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June 2012
NJ Today.net : Senators Announce $4.75 Million In Head Start Funding For Essex & Union County Programs
Political News: Lautenberg, Menendez Announce Nearly $600,000 for New Jersey Coastal Research and Monitoring
May 2012
The Jersey Journal : Menendez announces EPA grant for Jersey City redevelopment
NJ Today: Senators Announce Funding To Support Special Health Care Needs
VOXXI: Menendez looks forward to U.S.-Spain Council Annual Forum in June
Paramus Post: Menendez Congratulates NJ Police Officers Who Will be Honored by President Obama at White House Ceremony
NJ Today : Senators Announce $1.6 Million For Cranford School Damaged By Hurricane Irene
Political News.me : Menendez, Boxer Introduce Bill To Help Responsible Homeowners Refinance
NBC 40.com : Sen. Menendez announces major grant for health care
Fire Engineering.com : Menendez Reaffirms Commitment to NJ Law Enforcement, Keeping NJ Safe
April 2012
Market Watch.com / Sun Herald: Senator Bob Menendez Honored as BIO Legislator of the Year

WASHINGTON, Apr 25, 2012 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- The Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) announced today its selection of Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ) as Legislator of the Year for 2011-2012. Senator Menendez receives the award at today's BIO Legislative Day Fly-In reception.

"The Senator's long-standing service to the Finance Committee has been critically important to this nation's healthcare industry and the patients it serves," said BIO President and CEO Jim Greenwood. "Senator Menendez has been a proponent of issues critical to our nation's biotech industry, as exemplified through his hard work instituting, and fighting for the reauthorization of, the Qualifying Therapeutic Discovery Project Credit."

"The life sciences industry accounts for over 400,000 high-skilled, high-paying jobs in New Jersey. Senator Menendez understands the challenges facing our biotechnology industry, especially emerging companies, in the current economic environment. We thank him for his outstanding leadership on behalf of the biotechnology industry in New Jersey and throughout our country," said Debbie Hart, President of BioNJ.

More than 200 biotechnology industry representatives from 41 states will participate in hundreds of meetings with Members of the House and Senate during the BIO Legislative Day Fly-In. Participants will discuss issues critical to the biotechnology industry including reauthorization of the Prescription Drug User Fee Act, the Transforming the Regulatory Environment to Accelerate Access to Treatments (TREAT) Act/Faster Access to Specialized Treatments (FAST) Act, adequate reimbursement for vital therapies under Medicare, and capital formation issues relevant to biotechnology companies.

Photos of the award presentation are available upon request.

BIO represents more than 1,100 biotechnology companies, academic institutions, state biotechnology centers and related organizations across the United States and in more than 30 other nations. BIO members are involved in the research and development of innovative healthcare, agricultural, industrial and environmental biotechnology products. BIO also produces the BIO International Convention, the world's largest gathering of the biotechnology industry, along with industry-leading investor and partnering meetings held around the world.

SOURCE: Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO)


						
						
					
Fire Engineering: Menendez, Lautenberg Announce More than $280,000 to Replace Decades-Old Lanoke Harbor Fire Engines

The office of Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J., issued the following news release:

U.S. Senators Frank R. Lautenberg (D-NJ) and Robert Menendez (D-NJ) today announced that the Lanoka Harbor Volunteer Fire Co. has received $280,250 in federal funding through the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) program to replace two aging fire engines with a new upgraded vehicle.

The engines, which have been in use since 1989 and 1978, respectively, will be replaced with a new vehicle that holds more than 300 gallons of water, significantly improving the department's ability to fight fires.

"To keep New Jersey families safe, our first responders need the best equipment available," said Senator Lautenberg, Vice Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Homeland Security, which funds the AFG program. "Lanoka Harbor's fire truck fleet is aging and in serious need of improvement, and this federal grant will make important upgrades to enhance the fire company's ability to keep local families safe and secure."

"Clearly, the time has come for Lanoka Harbor's volunteer fire company to replace its aging fire trucks and I'm so pleased this grant will mean a brand new, upgraded vehicle," said Senator Menendez. "New Jersey firefighters answer the calls to protect our families and our communities and it's our responsibility to make sure they have all the resources they need to carry out jobs their safely and effectively."

Paramus Post: Menendez Announces $9.4 million to Expand Home Visitation Programs for At-Risk Families

New Jersey was the largest grant recipient of the ten states who received this round of funding.


U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ) today announced that New Jersey has been awarded over $9.4 million to support the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) Program. With this grant, New Jersey has received almost $15 million through the MIECHV Program, allowing the state to expand its Home Visitation Initiative to more at-risk families. These funds were awarded by the Health Resources and Services Administration within the Department of Health and Human Services.
“Home visitations by nurses, social workers and other professionals are proven to improve the prenatal health, development, education and economic self-sufficiency of low-income children and families,” said Menendez, who was a key architect of the program. “This additional funding will help us build upon proven programs in New Jersey that are already helping children in at-risk households.”
During the health care reform debate, Senator Menendez worked to ensure that the MIECHV program was included in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Through this program, nurses, social workers, or other professionals visit at-risk families in their homes to evaluate their living situations and provide information on resources available to improve the health, educational, and economic opportunities for at-risk children. Resources include health care, early education, parenting skills, child abuse prevention, and nutrition education or assistance.
The grants announced today were awarded to states that have already demonstrated a commitment to home visiting programs as well as states that are developing new home visiting programs using proven strategies. These state programs are already operating successful early childhood programs for pregnant women, parents, caregivers and children from birth to age eight to improve their health and developmental outcomes. New Jersey was the largest grant recipient of the ten states who received this funding.
For more information on HRSA’s MIECHV program, please visit mchb.hrsa.gov/programs/homevisiting/.

March 2012
Sen. Menendez to host first Twitter Town Hall, will field gas price questions
Sens. Lautenberg and Menendez come to Hoboken to call on House to pass surface transportation bill
Sen. Menendez Has Plan To Bring Down Gas Prices
Menendez would add $1B for job training
Autism Advocate to be Recognized by Senator as 'Woman of Distinction'
February 2012
Housing Chief Should See the Upside of Forgiving Debts: View
Think Progress.org : Leukemia Patient Recovering After Visa Denials Almost Prevented Her Bone Marrow Transplant
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