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April 2020
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.

CNBC: Alphabet’s health company defends decision to require a Google account to use its coronavirus screening site

“If Verily is seriously considering expanding these sites to other states — or nationally — my hope is that they address this question and provide an alternate authentication method to ensure that anyone interested in accessing a testing site can use the program,” Menendez said.

Washington Post: Trump announces cutoff of new funding for the World Health Organization over pandemic response

Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) asked the administration to expand contributions to the WHO to help in the global response to covid-19, the disease the novel coronavirus causes. In a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo late last month, the top Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee said the United States should do more to meet the WHO’s call for $675 million for pandemic response. 

Asbury Park Press: Coronavirus: Amazon must do more to protect its warehouse workers | Menendez / Booker

We hope that Amazon’s corporate leadership will do everything in its power, as quickly as possible, to ensure the health and safety of their employees. Amazon has an important role to play in ensuring Americans receive essential supplies, but with that comes a responsibility to protect its workforce.

Jersey Journal: Hudson colleges, trade and technical schools to get $27 million in stimulus funds

The $27.1 million is U.S. Department of Education funding awarded by the $2 trillion Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which allocated approximately $14 billion to help colleges and universities across the country, U.S. Sens. Bob Menendez and Cory Booker announced. 

New Jersey Globe: Menendez bill would create $75 billion housing assistance fund

“Direct federal support, in the form of a Housing Assistance Fund, could be a gamechanger for New Jerseyans, providing our homeowners with much-needed financial relief in the absence of stable income,” Murphy said. “I commend Senator Menendez for his efforts to deliver meaningful aid to New Jersey, as we continue to address an unprecedented surge in unemployment and economic uncertainty as a result of this public health crisis.”

Hudson County View: Menendez, Booker call for local journalism to be included in future COVID-19 relief

In a letter to Senate leadership, Booker and Menendez warn that the widespread impact of the COVID-19 pandemic — including plummeting advertising revenue — could decimate regional and local news outlets as communities have become increasingly reliant on their reporting. 

Yahoo Finance: Democratic senators ask for clarity, fixes to small business loan program

On Monday, Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ) sent a letter to Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin and SBA Administrator Jovita Carranza — urging them to release new guidance and strengthen SBA’s systems. 

Politico: New Jersey public transportation to receive $1.76B in federal stimulus aid

“I’m proud to have fought for this vital funding that will keep our transit agencies, which are critical to our nation’s economy, up and running during and after the pandemic,” Sen. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) said in a statement. 

Patch: Millions In Coronavirus Relief Coming To Morris County

Money from $82 million in grants to assist communities on the frontlines of the coronavirus outbreak headed to New Jersey will be headed to Morris County, according to U.S. Senators Bob Menendez, the ranking member of the Senate's housing subcommittee, and Cory Booker.

ABC7: New Jersey woman returns home after being stranded in Peru due to COVID-19

Thanks to Senator Robert Menendez, they're coming home.

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