MacArthur Scores 6 Legislative Victories This Week
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Tom MacArthur announced major wins for South Jersey as 6 out of the 6 legislative initiatives he fought for this week were accomplished:
"After 100 days in Congress, I've seen that you can work with both Democrats and Republicans to get things done, and this week was a great example of that," MacArthur said. "We had a number of opportunities to fight for South Jersey, and I worked tirelessly to ensure we took advantage of each one."
"First, I've been fighting to keep the KC-10 refueling tanker in operation because not only is it critically important to our military's readiness, it is also a vital part of the Joint Base's survival. Protecting the KC-10 in this year's defense bill was a key step in this battle, and this amendment's passage means our efforts have paid off."
"Protecting the Joint Base is one of my top priorities," MacArthur continued. "Because of this, I fought to protect it and successfully blocked the President's call for a new round of base closures next year."
"I also came up with an idea for helping reduce veteran unemployment, which I worked successfully to have included in the original defense bill. Through my other efforts, I worked with colleagues on both sides of the aisle to ensure our defense bill supported the needs of our military as it faces changing threats around the world."
"Finally, I had the opportunity in my other committee, Natural Resources, to fight for common sense reforms in a different area of government," MacArthur added. "Too often, our robust fishing industry in New Jersey is stifled by Washington bureaucrats. My idea will allow us to collect relevant and accurate data on fish levels at a much lower cost. This will make sure that arbitrary government limits on fishing don't stand in the way of our fishermen's success."
During the House Armed Services Committee (HASC) Mark-up of the 2016 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), MacArthur offered 4 policy solutions, one that was included in the original text of the bill, and three that passed as amendments.
- MacArthur Letter requesting language to require the Joint Executive Council at the Department of Defense and Department of Veterans' Affairs to work together on veterans' unemployment issues (Previous press release can be found here)
- MacArthur Amendment to protect KC-10 tanker from early retirement (MacArthur's remarks in committee can be found here)
- MacArthur Amendment to modernize ships equipped with the AEGIS missile defense system, which is made in Southern New Jersey
- MacArthur Amendment to evaluate the feasibility of sending the AEGIS Ashore missile defense system to our allies abroad
During debate on the Fiscal Year 2016 Appropriations Act for Military Construction and Veterans Affairs, MacArthur successfully offered an amendment with Congressman John Ratcliffe (R-TX) to prevent a new round of the base closure and realignment commission (BRAC) for 2016.
- MacArthur floor speech opposing BRAC
Through the House Natural Resources Committee mark-up of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, MacArthur offered an amendment encouraging students to engage in data collection. The amendment passed and was attached to the final bill.
- MacArthur Amendment to promote cost-effective recreational fisheries data collection methods. This amendment will lead to more accurate recreational fishing data which should allow Ocean County fishermen more trips and higher catch limits, and ultimately lead to more jobs in our coastal communities.