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U.S. Congressional Tipoffs Involving New Jersey Newsletter for Sunday November 17, 2019 ( 68 items )  

As Trump Attacks Ambassador Yovanovitch, Menendez Stands Up for State Department Officials in Statement for Senate Record
WASHINGTON, Nov. 15 -- Sen. Robert Menendez, D-New Jersey, issued the following news release: Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, introduced a statement for the Senate record offering his support for the career State Department officials testifying before the House of Representatives about the Trump-Ukraine scandal. Menendez praised the selflessness and professionalism of Ambassador Yovanovitch, Ambassador Bill Taylor, and Deputy Assistant Se  more

As Trump Attacks Ambassador Yovanovitch, Menendez Stands Up for State Department Officials in Statement for the Senate Record
WASHINGTON, Nov. 15 -- 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, introduced a statement for the Senate record offering his support for the career State Department officials testifying before the House of Representatives about the Trump-Ukraine scandal. Menendez praised the selflessness and professionalism of Ambas  more

Booker Unveils Groundbreaking Bill Establishing National Drug Pricing Agency to Lower Costs, Increase Access
WASHINGTON, Nov. 15 -- Sen. Cory Booker, D-New Jersey, issued the following news release: * * * - Ambitious proposal tackles drug affordability crisis * * * U.S. Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) today announced legislation to systemically change the way prescription drugs are priced in order to reduce drug costs for Americans and increase access to the medications they need, with Senators Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and Kamala Harris (D-CA) joining him as original cosponsors. The Prescription Drug Affor  more

Booker, Durbin, Harris Introduce New Legislation to Combat Overuse of Solitary Confinement in Immigration Detention
WASHINGTON, Nov. 14 -- Sen. Cory Booker, D-New Jersey, issued the following news release: Following reports from the Project on Government Oversight, The Washington Post, NBC News, and others that illustrated that solitary confinement is significantly overused in federal immigration detention, U.S. Senators Cory Booker (D-NJ), Dick Durbin (D-IL), and Kamala Harris (D-CA) today introduced legislation to combat the rampant and unnecessary overuse of solitary confinement in U.S. Immigration and Cu  more

Booker, Isakson, Markey, Boozman, Coons, Rubio Call on Pompeo to Appoint Special Envoy to South Sudan
WASHINGTON, Nov. 13 -- Sen. Cory Booker, D-New Jersey, issued the following news release: * * * - Over six million South Sudanese face severe food shortages * * * U.S. Senators Cory Booker (D-NJ), Johnny Isakson (R-GA), Ed Markey (D-MA), Chris Coons (D-DE), and Marco Rubio (R-FL), members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, along with Senator John Boozman (R-AR) today called on U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to provide urgently-needed U.S. diplomatic leadership to South Sudan, wh  more

Committee Chairs Pallone, DeFazio Unveil Major Pipeline Bill That Will Help Combat Climate Change, Improve Public Safety, Hold Operators Accountable for Violations
WASHINGTON, Nov. 15 -- Rep. Frank Pallone Jr., D-New Jersey, chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, issued the following news release: Today, Chairman of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR), and Chairman of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce Frank Pallone Jr. (D-NJ) introduced the "Safe, Accountable, Fair, and Environmentally Responsible (SAFER) Pipelines Act of 2019." This comprehensive pipeline safety legislation takes numerous s  more

Congressman Kim Leads Bipartisan Delegation to Ask for Answers on Ocean County VA Clinic
WASHINGTON, Nov. 13 -- Rep. Andy Kim, D-New Jersey, issued the following news release: In the wake of Veterans Day, a bipartisan delegation led by Congressman Andy Kim (NJ-03), has released a letter sent to the Department of Veterans Affairs asking for answers on a proposed VA health center in Ocean County and the current barriers to care faced by New Jersey Veterans. The letter, co-signed by Senator Menendez, Senator Booker and Congressman Smith (NJ-04), outlines the critical demand for a new  more

Gottheimer, Gonzalez Introduce Bipartisan U.S.-Israel Anti-Killer Drone Act
WASHINGTON, Nov. 13 -- Rep. Josh Gottheimer, D-New Jersey, issued the following news release: * * * - Bipartisan legislation will expand joint counter drone cooperation to stop future attacks * * * Today, Wednesday, November 13, 2019, Representatives Josh Gottheimer (NJ-5) and Anthony Gonzalez (OH-16) introduced bipartisan legislation -- the U.S.-Israel Anti-Killer Drone Act -- to boost cooperation between the United States and our ally Israel in developing technology to counter 'killer dron  more

