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May 2020
New Jersey Globe: Menendez, Sherrill announce more GOP support for SMART Act

“There isn’t a place in America right now that isn’t or won’t be impacted,” said Menendez, the bill’s prime Democratic sponsor in the Senate. “Our state and local governments can’t do this alone. A national emergency requires a national response.”

NJ Spotlight: Fed Bill Would Distribute Aid to NJ, Other States Based on Specific COVID-19 Factors

Under the bipartisan bill that’s being sponsored by Menendez and U.S. Sens. Bill Cassidy (R-LA), Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-MS) and Susan Collins (R-Maine), among others, the nearly $500 billion in aid would be distributed using a formula that would consider three factors: population, COVID-19 infection rates and the depth of any revenue losses.

New York Times: Inspector General’s Firing Puts Pompeo’s Use of Taxpayer Funds Under Scrutiny

The investigation is aimed at determining whether the act was one of illegal retaliation intended to shield Mr. Pompeo from accountability — which “would undermine the foundation of our democratic institutions,” Representative Eliot L. Engel of New York and Senator Bob Menendez of New Jersey, leading Democrats on foreign policy committees, said in a joint statement.

Hudson County View: Menendez leads bipartisan request to feds to ease borrowings costs for state & local govts

U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ) is leading a bipartisan request to the U.S. Department of Treasury and the Federal Reserve asking them to ease borrowing costs for state and local governments that are ailing due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

CNET: Senators question Facebook over disinformation and hate speech

"With federal, state, and local elections slated for November 2020, Facebook has a responsibility to ensure that its platforms do not become a hotbed of disinformation," says the letter, from Democratic Sens. Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut, Kamala Harris of California, and Robert Menendez of New Jersey.

New York Times: Senators Question Lower Relief Loan Amounts for Small Businesses

“Whether inadvertent or intentional, this troubling report warrants a response from your agencies,” the senators, Sherrod Brown of Ohio, Robert Menendez of New Jersey and Tina Smith of Minnesota, wrote in the letter.

Axios: States face economic death spiral from coronavirus

What to watch: Sens. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) and Bill Cassidy (R-La.) plan to introduce bipartisan legislation as soon as next week that would create a $500 billion fund designed to help struggling state and municipality budgets in the wake of COVID-19.

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.

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