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Congressman Tom MacArthur

Representing the 3rd District of New Jersey

Weekly Newsletter: February 8th, 2015

February 8, 2015
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February 8th

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.

My bill is a common sense solution that I hope will move forward quickly. You can read more about what's in the bill by visiting my website here, or reading this article.

I also spoke about this bill on the House floor, which you can watch in the video below.

Subcommittee Assignments

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.

Next Week

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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Please don't hesitate to reach out if you have any questions, thoughts, or comments that you'd like to share with me. You can email me by clicking here, or calling my Washington office at (202) 225-4765.