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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Long Branch, NJ – Today, Congressman Pallone announced that small businesses and nonprofits will be able to apply for financial assistance beginning Friday, April 3. Last week, Congress passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, the third major legislation passed by Congress to respond to the coronavirus pandemic, which provides relief for small business owners.
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-06) issued the following statement today after the House of Representatives passed H.R. 748, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, the third major legislation passed by Congress to respond to the coronavirus pandemic:
WASHINGTON, DC — Today, Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-06) joined other House Committee Chairs in introducing the Take Responsibility for Workers and Families Act, a bold and comprehensive phase three coronavirus response bill.
Edison, NJ – Today, Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-06), along with students and public health advocates, hailed the House passage of his bipartisan legislation to address the youth tobacco and vaping epidemic. The Protecting American Lungs and Reversing the Youth Tobacco Epidemic Act would prohibit all flavored tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, ban most non-face-to-face sales for tobacco products, and protect kids from the predatory marketing of tobacco products.
Long Branch, NJ – Today, Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-06) sent a letter to the Superintendent of Gateway National Recreation Area expressing his opposition to proposed development of permanent residential units at Sandy Hook. “I am adamantly opposed to any development for residential purposes and strongly encourage you to prevent this private development at Sandy Hook,” Pallone wrote in the letter.
After years of pleading with government officials to have the Cheesequake Creek dredged, Sayreville and Old Bridge marina owners’ efforts have finally paid off.
New Jersey Democratic Sens. Cory Booker and Bob Menendez and Democratic U.S. Rep. Frank Pallone Jr., 6th District, announced Friday the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has allocated $4.1 million in federal funding for the dredging.
Long Branch, NJ – Today, Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-06) announced additional beach replenishment projects in Long Branch, Sea Bright, and Monmouth Beach. Pallone said that additional federal dollars will allow for expanded work in these Monmouth County towns.
Washington, DC – Today, Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-06) demanded answers from the U.S. Department of Interior regarding its plans to allow harmful seismic airgun blasting off the Atlantic Coast. In a letter sent to Bureau of Ocean Energy Management Acting Director Walter Cruickshank, Pallone requested information on its plans to issue geological and geophysical permits to allow the dangerous and disruptive activity. Congressman Joe Cunningham (SC-01) and Congressman Chris Smith (NJ-04) also signed the letter.