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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(Washington, D.C.) – Today, Congressman Sires issued the following statement in response to the Administration’s decision to temporarily waive the Jones Act for 10 days to provide assistance in sending supplies to Puerto Rico:
(Washington, D.C.) – Today, Congressman Sires joined over 140 of his colleagues in sending a letter to President Trump demanding more resources for recovery efforts in Puerto Rico. The letter requests that President Trump further mobilize the Department of Defense (DOD) in its disaster relief response to Puerto Rico. Current DOD missions have been deployed to the island, yet more immediate assistance is needed.
(Washington, D.C.) – Congressman Sires issued the following statement regarding Hurricane Maria and recovery efforts in Puerto Rico:
“In the wake of Hurricanes Irma and Maria, which destroyed the island’s infrastructure, our fellow Americans in Puerto Rico are without power, food, and water. Food and water are desperately needed and infrastructure must be rebuilt so aid can be delivered quickly throughout the whole island. While there are some disaster relief and military teams on the ground, more can and should be done.
This week in Washington, the House of Representatives passed a relief package for the victims of Hurricane Harvey, I cosponsored the DREAM Act of 2017, met with President Trump and other Congressional members about the Gateway Project, and welcomed Mayor Corral of Santa Fe City in Argentina.
This week in Washington, I discussed microfinance and the importance of international diplomacy at a Foreign Affairs Hearing and at a Western Hemisphere Subcommittee hearing, spoke with Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary John Kelly about President Trump’s immigration reforms, voted on the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), and held a number of meetings.
Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Sires issued the following statement regarding reports that President Trump revealed highly sensitive classified information to Russian officials:
“It is clear that President Trump doesn’t understand or respect the longstanding norms of our institutions.
The main reason our government deems information classified is to protect the sources and methods our intelligence community and our allies use to combat threats against our homeland. Exposing this information puts American lives at risk and is unacceptable.
(Washington, D.C.) – Today, Congressman Sires issued the following statement regarding the Justice Department indicting two Russian spies and two criminal hackers in connection with the 2014 hacking Yahoo user accounts:
(Washington, D.C.) – Today, Congressman Sires issued the following statement on President Trump’s executive actions targeting refugees and travel from Muslim-majority countries:
“Making small tweaks and smoothing out the rough edges of President Trump’s initial executive order doesn’t change the fact that it is still a ban. White House officials such as Stephen Miller are already insisting that these are just ‘minor, technical differences. Fundamentally, you are still going to have the same, basic policy…”
Over the last month there have been peaceful protest demonstrations around the nation and I have received numerous messages from constituents expressing concern and outrage over actions carried out in the first four weeks of the Trump Administration. I share these concerns and am strongly opposed to recent decisions that put our national security at risk and are fundamentally opposed to the core values we hold as Americans. Here is an update on the recent actions I have taken.
(Washington, D.C.) – Today, Congressman Sires released the following statement regarding President Trump’s decision to replace the Director of National Intelligence and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs with Steve Bannon, White House Chief Strategist, on the National Security Council: