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Congressional Tipoffs Involving New Jersey Newsletter for Sunday October 27, 2019 ( 54 items )  

Bipartisan Task Force Issues Statement on 1st Anniversary of Tree of Life Shooting
WASHINGTON, Oct. 25 -- Rep. Nita Lowey, D-New York, issued the following joint statement - with seven congressmen - Reps. Chris Smith, R-New Jersey, Eliot Engel, D-New York, Kay Granger, R-Texas, Ted Deutch, D-Florida, Randy Weber, R-Texas, Marc Veasey, D-Texas, and Brian Fitzpatrick, R-Pennsylvania, co-chairs of the House Bipartisan Task Force for Combating Anti-Semitism, remembering the massacre at the Tree of Life synagogue and honoring the memories of the 11 victims: "It is with the deepest  more

Booker, Clyburn Take Innovative, Two-Pronged Approach to Tackling Affordable Housing Crisis
WASHINGTON, Oct. 23 -- Sen. Cory Booker, D-New Jersey, issued the following news release: * * * - HOME Act would provide immediate assistance to rent-burdened individuals, while incentivizing communities to adopt more inclusive zoning laws * * * U.S. Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) and U.S. House Majority Whip James E. Clyburn (D-SC) today reintroduced legislation that takes an innovative, two-pronged approach to tackling the affordable housing crisis. The Housing, Opportunity, Mobility, and Equi  more

Booker, Kaine, Coons, Murphy Call on President Trump to Appoint Ambassador to Sudan
WASHINGTON, Oct. 25 -- Sen. Cory Booker, D-New Jersey, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ), a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, led members of the Subcommittee on Africa and Global Health Policy in urging President Trump to nominate the first U.S. Ambassador to Sudan since 1997. In a letter, Booker highlighted the importance of strong U.S. support for Sudan as the country transitions toward a civilian government and democratic elections after month  more

Communications and Technology Subcommittee Announces Hearing on C-Band
WASHINGTON, Oct. 22 -- Rep. Frank Pallone Jr., D-New Jersey, chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, issued the following news release: Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ) and Communications and Technology Subcommittee Chairman Mike Doyle (D-PA) announced today that the Communications and Technology Subcommittee will hold a hearing on Tuesday, October 29, at 10 a.m. in room 2322 of the Rayburn House Office Building entitled "Repurposing the C-Band to Be  more

E&C Subcommittee Announces Legislative Hearing to Address EPA's Mismanagement of Renewable Fuel Standard Program
WASHINGTON, Oct. 22 -- Rep. Frank Pallone Jr., D-New Jersey, chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, issued the following news release: Energy and Commerce Chairman Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ) and Environment and Climate Change Subcommittee Chairman Paul Tonko (D-NY) announced today that the Environment and Climate Change Subcommittee will hold a legislative hearing on Tuesday, October 29, at 10:30 am in the John D. Dingell Room, 2123 of the Rayburn House Office Building on the Envir  more

GAO Denies Protest by InSap Services of Marlton, New Jersey
WASHINGTON, Oct. 22 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a decision denying a bid protest filed by InSap Services of Marlton, New Jersey. According to the GAO, InSap Services "protests the terms of request for task order proposals (RFTOP) No. UNAWRD-19-R-UNIF, issued by the Department of the Army, Army Contracting Command (Army), for unified enterprise resource planning capability support services. The protester contends that the agency improperly bundled its requirements under th  more

GAO Issues Report on Homeland Security Acquisitions
WASHINGTON, Oct. 25 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on the Department of Homeland Security's test and evaluation activities for major acquisition programs. The report (GAO-20-20) is titled "Homeland Security Acquisitions: Opportunities Exist to Further Improve DHS's Oversight of Test and Evaluation Activities". The report was sent to Rep. Cedric L. Richmond, D-Louisiana, chairman of the House Homeland Security subcommittee on Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection,  more

GAO Issues Report on Opioid Use Disorder Services for Pregnant, Postpartum Women, Children
WASHINGTON, Oct. 25 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on Medicaid coverage for pregnant and postpartum women with a substance use disorder, including opioid use disorder. The report (GAO-20-40) is titled "Medicaid: Opioid Use Disorder Services for Pregnant and Postpartum Women, and Children". The report was sent to Sen. Charles E. Grassley, R-Iowa, chairman, Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Oregon, ranking member of the Senate Finance Committee, Rep. Frank Pallone Jr., D-New Jersey,   more

