Representative Malinowski Releases Progress Report for New Jersey’s 7th District
(Somerville, NJ) Today, Representative Malinowski shares updates 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.
“I’m proud of what my offices in Washington and New Jersey have accomplished over the last two years,” said Rep. Malinowski. “From helping thousands of constituents with issues related to the COVID-19 crisis to securing vital funding for the Portal North Bridge, my highest priority is helping the people of New Jersey’s 7th District.”
Highlights from Rep. Malinowski’s first term in Congress so far include:
Constituent Casework: Since the start of his term, Rep. Malinowski and his staff have opened over 4,500 casework requests from constituents and have resolved over 3,000. Many of these cases 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 email@example.com. For issues regarding the Small Business Administration, including Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans, email firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 60 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 55,000 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: Following the release of data from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) on PPP in July, Rep. Malinowski announced nearly 15,000 small businesses and non-profits in New Jersey’s 7th district have received PPP loans, totaling more than $1 billion, and supporting over 135,000 jobs. For more information on PPP loans in the 7th District click here.
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: Led effort to reestablish and fund the Targeted Violence and Terrorism Prevention Grants program at the Department of Homeland Security for $10 million.
- 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.
- Early Childhood Education: Championed nearly $20 billion in funding to support early childhood education programs, a $4 billion increase over the previous year budget, and the largest single year increase ever provided for these programs.
Legislative Achievements: Throughout the 116th Congress, Rep. Malinowski has introduced 20 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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 (NGA) 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.
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.
- 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.
- 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.
Rep. Malinowski’s office frequently provides constituents with updates from Congress through our e-newsletter. Click here to receive the latest information directly to your inbox. To reach our office, please call (908) 547-3307, or visit https://malinowski.house.gov/contact.