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National Action Network Calls Sessions’ Criminal Charging And Sentencing Policy A Threat To Us All

Attorney General Jeff Sessions has begun a full attack on the civil rights of Americans by overturning Former Attorney General Eric Holder, Jr.’s criminal charging and sentencing policy to reduce harsh prison sentences for nonviolent drug offenders by directing federal prosecutors to charge defendants with the most serious crimes carrying the utmost severe penalties.

Read more: National Action Network Calls Sessions’ Criminal Charging And Sentencing Policy A Threat To Us All

Judge Anthony J. Scirica to Receive the 2017 American Inns of Court Professionalism Award for the Third Circuit

ALEXANDRIA, VIRGINIA — Judge Anthony J. Scirica has been selected to receive the prestigious 2017 American Inns of Court Professionalism Award for the Third Circuit. Scirica will be presented with the award by the Chief Judge D. Brooks Smith and Judge Kent A. Jordan at the Third Circuit Judicial Conference in Lancaster, PA, on April 19.

Read more: Judge Anthony J. Scirica to Receive the 2017 American Inns of Court Professionalism Award for the...

Rep. Pascrell Statement on "Buy American, Hire American" Executive Order

PATERSON, N.J. – Today, U.S. Representatives Bill Pascrell, Jr. (NJ-09), Ranking Democrat on the Ways and Means Subcommittee on Trade, issued a statement on President Trump's executive order (EO), called "Buy American, Hire American." This EO calls for a full review of the H-1B visa program and greater enforcement of rules to end visa abuses, as well as a review of government agencies’ use of "Buy American" waivers.

Read more: Rep. Pascrell Statement on  "Buy American, Hire American" Executive Order

Rep. Pascrell Statement on Trump Congratulatory Call to Turkish President

PATERSON, N.J. – Today, U.S. Representatives Bill Pascrell, Jr. (NJ-09) issued a statement following the news that President Trump called Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday to congratulate him for expanding his power by marginal victory in a contested referendum.

Read more: Rep. Pascrell Statement on Trump Congratulatory Call to Turkish President

Pascrell, Levin, and Ryan Introduce Bill to Combat Currency Manipulation

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Committee on Ways and Means Trade Subcommittee Ranking Member Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ), and Reps. Sander Levin (D-MI), and Tim Ryan (D-OH) introduced the Currency Reform For Fair Trade Act. This bill takes aim at currency manipulators by enabling the Department of Commerce to impose countervailing duties to offset the impact of currency manipulation on a U.S. industry.

Read more: Pascrell, Levin, and Ryan Introduce Bill to Combat Currency Manipulation

Rep. Pascrell Named Ranking Member of Ways & Means Trade Subcommittee

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the House Ways and Means Committee named U.S. Representative Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ) Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Trade. "Our nation's trade policy needs to be shaped for the benefits of American workers as well as industry. I am excited for the opportunity to serve our Caucus and help lead the fight for American competitiveness in the global economy," said Rep. Pascrell.

Read more: Rep. Pascrell Named Ranking Member of Ways & Means Trade Subcommittee

Pascrell Warns Christie about ACA & Medicaid Expansion Repeal

PATERSON, NJ – Today, U.S. Representative Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ), a member of the House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Health, wrote to Governor Chris Christie to highlight the serious adverse consequences that repealing the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and its Medicaid expansion will have on New Jersey’s residents and state budget.

Read more: Pascrell Warns Christie about ACA & Medicaid Expansion Repeal

Rep. Pascrell Statement on Aleppo Attacks

PATERSON, N.J. – Today, U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ) released the following statement on the devastating attacks on Aleppo in the ongoing Syrian Civil War.

Read more: Rep. Pascrell Statement on Aleppo Attacks

Pascrell Reacts to Report that Trump's Business Ties May Be Jeopardizing U.S. Interests

PATERSON, N.J. – U.S. Representative Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ) issued the following statement on how President-elect Trump’s potential conflicts of interest have compromised American interests abroad. Recent reports from Newsweek about the next president of the United States describes how he can be vulnerable to undue influence by foreign governments, including through bribery and even blackmail.

Read more: Pascrell Reacts to Report that Trump's Business Ties May Be Jeopardizing U.S. Interests

Rep. Pascrell Statement on Alleged Russian Cyberattacks on the 2016 Election

PATERSON, NJ – U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ) released the following statement today on the Obama Administration’s decision to review the cyberattacks on the 2016 election: "Irrespective of the intent, Russian government interference in our election targets the heart of our free society, undermines our democratic institutions, and should alarm all Americans.

Read more: Rep. Pascrell Statement on Alleged Russian Cyberattacks on the 2016 Election

Rep. Pascrell Picked for Democratic Party Steering Committee

WASHINGTON, DC – On December 1, 2016, U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ) was elected to the Democratic Party Steering and Policy Committee as the Region IX (Mideast) representative. Rep. Pascrell was elected to serve on the steering committee by his Democratic colleagues in Region IX, which includes New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, and Washington D.C.

