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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

January 17, 2020 Press Release

West Long Branch, NJ – Today, Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-06) discussed the framework of the CLEAN Future Act, a bold legislative proposal to combat climate change. He was joined by First Lady Tammy Murphy and New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Catherine R. McCabe as well as environmental and youth advocates. Pallone emphasized the urgency of the climate crisis and the need for federal leadership. In 2019, New Jersey saw its 10th warmest year on record and is one of the fastest-warming states in the country.

January 10, 2020 Press Release

Washington, DC – Today, 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.

December 19, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-06) issued the following statement on House passage of the Restoring Tax Fairness for States and Localities Act:

December 16, 2019 Press Release

Piscataway, NJ – Congressmen Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-06), Donald M. Payne, Jr. (NJ-10) and Tom Malinkowski (NJ-07) today celebrated  the House of Representatives’ passage last week of landmark legislation that will lower prescription drug prices, add vision, hearing and dental coverage for Medicare beneficiaries for the first time, and invest in critical research to find new cures and treatments. 

December 12, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-06) applauded House passage of his legislation, H.R. 3, the Elijah E. Cummings Lower Drug Costs Now Act, that would lower the cost of prescription drugs. On Monday, December 16 at 11 AM, Pallone and members of the New Jersey Congressional delegation will hold a press conference at the Piscataway Senior Center to update the public on the bill’s impact.

December 10, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-06) applauded House passage of legislation he authored to help protect coastal communities from sea level rise and stronger storms caused by climate change. The Living Shorelines Act would create a federal grant program through the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to assist states, localities and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in constructing living shorelines.

December 2, 2019 In The News

A New Jersey congressman and environmentalists are urging the federal government to take action to protect millions of New Jersey residents from a group of chemicals found in more than 500 drinking water supplies across the state.

November 27, 2019 In The News

Campaigners for tighter health limits on toxic PFAS chemicals are taking their fight to Congress where a committee last week approved a bill that would require the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to set regulations that it has so far avoided implementing.

November 26, 2019 Press Release

Metuchen, NJ – Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-06) participated in a town hall to discuss the dangers of vaping and provide an update on his legislation to combat the youth tobacco epidemic. He was joined by Harry Carson, former New York Giants Team Captain as well as local public health and education officials.  

November 21, 2019 Press Release

Washington, DC – Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-06) today applauded passage of legislation to address PFAS contamination and exposure by the House Energy and Commerce Committee, where he serves as Chairman. Pallone released the following statement after the PFAS Action Act was favorably reported to the full House of Representatives by a vote of 31-19. According to a report, there are 517 water systems in New Jersey that are contaminated with PFAS.