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May 2020
Yahoo: Senators want to let small businesses spend more PPP money on non-payroll expenses

Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ), Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) and 19 other senators signed the letter, saying access to loan forgiveness is a “critical” piece of the CARES Act. They warned keeping the cap at 25% would hurt many small businesses.

New Jersey Globe: N.J. PBA endorses Menendez coronavirus aid package

“Senator Menendez’s bipartisan SMART Fund legislation will ensure our towns and cities get the resources we desperately need to keep law enforcement on the job and in our neighborhoods and urge his colleagues in Congress to pass it.”

Patch: Wayne Mayor: Menendez's SMART Fund 'Common Sense'

In total, Vergano predicts that revenue stream loss in Wayne Township could end up anywhere between $850-950 thousand. This, hypothetically, is where Menendez's newly introduced legislation could come into play.

Hudson County View: 8 mayors from across the state back Menendez’s $500B COVID-19 relief plan

“Senator Menendez’s bipartisan SMART Fund legislation will ensure our towns and cities get the resources we desperately need to keep law enforcement on the job and in our neighborhoods and urge his colleagues in Congress to pass it,” he said.

NJTV: Menendez bill aims to help cities pay the bills

Menendez and Republican Bill Cassidy of Louisiana will introduce a bill that will create a $500 billion fund to help states and local governments continue to respond to the COVID-19 crisis and still provide the essential services.

NJ.com: N.J. hospitals get $1.7B in new federal funding that recognizes state as coronavirus hot spot

“New Jersey’s hospitals and health care providers have been pushing full throttle, doing whatever it takes to beat back this pandemic and provide care and treatment to patients,” said U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J.

April 2020
New Jersey Globe: Menendez presses IRS on fossil fuel tax credits after inspector general report

Fossil fuel companies improperly claimed almost $1.1 billion in clean air tax credits, according to a U.S. Treasury Department Inspector General investigation initiated by U.S. Senator Bob Menendez.

News12: CARES Act policy prevents some Americans married to non-citizens from getting stimulus payments

Menendez says it's particularly egregious that people like Vanessa Arita and Lynette Spencer are only being penalized because they filed taxes jointly with their spouses, something the government instructs couples going through the immigration process to do.

Univision: The invisible, immigrant heroes of this pandemic

In the absence of action by the President to protect America’s TPS holders, Congress can and must step up and do the right thing. It is time to lift the cloud hanging over TPS holders’ futures by providing them with a pathway citizenship. The bipartisan American Dream and Promise Act of 2019 (H.R.6) passed the House of Representatives last year, and it is time for the Senate to follow suit.

The Record: Democratic senators call for extended DACA, TPS protection for immigrants during pandemic

Menendez said essential workers covered by the programs are risking their lives while they care for the sick, work double shifts and comfort the dying.

El Tiempo Latino: Senador Bob Menéndez pide seguridad para tepesianos en medio de pandemia

Durante una teleconferencia ofrecida este martes por el senador Menéndez y el por el líder de la minoría demócrata en el Senado, Chuck Schumer, de Nueva York, enfatizaron algunos puntos sobre la importancia de dar protección especial a los trabajadores del TPS. Entre la comunidad salvadoreña en Estados Unidos unos 295 mil salvadoreños son beneficiarios de este programa desde el año 2001, y gran parte de estos trabajan como empleados esenciales en estos días.

News12: Sen. Menendez discusses his SMART Fund bill to help states financially recover

Sen. Bob Menendez discusses his State and Municipal Aid for Recovery and Transition (SMART) Fund bill, which will help states financially recover from COVID-19 lockdowns.

CNN: GOP senators open to more emergency relief for states amid divide in party

But Louisiana Sen. Bill Cassidy, whose state has been hit hard by the pandemic, listed the issue as among his priorities on the call, according to two of the sources. Cassidy has introduced a bill with Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez of New Jersey that would provide $500 billion for state and local governments.

ABC7: Newark mayor says city needs federal help to mitigate COVID-19 impact

The mayor said he was asking the federal delegation including Sens. Robert Menendez and Cory Booker, and Reps. Albio Sires and Donald Payne, Jr., to push legislation to get replacement funding for the city.

USA Today: Bigger checks? Relief for states? What could be in the next coronavirus bill

A bill filed by Sens. Bob Menendez, D-N.J., and Bill Cassidy, R-La., from two of the hardest-hit states would set up a $500 billion fund to help states and local governments respond to the health and economic crisis while maintaining essential services.

New Jersey Globe: Menendez bill would bring billions to N.J. for coronavirus relief

U.S. Senator Bob Menendez is introducing a bi-partisan $500 billion fund to help state and local governments maintain essential services while dealing with the economic effects of the COVID-19 public health crisis.

Burlington County Times: Menendez teams with Republican on bill to send states $500 billion in federal aid

Menendez and Cassidy said more help is needed, particularly for states like New Jersey and Louisiana that have been hard hit by both the virus and the economic downturn.

Bloomberg: Senators Propose $500 Billion State and Local Government Rescue

“The Covid-19 pandemic may not know state borders, but it has certainly hit some states and regions harder than others,” Menendez said in a statement. “The proverbial house is on fire and we need to focus the water on the hot spots, because if we don’t put the flames out, they will only jump until the entire block is up in smoke.”

Parsippany Focus: Sherrill, Menendez, and Pascrell Lead Members Calling on CDC to Establish System for Prioritization of COVID-19 Tests

Representative Mikie Sherrill (NJ-11) joined with Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and Representative Bill Pascrell, Jr. (NJ-09), leading a letter from Members of Congress urging the Center for Disease Control and Prevention to establish an official coding or labeling system for the prioritization of COVID-19 tests. 

USA Today: Lift the cloud over front-line DACA Dreamers fighting coronavirus, let them keep working

President Trump ended DACA because he refused to accept the value of Dreamers to our communities. At a time when thousands of Americans are dying and millions more are suffering in this economy, we cannot afford more self-inflicted wounds that hinder our national response to this pandemic.

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