Read more: Rep. Pascrell Picked for Democratic Party Steering Committee

Pascrell, King, Booker, Ayotte Bill to Protect First Responders from Anthrax Exposure Heads to President

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. House of Representatives passed the First Responder Anthrax Preparedness Act (H.R. 1300/S.1915), a bill that was initially introduced by U.S. Reps. Bill Pascrell (D-NJ) and Peter King (R-NY). The bill would direct the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary to make surplus anthrax vaccines available to first responders. The Senate bill was introduced by Senators Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) and Cory Booker (D-NJ) and unanimously passed the Senate on November 16, 2016.  The amended bill will now go before President Obama to be signed into law.

Read more: Pascrell, King, Booker, Ayotte Bill to Protect First Responders from Anthrax Exposure Heads to...

Sen. Menendez on Death of Fidel Castro

NEWARK, NJ - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez issued the following statement on the passing of Cuban dictator Fidel Castro. “Since the end of the Cold War, peace, prosperity and progress have largely been the order of the day for hundreds of millions of people in the Americas, but not for the people of Cuba. Since he took power over half a century ago, Fidel Castro proved to be a brutal dictator who must always be remembered by his gross abuses of human rights, systemic exploitation of Cubans, unrelenting repression, and stifling censorship upon his own people.

Read more: Sen. Menendez on Death of Fidel Castro

US Congress Letter to President-Elect Trump to Reverse Stephen K. Bannon Appointment

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ) joined 168 members of the U.S. House, led by Congressman David N. Cicilline (D-RI), in sending a letter asking President-elect Donald Trump to rescind 'alt-right' leader Stephen K. Bannon’s appointment as White House Chief Strategist. Stephen K. Bannon, President-elect Donald Trump’s chief political strategist, has been condemned by critics as a closet racist and anti-Semite.  Although Republican members of the House were invited to sign Cicilline’s letter, none did so.

Read more: US Congress Letter to President-Elect Trump to Reverse Stephen K. Bannon Appointment

Menendez, Booker Announce $45M Federal Investment to Grow NJ Economy

NEWARK, N.J. – U.S. Senators Bob Menendez and Cory Booker (D-N.J.) applauded the awarding of $45 million in New Markets Tax Credits (NMTC) to the Community Loan Fund of New Jersey (also called New Jersey Community Capital) to spur economic activity in lower income communities across the State. The award comes through the Department of Treasury’s Community Development Financial Institutions Fund (CDFI).

Read more: Menendez, Booker Announce $45M Federal Investment to Grow NJ Economy

Obama Has a Chance to Protect NJ Coast

NEWARK, N.J. – U.S. Senator Bob Menendez penned the following op-ed in yesterday’s Sunday edition of the Newark Star-Ledger: The Jersey Shore is in the crosshairs of an upcoming battle that threatens the security of our coastal communities, the health of our beaches, the livelihoods of our families, and the strength of our vibrant fishing industry and small businesses. President Obama has the power to stop it. The next president and congress have vowed to undo all the progress we have made to protect our environment over the past eight years.

Read more: Obama Has a Chance to Protect NJ Coast

Menendez Honored as ‘Champion’ for People with Intellectual, Developmental Disabilities

NEWARK, N.J. – U.S. Senator Bob Menendez received the 2016 Legislative Leadership Award from the New Jersey Association of Community Providers (NJACP) in recognition of his ongoing leadership, passion and commitment to ensuring people with intellectual and developmental disabilities are afforded every opportunity and choice to live as independently as possible.

Read more: Menendez Honored as ‘Champion’ for People with Intellectual, Developmental Disabilities

Reps. Pascrell, Payne Statement on Port Authority Bus Terminal and Chairman John Degnan

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Reps. Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ-09) and Donald Payne, Jr. (D-NJ-10) released the following statement today regarding political attacks on Port Authority Chairman John Degnan stemming from Port Authority Bus Terminal negotiations between New York and New Jersey.

Read more: Reps. Pascrell, Payne Statement on Port Authority Bus Terminal and Chairman John Degnan

U.S. Senator Bob Menendez call upon President Obama to protect the Jersey Shore

LONG BRANCH, NJ – U.S. Senator Bob Menendez stood on the boardwalk in Long Branch to call upon President Obama to exercise his authority to protect the Jersey Shore by permanently banning offshore drilling in the Atlantic Ocean before he leaves office. The senator was joined by U.S. Sen. Cory Booker, Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (N.J.-06) and environmental advocates from Clean Ocean Action, Environment New Jersey, Sierra Club, N.Y./N.J. Baykeeper, New Jersey League of Conservation Voters, American Littoral Society, Edison Wetlands Association, Jersey Coast Anglers Association, and New Jersey Conservation Foundation.

Read more: U.S. Senator Bob Menendez call upon President Obama to protect the Jersey Shore 

Trump names Thomas Barrack Jr. as Committee Chairman

(New York, NY) – President-elect Donald J. Trump announced the Presidential Inaugural Committee leadership for the 58th Presidential Inauguration and Thomas J. Barrack Jr. as the Committee Chairman. The Presidential Inaugural Committee is responsible for the planning and coordination of all official events and activities surrounding the inauguration of President-elect Donald J. Trump and Vice President-elect Michael R. Pence.