In Public Comments to Proposed Rule, Booker Blasts HUD for Eroding Fair Housing Act Protections
WASHINGTON, Oct. 22 -- Sen. Cory Booker, D-New Jersey, issued the following news release: * * * - Rule would subject millions of Americans to housing discrimination, Booker says * * * U.S. Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) today released public comments he submitted opposing a proposed rule that dismantles vital federal protections for victims of housing discrimination. The proposed Housing and Urban Development (HUD) rule dramatically weakens the Fair Housing Act's (FHA) disparate impact standard,  more

Medicare Rights Center Endorses Congressman Kim's Helping Seniors Afford Health Care Act
WASHINGTON, Oct. 23 -- Rep. Andy Kim, D-New Jersey, issued the following news release: Today, the Medicare Rights Center, a national, nonprofit consumer service organization that works to ensure access to affordable health care for older adults, announced their endorsement of the Helping Seniors Afford Health Care Act, H.R. 4671. The bill, introduced by Congressman Andy Kim (NJ-03), Congressman Dwight Evans (PA-03) and Congresswoman Lisa Blunt Rochester (DE-AL), would increase access to afforda  more

Menendez, Sires Introduce Bill to Expand Job-Training Programs, Create Pipeline Between Community Colleges, Local Businesses
WASHINGTON, Oct. 23 -- Sen. Robert Menendez, D-New Jersey, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Bob Menendez and Congressman Albio Sires (N.J.-08) today introduced bicameral legislation to expand high-skilled, job-training partnerships between community colleges and local businesses looking to hire, which will increase employment opportunities for workers in New Jersey and across the country. "By creating a direct pipeline between community colleges and businesses, this legislation   more

On ABC's This Week, Menendez Reacts to Sec. Pompeo Interview, Discusses Crisis in Syria and Trump-Ukraine Scandal
WASHINGTON, Oct. 21 -- Sen. Bob Menendez, D-New Jersey, ranking Democratic member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following news release: Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, appeared today on ABC's This Week with George Stephanopoulos to discuss pressing international affairs issues including the ongoing crisis in northern Syria and the latest on the Trump-Ukraine scandal. Ranking Member Menendez also provided his immed  more

Ranking Member Menendez Concludes Trip to India
WASHINGTON, Oct. 24 -- Sen. Bob Menendez, D-New Jersey, ranking Democratic member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following news release: Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, travelled to India earlier this month to assess and advance the partnership between the United States and India. Visiting Delhi, Agra, Chandigarh, Amritsar, and Mumbai, Menendez met with senior government officials, businesspeople, and religious lead  more

Rep. Gottheimer Fights for Long-Term Bipartisan Terrorism Risk Insurance
WASHINGTON, Oct. 22 -- Rep. Josh Gottheimer, D-New Jersey, issued the following news release, dated Oct. 18: * * * - Reauthorization of Terrorism Risk Insurance Act will protect our communities, businesses, and economy * * * This week, U.S. Congressman Josh Gottheimer (NJ-5) fought for the bipartisan, long-term reauthorization of H.R. 4634 - the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act (TRIA), currently set to expire next year. TRIA was signed into law in the aftermath of the devastating September 11 te  more

Rep. Gottheimer Questions Facebook CEO Zuckerberg on Social Media Platforms Allowing Foreign Terrorists Organizations
WASHINGTON, Oct. 23 -- Rep. Josh Gottheimer, D-New Jersey, issued the following news release: Today, Wednesday, October 23, 2019, U.S. Congressman Josh Gottheimer (NJ-5) questioned Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg on whether social media companies should buck U.S. law and allow Foreign Terrorist Organizations and affiliated profiles to maintain accounts and spew violent extremist content. Yesterday, Gottheimer, along with a bipartisan group of lawmakers, called on Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey to stop b  more

Rep. Gottheimer Works to Strengthen Laws to Protect U.S. Elections From Foreign Influence
WASHINGTON, Oct. 23 -- Rep. Josh Gottheimer, D-New Jersey, issued the following news release: Today, Wednesday, October 23, 2019, U.S. Congressman Josh Gottheimer voted to pass the Stopping Harmful Interference in Elections for a Lasting Democracy (SHIELD) Act, which includes bipartisan legislation backed by the Problem Solvers Caucus, which Gottheimer co-chairs, requiring an FEC audit after federal elections to determine the incidence of foreign money. "Our democracy is founded on the central  more

