Verona In Washington: Special Prosecutor Cheered, Frelinghuysen Faces Ethics Questions

By on May 21, 2017

The men who represent Verona in Congress haven’t agreed on too many things lately, but they all applauded this past week’s decision by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to appoint former FBI Director Robert Mueller to investigate Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-11) said in his weekly email newsletter that “It is important that Mr. Mueller and the Congressional Committees follow the facts, no matter where they lead.” “We must get to the bottom of Russia’s dangerous and unprecedented interference in our election to hold accountable those responsible and ensure it doesn’t happen again,” said Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ). “What’s important now,” said Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ), “is that we make certain this investigation has the necessary resources, free of conflicts of interests and shielded from partisan politics.”

But the spotlight that was trained on Frelinghuysen all week had nothing to do with Russia. On Monday, WNYC reported that the congressman had sent a fundraising letter to a Lakeland Bank board member criticizing a bank employee for her involvement in a group opposing Frelinghuysen. Saily Avelenda resigned after having to write an explanatory note to the bank’s CEO. “I thought my Congressman put [Lakeland] in a situation, and put me in a really bad situation as the constituent, and used his name, used his position and used his stationery to try to punish me,” she told the radio station.

The story was picked up by media outlets across the country. The Campaign for Accountability, an ethics watchdog, filed a complaint with the Office of Congressional Ethics on Tuesday. On Friday, the Cook Political Report said Frelinghuysen, who once seemed to have an invincible hold on the 11th district, is now just a slight favorite to be re-elected. Inside Elections, another election watch site, took Frelinghuysen down a notch on Saturday, though it still has the 11th in the “likely Republican” category for 2018.

“Verona In Washington” is a weekly column summing up the activity of Verona’s representatives in Congress. Here are the legislative actions by Verona’s federal representatives, both major and procedural, during the week of May 15-19:

May 15, 2017 5:31 p.m. — Vote
Motion to Invoke Cloture on the Nomination of Jeffrey A. Rosen to be Deputy Secretary of Transportation: Jeffrey A. Rosen, of Virginia, to be Deputy Secretary of Transportation
Cloture Motion Agreed to 52/42
Sen. Booker [D-NJ]: Nay
Sen. Menéndez [D-NJ]: Nay

May 16, 2017 — Introduced
S. 1140: A bill to repeal the Congressional Review Act, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Cory Booker [D-NJ]
This bill was referred to the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs which will consider it before sending it to the Senate floor for consideration.

May 16, 2017 5:17 p.m. — Vote
On the Nomination PN102: Jeffrey A. Rosen, of Virginia, to be Deputy Secretary of Transportation
Nomination Confirmed 56/42
Sen. Booker [D-NJ]: Nay
Sen. Menéndez [D-NJ]: Nay

May 16, 2017 6:53 p.m. — Vote
H.R. 1616: Strengthening State and Local Cyber Crime Fighting Act of 2017
Passed 408/3
Rep. Frelinghuysen [R-NJ11]: Yea

May 17, 2017 12:01 p.m. — Vote
Motion to Invoke Cloture on the Nomination of Rachel L. Brand, of Iowa, to be Associate Attorney General: Rachel L. Brand, of Iowa, to be Associate Attorney General
Cloture Motion Agreed to 51/47
Sen. Booker [D-NJ]: Nay
Sen. Menéndez [D-NJ]: Nay

May 17, 2017 1:49 p.m. — Vote
On Ordering the Previous Question: H.Res. 323: Providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 115) to amend title 18, United …
Passed 230/189
Rep. Frelinghuysen [R-NJ11]: Yea

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May 17, 2017 1:57 p.m. — Vote
H.Res. 323: Providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 115) to amend title 18, United States Code, to provide additional aggravating factors for the imposition of the death penalty based on the status of the victim.
Passed 233/184
Rep. Frelinghuysen [R-NJ11]: Aye

May 17, 2017 6:21 p.m. — Vote
Table Appeal of the Ruling of the Chair
Passed 229/188
Rep. Frelinghuysen [R-NJ11]: Yea

May 17, 2017 6:29 p.m. — Vote
H.R. 1177: Removing Outdated Restrictions to Allow for Job Growth Act
Passed 418/1
Rep. Frelinghuysen [R-NJ11]: Yea

May 17, 2017 — Ordered Reported by Committee
S. 842: Fair Chance Act

Sponsor: Sen. Cory Booker [D-NJ]
Last Action: Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs. Ordered to be reported without amendment favorably.
Explanation: The committees assigned to this bill sent it to the House or Senate as a whole for consideration on May 17, 2017.

May 17, 2017 — Introduced
S. 1147: A bill to amend the Public Health Service Act to provide for the expansion, intensification, and coordination of the programs and activities of the National Institutes of Health with respect to Tourette syndrome.