Read more: Trump names Thomas Barrack Jr. as Committee Chairman

Pascrell, Pallone Call for State Action on Mismanagement of Superstorm Sandy Funds

MOONACHIE, N.J. – Today, Congressman Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ-09) and Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ-06) hosted a press conference in Moonachie, NJ calling on the State to respond to the findings of improper management, oversight, and disbursement of federal recovery dollars to Hammerman & Gainer Inc. in a U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Office of Inspector General OIG audit.

Read more: Pascrell, Pallone Call for State Action on Mismanagement of Superstorm Sandy Funds

Rep. Pascrell Statement on EPA Agreement with Occidental Chemical

PATERSON, N.J. – U.S. Representative Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ-09) released the following statement on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) $165 million agreement with Occidental Chemical for cleanup of the lower eight miles of the Passaic River.

Read more: Rep. Pascrell Statement on EPA Agreement with Occidental Chemical

Rep. Pascrell Requests NTSB Updates & Action On Safety Measures

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Representative Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ) sent a letter to the National Transportation Safety Board thanking them for their swift response and requesting updates on the investigation.

Read more: Rep. Pascrell Requests NTSB Updates & Action On Safety Measures

Rep. Pascrell, Sen. Warren Renew Call for FBI to Release Financial Crisis Materials

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Representative Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-N.J.) and Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) wrote to Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) Director James Comey to renew their request that the agency release materials related to the investigation of individuals and companies referred by the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission (FCIC) to the Department of Justice (DOJ).  The letter comes following the FBI's release on Friday of additional documents related to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's email use.

Read more: Rep. Pascrell, Sen. Warren Renew Call for FBI to Release Financial Crisis Materials

Payne, Jr. Amendment Included in House-Passed Agricultural Security Bill

Washington, D.C. – An amendment introduced by Congressman Donald M. Payne, Jr. (NJ-10), Ranking Member of the House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Emergency Preparedness, Response, and Communications, was included in legislation that passed the U.S. House of Representatives today. The Payne, Jr. amendment to H.R. 5346, the Securing our Agriculture and Food Act, would improve coordination among Department of Homeland Security components on efforts related to protecting ports of entry.

Read more: Payne, Jr. Amendment Included in House-Passed Agricultural Security Bill

House Passes Payne, Jr. Bill Making it Easier for First Responders to Acquire New Technologies

Washington, D.C. – Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation introduced by Congressman Donald M. Payne, Jr. (NJ-10), Ranking Member of the House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Emergency Preparedness, Response, and Communications, to make it easier for first responders to acquire new equipment and technologies they need to respond to evolving threats.

Read more: House Passes Payne, Jr. Bill Making it Easier for First Responders to Acquire New Technologies

Pascrell Announces $17,920 Body Worn Camera Grant for Borough of Haledon Police

PATERSON – Today, U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr. (NJ-09) announced two federal Department of Justice grants to support law enforcement and public safety in the Ninth Congressional District. The Borough of Haledon was awarded $17,920 and the New Jersey State Police (NJSP) were granted $575,361 to purchase body-worn cameras (BWC) and develop BWC policies.  In June 2015 Pascrell wrote to the Department of Justice advocating for Haledon to receive a grant award (letter attached).

Read more: Pascrell Announces $17,920 Body Worn Camera Grant for Borough of Haledon Police

Rep. Pascrell Announces $1.2 Million Anti-Heroin Grant for N.J. Law Enforcement

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ), co-chair of the Congressional Law Enforcement Caucus, announced $1,279,255 in Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) grant funding through the COPS Anti-Heroin Task Force Program for New Jersey. “The national opioid epidemic has had a devastating impact on New Jersey families and communities," Rep. Pascrell said.

Read more: Rep. Pascrell Announces $1.2 Million Anti-Heroin Grant for N.J. Law Enforcement

Rep. Pascrell Responds to EPA's Garfield Cleanup Plan

PATERSON, NJ – U.S. Representative Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ-09) responded to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) finalization of its plan to address groundwater contaminated with hexavalent chromium, an extremely toxic compound that can cause cancer, kidney and liver damage and other serious health impacts, at the Garfield Groundwater Contamination Superfund site in Garfield.

Read more: Rep. Pascrell Responds to EPA's Garfield Cleanup Plan

Rep. Pascrell Announces $596K for Teterboro Runway Safety Upgrades

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representative Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ) announced a U.S Department of Transportation Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) grant of $596,427 for upgrades to the runway safety area at Teterboro Airport. The grant will be administered by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.

Read more: Rep. Pascrell Announces $596K for Teterboro Runway Safety Upgrades

Rep. Pascrell Supports Military Assistance Agreement Between U.S. & Israel

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Yesterday, U.S. Representative Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ-09) voted for passage of House Resolution 729, a bill expressing support for the finalization of a new Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the United States and Israel. Rep. Pascrell was cosponsor of the resolution. The House voted on this resolution the same day the Obama Administration announced a 10-year $38 billion security assistance package with Israel.

Read more: Rep. Pascrell Supports Military Assistance Agreement Between U.S. & Israel

Rep. Pascrell Calls on FBI to Release Investigative Files from 2008 Financial Crisis

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representative Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ), a member of the House Ways and Means Committee, yesterday called on Federal Bureau of Investigations Director James Comey to release unclassified case files from the agency's investigation into the financial institutions at the center of the 2008 financial crisis, our country's worst economic disaster since the Great Depression.

