Rep. Malinowski Releases 1st Term Recap, 2nd Term Priorities
(Somerville, NJ) Today, Representative Malinowski shared a recap of his accomplishments from his first term in Congress. Since Rep. Malinowski was first sworn into the House of Representatives in January 2019, he and his staff have been committed to serving the constituents of New Jersey’s 7th Congressional District.
“Serving my constituents in the House of Representatives is the honor of a lifetime,” said Representative Malinowski. “As we begin the 117th Congress, I remain committed to helping residents through the COVID-19 crisis, securing federal resources for critical infrastructure, and defending our democracy at home and abroad. I am proud of all we have accomplished so far, and I look forward to continuing my work in Congress for the people of New Jersey’s 7th Congressional District.”
Highlights from Rep. Malinowski’s first term in Congress include:
Constituent Casework: Since the start of his term, Rep. Malinowski and his staff have opened over 5,000 casework requests from constituents and thus far have resolved over 3,600. Many of these requests come from constituents seeking help securing unemployment benefits and small business resources during the pandemic.
The most effective way to reach out to the office regarding federal casework, is by filling out the online casework form, located here. If you are seeking assistance for an issue regarding unemployment benefits, email firstname.lastname@example.org. For issues regarding the Small Business Administration, including Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans, email email@example.com. Please provide contact information and a detailed explanation of your case when reaching out. While we cannot guarantee you a favorable outcome, we will do our best to reach back out and help you receive a fair and timely response to your problem.
Connecting with Constituents: Rep. Malinowski has hosted over 70 virtual and in-person town halls and has attended over 350 public events around the district. The office has also held over 1,000 meetings with constituents since the start of the Congressional term, and completed over 64,000 letters, emails and phone calls.
Though the offices in Somerville and in Washington, DC have suspended in-person activity, Rep. Malinowski and staff have continued to connect with constituents one-on-one in a variety of ways. To request a meeting with the Congressman or a staff member, click here. The Congressman plans to continue to hold virtual events to engage with constituents amid the COVID-19 pandemic. To stay up to date on Rep. Malinowski’s upcoming virtual events, click here.
Supporting Local Small Businesses: Through the CARES Act and other legislation, Rep. Malinowski helped deliver more than $1.7 billion in forgivable loans to over 15,000 small businesses and non-profits in the 7th district, supporting over 140,000 jobs. For more information on the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans in the 7th District click here.
In December 2020, Congress enacted a bipartisan COVID-19 relief bill, which included an additional $284 billion to support small businesses across America through the PPP. Qualifying small businesses in New Jersey’s 7th Congressional District will have the opportunity to apply for a second round of this vital loan program. If residents of NJ-07 have any issues securing a PPP loan, or need assistance with the Small Business Administration, please email your contact information and the details surrounding your case to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Funding Wins: Since his first days in Congress, Rep. Malinowski has successfully fought for billions of dollars of federal funding to champion New Jersey’s priorities. These include:
- Portal North Bridge: Secured $248 million in Capital Investment Grants (CIG) funding for the Portal North Bridge - a key component of the broader Gateway Project.
- Fighting Domestic Terrorism: Secured over $35 million for Department of Homeland Security Programs to prevent domestic terrorism, including the Office of Targeted Violence and Terrorism Prevention (TVTP) grants. Representative Malinowski led the effort to restore funding the Trump administration cut for this program in 2019, and championed additional funds this year, securing an increase of $21 million above FY20.
- Raritan River Basin Flood Risk Management Project: Advanced $157.4 million for the Raritan River Basin Flood Risk Management Project (Green Brook Sub Basin), which will be used to address the ongoing risk of severe storm-induced flooding in the area.
- Frenchtown Sewer System: Supported local efforts to secure a $1,388,288 grant and a $1,590,000 loan from the Water and Waste Disposal Loans and Grants program to install a new gravity sanitary sewer system to each house in the Hilltop area of the Borough of Frenchtown.
