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  • Newark, NJ -- Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ), a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, issued the following statement: “There is so much at stake in this moment. Hanging in the balance is the future of the Affordable Care Act and health coverage for millions of Americans in the middle of a pandemic; a woman’s right to make her own health care decisions, protected by Roe v. Wade; and the future of worker protections, voting rights, civil rights, clean air and water, and much more. “When someone tells... Read More
  • WASHINGTON, D.C. -- United States Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ), joined by all the Democratic members of the Senate Judiciary Committee, today sent a letter pressing Office of Management and Budget Director Russell Vought and White House Counsel  Pat Cipollone for answers on the scope, legal justification, and potential penalties for President Trump’s September 22 executive order prohibiting discrimination, bias, and diversity training for not only federal agencies but also... Read More
  • WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Cory Booker (D-NJ), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), and Chris Murphy (D-CT) today urged Congressional leadership to include fiscal and educational equity provisions in the next COVID-19 package to protect against cuts to school districts that are already underfunded and serve predominantly low-income students and students of color. The letter comes in the aftermath of the recession-induced by the COVID-19 pandemic decimating State and local education budgets. States’... Read More
  • Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) introduced a bill to ensure insurance companies use only driving records in determining car insurance rates and eligibility. The Prohibit Auto Insurance Discrimination Act, or PAID Act, would end the use of income, education levels, and other factors unrelated to driving history and ability, preventing insurance companies from using these details to raise rates for low income individuals, non-homeowners, and others who otherwise have good... Read More
  • Washington, DC - United States Senators Cory Booker (D-N.J.) and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) sent a letter to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regarding the agency's delayed and feckless response to the dozens of reports of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreaks affecting thousands of workers in hundreds of meatpacking facilities across the country.In the Spring of 2020, OSHA identified violations of the Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) Act at major meatpacking... Read More
  • WASHINGTON, D.C. -- United States Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ), joined by seven other Democratic members of the Judiciary Committee, today sent a letter pressing Attorney General William Barr for answers on the apparent rolling back of anti-bias and anti-discrimination training for Justice Department employees in the wake of a recent Trump Administration directive. In a September 4 memorandum, Office of Management and Budget Director Russell Vought directed the heads of the federal government’s... Read More
  • Washington—All 10 Judiciary Committee Democrats today called on Chairman Lindsey Graham to delay action on filling Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s seat on the Supreme Court until after the inauguration of the next president. “In light of the vacancy created by Justice Ginsburg’s death, we call upon you to state unequivocally and publicly that you will not consider any nominee to fill Justice Ginsburg’s seat until after the next President is inaugurated,” the senators said in the letter to Chairman... Read More
  • Washington, D.C. — Senators Cory Booker (D-N.J.), Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Patty Murray (D-Wash.),  Bob Casey (D-Pa.) and 37 senators today called on the Department of Homeland Security’s inspector general to expeditiously investigate a whistleblower complaint alleging forced hysterectomies at the Irwin County Detention Center (ICDC) in Ocilla, Ga. “Forced sterilizations infringe on reproductive rights and autonomy,” the senators wrote. “To understand whether such... Read More
  • WASHINGTON, D.C. -- U.S. Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ), a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, today called on Judiciary Committee Chair Lindsey Graham (R-SC) to hold an oversight hearing to examine the Trump Administration’s troubling effort to roll back anti-racial bias trainings for federal government employees. Today, MarketWatch reported that at least one Justice Department office has effectively canceled its unconscious bias training program because of the Administration’s directive.... Read More
  • WASHINGTON, D.C – U.S. Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Congresswoman Debra Haaland (D-NM) today introduced a new bill aimed at eliminating pollution that has disproportionately harmed communities of color, indigenous communities, and low-income communities over generations. The Environmental Justice Legacy Pollution Cleanup Act would invest $100 billion to clean up legacy pollution and would prohibit granting major source air pollution permits in vulnerable communities already suffering harm from... Read More
  • WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Senators Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Richard Burr (R-NC) introduced legislation to posthumously award Emmett Till and Mamie Till-Mobley the Congressional Gold Medal, the nation’s highest civilian honor. “Emmett Till’s gruesome murder by white supremacists was never vindicated by our justice system,” said Senator Booker. “While his lynching and the impunity that followed was unique in its horror, it revealed of the persistent legacy of racialized terror and violence waged... Read More
  • WASHINGTON, D.C. -- United States Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) today sent a letter to the US Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Inspector General requesting an immediate investigation into complaints by a whistleblower alleging horrific mistreatment of immigrant detainees under U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) custody at the Irwin County Detention Center in Ocilla, Georgia. The letter also urges the inspector general to investigate DHS leadership’s knowledge of these... Read More
  • NEWARK, N.J. – U.S. Senators Cory Booker and Bob Menendez today announced New Jersey has received $75,728,585 in federal funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program to support the state’s COVID-19 response and recovery efforts. This funding, which was secured by the senators in the CARES Act, is in addition to the $53 million and $31 million in CDBG grants that were announced earlier this year. “Helping New Jerseyans... Read More
  • WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, United States Senators Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) introduced a bill to ensure the United States fulfills its commitments to the World Health Organization. Under the Abiding by U.S. Commitments Act, the United States will continue payments of its dues to the WHO and the other international organizations of which it is a member. In addition to Booker and Durbin, the bill is cosponsored by Senators Leahy (D-VT), Van Hollen (D-MD), Cantwell (D-WA), Gillibrand... Read More
  • WASHINGTON, DC – Today, U.S. Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) announced his support of the Real Economic Support That Acknowledges Unique Restaurant Assistance Needed to Survive (RESTAURANTS) Act of 2020. The legislation, which was introduced by U.S. Senators Roger Wicker (R-MS) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ), would establish a $120 billion revitalization fund to help independent restaurants deal with the long-term structural challenges facing the industry because of COVID-19 and support the reemployment... Read More
  • NEWARK, N.J. – U.S. Senators Cory Booker and Bob Menendez today announced the State of New Jersey was awarded nearly $66 million in federal funding from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Resources (HHS) to boost the state’s comprehensive efforts to tackle the opioid epidemic. “Our nation’s opioid epidemic has taken a devastating toll on families and communities across New Jersey,” said Sen. Booker. “Tackling this crisis requires a comprehensive and compassionate approach, and this federal... Read More
  • NEWARK, N.J. – U.S. Senators Bob Menendez and Cory Booker today announced $5,319,625 in annual federal funding from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to support the operations of Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) across New Jersey and their continued response to the COVID-19 public health crisis. “FQHCs are often the first place families and seniors across the state go to when they need affordable and high quality health care,” said Sen. Menendez. “Community health... Read More
  • NEWARK, N.J. – U.S. Senators Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), the ranking member of the Senate’s transit subcommittee that oversees the Federal Transit Administration’s (FTA) Capital Investment Grants (CIG) program, and Cory Booker (D-N.J.), along with U.S. Representatives Bill Pascrell, Jr. (N.J.-09), Albio Sires (N.J.-08), Donald Payne, Jr. (N.J.-10), Tom Malinowski (N.J.-07), and Mikie Sherrill (N.J.-11), today applauded the allocation of $248 million for the Portal Bridge replacement project. This... Read More
  • NEWARK, NJ – Today, U.S. Senators Cory Booker and Bob Menendez (both D-NJ) lauded the signing of legislation into law to improve timely access to financial assistance for families of public safety officers lost to COVID-19. The Senate unanimously passed the Safeguarding America’s First Responders Act (SAFR) in May with the House of Representatives following suit in July. The bipartisan legislation, which was introduced by Booker and Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA), clarifies certification... Read More
  • WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Cory Booker and Bob Menendez joined all 47 Senate Democrats in calling on U.S. Postmaster General Louis DeJoy to provide answers regarding reports of recent changes to long-standing practices at the United States Postal Service (USPS) that would result in increased delivery times and costs for election mail, and urged him not take any further action that makes it harder and more expensive for states and election jurisdictions to mail ballots. Despite numerous... Read More