Read more: Rep. Pascrell Calls on FBI to Release Investigative Files from 2008 Financial Crisis

Lawmakers Inquire About Blue Alert Act Implementation Delays

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the original bipartisan sponsors of the Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu National Blue Alert Act called on the Department of Justice (DOJ) to fully implement this law in the wake of continued attacks on police. The letter was signed by U.S. Representative Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ), U.S. Representative Dave Reichert (R-WA), U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), and U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC).

Read more: Lawmakers Inquire About Blue Alert Act Implementation Delays

United States Firearm Permit and Licensing Laws are Facially Unconstitutional

In the case titled Marc Stephens vs Jerejian, et al, 15-3992, 2:14-cv-06688-WJM-MF, Plaintiff Marc Stephens is seeking to strike down New Jersey’s Firearm law as facially unconstitutional and in violation of the Second and Fourteenth Amendment of the United States Constitution. The Second Amendment of the United States Constitution reads: "A well-regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed."

Read more: United States Firearm Permit and Licensing Laws are Facially Unconstitutional

Pascrell Calls on TSA to Examine Reducing PreCheck Program Cost for Veterans

PATERSON — In a letter dated August 24, 2016, U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ) urged Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Administrator Peter Neffenger to examine the feasibility of instituting a program that would allow veterans to participate in the TSA PreCheck program free of charge or with a discounted application fee, which is currently available for active service members. Text of the letter is below.

Read more: Pascrell Calls on TSA to Examine Reducing PreCheck Program Cost for Veterans

Rep. Pascrell Commends Navy for Honoring WWII Hero John Basilone

PATERSON— U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ), co-chairman of the Italian-American Congressional Delegation, released the following statement on the naming of a U.S. Navy after legendary New Jersey World War II Hero, Gunnery Sergeant John Basilone.

Read more: Rep. Pascrell Commends Navy for Honoring WWII Hero John Basilone

Rep. Pascrell Applauds $3.2M Winter Cleanup Funding

PATERSON— U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ), a member of the House Ways and Means Committee, today applauded $3,287,135 in new federal funding for New Jersey to aid severe winter storm cleanup. "In the middle of summer, it may be hard to remember the toll our roads and infrastructure paid during winter storms earlier this year, but we are still paying those bills. This grant can help alleviate a portion of those costs," said Rep. Pascrell.

Read more: Rep. Pascrell Applauds $3.2M Winter Cleanup Funding

LoBiondo Announces Nearly $2.4 Million to South Jersey Airports

MAYS LANDING, NJ - U.S. Congressman Frank A. LoBiondo (NJ-02), Chairman of the House Aviation Subcommittee, today announced two separate grants from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), including $2,341,458 to the Delaware River & Bay Authority for the Millville municipal airport. The funding will go towards the rehabilitation of two runways, completing the final phase of the project.

Read more: LoBiondo Announces Nearly $2.4 Million to South Jersey Airports

Pallone Congratulates India on 70 Years of Independence

Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (D NJ-06) issued a statement in celebration of India’s 70th Independence Day Anniversary. “I want to congratulate the people of India, the world’s largest democracy, as they celebrate 70 years of independence. India is a dynamic and important U.S. ally, an influential leader on the international stage, and an important player in the world economy,” said Pallone.

Read more: Pallone Congratulates India on 70 Years of Independence

Menendez Statement on India Independence

NEWARK, NJ – U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today released the following statement on the 69th anniversary of India’s independence: “To all Indian-Americans in New Jersey and Indians around the world, I extend my warmest congratulations on India’s Independence from British rule. India’s inspiring struggle for independence, marked by non-violent resistance and visionary moral leadership, is a story that continues to inspire the world"

Read more: Menendez Statement on India Independence

Senator Booker Presses Federal Bureau of Prisons for Status Update on Steps to Address Late Release of Inmates

Today, U.S. Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) sent a letter to Thomas Kane, Acting Director of the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP), requesting the agency provide a status update on what actions BOP has taken to address concerns raised by a report issued in May by the U.S. Department of Justice’s Inspector General that found thousands of instances of federal inmates being released from prison after their scheduled release dates.

Read more: Senator Booker Presses Federal Bureau of Prisons for Status Update on Steps to Address Late...

Sen. Booker Statement in Response to the DEA's regulations on the use of medical marijuana

Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) issued the following statement after the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) announced new regulatory decisions regarding the use of medical marijuana.

Read more: Sen. Booker Statement in Response to the DEA's regulations on the use of medical marijuana

Sen. Booker Hosts Roundtable with Girls Advisory Council on Gender Equality

To kick-off the seventh and final day of his summer #JerseyRoadTrip, today U.S. Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) met with members of the Girls Advisory Council at the Alice Paul Institute to discuss the unfinished work of the women’s equality movement and expanding opportunity for women and girls. The Girls Advisory Council is a program at the Alice Paul Institute for New Jersey high school students interested in gaining leadership skills, promoting awareness and education, and advocating for issues affecting girls across the world.

