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Congressional Tipoffs Involving New Jersey Newsletter for Sunday November 24, 2019 ( 80 items )  

Booker Marijuana Provisions Pass House Judiciary Committee
WASHINGTON, Nov. 20 -- Sen. Cory Booker, D-New Jersey, issued the following news release: * * * - 2017 Booker bill provided framework for MORE Act * * * Three key marijuana provisions designed to reverse decades of failed drug policy and first introduced by U.S. Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) passed the House Judiciary Committee today: record expungement, reinvestment in the communities most harmed by the War on Drugs, and removing marijuana from the list of deportable offenses. Booker's Mariju  more

Booker Unveils Legislation to Invest in Child Care at Community Colleges and Minority-Serving Institutions
WASHINGTON, Nov. 20 -- Sen. Cory Booker, D-New Jersey, issued the following news release: * * * - Institutions can apply for up to $20 million in grant funding * * * U.S. Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) today announced legislation that would make critical investments in child care and early childhood educators at community colleges and Minority-Serving Institutions (MSIs). The Preparing and Resourcing Our Student Parents and Early Childhood Teachers (PROSPECT) Act would establish competitive gran  more

Braeden Bradforth's Mother and Rep. Chris Smith React to Independent Report on Football Player's Death
AVON BY THE SEA, New Jersey, Nov. 16 -- Rep. Chris Smith, R-New Jersey, issued the following news release: Joanne Atkins-Ingram, mother of Braeden Bradforth, with U.S. Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ) at her side along with her friend and attorney Jill Greene, spoke at a press conference today about the newly released independent investigation into the death of her son--a Neptune, NJ resident and student who died of exertional heat stroke after football practice at Garden City Community College (GCCC) i  more

E&C Leaders Want Answers From Ascension and Google on Health Data Sharing Arrangement
WASHINGTON, Nov. 18 -- Rep. Frank Pallone Jr., D-New Jersey, chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, issued the following news release: Energy and Commerce Committee leaders wrote to the CEOs of Ascension and Google today requesting briefings from the companies following reports (https://www.wsj.com/articles/google-s-secret-project-nightingale-gathers-personal-health-data-on-millions-of-americans-11573496790) that the health information of tens of millions of Ascension's patients h  more

Following Sondland Restaurant Call, Menendez Requests Investigation Into Diplomatic Security Breaches by Trump Admin Officials
WASHINGTON, Nov. 20 -- 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, is requesting that the State Department open a new investigation into Trump administration officials' use of unsecure, personal devices to conduct national security business. The Senator's request follows revelations last week that U.S. Ambassador to  more

Following Sondland Restaurant Call, Menendez Requests Investigation Into Diplomatic Security Breaches by Trump Admin Officials
WASHINGTON, Nov. 20 -- 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, is requesting that the State Department open a new investigation into Trump administration officials' use of unsecure, personal devices to conduct national security business. The Senator's request follows revelations last week that U.S. Ambassador to the European Union, Gordon Sondland, conducted a highly sensitive  more

Gottheimer Applauds Bipartisan Pallone, Energy & Commerce Ban to Stop Youth Vaping
WASHINGTON, Nov. 20 -- Rep. Josh Gottheimer, D-New Jersey, issued the following news release: Today, Wednesday, November 20, 2019, U.S. Congressman Josh Gottheimer (NJ-5) applauded the House Energy & Commerce Committee and Committee Chairman Frank Pallone advancing the bipartisan vaping and e-cigarette ban, including prohibiting vaping flavors, raising the minimum tobacco purchasing age to 21, and banning online sales of vaping products. Gottheimer is a cosponsor of this bipartisan legislation,  more

Gottheimer Congratulates Upper Saddle River's Edith A. Bogert Elementary for National Blue Ribbon School Award
UPPER SADDLE RIVER, New Jersey, Nov. 18 -- Rep. Josh Gottheimer, D-New Jersey, issued the following news release: Today, Monday November 18, 2019, U.S. Congressman Josh Gottheimer spoke to students, faculty, and families at Edith A. Bogert Elementary School in Upper Saddle River to congratulate the school on receiving one of the nation's highest education honors, the National Blue Ribbon School award, given by the U.S. Department of Education for the school's overall academic performance. "Tha  more

Gottheimer Votes to Keep Government Services Open
WASHINGTON, Nov. 19 -- Rep. Josh Gottheimer, D-New Jersey, issued the following news release: * * * - Bipartisan legislation protects highway investment for Jersey, improves benefits for 9/11 victims' families * * * Today, Tuesday, November 19, 2019, U.S. Congressman Josh Gottheimer (NJ-5) voted to pass legislation out of the House keeping the federal government open through December 20th, giving our brave men and women in the armed forces a 3.1% pay raise, extending critical health program  more

Gottheimer, North Jersey 9/11 First Responder Visit Future Site of Glen Rock Dog Park to Honor 9/11 Rescue Dogs
GLEN ROCK, New Jersey, Nov. 17 -- Rep. Josh Gottheimer, D-New Jersey, issued the following news release: * * * - What began as a Girl Scout Gold Award project will soon open as Glen Rock's first dog park * * * Today, Sunday, November 17, 2019, U.S. Congressman Josh Gottheimer (NJ-5) visited the future site of Glen Rock's first dog park, which will be dedicated to 9/11 search and rescue dogs. Gottheimer was joined today by Jaime Hazan, a North Jersey 9/11 first responder, advocate, and 9/11 V  more