House Energy & Commerce Committee to Markup 18 Bills on Tuesday
WASHINGTON, Nov. 15 -- 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) announced today that the Energy and Commerce Committee will hold a full Committee markup on Tuesday, November 19, at 10 am in the John D. Dingell Room, 2123 Rayburn House Office Building. "Next week, the Energy and Commerce Committee takes another significant step to protect consume  more

House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Communications & Technology to Markup Broadband Mapping, Spectrum, Supply Chain and Stelar Legislation
WASHINGTON, Nov. 12 -- 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 markup on Thursday, November 14, at 11:30 am, in the John D. Dingell Room, 2123 Rayburn House Office Building. "This week, we wil  more

House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Consumer Protection & Commerce to Markup Brand USA and U.S. Safe Web Act Legislation
WASHINGTON, Nov. 12 -- 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 Consumer Protection and Commerce Subcommittee Chair Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) announced today that the Consumer Protection and Commerce Subcommittee will hold a markup on Thursday, November 14, at 9:30 am in the John D. Dingell Room, 2123 Rayburn House Office Building. "This week, t  more

ICYMI: Menendez Pens Op-Ed Supporting DACA as SCOTUS Decides Its Fate
WASHINGTON, Nov. 12 -- Sen. Robert Menendez, D-New Jersey, issued the following news release: * * * - Senator attends oral arguments today * * * U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), who was instrumental in pushing the Obama Administration to implement the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, penned the following op-ed which appeared on NBCNews.com yesterday, arguing why DACA must remain in place. Sen. Menendez, the highest ranking Latino in Congress and a member of the Congr  more

Maternal Health Bills Inspired by Booker's MOMMIES Act Passes House Subcommittee
WASHINGTON, Nov. 13 -- Sen. Cory Booker, D-New Jersey, issued the following news release: The House Committee on Energy & Commerce Subcommittee on Health today passed legislation to improve maternal health outcomes that was partly based upon Booker's bicameral MOMMIES Act, which he introduced with Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley (D-MA) in May. Booker issued the below statement: "Today's Subcommittee passage of maternal health bills is a long awaited step in the right direction to address the pre  more

Menendez Expresses Concern Ahead of EU's Final Decision on Labeling of Food Products Imported From Israel
NEWARK, New Jersey, Nov. 11 -- Sen. Robert Menendez, D-New Jersey, issued the following news release: With the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) set to soon issue its final decision about labeling of food products imported from Israel, Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today sent a letter to E.U. Ambassador Stavros Lambrinidis to express his concerns. The CJEU ruling will impact whether the EU could require Member States to lab  more

Menendez, Booker, Colleagues Introduce Legislation to Block Trump Administration's Rule Permitting Widespread Discrimination in Health Care
WASHINGTON, Nov. 14 -- Sen. Robert Menendez, D-New Jersey, issued the following news release: U.S. Senators Bob Menendez, a senior member of the Senate Finance Committee that sets national health policy, and Cory Booker joined a group of colleagues, led by Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.), in introducing legislation that would codify into law the recent Southern District of New York decision blocking the Trump Administration's attempt to allow doctors to refuse lifesaving care on religious or "consc  more

Pallone Unveils Major Pipeline Bill That Will Help Combat Climate Change, Improve Public Safety
WASHINGTON, Nov. 15 -- Rep. Frank Pallone Jr., D-New Jersey, issued the following news release: Today, Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-06) introduced the "Safe, Accountable, Fair, and Environmentally Responsible (SAFER) Pipelines Act of 2019." This comprehensive pipeline safety legislation takes numerous steps to improve pipeline safety and address climate change by reducing emissions, preventing pipeline leaks, and holding pipeline operators accountable for reckless actions. It also reinsta  more

Pallone, Pascrell, Booker Legislation to Force Polluters to Pay for Superfund Cleanup, Not Taxpayers
WASHINGTON, Nov. 14 -- Rep. Frank Pallone Jr., D-New Jersey, issued the following news release: * * * - Roughly 50 percent of New Jersey's population lives within three miles of a Superfund site * * * Today, Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-06) and Congressman Bill Pascrell (NJ-09) announced the reintroduction of legislation to help the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) clean up sites listed on the Superfund's National Priorities List. The Superfund Polluter Pays Act would reinstate th  more

