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Congressional Tipoffs Involving New Jersey Newsletter for Sunday January 12, 2020 ( 84 items )  

Communications & Technology Subcommittee Announces Hearing on Diversity in Media Market
WASHINGTON, Jan. 9 -- 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 that the Communications and Technology Subcommittee will hold a legislative hearing on Wednesday, January 15, at 10:30 a.m. in room 2322 of the Rayburn House Office Building entitled "Lifting Voices: Le  more

E&C Leaders Release Framework of CLEAN Future Act, Bold New Plan to Achieve 100 Percent Clean Economy by 2050
WASHINGTON, Jan. 9 -- Rep. Frank Pallone Jr., D-New Jersey, chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, issued the following news release on Jan. 8: * * * - Details Deep Decarbonization Strategies for Each Sector of the U.S. Economy within Committee's Jurisdiction, and Novel Concepts for Achieving Nationwide Net-Zero Greenhouse Gas Pollution * * * Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ), Environment and Climate Change Subcommittee Chairman Paul Tonko (D-NY)   more

Energy Subcommittee Announces Markup of Nine Energy Bills to Reduce Carbon Pollution, Create Jobs, Modernize Infrastructure
WASHINGTON, Jan. 8 -- 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 Energy Subcommittee Chairman Bobby Rush (D-IL) announced that the Energy Subcommittee will hold a markup on Thursday, January 9, at 10 a.m. in the John D. Dingell Room, 2123 of the Rayburn House Office Building. The Subcommittee will mark up nine bills to improve energy efficiency, promote c  more

Environment & Climate Change Subcommittee Announces Hearing on Bill to Phase Down the Use of Hydrofluorocarbons
WASHINGTON, Jan. 8 -- 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 that the Environment and Climate Change Subcommittee will hold a legislative hearing on Tuesday, January 14, at 10:30 am in 2322 of the Rayburn House Office Building on H.R. 5544, the American Innovation and Man  more

Gottheimer, Rose Condemn Anti-Semitic Remarks at New York School
WASHINGTON, Jan. 9 -- Rep. Josh Gottheimer, D-New Jersey, issued the following news release: * * * - Urge "zero tolerance" for anti-Semitism, call for schoolwide Holocaust and anti-bias education * * * On Wednesday, January 8, 2020, U.S. Congressman Josh Gottheimer (NJ-5) and U.S. Congressman Max Rose (NY-11), wrote to the leadership of the Ethical Culture Fieldston School (ECFS) to condemn a recent incident in which a guest speaker reportedly made anti-Semitic remarks comparing Jews to the   more

Health Subcommittee to Hold Legislative Hearing on Federal Cannabis Policies
WASHINGTON, Jan. 9 -- 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 Health Subcommittee Chairwoman Anna G. Eshoo (D-CA) announced that the Health Subcommittee will hold a legislative hearing on Wednesday, January 15, at 10 am in the John D. Dingell Room, 2123 Rayburn House Office Building. The hearing is entitled "Cannabis Policies for the New Decade." "As   more

House Committee on Energy and Commerce Committee Issues Report on 5G Communications Infrastructure Resolution
WASHINGTON, Jan. 11 -- The House Committee on Energy and Commerce Committee issued a report (H.Rpt. 116-368) on a resolution (H.Res. 575) expressing the sense of the House that all stakeholders in the deployment of 5G communications infrastructure should carefully consider and adhere to the recommendations of "The Prague Proposals". The report was advanced by Rep. Frank Pallone Jr., D-New Jersey, on Jan. 7. Excerpts of the report follow: I. Purpose and Summary...4 II. Background and Need for   more

House Energy & Commerce Committee Issues Report on Broadband Deployment Accuracy & Technological Availability Act
WASHINGTON, Jan. 5 -- The House Energy and Commerce Committee issued a report (H.Rpt. 116-350) on legislation (H.R. 4229) to require the Federal Communications Commission to issue rules relating to the collection of data with respect to the availability of broadband services. The report was advanced by Rep. Frank Pallone Jr., D-New Jersey, on Dec. 16, 2019. Excerpts of the report follow: I. Purpose and Summary H.R. 4229, the "Broadband Deployment Accuracy and Technological Availability Act"   more

House Energy & Commerce Committee Issues Report on Mapping Accuracy Promotes Services Act
WASHINGTON, Jan. 7 -- The House Energy and Commerce Committee issued a report (H.Rpt. 116-349) on legislation (H.R. 4227) "to prohibit the submission to the Federal Communications Commission of broadband internet access service coverage information or data for the purposes of compiling an inaccurate broadband coverage map." The report was advanced by Rep. Frank Pallone Jr., D-New Jersey, on Dec. 16, 2019. Excerpts of the report follow: I. Purpose and Summary...1 II. Background and Need for Le  more

House Energy & Commerce Committee Issues Report on Promoting U.S. Wireless Leadership Act
WASHINGTON, Jan. 11 -- The House Energy and Commerce Committee issued a report (H.Rpt. 116-367) on legislation (H.R. 4500) to direct the Assistant Secretary for Communications and Information to take certain actions to enhance the representation of the U.S. and promote U.S. leadership in communications standards-setting bodies. The report was advanced by Rep. Frank Pallone Jr., D-New Jersey, on Jan. 7. Excerpts of the report follow: I. Purpose and Summary...3 II. Background and Need for Legis  more

