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Congresswoman Jahana Hayes tops $600K for her 2020 re-election

Congresswoman Jahana Hayes tops $600K for her 2020 re-election
WATERBURY, CT - 03.19.2019 - GUN PRESS CONFERENCE - "Federal funds should not be used to arm school personnel,? says U.S. Representative Jahana Hayes (CT-05), a member of the U.S. House Education and Labor Committee, at the front entrance of John F. Kennedy High School in Waterbury where she was a history teacher. Hayes spoke at a press conference at the school with U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), at right, U.S. Representative Rosa DeLauro (CT-03), at left, educators and students after introducing legislation to keep guns out of classrooms. The legislation clarifies that the U.S. Department of Education cannot allow school districts to use federal funds for the purpose of arming teachers. Last year, reports indicated that Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos would no longer prohibit school districts from using federal funds to purchase firearms or provide firearms training for teachers. Hayes introduced H.Res.231 ? Keeping Guns Out of Classrooms ? in the House, and U.S. Senator Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) introduced the counterpart legislation in the Senate. PATRICK RAYCRAFT | praycraft@courant.com (Patrick Raycraft / Hartford Courant)

Jahana Hayes is giving double-meaning to the Green New Deal.

The buzz-worthy freshman congresswoman from Connecticut’s 5th District already has over $600,000 for her 2020 re-election campaign and has been helped out by fellow Democrat, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the controversial author of the sweeping environmental legislation.

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Hayes reported raising $161,000 during the first three months of the year for 2020, when the former National Teacher of the Year is likely to be a heavy favorite because of her name recognition, the power of incumbency and a Democratic registration advantage.

“I am so grateful for the support from every part of this diverse district,” Hayes said. “During campaigns, candidates talk a lot about putting people before politics. I am doing just that. I have spent my first hundred days attending my hearings from gavel to gavel, instead of darting in and out to squeeze in fundraising calls. Rather than simply relying on how others suggest I vote, I have taken the time to thoroughly read the bills put in front of me and consider how each could affect my constituents. I have even introduced my first resolution, one that seeks to prevent the use of federal funds to arm teachers. I am incredibly proud of all we have accomplished, and I thank everyone for their support."

Ocasio Cortez sent out a fundraising appeal at the end of March in support of a number of her Democratic colleagues, including Hayes, who is a sponsor of the Green New Deal.

The 5th District extends from Danbury and the Litchfield Hills to New Britain and the Farmington Valley.

Hayes has gotten national attention of late for introducing a measure that would prohibit the use of federal funds to arm teachers, a subject that she confronted President Donald Trump’s controversial education secretary, Betsy Devos, on during a hearing.

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