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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

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.

August 26, 2021 Press Release

Old Bridge, NJ – Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-06) and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Michael S. Regan today announced plans to advance cleanup of the Raritan Bay Slag Superfund site in Old Bridge Township and Sayreville. EPA will take over the completion of the remediation design plans for the Seawall Sector to ensure the remediation design is technically sound and the site can be cleaned up successfully.

August 23, 2021 In The News

Here are a few facts that should infuriate us all:

· A study by the Rand Corporation found that prescription drug costs in America are nearly triple the cost in comparable countries, a finding echoed in earlier studies by the Congressional Budget Office.

August 16, 2021 Press Release

New Brunswick, NJ – Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-06) and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Xavier Becerra joined Protect Our Care’s bus tour rally today to highlight the urgent need to pass transformative legislation to lower prescription drug prices.

August 11, 2021 Press Release

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 $9.5 million in federal aid for New Jersey’s commercial and charter fishing industry that he announced in June. Pallone helped secure the funding as part of the omnibus and coronavirus relief bill Congress passed and was signed into law last December.

August 5, 2021 Press Release

Piscataway, NJ – Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-06) today toured labs at Rutgers University with Secretary of Commerce Gina M. Raimondo. The labs perform cutting edge research on robotics, clean energy, and sustainable manufacturing. The tour highlighted the need to spur economic growth in the United States through federal investment in innovation, American manufacturing, and research and development.

July 29, 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 an appropriations bill that provides relief for families currently required to pay back disaster relief funds they received after Superstorm Sandy.

July 29, 2021 Press Release

Washington, DC – Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-06) today applauded House passage of an appropriations bill for Fiscal Year 2022 that included his provision that would ban offshore drilling in specific areas for one year. The Pallone provision prohibits the Secretary of the Interior or the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management from conducting or authorizing oil and gas leasing and related activities along the Pacific coast, Atlantic coast, Florida’s coast, and in the Arctic Ocean.

July 29, 2021 Press Release

Washington, DC – Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-06) today announced that seven requests for Community Funded Projects he submitted to the Appropriations Committee for New Jersey’s Sixth Congressional District passed in the House of Representatives. The remaining requests Pallone made are expected to receive a vote in the coming months.

The projects that passed the House include:

July 27, 2021 Press Release

Long Branch, NJ – Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-06) today announced that 82 nonprofit faith organizations in New Jersey will receive $11,686,957 for security enhancements. The funding is provided through the Department of Homeland Security’s Nonprofit Security Grant Program that supports physical security enhancements and coordination activities for nonprofit organizations that are at high risk of a terrorist attack. Nonprofits in New Jersey’s 6th Congressional District will receive $1,050,000.