Gottheimer, Zeldin Lead Bipartisan Coalition Condemning Terrorist Rocket Attacks on Israel
WASHINGTON, Nov. 22 -- Rep. Josh Gottheimer, D-New Jersey, issued the following news release: * * * - Supporting Israel's Right to Defend Itself from Terrorists * * * On Thursday, November 21, 2019, Representatives Josh Gottheimer (NJ-5) and Lee Zeldin (NY-1) introduced H.Res. 727, a bipartisan House Resolution condemning terrorist rocket attacks on Israel and supporting Israel's right to defend itself. Between November 12th and 14th, 2019, Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) terrorists in Gaza  more

Menendez Shares His Mom's Story, Renews Commitment to Fight for Americans Affected by Alzheimer's
WASHINGTON, Nov. 20 -- Sen. Robert Menendez, D-New Jersey, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), a senior member of the Senate Finance Committee, today spoke of his mother's battle with Alzheimer's and renewed his commitment to fight for all Americans affected by the disease during a hearing in the Finance Committee Subcommittee on Health. In 2019, an estimated of 180,000 New Jerseyans over 65 have Alzheimer's disease. Nationally, that number is over five millio  more

Menendez Unveils Legislation to Bolster Protections Against Cybercrime Fraud for Small Businesses
NEWARK, New Jersey, Nov. 18 -- Sen. Robert Menendez, D-New Jersey, issued the following news release: * * * - 43% of cybercrimes aimed at small businesses * * * During a roundtable discussion today with women small business owners, U.S. Senator Bob Menendez outlined legislation he plans to introduce when he returns to Washington that will extend protections against fraudulent and unauthorized transactions to small businesses. The bill is inspired by the experience of a New Jersey small busin  more

Menendez Warns Parents, Consumers of Dangerous Toys for Sale This Holiday Season
HACKENSACK, New Jersey, Nov. 22 -- Sen. Robert Menendez, D-New Jersey, issued the following news release: * * * - Senator joins NJPIRG to release annual 'Trouble in Toyland' report identifying choking hazards, hidden toxins that put kids at risk * * * U.S. Senator Bob Menendez today joined the New Jersey Public Interest Research Group (NJPIRG) to release the 34th annual Trouble in Toyland report warning parents and consumers about potential dangers associated with toys on sale this holiday s  more

Menendez, Booker Announce $3.2 Million in Federal Funding for NJ Community Health Centers
WASHINGTON, Nov. 20 -- 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 today announced that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has awarded $3,207,779 in grants to aid the continued operation of federally-qualified health centers (FQHCs) within New Jersey. "Hundreds of thousands of New Jerseyans of every age, race, and gender re  more

Menendez, Booker Announce Another $2.6M to Upgrade Paulsboro Water Infrastructure, Construct New Water Main
WASHINGTON, Nov. 19 -- Sen. Robert Menendez, D-New Jersey, issued the following news release: U.S. Senators Bob Menendez and Cory Booker today announced a combined $2,633,000 in U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development funding to construct a new, 16-inch water main in Paulsboro, Gloucester County. The funding includes a $1,014,000 grant and $1,619,000 in federal financing through a low-interest loan. Since 2012, Sen. Menendez has secured over $12 million to upgrade Paulsboro's water sys  more

Menendez, Booker, Democrats Slam DeVos' Plan to Quit Collecting Civil Rights Data Used to Ensure Equal Access to Quality Education for All Children
WASHINGTON, Nov. 19 -- Sen. Robert Menendez, D-New Jersey, issued the following news release: * * * - DeVos would eliminate key questions on bullying and harassment, early childhood education, teacher quality from Civil Rights Data Collection survey for current school year * * * U.S. Senators Bob Menendez and Cory Booker, along with 2 dozen democratic colleagues, today slammed Education Secretary Betsy DeVos' decision to stop collecting disaggregated critical civil rights data used by parent  more

Menendez, Brown, Baldwin Lead Senators Urging Media Companies Recognize Workers' Unions
WASHINGTON, Nov. 20 -- Sen. Robert Menendez, D-New Jersey, issued the following news release: * * * - GateHouse-Gannett merger will combine two of country's largest newspaper chains * * * U.S. Senators Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) and Tammy Baldwin (D-Wisc.) led a group of Senate colleagues urging Gannett News and GateHouse to voluntarily recognize any union selected by a majority of workers in any GateHouse- or Gannett-owned newsroom. The anticipated GateHouse-Gannett merge  more

Menendez, Colleagues Call on Dept. of Education to Immediately Implement Fix to FAFSA Form
WASHINGTON, Nov. 19 -- Sen. Robert Menendez, D-New Jersey, issued the following news release: * * * - 2017 Trump Tax Bill has caused confusion among FAFSA applicants * * * U.S. Senator Bob Menendez today joined a bipartisan group of senators in calling for an immediate mid-cycle patch to the current FAFSA form so that students' access to financial aid is not disrupted. An IRS glitch occurred after the 2017 Trump Tax Bill was implemented, which has caused confusion among applicants. "The Dep  more

