Vice Chair Crowley Statement on Second Anniversary of Rana Plaza Tragedy in Bangladesh

April 24, 2015
Press Release

(Washington, D.C.) – Today, Rep. Joe Crowley (D-Queens, the Bronx), Vice Chair of the Democratic Caucus and founder and chair of the House Bangladesh Caucus, issued the following statement marking the second anniversary of the tragic Rana Plaza building collapse in Dhaka, Bangladesh that claimed over 1,100 lives and injured many more.

“Today, I join the Bangladeshi people in heartfelt mourning of all those who lost their lives in the tragic disaster at Rana Plaza. This day serves as a painful reminder that while progress has been made, there is more work that needs to be done to protect workers and ensure such a disaster never happens again. I continue to hope that Bangladeshi officials will take further steps to protect all workers in Bangladesh, and I will continue my efforts to encourage this process to move forward as quickly as possible.”

Crowley has been a leading voice in calling for improved safety and labor rights in Bangladesh. In December 2012, Crowley spearheaded a letter to then-U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk requesting the agency complete its review of Bangladesh’s GSP privileges as soon as possible in the wake of the Tazreen factory fire, which took the lives of over 100 workers. In May 2013, Crowley, along with Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (D-MD), Ways and Means Committee Ranking Member Sander Levin (D-MI), and other House Democrats sent a letter to Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina strongly urging the Bangladeshi authorities to join in a comprehensive, concrete, and coordinated plan to ensure worker safety and rights in Bangladesh.

Crowley has been a leader in the House on issues pertaining to Bangladesh, from labor and workers’ rights issues, to the effort to support stable and democratic governance in the country.  

Congressman Crowley is the nine-term representative from the 14th Congressional District of New York, which includes sections of Queens and the Bronx. He is a member of the powerful Ways and Means Committee and serves as Vice Chair of the Democratic Caucus in the House of Representatives.