Washington Review, March 04, 2016
Representing the 8th District in Washington this week, I completed Foreign Affairs Committee work, held several meetings, and attended a markup and a hearing as part of my work on the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.
I had several meetings this week with foreign officials concerning my work on the House Foreign Affairs Committee. First, a delegation from the Hungarian Prime Minister’s Office came to my office in Washington, DC. Jenő Megyesy, Senior Advisor to the Hungarian Prime Minister, and I discussed continued cooperation between the United States and the European Union. The Ambassador of Paraguay, Germán Rojas, also visited me to discuss the relationship between our two countries.
The House Committee on Foreign Affairs held a markup of two resolutions this week. The first, H. Con. Res. 121, condemns the violations of international law by the Syrian government, its allies and other parties to the conflict in Syria. It also asks the President to direct the Ambassador to the United Nations to promote the establishment of a war crimes tribunal. The second resolution, H. Con. Res. 75, expresses the sense of Congress that the atrocities perpetrated by ISIL against religious and ethnic minorities in Iraq and Syria, constitute war crimes.
This week, I met with members of the New Jersey Fraternal Order of Police. We discussed issues that are important to law enforcement officials, including due process rights. Later that day members of the New Jersey School Nutrition Association visited to talk about the Child Nutrition Reauthorization Act. This important legislation would reauthorize programs that provide children with access to healthy and nutritious meals. It would also allocate funds for such programs through fiscal year (FY) 2020 and reduce administrative burdens.
I also had the privilege to meet with members of the New Jersey Veterans of Foreign Wars. We covered issues that are important to veterans across the nation including access to mental health services and legislation that seeks to increase the capacity and efficiency of the Department of Veteran Affairs. Finally, I met with New Jersey members of the American Association of Railroads and the American Short Line & Regional Railroad Association to discuss transportation issues in New Jersey.
On Tuesday, I participated in a Subcommittee on Economic Development and Public Buildings hearing on saving taxpayer dollars in federal real estate by reducing federal office space costs. This hearing focused on examining plans to manage underutilized assets and proposed construction projects that would be funded by the General Services Administration Federal Building Fund. Finally, I attended a markup held by the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. We reviewed several pieces of legislation including H.R. 4487, the Public Buildings Reform and Savings Act of 2016, and H.R. 223, the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Act of 2015.