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Aug 1, 2013

Payne Introduces Bipartisan Smart Grid Legislation

Congressmen Donald M. Payne, Jr. (NJ-10) introduced the bipartisan bill, the Saving More American Resources Today (SMART) Grid Study Act of 2013, legislation in response to the incredible damage Hurricane Sandy caused New Jersey’s power grid and critical infrastructure.

Jul 30, 2013

Small Business Forum Looks to Ease Jitters About Affordable Care Act

A forum in Newark led by U.S. Rep. Donald M. Payne Jr. didn’t settle all of the concerns New Jersey small-business owners harbor about the Affordable Care Act, but it made progress.

Jul 24, 2013

Payne Marks Four Year Anniversary of Latest Minimum Wage Hike

Congressman Donald M. Payne, Jr. marked the four-year anniversary of the last minimum wage hike to $7.25 an hour today by urging Congress to pass the Fair Minimum Wage Act, a bill on which he is a cosponsor.

Jul 22, 2013

In Harlem, Trayvon Martin's Mother Warns of the Next Incident

Congressman Payne, Jr. appeared with the mother of Trayvon Martin, Sybrina Fulton, and Rev. Al Sharpton to push for passage of a "Trayvon Martin amendment," which would prohibit aggressors in confrontations from claiming self-defense.

Jul 18, 2013

CBC Livid Over Passage of Farm Bill

Calling it irresponsible and short-sighted, members of the Congressional Black Caucus reacted strongly to Congress’ passage of the controversial Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act, also known as the farm bill.

Jul 18, 2013

New Jersey's Poor Struggle to Stave Off Hunger With Federal Food Aid

As Congress debates the best way to pass a federal farm bill, advocates for New Jersey’s food-aid recipients are concerned that efforts to slash funding for nutrition programs could overburden family budgets at a time when the state’s economy remains fragile and its unemployment rate remains above the national average.

Jul 11, 2013

Payne Opposes Farm Bill that Ignores Funding for SNAP

The House passed a Farm Bill that completely ignored funding the supplemental nutritional assistance program (SNAP). Congressman Donald M. Payne, Jr. opposed the Farm Bill as a result of the lack of funding to SNAP and released the following statement after passage by a vote of 216 to 208.

Jul 11, 2013

Payne Announces $2 Million in Veterans Affairs Grants Awarded to Soldier On

Congressmen Donald M. Payne, Jr. (NJ-10), Bill Pascrell (NJ-09), and Albio Sires (NJ-08) announced that the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) will award a $2 million federal grant, with an option to renew annually, to Soldier On to assist veterans and their families who are homeless or at-risk of becoming homeless in Essex, Hudson, and Bergen Counties.