I am extremely proud to support the more than 21,000 veterans who live in New Jersey's 10th Congressional District.  Veteran care and assistance needs to be one of the most important priorities of our federal government.  These are the men and women who have bravely served and sacrificed on behalf of our country.  We need to show them we respect their service and provide them the resources they need to thrive when they return home, such as proper healthcare, educational assistance, and employment opportunites.

Throughout my time in Congress, I have proudly partnered with Soldier On and the Department of Veterans' Affairs to secure more than $2 million to Essex and Hudson Counties in helping to end veterans’ homelessness. I have also been a vocal advocate in working to address the backlog of VA claims, so that our service members and veterans receive the benefits they deserve in a timely manner.  If you are a veteran in need of assistance, please click here for further information on veterans benefits.

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December 4, 2020 Press Release

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Washington, D.C. — Congressman Donald M. Payne, Jr. voted for the Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement Act today.  The bill (H.R. 3884) would decriminalize marijuana nationwide, require federal courts to delete prior marijuana convictions for Americans, and save taxpayers at least $3.6 billion per year.     

August 14, 2020 Press Release

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Washington, D.C. — Congressman Donald M. Payne, Jr. released the following statement regarding the 85th anniversary of Social Security.  It was established on August 14, 1935, to protect seniors and other vulnerable Americans from economic hardship and homelessness after the Great Depression.     

June 29, 2020 Press Release

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Washington, D.C. — Congressman Donald M. Payne, Jr. voted for the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Enhancement Act today.  The bill (H.R. 1425) would allow more middle-class individuals and families to qualify for health care subsidies through tax credits to lower Americans’ health insurance premiums.  Under the bill, a family of four earning $40,000 would save nearly $1,600 every year and a 64-year-old earning $57,420 would save more than $8,700 every year.

February 25, 2020 Event
November 15, 2019 Press Release

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Washington, D.C. — Congressman Donald M. Payne, Jr. voted in favor of several bills this week to improve the benefits available to veterans.  The 12 bills would help veterans succeed in civilian life, make sure they get their educational benefits, ensure women veterans get access to quality health care, and help veterans start and expand small businesses.    

Congressman Payne, Jr. said his support for the bills came from his lifelong support for veterans.   

February 22, 2019 Press Release

NEWARK, N.J. – Today, Rep. Donald M. Payne, Jr., joined more than 225 Members of Congress to cosponsor a resolution to terminate President Trump’s unlawful, dangerous emergency declaration that would steal $51,200,000 of urgently needed New Jersey Department of Defense military construction funds, which are critical to the security of our nation and the well-being of our men and women in uniform and military families.


May 26, 2017 Press Release
Congressman Donald M. Payne, Jr. (NJ-10) issued the following statement in observance of Memorial Day on Monday, May 29.
November 10, 2015 Press Release
Today, Congressman Donald M. Payne, Jr. (NJ-10) released the following statement in commemoration of Veterans Day, which falls on Wednesday, November 11.
July 30, 2015 Press Release
Congressman Donald M. Payne, Jr. (NJ-10) joined U.S. Senators Cory Booker (NJ) and Robert Menendez (NJ) and Reps. Bill Pascrell (NJ-09), Frank LoBiondo (NJ-02), Bonnie Watson-Coleman (NJ-12), and Donald Norcross (NJ-01) in sending a letter to Defense Secretary Ashton Carter questioning the U.S. Department of Defense’s decision to terminate funding for the successful Vets4Warriors call center without considering any other alternative funding mechanisms to preserve the life-saving program.