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March 2019
Burlington County Times: Congressional delegation warns Pentagon not to divert funding from joint base, other NJ installations

U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez and Rep. Donald Norcross, D-1st of Camden, penned a letter signed by Sen. Cory Booker and all but one of New Jersey’s 12 House members to Acting Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan on Wednesday expressing “strong objection” to the president’s recent emergency declaration and the White House plan to repurpose more than $6 billion in military funding to help build new barriers along the U.S.-Mexico border. 

Al Jazeera: US Senate passes bill to halt military support to Saudi in Yemen

The US Senate voted 54 to 46 to block further involvement by the US military in the war in Yemen, where bombings by Saudi Arabia and the UAE, conducted with US weapons, are blamed for causing mass civilian deaths, starvation, and the spread of disease. 

rollcall.com: Trump’s DOT stalling for revenge, say backers of NY-NJ project

Senators from New Jersey and New York accused the Trump administration of stalling Amtrak’s Gateway project linking their states as revenge for Democratic opposition to a Mexico border wall. One said a deputy transportation secretary lied about the project, and that could hurt his nomination to serve in the Justice Department. 

Bloomberg: Senate Votes to Defy Trump on Yemen, Setting Up Eventual Veto

The Senate voted to withdraw U.S. support for the Saudi-led conflict in Yemen as some Republicans joined Democrats in a rebuke of President Donald Trump over his response to the killing of columnist Jamal Khashoggi. The administration has threatened a veto.

nj.com: We can call it the ‘Trump Tunnel,' Booker says, as long as we can get Gateway built now

President Donald Trump’s decision to exclude funding for the Gateway Tunnel project from his proposed budget won’t be the last word.

The Hill: Dem lawmakers unveil Journalist Protection Act amid Trump attacks on media

Three Democratic lawmakers reintroduced a Journalist Protection Act that intends to designate "certain attacks on those reporting the news" as a federal crime. 

 

nj.com: Menendez moves to protect journalists from violence in age of Trump

Attacking journalists or threatening them would be a federal crime under legislation introduced by U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez.

 

3 Ways New Jersey Gets Hurt By Trump's Budget, Lawmakers Say

New Jersey's new budget may tax your wallet. But President Trump's budget could tax your commute – and your wallet, among other things that lawmakers say could hurt the state's residents.

jpost.com: Hostage Recovery Efforts Bill Named After Jewish American Missing in Iran

Top Democrats and Republicans in the House and Senate introduced a bill that would enhance U.S. capabilities to track hostages and named it after Robert Levinson, the Jewish American last seen in Iran 12 years ago.

Caribbean Business: U.S. senators introduce legislation to extend child tax credit in Puerto Rico
Reproductive Rights Are Human Rights & This Bill Would Make Sure Trump Doesn’t Ignore That
Thomas Reuters Foundation News: U.S. senators offer resolution backing Canada on Huawei CFO
NJBiz: Menendez, Booker announce $3M to support community health center in Hudson County
Wall Street Journal: Senators Still Unsatisfied on Khashoggi
Washington Post: Trump is covering up for MBS. The Senate must push for accountability.
CNN: Bipartisan group of senators fuming over administration's handling of Khashoggi aftermath
Hudson County View: Booker, Menendez announce $3M in funding for Metropolitan Family Health Network
NJ Globe : Menendez praises Hispanic chamber partnership with World Business Lenders
MSNBC: Sen. Menendez: Cohen testimony a foundation for seeking Trump tax returns
February 2019
Time: Senators Chastise Top Pharmaceutical Executives Over High Prescription Drug Costs

Drawing from their personal experiences, senators on Tuesday chastised drug company executives over the high cost of prescription drugs, as the company officials cautioned that heavy-handed congressional action could jeopardize medical breakthroughs going forward.

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