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Rep. Grace Meng (D-Flushing) introduced a bipartisan bill on Dec. 20 to allow Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits — colloquially known as food stamps — to be put toward hot and certain prepared foods, a Jan. 7 press release said. The bill, entitled SNAP Provisions to Lower Undue Struggle Act of 2021, or SNAP PLUS 2021, is co-sponsored by Reps. Bobby Rush (D-Ill.), and Brian Fitzpatrick (R-Penn.).

More than 41 million Americans rely on SNAP benefits, a September 2021 report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture reads.

New federal funds will be put toward improving climate and storm infrastructure and making subway and train stations more accessible, Rep. Grace Meng (D-Flushing) said during a Dec. 20 press conference with Borough President Donovan Richards. The two discussed a variety of infrastructure projects that could potentially benefit Queens.

The funding is the result of the Nov. 15 passage of President Joe Biden’s $1.2 trillion infrastructure package. It is not yet clear exactly how much money Queens will receive, said Meng, who was in attendance for the bill’s signing at the White House.

Rep. Grace Meng (D-Flushing) said Dec. 14 that she is working with the U.S. State Department to bring Fresh Meadows resident Bilal Ahmad and his family — who are currently stranded in Abu Dhabi’s Emirates Humanitarian City — home to Queens.

According to Meng, Ahmad’s wife and 5-year-old son had been visiting loved ones in Kabul, Afghanistan, when the country fell to the Taliban. Ahmad, a U.S. citizen, flew to Kabul to bring his family home. While the family found safety in the United Arab Emirates, and later, in Abu Dhabi, they have been stuck there, ever since.

Communities throughout Queens that have a heavy Asian-American and Pacific Islander population, including Downtown Flushing, above, showed str…


Two days after the 2021 general election, Rep. Grace Meng (D-Flushing) pointed out that communities heavily populated by Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders voted in favor of Republican candidates.

“Our party better start giving more of a s**t about #aapi voters and communities. No other community turned out at a faster pace than AAPIs in 2020,” Meng wrote in a Nov. 4 tweet.