Rep. Gottheimer, Pascrell Announce $668K Education Investment for Teaneck to Improve School Safety and Mental Health Services
GLEN ROCK, New Jersey, Oct. 25 -- Rep. Josh Gottheimer, D-New Jersey, issued the following news release: Today, Friday, October 25, 2019, U.S. Congressmen Josh Gottheimer (NJ-5) and Bill Pascrell, Jr. (NJ-9) announced that the U.S. Department of Education has awarded an investment of $668,480 from the School Climate Transformation Grant (SCTG) to Teaneck Public Schools. The SCTG is a federal program designed to help make schools safer and improve mental health services for students and young ad  more

Rep. Gottheimer: Twitter Bucks U.S. Law, Defends Terrorist Organizations Hezbollah and Hamas
WASHINGTON, Oct. 22 -- Rep. Josh Gottheimer, D-New Jersey, issued the following news release: * * * - Bipartisan Members of Congress demand Twitter take down terrorist handles and content * * * Today, Tuesday, October 22, 2019, a bipartisan group of lawmakers comprised of Representatives Josh Gottheimer (NJ-5), Tom Reed (NY-23), Max Rose (NY-11), and Brian Fitzpatrick (PA-1), called on Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, to stop blatantly violating U.S. law, to immediately change their policy, and to r  more

Rep. Jeff Van Drew, National Security Task Force Co-Chair, Introduces Bipartisan Bill to Protect Elections Infrastructure From Foreign Manipulation
WASHINGTON, Oct. 22 -- Rep. Jefferson Van Drew, D-New Jersey, issued the following news release: Congressman Jeff Van Drew (D-NJ) introduced the bipartisan Protect Our Elections Act, a bill that would prohibit foreign ownership or control of our elections systems. He is joined by fellow Blue Dogs National Security Task Force Co-Chair Kendra Horn (D-OK) and Representatives Abigail Spanberger (D-VA), Xochitl Torres Small (D-NM), Dan Crenshaw (R-TX), Jeff Fortenberry (R-NE), Roger Marshall (R-KS),  more

Rep. Kim to Hold Veterans Day Town Hall
WASHINGTON, Oct. 23 -- Rep. Andy Kim, D-New Jersey, issued the following news release: Today, Congressman Andy Kim announced that he will hold a town hall meeting in Toms River on Monday, November 11th at 5:00pm. The town hall will feature veterans from across New Jersey's Third Congressional District who will share their stories and discuss issues important to the veteran community. "Our town halls are my chance to hear from you on what's important, and as we approach Veterans Day, hearing fr  more

Rep. Malinowski Votes to Secure America's Elections
WASHINGTON, Oct. 23 -- Rep. Tomaz Malinowski, D-New Jersey, issued the following news release: Today the House passed The SHIELD Act, which puts forward common sense, bipartisan reforms to protect our election systems against foreign interference. Congressman Malinowski was integral to drafting the bill and was an original co-sponsor. Below is a transcript of his remarks at a press conference in support of the bill, and you can find video of the remarks here (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4rv  more

Rep. Pallone Announces Start of Beach Replenishment in Long Branch, Sea Bright, Monmouth Beach
LONG BRANCH, New Jersey, Oct. 25 -- Rep. Frank Pallone Jr., D-New Jersey, issued the following news release: Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-06) announced today that the Army Corps of Engineers beach replenishment project in Long Branch, Sea Bright, and Monmouth Beach will begin in December. As a result of Congressman Pallone's advocacy, the beach replenishment projects will restore more than 1.3 million cubic yards of sand to beaches that suffer from erosion caused by tidal activity and sto  more

Rep. Pallone Informs Public on Action to Address E-Cigarette Epidemic
PERTH AMBOY, New Jersey, Oct. 21 -- Rep. Frank Pallone Jr., D-New Jersey, issued the following news release: * * * - "We are facing a serious problem that needs a comprehensive solution." * * * Today, Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-06) updated the public on his legislative efforts to address the youth tobacco epidemic, and his oversight efforts related to the increase of vaping-related illnesses and the tragic losses of life. The number of individuals under the age of 21 who use nicotine  more