Menendez, Markey, Blumenthal Push for Tougher Controls on Toy Guns, Firearm Lookalikes
WASHINGTON, Nov. 21 -- Sen. Robert Menendez, D-New Jersey, issued the following news release: * * * - Lawmakers urge action from the Consumer Product Safety Commission to prevent deadly consequences when toy, BB guns are designed to look like real firearms * * * U.S. Senators Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ed Markey (D-Mass.) and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) continued to press federal regulators today to issue new, stricter controls on toy, imitation, air and BB guns after a recent attempt by the U.  more

Menendez, Rubio, Cardin, Risch Praise House Passage of Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act
WASHINGTON, Nov. 20 -- Sen. Robert Menendez, D-New Jersey, issued the following news release: * * * - Bill Now Heads to President's Desk for Signature * * * Senators Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) and Jim Risch (R-Idaho), Ranking Member and Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) praised the House passage of their Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act (S. 1838), sending the bill directly to President Trump's desk for signature. T  more

Menendez, Sherrill Announce $5.5M to Upgrade Essex County, Morristown Municipal Airports
WASHINGTON, Nov. 21 -- Sen. Robert Menendez, D-New Jersey, issued the following news release: U.S. Senators Bob Menendez and Cory Booker and Congresswoman Mikie Sherrill (N.J.-11) today announced that Essex County Airport in Fairfield and Morristown Municipal Airport have been awarded a combined $5,500,000 from the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) Airport Improvement program (AIP) to make needed infrastructure and safety upgrades. "This federal funding will enable our local airports to   more

Norcross, Kim Announce Bill to Connect Veterans to Registered Apprenticeships
CHERRY HILL, New Jersey, Nov. 18 -- Rep. Andy Kim, D-New Jersey, issued the following news release: Today, U.S. Congressmen Donald Norcross (NJ-01) and Andy Kim (NJ-03) announced the Bringing Registered Apprenticeships to Veterans Education (BRAVE) Act - a bill that aims to educate veterans about registered apprenticeship programs and help their overall transition back into civilian life. The announcement of the BRAVE Act comes just before Veterans Day (Nov. 11) and National Apprenticeship Week  more

Pascrell Essay: New NAFTA Must Provide Real Mexican Labor Reforms
WASHINGTON, Nov. 20 -- Rep. Bill Pascrell Jr., D-New Jersey, issued the following news release: U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ-09) today penned an essay in the American Prospect outlining one his top priorities for a new North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA): protecting U.S. workers through real and lasting labor reforms in Mexico. "A generation after its passage, NAFTA's worst legacy remains its destruction of good-paying jobs for working men and women. House Democrats have made cry  more

Pascrell, Beyer, Over 100 House Members Demand Miller's Firing
WASHINGTON, Nov. 21 -- Rep. Bill Pascrell Jr., D-New Jersey, issued the following news release: * * * - Top White House aide espoused white nationalist ideology * * * U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ-09) today joined with Reps. Don Beyer, Jr. (D-VA-08), Barbara Lee (D-CA-13), Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-NJ-12), Ilhan Omar (D-MN-05), Norma J. Torres (D-CA-35), Bill Foster (D-IL-11), and Chellie Pingree (D-ME-01) and 99 other Members of the House of Representatives in writing a letter to the Wh  more

Pascrell, Booker Bill to Reduce Health Disparities
WASHINGTON, Nov. 21 -- Rep. Bill Pascrell Jr., D-New Jersey, issued the following news release: * * * - Legislation will study and integrate innovative ways to address social determinants of health and health equity * * * Today, U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ-09) and Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) introduced the Researching and Ending Disparities by Understanding and Creating Equity (REDUCE) Act, legislation aimed at reducing health care disparities among disadvantaged groups. The bill is co  more

Rep. Gottheimer Applauds New Online Database of School Lead Water Test Results
GLEN ROCK, New Jersey, Nov. 21 -- Rep. Josh Gottheimer, D-New Jersey, issued the following news release: * * * - Following Years of Gottheimer Fighting for Transparency and Information for Parents, N.J. Dept. of Education Unveils Statewide Database * * * Today, Wednesday, November 20, U.S. Congressman Josh Gottheimer (NJ-5) praised the State of New Jersey's new database website unveiled online today that provides parents and communities with easy-to-access and up-to-date information on dange  more

Rep. Gottheimer Helps Pass Long-Term Bipartisan Terrorism Risk Insurance to Protect North Jersey Communities, Businesses, Economy
WASHINGTON, Nov. 18 -- Rep. Josh Gottheimer, D-New Jersey, issued the following news release: Today, Monday, November 18, 2019, U.S. Congressman Josh Gottheimer (NJ-5) helped pass the bipartisan, long-term reauthorization of the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act (TRIA), which was set to expire next year. Gottheimer, a member of the House Financial Services Committee, was an original cosponsor of the bipartisan legislation that passed the House today on a 385 to 22 vote, reauthorizing the federal go  more

