Press Releases

Jul 2, 2014

Payne Celebrates 50th Anniversary of Civil Rights Act

Issues: Local Issues

Today, Congressman Donald M. Payne, Jr. (NJ-10) marked the 50th anniversary of the landmark Civil Rights Act. Fifty years ago, on July 2, 1964, President Lyndon Johnson signed this historic bill into law, marking the most sweeping civil rights legislation since Reconstruction.

Jun 30, 2014

Payne Deeply Disappointed in SCOTUS Hobby Lobby Decision

Issues: Local Issues

Payne expresses deep disappointment in Supreme Court of the United States decision in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby, allowing for-profit corporations to exclude birth control coverage in their employees’ insurance plans.

Jun 25, 2014

Payne Honors East Orange Resident Althea Gibson, Introduces Bill to Award Congressional Gold Medal for Breaking Down Racial Barriers in Sports

Issues: Local Issues

Rep. Donald M. Payne, Jr. (NJ-10) today introduced legislation to posthumously confer a Congressional Gold Medal to Althea Gibson for her ground-breaking achievements in athletics and her commitment to ending racial discrimination and prejudice in the world of athletics.

Jun 25, 2014

On 1 Year Anniversary of Shelby County v. Holder Decision and 50th Anniversary of Freedom Summer, Payne Calls on Congress to Pass the Voting Rights Amendment Act

Issues: Local Issues

Rep. Payne, Jr. spoke on the House floor on the one year anniversary of the Supreme Court decision of Shelby County v. Holder, which gutted Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, Payne said that an amendment to the Voting Rights Act is needed now more than ever.

Jun 24, 2014


Rep. Donald M. Payne, Jr. (NJ-10) as Ranking Member of the Committee on Homeland Security, Subcommittee on Emergency Preparedness, Response, and Communications, hosted a field hearing entitled: “Mass Gathering Security: A Look at the Coordinated Approach to Super Bowl XLVIII in New Jersey and Other Large Scale Events.”

Jun 16, 2014

Payne and DiVincenzo Partner with MEND to Announce Online Food Drive to Curb Hunger

Issues: Local Issues

Congressman Donald M. Payne, Jr. and Essex Counter Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr. joined MEND to unveil a countywide online food drive held between June 1 and June 30 to raise fresh produce and other food for families and individuals in need in Essex County.

Jun 11, 2014

Committee Passes Payne Emergency Communications Bill; Accepts Amendment to Improve Interoperable Communications

Today, H.R. 4289, the DHS Interoperable Communications Act, a bill Congressman Donald M. Payne, Jr. (NJ-10) introduced, unanimously passed through the House Committee on Homeland Security.

Jun 9, 2014

Payne Praises President Obama’s New Action to Help Student Loan Borrowers; Also Calls on Congress to Pass Student Loan Refinancing Bill

Issues: Education

Rep. Payne, Jr. praises President Obama for executive action that will help millions of families save on student loan repayments, making a college affordable within reach for millions more hardworking families.

Jun 2, 2014

Payne Joins 62 Members, Applaud Senate Judiciary Hearings on Overturning Citizens United, McCutcheon Rulings

Issues: Local Issues

Congressman Donald M. Payne, Jr. (NJ-10) and 62 Members of Congress sent a letter applauding Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-VT) for holding Senate Judiciary Committee hearings on amending the Constitution to overturn Citizens United v. FEC, McCutcheon v. FEC, and other court decisions responsible for eroding our federal campaign finance laws.