Democrats pick up at least 3 House seats in New Jersey
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey voters on Tuesday delivered three Republican-controlled House seats to Democrats, ousting a Republican incumbent and converting two open GOP-held seats to Democratic control.
Their victories mean Democrats have picked up at least three new seats in New Jersey, where another closely watched race has not yet been called. Democrats had controlled seven seats to Republicans' five.
NJ congressional candidates spar over immigration, Pelosi
OGDENSBURG, N.J. (AP) — The New Jersey Democrat hoping to ride a blue wave to victory in a long-held Republican district, and her GOP rival, who has President Donald Trump's endorsement, traded jabs Tuesday in their first debate, clashing over immigration, Nancy Pelosi and term limits.
Congress considering nearly $1.7B Florence relief package
WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress is starting to consider almost $1.7 billion in new money to aid recovery efforts from Florence.
Lawmakers already are facing a deadline this week to fund the government before the start of the new budget year Oct. 1, and members of Congress will try to act on the disaster relief along with separate legislation to fund the government.
Congress passes spending deal, bids to avert gov’t shutdown
WASHINGTON (AP) — Moving to head off a government shutdown that neither party wants, Congress has overwhelmingly approved a compromise spending bill and pledged agreement on a short-term bill to fund the government through early December.
Rodney Frelinghuysen, GOP chairman: No waste in $1.3 trillion spending bill
House Republicans' spending chief told his colleagues Wednesday that there is no waste in the $1.3 trillion spending bill lawmakers are rushing through Congress this week.
Tarnished prizes: Top jobs in Congress no longer so coveted
WASHINGTON (AP) — Lawmakers spend their careers eying coveted committee chairmanships, angling for a chance at the power and perks that come with the top spot.
Republican Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen of New Jersey is bowing out after one term at the helm of a major panel.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Rep. Mike Simpson appears to be eyeing the chairmanship of the House Appropriations Committee.
Shortly after current chair Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen announced on Monday that he will not seek re-election in 2018, Simpson issued a statement indicating that he would consider the chairman position.
Once power players, committee chairmen head for the exits
WASHINGTON (AP) — Lawmakers spend their careers eying coveted committee chairmanships, angling for the chance at the perks and power that came with the top spot.
Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen is bowing out after one term.
Rodney Frelinghuysen, appropriations committee chairman, won’t seek re-election
Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen, chairman of the powerful House Appropriations Committee, announced Monday he won't seek re-election, boosting the chances for another Democratic pick-up opportunity ahead of the 2018 midterms.
Mr. Frelinhuysen said that he has always tried to work in a bipartisan manner and that his father, who served in the House for two decades, reminded him often that "we are temporary stewards of the public trust."
The Latest: House GOP unveils $81B disaster aid measure
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the fight in Congress over the spending bill (all times local):
House Republicans have unveiled an $81 billion disaster aid measure that almost doubles last month's request by President Donald Trump.
The sweeping measure is scheduled for a vote this week and would bring the total appropriated by lawmakers to respond to this year's spate of hurricanes to more than $130 billion, exceeding the cost of Hurricane Katrina in 2005.
Hurricane state Republicans demand disaster aid by Christmas
WASHINGTON (AP) — Lawmakers from hard-hit states such as Florida are demanding tens of billions of dollars of hurricane relief and rebuilding funds as part of another temporary Washington spending bill to keep the government from shutting down over Christmas.
The Latest: GOP leader offers huge budget boost for military
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on legislation to prevent a government shutdown (all times local):
A key House Republican has unveiled a measure to deliver a huge budget increase to the Pentagon and prevent a government shutdown at the end of next week.
Drawing the line: Lawmakers write letter to oppose border wall, appropriations bill
BROWNSVILLE — U.S. Rep. Filemon Vela is vowing to oppose bills on the House floor that attach what he calls “poison pills” like border wall funding.
Vela, D-Brownsville, has joined his Border Caucus Co-Chair Raul Grijalva, D-Arizona, in penning a letter in opposition to the 2018 Homeland Security Appropriations Bill.
WASHINGTON (AP) — A huge railroad and transit project to build new bridge and tunnel capacity for travel between New York and New Jersey would receive a whopping $900 million next year if a senior New Jersey Republican has his way.