Pascrell Blasts Trump's Attack on U.S-South Korea Alliance
WASHINGTON, Nov. 15 -- Rep. Bill Pascrell Jr., D-New Jersey, issued the following news release: * * * - Latest diplomatic shakedown weakens critical relationship on Korean Peninsula * * * U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ-09) today hammered Donald Trump's bellicose demand that South Korea pay the United States 400 percent more for the presence of United States military troops on the Korean Peninsula. "Let's make no bones about it: Trump is trying to shake down one of America's most importa  more

Pascrell Celebrates Opportunity Zone Grant to Paterson
WASHINGTON, Nov. 15 -- Rep. Bill Pascrell Jr., D-New Jersey, issued the following news release: * * * - Federal incentive program will help spur $100K investment in Paterson, other qualified communities * * * Today, U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ-09) applauded the awarding of a $100,000 Opportunity Zone award to the City of Paterson. The Opportunity Zone program is a federal tax incentive designed to spur investment in disinvested rural and urban communities. Administered by the New Jers  more

Rep. Gottheimer Honors Veterans at Ridgewood Veterans Day Service, Advocates for Veteran Care
RIDGEWOOD, New Jersey, Nov. 11 -- Rep. Josh Gottheimer, D-New Jersey, issued the following news release: * * * - Standing up for those who have bravely born our country's cause * * * Today, Monday, November 11, 2019, U.S. Congressman Josh Gottheimer (NJ-5) honored Veterans Day and all those who have served, delivered remarks at Ridgewood's Veterans Day Services with American Legion Post 53, and advocated for better veteran care. Gottheimer spoke alongside Ridgewood Mayor Ramon Hache, Post C  more

Rep. Gottheimer Hosts Teletown Hall With District Residents to Discuss Need for Tax Cuts
WASHINGTON, Nov. 14 -- Rep. Josh Gottheimer, D-New Jersey, issued the following news release: On Wednesday, November 13, 2019, U.S. Congressman Josh Gottheimer (NJ-5) hosted a telephone town hall with thousands of Fifth District constituents to discuss the most pressing taxation issues facing members of the North Jersey community. Gottheimer spoke about his fight to reinstate SALT -- the state and local tax deduction -- and to claw back more federal tax dollars to New Jersey. Teletown halls giv  more

Rep. Gottheimer Presents Army Bicentennial Bronze Medal to WWII Air Corps Bomber Ahead of 102nd Birthday
PARAMUS, New Jersey, Nov. 11 -- Rep. Josh Gottheimer, D-New Jersey, issued the following news release: Today, Monday, November 11, 2019, U.S. Congressman Josh Gottheimer (NJ-5) honored Veterans Day and presented U.S. Army Air Corps veteran, Sergeant Michael Diederich (Ret.), who completed thirty-five missions over Germany during World War II as a nose gunner and bombardier in a B24 bomber, with the U.S. Army Bicentennial Bronze Medal. Gottheimer also brought Diederich, who is turning 102-years  more

Rep. Norcross Opposes Attempt to Roll Back Minimum Wage Progress in New Jersey
WASHINGTON, Nov. 12 -- Rep. Donald W. Norcross, D-New Jersey, issued the following news release: Congressman Donald Norcross today sent a letter to the leaders of the New Jersey Legislature in opposition to S.3607, a bill that would allow planned minimum wage increases to be delayed and which is slated to be considered by the Senate Labor Committee on Thursday. "This is an irresponsible proposal that will harm both workers and businesses," said Congressman Norcross in the letter. "This propos  more

Rep. Pallone Issues Remarks at Markup of Legislation to Reauthorize Brand USA and U.S. SAFE WEB Act
WASHINGTON, Nov. 14 -- Rep. Frank Pallone Jr., D-New Jersey, chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, issued the following opening remarks at the Subcommittee on Consumer Protection and Commerce markup of legislation to reauthorize Brand USA and U.S. SAFE WEB Act: "Today, we are here to consider two bills that reauthorize important programs that protect and support American consumers and businesses. "The first bill reauthorizes Brand USA--a unique public-private partnership establi  more

Rep. Pallone Issues Remarks at Markup of Nine Communications Bills
WASHINGTON, Nov. 14 -- Rep. Frank Pallone Jr., D-New Jersey, chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, issued the following opening remarks at the Subcommittee on Communications and Technology markup of nine communications bills: Today this Subcommittee is focused on advancing legislation that will directly benefit consumers, small businesses, and our national security. "We will take action to help ensure the security of our domestic communications networks and those of our allies.   more

Rep. Pallone Issues Remarks at Markup of Tobacco, Maternal Health, Citizen Petition Legislation
WASHINGTON, Nov. 13 -- Rep. Frank Pallone Jr., D-New Jersey, chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, issued the following opening remarks at the Subcommittee on Health markup of tobacco, maternal health and citizen petition legislation: "Today, the Health Subcommittee will address the leading cause of preventable death worldwide, tobacco, as well as the public health crises of maternal mortality and morbidity. The Subcommittee will also continue its work to reduce drug prices by ta  more

Rep. Pallone Urges FDA to Investigate Allegations That Juul Knowingly Sold Contaminated E-cigarette Pods
WASHINGTON, Nov. 14 -- 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) sent a letter (https://energycommerce.house.gov/sites/democrats.energycommerce.house.gov/files/documents/FDA.2019.11.14.pdf) to Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Acting Commissioner Brett P. Giroir today urging the agency to investigate allegations that JUUL Labs, Inc. knowingly distributed ap  more

Rep. Pallone: E&C Subcommittee Announces Hearing on Environmental Justice
WASHINGTON, Nov. 13 -- 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 Environment and Climate Change Subcommittee Chairman Paul Tonko (D-NY) announced today that the Environment and Climate Change Subcommittee will hold a hearing on Wednesday, November 20, at 10 am in the John D. Dingell Room, 2123 of the Rayburn House Office Building entitled "Buil  more

Rep. Pallone: House and Senate Announce Agreement on Anti-Robocall Bill
WASHINGTON, Nov. 15 -- Rep. Frank Pallone Jr., D-New Jersey, chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, issued the following news release: Today, Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ), Senate Commerce Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, Innovation, and the Internet Chairman John Thune (R-SD), Energy and Commerce Ranking Member Greg Walden (R-OR), Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA), Subcommittee on Communications and Technology Chairman Mike Doyle (D-PA), and Rank  more

Rep. Pascrell Comments on Peckman Flood Study
PATERSON, New Jersey, Nov. 12 -- Rep. Bill Pascrell Jr., D-New Jersey, issued the following news release: U.S. Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ-09) sent a letter to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) regarding the Draft Integrated Feasibility Report & Environmental Assessment (DIFR/EA) for the Peckman River Basin, which runs through portions of Essex and Passaic Counties. In the letter to the Project Manager, Rep. Pascrell requests an explanation for how potential remedies might impact flood cond  more

Rep. Payne Issues Statement on National Entrepreneurship Month
WASHINGTON, Nov. 13 -- Rep. Donald M. Payne Jr., D-New Jersey, issued the following statement on the National Entrepreneurship Month: "Entrepreneurs are the backbone of our economy. "They create companies that provide jobs and wealth to their communities. That is why we need to do more to promote black entrepreneurs. Many of them come from cities desperate for economic growth. "They can form the companies that can turn impoverished neighborhoods into empowered neighborhoods. "As we celebr  more

Rep. Payne Issues Statement on School Shooting in Santa Clarita
WASHINGTON, Nov. 14 -- Rep. Donald M. Payne Jr., D-New Jersey, issued the following statement on the a shooting incident at Saugus High School in Santa Clarita, California: "My condolences and prayers go out to the families and friends of the victims of the horrific mass shooting in Santa Clarita today. "As a parent, it is difficult to express my anger and upset when I hear or read about another senseless tragedy. We have passed bills in the House that could help keep guns out of the hands of  more

Rep. Payne Votes for Veterans Bill Package During Veterans Day Week
WASHINGTON, Nov. 15 -- Rep. Donald M. Payne Jr., D-New Jersey, issued the following news release: Congressman Donald M. Payne, Jr. voted in favor of several bills this week to improve the benefits available to veterans. The 12 bills would help veterans succeed in civilian life, make sure they get their educational benefits, ensure women veterans get access to quality health care, and help veterans start and expand small businesses. Congressman Payne, Jr. said his support for the bills came fr  more

Rep. Payne Votes to Create, Maintain Jobs in America
WASHINGTON, Nov. 15 -- Rep. Donald M. Payne Jr., D-New Jersey, issued the following news release: Today, Congressman Donald M. Payne, Jr. voted for a bill today to improve international trade for small businesses throughout New Jersey. The bill reauthorized the Import-Export Bank, the official U.S. export credit agency, and increased the bank's lending authority by $40 billion to provide more funds for American small business exporters. Congressman Payne, Jr. said the bill would be good for th  more

