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
Long Branch, NJ – Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-06) today led a letter to President Trump asking him to provide New Jersey with the testing resources it needs to combat the rising number of COVID-19 cases. In writing to President Trump, the Democratic Members of the House of Representatives from New Jersey requested that the President re-open drive-through testing facilities operated by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to help contain the spread of COVID-19.
Long Branch, NJ – Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-06) announced today that Rutgers University will receive $3.8 million to improve COVID-19 testing in underserved communities.
Long Branch, NJ – Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-06) spoke in opposition to the National Park Service’s proposal to allow private residential development at Gateway National Recreation Area. During a virtual public forum hosted by the National Park Service, Pallone expressed his strong disapproval of private residential development and expressed deep concern that the proposed private development would threaten one of New Jersey’s treasured landscapes.
New Brunswick, NJ - Today, Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-06) announced the winners of the 2020 Congressional App Challenge for high school and middle school students in New Jersey’s 6th Congressional District. Samay Nandwana from Princeton Day School and Ansh Bhatti and Aditya Shelke from Middlesex County Academy for Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Technologies won this year’s competition. Their app “DataMeet” uses facial recognition technology to notify teachers if students appear confused, happy, or sad during online instruction.
Washington, DC – Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-06) today led a letter urging the Trump Administration to work with the State of New Jersey to ensure that an eventual COVID-19 vaccine is effectively and equitably distributed in the state. In writing to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Robert R.
Long Branch, NJ – Today, Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ- 06) announced that the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Agency (NOAA) approved New Jersey’s spending plan for $11.3 million in federal aid for New Jersey’s commercial and charter fishing industry. Pallone helped secure the funding as part of the $300 million allocated in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act that Congress passed and was signed into law in March.
Washington, DC – Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-06) today called on the Trump Administration to comply with a court order instructing the Trump Administration to preserve green cards for lottery winners of the Fiscal Year 2020 diversity visa program. A family member of one of Pallone’s constituents was chosen for a diversity visa but the Department of State has failed to process it as part of the Administration’s ongoing attacks on immigrants.
Washington, DC – Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-06) issued the following statement today following the passage of the updated Heroes Act:
Washington, DC – Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-06) and U.S. Senators Bob Menendez and Cory Booker today led a congressional delegation letter to President Trump supporting Governor Phil Murphy’s request for a Major Disaster Declaration, making the state eligible for more federal resources as areas recover from damage caused by Tropical Storm Isaias that battered New Jersey in August. The request covers 11 counties: Atlantic, Bergen, Burlington, Cape May, Cumberland, Essex, Gloucester, Monmouth, Morris, Salem, and Sussex.