Many towns in the Sixth District were devastated by Superstorm Sandy, and many individuals, families, businesses, and communities are still recovering. Congressman Pallone fought hard for a robust Superstorm Sandy Emergency Relief Package to provide aid so New Jersey and other affected states could rebuild from the devastation caused by the historic storm. In total, the aid package that passed appropriated $60.1 billion to affected states to recover and rebuild. These funds have financed important flood control and beach renourishment projects in the Sixth District, as well as reimbursing the state and local governments for costs caused by the storm.
While New Jersey has made progress to recover from Sandy, much work remains to be done. Congressman Pallone has continued to work hard to support New Jerseyans as they continue to recover from the storm. He helped introduce the bipartisan SAFE NFIP Act to reform the National Flood Insurance Program to make it work for policyholders, not against them. His legislation would increase affordability, invest in mitigation efforts, cap the profits of flood insurance companies, and reform the appeals process to serve the needs of policyholders.
Congressman Pallone continues to monitor the rebuilding process and work with federal agencies to make sure funds are getting to New Jersey as quickly and efficiently as possible.
Community Health Centers
Community Health Centers provide vital health services to the local community, particularly to those who may not access health care otherwise. In New Jersey, there are 23 federally-funded Health Center organizations that serve 511,947 patients through a combined 144 delivery sites.
Congressman Pallone is proud to support community health centers so they may grow and expand. According to the National Association of Community Health Centers, community health centers in Congressman Pallone’s district leveraged $7,245,311 in federal investments and served approximately 63,135 patients in 2016.
In 2017, Congressman Pallone introduced the Gaming Accountability and Modernization Enhancement Act, which would repeal the federal prohibition on sports betting and allow states to legalize online gambling. It does not create a federal framework for gambling and instead allows states that choose to legalize and regulate sports betting and/or online gambling to do so.
The bill would legalize sports betting in New Jersey and introduce a new source of revenue, potentially amounting in billions for New Jersey in revenues. A state-wide ballot measure to amend New Jersey’s state constitution to allow sports gaming was overwhelmingly supported by New Jersey citizens by a 2-1 margin.
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Metuchen, N.J. – Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-06) held a town hall to update constituents on his work in New Jersey and Washington and to offer attendees the chance to share their concerns. He answered a range of questions about health care costs and the climate crisis. Over 300 constituents attended the event.
Long Branch, N.J. – Today, Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-06) congratulated 34 new American citizens and their guests during a special naturalization ceremony at the Long Branch Free Public Library.
Wielding new power as a committee chairman, Frank Pallone pursues his pragmatic agenda.
Frank Pallone Jr. is, first and foremost, the congressman from the Jersey Shore. To drive home that point, his name shows up in the news every year as the guy who helps replenish the sand on our beaches—an estimated total of 163 million cubic yards of the stuff over the last three decades, at a cost of $1.2 billion to the federal government.
Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ-06), Congressman Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ-09), and Congressman Clay Higgins (R-LA-03) announced the National Flood Insurance Program Reauthorization and Reform (NFIP Re) Act of 2019. The bill protects policyholders from steep premium increases and reauthorizes the NFIP for five years. It also makes the program more affordable, creates greater transparency, and injects fairness into the claims process.
Long Branch, N.J. – Today, Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-06) announced that his office is participating in the Congressional App Challenge (CAC), a coding competition for students in middle and high school. Students who reside in or attend school in New Jersey’s Sixth Congressional District are eligible to compete.
Marlboro, N.J. – Today, Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-06) announced that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has awarded a grant for Marlboro Township to stabilize flood-prone Pleasant Valley Road. The grant allocates over $400,000 to secure the rapidly eroding foundation of Pleasant Valley between Igoe Road and Route 34. FEMA’s Pre-Disaster Mitigation Grant Program is designed to help communities like Marlboro reduce potential hazards before extreme flood events. Every federal dollar spent on disaster mitigation saves an average of six dollars in future costs.
South Amboy, N.J. – Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-06) today highlighted progress on his bipartisan legislation to address the dangers of robocalls. He was joined by business and consumer advocate leaders at a technology firm that works to stop robocalls. In 2018, Americans received an estimated 47.8 billion robocalls. Last May, consumers received an estimated 20 million robocalls in the 732 area code alone.
Long Branch, N.J. – Today, Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-06) joined environmental advocates and tourism leaders to mark progress in the fight to block offshore drilling and highlight the high cost to New Jersey’s economy and environment should the Trump Administration proceed with drilling. In 2017, President Trump signed an executive order that supports offshore oil and gas drilling along the East Coast. On June 25, Pallone secured House passage of an amendment that prohibits federal spending to advance oil and gas leasing in the Atlantic Ocean.
Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-06) applauded the House passage of appropriations funding that includes his amendment to block offshore drilling in the Atlantic Ocean. In 2017, President Trump signed an executive order aimed toward allowing offshore oil and gas drilling along the East Coast. Pallone’s amendment included in the underlying legislation would prohibit federal spending to advance oil and gas leasing in the Atlantic Ocean.