Rep. Gottheimer Meets With New Jersey Leaders as State Announces Steps to Address Harmful Algae Bloom
WASHINGTON, Nov. 18 -- Rep. Josh Gottheimer, D-New Jersey, issued the following news release: * * * - Major Issue for Businesses, Tourists, Residents in Lake Hopatcong & Greenwood Lake Region - New plan is a win-win-win for the environment, local businesses, and state recreation * * * Today, Monday, November 18, 2019, U.S. Congressman Josh Gottheimer (NJ-5) met with New Jersey congressional, state, local, and environmental leaders as the State of New Jersey announced steps to combat Harmful  more

Rep. Gottheimer Visits Allendale Fire Department After Helping Claw Back $180,000+ Investment to N.J.
ALLENDALE, New Jersey, Nov. 18 -- Rep. Josh Gottheimer, D-New Jersey, issued the following news release: On Sunday, November 17, 2019. U.S. Congressman Josh Gottheimer visited the Allendale Fire Department and first responders after helping claw back an $183,000 investment away from the Moocher States for emergency safety equipment. Allendale will be receiving 27 self-contained breathing apparatus through the Assistance to Firefighter Grant (AFG) from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FE  more

Rep. Kim Introduces Bill to Name Post Office After Clara Barton
WASHINGTON, Nov. 18 -- Rep. Andy Kim, D-New Jersey, issued the following news release: Today, Congressman Andy Kim (NJ-03) announced the introduction of H.R. 4988, which would name the U.S. post office in Bordentown, NJ after Clara Barton, the founder of the American Red Cross. "Clara Barton isn't just a trailblazer on humanitarian and education issues, she's a role model worthy of recognition," said Congressman Kim. "Commemorating her incredible accomplishments and lasting impact on our commu  more

Rep. Kim Issues Statement on Trump Administration Action on Costs of Defense Operations in South Korea
WASHINGTON, Nov. 18 -- Rep. Andy Kim, D-New Jersey, issued the following statement in response to reports that the Trump administration is demanding a 500 percent increase in payments to offset the costs of defense operations in South Korea: "For nearly 70 years, the United States has had an unbreakable partnership with South Korea that has become the foundation to our security and prosperity in Asia and across the world. "At a time when we have deep concerns about North Korea's nuclear weapon  more

Rep. Kim Votes to Protect Health Care and Social Service Workers From Workplace Violence
WASHINGTON, Nov. 21 -- Rep. Andy Kim, D-New Jersey, issued the following news release: Today, Congressman Andy Kim (NJ-03) voted to pass bipartisan legislation that would protect health care and social service workers from workplace violence, which has increased by 69 percent over the past decade according to the Bureau for Labor Statistics. "Our health care and social service workers do amazing work every day, but too often at great risk," said Congressman Kim. "Every worker deserves a safe w  more

Rep. Malinowski Votes to Permanently Authorize Disaster Relief Programs
WASHINGTON, Nov. 19 -- Rep. Tomaz Malinowski, D-New Jersey, issued the following news release: Today, the House passed H.R. 3702, the Reforming Disaster Recovery Act of 2019. The bill permanently authorizes the Community Development Block Grant for Disaster Relief (CDBG-DR) program, which provides critical support for state and local governments' disaster recovery efforts. New Jersey has seen first-hand how important this program is in assisting disaster relief. In Fiscal Year 2013, over $4 bi  more

Rep. Pallone Advances Legislation to Protect U.S. Telecommunications Networks
WASHINGTON, Nov. 21 -- Rep. Frank Pallone Jr., D-New Jersey, issued the following news release: Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-06) spearheaded the advancement of his legislation to protect U.S. telecommunications systems from foreign interference. The Secure and Trusted Communications Networks Act of 2019 instructs the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to develop and maintain a list of communications equipment and services that pose an unacceptable risk to national security and prohib  more

Rep. Pallone Issues Remarks at Hearing on Environmental Justice
WASHINGTON, Nov. 21 -- 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: The Challenges Facing Frontline Communities": This is the sixth hearing in the Committee's climate change series aimed at developing comprehensive legislation to achieve a 100 percent clean economy by 2050: "Today we continue our series of clima  more

Rep. Pallone Issues Statement After Full Committee Passage of Brand USA Extension Act, U.S. SAFE WEB Act
WASHINGTON, Nov. 21 -- Rep. Frank Pallone Jr., D-New Jersey, chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, issued the following statement after the Brand USA Extension Act (H.R. 3851) and U.S. SAFE WEB Act (H.R. 4779) were reported to the House by voice vote: "Protecting consumers and strengthening our economy are two of the Energy and Commerce Committee's top priorities. "Today, the Full Committee passed two bipartisan bills that ensure the U.S. global marketplace remains a top destina  more

Rep. Pallone Issues Statement After Full Committee Passage of Communications Bills
WASHINGTON, Nov. 21 -- Rep. Frank Pallone Jr., D-New Jersey, chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, issued the following statement after the full committee voted to advance eight communications bills to the House: "The Energy and Commerce Committee passed eight critical bills today to fix our broadband maps, free up more of our nation's airwaves and secure our telecommunications networks. "I'm especially proud of my bipartisan legislation that will ensure small and rural telecomm  more

Rep. Pallone Issues Statement After Full Committee Passage of Nuclear Waste Bill
WASHINGTON, Nov. 21 -- Rep. Frank Pallone Jr., D-New Jersey, chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, issued the following statement after the Nuclear Waste Policy Amendments Act (H.R. 2699) was reported, as amended, to the House by voice vote: "The Energy and Commerce Committee took an important step today towards ensuring our nation's nuclear waste can begin to move out of communities that are home to a nuclear power plant. "I thank Representatives McNerney and Shimkus for their   more

