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Lautenberg, Menendez, Pallone Call on President to Reconsider Plan to Close NOAA Sandy Hook Lab

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 14, 2012

WASHINGTON—One day after the Obama Administration released a budget plan that eliminates funding for the fisheries lab at Sandy Hook, U.S. Senators Frank R. Lautenberg (D-NJ) and Robert Menendez (D-NJ), and U.S. Rep. Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ), today called on the President to reconsider his decision to close the lab. The members vowed to work through the Congressional appropriations process to restore funding for this successful research facility.

“Today, the research that is performed at the NOAA lab produces vital information on marine species that serves as a foundation for our economy and jobs across the region,” the Congress members wrote to President Obama. “We will work to prevent the closure of this facility during the upcoming appropriations process and we ask that you reconsider your position. The NOAA laboratory at Sandy Hook is a vital facility and maintaining it will allow the important scientific research that is performed in one of the country’s most unique and biologically diverse environments to continue.”

A copy of the letter’s text is below:

February 14, 2012

Dear Mr. President:

We are writing to express our strong opposition to the proposal in your Fiscal Year 2013 Budget to close the NOAA Fisheries Service James J. Howard Marine Sciences Laboratory at Sandy Hook, New Jersey. The closure of this lab would have a negative impact on NOAA’s ability to carry out its mission and damage progress that has been made in fisheries-based scientific research.

The NOAA laboratory, dedicated in September 1961, was the first federal scientific laboratory devoted solely to research on marine recreational species. The opening of this lab reflected the importance of acquiring scientific information to support the sustainability of marine resources that are greatly important to coastal communities. Today, the research that is performed at the NOAA lab produces vital information on marine species that serves as a foundation for our economy and jobs across the region.

The NOAA laboratory at Sandy Hook performs critical research that not only supports New Jersey marine habitats, but also provides greater insight into the issues our nation faces in maintaining a clean and sustainable ocean environment. The decision to close the NOAA laboratory will put all of this critical research at risk and limit our understanding of how we can best protect the ocean environment and the ocean-based economy.

This past September, NOAA staff including Assistant Administrator for NOAA Fisheries Eric Schwaab celebrated 50 years of important achievements made at the NOAA laboratory at Sandy Hook. Now, just a few short months later, your budget proposes to put an end to the important work that is done at the lab.

We will work to prevent the closure of this facility during the upcoming appropriations process and we ask that you reconsider your position. The NOAA laboratory at Sandy Hook is a vital facility and maintaining it will allow the important scientific research that is performed in one of the country’s most unique and biologically diverse environments to continue.

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Senator Lautenberg, Congressman Pallone Call for Action to Eliminate Sudden Infant Death, Stillbirth

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 14, 2011
New Brunswick, NJ –Senator Frank Lautenberg and Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. Monday stood with advocates, doctors and parents who have been affected by either a sudden infant death or stillbirth to call for action on legislation that would have a significant impact finding the causes, raising awareness about and preventing deaths that leave so many families with more questions than answers.
“There is no greater tragedy than when a parent loses a child – but when that child is an infant, the pain is unbearable,” said Senator Lautenberg, “This bill will improve the way we collect data about these deaths so that researchers have the information they need, and it will provide families with the information and support they deserve. It’s time to finally unravel the mysteries behind these deaths.”
Every year, there are more than 25,000 stillbirths in the United States. Many of these deaths are the result of birth defects, infections, umbilical cord problems, and chronic conditions of the mother. However, there is no known cause for as many as half of all stillbirths, leaving many parents without explanations for their loss.
“No parent should have to endure the pain of losing a child, especially without knowing why that child was taken from them so soon,” said Pallone. “Our legislation works for a better chance at life for our nation’s children and works to answer the questions parents face after they lose a child unexpectedly.”

There are more than 4,600 sudden unexpected infant deaths each year and another 200 children between the ages 1 and 4 die without any obvious cause. Additional tragedies could be prevented if there were a better understanding of the deaths.
At the event, which took place at UMDNJ – Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Pallone and Lautenberg stood with parents who have experienced a loss due to a sudden unexplained infant death as well as leaders in the medical profession from Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital and the SIDS Center of New Jersey who are on the forefront of preventing these deaths in children.
Lautenberg and Pallone Monday introduced legislation that will contribute significantly to better understanding the causes of these conditions. The Stillbirth and SUID Prevention, Education, and Awareness Act would:
  • Expand current data collection activities to identify the causes of stillbirth and ways to prevent it in the future;
  • Create a national public awareness and education campaign to educate women about the risk factors for stillbirth, educate women about the importance of prenatal care, and educate parents and caregivers about known SUID risk factors;
  • Expand support services, such as grief counseling, for families who have experienced a stillbirth or SUID loss;
  • Encourage states and local entities to complete scene investigations and autopsies to help determine causes of SUIDs;
  • Expand child death review programs to review the circumstances surrounding infant and child deaths;
  • Establish a national database to track SUID deaths and identify risk factors.

