Congressman Chris Smith’s bill requiring the President to appoint an ambassador level envoy at the State Department to combat anti-Semetism bill, the Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism Act, overwhelmingly passed in the House of Representatives during the 115th Congress, but did not make it through the Senate. Smith re-introduced the bill today in the 116th Congress. His remarks about the bill on the House floor:admin | Filed under: Chris Smith, New Jersey | Tags: 116th Congress, anti-semitism, Congressman Chris Smith, House of Representatives, Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism Act | 1 Comment »
The front runner for the Democrat nomination to run against Congressman Chris Smith in the 4th Congressional District has failed to file his Financial Disclosure Report with the Clerk of the House of Representatives.
Josh Welle, address unknown, won the endorsement to challenge Congressman Smith at the Monmouth County Democrat Mini-Convention last weekend when he earned 60% of the delegates’ votes to 40% for former Asbury Park Councilman Jim Keady. Welle is heavily favored to win the Ocean County endorsement at a Mini-Convention on Sunday afternoon, March 11 at Central Regional High School in Bayville. Read the rest of this entry »Posted: March 10th, 2018 | Author: Art Gallagher | Filed under: 2018 Elections, Chris Smith, Congress | Tags: 2018 elections, CD-4, Congressman Chris Smith, House of Representatives, Jim Keady, Josh Welle, Joshua Welle, Monmouth County News, Monmouth Democrats, New Jersey, NJ 4, Ocean County Democrats | 5 Comments »
Defying historical trends and mainstream media polling, the Republican Party will expand its majority in the both U.S. Senate and the House of Representatives. Congressman Frank Pallone will not become a Committee Chairman.
President Donald Trump’s personal approval ratings will hover between 35-45%. His job approval rating will exceed 50% nationally and in NJ as the economy continues to grow and as threats from ISIS and North Korea are neutralized. Read the rest of this entry »Posted: December 31st, 2017 | Author: Art Gallagher | Filed under: 2018 Elections, Donald Trump, John Curley, Monmouth County, New Jersey | Tags: 2018 elections, Bob Mendendez, Congressman Frank LoBiondo, Congressman Rodney Frelinghuysen, Freeholder John Curley, Gerry Scharfenberger, House of Representatives, Josh Gottheimer, Mikie Sherrill, Phil Murphy, President Donald Trump, Steve Lonegan, Sue Kiley, U.S. Senate | Comments Off on Political Predictions for 2018
WASHINGTON — U.S. House legislation to help victims of the most recent hurricanes also would help some of those who suffered losses under Hurricane Sandy. The hurricane relief bill, which awaits Senate passage, would limit to three years the time the Federal Emergency Management Agency can demand repayments from disaster victims. Thousands of letters have been… Read the rest of this entry »Posted: December 25th, 2017 | Author: admin | Filed under: Congress, FEMA, Monmouth County News | Tags: Congress, Congressman Tom MacArthur, FEMA, House of Representatives, Hurricane Sandy, Monmouth County News, Superstorm Sandy | 1 Comment »
Brent Sonnek-Schmelz, the Republican candidate challenging Congressman Frank Pallone in New Jersey’s 6th District, called the 28 year incumbent’s behavior on the floor of the House of Representatives “disgraceful.”
“Frank’s right,” the challenger continued, “he does not have much to be proud about after 28 years.”Art Gallagher | Filed under: 2016 Congressional elections, Brent Sonnek-Schmelz, Frank Pallone, Monmouth County News | Tags: 2016 Elections, Brent Sonnek-Schmelz, Frank Pallone, House of Representatives, Middlesex County, Monmouth County, Monmouth County News, NJ CD 6, NJ-6, Sit in | 6 Comments »
Congressman Frank Pallone is holding up the passage of a legislation that would update the 1976 Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) by objecting to language inserted in the Senate version of the bill by Senator Cory Booker that would restrict the use of animals in testing the health risks of chemicals, according to a report today on Politico.
Pallone’s resistance to the language surprised many on the Hill because he has traditionally been a reliable supporter of animal safety legislation. 39 House Democrats wrote to Pallone on Friday asking him to accept the Senate version of the animal safety which he is currently holding up in a conference committee. A copy of the letter to Pallone from his colleagues can be downloaded here.Art Gallagher | Filed under: Congress, Frank Pallone, Monmouth County News | Tags: animal safety, Bonnie Lautenberg, Congress, Cory Booker, Frank Lautenberg, Frank Pallone, House of Representatives, Humane Society, Humane Society of the United States, Monmouth County News, Toxic Substances Control Act, TSCA, Wayne Pacelle | Comments Off on Report: Pallone is holding up animal safety measure over grudge with Booker
The House of Representatives rejected President Obama’s Nuclear deal with Iran today, 168-269. 25 Democrats joined all 244 House Republicans what is was a symbolic vote that will have no impact on the implementation of the deal.
Congressman Chris Smith spoke passionately against the deal yesterday on the House Floor:Art Gallagher | Filed under: Chris Smith, Iran | Tags: Chris Smith, Congressman Chris Smith, House of Representatives, Iran Nuclear Deal, Monmouth County News | 1 Comment »
By Ernesto Cullari
If Republican Congressmen Chris Smith and Tom MacArthur vote for John Boehner (R-Ohio) to be the Speaker of the 114th Congress then they will both be breaking two foundational campaign promises: the first to defeat Obamacare and the second to end Obama’s policy of Executive Amnesty for Illegal Aliens. If they break either campaign promise both are certain face a mutiny at home by voters in two years.
On the issues of Amnesty and Obamacare, Speaker John Boehner has given Obama’s policies the Congressional stamp of approval. In the $1.1 trillion dollar spending bill that Boehner fought for and passed in December 2014, there were provisions that provided short term funding of Obama’s amnesty program.
Prior to the Republican Congress’s financial support, Obama was on shaky legal ground; however by providing funding for Executive Amnesty Boehner breathed new life into Obama’s strategy. The U.S. Supreme Court in Youngstown, a case dealing with the executive seizure of private property in the absence of congressional approval, established that, “Presidential authority is strongest when acting with the expressed or implied consent of Congress.” Through Boehner Congress has shown consent.admin | Filed under: Chris Smith, Ernesto Cullari, Opinion | Tags: Chris Smith, Ernesto Cullari, Executive Amnesty, House of Representatives, John Boehner, ObamaCare, Tom MacArthur | 7 Comments »