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Congressman Tom MacArthur

Representing the 3rd District of New Jersey

Congressman MacArthur Ranked Among Top 10% of Bipartisan Members of Congress in the House by Non-Partisan Lugar Cente

April 25, 2018
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The non-partisan Lugar Center released its updated Bipartisan Index for 2017, which measures the frequency with which a Member of Congress works across the aisle.  In this latest report, The Lugar Center has ranked Congressman Tom MacArthur among the top 10% of bipartisan Members of Congress in the House of Representatives. 

 

 “Since first coming to Washington, I’ve always believed that Members of Congress must work across the aisle to find real solutions to the tough problems facing our country—it’s how I’ve worked in Congress and this non-partisan report shows exactly that,” said Congressman Tom MacArthur. “Throughout my time as a Member of Congress, I have been willing to work with anyone to improve the lives of my constituents in South Jersey.  This includes working in a bipartisan way to protect Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, combat the opioid epidemic, improve our schools, and care for our veterans and seniors.  As always, I’ll continue to work with any of my colleagues from either party to support New Jerseyans.”

 

Just this month, Congressman MacArthur has cosponsored over 15 bipartisan bills that will help care for veterans and servicemembers, fight the opioid crisis, protect seniors, improve schools, defend domestic violence victims, and crack down on human trafficking.

 

On Background:

 

Bipartisan bills cosponsored this month include:

 

Safe Schools Improvement Act which requires states to direct their local educational agencies to establish policies that prevent and prohibit conduct, including bullying and harassment. Original Sponsor: Rep. Sanchez (D-CA)

 

IDEA Full Funding Act which require regular increases in Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) spending to meet the federal commitment. Original Sponsor: Rep. Huffman (D-CA)

 

Anti-Lunch Shaming Act prohibits schools from singling out students who are unable to pay for lunch. Original Sponsor: Rep. Lujan Grisham (D-NM)

 

Pet Safety and Protection Act would prohibit “Class B” (random source) animal dealers from selling dogs and cats to researchers. Original Sponsor: Rep. Doyle (D-PA)

 

Pet and Women Safety Act which broadens the definition of stalking to include conduct that causes a person to experience a reasonable fear of death or serious bodily injury to his or her pet. Original Sponsor:  Rep. Clark (D-MA)

 

Human Trafficking Fraud Enforcement Act which directs Treasury to establish within the IRS an office to investigate and prosecute violations of tax laws by persons that appear to be violating laws against forced labor, trafficking of individuals, and transportation of minors or aliens for immoral purposes.  Original Sponsor: Rep. Maloney (D-NY)

 

Smithsonian Women's History Museum Act which establishes a comprehensive women's history museum within the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC. Original Sponsor: Rep. Maloney (D-NY)

 

Cold Case Record Collections Act which would allow citizens to request the declassification of certain documents from civil rights cold cases.  The bill was drafted by high school students from Hightstown, New Jersey. Original Sponsor: Rep. Rush (D-IL)

 

Transparent Summer Flounder Quotas Act which delays current reduction in Summer Flounder quota. Original Sponsor: Rep. Pallone (D-NJ)

 

Orca Responsibility and Care Advancement Act amends the Marine Mammal Protection Act of 1972 to prohibit taking, importing, or exporting the killer whale species, or any product that contains that species, for public display purposes. Original Sponsor: Rep. Schiff (D-CA)

 

 

Resolution recognizing the contributions of senior volunteers, including Senior Corps, Foster Grandparents, and RSVP volunteers. Original Sponsor: Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-OR)

 

In New Jersey, there are 5,100 Senior Corp volunteers, 1,200 young people tutored by Foster Grandparents, and 460 local organizations benefiting from RSVP volunteers. 

 

Senior Citizen Protection Act which requires the Department of Justice (DOJ) to establish guidelines for states to design and implement elder abuse registries. Original Sponsor: Rep. Bradley Scott Schneider (D-IL)

 

Examining Opioid Treatment Infrastructure Act of 2017 which requires the GAO to report on inpatient and outpatient treatment capacity, availability, and needs, including treatment programs for pregnant women or adolescents. (Original Sponsor: Rep. Bill Foster D-IL)

 

 Mental Health and Substance Abuse Treatment Accessibility Act of 2017 which permits the Department of Health and Human Services to make loans and loan guarantees for construction or renovation of psychiatric or substance abuse treatment facilities. (Original Sponsor: Rep. Derek Kilmer D-WA)

 

Prescriber Support Act of 2017 which authorize HHS to award grants to states for systems that help prescribers: (1) treat and manage patient pain; and (2) prevent, identify, and respond to patient substance misuse and substance abuse disorders. (Original Sponsor: Rep. Katherine Clark D-MA)

 

Servicemembers and Veterans Prescription Drug Safety Act which directs DOD and DOJ provide for a prescription drug take-back program for members of the Armed Forces and veterans. (Original Sponsor: Rep. Matt Cartwright D-PA)

 

Military Hunger Prevention Act which would prevent military housing allowances from being used to determine eligibility for programs such as SNAP. (Original sponsor: Rep. Davis D-CA)

 

Military Pay Protection Act which would ensure service members are paid during a Government shutdown. (Original sponsor: Rep. Sinema D-AZ)

 

Ask Veterans Act which directs the VA Secretary to survey veterans about their experiences at VA treatment facilities. (Original sponsor: Rep. O’ Rourke D-TX)

 

Homeless Veterans Legal Services Act which directs the VA to partner with public or private entities to fund a portion of the legal services provided to homeless veterans. (Original sponsor: Rep. Beatty D-OH)

 

Housing Our Heroes Act which directs the VA to establish a pilot grant program to acquire and renovate abandoned homes for homeless veterans. (Original sponsor: Rep. Schneider D-IL)

 

Veteran Education Empowerment Act that reauthorizes grants for colleges and universities across the country to establish new Veteran Student Centers and to improve existing ones. (Original sponsor: Rep. Frankel D-FL)

 

Military Spouse Job Continuity Act which will allow military spouses, who move with a service member spouse, a tax credit for up to $500 for qualified professional relicensing costs. (Original sponsor: Rep. Cartwright D-PA)

 

Wounded Veterans Recreation Act which amends the Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act to require the National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass be made available to any veteran with a service-connected disability. (Original sponsor: Rep. Ruiz D-CA)

 

Military and Veteran Caregiver Services Improvement Act which expands eligibility for the VA family caregiver program. (Original sponsor: Rep. Langevin D-RI)

 

Transportation for Heroes Act which ensures that a public transportation fare of no more than 50% of the peak hour fare will be charged to a U.S. veteran during non-peak hours. (Original sponsor: Rep. Green D-TX)