Read more: Sen. Booker Hosts Roundtable with Girls Advisory Council on Gender Equality

Pascrell Delivers $1.1M Grant to Passaic Fire Department

PATERSON— U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ), Chairman of the Congressional Fire Services Caucus, announced today that the City of Passaic Fire Department has been awarded a $1,094,988 federal grant from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant program.

Read more: Pascrell Delivers $1.1M Grant to Passaic Fire Department

Rep. Pascrell Statement on July Jobs Report

PATERSON, NJ – U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ), a member of the House Ways and Means Committee and Budget Committee, released the following statement today after the Department of Labor announced that the U.S. added 255,000 jobs in July, greatly surpassing expectations for the month.

Read more: Rep. Pascrell Statement on July Jobs Report

Pascrell, MacArthur & Carney Fight for Community Hospitals

WASHINGTON – On July 14, 2016, Reps. Bill Pascrell, Jr. (NJ-09), Tom MacArthur (NJ-03), and John Carney (DE-At Large) announced legislation to help community hospitals receive important reimbursements. The Fairness for Our Hospitals Act will play a critical role to assist rural hospitals, like Deborah Heart and Lung Center in Browns Mills, New Jersey and Nanticoke Memorial Hospital in Seaford, Delaware, by closing an unfair loophole in federal law which prevents rural hospitals in small states from receiving vital funding from the Medical Dependent Hospital Program (MDH).

Read more: Pascrell, MacArthur & Carney Fight for Community Hospitals

U.S. Congressman Bill Pascrell, Jr. Statement on Dallas Police Shooting

WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ-09), co-chair of the Congressional Law Enforcement Caucus, released the following statement this morning in response to the killing of five police officers last night in Dallas, TX.

Read more: U.S. Congressman Bill Pascrell, Jr. Statement on Dallas Police Shooting

Rep. Norcross Statement on One-Year Anniversary of Ruling Legalizing Same-Sex Marriage in the United States

On Jun 24, 2016, Washington, DC-U.S. Rep. Donald Norcross (NJ-01), a member of the Congressional Equality Caucus, released the following statement in advance of Sunday’s one-year anniversary of the Supreme Court’s ruling legalizing same-sex marriage:

Read more: Rep. Norcross Statement on One-Year Anniversary of Ruling Legalizing Same-Sex Marriage in the...

Rep. Donald Norcross Statement on U.S. Supreme Court Ruling on Gun Ownership for Domestic Abusers

Cherry Hill, NJ-U.S. Rep. Donald Norcross (NJ-01) today released the following statement on the Supreme Court of the United States’ ruling Voisine v. United States:

Read more: Rep. Donald Norcross Statement on U.S. Supreme Court Ruling on Gun Ownership for Domestic Abusers

Rep. Norcross Statement on U.S. Supreme Court Ruling on Women’s Health

Cherry Hill, NJ-U.S. Rep. Donald Norcross (NJ-01) today released the following statement on the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling on Whole Woman's Health v. Hellerstedt:

“Today I applaud the U.S. Supreme Court on its decision to uphold a woman’s right to make her own health care choices. A woman’s health care decisions should be between a woman and her doctor. Although the fight for women’s rights is far from over, this is an important step in the right direction.”

Read more: Rep. Norcross Statement on U.S. Supreme Court Ruling on Women’s Health

Senator Booker Statement on Supreme Court Decision in United States v. Texas

On June 23, 2016, U.S. Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) issued the following statement after the Supreme Court’s 4-4 decision in United States v. Texas: “The deeply distressing decision in United States v. Texas is a setback to building a more compassionate and common-sense national immigration policy. Today, the Supreme Court struck a blow against two federal programs that provided hope for millions of undocumented immigrants living in the shadows".

Read more: Senator Booker Statement on Supreme Court Decision in United States v. Texas

MacArthur Fights for Next Generation Tanker

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Tom MacArthur today announced that New Jersey’s Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst has been named as a finalist for the placement of the next generation KC-46 aircraft. The Air Force is in the process of introducing the KC-46 into the refueling fleet, currently led by the KC-10 that received protections from Congressman MacArthur in the FY16 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).

Read more: MacArthur Fights for Next Generation Tanker

MacArthur Welcomes Art Competition Winner Simon Beier of Lenape Home School in Brick

Washington, DC – Congressman Tom MacArthur today welcomed Simon Beier of Lenape Home School in Brick, to the U.S. Capitol for the annual Congressional Art Competition Winners Reception. Simon Beier is a high school senior at Lenape Home School in Brick, New Jersey.

Read more: MacArthur Welcomes Art Competition Winner Simon Beier of Lenape Home School in Brick

Rep. Pascrell Calls on Secretary John Kerry to Meet Commitment to Syrian Refugees

WASHINGTON – U.S. Reps. Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ), Seth Moulton (D-MA), and David Cicilline (D-RI) sent a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry yesterday calling on the State Department to meet its stated goal of screening and resettling 10,000 Syrian refugees by the end of this fiscal year. This letter was sent on World Refugee Day, observed every June 20, and comes as House Republicans introduce legislation to shut down refugee resettlement.

