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February 2011
Bloomberg News: Obama Looks to Congress and Vice Versa to Kick Off U.S. Tax Code Overhaul

President Barack Obama and congressional leaders haven’t determined a clear path to an overhaul of the U.S. tax code, in part because no one wants to be the first to propose taking away popular tax breaks.
This reticence, say veterans of the last major rewrite of the tax code in 1986, stems from worries about how this issue may play out in the 2012 election.
Given that, there must be some “shame factor” in failing to act on a tax code overhaul, or it is unlikely to occur in this election cycle, Eugene Steuerle, co-director of the nonpartisan Tax Policy Center in Washington, said yesterday.

Dow Jones Newswires: US Senate Democrats Propose Cuts To Oil, Gas Subsidies

WASHINGTON -(Dow Jones)- Senate Democrats, looking to eliminate subsidies for oil and gas companies, introduced a bill Wednesday that they say will raise $20 billion over the next 10 years.
The bill, offered by Sen. Robert Menendez (D., N.J.) and seven other Democrats, would repeal several tax deductions offered to the oil and gas industry, such as a deduction for intangible drilling costs and a manufacturing deduction.
The bill would also impose an excise tax on oil and gas produced on federal lands, raising an estimated $5.3 billion.

Shore News Today: $51,000 grant to help support county homeless

EGG HARBOR CITY – Just days after it was announced that homelessness had increased in Atlantic County over 2009, Career Opportunity Development, Inc. in Egg Harbor City was named the recipient of a $51,442 federal homeless assistance grant.
On Jan. 28, U.S. Sens. Robert Menendez and Frank Lautenberg announced New Jersey would receive over $22 million in grant funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to assist homeless men and women in New Jersey access housing opportunities.
Linda Carney, president and CEO of CODI, explained that the grant funds will be used for the operation of a house, in conjunction with the Atlantic City Rescue Mission in Weymouth.

January 2011
The Jersey Journal : Senator Menendez congratulates Stevens Institute on presidential award

U.S. Senator Robert Menendez congratulated the Stevens Institute today as its Center for Innovation in Engineering and Science Education (CIESE) received the prestigious Presidential Awards for Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring.

E&E News: NATIONAL MALL: Menendez pushes to keep solar decathlon on National Mall

The Department of Energy's Solar Decathlon garnered rave reviews from members of Congress during its previous four appearances on the National Mall.

Roll Call: Schumer and Menendez: Seniors Could Lose Drug Rebates Under Repeal

Democratic Sens. Charles Schumer (N.Y.) and Bob Menendez (N.J.) warned Sunday that repealing the health care overhaul law could force seniors to refund the government $250 for prescription drug rebate checks that they received last year under the statute.

My Central Jersey: FEMA grant money available for South Amboy, North Plainfield firefighters

NEWARK — U.S. Senators Robert Menendez and Frank Lautenberg today announced eight New Jersey fire departments received $454,292 through the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) program.

Huffington Post: Put Women in the Constitution

Yesterday morning, while John Boehner was leading the House of Representatives in what David Corn called the "weaponizing" of the Constitution, I stood in front of the Capitol with Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NJ), Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Rep. Gwen Moore (D-WI) and other leaders of women's rights organizations to talk about what's missing from that document.

Galloway Patch: Galloway Fire Department to Receive $97,318 in AFG Money

The Oceanville Volunteer Fire Company No. 1 in Galloway Township will receive grant money to replace outdated an air compressor and air packs.
Senators Frank Lautenberg and Robert Menendez announced on Thursday that $97,138 in Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) money will go to the department to replace the outdated equipment.

December 2010
The Record: Feds offer to sharply reduce $271 million NJ asked to pay on scuttled tunnel

The nation’s top transportation official is offering to sharply reduce the $271 million that the Federal Transit Administration says New Jersey owes for work on the cancelled Hudson River commuter train tunnel, the state’s two senators said Wednesday.

USA Today: $4.3B haul spurs calls for airlines to disclose 'hidden' fees

A New Jersey senator said Tuesday that much of the record $4.3 billion U.S. airlines took in for checking bags and changing tickets the first nine months of the year were "hidden" fees that caught passengers by surprise.

The Wall Street Journal : Feds Offer Discount on New Jersey’s Tunnel Debt

Like a Christmas shopper on a budget, New Jersey is finding it can be expensive to return unwanted gifts.

Federal transportation officials said the Garden State can get a $128 million credit for transportation work if the state coughs up $271 million to pay back the federal money spent on a rail tunnel to New York City, according to a letter sent Wednesday to New Jersey Sens. Frank Lautenberg and Robert Menendez.

The Star Ledger: Senate approves up to $230 per month deduction for commuters

It’s not just millionaires who stand to gain from an extension of the so-called Bush-era tax cuts. Tucked into the tax cut bill, which passed its first hurdle in the Senate today, is a provision that would allow thousands of New Jersey Transit bus and train riders to save hundreds of dollars a year on their commuting costs.

November 2010
Asbury Park Press: NJ biotech firms get tax credits

SOUTH PLAINFIELD — U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J., announced Monday that 133 small New Jersey biotech companies would be receiving more than $53 million in federal tax credits and grants.

June 2010
Politico: Republican Party rejects liability cap bill again

Democrats attempted Thursday to create unlimited liability for oil companies, and for the fourth time since the Gulf crisis began, Republicans objected.

The Jersey Journal: Menendez calls on feds for early protection plan if oil spill in Gulf spreads up Eastern seaboard

The Hudson River served as backdrop yesterday as U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez held a press conference at Liberty State Park in Jersey City to press for proactive measures to protect East Coast shores from oil flowing into the Atlantic from the BP oil rig disaster in the Gulf.

Star Ledger : It's time to protect consumers, rein in Wall Street
Gannett Washington Bureau : Menendez pushes bill as Obama meets with BP

Sen. Robert Menendez is asking Congress to lift the liability cap on economic damages from oil spills, even as President Barack Obama presses BP to commit billions to compensate individuals and businesses hurt by the massive Gulf of Mexico spill.

Star Ledger : Polluter must pay: Congress should lift the oil spill liability cap

Now that it's obvious BP wasn't prepared for a worst-case scenario with its deepwater drilling in the Gulf of Mexico, the massive cleanup effort comes down to two questions:

CBS 3 : Obama Signs Measure To Honor Fallen Marine From NJ
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