Senators Menendez and Jack Reed are joined Jim Guest, President and CEO of Consumers Union, and Gloria McAlpin, a victim of mortgage fraud, to discuss the importance of protecting consumers from risky behavior and excess on Wall Street. The Senators and consumer advocates also denounced the obstruction of debate on the legislation to reform Wall Street and protect American consumers.
U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ) is joined by Rev. Jesse Jackson and other major labor and civil rights leaders to introduce the Protect Our Workers from Exploitation and Retaliation (POWER) Act, which aims to improve workers’ rights across the board by protecting those at the bottom of the ladder. Cosponsored by Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), this legislation would offer protections for whistleblower workers who expose workplace abuses by their employers. Joining Senator Menendez and Reverend Jackson were Daniel Castellanos, of the Alliance of Guestworkers for Dignity; Arturo Rodriguez, president, United Farm Workers of America; and Marielena Hincapié, executive director of the National Immigration Law Center.
At the U.S. Senate begins to debate Wall Street reform legislation, Senator Menendez and consumer groups tout the need of an "Orderly Liquidation Fund" pre-paid by "too big to fail" banks to prevent the need for future taxpayer bailouts.
Senator Menendez and Rutgers student leaders hold a "Victory for Student Aid" press conference celebrating the $36 billion increase to Pell Grant aid that Congress just approved in its budget reconciliation bill. Rutgers University students presented Senator Menendez with a gift in appreciation for encouraging and helping our government take this important step.
Senator Menendez honors 6 outstanding NJ women with the “Evangelina Menendez Trailblazer Award” at the Fairleigh Dickinson University Hackensack/Teaneck Campus for their public service. Joan Verplanck, New Jersey Chamber of Commerce President; Judy Hyde, New Jersey PTA President; Sheila Oliver Majority Leader, New Jersey State Assembly; Noemi Velazquez, Founder and President of LUPE (Latinas United for Political Empowerment); Mary Jo Codey, former First Lady of New Jersey and Post Partum Depression advocate; and Maryann Murphy, 2009-2010 Teacher of the Year New Jersey were the six honorees.
Senator Menendez, Englewood Hospital President and CEO Douglas Duchak, Hospital Chairman of the Board Jay C. Nadel; Henry Passapera, co-owner of P & R Trading; Milly Brown, a senior citizen; and Anisha Perez, a young adult who lost parent's insurance speak about the immidiate impact that health care legislation will have on the citizens of New Jersey at Englewood Hospital.