To date, the State Department has settled only 2,805 Syrian refugees in the first eight months of this fiscal year.

Read more: Rep. Pascrell Calls on Secretary John Kerry to Meet Commitment to Syrian Refugees

Donald M. Payne, Jr. Applauds Congressional Approval of TSA Request for Screeners

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Donald M. Payne, Jr. (NJ-10), a member of the House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Transportation Security, released the following statement after Congress approved the Transportation Security Administration’s (TSA) request to shift $34 million in its FY 2016 budget to hire additional Transportation Security Officers and pay overtime in order to help alleviate long lines and wait times at airports.

Read more: Donald M. Payne, Jr. Applauds Congressional Approval of TSA Request for Screeners

Congressman Donald Norcross Announces Winners of 2016 Congressional Art Competition

Washington, DC, NJ-Rep. Donald Norcross (NJ-01) today announced the winner of this year’s Congressional Art Competition for New Jersey’s First Congressional District. The winning entry is an acrylic painting entitled “The Price of Freedom,” submitted by Eastern Regional High School 9th grader Angelina Le.

Read more: Congressman Donald Norcross Announces Winners of 2016 Congressional Art Competition

Reps. Payne, Jr., Rice, and Keating Call for $34 Million to Alleviate Long Lines at Airport Checkpoints

WASHINGTON – Congressman Donald M. Payne, Jr. (NJ-10), a member of the House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Transportation Security, and Ranking Member Congresswoman Kathleen Rice (NY-4) and fellow Subcommittee member Congressman Bill Keating (MA-9) today called on House appropriators to allow the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to spend $34 million from its FY 2016 budget to hire additional Transportation Security Officers (TSOs) and pay overtime in order to help alleviate long lines and wait times at airports.

Read more: Reps. Payne, Jr., Rice, and Keating Call for $34 Million to Alleviate Long Lines at Airport...

Nine Chairmen in the U.S. House of Representatives Endorse Donald J. Trump for President

(Washington, DC) May 13, 2016 – Today, nine Chairmen in the U.S. House of Representatives – Steve Chabot (Small Business), Michael Conaway (Agriculture), Jeb Hensarling (Financial Services), Candice Miller (House Administration), Jeff Miller (Veterans’ Affairs), Tom Price (Budget), Pete Sessions (Rules), Bill Shuster (Transportation and Infrastructure), and Lamar Smith (Science, Space and Technology) – endorsed Donald J. Trump for President and released the following statement:

Read more: Nine Chairmen in the U.S. House of Representatives Endorse Donald J. Trump for President

MacArthur Offers Resource Guide for Families Impacted by Heroin and Opioid Epidemic in South Jersey

Washington, DC – Congressman Tom MacArthur today unveiled a comprehensive addiction resources toolkit to help the families in South Jersey address the issues associated with addiction.  More Americans die every day from drug overdoses than from car accidents – an average of 129 people per day, with six out of 10 deaths related to opioids. And the majority of those who need help with addiction issues are not receiving it.

Read more: MacArthur Offers Resource Guide for Families Impacted by Heroin and Opioid Epidemic in South Jersey

Congressman Leonard Lance Drug Abuse Action Plan Passes U.S. House

WASHINGTON, D.C. --- Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07), member of the Congressional Combat Heroin Taskforce, today hailed passage of a major legislative package that will address the drug abuse problem facing the United States. Lance’s own measure, H.R. 4976, the Opioid Review Modernization Act, won unanimous approval on the House Floor. 

Read more: Congressman Leonard Lance Drug Abuse Action Plan Passes U.S. House

Congressman Frank Pallone Seeks Public Hearing on Seismic Testing in Atlantic

WASHINGTON, DC — Today, Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-06) sent a letter to National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Fisheries requesting a public hearing on proposed seismic testing in the Atlantic Ocean that could potentially be used to open the Atlantic Ocean to oil and gas exploration.

Read more: Congressman Frank Pallone Seeks Public Hearing on Seismic Testing in Atlantic

100 Congressmen Support U.S. Women Soccer Players’ EEOC Complaint

Washington DC (April 12, 2016) ― Today, Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman (NJ-12) joined a bipartisan group of 110 Members of the House of Representatives writing to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission to support the members of the U.S. Women’s National Team in their filing of a federal complaint.

Read more: 100 Congressmen Support U.S. Women Soccer Players’ EEOC Complaint

LoBiondo & Visclosky Applaud Passage of Legislation to Reauthorize Bulletproof Vest Program to Protect Law Enforcement Officers

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Late yesterday the House of Representatives approved S. 125, the Bulletproof Vest Partnership Grant Program Reauthorization Act of 2015, by unanimous vote. U.S. Congressmen Frank LoBiondo (NJ-02) and Pete Visclosky (IN-01) authored the original legislation in 1997 and introduced the House-version of the latest reauthorization in January 2015.

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Congressman MacArthur Awards Humanitarian Medals to New Jersey Guard Members

Washington, DC – Congressman Tom MacArthur today announced that the Humanitarian Service Medal will now be available for Guard Members that responded to recovery efforts in the wake of Hurricane Sandy.