Rep. Pallone Issues Statement After Full Committee Passage of PFAS Action Act
WASHINGTON, Nov. 21 -- Rep. Frank Pallone Jr., D-New Jersey, chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, issued the following statement after the PFAS Action Act (H.R. 535) was reported, as amended, to the House by a 31-19 vote: "PFAS are persistent, toxic chemicals that last forever and spread through our water, air and soil. "Today, the Energy and Commerce Committee took action to address the public health threat and growing problems associated with PFAS. "This comprehensive, bipar  more

Rep. Pallone Issues Statement After Full Committee Passage of PFAS Action Act
WASHINGTON, Nov. 21 -- Rep. Frank Pallone Jr., D-New Jersey, issued the following statement: Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-06) today applauded passage of legislation to address PFAS contamination and exposure by the House Energy and Commerce Committee, where he serves as Chairman. Pallone released the following statement after the PFAS Action Act was favorably reported to the full House of Representatives by a vote of 31-19. According to a report, there are 517 water systems in New Jersey   more

Rep. Pallone Issues Statement After Full Committee Passed Alan Reinstein Ban Asbestos Now Act
WASHINGTON, Nov. 19 -- Rep. Frank Pallone Jr., D-New Jersey, chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, issued the following statement after the full committee passed the Alan Reinstein Ban Asbestos Now Act (H.R. 1603) by a 47-1 vote: "It's been more than 40 years since the Environmental Protection Agency began its work to ban asbestos, and today this Committee took a major, bipartisan step to do just that. "The Alan Reinstein Ban Asbestos Now Act finally bans the manufacture, import  more

Rep. Pallone Issues Statement After Full Committee Passed Reversing the Youth Tobacco Epidemic Act
WASHINGTON, Nov. 19 -- Rep. Frank Pallone Jr., D-New Jersey, chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, issued the following statement after the full committee passed the Reversing the Youth Tobacco Epidemic Act (H.R. 2339) by a 28-24 vote: "Today, we took an important step forward in responding to the youth tobacco epidemic, which threatens a new generation of young people to a lifetime of nicotine addiction and poor health outcomes. "Unfortunately, the proliferation of slick new pr  more

Rep. Pallone Issues Statement on Committee Passage of Bill Banning Asbestos
WASHINGTON, Nov. 19 -- Rep. Frank Pallone Jr., D-New Jersey, issued the following statement on committee passage of his bill banning asbestos: The Alan Reinstein Ban Asbestos Now Act of 2019 would ban the production, use and importation of asbestos. Pallone's bill also implements a complete ban on the toxic substance one year after the bill's passage. The EPA began the process of banning asbestos 40 years ago, but asbestos is still being imported and used in this country even though it has been  more

Rep. Pallone Issues Statement on Full Committee Passage of Maternal Health Bills
WASHINGTON, Nov. 21 -- Rep. Frank Pallone Jr., D-New Jersey, chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, issued the following statement after the full committee voted to report two bills to the House that will improve quality and access to maternal health care: "Today, the Committee continued its work to reverse the shocking and inexcusable trendlines in maternal health in America. "While the United States is home to some of the most advanced health care in the world, it consistently   more

Rep. Pallone Issues Statement on Reversing Youth Tobacco Epidemic Act
WASHINGTON, Nov. 19 -- Rep. Frank Pallone Jr., D-New Jersey, issued the following statement on the House Energy and Commerce Committee passage of the Reversing the Youth Tobacco Epidemic Act: The Reversing the Youth Tobacco Epidemic Act would prohibit all flavored tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, increase the minimum age for purchasing tobacco products to 21, ban certain non-face-to-face sales for tobacco products, and protects kids from the marketing of tobacco products. According to  more

Rep. Pallone Releases GAO Report Calling on FCC to Combat Fraud in the High-Cost Program
WASHINGTON, Nov. 18 -- Rep. Frank Pallone Jr., D-New Jersey, chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, issued the following news release: * * * - Report Recommends Five Actions Chairman Pai Should Take * * * Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ) released a Government Accountability Office (GAO) report today recommending that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) take additional action to prevent fraud and implement an antifraud strategy for the Uni  more

Rep. Pallone: E&C Democrats Express Concerns Over 2.5 GHz Proceeding
WASHINGTON, Nov. 19 -- Rep. Frank Pallone Jr., D-New Jersey, chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, issued the following news release: * * * - FCC is Putting Tribes and Tribal Organizations at a Disadvantage * * * Five Energy and Commerce Committee Democrats sent a letter today to Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai raising concerns about the shortened notice and filing window for spectrum license applications in the 2.5 GHz proceeding, which will prevent   more

Rep. Pallone: FCC Oversight Hearing Scheduled for December 5
WASHINGTON, Nov. 18 -- 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 an oversight hearing on Thursday, December 5, of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). "The FCC is considering a number of a  more