Sponsor: Sen. Robert “Bob” Menéndez [D-NJ]
This bill was referred to the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions which will consider it before sending it to the Senate floor for consideration.

May 18, 2017 — Ordered Reported by Committee
S. 793: Shark Fin Trade Elimination Act of 2017
Sponsor: Sen. Cory Booker [D-NJ]
Last Action: Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation. Ordered to be reported with an amendment in the nature of a substitute favorably.
Explanation: The committees assigned to this bill sent it to the House or Senate as a whole for consideration on May 18, 2017.

May 18, 2017 12:02 p.m. — Vote
On the Nomination PN57: Rachel L. Brand, of Iowa, to be Associate Attorney General
Nomination Confirmed 52/46
Sen. Booker [D-NJ]: Nay
Sen. Menéndez [D-NJ]: Nay

May 18, 2017 12:30 p.m. — Vote
Motion to Invoke Cloture on the Nomination of Terry Branstad, of Iowa, to be Ambassador to the People’s Republic of China : Terry Branstad, of Iowa, to be Ambassador to the People’s Republic of China

Cloture Motion Agreed to 86/12
Sen. Booker [D-NJ]: Nay
Sen. Menéndez [D-NJ]: Yea

May 18, 2017 2:38 p.m. — Vote
On Ordering the Previous Question: H.Res. 324: Providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 1039) to amend section 3606 of …

Passed 226/188
Rep. Frelinghuysen [R-NJ11]: Yea

May 18, 2017 2:47 p.m. — Vote
H.Res. 324: Providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 1039) to amend section 3606 of title 18, United States Code, to grant probation officers authority to arrest hostile third parties who obstruct or impede a probation officer in the performance of

Passed 230/184
Rep. Frelinghuysen [R-NJ11]: Aye

May 18, 2017 4:20 p.m. — Vote
H.R. 115: Thin Blue Line Act

Passed 271/143
Rep. Frelinghuysen [R-NJ11]: Yea
Summary H.R. 115 amends the federal criminal code to include the killing or attempted killing of a local or state law enforcement officer or first responder as an aggravating factor in Federal death penalty determinations. The legislation would cover the killing of any law enforcement officer, firefighter, or other first responder, including state and local officials, who are murdered on duty, because of the performance of their duty, or because of their status as a public official.
The Federal Death Penalty Act and related provisions establish the procedure that must be followed before a defendant convicted of a federal capital offense may be executed. The death penalty may be imposed under its provisions only after (1) the defendant is …

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May 18, 2017 4:27 p.m. — Vote
H.R. 1892: Honoring Hometown Heroes Act

Passed 411/1
Rep. Frelinghuysen [R-NJ11]: Yea
H.R. 1892 authorizes the governors of a state or, territory, or possession of the United States and the Mayor of the District of Columbia to proclaim that the U.S. flag shall be flown at half-staff in the event of the death of a first responder (public safety officer) working in such jurisdiction who dies while serving in the line of duty.
The rules for handling and displaying the U.S. Flag are defined by a law known as the U.S. Flag Code. The Flag code allows the President to order the U.S. flag to be flown at half-staff upon the death of principal figures of the United States Government and the Governor of a State, territory …

May 19, 2017 11:39 a.m. — Vote
On Agreeing to the Amendment: Amendment 1 to H R 1039

Failed 178/229
Rep. Frelinghuysen [R-NJ11]: Nay

May 19, 2017 11:47 a.m. — Vote
H.R. 1039: Probation Officer Protection Act of 2017

Passed 229/177
Rep. Frelinghuysen [R-NJ11]: Yea
H.R. 1039 amends the federal criminal code to authorize a probation officer to arrest a person, without warrant, if there is probable cause to believe that person forcibly assaulted or obstructed a probation officer while performing their official duties. The bill also would direct the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts (AOUSC) to implement rules and regulations governing probation officers’ conduct while exercising that authority.

Although obstructing a probation officer in the performance of his or her official duties is illegal, when a probation officer encounters an uncooperative or violent third party, the officer may be forced to retreat because he or she lacks authority to restrain the third party. 

Sen. Robert “Bob” Menendez is a Democrat who has represented New Jersey in the United States Senate since 2006. You can read more about Menendez’ record on GovTrack, an independent developer of open data resources on Congress.

Sen. Cory Booker is a Democrat who has represented New Jersey in the United States Senate since 2013. You can read more about Booker’s record on GovTrack.

Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen, a Republican, represents New Jersey’s 11th Congressional district. Verona has been part of this district since a gerrymandering in 2012. You can read more about Frelinghuysen’s record on GovTrack.

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