e-News 3/24/17

e-News 3-24-17 

  • Obamacare: The debate continues
  • Health Reform Bills Pass House
  • Another TeleTown Hall Meeting
  • Veterans Job Fair Tomorrow!
  • DOJ and “Deep Concern” about Anti-Semitic Threats
  • “Spirit of Enterprise” 
  • Salute: To the women in the military


Obamacare Replacement: The debate continues

Seven years after enactment of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), I wanted to go to the House floor this afternoon to support legislation that made positive changes to rescue healthcare in America.  After all, the proposal before the House today repeals Obamacare’s taxes and penalties and dismantles the law’s onerous mandates. 

However, in the final analysis, the legislation before the House today was unacceptable as it would place significant new costs and new barriers to care on my constituents in New Jersey.  In addition to the loss of Medicaid coverage for so many people in our Medicaid-dependent state, the denial of essential health benefits in the individual market raise serious coverage and cost issues.

I recognize that “doing nothing” is not an option.  We need to go back to the drawing board in order to get this right.

Health Reform Bills Pass House

The House did pass two bills this week designed to give all Americans access to high quality health care at a lower cost.

The Small Business Health Fairness Act empowers small businesses to offer health care to their employees through association plans. This comes on the heels of passage of the Competitive Health Insurance Reform Act, which passed with major bipartisan support of 416 votes. This bill seeks to level the playing field for health insurance providers and create more competition in the marketplace.

Another TeleTown Hall Meeting

I conducted another Telephone Town Hall meeting this week.  Nearly six-thousand constituents picked up the call on Monday and listened on a wide-ranging discussion on health care, proposed budget cuts to government programs, the future of Social Security and immigration to name a few. 

I will be conducting additional Telephone Town Hall meetings in coming weeks and I want you to know that we provide the opportunity for any constituent to be on all the calls.  If you’re interested, please call one of my offices and provide them with a telephone number which will then be added to the list. Or visit my website and use the convenient button on the right-hand side of the opening page to sign up.

Veterans Job Fair Tomorrow!

Attention all veterans:  Along with a wide range of veterans, government, community and business organizations, I am sponsoring a Veterans’ Jobs Fair tomorrow in Wayne.  Here are the details:

Saturday, March 25

Wayne YMCA

1 Pike Drive, Wayne NJ 07470

10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The event is designed to provide veterans, men and women alike, with assistance in finding jobs as well as making decisions about their career.

After their health, future employment is one of the top priorities of any veteran transitioning from military to civilian life.  One million veterans are already unemployed and millions more will leave the services in coming years. We need to support them just as they have supported us when they wore the nation’s uniform.  This Jobs Fair is just one way to help!

By virtue of their training, discipline and experiences, veterans have a great deal to offer employers.  However, too often their transition from military service to civilian life is difficult for many reasons. This Veterans Fair will provide advice and real life counseling and networking opportunities with prospective employers.

For more information, click here

DOJ and “Deep Concern” about Anti-Semitic Threats

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) reports that it has given “high priority” to prosecuting individuals responsible for recent threats against Jewish Community Centers, schools and synagogues and other “acts of anti-Semitism.”  The assurance came in a letter I received this week from Acting Assistant Attorney General.  Samuel R. Ramer wrote, “The Department takes this matter seriously and intends to identify, stop, and where appropriate, prosecute any who are involved in these acts. The free exercise of religion ids a bedrock American principle and is a civil right that this Department will use its powers to protect.”

Ramer’s letter was in response to a February 28 letter I sent to Attorney General Jeff Sessions expressing my “deep concern” with the ongoing threats and acts of anti-Semitism against Jewish centers and synagogues.

Over one hundred Jewish institutions have been targeted with bomb threats since the beginning of the year, including at least two in the 11thCongressional District. In addition, several Jewish cemeteries have been vandalized.

This nation was built on the foundation of religious tolerance. Anti-Semitism and other forms of bigotry are shameful and must end!”

A teenager with dual Israeli-U.S. citizenship was arrested in Israel this week on suspicion of making dozens of bomb threats against Jewish community centers in the United States, Australia and New Zealand.

“Spirit of Enterprise” 

I was honored to pick up the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s “Spirit of Enterprise” award this week.  The award is given to Members of Congress for their pro-jobs policies and commitment to economic growth.

Many New Jersey businesses and families continue to struggle in a still uncertain job market, and incomes are not keeping up. Suffocating businesses with bad policies, more unnecessary regulation and massive red tape only makes success in business that much more difficult to achieve. Now more than ever, we need to implement policies that create space for businesses to flourish, create jobs and hire more workers.

So I was honored to accept this award and will ccontinue to work to improve our nation’s economy by lowering taxes, reducing onerous regulations and creating favorable conditions for economic prosperity.”

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is the world’s largest business federation representing the interests of more than 3 million businesses of all sizes, sectors, and regions, as well as state and local chambers and industry associations.

Salute: To the women in the military, honored this week across the nation as a part of Women’s History Month.  Women have served in the Armed Forces since the Revolutionary War.  Today, over 214,000 women serve in the active duty, National Guard and Reserve components -14.6 percent of the force – and they make immeasurable contributions to our national security!  Thank you for your service!

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