Rep. Pallone: Top House Democrats Urge GAO to Conduct Review After Third Major Keystone Pipeline Spill
WASHINGTON, Nov. 18 -- 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), Chairman of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ), Chairman of the Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials Dan Lipinski (D-IL), and Chairman of the Subcommittee on Energy Bobby L. Rush (D-IL) officia  more

Rep. Pascrell Clean Energy Bill Included in Landmark GREEN Act
WASHINGTON, Nov. 19 -- Rep. Bill Pascrell Jr., D-New Jersey, issued the following news release: * * * - Bipartisan offshore wind legislation will bolster industry to fight climate change * * * Today, milestone clean energy legislation authored by U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ-09), New Jersey's only member of the exclusive House Ways and Means Committee, was included in the GREEN ACT, a package of bills to combat climate change by facilitating more renewable energy options. Today's annou  more

Rep. Pascrell Supports Continuing Resolution Repeal of Highway Fund Cuts
WASHINGTON, Nov. 21 -- Rep. Bill Pascrell Jr., D-New Jersey, issued the following news release: U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ-09) commended the passage of a continuing resolution to keep the federal government open until December 20. The funding, approved 231-to-192 by the House of Representatives, includes several positive provisions, including a repeal of $7.6 billion in recissions to the last highway bill that would have cost New Jersey approximately $411.69 million. "It is good news t  more

Rep. Payne Tours Airport Redevelopment Project to Support Pre-Apprenticeship Program
WASHINGTON, Nov. 22 -- Rep. Donald M. Payne Jr., D-New Jersey, issued the following news release: Congressman Donald M. Payne, Jr. joined 75 students in the New Jersey Construction Pre-Apprenticeship training program today to tour the $2.7 billion Terminal One Redevelopment project at Newark Liberty International Airport. The students were there as part of the Port Authority's three-year agreement to sponsor training programs in Bergen, Essex, Middlesex and Union County vocational-technical sc  more

Rep. Payne Votes to Protect Health Care and Social Workers From Workplace Violence
WASHINGTON, Nov. 22 -- Rep. Donald M. Payne Jr., D-New Jersey, issued the following news release: Congressman Donald M. Payne, Jr. voted for a bill November 21st to require comprehensive violence prevention programs in our health care and social service facilities. Health care and social service workers are almost five times more likely to suffer a violent injury at work compared to other professions, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The bill would require these facilities to deve  more

Rep. Payne, Jr. Votes to Improve New Jersey Roads, Increase Military Pay
WASHINGTON, Nov. 19 -- Rep. Donald M. Payne Jr., D-New Jersey, issued the following news release: Today, Congressman Donald M. Payne, Jr. voted for a bill to secure $412 million in federal funding for New Jersey to repair state highways. The state was in danger of losing that money if it didn't spend it before July, 2020. Also, the bill would give soldiers a 3.1 percent pay raise, continue to provide food for low-income seniors, fully fund the U.S. census in 2020 to make sure all Americans ar  more

Rep. Sherrill Meets With State and Local Officials to Discuss State Plan to Address Harmful Algal Blooms at Lake Hopatcong
LANDING, New Jersey, Nov. 18 -- Rep. Mikie Sherrill, D-New Jersey, issued the following news release: Representative Mikie Sherrill (NJ-11) met yesterday with Governor Murphy and state and local officials to discuss harmful algal blooms (HABs) at Lake Hopatcong and the Governor's proposal to invest $13.5 million statewide through an enhanced program of science-based prevention, mitigation, study, and response. The HAB at Lake Hopatcong this summer resulted in a recreational advisory which impac  more

Rep. Smith Issues Remarks on Hong Kong Human Rights & Democracy Act
WASHINGTON, Nov. 20 -- Rep. Chris Smith, R-New Jersey, issued the following remarks on the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act: "Since the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre thirty years ago, I've had the privilege of working with colleagues on both sides of the aisle--including and especially Speaker Pelosi and Congressman Frank Wolf--on human rights, the rule of law and democracy for the people of China. "We have always believed that every person in China deserves better than the brutality   more

Rep. Smith: Death of NJ Football Player Was 100% Preventable
EDISON, New Jersey, Nov. 16 -- Rep. Chris Smith, R-New Jersey, issued the following news release: Rep. Chris Smith held a press conference Saturday regarding the investigation into the death of a New Jersey football player. Braeden Bradforth, of Neptune, died last August after a football practice at Garden City Community College in Kansas. Bradforth's mother hopes that the incident will help save others students. "This fight was for Braeden at first but now it's for the rest of the kids," sa  more

Rep. Smith: House Passes Hong Kong Human Rights & Democracy Act
WASHINGTON, Nov. 20 -- Rep. Chris Smith, R-New Jersey, issued the following news release: * * * - Smith first introduced the bill five years ago * * * Congressman Chris Smith (R-NJ) helped manage debate and final passage today of the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act-- which he had introduced in every Congress since 2014--while on the streets of Hong Kong students demonstrated amid escalating threats by the Chinese Communist government against Hong Kong's residents. "Today, Hong Kong  more

Rep. Van Drew Announces Affordable Housing Grant for Persons With Disabilities
WASHINGTON, Nov. 18 -- Rep. Jefferson Van Drew, D-New Jersey, issued the following news release: U.S. Congressman Jeff Van Drew today announced a grant award to the Pleasantville Housing Authority for the amount of $232,916 which will enable persons with disabilities to access affordable housing and enables these individuals to live independently in the community. The United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) awarded additional Mainstream Program vouchers to public housi  more