Read more: Congressman MacArthur Awards Humanitarian Medals to New Jersey Guard Members

Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman Urges Greater Sensitivity to Anti-Semitism

Washington, DC (April 12, 2016) ― Today, Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman (NJ-12) released the following statement denouncing any form of discrimination and urging greater sensitivity to anti-Semitism after reports that Princeton High School students engaged in an anti-Semitic drinking game:

Read more: Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman Urges Greater Sensitivity to Anti-Semitism

Congressman Frank Pallone Questions Daily Fantasy Sports Industry

WASHINGTON, DC — Today, Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ), Senior Democrat on the House Energy and Commerce Committee, questioned representatives of the Daily Fantasy Sports industry in a Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade hearing.

Read more: Congressman Frank Pallone Questions Daily Fantasy Sports Industry

Congressman Leonard Lance Statement on House Obamacare Lawsuit

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07) today released the following statement after a federal district judge ruled in favor of the U.S. House’s lawsuit that the Obama Administration funded parts of Obamacare unlawfully:

Read more: Congressman Leonard Lance Statement on House Obamacare Lawsuit

Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman Response to Rectify Fiscal Crisis

Washington DC (April 13, 2016) ― Today, Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman (NJ-12) issued the following statement on the Atlantic City, NJ fiscal crisis and proposals for state intervention: “Atlantic City requires a swift but thoughtful response to rectify their dire fiscal crisis.

Read more: Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman Response to Rectify Fiscal Crisis

Sexual Exploitation of Children by Travelers

The first comprehensive study about international sexual abuse of children in travel and tourism shows that two decades of efforts have failed to even put a “dent,” and that more children than ever before are being exploited, said US Rep. Chris Smith (NJ-04), author of the landmark Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000 (TVPA), who participated in today’s the release of “Offenders on the Move: Global Study on Sexual Exploitation and Abuse of Children in Travel and Tourism.”

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Menendez Reacts to Reports of Immigration Raids

NEWARK, NJ - Senator Bob Menendez (DN.J.) issued the following statement in response to reports indicating the possibility of a new series of immigration raids by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE acronym in English) for one month throughout the country.

Read more: Menendez Reacts to Reports of Immigration Raids

Hillary Clinton Knew about Security Risk of Private Blackberry

(Washington, DC) – Judicial Watch today released 296 pages of new State Department documents, including a February 27, 2009, email in which the former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton apologized to health care activist/physician Mark Hyman for failing to respond to a message because, “no blackberry contact permitted in my office.”

Read more: Hillary Clinton Knew about Security Risk of Private Blackberry

Governor Christie Improving Environmental Challenges and Quality Of Life in the City Of Camden

TRENTON – A partnership between the Christie Administration and several agencies to improve environmental challenges and quality of life in the City of Camden is the recipient of a prestigious Environmental Champion Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today.

Read more: Governor Christie Improving Environmental Challenges and Quality Of Life in the City Of Camden

$11M for NJ Flood Mitigation Projects

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senators Bob Menendez and Cory Booker highlighted $10,954,000 in funding to protect New Jersey communities threatened by repeated floods contained within the FY2017 Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies Act appropriations bill, which passed the Senate today.

Read more: $11M for NJ Flood Mitigation Projects

How to Reduce Air Pollution

NEWARK, NJ – Today, U.S Senators Cory Booker and Bob Menendez (both D-NJ) renewed their call to hold polluters responsible for the cleanup of contaminated sites in New Jersey and across the country following the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) release this week of a proposed plan to address groundwater contaminated with hexavalent chromium at the Garfield Groundwater Contamination Superfund site in Garfield, New Jersey.

Read more: How to Reduce Air Pollution

Booker, Menendez Convene Zika Virus Preparedness Summit

HACKENSACK, NJ – Today, U.S. Senators Cory Booker and Bob Menendez led a statewide summit with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) officials, Acting State Health Commissioner Cathleen Bennett, and local medical professionals to discuss New Jersey’s preparedness for preventing the spread of the Zika virus.

New Jersey currently has nine confirmed cases of Zika out of more than 380 nationwide — all related to travel originating overseas.

Read more: Booker, Menendez Convene Zika Virus Preparedness Summit

Congressman Shuster Endorses Donald Trump for President

(Hollidaysburg, PA) Congressman Bill Shuster (R-PA), Chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and delegate for the 9th Congressional District has announced his endorsement of Donald Trump for President: "The people of the 9th Congressional District, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and states across the nation have made their voices heard, and I join them in supporting Donald Trump for President,” said Congressman Shuster.

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U.S. Rep. Jimmy Duncan Endorses Donald Trump for President

(Knoxville, TN) April 30th, 2016 - Today, Rep. John J. Duncan, Jr., one of the most senior Republicans in the House and the only Republican remaining in Congress who voted against the Iraq War today endorsed Donald Trump for President.

Read more: U.S. Rep. Jimmy Duncan Endorses Donald Trump for President

Rep. Norcross Urges Verizon to Reach Resolution to Labor Dispute

Washington, DC-Rep. Donald Norcross (NJ-01) sent a letter to Lowell McAdam, chairman and CEO of Verizon Communications, encouraging Verizon to work with the Communication Workers of America (CWA) and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) to reach a resolution that reflects the value of their members’ work to the customers and communities the company serves.

