Press Releases

Mar 15, 2013

GOP Votes NO to Raise Minimum Wage, Passes Bill that Undermines Investments in Jobs Training

Today, the House passed H.R. 803, the SKILLS Act. The bill freezes WIA program funding for FY2014-2020, which has already been cut in half since 2001, and also consolidates or eliminates 35 programs, most of them WIA programs, into state block grants. That block granting would give states wide discretion to pick and choose eligible groups of participants according to the political and ideological predispositions of their Governors. The bill would also limit the role of organized labor in Workforce Investment Boards. Congressman Donald M. Payne, Jr. voted NO on the bill.

Mar 13, 2013

Ryan Republican Budget Out of Touch with New Jersey's Needs and Priorities

Rep. Donald M. Payne, Jr. issued the following statement after Budget Chairman Paul Ryan unveiled the Republican budget for 2013 yesterday.

Mar 6, 2013

Payne Calls On Congress to Raise Minimum Wage

Rep. Donald M. Payne, Jr. signed on as an original co-sponsor to the Fair Minimum Wage Act to raise the minimum wage to $10.10 over the next three years and tie future annual increases to the rate of inflation.

Mar 1, 2013

Payne, Menendez, Pallone & Pascrell Hold Press Conference at Newark Airport

Today, Congressmen Donald M. Payne, Jr. (NJ-10), Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-06), Bill Pascrell (NJ-09) and U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ) gathered today at Newark’s Liberty to speak out about the massive across the board spending cuts and their pending impact on air travel and airport safety.

Feb 28, 2013

Payne Overjoyed with Passage of Violence Against Women Act

Today, the House passed the expanded Senate version of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) by a margin of 286-138. The expanded VAWA passed today extends protections to LGBT, Native Americans, and immigrants as well as strengthens criminal human trafficking laws, addresses the problem of sexual assault on college campuses, and increases the ability for law enforcement to respond to sexual assault cases.

Feb 27, 2013

Payne Introduces Gun Buy Back Bill

Congressman Donald M. Payne, Jr. introduced the Safer Neighborhoods Gun Buy Back Act of 2013, a bill that increases incentives to sell back the most widely used guns in crimes around the country, provides a stimulus to the economy, and recycles the sold guns into environmentally friendly objects needed throughout the community.

Feb 22, 2013

Rep. Payne, Jr. Praises Opening of Baxter Park

Congressman Donald M. Payne, Jr., spoke at the grand opening of Baxter Park, a nearly $32 million, 90-unit mixed income rental property – once a place to avoid, now a beacon of hope for the Broad Street Station District. Congressman Payne, Jr. praised the work of the Newark Housing Authority for its vision and the dedication of Keith Kinard, NHA Executive Director, in making Baxter Park a reality, saying that Baxter Park is a leap forward in providing more quality, affordable housing for the people of Newark.

Feb 15, 2013

Rep. Donald M. Payne, Jr. Opposes Effort to Freeze Federal Employee Pay

Instead of working on solutions to prevent sequestration and deep, automatic cuts that will devastate New Jerseyans

Feb 14, 2013

Congressman Donald M. Payne, Jr. Introduces Resolution Designating March 2013 National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

Issues: Health Care

Washington, DC – Today, Congressman Donald M. Payne, Jr. introduced a resolution, to designate March 2013 National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month.

Feb 14, 2013

Statement on Retirement of Senator Lautenberg

Senator Frank Lautenberg has been an incredible public servant to the people and families of New Jersey, and he will be sorely missed in Congress.

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