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New Jersey

Hurricane Sandy

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.

Gaming

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.

 

More on New Jersey

October 19, 2021 Press Release

Washington, DC – Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-06)’s bipartisan bill to improve drug quality, reduce drug shortages, and make pharmaceutical production more efficient passed the U.S. House of Representatives today. Pallone’s National Centers of Excellence in Advanced and Continuous Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Act would allow the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to partner with universities across the country with experience in these technologies to improve pharmaceutical production.

October 13, 2021 Press Release

Washington, DC – Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-06) announced today that schools and libraries in New Jersey will receive $20.9 million from the second round of funding from the Federal Communication Commission’s (FCC) Emergency Connectivity Fund Program (ECF). Schools and libraries in New Jersey’s 6th Congressional District will receive a total of $184,337.85.

October 5, 2021 Press Release

Toms River, NJ – Congressmen Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-06) and Andy Kim (NJ-03) held a press conference today on forgiveness of outstanding balances of Community Disaster Loans (CDLs) made to municipalities in New Jersey to help them recover from Superstorm Sandy. Pallone, Kim, and Congresswoman Watson Coleman (NJ-12) secured the loan forgiveness in a government operations bill that the House passed and President Biden signed last week.

September 30, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Representatives Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-06), Bonnie Watson Coleman (NJ-12), and Andy Kim (NJ-03) secured forgiveness of outstanding balances of Community Disaster Loans (CDLs) made to municipalities in New Jersey to help them recover from Superstorm Sandy. The loan forgiveness is included in a government operations bill that the House sent to President Biden’s desk today.

September 28, 2021 Press Release

Washington, DC – Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-06) today announced that federally qualified health centers in New Jersey will receive $17,761,572 from the American Rescue Plan. The funding will support construction, expansion, renovation, and other capital improvements to improve health care infrastructure.

September 27, 2021 Press Release

Long Branch, NJ – Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-06) announced today that the Army Corps of Engineers will begin beach replenishment in Deal, Allenhurst and Loch Arbour in November with an option for renourishment in Elberon. As a result of Congressman Pallone’s advocacy, the beach replenishment projects will restore more than 1.1 million cubic yards of sand to the towns’ beaches. The federal investment in the project is $16.9 million, which is 65% of the total cost. A combination of state and local funds will make up the remaining cost.

September 24, 2021 Press Release

Washington, DC – Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-06) announced today that schools and libraries in New Jersey will receive $33.4 million from the Federal Communication Commission’s (FCC) Emergency Connectivity Fund Program (ECF). Schools and libraries in New Jersey’s 6th Congressional District will receive over $5.3 million. The ECF provides funding to help students, teachers, and library patrons get the tools they need to connect to the Internet from home.

September 21, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Representatives Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-06), Bonnie Watson Coleman (NJ-12), and Andy Kim (NJ-03) today applauded House passage of a government operations spending bill that will help New Jersey recover from the devastation of natural disasters. The bill forgives outstanding balances of Community Disaster Loans (CDLs) made to municipalities throughout New Jersey to help them recover from Superstorm Sandy.

September 19, 2021 Press Release

Washington, DC – Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-06) today announced that New Jersey will receive over $20 million to protect vulnerable patients and health care workers from infectious diseases, including COVID-19. As Chairman of the Energy and Commerce Committee, Pallone included the funding in the American Rescue Plan that passed the House and was signed into law in March 2021.

September 9, 2021 Press Release

Washington, DC – Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-06) today announced that he is including $2.86 billion for the 9/11 World Trade Center (WTC) Health Program in the Energy and Commerce Committees portion of the Build Back Better Act, which will be marked up next week.