Rep. Pallone Issues Joint Statement on Vote to Recognize the Armenian Genocide
WASHINGTON, Oct. 25 -- Rep. Frank Pallone Jr., D-New Jersey, issued the following joint statement with Reps. Adam Schiff, D-California; Gus Bilirakis, R-Florida; Peter King, R-New York, and Jackie Speier, D-California, regarding the announcement of Armenian Genocide resolution (H.R. 296), Affirming the U.S. record on the Armenian Genocide, has been scheduled for a floor vote next week: "As the leadership of the Congressional Caucus on Armenian Issues, we are very pleased that H.Res. 296, a reso  more

Rep. Pallone Issues Remarks at Health Care Hearing
WASHINGTON, Oct. 23 -- Rep. Frank Pallone Jr., D-New Jersey, chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, issued the following opening remarks at the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations hearing entitled "Sabotage: The Trump Administration's Attack on Health Care": "Today's hearing continues this Committee's ongoing work to bring oversight and accountability to the Trump Administration's relentless attack on people's health care. Whether it be attacks on the Affordable Care Act,  more

Rep. Pallone Issues Remarks at Hearing on Clean Economy for Planes, Trains, Automobiles
WASHINGTON, Oct. 23 -- Rep. Frank Pallone Jr., D-New Jersey, chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, issued the following remarks at the Subcommittee on Environment and Climate Change hearing entitled "Building a 100 Percent Clean Economy: Solutions for Planes, Trains and Everything Beyond Automobiles": This is the fourth hearing in a series of climate change hearings aimed at achieving the Committee's goal of a 100 percent clean economy by 2050: "This morning, we are holding the   more

Rep. Pascrell Amendment Renames Landmark Legislation for Elijah Cummings
WASHINGTON, Oct. 22 -- Rep. Bill Pascrell Jr., D-New Jersey, issued the following news release: * * * - H.R. 3 bill to lower drug costs will now honor Cummings's dedication to justice and equality for all Americans * * * U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ-09) today sponsored an amendment to H.R. 3 that renamed the landmark legislation the "Elijah E. Cummings Lower Drug Costs Now Act" in honor of the chairman of the House Oversight and Reform Committee who passed away suddenly on October 17.   more

Rep. Pascrell Leads House Colleagues Calling for Action on Refugees
WASHINGTON, Oct. 23 -- Rep. Bill Pascrell Jr., D-New Jersey, issued the following news release: * * * - Members assail cruelty of lowest resettlement rates in modern times * * * U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ-09) led 57 of his colleagues in the House of Representatives writing to Donald Trump blasting Trump's decision to set American refugee admissions for Fiscal Year 2020 at just 18,000, a further drop from the already-historically low figure set by the administration last year. The mem  more

Rep. Pascrell Legislation to Help Low-Income Americans Meet Career Goals Advances
WASHINGTON, Oct. 22 -- Rep. Bill Pascrell Jr., D-New Jersey, issued the following news release: Today, U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ-09), New Jersey's only member of the tax-writing House Ways and Means Committee, voted in favor of H.R. 3398, the Pathways to Health Careers Act. Co-sponsored by Rep. Pascrell, this legislation will expand the current Health Profession Opportunity Grant (HPOG) program which helps provide education and training to low-income Americans for health occupations th  more

Rep. Pascrell Votes to Lower Prescription Drug Costs
WASHINGTON, Oct. 23 -- Rep. Bill Pascrell Jr., D-New Jersey, issued the following news release: * * * - Follows Pascrell amendment to rename landmark legislation for the late Elijah Cummings * * * Last night, U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ-09), New Jersey's only member of the tax-writing House Ways and Means Committee, offered his support for landmark legislation to significantly lessen the burden of high drug costs on the American people. The Elijah E. Cummings Lower Drug Costs Now Act   more

Rep. Sherrill Honors Sgt. Michael D. Kirspel, Jr., at Picatinny Arsenal
PARSIPPANY, New Jersey, Oct. 22 -- Rep. Mikie Sherrill, D-New Jersey, issued the following news release: Representative Mikie Sherrill (NJ-11) joined with the community yesterday morning at Picatinny Arsenal to honor fallen soldier Sergeant Michael D. Kirspel, Jr., of Hopatcong, New Jersey. Picatinny Arsenal unveiled the plaque dedicating the Ballistic Evaluation Center in Sgt. Kirspel's name. Sgt. Kirspel joined the U.S. Army during his senior year at Hopatcong High School. He was a Cannon Cr  more