Read more: Rep. Norcross Urges Verizon to Reach Resolution to Labor Dispute

House Passes Payne-McSally Legislation to Strengthen U.S. Disaster Preparedness

Washington, D.C. – The U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation introduced by Congressman Donald M. Payne, Jr. (NJ-10) and Congresswoman Martha McSally (AZ-2) to enhance U.S. disaster preparedness and response capabilities.

Read more: House Passes Payne-McSally Legislation to Strengthen U.S. Disaster Preparedness

Norcross Votes to Strengthen U.S. National Security

Washington, DC, NJ-Rep. Donald Norcross (NJ-01) today affirmed his commitment to U.S. national security during a House Armed Services Committee markup of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). The bill, which passed on a 60-2 vote out of committee, addresses both the critical needs of our military personnel, providing them the resources they need to keep our nation safe and combat terrorism wherever it lays and advancing defense issues vital to our region.

Read more: Norcross Votes to Strengthen U.S. National Security

Lance Votes to Strengthen Email Privacy

WASHINGTON, D.C. --- Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07) this week supported passage of the Electronic Communications Privacy Amendments Act, a bipartisan measure he co-sponsored to modernize electronic privacy laws and protect internet users from warrantless searches. The measure would revise an arcane 1986 law permitting warrantless searches of emails dated older than 6 months.

Read more: Lance Votes to Strengthen Email Privacy

Rep. Pascrell on Smart Guns: It's About Time

WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr. (NJ-09), applauded President Obama for taking steps to expedite the deployment of "smart" gun technology. “Given Republicans’ failure to act to address gun violence, I am glad the Obama Administration will now encourage the development of new technology to enhance gun safety.

Read more: Rep. Pascrell on Smart Guns: It's About Time

LoBiondo Announces $450,000 for ACY

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Congressman Frank A. LoBiondo (NJ-02) today announced $450,000 from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for the purchase of a new aircraft rescue and firefighting vehicle for the Atlantic City International Airport (ACY).

Read more: LoBiondo Announces $450,000 for ACY

Garrett Demands that EPA Re-Evaluate Cleanup of Ringwood Superfund Site

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rep. Scott Garrett (NJ-05) today called upon U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy and EPA Region 2 Administrator Judith Enck to re-evaluate their decision to place a barrier over the 166,000 tons of contaminated materials at the Ringwood Superfund Site instead of pursuing complete removal of the toxic substances.

Read more: Garrett Demands that EPA Re-Evaluate Cleanup of Ringwood Superfund Site

Lance, Kennedy: Protect Consumer Rights

WASHINGTON, D.C. --- Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07), Vice Chair of the Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade Subcommittee, today joined his colleague Congressman Joseph P. Kennedy III (MA-04) in introducing the Consumer Review Fairness Act, legislation that will allow Americans to exercise their First Amendment rights regarding consumer experiences without fear of retribution.

Read more: Lance, Kennedy: Protect Consumer Rights

MacArthur Reveals FEMA Whistleblowers

Washington, DC – Congressman Tom MacArthur today announced that his office has unveiled FEMA whistleblowers directly involved with Hurricane Sandy flood insurance claims. In March of 2015, CBS’s “60 Minutes”, interviewed a senior FEMA official who told viewers that thousands of Superstorm Sandy victims had been wrongfully denied insurance claims due to corrupt and fraudulent practices.

Read more: MacArthur Reveals FEMA Whistleblowers

Lance Votes To Stop The Government From Getting Between You and Your Financial Planner

WASHINGTON, D.C. --- Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07) spoke on the House Floor today in opposition to the Department of Labor's recently-finalized fiduciary rule. The House then passed H. J. Res. 88, a motion of disapproval of the rule.

Read more: Lance Votes To Stop The Government From Getting Between You and Your Financial Planner

Committee Approves Pallone’s SANDy Act that Will Improve Communications During Disasters

The Energy and Commerce Committee today approved the Securing Access to Networks in Disasters Act – or the SANDy Act, which was introduced in November by Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-06), Senior Democrat on the committee.

Read more: Committee Approves Pallone’s SANDy Act that Will Improve Communications During Disasters

Lance Backs Millions in Tax Breaks for Manufacturing

WASHINGTON, D.C. --- Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07), Vice Chair of the Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade Subcommittee, today issued the following statement after voting in favor of H.R. 4923, the American Manufacturing Competitiveness Act: “For far too long American manufacturers have faced hundreds of millions of dollars in unnecessary tariff costs.

Read more: Lance Backs Millions in Tax Breaks for Manufacturing

Sires Votes for Pipeline Safety Bill

(Washington, D.C.)- Today, Congressman Sires voted in favor of H.R. 4937, the Protecting our Infrastructure of Pipelines and Enhancing Safety (PIPES) Act of 2016 in a Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure markup. The legislation authorizes $696 million over four years for the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Administration’s (PHMSA) pipeline safety program, including $211 million in grants to States.

Read more: Sires Votes for Pipeline Safety Bill