Residents of the 8th District know first-hand the serious and unfortunate impacts of disasters that threaten our homes, our businesses, and our way of life. Our communities are forever changed by the terrorist attacks that occurred just across the Hudson River on September 11th, 2001. The 8th District has also experienced the impacts of natural disasters and continues to recover from Superstorm Sandy. It is clear that local, state, and federal government agencies must work closely together to make our communities more resilient for future disasters, whether they are man-made or natural. As a Member of Congress, I have been, and will continue to be, a strong advocate for further Homeland Security and disaster preparedness funding.
Preparedness measures and emergency response capabilities help the communities in the 8th District improve recovery capabilities after adverse events. The 8th District is home to what is considered the most dangerous two-mile stretch in the country due to our critical transportation and industrial infrastructure. Everyday our district facilitates the passage of interstate commerce that is crucial to our local, state, and national economies. The district houses both the Lincoln and Holland Tunnels, along with Newark Liberty International Airport and the Port of Newark/Elizabeth. Our district also transports the residents of New Jersey to and from New York everyday with important PATH railway terminals along with New Jersey Transit and Amtrak rail lines. Protection of this infrastructure is paramount, which is why I have and will continue to push for proper transportation and port security funding.
Our nation’s preparedness efforts rely heavily on our local firefighters, police officers, emergency medical services, and emergency management agencies. It is in the best interest of all citizens that we provide our first responders with the resources they need to protect us during everyday emergencies, and during natural and man-made disasters. As a Member of the Congressional Fire Services Caucus, I remain committed to supporting legislation that benefits fire departments and first responders.
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This week, I signed onto legislation to stop harmful image exploitation and distribution of non-consenting individuals. I also signed onto letters to oppose harmful environmental law erosions proposed by the Administration, support the inclusion of protections against harmful pesticides in the final National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), and to demand accountability for vehicle inspections across the country.
This week, I was back in Washington to vote on two appropriations bills to fund the Federal Government. I also had a meeting with students from Rutgers University, spoke on the phone with the new Guatemalan Ambassador to the U.S., and signed onto an amendment prohibiting the Administration’s restrictive and predatory birth control rules.
(Washington, D.C.) – Today, Congressman Albio Sires (D-NJ) released the following statement regarding the recent sequence of earthquakes that are affecting Puerto Rico:
“Today, my thoughts are with our fellow American citizens affected by ongoing earthquakes in Puerto Rico. The governor of Puerto Rico, Wanda Vazquez, declared a state of emergency this morning after a 6.4 magnitude earthquake left many Puerto Ricans homeless and without access to running water or electricity.
(Washington, D.C.) – Hoy, el congresista Albio Sires (D-NJ) se unió al congresista David Price (D-NC) y miembros del Comité de Asignaciones, el Caucus Hispano del Congreso y otros miembros en una conferencia de prensa para presionar a la Administración a seguir la ley y liberar fondos de recuperación a Puerto Rico. Hace dos años, Puerto Rico sufrió dos huracanes consecutivos que causaron daños sin precedentes.
(Washington, D.C.) – Today, Congressman Albio Sires (D-NJ) joined Congressman David Price (D-NC) and members of the Appropriations Committee, the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, and other members at a press conference to pressure the Administration to follow the law and release recovery funds to Puerto Rico. Two years ago, Puerto Rico suffered two back-to-back hurricanes that caused unprecedented damage. The U.S. Congress appropriated funds to aid Puerto Rico in its recovery over 660 days ago, partly through $10.2 billion in Community Development Block Grants for disaster recovery.
(Washington, D.C.) – Today, Representative Albio Sires (D-NJ), issued the following statement regarding the Trump Administration’s decision to take millions of dollars from military projects to fund a border wall:
“Every single day, our servicemen and women work around the world to carry out their mission of defending our nation, our partners, and our values. That honorable work is as important today as it has ever been, and it is their government’s responsibility to provide them with the tools they need to get those jobs done.
Washington, D.C. – Today, Rep. Albio Sires announced that the Hoboken Fire Department has received a grant award of over $45,000 from the Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program of the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
“I congratulate the Hoboken Fire Department for receiving this highly competitive grant,” said Congressman Sires. “These funds will enable the City of Hoboken to continue to provide emergency responders with the appropriate resources to keep themselves and the community they serve safe.”
Last week in Washington, Congress considered the first appropriations package to fund our nation’s government through fiscal year (FY) 2020. I attended the rededication of the Bayonne Bridge, sent a letter to Secretary Chao about the Gateway Project, and met with a New Jersey family to discuss bus safety legislation.
This week in Washington, the House of Representatives tackled long standing priorities of the Democratic majority including DACA, disaster relief, and the environment. I met with groups ranging from the Anti-Defamation League to the National Association of Home Builders to align my work with our community’s priorities. I also introduced legislation to push back against the Administration’s misguided approach to foreign policy and attended a hearing on human rights in China.
Last week in Washington, my Democratic colleagues and I supported the introduction of two bills that are priorities for our majority in the House of Representatives. I voted in support of the public release of the Mueller report and attended hearings on the President’s fiscal year (FY) 2020 budget proposal. Additionally, I met with North Hudson Firefighters, the Executive Director of the New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency, and the Ambassador from the Dominican Republic.