Rep. Sherrill Brings NJ-11 Community Health Providers to U.S. Capitol for Veterans, Addiction Event
WASHINGTON, Nov. 15 -- Rep. Mikie Sherrill, D-New Jersey, issued the following news release: Representative Mikie Sherrill (NJ-11) brought two community health providers from the 11th District to Washington today to speak about the opioid epidemic among veterans. At this morning's Freshmen Working Group on Addiction meeting, Carmine V. Deo, Executive Director of Community Hope, Inc., and Geri K. Moss, Clinician with the True North Program for Veterans, spoke about the provider's perspective of   more

Rep. Sherrill Grills EPA on Agency's Plans to Limit Science
WASHINGTON, Nov. 13 -- Rep. Mikie Sherrill, D-New Jersey, issued the following news release: * * * - Highlights DoD's Concerns with Proposed EPA Rule * * * In the House Science Committee today, Representative Mikie Sherrill (NJ-11) grilled Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Science Advisor Dr. Jennifer Orme-Zavaleta on the agency's proposal that would limit the research that the government could use to determine public health regulations. The EPA proposal, titled Strengthening Transparen  more

Rep. Sherrill Issues Statement on Veterans Day
PARSIPPANY, New Jersey, Nov. 11 -- Rep. Mikie Sherrill, D-New Jersey, issued the following statement: Representative Mikie Sherrill (NJ-11) reflected today on the importance of honoring our nation's heroes by making sure that we keep faith with our veterans. Representative Sherrill, a former U.S. Navy pilot, has been highly involved in supporting the military community and their families in the 11th District since taking her seat in January 2019. In observance of Veterans Day, Representative Sh  more

Rep. Sherrill Leads Bipartisan Election Security Bill
WASHINGTON, Nov. 12 -- Rep. Mikie Sherrill, D-New Jersey, issued the following news release: * * * - Election Technology Research Act of 2019 Provides Research Funding to NIST; NSF to Secure and Modernize U.S. Voting System * * * Representative Mikie Sherrill (D-NJ) announced the introduction of the Election Technology Research Act of 2019 (H.R. 4990), joined by Representatives Anthony Gonzalez (R-OH), Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX), and Frank Lucas (R-OK). This bipartisan bill will give the N  more

Rep. Sherrill Votes to Support New Jersey Workers, Jobs, Small Businesses, Entrepreneurship
WASHINGTON, Nov. 15 -- Rep. Mikie Sherrill, D-New Jersey, issued the following news release: * * * - Votes to Reauthorize Export-Import Bank, Which Provides $309 Million in Support to NJ-11 Businesses * * * Representative Mikie Sherrill (NJ-11) voted today to reauthorize the Export-Import (Ex-Im) Bank for ten years. The Ex-Im Bank supports American workers by financing the export of American-made goods from companies nationwide, including businesses in Essex, Morris, Passaic, and Sussex Coun  more

Rep. Sherrill's Bipartisan Election Security Bill Approved by House Science Committee
WASHINGTON, Nov. 14 -- Rep. Mikie Sherrill, D-New Jersey, issued the following news release: * * * - H.R. 4990 Now Heads to House Floor for Consideration * * * Representative Mikie Sherrill (NJ-11), Chairwoman of the House Science Subcommittee on Investigations and Oversight, applauded the committee passage of her Election Technology Research Act of 2019 (H.R. 4990) today. This bipartisan bill co-sponsored by Representatives Anthony Gonzalez (R-OH), Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX), and Frank Lu  more

Rep. Sires Issues Statement Calling for Free, Fair Elections in Bolivia
WASHINGTON, Nov. 10 -- Rep. Albio Sires, D-New Jersey, chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee's subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere, Civilian Security and Trade, issued the following statement calling for free and fair elections following the resignation announcement of Bolivia's President Evo Morales: "I call on the Bolivian authorities to ensure prompt, free, and fair elections, guaranteed by international observers. "I urge all sides to refrain from any acts of violence. Bolivia  more

Rep. Smith Calls Report 'Utterly Heartbreaking'
WASHINGTON, Nov. 14 -- Rep. Chris Smith, R-New Jersey, issued the following news release: * * * - College Criticized for 'Striking Lack of Leadership' in Investigation into death of Braeden Bradforth * * * Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ) said today that, "the report summarizing the independent investigation into the death of Braeden Bradforth is utterly heartbreaking in that it confirms that Braeden's death was 100 percent preventable. "The investigator found that 'a striking lack of leadership' by  more