House Energy & Commerce Committee Issues Report on Reauthorizing & Extending America's Community Health Act (Part 1 of 4)
WASHINGTON, Jan. 8 -- The House Energy and Commerce Committee issued a report (H.Rpt. 116-332) on legislation (H.R. 2328) to reauthorize and extend funding for community health centers and the National Health Service Corps. The report was advanced by Rep. Frank Pallone Jr., D-New Jersey, on Dec. 9, 2019. Excerpts of the report follow: I. Purpose and Summary...28 II. Background and Need for the Legislation...28 III. Committee Hearings...35 IV. Committee Consideration...36 V. Committee Votes  more

House Energy & Commerce Committee Issues Report on Reauthorizing & Extending America's Community Health Act (Part 2 of 4)
WASHINGTON, Jan. 8 -- The House Energy and Commerce Committee issued a report (H.Rpt. 116-332) on legislation (H.R. 2328) to reauthorize and extend funding for community health centers and the National Health Service Corps. The report was advanced by Rep. Frank Pallone Jr., D-New Jersey, on Dec. 9, 2019. Continued from Part 1 "(4) Database.--The database described in this paragraph is, with respect to a group health plan or health insurance issuer offering group or individual health insurance   more

House Energy & Commerce Committee Issues Report on Reauthorizing & Extending America's Community Health Act (Part 3 of 4)
WASHINGTON, Jan. 8 -- The House Energy and Commerce Committee issued a report (H.Rpt. 116-332) on legislation (H.R. 2328) to reauthorize and extend funding for community health centers and the National Health Service Corps. The report was advanced by Rep. Frank Pallone Jr., D-New Jersey, on Dec. 9, 2019. Continued from Part 2 TITLE V--TERRITORIES HEALTH CARE IMPROVEMENT ACT SEC. 501. SHORT TITLE. This title may be cited as the "Territories Health Care Improvement Act". SEC. 502. MEDICAID PAY  more

House Energy & Commerce Committee Issues Report on Reauthorizing & Extending America's Community Health Act (Part 4 of 4)
WASHINGTON, Jan. 8 -- The House Energy and Commerce Committee issued a report (H.Rpt. 116-332) on legislation (H.R. 2328) to reauthorize and extend funding for community health centers and the National Health Service Corps. The report was advanced by Rep. Frank Pallone Jr., D-New Jersey, on Dec. 9, 2019. Continued from Part 3 TITLE V--TERRITORIES HEALTH CARE IMPROVEMENT ACT Section 501. Short title Section 501 designates that the short title may be cited as the "Territories Health Care Improv  more

House Energy & Commerce Committee Issues Report on Safer Occupancy Furniture Flammability Act
WASHINGTON, Jan. 8 -- The House Energy and Commerce Committee issued a report (H.Rpt. 116-348) on legislation (H.R. 2647) to adopt a certain California flammability standard as a Federal flammability standard to protect against the risk of upholstered furniture flammability. The report was advanced by Rep. Frank Pallone Jr., D-New Jersey, on Dec. 16, 2019. Excerpts of the report follow: I. Purpose and Summary...1 II. Background and Need for the Legislation...2 III. Committee Hearings...3 IV  more

House Energy & Commerce Committee Issues Report on Secure & Trusted Communications Networks Act
WASHINGTON, Jan. 5 -- The House Energy and Commerce Committee issued a report (H.Rpt. 116-352) on legislation (H.R. 4998) to prohibit certain federal loans, grants and subsidies from being used to purchase communications equipment or services posing national security risks and to provide for the establishment of a reimbursement program for the replacement of communications equipment or services posing such risks. The report was advanced by Rep. Frank Pallone Jr., D-New Jersey, on Dec. 16, 2019.   more

House Energy & Commerce Committee Issues Report on Secure 5G & Beyond Act
WASHINGTON, Jan. 11 -- The House Energy and Commerce Committee issued a report (H.Rpt. 116-369) on legislation (H.R. 2881) to require the President to develop a strategy to ensure the security of next generation mobile telecommunications systems and infrastructure in the U.S. and to assist allies and strategic partners in maximizing the security of next generation mobile telecommunications systems, infrastructure and software. The report was advanced by Rep. Frank Pallone Jr., D-New Jersey, on J  more

House Energy & Commerce Committee Issues Report on Undertaking Spam, Spyware & Fraud Enforcement With Enforcers Beyond Borders Act of 2006
WASHINGTON, Jan. 5 -- The House Energy and Commerce Committee issued a report (H.Rpt. 116-351) on legislation (H.R. 4779) to extend the Undertaking Spam, Spyware and Fraud Enforcement With Enforcers beyond Borders Act of 2006. The report was advanced by Rep. Frank Pallone Jr., D-New Jersey, on Dec. 16, 2019. Excerpts of the report follow: I. Purpose and Summary H.R. 4779, a bill to extend the Undertaking Spam, Spyware, and Fraud Enforcement With Enforcers beyond Borders Act of 2006 (U.S. SAF  more

House Science, Space & Technology Committee Sets Hearing on Climate Crisis
WASHINGTON, Jan. 11 -- The House Science, Space and Technology Committee issued the following hearing information: "An Update on the Climate Crisis: From Science to Solutions" at 2318 Rayburn House Office Building at 10 a.m. on Jan. 15: Witnesses: * Pamela McElwee, Associate Professor of Human Ecology, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey * Richard Murray, Deputy Director & Vice President for Research, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institutio  more

Menendez and Schumer Call on President Trump to Declassify War Powers Act Notification Letter
WASHINGTON, Jan. 7 -- Sen. Bob Menendez, D-New Jersey, ranking Democratic member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following news release: * * * - Sens. Menendez and Schumer Say Decisions on Important National Security Matters Must Be Shared With the American People in a Timely Manner - Senators Say No Legitimate Justification for Classifying Entire War Powers Act Notification to Congress * * * In a letter to President Donald Trump, Senate Foreign Relations Committee Ran  more

