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March 2019
Senator Menendez: U.S. Coast Guard grants proposed restrictions for marine traffic in Kearny

All marine traffic on the Hackensack River that requires the portal bridge in Kearny to open will stop for several hours during the day, effective immediately, says Senator Bob Menendez.

 

The Hill : New Jersey Dems tell Pentagon not to use military funds for border wall
Newsweek : Dem Lawmakers Pushing Journalist Protection Act
Hudson County View : Menendez, Sires introduce legislation to keep funding for homelessness local
New Jersey river restrictions aim to ease Portal Bridge stress, commuting trouble

Top members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus are calling on the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) inspector general and the FBI to investigate the Trump Organization's hiring of workers without legal immigration status and allegations of mistreatment.

Hispanic Caucus demands probe into Trump Organization hiring undocumented workers

Top members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus are calling on the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) inspector general and the FBI to investigate the Trump Organization's hiring of workers without legal immigration status and allegations of mistreatment.

nj.com: Menendez lashes into Trump. “If a Democratic president acted in this way, Republicans would be calling him or her a dictator.’’

U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez of New Jersey lashed into President Donald Trump Friday after the president vetoed a congressional resolution overturning his declaration of national emergency to fund a southern border wall that Congress specifically rejected.

Coast Guard To Introduce New Marine Traffic Restrictions To Help NJ Transit

The Coast Guard is planning to restrict marine traffic on the Hackensack River in order to prevent the century-old Portal Bridge from opening during rush hours.

 

Journalist Protection Act Reintroduced

The Journalist Protection Act, which would classify intimidation or attacks against reporters as federal crimes, was reintroduced today by Representative Eric Swalwell, a Democrat from California, and Democratic Senators Richard Blementhal and Robert Menendez.

 

Burlington County Times: Congressional delegation warns Pentagon not to divert funding from joint base, other NJ installations

U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez and Rep. Donald Norcross, D-1st of Camden, penned a letter signed by Sen. Cory Booker and all but one of New Jersey’s 12 House members to Acting Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan on Wednesday expressing “strong objection” to the president’s recent emergency declaration and the White House plan to repurpose more than $6 billion in military funding to help build new barriers along the U.S.-Mexico border. 

Al Jazeera: US Senate passes bill to halt military support to Saudi in Yemen

The US Senate voted 54 to 46 to block further involvement by the US military in the war in Yemen, where bombings by Saudi Arabia and the UAE, conducted with US weapons, are blamed for causing mass civilian deaths, starvation, and the spread of disease. 

rollcall.com: Trump’s DOT stalling for revenge, say backers of NY-NJ project

Senators from New Jersey and New York accused the Trump administration of stalling Amtrak’s Gateway project linking their states as revenge for Democratic opposition to a Mexico border wall. One said a deputy transportation secretary lied about the project, and that could hurt his nomination to serve in the Justice Department. 

Bloomberg: Senate Votes to Defy Trump on Yemen, Setting Up Eventual Veto

The Senate voted to withdraw U.S. support for the Saudi-led conflict in Yemen as some Republicans joined Democrats in a rebuke of President Donald Trump over his response to the killing of columnist Jamal Khashoggi. The administration has threatened a veto.

nj.com: We can call it the ‘Trump Tunnel,' Booker says, as long as we can get Gateway built now

President Donald Trump’s decision to exclude funding for the Gateway Tunnel project from his proposed budget won’t be the last word.

The Hill: Dem lawmakers unveil Journalist Protection Act amid Trump attacks on media

Three Democratic lawmakers reintroduced a Journalist Protection Act that intends to designate "certain attacks on those reporting the news" as a federal crime. 

 

nj.com: Menendez moves to protect journalists from violence in age of Trump

Attacking journalists or threatening them would be a federal crime under legislation introduced by U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez.

 

3 Ways New Jersey Gets Hurt By Trump's Budget, Lawmakers Say

New Jersey's new budget may tax your wallet. But President Trump's budget could tax your commute – and your wallet, among other things that lawmakers say could hurt the state's residents.

jpost.com: Hostage Recovery Efforts Bill Named After Jewish American Missing in Iran

Top Democrats and Republicans in the House and Senate introduced a bill that would enhance U.S. capabilities to track hostages and named it after Robert Levinson, the Jewish American last seen in Iran 12 years ago.

Caribbean Business: U.S. senators introduce legislation to extend child tax credit in Puerto Rico
Reproductive Rights Are Human Rights & This Bill Would Make Sure Trump Doesn’t Ignore That
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