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Thursday, January 29, 2015
The Westfield Leader and The Scotch Plains – Fanwood TIMES
Rep. Lance Sponsors
Cong. Research Reports Act
Peek at the Week
In Politics
By Paul Peyton of The Leader/Times
Congressional Members Respond
To President’s State-of-State
Local Congressional members released statements last week in response to President Barack Obama’s
State-of-The-Union address.
Rep, Bonnie Watson-Coleman:
“I am proud that President Obama
has continued to focus on the issues
that New Jerseyans care about most –
creating jobs, fostering a fair economic playing field, and improving
educational opportunities for all
Americans, I share the President’s
commitment to these issues, and look
forward to working with him and my
new colleagues here in Washington
to make these goals a reality.” She
called the President’s “proposals on
manufacturing hubs, investments in
cyber security, and the America’s College Promise proposal “steps in the
right direction.”
Rep. Leonard Lance (R-7th):
“President Obama laid out his vision and agenda for the year to come.
And while many of his proposals are
misguided and will not pass in Congress, I believe there are a number of
issues where we can find common
ground and make real progress: Fixing our tax code, promoting trade,
increasing affordable Americanmade energy and improving education opportunities for all. I hope the
President will work with Congress
on advancing these bills and other
bipartisan initiatives that are supported by the American people.”
Rep. Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-6th)
“President Obama put forward his
plan to ensure that Americans in the
middle class, and those fighting every day to join it, are not left behind
by an economy that is finally gaining
steam. With policy proposals designed to fight stagnant wages and
make the costs of higher education
more affordable, the President has
committed his final two years in office to leveling the playing field for
hardworking Americans who are trying to get ahead.
“Most of the President’s plan will
require Democrats and Republicans
in Congress to work together, as the
failure to do so will result in greater
economic inequality and a less vibrant middle class. For far too long
Republicans have chosen not to act
on issues that would provide Americans with greater economic mobility
and security, and President Obama
sent a clear message tonight that the
American people will no longer tolerate continued inaction...”
NY Assembly Speaker Arrested
On Corruption Charges
New York Assembly Speaker
Sheldon Silver (D), 70, was arrested
last Thursday on public corruption
charges, according to media reports.
He was accused of using his position to obtain millions of dollars in
bribes and kickbacks masked as legitimate income, according to a CBS
Mr. Silver said been Assembly
speaker since 1994.
Mr. Silver was taken into custody
at the FBI’s New York City office. He
faces five counts, including conspiracy and bribery charges, according to the CBS report.
Jamel Holley Appointed to
Vacant Assembly Seat
Roselle Mayor Jamel Holley was
officially appointed to fill an open
seat in the New Jersey General Assembly representing the 20th Legislative District last Thursday night.
Mr. Holley was unanimously chosen
by the elected members of the Union
County Democratic Committee from
the 20th Legislative District municipalities of Elizabeth, Hillside, Roselle
and Union. He will be sworn-in to the
Assembly in the coming weeks and
will fulfill the unexpired term of Sheriff Joe Cryan, who resigned the seat
earlier this month.
Mr. Holley was nominated for the
position by Sheriff Cryan and seconded by Elizabeth Councilman AtLarge and Municial Democratic Chairman Frank Cuesta, and he will also be
running for the full two-year term in
the June 2015 Primary Election.
The committee meeting was held at
L'Affaire Catering Hall in Mountainside
and was presided over by Union County
Democratic Chairman and Assemblyman Jerry Green (D-22nd, Plainfield)
and Vice-Chairwoman, Fanwood
Mayor Colleen Mahr.
Democratic Party leaders like
Senator Ray Lesniak (D-20th, Elizabeth), Elizabeth Mayor Chris
Bollwage, Assemblywoman Annette
Quijano (D-20th, Elizabeth), Sheriff Cryan, Freeholders Sergio
Granados and Vernell Wright and
many other local mayors, council
members and municipal chairs all
endorsed Mr. Holley.
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Gov. Signs Children’s Grief
Day Awareness Bill
TRENTON — Legislation (AJR88) sponsored by Assembly Republican Leader Jon Bramnick that permanently designates the third Thursday
in November as “Children’s Grief
Awareness Day” was signed into law
January 12 by Governor Chris Christie.
“After suffering a loss, young people
can feel alone and misunderstood,”
said Mr. Bramnick, R-Union, Morris
and Somerset. “Unresolved grief, depression and hopelessness can lead to
anxiety disorders or substance abuse.
Raising public awareness will let them
know help is available.”
With AJR-88 now signed into law,
the first official Children’s Grief
Awareness Day in New Jersey will be
held on Thursday, November 19, 2015.
Mary Robinson, executive director and founder of Imagine, A Center
for Coping with Loss in Westfield,
stated, “With over 20,000 New Jersey children every year losing a parent to death, raising awareness about
grieving children and how to provide
support is essential. Children in grief
Bramnick: Trenton
Dems Want to Raise
Taxes on Top Earners
TRENTON – Assembly Minority
Leader Jon Bramnick (R-21st,
Westfield) said a report by Phoenix
Marketing International that New
Jersey lost roughly 10,000 millionaire households is further proof that
Trenton Democrat proposals to increase taxes do not work. For years,
Republicans have said that raising taxes
hurts job creation and our economy.