Menendez Responds to Secretary Pompeo's Claim That He Briefed Senate on Imminent Threat Justifying Soleimani Killing
NEWARK, New Jersey, Jan. 11 -- 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, responded live on MSNBC to a press conference by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Friday morning. While announcing new sanctions against Iran, Secretary Pompeo claimed he had provided Congress all the intelligence needed to prove the Adminis  more

Menendez, Engel Request New Threat Assessment for U.S. Diplomatic Personnel, Compounds Created by Soleimani Killing
WASHINGTON, Jan. 10 -- 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, and Representative Eliot L. Engel (D-N.Y.), Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, sent a letter requesting the Trump Administration provide them an updated assessment within the next 7 days of the current risk and threat matrix created by   more

Menendez, Engel, Risch, McCaul Seek Answers About World Bank Hiring Practices Concerning Employees From Taiwan
WASHINGTON, Jan. 11 -- Sen. Bob Menendez, D-New Jersey, ranking Democratic member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following news release: * * * - Congressional Leaders Express Concern About Reports of World Bank Requiring Employees from Taiwan to Obtain Chinese Passports * * * Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee; Representative Eliot L. Engel (D-N.Y.), Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee; Senator Jim Risch   more

On MSNBC, Ranking Member Sen. Menendez Discusses Qassem Soleimani
NEWARK, New Jersey, Jan. 3 -- Sen. Robert Menendez, D-New Jersey, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, spoke with Hallie Jackson on MSNBC to give his reaction to the airstrike that killed Iranian Maj. Gen. Qassem Soleimani and the potential implications of the escalating situation in the Middle East. "Qassem Soleimani was a terrorist. He caused the lives of hundreds of Americans and civilians throughout  more

Oversight Subcommittee to Hold Hearing on States' Responses to Opioid Epidemic
WASHINGTON, Jan. 8 -- 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 Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee Chair Diana DeGette (D-CO) announced that the Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee will hold a hearing on Tuesday, January 14, at 10 am in the John D. Dingell Room, 2123 of the Rayburn House Office Building. The hearing is entitled, "A Public He  more

Ranking Member Menendez Discusses Latest on Iran Crisis Following Soleimani Killing
WASHINGTON, Jan. 8 -- Sen. Bob Menendez, D-New Jersey, ranking Democratic member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following news release: In multiple interviews with MSNBC and CNN, Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, discussed the latest in the escalating crisis with Iran and the increased threat to our national and homeland security resulting from President Trump's approval of an airstrike that killed Iranian Maj. Gen. Q  more

Ranking Member Sen. Menendez Discusses Latest on Iran Crisis Following Soleimani Killing
WASHINGTON, Jan. 8 -- Sen. Robert Menendez, D-New Jersey, issued the following news release: In multiple interviews with MSNBC and CNN, Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, discussed the latest in the escalating crisis with Iran and the increased threat to our national and homeland security resulting from President Trump's approval of an airstrike that killed Iranian Maj. Gen. Qassem Soleimani. The Senator's media appearances follow a letter h  more

Rep. Gottheimer Addresses Anti-Semitism and Actions to Protect North Jersey Community, Houses of Worship, Schools
TEANECK, New Jersey, Jan. 2 -- Rep. Josh Gottheimer, D-New Jersey, issued the following news release: * * * - Gottheimer joins faith leaders, first responders, local officials for Teaneck community safety panel * * * On Thursday, January 2, 2020, U.S. Congressman Josh Gottheimer (NJ-5) took part in a panel on community safety, hosted by Teaneck Deputy Mayor Elie Katz, Deputy Mayor Mark Schwartz, Councilmember Keith Kaplan, and Bergenfield Council President Ora Kornbluth. Gottheimer highlight  more

Rep. Gottheimer Issues Statement Calling for Congressional Vote to Boost Investment to Protect Houses of Worship
WASHINGTON, Jan. 5 -- Rep. Josh Gottheimer, D-New Jersey, issued the following statement: The anti-Semitic attacks in recent days and weeks, many of them in our own backyard, are painful reminders that anti-Semitic violence and hatred are on the rise. The safety and security of our places of worship are of critical importance, now more than ever. Today, I am calling on Congress to vote immediately on increasing investment for the Nonprofit Security Grant Program (NSGP), which helps fund secur  more

Rep. Gottheimer Issues Statement on House Passage of PFAS Action Act
WASHINGTON, Jan. 11 -- Rep. Josh Gottheimer, D-New Jersey, issued the following statement with Rep. Tom Reed, R-New York, on the House passage of the PFAS Action Act (H.R. 535): We have known for decades that per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are forever chemicals that have been linked to numerous adverse health effects, including cancers and impaired child development. We applaud the passage of this bipartisan legislation that protects and cleans up our air, land, and water from man  more

Rep. Gottheimer Issues Statement on Iran
WASHINGTON, Jan. 6 -- Rep. Josh Gottheimer, D-New Jersey, issued the following statement: Qassem Soleimani has the blood of countless Americans on his hands and is responsible for IRGC's extreme violence throughout the region. It is reported he was developing imminent plans to attack Americans, and I expect the Administration to brief Congress on their intelligence and long-term strategy. We must act deliberately to contain the threat posed by Iran. The Administration should continue to wo  more

Rep. Gottheimer Issues Statement on Non-Binding War Powers Resolution
WASHINGTON, Jan. 10 -- Rep. Josh Gottheimer, D-New Jersey, issued the following statement on the non-binding War Powers Resolution: "Qassem Soleimani, the commander of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps' Quds Force, was a heinous terrorist with the blood of hundreds of American servicemembers on his hands. The President was justified in eliminating a terrorist who had killed scores of Americans - and was planning to kill more. "While I have been encouraged by the recent de-escalation, we mu  more

