U.S. Rep. Terri Sewell (AL-07) delivered her 2020 State of the District address Monday, highlighting the significant victories she helped deliver for Alabama’s 7th District in 2019, and her goals for the year ahead.
Sewell highlighted the many legislative, grants and casework wins she helped secure on behalf of the 7th District in 2019, including:
- Hosting 84 district events and town halls in each of the district’s 14 counties;
- Recovering over $2.28 million in favorable benefits owed to constituents by the federal government;
- Receiving over $2.4 billion in federal grants to fund important projects throughout the district;
- Successfully introducing and passing H.R. 4, the Voting Rights Advancement Act, in the House to restore the full protections of the Voting Rights Act;
- Working to pass the FUTURE Act into law, which will provide $9.5 million per year in permanent funding for Alabama HBCUs;
- Securing $18 million in funding to preserve the sites of the civil rights movement; and more.
“Over the past year, Congress has been working hard on your behalf, passing common sense legislation to address the real and tangible needs of families across our district,” Sewell said. “I am proud to say that the state of our district is getting stronger because of the work we have done together thus far.”
“At the same time, I recognize that there is still so much work ahead of us,” Sewell continued. “This year we must work together to make sure Alabama’s 7th Congressional Counts in the 2020 Census and that our vote counts at the ballot box.”
The 2020 Census will help determine how $800 billion per year in federal funds are distributed for programs like Head Start, Medicaid, Medicare, SNAP, WIC, Section 8 housing assistance and more. For everyone not counted in Alabama during the last census, the state lost out on about $1,600 per person in federal funding each year.
“My friends, our work is far from over. But we, the people of the Alabama’s 7th District, know better than anyone how to fight for what is right, even in the hardest and darkest of times,” Sewell said. “We come from good stock and we know nothing is impossible for those of faith and action!”