[This] report supports that claim. The
out-migration began in 2004 when the
first ‘millionaire’s tax’ was passed by
Trenton Democrats. New Jerseyans are
voting with their feet and their wallets
by relocating to places where taxes are
lower. This news confirms that we must
reverse course and find solutions that
keep wealth and jobs in our state.”
are children at-risk, but not if they get
support. We are especially grateful to
Assemblyman Jon Bramnick, a member of the Imagine Leadership Council, for championing this cause, and
Assemblymen Rible and Kean, Senator Singer and Speaker Prieto, for
their work and support in creating
this bill.”
“Designating the third Thursday in
November as ‘Children’s Grief
Awareness Day’ will provide children who suffered a loss another type
of support as they navigate through
the grieving process,” Assemblyman
Tom Kean, Jr. said. “This will raise
public awareness and hopefully demonstrate to these children that they
are not alone in their feelings of grief
and people are there to support and
care for them.”
The law recognizes the efforts of
all New Jersey grief centers, such as
Imagine, A Center for Coping with
Loss in Westfield, Common Ground
Grief Center in Manasquan, Good
Grief in Morristown, The Alcove
Center for Grieving Children in
Northfield and My Sister’s for their
work on behalf of grieving children.
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WASHINGTON, D.C — In an effort to increase transparency and access to congressional research services, Rep. Leonard Lance (R-7th)
has announced that he has introduced
the “Public Access to Congressional
Research Service Reports Act.” The
Seventh District lawmaker said he
was working jointly with Rep. Mike
Quigley (R-Ill.) to advance the bipartisan legislation.
The Lance-Quigley measure would
direct the Clerk of the House and the
Congressional Research Service
(CRS) to develop and maintain a centralized, searchable, electronic database of CRS materials for public access. These materials are currently
only accessible to members of Congress and congressional staff.
“American taxpayers spend more
than $100 million a year supporting
the work of the Congressional Research Service. Their findings, reports and analysis should be public
information. It is good public policy
to allow educators, students, members of the news media and everyday
citizens access to CRS’ non-partisan
taxpayer-funded reports,” Mr. Lance
said. “By providing public access to
CRS reports, we can elevate our national discourse and make it easier
for citizens to cut through the misinformation that too often pollutes the
national debate. The American taxpayer deserves access to the same
objective and non-partisan CRS
analyses on which we rely as members of Congress. What is good for
Congress should be good for the general public.”
The lawyers, economists, reference
librarians and scientists of CRS offer
research and analysis to members of
Congress and their staff on all current
and emerging issues of national
policy. CRS provides information and
analysis on which to base the policy
decisions. The “Public Access to
Congressional Research Service Reports Act” would make the following
CRS documents available to the public through website of the Clerk of
the House: CRS issue briefs; CRS
reports available to members through
the CRS website, and CRS appropriations products.
Numerous good government
groups and advocates for more congressional transparency have endorsed the measure – including:
American Association of Law Libraries, American Association of
University Professors (AAUP),
American Library Association, Association of Research Libraries, Center for Democracy and Technology,
Center for Effective Government (formerly OMB Watch), Center for Responsive Politics, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington
(CREW), Data Transparency Coalition, Defending Dissent Foundation,
Essential Information, Free Government Information, Government Accountability Project, Humane Research, Jeremy Bigwood, independent researcher, Investigative
Newsource, iSolon.org, National
Coalition for History, National Freedom of Information Coalition, National Priorities Project, National
Security Counselors, Northern California Association of Law Libraries,
Object Management Group, Inc.,
OpenTheGovernment.org, Project
On Government Oversight (POGO),
Society of Professional Journalists,
The Sunlight Foundation, Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse
(TRAC), Understanding Government, Utah Foundation for Open
Government, and Washington Coalition for Open Government.
Watson Coleman Votes To
Protect Women’s
Rights, Health Care Access
42nd anniversary of Roe v. Wade, Rep.
Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-12th)
voted against H.R. 7, the No Taxpayer
Funding for Abortion and Abortion
Insurance Full Disclosure Act of 2015.
She said this bill was a last-minute,
late-night addition to the House Floor
schedule by House Republicans after
pulling H.R. 36, the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, “an unconstitutional national ban on abortions
after 20 weeks,” she added.
Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman released the following statement:
“H.R. 7 and H.R. 36 are radical
assaults against women’s health care
options and reproductive rights. Late
last night (January 21st), without
notice to members, the majority
pulled their original bill and rushed a
new one to the floor after Republicans failed to garner enough support
for their own extreme measure that
would have stripped women of their
constitutionally-protected right to
manage their own health care deci-
sions. H.R. 7 is no better. This bill
denies women access to critical medical care and comprehensive health
care coverage.”
“I share the consensus with the 78
percent of American voters, including New Jerseyans in the 12th Congressional District, who believe the
government should not interfere in a
discussion reserved for a woman and
her medical doctor. I am committed
to protecting women’s access to comprehensive reproductive health care
services, including access to contraceptives; education regarding all reproductive options; and support for
women before, during, and after the
birth of a child. I will continue to
defend a woman’s right to choose
and vigorously oppose attacks against
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