Rep. Gottheimer Issues Statement on Swears in Fair Lawn Mayor Peluso
FAIR LAWN, New Jersey, Jan. 7 -- Rep. Josh Gottheimer, D-New Jersey, issued the following statement: U.S. Congressman Josh Gottheimer (NJ-5) administered the oath of office to Fair Lawn Mayor Kurt Peluso. Also sworn in Deputy Mayor Josh Reinitz, Deputy Mayor of Community Affairs Gail Rottenstrich, Councilman Kris Krause, and Councilwoman Cristina Cutrone. "Kurt has dedicated his professional career and personal life to giving back. Kurt brings to Fair Lawn his experience giving back to the co  more

Rep. Gottheimer Swears in Dumont Mayor
DUMONT, New Jersey, Jan. 2 -- Rep. Josh Gottheimer, D-New Jersey, issued the following news release: On Thursday, January 2, 2020, U.S. Congressman Josh Gottheimer (NJ-5) administered the oath of office in Dumont for Mayor Andrew LaBruno at the Old North Reformed Church. Also sworn in during the ceremony were Councilman Conor Gorman, Councilwoman Lisa Rossillo, and Dumont Police Officers and Fire Firefighters: Officer Zachary O'Connor, Sergeant Martin LiSanti, Officer Dillon McInerney, Fire Ch  more

Rep. Gottheimer Swears in Maywood Mayor Richard Bolan
WASHINGTON, Jan. 6 -- Rep. Josh Gottheimer, D-New Jersey, issued the following news release: U.S. Congressman Josh Gottheimer (NJ-5) administered the oath of office to Maywood Mayor Richard Bolan. "It's clear that Rich is incredibly dedicated to making communities all throughout North Jersey even better and safer for everyone, and Rich feels this duty, especially for families here in Maywood," said U.S. Congressman Josh Gottheimer (NJ-5). "Rich brings experience from his decade living in the   more

Rep. Gottheimer Visits Mansfield First Responders, Continuing to Claw Back Federal Investment
MANSFIELD, New Jersey, Jan. 6 -- Rep. Josh Gottheimer, D-New Jersey, issued the following news release: * * * - Gottheimer, Local First Responders and Officials Helping Cut Taxes for NJ Families * * * U.S. Congressman Josh Gottheimer (NJ-5) visited the Mansfield Township Fire Department, which will be receiving investment from the Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response Grants (SAFER) to help boost recruitment of volunteers from the community. "The SAFER Grant is a great opportuni  more

Rep. Kim Issues Statement on Iraqi Parliament Vote to Expel U.S. Troops
WASHINGTON, Jan. 6 -- Rep. Andy Kim, D-New Jersey, issued the following statement on the vote by the Iraqi Parliament to expel U.S. troops from Iraq: "Qasem Suleimani had a vision for the Middle East without American forces where Iran was the undisputed power of the region. With the developments of the Iraqi Parliament voting to expel U.S. troops from Iraq and the Iranian announcement of their full withdrawal of the diplomatic process to halt their nuclear weapons ambitions, Suleimani's goals,  more

Rep. Kim Issues Statement on Passage of War Powers Resolution
WASHINGTON, Jan. 10 -- Rep. Andy Kim, D-New Jersey, issued the following statement after the House voted to pass the War Powers Resolution (H. Con. Res. 83), a concurrent resolution that requires President Trump seek public approval for further action against Iran: "There is a reason why our Founding Fathers gave Congress the sole responsibility to declare war. These decisions impact the men and women serving at our Joint Base, their families and our community. The American people should have   more

Rep. Kim Issues Statement Regarding Trump Administration to Present Long-Term Strategy on Iran
WASHINGTON, Jan. 9 -- Rep. Andy Kim, D-New Jersey, issued the following statement on the developments between the U.S. and Iran: "The President's remarks give me hope that we have an opportunity to de-escalate this crisis with Iran. While this is an important step forward, we should be clear that these remain threatening times. It does not alleviate the threat still posed by proxy groups and Shia militia groups who may seek revenge. It does not remedy the very serious damage made to American i  more

Rep. Malinowski Issues Floor Remarks in Support of War Powers Resolution
WASHINGTON, Jan. 10 -- Rep. Tomaz Malinowski, D-New Jersey, issued the following floor remarks on Jan. 9: The House passed the bipartisan H. Con. Res. 83, A War Powers Resolution Limiting the President's Military Actions Regarding Iran. Representative Malinowski spoke on the House Floor in support of the bill. Below is a transcript of his remarks and the video can be found here. "We may be relieved that an impulsive act by President Trump has not immediately led to war with Iran. We may be re  more

Rep. Malinowski Issues Remarks on House Passage of PFAS Action Act
WASHINGTON, Jan. 11 -- Rep. Tomaz Malinowski, D-New Jersey, issued the following remarks on Jan. 10: The House passed H.R. 535, the PFAS Action Act, a bipartisan bill to regulate PFAS chemicals, clean up contamination, and protect public health. Representative Malinowski's amendment to add stain, water, and grease resistant coatings to the list of products eligible for a voluntary label indicating the absence of PFAS also passed. Find a video of his remarks here. (https://www.youtube.com/watch  more

