Verona In Washington: Climate Change, Children’s Safety, Immigrants

By on June 4, 2017

The week after Memorial Day is a so-called state work period for the legislators who represent Verona in Washington. Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-NJ11) paid a visit to NJIT, while Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ) embarked on a “Jersey Jobs” tour that took him to Union County College and the Kearney Point co-working space.

Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) condemned the Trump administration’s June 1 decision to withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement on his Twitter account. ““When it comes to addressing an issue as urgent as climate change, President Trump is just plain wrong: it’s not economy versus the environment or America versus the world,” Booker also said in a statement. “It’s future versus past; progress and opportunity versus retreat and surrender. Leaving the Paris Agreement means the US will lag behind the rest of the world in creating the jobs of the future and it will set back our collective efforts to confront the dangers of climate change.” Booker is a member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee and its Foreign Relations Committee.

Frelinghuysen, who lists his actions to help New Jersey’s environment on his website, had nothing to say about the Paris Climate Agreement decision. He devoted his weekly newsletter to several child safety bills that the House approved recently, including H.R. 1761 and H.R. 1973.

Booker and Menendez also joined with Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) in sending a letter to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security after multiple reports of what they termed “inhumane conditions” in immigrant detention centers. The senators said that detained immigrants are not receiving adequate medical attention.

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“Verona In Washington” is a weekly column summing up the activity of Verona’s representatives in Congress.

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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