Washington Review, September 20, 2013
Congress remains focused on domestic issues that are affecting the economy and the well-being of our nation such as food assistance programs and water resources. The House of Representatives just passed H.R. 3102, the “Nutrition Reform Opportunity Act”. I voted against this misguided legislation which strips food stamp aid from millions of Americans with hundreds of thousands more seeing reductions in their already limited benefits. Food aid programs ensure that America’s working families receive basic nutritional aid when they’ve fallen on hard times. It is disappointing that the House Majority is, once again, attempting to balance our budget on the backs of those who are most vulnerable while so many Americans are still struggling through the economic recovery.
On a positive note, the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure came together in a bipartisan effort this week to pass smart, sensible legislation. I was proud to support H.R. 3080, the Water Resources Reform and Development Act. This legislation reauthorizes the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA)—legislation responsible for authorizing the water resources program of the Army Corps of Engineers—for the first time since 2007. Passage of a new WRDA bill is good for New Jersey’s 8th district and for our nation. It will keep Army Corps projects moving forward and contains important reforms to ensure a larger share of money generated for harbor maintenance by New Jersey’s ports stays right here in New Jersey. H.R. 3080 will now move to the House floor for consideration.
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