Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Aid was voted on in two packages, both of them passing the U.S. House of Representatives.
The U.S. House of Representatives voted to approve a Hurricane Sandy relief package totaling $50.7 billion Tuesday night, the culmination of a contentious day that included charges of overspending from House Republicans and demands from legislators in Sandy-affected areas for their Congressional peers to do the right thing. The aid was approved in two measures, the first in the form of a $17 billion package designed to provide immediate aid primarily to victims of Sandy in New York and New Jersey, and the second, overarching package, adding an additional $33.7 billion in aid and bringing the total to more than $50 billion. The purpose of splitting the aid package, presumably, was to give House Republicans the chance to vote for immediate …
Friday, January 4, 2013
The U.S. House of Representatives approved an initial round of funding for the National Flood Insurance Program. Another $50 billion could come Jan. 15.
The U.S. House of Representatives approved a measure late Friday afternoon allowing the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to borrow $9.7 billion to pay insurance claims made by victims of Hurricane Sandy. The bill, HR 41, temporarily increases the borrowing authority of FEMA to allow the agency to carry out payment claims made by property owners to the National Flood Insurance Program. Congress moved to approve the funding stop-gap Friday after concerns were raised that aid for Sandy victims had been delayed too long. The House, specifically, Majority Speaker John Boehner, R-OH, came under fire for tabling a Sandy aid package until after the New Year. Congress is expected to vote on two additional bills authorizing more than $…
Saturday, December 29, 2012
The $60.4 billion aid package needs to pass in Congress before it reaches the President's desk.
A $60.4 billion Hurricane Sandy relief bill was approved by the U.S. Senate Friday, New Jersey Sen. Frank Lautenberg's office announced, putting it a House of Representatives passage away from reaching President Barack Obama's desk for certain signing. The bill was crafted in part by Lautenberg, vice chairman of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee, and would primarily benefit New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. The aid package, requested by Obama and championed by state officials, including Gov. Chris Christie, passed with bipartisan support in the Senate, 62-32. Congress has yet to vote on the bill, though the Republican-controlled House has raised significant opposition to the aid package. At a recent town hall, Christie urged …
Tuesday, March 6, 2012
Congressman outlines three bills to help small businesses
Tuesday, March 6, 2012
Column as submitted by Congressman John Runyan: Our nation has seen glimmers of hope in recent months when it comes to our nation's economy but the reality is that there are still millions upon millions of people unemployed. In fact, many of the unemployed have been looking for jobs for so long that they have given up hope of finding a job and have decided to take themselves out of the work force. Small businesses are the backbone of our community, region and nation's economy. With small businesses accounting for a disproportionally larger role in job creation, it is important we help these businesses grow and expand. That is why House Republicans introduced a truly bipartisan bill that is aimed solely at creating an environment where …
Friday, February 24, 2012
U.S. Rep. says students' work in the sciences is important in guiding environmental policy
U.S. Rep. Jon Runyan made a visit to the Marine Academy of Technology and Environmental Sciences Thursday, allowing students to put their skills and accomplishments on display, and offering local conservation nonprofits that work closely with the county-run school some face time with the congressman. It was Runyan’s first visit to the Manahawkin science- and math-oriented high school, which is part of the Ocean County Vocational Technical School District and gives more than 200 bright students the chance to take college-level science courses, conduct field research and run an endangered species conservation program while getting their high school degrees. After a trio of seniors guided Runyan through classrooms and labs filled with tanks …
Wednesday, January 18, 2012
Discussion on the federal legislation before Congress
Wednesday, January 18, 2012
An online protest of the SOPA and PIPA legislation is building today with Wikipedia blacking out its content, encouraging users to contact legislators on the two bills. Now before both houses of Congress, SOPA and PIPA aim to curtail piracy and strengthen protection of intellectual property, but opposition says it's at the expense of the free distribution of information and is tantamount to censorship. We've put up a poll to share your thoughts on the legislation. The full text of the bills can be found online here and here. Where ever your opinion falls on the subject, to share your thoughts with legislators, though, first determine which legislative district you reside. Toms River is in New Jersey's Third Congressional district, …