Rep. Smith Issues Statement on 30th Anniversary of Fall of Berlin Wall, 100-Year Mark of Bolshevik Revolution
WASHINGTON, Nov. 9 -- Rep. Chris Smith, R-New Jersey, issued the following statement: Congressman Chris Smith (R-NJ) and other members of Congress this week marked the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall on Nov. 7, and the 100-year mark of the birth of the Bolshevik Revolution on Nov. 9. "When I was elected to Congress, the extremely dark cloud of communism hung over the Soviet Union, Eastern Europe and many places in Latin America and Asia," said Smith. "Every communist country wa  more

Rep. Smith: College Doing Right Thing to Release Independent Investigation to Braeden Bradforth's Family
WASHINGTON, Nov. 13 -- Rep. Chris Smith, R-New Jersey, issued the following news release: * * * - Heat stroke exertion death of Neptune, NJ student devastated family * * * Following news that an independent investigation called for by Rep. Chris Smith (NJ-04) into the death of Braeden Bradforth--a Monmouth County resident and student at Garden City Community College in Kansas (GCCC)--would be released by the GCCC Board of Trustees to his family, Smith commended the Board for making the compa  more

Reps. Kim, Burchett Pass Bill to Help Small Businesses Hire Reservists
WASHINGTON, Nov. 13 -- Rep. Andy Kim, D-New Jersey, issued the following news release: * * * - Bipartisan bill has received the endorsement of the American Legion * * * Today, the U.S. House overwhelmingly passed H.R. 3661, the Patriotic Employer Protection Act. The bipartisan bill, introduced Congressman Andy Kim (NJ-03) and Congressman Tim Burchett (TN-02), would strengthen programs intended to protect small business owners whose employees are military Reservists deployed on active duty.   more

Reps. Kim, Hill Pass Bill to Protect Veterans From VA Errors
WASHINGTON, Nov. 12 -- Rep. Andy Kim, D-New Jersey, issued the following news release: Today, the U.S. House overwhelmingly passed H.R. 4360, the VA Overpayment Accountability Act. The bipartisan bill, introduced by Congressman Andy Kim (NJ-03) and Congressman French Hill (AR-02), would help veterans who have been unfairly targeted by debt collection agencies due to errors by the Department of Veterans Affairs. "Yesterday, Americans celebrated Veterans Day to honor the sacrifice of those who s  more

Sen. Booker Issues Statement on Turkish President Erdogan's Visit to White House
WASHINGTON, Nov. 13 -- Sen. Cory Booker, D-New Jersey, member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement on Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's visit to the White House: "We should not be rolling out the red carpet for a ruthless authoritarian who attacks our allies, jails more journalists than any other country, erodes his country's democracy, and sows divisions in the NATO alliance. President Trump should have rescinded Erdogan's invitation after Turkey's i  more

Sen. Menendez Attends DACA Oral Arguments, Rallies With Dreamers Outside Supreme Court
WASHINGTON, Nov. 12 -- Sen. Robert Menendez, D-New Jersey, issued the following news release: * * * - Senator meets with a group of NJ Dreamers before joining a bicameral group of colleagues to call for Senate passage of the House-passed American Dream and Promise Act * * * U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), the highest-ranking Latino in Congress who was instrumental in pushing the Obama Administration to create the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, stood shoulder to sh  more

Sen. Menendez Expresses Concern Ahead of EU's Final Decision on Labeling of Food Products Imported From Israel
NEWARK, New Jersey, Nov. 11 -- Sen. Bob Menendez, D-New Jersey, ranking Democratic member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following news release: With the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) set to soon issue its final decision about labeling of food products imported from Israel, Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today sent a letter to E.U. Ambassador Stavros Lambrinidis to express his concerns. The CJEU ru  more

Sen. Menendez Introduces Bipartisan Legislation to Extend Terrorism Risk Insurance Program
WASHINGTON, Nov. 14 -- Sen. Robert Menendez, D-New Jersey, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Bob Menendez and several colleagues today introduced bipartisan legislation that would extend the Terrorism Risk Insurance Program for seven years. "Terrorists choose their targets with the goal of inflicting maximum damage," said Sen. Menendez. "As part of that strategy, they seek to harm our economy by targeting national landmarks, places of worship, and critical infrastructure. New Jer  more

