Washington Review, March 2, 2018
While in Washington this week, I participated in a press conference announcing the introduction of a Congressional Review Act (CRA) to restore net neutrality, and hosted a number of meetings at my Washington D.C. office.
On Tuesday, my colleagues and I introduced H. J. Res. 129, a resolution to block the FCC’s disastrous decision to overturn net neutrality. I am proud to be an original cosponsor of this resolution which is Congress’ best chance to restore Title II protections and save net neutrality. I stood with my fellow House and Senate cosponsors to discuss why this fight has been so important to the people of New Jersey. I have heard from thousands of constituents who depend on the internet for work, school, and daily tasks. It is important that Congress continue the fight to restore these protections for the wellbeing of our communities.
It is now just a few days before the President’s March 5th deadline for providing a permanent legislative fix to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and Congress has failed to achieve momentum on any legislative solution. I am disappointed that Dreamers continue to live in fear and uncertainty as the Administration pushes a deeply anti-immigrant agenda rather than working with Congress to provide a bipartisan, permanent solution for these young people. While two court injunctions are currently preventing the Administration from discontinuing renewals on March 5th, without a permanent solution, DACA recipients will continue to lose their status and the fate of Dreamers remains in limbo. I implore my colleagues to act quickly to restore Dreamers trust in their government.
Americans should never have to suffer through a tragedy like the shooting that occurred in Parkland, FL just a few weeks ago. Yet Congress continues to sit on its hands and offer nothing other than condolences and moments of silence. This week, I have cosponsored four more bills that would prevent these all too frequent acts of gun violence occurring regularly in our nation. H.R. 4628, the Gun Safety Not Sorry Act of 2017, would impose a week long waiting period before the purchase of a semiautomatic firearm, silencer, armor piercing ammunition, or large capacity magazine. H.R. 2598, the Gun Violence Restraining Order Act, would allow family members or law enforcement officials to petition a judge to temporarily remove firearms from an individual in crisis. Additionally, H.R. 4342, the Fire Sale Loophole Closing Act would prevent gun dealers whose license has been revoked or denied from converting their business inventory into a personal collection. Furthermore, I am also an original cosponsor of the newly reintroduced H.R. 5807, the Assault Weapons Ban of 2018, which would prevent the sale of semiautomatic weapons and ammunition feeding devices capable of accepting more than ten rounds. It is long past time for Congress to act on the epidemic of gun violence plaguing our nation and I will keep pressing my colleagues to move forward on common sense gun legislation to prevent more mass tragedies.
At the beginning of this week, I spoke to NJ members of the United Postmasters and Managers of America to discuss how Congress can work with members to ensure the solvency and vitality of our postal operations.
Later, I met with Michael Wilson, a Bayonne resident and member of the American Legion, to discuss how Congress can support our veterans. I also met with the Argentine Ambassador, Fernando Oris de Roa, to discuss how Congress can strengthen the U.S.-Argentina relationship.
Finally, Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen and I met with a group of Venezuelan-Americans to receive an update on the worsening crisis in Venezuela. The rampant corruption of the Maduro regime and the ongoing oppression of the Venezuelans must not be ignored by Congress.
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