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.
More on New Jersey
WASHINGTON — New Jersey officials are one step away from gaining access to $100 million in federal funds they can use to help replace Newark’s lead pipes.
Legislation allowing the state to transfer funds from its Clean Water State Revolving Fund to the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund cleared the U.S House late Tuesday and went to President Donald Trump for his signature.
WASHINGTON — The U.S. House sought to block President Donald Trump’s efforts to allow oil rigs off the Jersey Shore by voting Wednesday to prevent new leases for oil and gas drilling in the Atlantic Ocean.
The measure, which passed 238-189, also would prohibit leases in the Pacific. A second piece of legislation approved by the House would keep the rigs away from Florida’s Gulf Coast.
Long Branch, N.J. – Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-06) announced two federal grants totaling nearly $1 million for legal assistance to survivors of domestic violence and children who are exposed to domestic violence, as well as a new prevention program and public awareness campaign. Pallone also called on Senate Republicans to schedule a vote on the House-passed Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) reauthorization. VAWA expired earlier this year.
Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-06) applauded House passage of a permanent offshore drilling ban along the Atlantic and Pacific Coasts. H.R. 1941, the Coastal and Marine Economies Protection Act, would place a permanent moratorium on oil and gas exploration in the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans’ outer continental shelves.
Long Branch, N.J. – Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-06) announced today that the West Long Branch EMS has been awarded nearly $50,000 in federal grant funding from the Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG) program. The grant will enhance West Long Branch’s ability to protect the health and safety of the public through improved communication. The grant will fund the purchase of new multi-band, two-way radios.
A delegation of lawmakers toured the Elizabeth detention center holding immigrant detainees for nearly three hours Wednesday and emerged from the facility to detail what they saw.
“It’s stark. They don’t have separate dormitories. They have a cot and they’re all together,” Rep. Frank Pallone said as he left the detention center.
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.