February 3, 2015 | 3:06 PM

"Taking Shots" is Rep. Israel's latest submission for his regular Huffington Post column, called "Kings of the Hill," which offers humorous dispatches from inside the halls of Congress.

"I've heard of many tragic cases of walking, talking, normal children who wound up with profound mental disorders after vaccines. ... I...
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Kings of the Hill: GOP Funds Time Machine

(17) Comments | Posted January 12, 2015 | 2:36 PM

"We're Partying Like It's 2008!"

The House GOP majority today announced it will fund a time machine that will return the economy to the fall of 2008.

House Science & Technology Committee Lamar Smith (R-TX) said, "Instead of wasting time whipping votes on the Floor to deregulate big banks, we...

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Kings of the Hill: Game of Thrones

(10) Comments | Posted January 2, 2015 | 10:34 AM

Rep. Israel will be submitting a regular column to Huffington Post called 'Kings of the Hill' to offer humorous dispatches from inside the halls of Congress. Below is his second column.


For those who follow politics like episodes of Game of Thrones, get ready for a blockbuster...

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Kings of the Hill: The Congressional Holiday Ball

(1) Comments | Posted December 10, 2014 | 2:40 PM

Rep. Israel will be submitting a regular column to Huffington Post called 'Kings of the Hill' to offer humorous dispatches from inside the halls of Congress. Below is his first column.



TO: Members of Congress

FROM: White House Social Office

RE: Holiday Ball


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I'm Begging

(1) Comments | Posted October 30, 2014 | 12:29 PM


Lesley and Bruce, I've always been able to count on you as mom and dad. Now I really need you to step up.

I just announced my candidacy for Recording Secretary of Larry Storch Elementary School Student Council.

As you know, this became an open seat when...

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Humor Piece: Large Claims Court

(0) Comments | Posted July 31, 2014 | 6:17 PM

"Through this lawsuit, the House of Representatives will take a crucial step to rein in the president and defend our Constitution so that it endures for generations to come."
Rep Pete Sessions (R-TX), House Rules Committee Chairman

WASHINGTON - House Speaker John Boehner today announced a lawsuit against the...

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On Mother's Day, Giving Women What They Really Deserve

(0) Comments | Posted May 11, 2014 | 11:46 AM

This Mother's Day, as we celebrate the women who sacrifice so much to support their families and give their kids a chance to live the American dream, we must demand that our leaders step up to the plate and do their part to lift up America's mothers -- and all...

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Let's Fight Cancer With a Focus on Prevention

(1) Comments | Posted February 7, 2014 | 1:05 PM

Sadly, I can almost ensure that nearly every reader of this blog post has been affected by cancer -- either personally or through a loved one or friend. In 2013, about 580,350 Americans were estimated to die of cancer -- that's almost 1,600 people per day. While we've come a...

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A Humor Piece: Memo From the Governor

(0) Comments | Posted January 13, 2014 | 1:35 PM





We have all seen reports that the governor's office in New Jersey intentionally shut down highway lanes to retaliate against a political opponent. We will not tolerate such abuses in our great State. As governor,...

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A True Shonda: Princesses: Long Island

(42) Comments | Posted June 19, 2013 | 8:35 AM

I'm proud to represent an area of Long Island that has been the location for many famous movies and TV shows, including Citizen Kane, Annie Hall, and the hit television series Boardwalk Empire. It's even the setting for The Great Gatsby. Shamefully, it's also now the location for a show...

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Let's Start With Child Care

(0) Comments | Posted June 2, 2013 | 11:00 AM

Amy Gretchyn is a librarian and a hard-working mother of two girls. Her husband works full-time, too. I met Amy a few months ago at Kids by the Bunch in Glen Cove, New York, as she dropped off her daughters. She told me that, like many other middle-class families, they...

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Republicans' Vile Attack Is New Low

(4) Comments | Posted October 20, 2011 | 5:13 PM

Republicans are desperate to discredit hardworking Americans who are protesting the Republican policies that breed more corporate greed than help for the middle class.

It's not surprising: time and time again the GOP has chosen to put tax breaks for millionaires, billionaires, and Big Oil companies before middle-class priorities like...

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Upping the Pace for Going Green

(3) Comments | Posted September 25, 2009 | 1:48 PM

Yesterday at the Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting, former President Bill Clinton and a coalition of green energy visionaries discussed my federal legislation and announced the expansion of a game-changing idea: Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) Bonds.

PACE Bonds empower all those property owners who like the idea of "going...

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Top Ten Things the Health Care Bill Won't Do

(65) Comments | Posted August 21, 2009 | 12:17 PM

The debate about health insurance reform has become one of shouting matches, email spamming and piles of misinformation. It seems that most of the yelling is based on fear, not fact, and it's getting pretty extreme. With that in mind, I've put together a top ten list of things this...

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Roll Back the Darkness in a Sustainable, Cost-Effective Way

(2) Comments | Posted July 13, 2009 | 4:16 PM

Imagine a U.S. development program that can dramatically improve global health -- even saving 4,000 lives a day. It can significantly reduce violence against women. It can help combat the effects of climate change. It can enable millions of poor girls to attend school. It can help the world's poorest...

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Right-Wing Radio Spreads Flu Lies

(83) Comments | Posted April 30, 2009 | 6:21 PM

The last thing our country needs is radio hosts spreading dangerous misinformation about the flu outbreak. But that's exactly what we're getting thanks to people like Michael Savage, Jay Severin and Neal Boortz. These right-wing demagogues are targeting America's immigrant community and trying to turn a possible pandemic into politics.

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Incentivize Detroit to Get Efficient

(8) Comments | Posted April 2, 2009 | 2:47 PM

I want the American auto industry to survive. But I don't want them to survive because of perpetual Congressional life support.

What Detroit needs is a jump start. For years, Americans gobbled up clunker vehicles because gas was cheap. Because of the demand for what they were making, the...

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Saving the Economy Requires a Mix of Medicines

(18) Comments | Posted December 15, 2008 | 11:51 AM

If the holiday season is getting too festive, sit with me at a House Appropriations Committee hearing with three State Governors about the effect of the economy on state and local budgets.

Last Thursday, Governors John Corzine (D-NJ), Jim Douglas (R-VT), and Jim Doyle (D-WI) testified about massive budget cuts,...

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