Sen. Menendez Issues Statement on State Department IG Report
WASHINGTON, Nov. 14 -- Sen. Bob Menendez, D-New Jersey, ranking Democratic member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement on the report by the State Department Inspector General regarding allegations of retaliation against career department employees: The OIG found that improper considerations played a role in a personal action against at least one employee. "The growing body of evidence about the Trump Administration's repeated efforts to punish dedicated ca  more

Sen. Menendez Lists Top 10 Questions for Trump-Erdogan Meeting
WASHINGTON, Nov. 13 -- 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, delivered a speech on the Senate Floor ahead of President Trump's welcoming of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to the White House on Wednesday. Listing 10 issues that President should raise around the Trump-Erdogan meeting, Menendez once aga  more

Sen. Menendez Lists Top 10 Questions for Trump-Erdogan Meeting
WASHINGTON, Nov. 13 -- Sen. Robert Menendez, D-New Jersey, issued the following news release: Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, delivered a speech on the Senate Floor ahead of President Trump's welcoming of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to the White House on Wednesday. Listing 10 issues that President should raise around the Trump-Erdogan meeting, Menendez once again made the case for a fundamental recalibration of the U.S.-Turkey   more

Sen. Menendez Questions Facebook's Misinformation Loophole in Political Speech Policy
WASHINGTON, Nov. 14 -- Sen. Robert Menendez, D-New Jersey, issued the following news release: * * * - Facebook fails to address anti-vax content created by loophole allowing unchecked spread of dangerous health misinformation that puts lives at risk * * * U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), a senior member of the Senate Finance Committee that sets national health policy, today sent a letter to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg pressing the social media giant to reconsider its political speech pol  more

Sen. Menendez Questions Twitter, State Department Following Arrest of Alleged Saudi Arabia Spy Ring at Twitter
WASHINGTON, Nov. 14 -- 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, sent two separate letters regarding accusations that Twitter employees illegally passed sensitive information about prominent Saudi dissidents to agents of the Saudi government. In a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and U.S. Ambassador to S  more

Sen. Menendez Questions Twitter, State Department Following Arrest of Alleged Saudi Arabia Spy Ring at Twitter
WASHINGTON, Nov. 14 -- Sen. Robert Menendez, D-New Jersey, issued the following news release: Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, sent two separate letters regarding accusations that Twitter employees illegally passed sensitive information about prominent Saudi dissidents to agents of the Saudi government. In a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and U.S. Ambassador to Saudi Arabia John Abizaid, Menendez called on the State Department t  more

Sen. Menendez Requests Update on VA, DoD Efforts to Protect Veterans, Servicemembers From Foreign Online Disinformation
WASHINGTON, Nov. 13 -- Sen. Robert Menendez, D-New Jersey, issued the following news release: * * * - Report finds veterans, servicemembers, their families remain targets of malign influence operations by Russia, China, other foreign actors * * * U.S. Senator Bob Menendez, ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, joined several colleagues, led by Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), in requesting information from the U.S. Departments of Veterans Affairs (VA) and Defense (DoD) on  more

Sen. Menendez Resolution to Recognize Armenian Genocide Blocked on Senate Floor
WASHINGTON, Nov. 14 -- Sen. Robert Menendez, D-New Jersey, issued the following news release: Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, delivered the following remarks on the Senate Floor, requesting the unanimous consent of the Senate to pass his Resolution recognizing the Armenian genocide. Republican Senator Lindsey Graham objected to the request, blocking the Senate from passing the Resolution affirming the historical facts of the genocide 104   more

Sen. Menendez: ICYMI - Save Our Seas 2.0 Tackles Global Marine Debris Crisis
WASHINGTON, Nov. 13 -- Sen. Robert Menendez, D-New Jersey, issued the following news release: * * * - Menendez-led clean ocean legislation passes key hurdle * * * U.S. Senator Bob Menendez, ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today joined Sens. Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) in making the argument for bold, bipartisan legislation they are leading to dramatically reduce plastics and marine debris polluting our oceans. Save Our Seas 2.0 was passed  more

Sen. Menendez: Senate Foreign Relations Committee Democrats Warn Trump Administration Against Punishing State Department Officials Testifying in Impeachment Inquiry
WASHINGTON, Nov. 12 -- Sen. Robert Menendez, D-New Jersey, issued the following news release: With three senior State Department officials scheduled to testify during the first week of public hearings on the Trump-Ukraine scandal, Democratic members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee today called on two top ranking officials in the Department to step up during the current leadership crisis at the agency, make statements of support for the personnel, and commit to no retaliation against t  more