MORRISTOWN, N.J. (AP) — Republican U.S. Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen defended his vote to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act during a telephone town hall.
Frelinghuysen took multiple questions from constituents during an hour-long virtual meeting Tuesday. Callers expressed their concerns about the plan to replace the ACA. One caller asked why Frelinghuysen voted for a bill he previously said needed to be improved.
MORRISTOWN, N.J. (AP) — Dozens of protesters congregated Friday at the office of a Republican congressman who wrote a letter to a donor mentioning that a member of an opposition group worked for him.
The protesters gathered at Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen's office in Morristown, NJ.com (http://bit.ly/2q4CmTY) reported.
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A nonpartisan watchdog group asked Tuesday that officials determine if a New Jersey congressman violated House ethics rules when he notified a bank board member that an employee had joined a group critical of him and President Donald Trump's policies.
The Campaign for Accountability asked the Office of Congressional Ethics to investigate longtime Republican U.S. Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen, who chairs the House Appropriations Committee.
- The Washington Times'minibus' deal reached to fund Defense department, othersSeptember 13, 2018
- The Washington TimesCongress eyes stopgap funding through Dec. 7 to avoid partial shutdownSeptember 13, 2018
- The Washington TimesHouse passes $58.7 billion funding package for interior, environment, financial services in 2019July 19, 2018
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A woman who joined a group critical of a Republican congressman and President Donald Trump's policies says she quit her job after the congressman referred to her in a fundraising letter to her employer.
Saily Avelenda, who worked as an attorney for Lakeland Bank, said Monday that a handwritten note at the bottom of a March letter from Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen to a bank board member said a "ringleader" of the protest group worked there.
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — The Latest on a New Jersey woman who says she quit her job after a congressman wrote a letter to her employer that referred to an opposition group to which she belonged (all times local):
Republican U.S. Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen is downplaying a fundraising letter he sent to a board member of a bank referencing a group that has been opposing him.
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Two of New Jersey's five Republican congressmen voted Thursday for the GOP's health bill, including one who opposed an earlier version.
Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen switched from a no to approve the measure, which Rep. Tom MacArthur led the effort to update after it didn't come up for a vote last month. MacArthur also voted yes on the bill that has drawn universal opposition from Democrats and from those who say it will strip millions of their health insurance.
The Latest: GOP offers stopgap bill to fund government
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on efforts in Congress to repeal the health care law and agree on a spending bill to keep the government open (all times local):
Republicans controlling the House have unveiled a stopgap bill to keep the government open past a shutdown deadline of midnight Friday.
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Four of New Jersey's five Republican congressmen helped to scuttle a health overhaul bill that could have meant nearly half a million more state residents without insurance.
Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen on Friday said that the legislation was "unacceptable," joining with Reps. Frank LoBiondo, Leonard Lance and Chris Smith, who had already announced their plans to vote against the bill.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Activists rallying against Republicans' planned health care overhaul have taken their protest to the Washington office of a New Jersey congressman.
Dozens of people from the liberal advocacy group Make the Road New Jersey came to Republican Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen's (FRAY'-ling-high-zen) office Thursday morning.
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey's congressional delegation on Thursday began sizing up Republican President Donald Trump's $1.15 trillion budget proposal.
Democrats were largely critical and Republicans praised efforts to cut spending but also called out areas of disagreement.
Republican Rep. Leonard Lance, who represents the 7th District, says proposals to cut Coast Guard programs and the National Endowment for the Arts are "penny wise but pound foolish."
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In 11th District race, Democrat portrays GOP incumbent as favoring corporations
Democrat Joseph Wenzel, seeking election to represent the 11th congressional district, is portraying Republican incumbent Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen as putting corporate interests over those of everyday New Jerseyans while also ignoring gun violence in the nation and the worldwide issue of global warming.
Republican Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen is ignoring the threats posed by gun violence and global warming and putting the interests of big corporations over those of everyday New Jerseyans, said Joseph Wenzel, the Democratic candidate running to represent the 11th Congressional District.
“What has he really been doing with that power?” Wenzel said during an interview with the editorial board of The Record on Monday, referring to Frelinghuysen’s senior role on the House Appropriations Committee.