Legislative Achievements: Throughout the 116th Congress, Rep. Malinowski has introduced 22 bills, 5 resolutions, and has cosponsored over 500 pieces of legislation. Legislation introduced by Representative Malinowski that has passed in the House of Representatives includes:
- Rahway River Flood Risk Management Feasibility Study: The Water Resources Development Act included a provision championed by Rep. Malinowski to require the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to expedite the completion of the Rahway River Flood Risk Management Feasibility Study, and to stay engaged with local leaders to determine and carry out the work necessary to prevent further flooding. This legislation was enacted into law as part of the 2021 government funding bill.
- Protect and Restore America’s Estuaries Act: Nearly doubles funding to improve the water quality and ecological integrity of some of America’s most important estuaries, including the New York-New Jersey Harbor & Estuary Program, which includes parts of the Raritan, Rahway, Elizabeth, and Hackensack Rivers. This legislation has passed the Senate and is awaiting President Trump’s signature.
- VA Serious Mental Illness Act: Requires the VA to establish a working group to review how the VA and its practitioners address mental, behavioral, and emotional disorders. This legislation was enacted into law as part of S. 785, the Commander John Scott Hannon Veterans Mental Health Care Improvement Act.
- Condemning QAnon and rejecting the conspiracy theories it promotes: A resolution Condemning QAnon, a movement promoting a collection of unfounded conspiracy theories that have spread widely on the internet since 2017.
- The Transportation Funding Fairness Act: Makes it easier for states to finance their portion of infrastructure projects, such as the Gateway project, that are jointly funded by federal and state governments.
- Fairness for Landowners Facing Eminent Domain Act: Reforms the Natural Gas Act to protect property owners facing eminent domain for the construction of pipelines.
- Providing Protective Equipment (PPE) Act of 2020: Ensures that the United States has a properly stocked and maintained Strategic National Stockpile (SNS) to combat future health crises. The key provisions of this legislation were enacted into law as part of the 2021 government funding bill.
- Know the Price Act: Protects consumers by requiring health care providers and insurers to disclose the cost of procedures and services recommended to the patient. This legislation was enacted into law as part of the 2021 government funding bill.
- Corporate Transparency Act: Requires all companies registered in the United States to disclose their actual owners, closing a loophole that allowed foreign corrupt officials, criminals, terrorists, and tax evaders to hide their money in anonymously owned shell companies. This legislation was enacted into law as part of the 2021 defense bill.
Additional legislation introduced by Rep. Malinowski includes:
- Protecting Americans from Dangerous Algorithms Act: Holds large social media platforms accountable for their algorithmic amplification of harmful, radicalizing content that leads to offline violence.
- Higher Education Student Protection Act: Holds institutions of higher education—including predatory for-profit colleges—accountable for spending disproportionately on advertising, marketing, recruitment, and lobbying relative to actual instruction.
- Expanding Health Care Options for Early Retirees Act: Allows retired first responders—including police officers, firefighters, and EMTs—to buy into Medicare beginning at age 50.
- Natural Infrastructure and Resilience Act: Defines natural infrastructure in the FAST Act, and allows natural infrastructure projects to apply for U.S. Department of Transportation grants.
The 117th Congress: As the 117th Congress begins, Rep. Malinowski remains committed to fighting for the priorities of New Jersey's 7th district. These priorities include:
- Additional COVID-19 relief, especially for our state and local governments.
- Prioritizing the affordability and accessibility of healthcare for all Americans as we continue to navigate this public health crisis.
- Working with the incoming Biden Administration to secure funding and approvals for the remainder of the Gateway Project, including for the Hudson River Tunnel.
- Fighting for the full restoration of our State and Local Tax Deduction (SALT).
- Continuing his work to hold large social media platforms accountable for their algorithmic amplification of harmful, radicalizing content that leads to offline violence by reintroducing the Protecting Americans from Dangerous Algorithms Act. As well as advocating for the resources law enforcement require to effectively combat the national rise in domestic terrorism.
- Working with the incoming Biden Administration to defend American democracy at home and rebuild our moral leadership abroad.
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