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  • WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) and 22 of his Senate colleagues today urged Senate leadership to provide emergency assistance to nonprofit museums in response to the Coronavirus pandemic. The Senators asked to direct $2 billion to nonprofit museums through the Institute of Museums and Library Services in the upcoming COVID-19 package. The letter comes in the aftermath of a massive loss in revenue for museums due to the COVID-19 pandemic. According to a study conducted by the... Read More
  • WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Congresswoman Robin Kelly (D-IL) today unveiled comprehensive legislation to tackle the staggering COVID-19 health inequities, including racial inequities. The Community Solutions for COVID-19 Act would establish a $1.5 billion grant program to help grassroots organizations create and expand hyperlocal programs to improve health equity and reduce or eliminate inequities in the prevalence and health outcomes of COVID-19. Such programs are... Read More
  • WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Cory Booker (D-NJ), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Kamala Harris (D-CA), and Tina Smith (D-MN) are urging Senate leaders to include an array of key maternal health policies in the next COVID-19 legislative package as the pandemic threatens to stress our maternal care system and worsen pre-existing racial disparities. “The maternal mortality rate in the United States exceeds that of almost all of its peer countries, and in fact, the U.S. is one of only a few countries... Read More
  • NEWARK, N.J. – U.S. Senators Cory Booker and Bob Menendez today announced that health care service providers across New Jersey have been awarded a combined $3.25 million in federal funding through the Federal Communications Commission’s COVID-19 Telehealth Program to expand telehealth services throughout the state during the pandemic. The program was created as part of the CARES Act passed by congress in April. “Expanding telehealth services is critical to ensuring the health and safety not only... Read More
  • NEWARK, N.J. – U.S. Senators Cory Booker and Bob Menendez today announced a combined total of $9,713,870, which will help support New Jersey’s health care providers and their response to the COVID-19 public health crisis. Over $6 million was awarded to five federally qualified health centers (FQHCs) and $3 million was awarded to the New Jersey Hospital Association (NJHA) to support hospitals across the state. “New Jersey health centers and hospitals continue to lead the fight against COVID-19... Read More
  • WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today U.S. Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) led eight of his Senate colleagues in urging Senate leaders to include language in the next COVID-19 relief package that would bar the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) from allowing meatpacking firms to increase line speeds beyond regulatory limits. In April, the USDA approved more than a dozen such requests from meat plants to exceed regulatory caps, despite the dangers increased line speeds pose to workers, animals, and consumers.... Read More
  • WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Bob Menendez and Cory Booker (both D-N.J.) joined a group of Senate and House colleagues in introducing the Equitable Nutrition Assistance for the Territories Act of 2020 to ensure that in the face of the economic, public-health, and food-security crises posed by the coronavirus pandemic, the people of Puerto Rico, the Northern Mariana Islands, and American Samoa receive equal access to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).The federal SNAP program... Read More
  • WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Cory Booker and Bob Menendez and Congressman Bill Pascrell, Jr. (N.J.-09) today applauded the announcement that New Jersey Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) recipients will be able to use their benefits to order groceries online from approved online retailers. This will help protect the program’s recipients amidst the COVID-19 outbreak in the state.  “During these challenging times, many Americans are newly unemployed and struggling to... Read More
  • NEWARK, N.J. – U.S. Senators Bob Menendez and Cory Booker, along with Congressmen Bill Pascrell, Jr. (N.J.-09), Albio Sires (N.J.-08), Donald M. Payne, Jr. (N.J.-10) and Tom Malinowski (N.J.-07) today announced over $91.5 million in funding from the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) to advance replacement of the Portal Bridge and make other upgrades to improve service along Amtrak’s Northeast Corridor (NEC). Long considered the linchpin of the entire NEC connecting Boston to Washington,... Read More
  • WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Cory Booker was joined by almost 100 colleagues in both Houses of Congress wrote to U.S. Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar to fulfill HHS’ commitment to its Healthy People 2020 objectives by collecting data on sexual orientation and gender identity during the coronavirus disease of 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.The COVID-19 pandemic is more likely to impact members of the LGBTQ community than the general population. According to a recent report,... Read More
  • WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) unveiled comprehensive legislation to expand access to the ballot, as the COVID-19 pandemic imposes new barriers to Americans’ right to vote. The DemocracyCorps Act would create a federal organization — modeled off the Peace Corps and AmeriCorps — of 35,000 individuals who would be deployed to all 50 states to help administer elections by registering voters, developing and implementing voter education campaigns, and serving as poll... Read More
  • WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) today introduced bold legislation to expand access to comprehensive health coverage for immigrants by reducing unfair and unjust barriers that currently exist. The HEAL (Health Equity and Access under the Law) for Immigrant Women and Families Act has three main pillars. First, it expands access to Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) to anyone that is federally authorized to be in the United States, including DACA... Read More
  • WASHINGTON, D.C. —Today U.S. Senators Cory Booker (D-NJ), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), and a group of their colleagues sent a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer urging the inclusion of provisions to protect the health and safety of property service workers in the next coronavirus relief bill, including personal protective equipment, hazard pay, and strengthened labor protections. Many property service workers --building cleaners, security... Read More
  • WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) and Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-La.) today will formally introduce bipartisan legislation to deliver critical, federal resources to states and communities on the frontlines of the COVID-19 fight. The State and Municipal Assistance for Recovery and Transition (SMART) Act targets $500 billion in emergency funding to every state, county and community in the country, while prioritizing assistance to the areas with the greatest need. Sens. Joe Manchin... Read More
  • WASHINGTON, D.C. – 100 mayors across the country, including Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, Washington, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser, Newark Mayor Ras Baraka, Bozeman Mayor Chris Mehl, and Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan today endorsed a bipartisan, bicameral small business relief plan proposed by U.S. Senators Cory Booker (D-NJ), Steve Daines (R-MT), and Patty Murray (D-WA) and U.S. Representatives Dan Kildee (D-MI) and Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA). The mayors represent a wide swath of cites stretching... Read More
  • WASHINGTON, D.C. —Today, in an effort to solve America's impending public health workforce shortage and strengthen its response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, U.S. Senators Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Tina Smith (D-MN) introduced legislation to build a stronger public health infrastructure. Right now, America is facing an alarming public health workforce shortage. Local and state health departments have lost nearly a quarter (23 percent) of their workforce since 2008. Public health... Read More
  • Washington, DC – The U.S. Senate unanimously cleared legislation authored by Senators Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Chuck Grassley (R-IA) to improve timely access to financial assistance for families of public safety officers lost to COVID-19. The Safeguarding America’s First Responders Act (SAFR) clarifies certification requirements for survivor benefits under the Public Safety Officers Benefits Program to account for the unique challenges presented by the current coronavirus pandemic. The... Read More
  • WASHINGTON, DC – Today, U.S Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) pressed nearly two dozen bank CEOs whose lending institutions have a presence in New Jersey for the demographic and business size data of borrowers who received loans through the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). The letters follow troubling media reports and accounts from constituents who contacted Booker’s office that many minority-owned businesses have been denied loans through PPP, which was established to provide economic relief to... Read More
  • WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley (MA-07) led more than 80 of their colleagues in the House and Senate in calling on the Department of Justice (DOJ) to launch a criminal civil rights investigation into the murder of Ahmaud Arbery and an independent investigation into local authorities’ handling of the case. The lawmakers urged DOJ to investigate these matters swiftly and thoroughly so that Arbery’s family can know the truth about what... Read More
  • WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Bob Menendez and Congressman Bill Pascrell, Jr. (N.J.-09) today announced the awarding of $8,775,932.37 in Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Public Assistance (PA) grants to the New Jersey Office of Emergency Management (NJOEM) to support those on the frontline combatting the COVID-19 outbreak. This funding can be used to offset the cost of travel, salary, training and other administrative expenses the NJOEM has incurred. The lawmakers have now secured... Read More