Rep. Sherrill Strengthens Voter Protections for New Jersey Residents
WASHINGTON, Oct. 23 -- Rep. Mikie Sherrill, D-New Jersey, issued the following news release: Representative Mikie Sherrill (NJ-11) voted for the SHIELD Act (Stopping Harmful Interference in Elections for a Lasting Democracy Act) which included her amendment to strengthen protections against efforts to mislead or deceive voters. The SHIELD Act (H.R. 4617) bars such disinformation operations within 60 days of a federal election. Representative Sherrill's amendment extends that to 90 days to bette  more

Rep. Sires and Sen. Menendez Introduce Legislation to Close the Skills Gap and Expand Job Training Partnerships
WASHINGTON, Oct. 23 -- Rep. Albio Sires, D-New Jersey, issued the following news release: Today, Congressman Albio Sires (NJ-08) and Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ) introduced bicameral legislation to expand high-skilled, job-training partnerships between community colleges and local businesses looking to hire, which will increase employment opportunities for workers in New Jersey and across the country. "Our bill will help small businesses who are struggling to find qualified workers to fill job   more

Rep. Sires Issues Remarks at Subcommittee Hearing on Trump Administration FY 2020 Budget
WASHINGTON, Oct. 24 -- Rep. Albio Sires, D-New Jersey, issued the following remarks at the subcommittee hearing on the Trump administration's fiscal 2020 budget and U.S. Policy toward Latin America and the Caribbean: "I have wanted to hold this hearing since the beginning of this Congress. Unfortunately, the former Assistant Secretary for Western Hemisphere Affairs refused to testify before this subcommittee, despite numerous invitations and requests. All recent Senate-confirmed Assistant Secr  more

Rep. Sires Issues Statement on President Trump's Consultation of Autocratic Leaders on Ukraine
WASHINGTON, Oct. 22 -- Rep. Albio Sires, D-New Jersey, issued the following statement in response to the reports that President Trump consulted Russian President Vladimir Putin and Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban about Ukraine: "This President proclaims "America First" but he doesn't listen to his own national security officials, regional experts, or elected officials in Congress. Instead he listens to authoritarian leaders like Vladimir Putin and Hungarian Prime Minister, Viktor Orban,   more

Rep. Smith Issues Statement on Extradition of Judge Venckiene
WASHINGTON, Oct. 23 -- Rep. Chris Smith, R-New Jersey, issued the following statement on the extradition of Judge Neringa Venckiene: "I strongly object to the extradition notice issued last week against Lithuanian anti-human trafficking and anti-corruption hero, Judge Neringa Venckiene," said Congressman Chris Smith (R-NJ) after the Supreme Court declined to hear an appeal on her challenge to an extradition request from the Lithuanian government. "She exposed a trafficking ring involving gover  more

Rep. Smith, Lyme Disease Patient Advocates Praise NIH Launch of Lyme Research
MONMOUTH COUNTY, New Jersey, Oct. 25 -- Rep. Chris Smith, R- issued the following news release: * * * - New National Initiative Has Roots at Jersey Shore * * * Patients who suffer from Lyme disease joined advocacy leaders and U.S. Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ) at a press conference Friday to mark the launching of the National Institutes of Health's (NIH) new national research strategy to combat Lyme disease. Priorities in the NIH multipart plan include the five pillars of: expanding knowledge of   more

Reps. Kim, Burchett, and Horn Introduce Small Business Empowerment Bill
WASHINGTON, Oct. 23 -- Rep. Andy Kim, D-New Jersey, issued the following news release: Today, Congressman Andy Kim (NJ-03), Congressman Tim Burchett (TN-02), and Congresswoman Kendra Horn (OK-05) introduced the Access Business Credit (ABC) Act, H.R. 4805. The ABC Act would create a new incentive program that would empower community banks to lend to small businesses by easing their tax burden. "Small businesses are critical to Burlington and Ocean Counties. When they succeed, we all succeed," s  more

