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July 2019
Roll Call: Urgency of marijuana policy was on full display Tuesday

The legislation from Harris and Nadler, it turned out, would not be the only cannabis legislation to be rolled out on Tuesday. New Jersey Democratic Sen. Robert Menendez announced the introduction of a measure with Kentucky Republican Sen. Rand Paul and North Dakota Republican Sen. Kevin Cramer, again along with Merkley, that would ensure legal marijuana businesses have access to insurance products.

The Hill: Democrats, advocacy groups urge Pompeo to abolish new 'unalienable rights' commission

In a second letter, 22 Senate Democrats, led by Senate Foreign Relations Committee ranking member Bob Menendez (N.J.), said the commission is based on the erroneous idea that “there is any ‘confusion’ over what human rights are."

NJ.com: ‘Historic’ U.S. Senate hearing on banking for legal cannabis businesses set for Tuesday

“I don’t like using the word historic too easily, but it is a historic hearing because we have never had a hearing specifically on how to we bank the marijuana industry in and of itself,” said Menendez, D-N.J.

NJ.com: Legal marijuana businesses can’t buy insurance. Menendez wants to change that.

Menendez’s insurance legislation, known as the Clarifying Law Around Insurance of Marijuana Act, or CLAIM Act, is designed to allow insurers to provide coverage to legal cannabis businesses in states that have legalized the drug for personal or medical use.

Politico: Menendez introduces bipartisan cannabis insurance bill

Sen. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) is introducing bipartisan legislation designed to protect insurers that offer coverage to cannabis businesses that are now legal at the state level across a growing swath of the country.

The Hill : Democrats pledge to fight Trump detention policy during trip to border

Sen. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) also shared a video of his discussions with a family he said had traveled for seven months with a baby from Honduras, which they left to flee gang violence.

CBS2: Democratic Senators Visit Detention Centers Along Southern Border

New York Sen. Chuck Schumer led the group that included Connecticut Sen. Richard Blumenthal and New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez.

Politico: Schumer decries 'awful' conditions at migrant detention facility

Other senators on the tour included Democratic Sens. Jeff Merkley of Oregon, Robert Menendez of New Jersey, Ron Wyden of Oregon, Jack Reed of Rhode Island, Ben Cardin of Maryland, Bob Casey of Pennsylvania, Chris Coons of Delaware, Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut, Brian Schatz of Hawaii, Jacky Rosen of Nevada, and independent Maine Sen. Angus King.

NJ.com: Menendez toured the southern border. Here’s what he saw.

“These parents overwhelmingly face a choice: Stay and see my daughter raped or have my child put forcibly into a gang and if not, they die,” U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J., said Friday after visiting the U.S. southern border with other Senate Democrats. “If that’s my choice as a parent, as a grandparent, I’m going to leave.”

NBC : Human rights groups lead chorus of alarm over new Trump administration commission

The letter organized by New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez, the top Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, was also signed by several Democrats who are running for president in 2020, including Sens. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., Kamala Harris, D-Calif., Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., Cory Booker, D-N.J., Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., and Michael Bennet, D-Colo.

The Verge : Senators aren’t sold on Facebook’s Libra project

Many of the most difficult questions had to do with the mingling of Facebook and Libra data. Pressed by Sen. Bob Menendez, Marcus declined to commit to notifying users within 48 hours if Facebook and Libra data were commingled, a kind of requirement that would be imposed by a number of tech privacy proposals.

Roll Call : Facebook incurs wrath from both parties at Libra currency hearing

“It isn’t our intention to move fast,” Marcus told New Jersey Democratic Sen. Robert Menendez.

Press of AC: N.J. lawmakers unveil flood insurance affordability bill

A bipartisan bill being introduced in Congress this week seeks to bring that number down. It's backed by U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Rep. Jeff Van Drew (D-2nd), Rep. Frank Pallone (D-6th) , Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-9th) among other lawmakers.

KYW : Bipartisan bill looks to make flood insurance more sustainable, affordable

Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez of New Jersey, who pointed at those who suffered from Hurricane Sandy, says all the previous extensions just "kick a broken can down the road.”

NJ 101.5: NJ LAWMAKERS LEAD THE CHARGE TO FIX NATIONAL FLOOD INSURANCE

In response, the National Flood Insurance Program Reauthorization and Reform Act of 2019 has been unveiled in our nation’s capital. The legislation builds upon a National Flood Insurance measure proposed in 2017 by U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez, D-N.J.

Bloomberg: Flood Insurance Backers Unveil New Bid to Revamp, Extend Program

The bill is backed by Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) and two Louisiana Republicans—Sens. Bill Cassidy and John Kennedy—as well as more than a dozen House members, including Rep. Clay Higgins (R-La.) and House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Frank Pallone (D-N.J.).

NJ.com: Federal flood insurance failed Hurricane Sandy victims. Will Congress finally fix it?

U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez said things will be different this time. He joined a bipartisan, bicameral group of senators and representatives on Tuesday to endorsed a five-year extension and a long-sought overhaul of the National Flood Insurance Program.

NJ Globe : Menendez, Pascrell slam Trump over ‘go back’ tweets

“The reality is that when the president uses that type of language, it is not only derogatory and discriminatory but, in my own personal view, bigoted,” Menendez said. “These members of Congress, several of them born in the United States, when did they become a second-class citizen of the United States? They did not, and those who are naturalized, they are full citizens of the United States.”

The Record: More residency programs could solve growing doctor shortage in New Jersey, officials say

“We face steep competition from the Philadelphia and New York job markets, and we need more funding for training programs to meet the demand for new residents,” explained Sen. Bob Menendez.

CBS2: N.J. Lawmakers Pushing To Overturn Federal Law That Caps The Number Of Doctor Residency Slots

“Nationwide, an estimated 40 percent of physicians will retire within the next 10 years and New Jersey has the third-highest percentage of doctors over the age of 60,” Menendez said.

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