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July 2019
Hudson County View: Senator Menendez: President Trump is still ‘weaponizing the Gateway project’
Press of AC : Atlantic City airport to get $1M more from FAA for de-icing facility
Can Congress stop the scourge of robocalls?

Pallone’s legislation, HR 3375, would combat robocallers by arming the FCC with an extended statute of limitations — three years instead of just one, ensuring consumers can refuse to receive unwanted calls and enacting safeguards against companies that abuse exemptions to the do-not-call list. The bill’s similar to one sponsored by Sen. Bob Menendez which passed the Senate in May.

Jersey Journal: Hoboken American Legion post tackles veteran homelessness

Officials from Hoboken’s American Legion Post 107, alongside Sen. Bob Menendez, Mayor Ravi Bhalla, Hudson County Freeholder Anthony Romano, state Assemblyman Raj Mukherji and dozens of veterans, to unveil a new post, community center within the building, and housing units for up to six homeless veterans.

New York Times : New Human Rights Panel Raises Fears of a Narrowing U.S. Advocacy

Senator Robert Menendez of New Jersey, the top Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said that Mr. Pompeo’s argument for a new human rights panel was absurd and that the Trump administration “has taken a wrecking ball to America’s global leadership on promoting fundamental rights across the world.”

June 2019
NJ GLOBE : Menendez decries court decision stripping funding from family planning organizations

U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez decried a court decision upholding a Trump administration rule that would strip federal funding from family planning organizations like Planned Parenthood.

The Hill: New Jersey governor signs rideshare safety law in honor of murdered college student

Menendez and Sen. Cory Booker (D) are co-sponsoring a bill in the U.S. Senate that would require all states to mandate rideshare vehicles to have illuminated signs. Companion legislation, also named “Sami’s Law,” has also been introduced in the House.

Buzzfeed : Democrats Are Pushing New Legislation To Protect Federal Housing Loans For Young Immigrants With DACA Status

Sen. Bob Menendez, a New Jersey Democrat, will introduce legislation Thursday that would stop the Trump administration from denying federally insured housing loans to young undocumented immigrants brought to the US as children.

Politico : Senate rebukes Trump with vote to block arms sales to Saudi Arabia, UAE

The resolutions from Senate Foreign Relations Ranking Member Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) and Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), a Trump ally, came after Trump's administration signaled it would bypass Congress to sell arms to Saudi Arabia in a deal worth billions.

Wall Street Journal : Senate Passes Resolutions Blocking Arms Sales to Saudi Arabia, U.A.E.

But Sen. Bob Menendez (D., N.J.), who introduced the resolutions, and lawmakers in both parties have said that the Saudi-led war in Yemen and the death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the hands of Saudi agents has made selling the country weapons unacceptable.

Washington Post : Senate votes to block Trump’s emergency arms sales to Saudi Arabia, UAE

The Senate on Thursday passed three measures to block President Trump from using his emergency authority to complete several arms sales benefiting Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates but fell short of the support needed to overcome a pledged veto.

New York Times : Senate Votes to Block Trump’s Arms Sales to Gulf Nations in Bipartisan Rebuke

“This vote is a vote for the powers of this institution to be able to continue to have a say on one of the most critical elements of U.S. foreign policy and national security,” said Senator Robert Menendez of New Jersey, the top Democrat on the Foreign Relations Committee and lead sponsor of the resolutions of disapproval.

Menendez decries court decision stripping funding from family planning organizations

U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez decried a court decision upholding a Trump administration rule that would strip federal funding from family planning organizations like Planned Parenthood.

Senators reach deal to vote on blocking Saudi arms sale

The Senate will vote Thursday on more than a dozen resolutions aimed at blocking the Trump administration’s sale of weapons to Saudi Arabia, setting up a new challenge to President Donald Trump’s steadfast alliance with the kingdom.

Trump’s U.N. nominee breaks with the president on climate change

President Trump’s nominee to serve as the next ambassador to the United Nations publicly broke with him on climate change Wednesday, stating at her Senate confirmation hearing that she believes fossil fuels and human behavior contribute to the planet’s shifting weather phenomena — but stopping short of endorsing a return to international pacts such as the Paris climate agreement.

 

Kelly Craft absent from post for over 300 days, records show

U.S. Ambassador to Canada Kelly Craft was absent from her post for more than 300 days during her tenure in Ottawa, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee's top Democrat said today during Craft's confirmation hearing to become the American envoy to the U.N.

Politico : Robert Lighthizer: 'Absolutely' OK to use tariffs to squeeze nations on non-trade issues

U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer said today he sees no issue with President Donald Trump's inclination to use tariffs to pressure countries to make policy changes in areas unrelated to trade, specifically when they present threats to national security.

Reuters : Defying Trump, U.S. senator moves towards vote to block Saudi arms sales

 U.S. Senator Bob Menendez began the formal process on Tuesday of blocking a White House plan for $8 billion in military sales to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates without the consent of Congress, setting up Senate votes on the matter as soon as this week.

Bloomberg : U.S. Senators Urge Trump to Seek Allies to Counter Iran Tensions

Republican senators are backing President Donald Trump’s pressure campaign on Iran while saying the U.S. needs to work with international partners and avoid miscalculations that could lead to unintended conflict.

Maps: The race for Assembly in LD-16

In November, Republicans hope to put a few dents into the Democratic super-majority in the chamber, and one of the places that they are putting an effort into flipping in the 16th legislative district currently represented by two Democrats in the State Assembly, despite a Republican State Senator

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