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Lautenberg Stands Up for Everyday Families, Opposes Unfair Budget Deal

Tuesday, August 02, 2011

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Frank R. Lautenberg (D-NJ) issued the following statement after voting against a deficit reduction deal that will cut trillions in funding for critical domestic programs:

“This legislation was a shakedown, not a compromise. Tea Party Republicans held our country hostage until their ideological demands were met, with little regard for what it will mean for the average American family. Our debt ceiling had to be raised – as was done 18 times under President Reagan and seven times under President George W. Bush – but it shouldn’t be done in a way that diminishes access to education and health care, a cleaner environment, or homeland security. Our country’s financial future must include a balanced approach of shared sacrifice; taking trillions from programs that help our children, seniors, and middle class, while asking for nothing more from the wealthy or corporations raking in record profits, is not the picture of a fair and democratic society. We must continue to work to reduce our deficits, but countries, like buildings, cannot be built from the top down without injuring the hope and morale of their people and destabilizing the strength of their foundations.”

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NJ Senators, Congressmen Call on Administration to Reverse Decision to Drill Along East Coast

In letter to President Obama, Menendez, Lautenberg, Pallone and Holt cite Gulf oil spill as most recent evidence of risk to shorelines

WASHINGTON – Today, New Jersey’s two U.S. Senators and two of the state’s Members of Congress called on the Obama administration to reverse its announced plans to open up the East Coast of the United States to oil drilling. In a letter to President Obama, Senators Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and Frank Lautenberg and Reps. Frank Pallone (NJ-6) and Rush Holt (NJ-12) said the current oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico is only the latest example of the real risk drilling poses to coastal communities and the economies they support. Under the administration’s plan, drilling along the coast of Virginia could occur within 100 miles of the Jersey Shore and, eventually, drilling along the coast of Delaware could occur within 10 miles of New Jersey.

“In the wake of the tragic accident, loss of life, and pollution in the Gulf of Mexico from the Deepwater Horizon oil rig, we are even more steadfastly opposed to any offshore drilling that could imperil the environment or economy of coastal New Jersey,” wrote the Members of Congress. “While we appreciate the White House’s announcement that no additional offshore drilling will be authorized until a full investigation of the accident is complete, we urge you to go further and reverse your decision on proposed new offshore oil and gas drilling for the outer continental shelf.

“The spill, and the conduct of companies like BP, raises serious concerns about expanding drilling to areas like the Atlantic seaboard. This catastrophe demonstrates exactly why no new drilling should proceed in any U.S. waters, and certainly not in the Atlantic. This incident exposes the many deficiencies in worker safety, blow out avoidance technology, and oil spill clean-up plans for operations in the outer continental shelf. We simply are not prepared to make our pristine Jersey shoreline the next test case for the oil companies’ experiment in how to maximize profits and minimize regulations.”

Read the PDF of the letter to President Obama >>> Here

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Monmouth County to receive $1.2 million in federal stimulus money

In a press release just issued, the Monmouth County Freeholders have announced that the county will be recieveing $1.2 million from President Obama’s economic stimulus package and is to be used for the prevention of homelessness in the county. The money will be dispersed through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) under the emergency shelter grants program.

Deputy Freeholder Director John D’Amico, is expecting the the county will collect more funds from the stimulus package in the coming months based on the following qoute from the release.

“The county stands to benefit from President Obama’s economic stimulus package in many ways, not only are we in line for stimulus money to help prevent homelessness, but the county has a number of shovel-ready construction projects that are awaiting approval. These include bridge replacement and road resurfacing projects.”

Below is the text of the press release:

FREEHOLD – The Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders received confirmation today from Sen. Frank Lautenberg’s office that it will receive $1.2 million from President Obama’s economic stimulus package for the prevention of homelessness in the county.

The money will be dispersed through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development under the emergency shelter grants program. Typically, money from this fund is used to keep people in their homes by assisting with rent, relocation and utility bills.

“This is good news for Monmouth County, where despite our relative affluence we have a great many people who struggle on a daily basis just to get by,” Freeholder Director Barbara J. McMorrow said. “That situation is only compounded by the economic downturn, placing additional pressure on our many nonprofit agencies that help prevent homelessness. This will be welcome news.”

