Gearing Up to Pursue Bipartisan Priorities in Congress

Nov 7, 2018

NEWARK, N.J.  – On November 6, voters in the United States went to the polls and elected a Democratic majority to the U.S. House of Representatives. Rep. Payne, Jr. issued the following statement about his priorities over the next two years:

“Across the country last night, Americans spoke up and demanded a Congress that works for the People,” said Rep. Donald M. Payne, Jr. “Over the coming two years, I plan to work with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to pursue meaningful policies that make lives better in New Jersey’s Tenth Congressional District and throughout the United States.

“The American Society of Civil Engineers gives America’s infrastructure a D+. Americans should not have to commute to work on rundown roads, across hundred-year-old bridges, or through crumbling tunnels. Americans should not have to wonder whether their drinking water is tainted with lead from hundred-year-old pipes. I look forward to prioritizing America’s infrastructure over the next two years, and that includes getting the Gateway Project started with help from the federal government.

“As Ranking Member of the House Committee on Homeland Security’s Subcommittee on Emergency Preparedness, Response, and Communications, I am prepared to work across the aisle to better secure our public schools, engage in oversight of homeland security grants, secure soft targets, and coordinate disaster response in the United States and our territories.

“Americans are fed up with a federal government that caters to wealthy special interests. I’m proud of my F rating from the NRA and will keep pushing for common-sense gun laws, including my Safer Neighborhoods Gun Buyback Act. The next two years will be an opportunity to work in a bipartisan fashion on some of the most pressing economic and social issues faced by Americans: increasing access to good jobs and job training, promoting small businesses and the entrepreneurial spirit, safeguarding our labor unions, making college affordable, protecting people with preexisting conditions, prioritizing public school education, solving our nation’s housing crisis, and protecting DREAMers.”

Rep. Donald M. Payne, Jr., is Ranking Member of the House Committee on Homeland Security Subcommittee on Emergency Preparedness, Response, and Communications.