Rep. Pallone Announces CLEAN Future Act, a Bold New Plan to Achieve a 100 Percent Clean Economy by 2050
WASHINGTON, Jan. 9 -- Rep. Frank Pallone Jr., D-New Jersey, issued the following news release on Jan. 8: * * * - The Plan Details Deep Decarbonization Strategies for Each Sector of the U.S. Economy within the Energy and Commerce Committee's Jurisdiction and Novel Concepts for Achieving Nationwide Net-Zero Greenhouse Gas Pollution * * * Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-06) released the legislative framework of the draft Climate Leadership and Environmental Action for our Nation's (CLEAN) Fu  more

Rep. Pallone Issues Remarks at Hearing on Legislation to Improve Americans' Health Care Coverage, Outcomes
WASHINGTON, Jan. 9 -- Rep. Frank Pallone Jr., D-New Jersey, chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, issued the following opening remarks on Jan. 8 at a Health Subcommittee hearing entitled, "Legislation to Improve Americans' Health Care Coverage and Outcomes": "Today, the Health Subcommittee continues its bipartisan work to improve health outcomes and health care coverage. "Our first panel will examine three bills to improve health outcomes for babies and children. The first bill,  more

Rep. Pallone Issues Remarks at Subcommittee Markup of Nine Energy Bills
WASHINGTON, Jan. 10 -- Rep. Frank Pallone Jr., D-New Jersey, chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, issued the following opening remarks on Jan. 9 at an Energy Subcommittee Markup of nine bills to reduce carbon pollution, create jobs and modernize infrastructure: "Today we will be marking up nine bills to improve energy efficiency, promote clean energy, increase energy sector jobs and modernize our energy infrastructure. Collectively, these bills take another step forward in promo  more

Rep. Pallone Issues Statement on 2019 Congressional App Challenge Winner
EDISON, New Jersey, Jan. 7 -- Rep. Frank Pallone Jr., D-New Jersey, issued the following statement: Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-06) announced the winners of the 2019 Congressional App Challenge for high school students in New Jersey's Sixth Congressional District. Serena Zeng and Adhya Khare won the award for their app called "myBus" that improves communication in school bus systems, including communication between students, parents, school officials, and bus drivers. "The Congressional  more

Rep. Pallone Issues Statement on House Passage of PFAS Action Act
WASHINGTON, Jan. 11 -- Rep. Frank Pallone Jr., D-New Jersey, issued the following statement on Jan. 10: Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-06) applauded House passage of the PFAS Action Act of 2019, which passed the full House of Representatives by a vote of 247-159. Pallone spearheaded passage of the bill that regulates PFAS chemicals, cleans up contamination, and protects public health. According to a report, there are 517 water systems in New Jersey that are contaminated with PFAS. "New Jer  more

Rep. Pallone Issues Statement on Trump Administration Rollback of National Environmental Policy Act
WASHINGTON, Jan. 10 -- Rep. Frank Pallone Jr., D-New Jersey, chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, issued the following statement condemning the Trump administration's proposed rollback of key parts of the National Environmental Policy Act: "While American families struggle under the weight of record flooding, wildfires and heat waves, the Trump Administration is not only ignoring their plight, but actively exacerbating it. "NEPA is the heartbeat of environmental law, and these  more

Rep. Pallone Issues Statement Recognizing Julius P. Knapp
WASHINGTON, Jan. 11 -- Rep. Frank Pallone, Jr., D-New Jersey, issued the following statement, which was published in the Congressional Record on Jan. 9, entitled "Recognizing Julius ("Julie") P. Knapp": As we consider this critical 5G security and supply chain legislation before us, on behalf of Ranking Member Walden, Subcommittee on Communications and Technology Chairman Doyle, and Subcommittee Ranking Member Latta, I would like to commend Julius ("Julie") P. Knapp for the wonderful contributi  more

Rep. Pallone Remarks at Subcommittee Hearing on Online Manipulation, Deception
WASHINGTON, Jan. 9 -- Rep. Frank Pallone Jr., D-New Jersey, chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, issued the following opening remarks on Jan. 8 at a Consumer Protection and Commerce Subcommittee hearing entitled, "Americans at Risk: Manipulation and Deception in the Digital Age": "Americans increasingly rely on the Internet for fundamental aspects of their daily lives. Consumers shop online for products ranging from groceries to refrigerators. They use the Internet to telecommut  more

Rep. Pascrell Celebrates Nonprofit Security Grant Authorization
WASHINGTON, Jan. 11 -- Rep. Bill Pascrell Jr., D-New Jersey, issued the following news release on Jan. 9: * * * - Joins House Speaker Pelosi as she sends Pascrell-championed bill protecting vulnerable non-profit facilities to White House * * * U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ-09) stood with Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA-12) to mark the enrollment of H.R.2476, the Securing American Nonprofit Organizations Against Terrorism Act of 2019. The bill would formally authorize the Department of Homela  more

Rep. Pascrell Issues Statement in Support of War Powers Resolution
WASHINGTON, Jan. 11 -- Rep. Bill Pascrell Jr., D-New Jersey, issued the following statement on Jan. 9: U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ-09) voted in favor of H.Con.Res. 83, legislation that directs Donald Trump to adhere to the War Powers Resolution and "terminate the use of United States Armed Forces to engage in hostilities in or against Iran" without a congressional declaration of war or specific statutory authorization. "The Constitution is very clear on its assignment of the war powers  more

Rep. Payne Issues Statement on Tax Credits for Affordable Housing in District
WASHINGTON, Jan. 3 -- Rep. Donald M. Payne Jr., D-New Jersey, issued the following statement: Congressman Donald M. Payne, Jr. is proud to announce that eight affordable housing projects in the 10th Congressional District have been awarded almost $11 million in tax credits to aid construction from the New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency (NJHMFA). The credits will be sold for funding to help create 984 housing units that could generate roughly $103 million in new district development  more

