More on Coronavirus
WASHINGTON-New Jersey congressmen Chris Smith and Jeff Van Drew today introduced legislation to significantly increase the annual cost-of-living-adjustment (COLA) for Social Security recipients after it was announced earlier this week by the Social Security Administration that the COLA effective December 2020 is going to be 1.3 percent.
The Smith-Van Drew proposal would increase the 2020 COLA to 3 percent in 2020, and no less than 3 percent more in 2021.
WASHINGTON- Today, Congressman Van Drew introduced the Health Smart Air Travel Act (HSAT), HR 8526. HSAT will stimulate development of new technologies that mitigate virus transmission in airports and passenger aircraft.
Created in partnership with the Atlantic County Economic Alliance and the National Aviation Research and Technology Park, Congressman Van Drew’s legislation would create growth opportunities for South Jersey’s aviation sector and the William J. Hughes FAA Technical Center.
MAYS LANDING- Congressman Jeff Van Drew spent the week prior to a crucial United States Postal Service (USPS) vote, visiting with more than 20 postal offices across 8 counties in South Jersey. The House of Representatives is expected to vote today(8/22) on legislation that will fund the USPS ahead of November’s Presidential and Federal elections.
MAYS LANDING- Today, Congressman Jeff Van Drew issued the following statement in response to numerous outstanding issues of national importance that remain unresolved.
“The American people deserve representatives in Congress who work 24 hours a day and 7 days a week to come up with a deal that includes making sure unemployment issues are resolved, hazard pay for essential employees is passed, new direct stimulus payments to individuals are made, and the Postal Service is operating efficiently and effectively.
MAYS LANDING- Today, Congressman Jeff Van Drew requested House leadership bring members back to Washington to deal with the ongoing United States Postal Service issues.
MAYS LANDING- Today, Congressman Jeff Van Drew blasted the decision of Governor Murphy to require all voting this November General Election be done by mail. Any ballots cast in-person will be provisional, and not immediately counted.
WASHINGTON-Today, Congressman Jeff Van Drew introduced the Workforce Recovery and Training Services Act. The legislation is designed to address the needs of workers in a post-COVID 19 job market. It authorizes the Department of Labor to disburse $3.5 billion dollars to states, with priority given to higher impacted areas. Senator Daines (R-MT) introduced the Senate companion legislation earlier this week.
The legislation includes:
WASHINGTON- Today, Congressman Van Drew announced that the Department of Health and Human Services(HHS) released their second round of Provider Relief Fund COVID-19 High-Impact Payments. Included on this second round of funding were several local hospitals: Ocean Medical Center, Cape Regional Health System, Southern Ocean Medical Center, Salem Medical Center, Shore Medical Center, and Inspira Health Network.
VINELAND, NJ- Today, Congressman Jeff Van Drew and United States Department of Agriculture(USDA) Under Secretary Greg Ibach toured Seashore Fruit and Produce in Vineland, NJ to see the Farmers to Families Food Box Program in action. The Farmers to Families Food Box Program provides a partnership between the USDA and local farmers to provide nutritional assistance to food banks, community and faith-based organizations, and other non-profits serving Americans in need. This program is funded by Coronavirus relief funds passed earlier this year.
MAYS LANDING- Today, Congressman Van Drew voiced his extreme concern with the process of reopening Motor Vehicle Commission (MVC) facilities. Lines at almost every location were backed up to enormous levels, with some people waiting in line all day and still not receiving help. In some cases, law enforcement had to step in to assist in the process.