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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Last Friday, the Trump Administration filed a brief with the Supreme Court asking it to torpedo Obamacare, wipe out coverage for 23 million Americans, and strip protections from 130 million more with pre-existing conditions.
Washington, DC – Today, Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-06) announced that the House Democrats’ appropriations bill for fiscal year 2021 would ban offshore drilling in the Atlantic Ocean. In May, Pallone sent a letter requesting the drilling ban be included in the proposal, which is expected to be considered by the House of Representatives later this month.
Washington, DC – Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-06) issued the following statement following the passage of the Moving Forward Act:
House Democrats led by two New Jersey lawmakers on Wednesday introduced legislation to expand the Affordable Care Act at the same time that President Donald Trump has asked the Supreme Court to kill it.
Washington, DC – Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-06) today applauded the extension of federal support for coronavirus testing at New Jersey pharmacies through August. Pallone and his delegation colleagues sent a letter in May requesting the Trump Administration extend existing agreements with pharmacies in New Jersey for at least an additional three months.
WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-06) today announced the introduction of an historic $1.5 trillion infrastructure bill that would rebuild America’s infrastructure, stimulate our economy, create millions of good paying jobs and make investments in clean energy initiatives to combat climate change. The Moving Forward Act invests in roads, bridges and clean energy to put the United States on a path toward zero carbon emissions while creating safer communities and roads.
Washington, DC – Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-06) today announced that safety net hospitals in New Jersey will receive over $280 million in relief funding to combat the coronavirus pandemic. The announcement came one day after the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced it would allocate a total of $10 billion to safety net hospitals nationwide who serve a disproportionate number of Medicaid patients or provide large amounts of uncompensated care.
Long Branch, NJ – Today, Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-06) announced that Middlesex and Monmouth Counties will receive over $3.4 million in funding to assist New Jerseyans who are homeless or receiving homeless assistance during the coronavirus pandemic. The funding was allocated through the CARES Act that Congress passed and was signed into law in March.
The death of George Floyd at the hands of police and the protests that followed have sparked demands for a congressional response.
Long Branch, NJ – Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-06) today held a discussion with community leaders to discuss the urgent need to end racial injustice in the wake of the murder of George Floyd. Pallone outlined legislation in Congress that would help stop the disproportionate use of force, reform the criminal justice system, and end racial disparities in the response to the coronavirus pandemic. Pallone is working with colleagues in Congress to move a legislative package that addresses police abuse, criminal justice, and prison reform.