Rep. Van Drew Announces Grant to Promote Increased Health Care Services for Communities in Need
WASHINGTON, Nov. 20 -- Rep. Jefferson Van Drew, D-New Jersey, issued the following news release: Congressman Jeff Van Drew today announced that Community Health Care, Inc. has been awarded a grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for the amount of $3,365,778. This award is provided through the Health Resource and Services Administration's (HRSA) Health Center Cluster grant program and promotes increased health care services for communities in need. "The Health Center Clu  more

Rep. Van Drew Condemns Attacks Against Israel After Launch of 450+ Missiles at Key U.S. Ally
WASHINGTON, Nov. 22 -- Rep. Jefferson Van Drew, D-New Jersey, issued the following news release: On Thursday, November 21, 2019 Congressman Jeff Van Drew introduced H.Res. 727, a bipartisan House Resolution condemning terrorist rocket attacks on Israel and supporting Israel's right to defend itself. Between November 12th and 14th, 2019, Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) terrorists in Gaza launched more than 450 rockets at Israel, evacuating homes, schools, and hospitals, and forcing innocent Is  more

Rep. Van Drew Issues Statement on Death of 10-Year-Old Victim of Shooting at Pleasantville High School Football Game
WASHINGTON, Nov. 20 -- Rep. Jefferson Van Drew, D-New Jersey, issued the following statement on the death of 10-year-old victim of the shooting at the Pleasantville High School football game on Nov. 15: "Today we received tragic news that 10-year-old Micah, a victim of the Pleasantville High School football game shooting, has passed. My heart goes out to Micah's family and loved ones. "There are no words to describe the pain, anger, and loss. "This heartbreaking tragedy has impacted so many  more

Rep. Van Drew Issues Statement on Shooting at Pleasantville High School
PLEASANTVILLE, New Jersey, Nov. 16 -- Rep. Jefferson Van Drew, D-New Jersey, issued the following statement regarding a shooting incident at a Pleasantville High School football game: "I am heartbroken to hear of the senseless act of violence at the Pleasantville High School football game on Friday evening. "My thoughts are with the victims and their families, as well as all those affected. "Unfortunately, thoughts won't help parents feel safe sending their kids to school, nor does it do an  more

Rep. Watson Coleman Leads Letter Demanding Answers From Airbnb on Misleading Hosts and Listings
WASHINGTON, Nov. 21 -- Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman, D-New Jersey, issued the following news release: Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-NJ), along with Reps. Barbara Lee (D-CA), Robin Kelly (D-IL), G.K. Butterfield (D-NC), Emanuel Cleaver II (D-MO), and Yvette D. Clarke (D-NY) today demanded Airbnb explain its plans to deal with deceptive limited liability corporations disguising themselves as "hosts" on the platform to market short-term rentals out of compliance with local laws and the company's own  more

Rep. Watson Coleman: 100+ Democrats Demand Stephen Miller's Immediate Firing
WASHINGTON, Nov. 21 -- Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman, D-New Jersey, issued the following news release: U.S. Representatives Don Beyer (D-VA), Barbara Lee (D-CA), Ilhan Omar (D-MN), Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-NJ), Bill Pascrell Jr. (D-NJ), Norma J. Torres (D-CA), Bill Foster (D-IL), and Chellie Pingree (D-ME) today led a group of 107 Members of Congress in demanding that the White House fire Senior Advisor to the President Stephen Miller. Their letter quoted from emails Miller wrote, which were rece  more

Reps. Pallone and Rush Applaud Committee Passage of Pipeline Reauthorization Legislation
WASHINGTON, Nov. 19 -- 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 Energy Subcommittee Chairman Bobby Rush (D-IL) applauded Committee passage of the "SAFER Pipelines Act of 2019" (H.R. ____), which was favorably reported, as amended, to the full House of Representatives by a vote of 30-21: "Today, we followed through on our promise to safeguard   more

Reps. Pallone, Walden, Doyle, Latta Issue Statement on Passage of Television Viewer Protection Act
WASHINGTON, Nov. 21 -- Rep. Frank Pallone Jr., D-New Jersey, chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, issued the following joint statement - with three congressmen - Ranking Member Greg Walden, R-Oregon, Rep. Michael Doyle, D-Pennsylvania, chairman of the Subcommittee on Communications and Technology, and Ranking Member Robert E. Latta, R-Ohio, after the full committee voted to advanced the Television Viewer Protection Act (H.R. 5035) to the House: "This legislation will ensure that  more

Reps. Walden, Pallone, Doyle, Latta Issue Statement on Passage of Television Viewer Protection Act
WASHINGTON, Nov. 21 -- Rep. Greg Walden, R-Oregon, ranking Republican member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, issued the following joint statement - with three congressmen - Chairman Frank Pallone Jr., D-New Jersey, Rep. Michael Doyle, D-Pennsylvania, chairman of the Subcommittee on Communications and Technology, and Ranking Member Robert E. Latta, R-Ohio, after the full committee voted to advanced the Television Viewer Protection Act (H.R. 5035), as amended, to the House: "This legi  more