Reps. Pallone and Doyle Seek Answers From FCC on Agency's Order Ignoring Court's Media Ownership Decision
WASHINGTON, Oct. 22 -- Rep. Frank Pallone Jr., D-New Jersey, chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, issued the following news release: * * * - FCC Allowed Acquisition Violating "Top Four" Rule One Day After Court Rejected Commission's Flawed Attempt to Change Media Ownership Rules * * * Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ) and Communications and Technology Subcommittee Chairman Mike Doyle (D-PA) sent a letter (https://energycommerce.house.gov/sites/d  more

Reps. Pallone, Schakowsky Issue Statement on FTC Settlement With Sunday Riley Skincare
WASHINGTON, Oct. 23 -- Rep. Frank Pallone Jr., D-New Jersey, chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, issued the following joint statement with Rep. Jan Schakowsky, D-Illinois, chairman of the Subcommittee on Consumer Protection and Commerce, after the Federal Trade Commission announced a settlement with Sunday Riley Skincare: "We are disappointed that yet again the Federal Trade Commission chose not to use all the tools it has available to protect consumers from being duped by fake  more

Reps. Pascrell, Gottheimer Announce $668K Federal Education Award for Teaneck
PATERSON, New Jersey, Oct. 25 -- Rep. Bill Pascrell Jr., D-New Jersey, issued the following news release: U.S. Reps. Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ-09) and Josh Gottheimer (D-NJ-05) announced today that the U.S. Department of Education has awarded a $668,480 School Climate Transformation Grant (SCTG) to Teaneck Public Schools. The SCTG is a federal program designed to help make schools safer and improve mental health services for students and young adults. "The importance of a safe, high-quality lea  more

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce +$889K in Federal Funding for Trade Adjustment Assistance Center at State University of New York Binghamton
WASHINGTON, Oct. 25 -- Sen. Charles E. Schumer, D-New York, issued the following news release: * * * - Funding Will Be Used To Help Local Companies Compete In The Global Marketplace * * * U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $889,819.86 in federal funding for the Trade Adjustment Assistance Center (TAAC) Serving New York, New Jersey, and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico at the State University of New York (SUNY) at Binghamton. The   more

Sen. Booker Introduces Legislation to Help Eliminate Neglected Diseases of Poverty in United States
WASHINGTON, Oct. 23 -- Sen. Cory Booker, D-New Jersey, issued the following news release: * * * - Bill would be first to focus exclusively on these diseases in U.S. * * * U.S. Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) today introduced the STOP (Study, Treat, Observe, and Prevent) Neglected Diseases of Poverty Act, legislation that would provide the necessary tools to address, and ultimately eliminate, neglected diseases of poverty in the United States. Neglected diseases of poverty, many of which are negl  more

Sen. Menendez Hosts 2019 Senate Latino Summit With Actress Eva Longoria, Chef Jose Andres, Latino Leaders
WASHINGTON, Oct. 23 -- Sen. Robert Menendez, D-New Jersey, issued the following news release: * * * - Almost 60 million Latinos in the U.S. already account for $2.3 trillion in economic activity. By 2060, approximately 25% of the U.S. population will have Latino heritage * * * U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), the highest-ranking Latino in Congress and the Chair of the Senate Democratic Hispanic Task Force today hosted the 2019 Senate Latino Summit with the participation of actress Eva Lon  more

Sen. Menendez Issues Floor Statement on North Macedonia's NATO Accession Protocol
WASHINGTON, Oct. 24 -- Sen. Robert Menendez, D-New Jersey, issued the following floor statement, which was published in the Congressional Record on Oct. 21, supporting for ratifying the Protocol to the North Atlantic Treaty of 1949 on the Accession of North Macedonia: I come to the floor to express my support for ratifying the Protocol to the North Atlantic Treaty of 1949 on the Accession of North Macedonia. In light of the Kremlin's ongoing aggression against the United States, against Ukraine  more

Sen. Menendez Issues Remarks at Hearing on Turkey's Offensive in Northeast Syria
WASHINGTON, Oct. 22 -- Sen. Bob Menendez, D-New Jersey, ranking Democratic member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following opening remarks at a hearing entitled "Assessing the Impact of Turkey's Offensive in Northeast Syria": Testifying before the committee were Ambassador James F. Jeffrey, Special Representative for Syria Engagement and Special Envoy to the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS, and Matthew A. Palmer, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State in the Bureau of Europe  more

