U.S. Congressman Chaka Fattah denies allegations of wrong doing

Congressman Chaka Fattah

U.S. Congressman Chaka Fattah is internationally renowned for his tireless work on behalf of the least fortunate. During more than three decades of public service, he consistently has voted in support of major legislative initiatives designed to address a broad range of pressing international issues.

For example, Fattah voted yes on the Act authorizing the President to provide assistance to support democratic institutions, economic development, human rights, and health care in Pakistan. He voted yes on third world debt reduction.

Fattah co-sponsored a Congressional Resolution urging China to respect religious freedom. He signed the Ebola Relief Resolution providing $500 million and 3,000 troops to Africa to fight the Ebola disease.

He co-sponsored the Resolution acknowledging the Armenian Genocide in the early 1990s.

Fattah signed the Freedom to Travel to Cuba Act. He also signed a letter to the President urging easing of the Israeli blockade on Gaza.

He supported the Safe Blood for Africa Foundation. This initiative has trained thousands of African blood technicians and helps strengthen African health care systems.

In the USA, Fattah has championed causes improving the quality of life of millions of urban and rural residents.

He is the architect of GEAR UP. This is widely regarded as the USA’s best college readiness and access educational program.

Among other legislation he has sponsored or co-sponsored isThe American Opportunity Tax Credit Act. It provides a $2,500 tax credit for tuition and other expenses for college students or their parents.

Fattah was instrumental in development of the American Innovation and Mentorship Agreement that brings together engineers, scientists and educators with Boys & Girls Clubs of America.

His leadership on national economic development and housing issues include support for legislation providing substantial financial support for various programs designed to expand research and development and grow the USA’s manufacturing base, to stimulate job growth and strengthen the economy, to provide emergency loans for homeowners, and to move families from decaying high-rise buildings to single family homes.

Fattah also advocated for passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, which has increased millions of Americans access to health care.

The U.S. Department of Justice is alleging that Fattah and several other persons engaged in wrongdoing. Essentially, the criminal complaint claims Fattah misused federal money, campaign funds, and charitable contributions. Fattah denies he engaged in wrongdoing and reportedly is launching a vigorous defense.

By Anne T. Sulton, Ph.D., J.D.
JA Senior International Correspondent