Weekly Newsletter: February 8th, 2015
It's been a busy week both in Washington and back here at home, but I wanted to take a moment to highlight some exciting things that happened over the last few days.
- My First Bill: The Disaster Assistance Fairness and Accountability Act
- Subcommittee Assignments
- Next Week
- Around the District
My First Bill: The Disaster Assistance Fairness and Accountability Act
This week, I introduced my first bill to help survivors of Superstorm Sandy, and I'm excited to say that it's already getting some bipartisan support.
Superstorm Sandy's effects on our community are still being felt as our families, friends, and neighbors rebuild, renew, and recover from the devastating destruction we saw in 2012. But all too often, that recovery has been slowed by the federal government.
In my 30 years in the insurance business, I saw a number of times where an insurance agency paid a claim, only for a supervisor to later question that payment. But in the private sector, the insurance agency doesn't just get to take that money back. The federal government should be held to the same standard, but instead FEMA is asking for over $8 million back from people who previously received disaster assistance.
I also spoke about this bill on the House floor, which you can watch in the video below.
Last week, I told you about some of the subcommittees I was named to, and I'm pleased to announce that I was placed on all my first picks for subcommittees on House Armed Services as well!
I'll be serving on the Subcommittee on Tactical Air and Land Forces, which oversees the Army and Air Force activities. As I work to protect missions at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, this seat will be very useful.
I'll also be serving as the Vice Chair on the Subcommittee on Military Personnel. I'm honored to have been chosen for this leadership role, and excited to work with my colleagues to ensure the Department of Defense is efficiently spending money to give our servicemembers the first class benefits they deserve.
Looking ahead to next week, the House is expected to vote on a number of bipartisan bills, including final approval of the Keystone XL Pipeline. This is the first time in over six years that Keystone bill will go to the President's desk. I'm hopeful that he will put aside politics and approve this project that will create over 45,000 American jobs. I'll be sure to keep you posted.
Around the District
Great to talk to the South Jersey Chamber of Commerce about what we're working on in Washington.
Keep In Touch
Thank you for keeping up with my work in Congress.
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