Rep. Payne, Jr. Votes to Protect Vulnerable New Jersey Families

Jan 10, 2019

Rep. Payne, Jr. Votes to Protect Vulnerable New Jersey Families

and to Re-Open the Departments of Transportation and Housing and Urban Development


WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Rep. Donald M. Payne, Jr. joined a bipartisan majority of the U.S. House of Representatives to pass the FY 2019 Transportation and Housing and Urban Development appropriations bills to re-open these two essential government agencies and rescue the hard-working New Jersey families who are at imminent risk of being evicted while ensuring air travel and highway transportation are safe for all Americans.  As we enter Day 20 of the Trump Shutdown, thousands of American workers, including essential air traffic controllers, are arriving at work to find zero dollars on their paystubs.


“In New Jersey and across the country, the Trump Shutdown is threatening the housing security of more than four million households that depend on HUD’s rental assistance initiatives,” said Rep. Donald M. Payne, Jr. (NJ-10).  “Among those at risk of eviction are an estimated 2.2 million low income households, including hundreds of thousands of veterans, seniors and people living with disabilities.  Every day that the Trump Shutdown continues, New Jersey children and families are placed in immediate danger of being thrown out on the street.  Yet, the President is threatening to keep the government and its critical housing services for vulnerable families closed for ‘years.’


“While the President and Senate Republicans refuse to do their job, Democrats are acting quickly to re-open government and fulfill our responsibility to New Jersey families and the American people.  By passing today’s legislation, we are ensuring that hard-working New Jerseyans can travel and conduct their business safely and securely, knowing that the roads they drive on and the aircrafts they fly in are being inspected and maintained. New Jerseyans just want an end to the chaos and uncertainty but President Trump doesn’t seem to know how to get the country out of this mess – nor does he seem to care.”