Sen. Booker Issues Statement Ahead of Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment & Expungement Act Markup
WASHINGTON, Nov. 20 -- Sen. Cory Booker, D-New Jersey, issued the following statement: * * * - Booker Bill Was First to Incorporate Expungement and Community Reinvestment in Marijuana Legalization Legislation * * * U.S. Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) issued the following statement ahead of the House Judiciary Committee's Wednesday markup of the Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement Act of 2019 (MORE). Booker's Marijuana Justice Act, originally introduced in 2017, was the first congr  more

Sen. Menendez Issues Remarks at Nomination Hearing for Deputy Secretary of State
WASHINGTON, Nov. 20 -- Sen. Robert Menendez, D-New Jersey, ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following opening remarks and questioned Stephen E. Biegun at a committee hearing examining his nomination to be Deputy Secretary of State: "As we discussed last week, the Deputy Secretary position is crucial to the functioning of the Department and to advancing U.S. foreign policy. Given the expectation that Secretary Pompeo will leave the Department early next year t  more

Sen. Menendez Issues Remarks on Nomination of Biegun to Be Deputy Secretary of State
WASHINGTON, Nov. 20 -- Sen. Bob Menendez, D-New Jersey, ranking Democratic member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following opening remarks and questioned Stephen E. Biegun at a committee hearing examining his nomination to be Deputy Secretary of State: "As we discussed last week, the Deputy Secretary position is crucial to the functioning of the Department and to advancing U.S. foreign policy. Given the expectation that Secretary Pompeo will leave the Department early nex  more

Sen. Menendez, Rep. Chu Introduce Bicameral Bill to Protect Immigrant Workers Reporting Labor Violation Claims
WASHINGTON, Nov. 21 -- Sen. Robert Menendez, D-New Jersey, issued the following news release: * * * - The bicameral POWER Act would protect workers who file or are a witness in a claim against an employer for labor violations from deportation * * * U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) and Congresswoman Judy Chu (D-Calif.-27) led the introduction of the Protecting Our Workers from Exploitation and Retaliation (POWER) Act. The bicameral legislation is a critical step forward in helping to create  more

Sen. Menendez: Bipartisan Leaders of Key Senate Committees Urge New National Security Adviser to Appoint 5G Coordinator
WASHINGTON, Nov. 19 -- Sen. Bob Menendez, D-New Jersey, ranking Democratic member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following news release: * * * - Senate National Security Leaders Urge Trump Administration to Make Next-Generation Telecommunications Technology a Top Priority, Develop a National Strategy for 5G * * * Today, Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and the bipartisan leadership of several key Senate committees  more

Sen. Menendez: Foreign Relations Committee Democrats Demand Secretary Pompeo Recuse Himself From Ukraine Related Matters
WASHINGTON, Nov. 22 -- 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, was joined by the entire Democratic bench of the Committee in penning a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to demand his immediate recusal from any proceedings and decisions related to the ongoing Trump-Ukraine scandal. The Senators' letter follows explosive testimony before the House of Representatives by U  more

Senate Republican Again Blocks Menendez Legislation Recognizing Armenian Genocide
WASHINGTON, Nov. 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, took to the Senate Floor this afternoon to make a formal Unanimous Consent request for the Senate to pass his legislation formally recognizing the Armenian genocide on behalf of the U.S. government. For the second week in a row, a Republican senator   more

Senate Republican Again Blocks Menendez Legislation Recognizing Armenian Genocide
WASHINGTON, Nov. 21 -- 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, took to the Senate Floor this afternoon to make a formal Unanimous Consent request for the Senate to pass his legislation formally recognizing the Armenian genocide on behalf of the U.S. government. For the second week in a row, a Republican senator objected to the request, blocking the Senate from passing the Reso  more

Sens. Menendez, Rubio, Cardin, Risch Praise Senate Passage of Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act
WASHINGTON, Nov. 19 -- Sen. Bob Menendez, D-New Jersey, ranking Democratic member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following news release: U.S. Senators Bob Menendez (D-NJ), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL), Ben Cardin (D-MD) and Senate Committee on Foreign Relations Chairman Jim Risch (R-ID) praised the Senate passage of their Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act (S. 1838). The amended bipartisan bill was unanimou  more

Sens. Menendez, Young Introduce Bipartisan Legislation for Afghanistan Peace Process Oversight
WASHINGTON, Nov. 21 -- Sen. Bob Menendez, D-New Jersey, ranking Democratic member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following news release: Senators Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Senator Todd Young (R-Ind.) today introduced the Ensuring a Durable Afghanistan Peace Act of 2019, bipartisan legislation that provides for congressional oversight of the comprehensive Afghanistan peace process. The comprehensive legislation ma  more

Sens. Menendez, Young Introduce Bipartisan Legislation for Afghanistan Peace Process Oversight
WASHINGTON, Nov. 22 -- Sen. Robert Menendez, D-New Jersey, issued the following news release: Senators Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Senator Todd Young (R-Ind.) today introduced the Ensuring a Durable Afghanistan Peace Act of 2019, bipartisan legislation that provides for congressional oversight of the comprehensive Afghanistan peace process. The comprehensive legislation mandates congressional oversight requirement for U.S. diplomatic eff  more