Rep. Sherrill Introduces Legislation to Prevent Methane Leaks
WASHINGTON, Jan. 7 -- Rep. Mikie Sherrill, D-New Jersey, issued the following news release: * * * - Replacing Distribution Pipelines Critical to Fight Methane Emissions that Contribute to Climate Change * * * Representative Mikie Sherrill (NJ-11) and Representative Lisa Blunt Rochester (DE-At Large) introduced H.R. 5542, the Mitigate Methane Now Act, legislation to encourage the replacement of old, home distribution pipelines which are a major source of methane leakage across the country and  more

Rep. Sherrill Issues Statement on Airstrike at Baghdad International Airport
WASHINGTON, Jan. 6 -- Rep. Mikie Sherrill, D-New Jersey, issued the following statement on the airstrike at the Baghdad International Airport that killed Iranian Military Leader Qasem Soleimani: "Qasem Soleimani was responsible for the deaths of hundreds of American servicemen and women. He left a trail of destruction across the Middle East as an Iranian general who directed paramilitary and terrorist organizations throughout region. The Bush, Obama, and Trump administrations have long understo  more

Rep. Sherrill Issues Statement on Votes to Preserve Congressional Authority Over War Powers
WASHINGTON, Jan. 10 -- Rep. Mikie Sherrill, D-New Jersey, issued the following statement: Representative Mikie Sherrill (NJ-11) voted to preserve congressional authority over the power to declare war and to pass H.Con.Res. 83. The bipartisan resolution directs the President to terminate the use of the United States military in hostilities against Iran unless Congress authorizes them or action is necessary to defend against an imminent armed attack on the United States or our armed forces. Exec  more

Rep. Sherrill Named Environment Subcommittee Chair
WASHINGTON, Jan. 10 -- Rep. Mikie Sherrill, D-New Jersey, issued the following news release on Jan. 9: Representative Mikie Sherrill (NJ-11) was unanimously chosen by her House Science, Space, and Technology Committee colleagues to serve as Chairwoman of the Environment Subcommittee. The Subcommittee on Environment oversees environmental, climate change, and weather research. "New Jerseyans know the importance of clean air, clean drinking water, and protecting our natural resources," said Repr  more

Rep. Sherrill Votes to Protect Public Health From Harmful PFAS Chemicals
WASHINGTON, Jan. 11 -- Rep. Mikie Sherrill, D-New Jersey, issued the following news release: Representative Mikie Sherrill (NJ-11) voted for H.R. 535, the PFAS Action Act of 2019, comprehensive, bipartisan legislation to address the public health threat from PFAS chemicals. Per- and poly- fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are a class of man-made chemicals that have been linked to adverse health effects including cancer, immune system effects, infertility, impaired child development, high cholestero  more

Rep. Sires Issues Statement on Earthquakes in Puerto Rico
WASHINGTON, Jan. 8 -- Rep. Albio Sires, D-New Jersey, issued the following statement on Jan. 7 regarding the sequence of earthquakes that are affecting Puerto Rico: "Today, my thoughts are with our fellow American citizens affected by ongoing earthquakes in Puerto Rico. The governor of Puerto Rico, Wanda Vazquez, declared a state of emergency this morning after a 6.4 magnitude earthquake left many Puerto Ricans homeless and without access to running water or electricity. "Puerto Ricans are st  more

Rep. Sires Issues Statement on House Passes Iran War Powers Resolution
WASHINGTON, Jan. 10 -- Rep. Albio Sires, D-New Jersey, issued the following statement after the House passed War Powers Resolution (H.Con.Res. 83) by a vote of 224 to 194: "I voted in favor of this resolution, which I cosponsored, in order to reassert Congress' constitutional authority to declare war and authorize the use of military forces. The hostilities between the U.S. and Iran over the past few days have reinforced the need to ensure that any further military action is done in consultatio  more

Rep. Sires Issues Statement on Maduro Dictatorship Attempt to Seize National Assembly by Force
WASHINGTON, Jan. 6 -- Rep. Albio Sires, D-New Jersey, issued the following statement: Congressman Albio Sires (D-NJ), Chairman of the Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere, Civilian Security and Trade, released the following statement condemning the Maduro regime's effort to overtake the Venezuelan National Assembly by force: "Having dismantled every other democratic institution in Venezuela, yesterday the Maduro dictatorship tried to seize the country's last vestige of democracy, the Nation  more

Rep. Smith Issues Statement on War Powers Resolution
WASHINGTON, Jan. 9 -- Rep. Chris Smith, R-New Jersey, issued the following statement on the War Powers Resolution (H.Con.Res. 83): Madam Speaker, according to ABC News, General Mark Milley, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs said that the "Dec. 27 attack on the Iraqi base near Kirkuk that killed a U.S. civilian contractor and wounded several U.S. and Iraqi forces...was designed and intended to kill, and [Soleimani] approved it. I know that 100 percent." General Milley said that the trigger for the d  more

Rep. Smith: Ride-Share Safety Advocates Cautiously Optimistic on Uber's New 4-Digit PIN System
WASHINGTON, Jan. 11 -- Rep. Chris Smith, R-New Jersey, issued the following news release: As Congress considers legislation to address the rising national concern about ride-share safety, Uber's announcement this week to use a personal identification system (PIN) is viewed by some as a step forward that also underscores the need for a national Sami's Law. Title 3 of Sami's Law (H.R. 4686) mandates new protections through the use of technology, such as a four-digit personal authentication; or a  more