“Just last month the county, in partners with our nonprofit agencies, conducted a program to help those who are homeless or who are facing homelessness,” said Freeholder Amy H. Mallet, liaison to the Department of Human Services. “The problem is very real for many county residents, and this money will go a long way toward helping those among us who are in need of assistance.”

News of the grant comes just days after the county received word that it would receive $810,000 from the Economic Recovery Act of 2009 for Community Development Block Grants. These grants will be dispersed among municipalities and nonprofits that do public services. Typically, they are dispersed among municipalities and nonprofits on a competitive basis.

Details of how the stimulus money in each of these grants can be appropriated has not yet been finalized and, therefore, exact use of the funds is still to be determined.

“The county stands to benefit from President Obama’s economic stimulus package in many ways,” Freeholder Deputy Director John D’Amico said. “Not only are we in line for stimulus money to help prevent homelessness, but the county has a number of shovel-ready construction projects that are awaiting approval. These include bridge replacement and road resurfacing projects.”


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>$500k To Help Business, Environmental Research in New Jersey

>Press Release

Grants Will Help Spur Manufacturing, Study of Oceans and Shores.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sens. Frank R. Lautenberg (D-NJ) and Robert Menendez (D-NJ) today announced that the U.S. Department of Commerce (USDOC) has awarded more than $500,000 to the New Jersey Manufacturing Extension Partnership (NJMEP) and the New Jersey Marine Sciences Consortium. The NJMEP grant will help state-based manufacturers increase their productivity and the Marine Sciences grant will help support New Jersey Sea Grant Program.

“New Jersey is home to some of the country’s most innovative research facilities,” Sen. Lautenberg said. “With these funds, we can help increase productivity and innovation, even in these tough economic times.”

“The loss of manufacturing jobs in this country has been a major detriment to our economy, which is why support for the New Jersey Manufacturing Extension Program is so important. Helping to grow and bolster our manufacturing sector in New Jersey helps create jobs and spurs economic activity in our state,” said U.S. Senator Robert Menendez. “The Marine Sciences Grant will continue to support coastal management by putting research to practical use. This grant ultimately benefits future generations of New Jerseyans by preserving our natural resources as well as growing the economy of our coast communities.”

The two grants are as follows:

NJMEP: $139,965 to keep providing of services to manufacturers to aid them in growth, productivity and efficiency.

Marine Sciences Grant: $403,797 for New Jersey Marine Sciences Consortium for their New Jersey Sea Grant program. The Sea Grant is a comprehensive research, outreach and education program that helps us better understand the oceans and costal zones, and how to use the resources they provide us.
Since September 2008, Senators Lautenberg and Menendez have announced more than $1.5 million in federal funding to help support New Jersey’s businesses.

Contact:
Lautenberg Press Office (202) 224-3224

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$500k To Help Business, Environmental Research in New Jersey

Press Release

Grants Will Help Spur Manufacturing, Study of Oceans and Shores.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sens. Frank R. Lautenberg (D-NJ) and Robert Menendez (D-NJ) today announced that the U.S. Department of Commerce (USDOC) has awarded more than $500,000 to the New Jersey Manufacturing Extension Partnership (NJMEP) and the New Jersey Marine Sciences Consortium. The NJMEP grant will help state-based manufacturers increase their productivity and the Marine Sciences grant will help support New Jersey Sea Grant Program.

“New Jersey is home to some of the country’s most innovative research facilities,” Sen. Lautenberg said. “With these funds, we can help increase productivity and innovation, even in these tough economic times.”

“The loss of manufacturing jobs in this country has been a major detriment to our economy, which is why support for the New Jersey Manufacturing Extension Program is so important. Helping to grow and bolster our manufacturing sector in New Jersey helps create jobs and spurs economic activity in our state,” said U.S. Senator Robert Menendez. “The Marine Sciences Grant will continue to support coastal management by putting research to practical use. This grant ultimately benefits future generations of New Jerseyans by preserving our natural resources as well as growing the economy of our coast communities.”

The two grants are as follows:

NJMEP: $139,965 to keep providing of services to manufacturers to aid them in growth, productivity and efficiency.

Marine Sciences Grant: $403,797 for New Jersey Marine Sciences Consortium for their New Jersey Sea Grant program. The Sea Grant is a comprehensive research, outreach and education program that helps us better understand the oceans and costal zones, and how to use the resources they provide us.
Since September 2008, Senators Lautenberg and Menendez have announced more than $1.5 million in federal funding to help support New Jersey’s businesses.

Contact:
Lautenberg Press Office (202) 224-3224

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