Senate Foreign Relations Committee Democrats Warn Trump Administration Against Punishing State Department Officials Testifying in Impeachment Inquiry
WASHINGTON, Nov. 12 -- Sen. Bob Menendez, D-New Jersey, ranking Democratic member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following news release: With three senior State Department officials scheduled to testify during the first week of public hearings on the Trump-Ukraine scandal, Democratic members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee today called on two top ranking officials in the Department to step up during the current leadership crisis at the agency, make statements of  more

Sens. Booker, Menendez Push VA for Answers on Ocean County VA Clinic
WASHINGTON, Nov. 13 -- Sen. Cory Booker, D-New Jersey, issued the following news release: U.S. Senators Cory Booker and Bob Menendez today sent a letter to the Department of Veterans Affairs asking for answers on a proposed VA health center in Ocean County and the current barriers to care faced by New Jersey Veterans. The letter, which was also signed by Congressman Andy Kim and Chris Smith, outlines the critical demand for a new and expanded Community Based Outpatient Clinic, or CBOC, in Ocea  more

Sens. Cruz, Menendez, Durbin Issue Statement on Crisis in Bolivia
WASHINGTON, Nov. 13 -- Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following joint statement with Sens. Bob Menendez, D-New Jersey, and Dick Durbin, D-Illinois, in reaction to the crisis in Bolivia following the resignation of Evo Morales as President: "Earlier this year the U.S. Senate passed our Resolution recognizing the achievements of Bolivia's first indigenous president, but also warning about unchecked power and the dismantling of democratic insti  more

Sens. Menendez, Booker Announce $9 Million in Federal Financing to Build New Wildwood Firehouse
WASHINGTON, Nov. 14 -- Sen. Robert Menendez, D-New Jersey, issued the following news release: U.S. Senators Bob Menendez and Cory Booker today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has approved $9 million in federal financing in the form of a low-interest loan through the Office of Rural Development program for the City of Wildwood to build a new 24,000 square foot firehouse. "Every single day, firefighters put their lives on the line to protect entire communities and keep p  more

Sens. Menendez, Booker Push VA for Answers on Ocean County VA Clinic
WASHINGTON, Nov. 13 -- Sen. Robert Menendez, D-New Jersey, issued the following news release: U.S. Senators Bob Menendez and Cory Booker today sent a letter to the Department of Veterans Affairs asking for answers on a proposed VA health center in Ocean County and the current barriers to care faced by New Jersey Veterans. The letter, which was also signed by Congressmen Andy Kim and Chris Smith, outlines the critical demand for a new and expanded Community Based Outpatient Clinic, or CBOC, in   more

Sens. Menendez, Booker, Colleagues Introduce Violence Against Women Act
WASHINGTON, Nov. 13 -- Sen. Robert Menendez, D-New Jersey, issued the following news release: * * * - House passed VAWA reauthorization earlier this year after GOP let it expire * * * U.S. Senators Bob Menendez and Cory Booker today joined the entire Democratic caucus in introducing the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act. The bill, which would reauthorize VAWA through 2024, preserves advancements made in previous reauthorizations and includes a number of additional improvements to th  more

Sens. Menendez, Durbin, Cruz Issue Statement on Crisis in Bolivia
WASHINGTON, Nov. 14 -- Sen. Bob Menendez, D-New Jersey, ranking Democratic member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following joint statement with Sens. Richard J. Durbin, D-Illinois, and Ted Cruz, R-Texas, in reaction to the crisis in Bolivia following the resignation of Evo Morales as President: "Earlier this year the U.S. Senate passed our Resolution recognizing the achievements of Bolivia's first indigenous president, but also warning about unchecked power and the disman  more

Van Drew Co-Sponsors Legislation Forcing Cable Companies to Disclose Hidden Fees Which Costs Consumers $28 Billion Per Year
WASHINGTON, Nov. 14 -- Rep. Jefferson Van Drew, D-New Jersey, issued the following news release: Congressman Jeff Van Drew has co-sponsored the Truth-In-Billing, Remedies, and User Empowerment over Fees ('TRUE Fees') Act, legislation that would require cable companies to advertise the total price of a service to includes all fees. The bill would also allow customers to end their contract without early termination fees if the provider increases fees during the term of the contract, prevents arb  more