Rep. Smith: The Trafficking Victims Protection Act at 20 - A Look Back - And a Look Ahead
WASHINGTON, Jan. 11 -- Rep. Chris Smith, R-New Jersey, issued the following news release: A hearing of the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission on the effect that the Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA), authored by Commission Co-Chair Chris Smith (R-NJ) 20 years ago, has had in addressing the scourge of sex and labor trafficking around the world. Signed into law in 2000, the TVPA is a landmark piece of legislation that has impacted various countries' approaches to human trafficking. With   more

Rep. Zeldin Submits Op-Ed on Anti-Semitism
WASHINGTON, Jan. 6 -- Rep. Lee Zeldin, R-New York, issued the following op-ed on the rise in anti-Semitism: Hanukkah 2019 will be remembered for a sick amount of violent anti-Semitic attacks in and around New York City, attacks that are fueled by raw hate, feckless leadership, a culture of acceptance, lack of proper education, and the promotion of anti-Semitism. From colleges to Congress to Hanukkah parties and synagogues, anti-Semitism is on full display in many ugly forms. We witnessed thre  more

Reps. Gottheimer, Pascrell, North Jersey Faith Leaders Unite Against Anti-Semitism, Discrimination in Communities
HACKENSACK, New Jersey, Jan. 7 -- Rep. Josh Gottheimer, D-New Jersey, issued the following news release: U.S. Congressman Josh Gottheimer (NJ-5), U.S. Congressman Bill Pascrell, Jr. (NJ-9), local elected officials, the NAACP of Bergen County, first responders, and faith leaders from across North Jersey united together against anti-Semitism and hate in our communities. "We are all here because New Jersey is a no hate state. We may have our ups and downs, as has been the case since the beginning  more

Reps. Pallone, Doyle Issue Statement on House Passage of Bipartisan 5G Security Bills
WASHINGTON, Jan. 9 -- Rep. Frank Pallone Jr., D-New Jersey, chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, issued the following joint statement with Communications and Technology Subcommittee Chairman Mike Doyle, D-Pennsylvania, after the House passed three bipartisan 5G security bills that had advanced through the committee in 2019: "The House continues to pass legislation that will help keep the American people safe. "The whole-of-government approach of the Secure 5G and Beyond Act wi  more

Reps. Pallone, Tonko Issue Statement on House Passage of PFAS Action Act
WASHINGTON, Jan. 11 -- Rep. Frank Pallone Jr., D-New Jersey, chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, and Rep. Paul Tonko, D-New York, chairman of the Subcommittee on Climate Change, issued the following joint statement on Jan. 10 praising House passage of the PFAS Action Act (H.R. 535), which passed the House by a 247-159 vote: "Today we took decisive action to protect the communities we represent from the rising tide of PFAS contamination. These toxic 'forever chemicals' are an ur  more

Sen. Menendez Addresses Escalation of Iran Crisis, Increased Threat to U.S. Nat'l, Homeland Security
NEWARK, New Jersey, Jan. 6 -- Sen. Robert Menendez, D-New Jersey, issued the following news release: * * * - SFRC Ranking Member demands answers as to what led President Trump to order airstrike, lead U.S. closer to war with Iran * * * U.S. Senator Bob Menendez, the Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, addressed the escalating Iran crisis and the increased threat to our national and homeland security resulting from President Trump's approval of an airstrike that killed I  more

Sen. Menendez and Engel Request New Threat Assessment for U.S. Diplomatic Personnel and Compounds Created by Soleimani Killing
WASHINGTON, Jan. 10 -- 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, and Representative Eliot L. Engel (D-N.Y.), Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, today sent a letter requesting the Trump Administration provide them an updated assessment within the next 7 days of the current risk and threat matrix created by the killing of Iranian Maj. Gen. Qassem Soleimani. In a lett  more

Sen. Menendez Issues Statement on Guaido as Head of Venezuela National Assembly
WASHINGTON, Jan. 6 -- Sen. Robert Menendez, D-New Jersey, issued the following statement: U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement on the successful reelection of Juan Guaido as the head of Venezuela's National Assembly. The successful vote to reelect Guaido came hours after the Maduro regime tried imposing a new leader by forcefully blocking the Interim President's entrance into the National Assembly. "Yesterd  more

Sen. Menendez Issues Statement on Iranian Missile Attacks on Facilities Housing U.S. Troops in Iraq
WASHINGTON, Jan. 8 -- Sen. Robert Menendez, D-New Jersey, issued the following statement: U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the below statement after Iran launched multiple surface-to-surface missiles attacking U.S. troops stationed in Iraq. Senator Menendez was briefed on the attacks by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo tonight. "We are witnessing a dangerous escalation that is directly threatening Americans and American national  more

Sen. Menendez Issues Statement on Terrorist Attack Against U.S.-Kenyan Military Base in Nairobi
NEWARK, New Jersey, Jan. 5 -- Sen. Bob Menendez, D-New Jersey, ranking Democratic member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement after an attack on the Manda Bay Airfield military base Nairobi, Kenya: The airstrip attack, which killed a U.S. military member and injured two other U.S. contractors, comes on the heels of a car bombing in Mogadishu that claimed nearly 80 lives last week. Al Shabaab has claimed credit for both attacks. "I condemn the attack in Keny  more

Sen. Menendez Issues Statement Regarding Attack on U.S. Embassy in Baghdad
NEWARK, New Jersey, Dec. 31 -- Sen. Robert Menendez, D-New Jersey, issued the following statement: U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement following the attack on the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, Iraq: "I condemn in the strongest and most forceful of terms these violent attacks against the American Embassy in Baghdad, and the Iranians who are backing this siege. The top priority for the United States must remain   more

