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Congressman Tom MacArthur

Representing the 3rd District of New Jersey

Weekly Newsletter: March 8th, 2015

March 8, 2015
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March 8th

It seems there's never a dull moment in Congress, and let me just say how grateful I am to come home to South Jersey at the end of each week! As always, if you have thoughts or questions about anything you read in here, please reach out and send me an email. I'd love to hear from you.

  • FEMA Needs Accountability Now 
  • Funding Homeland Security
  • Prime Minister Netanyahu & Supporting Israel
  • Remembering the Lone Bugler
  • Around the District

FEMA Needs Accountability Now 

In case you missed “60 Minutes” this week, a top FEMA official just announced that thousands of Sandy survivors may have been denied insurance claims due to fraudulent and corrupt procedures like after-the-fact report changes or the use of unlicensed engineers.

I’m outraged, and saddened that we’re facing yet another hurdle on the road to recovery for individuals who have been through so much already. That’s why I’ve called for thorough and immediate investigations into this matter by relevant House Committees, and for FEMA Administrator W. Craig Fugate to resign his post and be held accountable for the countless failures of his Agency.

You can read more of my thoughts by clicking here, and also by reading this editorial by the Star Ledger.

Funding Homeland Security

As I said throughout this process, allowing the Department of Homeland Security to shut down would be a reckless dereliction of our Constitutional duty to provide for the defense of our country. That’s why I was relieved we came to a solution this week to fully fund the Department of Homeland Security for the year, including border security and customs and immigration enforcement.

I’ve heard from a number of you who want to know what happens next in the fight against President Obama’s illegal executive actions on amnesty. I was glad to read that another federal court is taking up the case, and as I’ve said all along, I look forward to the third branch of government restoring the balance of powers and scaling back the President’s 

Prime Minister Netanyahu

This week, I had the chance to hear Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu address to Congress. It was an incredible moment, and one that comes at an appropriate time, as Israel is threatened every day by its encroaching neighbors and unrest in the region. Israel is our closest ally in the Middle East, and I was glad to have the opportunity to reaffirm our support for Israel by speaking on the House floor in advance of the Prime Minister’s visit.

I also read an excellent editorial last week written by the speaker of Israel’s parliament, and wanted to share it with you: Los Angeles Times, “Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech to Congress comes at right time, right place.” 

Remembering the Lone Bugler

Last month, South Jersey lost a truly remarkable man, 1st Sergeant Richard Pinter, known as the Lone Bugler for his dedication to honoring veterans at their funerals. You can read a great piece about his life in the Burlington County Times. I took this opportunity to honor his memory with an official insert to the Congressional Record. Thank you for your service, Sgt. Pinter, and may you rest in peace.

Around the District

I am always happy to see friendly faces from South Jersey visit our Washington office, and even happier when I get to see them around town back home! If you are ever in Washington, please let me know. Our office can help set you up with a number of tours and recommendations for things to do in the area. Click here to learn more

I loved stopping by Capone’s for a quick bite in between meetings last Monday!

Had a great meeting with the Defense Enhancement Coalition, including former Rep. Jim Saxton, to talk about ways we can support the Joint Base.

was great to meet with Jay and Jeremy Grunin about the efforts of the Jay and Linda Grunin Foundation in Toms River. You can read more about their "Engage Toms River Community Mural Project" by clicking here.

I received my official Army Seal to hang in our Washington, DC office last week.

Many thanks to Congressman Pascrell for setting up an informative meeting with the New Jersey State Policemen’s Benevolent Association. 

Here I am with some members of the New Jersey Wing of the Civil Air Patrol. Thanks for stopping by!

The hardworking folks of the Save Barnegat Bay group stopped by last week. I was pleased to be able to visit with them and chat about how we can better protect and preserve this New Jersey treasure.

The best part of my week was reading to kindergarten classes at Warren H. Wolf Elementary School for Read Across America Day.

As always, if you have questions or want to learn more about what I'm working on in Congress or back home in South Jersey, email me by clicking here. You can also reach my Washington office by phone at (202) 225-4765.