Sen. Menendez Issues Statement on President Trump Lifting Sanctions on Turkey
WASHINGTON, Oct. 23 -- Sen. Bob Menendez, D-New Jersey, ranking Democratic member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement on President Trump lifting sanctions on Turkey: "As if clearing the way for a campaign of ethnic cleansing against Syrian Kurds wasn't enough, President Trump seems determined to keep handing political and military victories to Russia and Syria, kowtowing to Turkey, and opening the door for further Iranian expansion in the region. "Today, t  more

Sen. Menendez Takes Fight Against Trump-GOP Tax Scam to Senate Floor
WASHINGTON, Oct. 23 -- Sen. Robert Menendez, D-New Jersey, issued the following news release: * * * - Joins Democratic Leader Schumer to force Senate vote on repeal of unfair IRS rule that blocked states' workarounds of harmful cap on state and local tax deductions (SALT) * * * U.S. Senator Bob Menendez, a senior member of the tax-writing Senate Finance Committee who has led the fight in the Senate against the Trump tax scheme that has harmed New Jersey middle class families, spoke today on   more

Sen. Menendez, Autism Community Celebrate Signing of Autism CARES Into Law
PARAMUS, New Jersey, Oct. 21 -- Sen. Robert Menendez, D-New Jersey, issued the following news release: * * * - Menendez-authored federal autism law to continue critical research, education, support across the lifespan * * * U.S. Senator Bob Menendez, a senior member of the Senate Finance Committee that sets national health policy and the leading advocate in Congress for individuals with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and their families, today visited ECLC of New Jersey - Bergen P.R.I.D.E. C  more

Senate Publishes Executive Communications 2858 to 2877 from Executive Branch on Oct. 21
WASHINGTON, Oct. 24 -- The Senate on Oct. 21 published 20 executive communications from the Executive Branch: EC-2858. A communication from the Attorney-Advisor, U.S. Coast Guard, Department of Homeland Security, transmitting, pursuant to law, the report of a rule entitled "Safety Zone; New Jersey Intracoastal Waterway, Atlantic City, NJ" ((RIN1625-AA00) (Docket No. USCG-2019-0719)) received in the Office of the President of the Senate on September 23, 2019; to the Committee on Commerce, Scienc  more

Sens. Booker, Brown Reintroduce Bill Aimed at Airline Outsourcing Trend
WASHINGTON, Oct. 24 -- Sen. Cory Booker, D-New Jersey, issued the following news release: * * * - Legislation targets airline industry, one of worst abusers of subcontracted labor * * * U.S. Senators Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Sherrod Brown (D-OH) reintroduced a bill that targets the harmful trend of companies outsourcing labor to contractors and temp workers rather than hiring direct employees, a problem that is particularly pervasive in the airline industry. The Airline Accountability Act woul  more

Sens. Menendez, Booker Press EPA on Abrupt End to Contract Negotiations With Employee Union
WASHINGTON, Oct. 22 -- Sen. Robert Menendez, D-New Jersey, issued the following news release: U.S. Senators Bob Menendez and Cory Booker today joined 39 colleagues in pressing the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on their decision to end negotiations with the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) and impose a seven-year contract over union objections. This forced contract undermines the collective bargaining process and contains a number of concerning provisions including chan  more

Sens. Schumer, Gillibrand Announce +$889K in Federal Funding for Trade Adjustment Assistance Center at State University of New York Binghamton
WASHINGTON, Oct. 25 -- Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-New York, issued the following news release: * * * - Funding Will Be Used to Help Local Companies Compete in the Global Marketplace * * * U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $889,819.86 in federal funding for the Trade Adjustment Assistance Center (TAAC) Serving New York, New Jersey, and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico at the State University of New York (SUNY) at Binghamton. The   more

Top Senate National Security Democrats Slam Trump for Trying to Pay for Border Wall With Defense Funds to Help Deter Russian Aggression
WASHINGTON, Oct. 25 -- Sen. Bob Menendez, D-New Jersey, ranking Democratic member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following news release: Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Senator Mark Warner (D-Va.), Ranking Member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, and Senator Jack Reed (D-R.I.), Ranking Member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, today sent a letter to President Trump fiercely opposing his plan to pay for his   more