Sen. Menendez Leads Bipartisan Group in Requesting the Trump Administration Support a Clean Extension of OAS Anti-Corruption Mission in Honduras
WASHINGTON, Jan. 11 -- 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, and Senators Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), and Tim Kaine (D-Va.) sent a letter to Acting Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs Mike Kozak supporting the clean and swift renewal of the Mission to Support the Fight Against Corruption and Impunity in Honduras   more

Sen. Menendez on CNN Discusses Trump Administration Failure to Provide Concrete Evidence to Justify Actions in Iran
WASHINGTON, Jan. 10 -- Sen. Robert Menendez, D-New Jersey, issued the following news release: In interviews this morning with MSNBC's Hallie Jackson and CNN's Kate Bolduan, U.S. Senator Bob Menendez, Ranking Democrat of the Foreign Relations Committee, discussed the failure by the Trump Administration to provide specific evidence and intelligence to justify its action in Iran, and warned against "another weapons of mass destruction moment." See video here (https://youtu.be/cd_22gNBs1w) See vi  more

Sen. Menendez on Issues Statement on Guaido's Re-election as Head of Venezuela's National Assembly
WASHINGTON, Jan. 8 -- Sen. Bob Menendez, D-New Jersey, ranking Democratic member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement on the re-election of Juan Guaido as the head of Venezuela's National Assembly: The successful vote to reelect Guaido came hours after the Maduro regime tried imposing a new leader by forcefully blocking the Interim President's entrance into the National Assembly. "Yesterday, democratic members of Venezuela's National Assembly overwhelmingl  more

Sen. Menendez Responds to Sec. Pompeo's Claim That He Briefed Senate on Imminent Threat Justifying Soleimani Killing
NEWARK, New Jersey, Jan. 11 -- 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, responded live on MSNBC to a press conference by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Friday morning. While announcing new sanctions against Iran, Secretary Pompeo claimed he had provided Congress all the intelligence needed to prove the Administration's claim of an imminent threat justifying President Trump's  more

Sen. Pallone Issues Statement on PFAS Action Act
WASHINGTON, Jan. 10 -- Rep. Frank Pallone Jr., D-New Jersey, chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, issued the following floor remarks on Jan. 9 during consideration of the PFAS Action Act (H.R. 535), which was favorably reported out of the committee in November: "H.R. 535, the PFAS Action Act of 2019, is a comprehensive package of strategies to regulate PFAS chemicals, clean up contamination, and protect public health. "PFAS are an urgent threat to public health. They are toxic  more

Senate Foreign Relations Committee: Save Our Seas 2.0 Act Passes Senate Unanimously
WASHINGTON, Jan. 10 -- Sen. Bob Menendez, D-New Jersey, ranking Democratic member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following news release on Jan. 9: The U.S. Senate today voted unanimously to pass the Save Our Seas (SOS) 2.0 Act, S. 1982, legislation introduced by Senators Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska), and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) to address the plastic debris crisis threatening coastal economies and harming marine life. SOS 2.0 builds on the success of  more

Sens. Booker, Colleagues Demand Answers on Embassy Security Amidst Fallout in the Middle East
WASHINGTON, Jan. 11 -- Sen. Cory Booker, D-New Jersey, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations subcommittee on State Department and USAID Management, International Operations, and Bilateral International Development, along with Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), Brian Schatz (D-HI), Edward Markey (D-MA), Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Tim Kaine (D-VA), and Tom Udall (D-NM), urged the Trump Administration  more

Sens. Booker, Merkley, Murkowski, Duckworth Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Expand Breastfeeding Protections At Work
WASHINGTON, Jan. 10 -- Sen. Cory Booker, D-New Jersey, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ), along with Senators Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) announced the introduction of bipartisan legislation to provide salaried employees in traditional office environments--a group of approximately 13.5 million executive, administrative, and professional women--with reasonable break time and a private place to pump breastmilk. Their bill  more

Sens. Menendez and Schumer Call on President Trump to Declassify War Powers Act Notification Letter
WASHINGTON, Jan. 7 -- Sen. Robert Menendez, D-New Jersey, issued the following news release: * * * - Sens. Menendez and Schumer Say Decisions on Important National Security Matters Must Be Shared With the American People in a Timely Manner * * * In a letter to President Donald Trump, Senate Foreign Relations Committee Ranking Member Bob Menendez and Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer called for the Trump administration to immediately declassify the White House notification to Congress of  more

Sens. Menendez, Booker Announce $16M to Help Hackensack Meridian Health Treat at Risk NJ Kids and Their Families
NEWARK, New Jersey, Dec. 30 -- Sen. Robert Menendez, D-New Jersey, issued the following news release: U.S. Senators Bob Menendez and Cory Booker announced that Hackensack Meridian Health has been awarded $15.8 million over seven years from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to establish the New Jersey Integrated Care for Kids (InCK) Model, which aims to address a combination of factors for high-risk pediatric patients, including medical, behavioral and social risks. The networ  more

Sens. Menendez, Booker, N.J. Assemblyman Schaer Urge Increase in Federal, State Security Funding for Non-Public Institutions
NEWARK, New Jersey, Jan. 2 -- Sen. Robert Menendez, D-New Jersey, issued the following news release: * * * - New Jersey lawmakers emphasize need for additional funding in wake of recent anti-Semitic attacks * * * With a staggering rise in anti-Semitic attacks throughout New Jersey and across the country, New Jersey's U.S. Senators Bob Menendez and Cory Booker, along with Assemblyman Gary Schaer, are calling for a significant increase in government funding to help protect communities from tar  more