Federal bill would require rail safety probe notification
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey congressman has introduced legislation to force federal regulators to notify Congress when a railroad or transit agency is being investigated for safety violations.
The bill proposed by Democratic Rep. Albio Sires (SEAR'-ess) would require the Federal Railroad Administration to inform members of Congress within 10 days of initiating a probe of an agency serving their district.
NORTH BERGEN, N.J. (AP) — As a multibillion-dollar rail tunnel project languishes amid political squabbling, New Jersey celebrated a smaller infrastructure victory Friday.
Officials announced an $18 million grant to rebuild a crumbling highway bridge near the Lincoln Tunnel, the culmination of a three-year process using a federal grant program that would be discontinued under President Donald Trump's proposed budget.
Looking toward election after Menendez’s ‘Resurrection Day’
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez's political fate in next year's crucial midterms after the mistrial in his federal bribery case may hinge on whether prosecutors retry him and whether attacks from Republicans based on the indictment convince voters to keep him from a third term.
After trial, Menendez pitches health insurance enrollment
WEST NEW YORK, N.J. (AP) — A day after a mistrial was declared in his federal bribery trial, New Jersey Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez got back to work Friday and urged people to sign up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act.
Menendez appeared alongside Democratic Rep. Albio Sires and Democratic Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto in West New York to rally those eligible for health coverage under former President Barack Obama's signature law. Open enrollment ends Dec. 15.
South Carolina Rep. Jeff Duncan lunches with Vice President Mike Pence on Venezuela response
WASHINGTON — While most members of Congress are back in their districts for the August recess, U.S. Rep. Jeff Duncan returned to Washington for the day to talk Venezuela policy at the White House.
Federal bill aimed at return of convicted killers to US
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Two New Jersey congressmen have re-introduced legislation seeking the return of convicted killers living abroad.
The bill, sponsored by Republican Chris Smith and Democrat Albio Sires, would require the executive branch to report to Congress on the number of fugitives the U.S. is seeking to extradite and what is being done to secure their return.
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The Latest: Congressman: Bomb suspect asked for visa help
NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on explosive devices being found in two states (all times local):
A New Jersey congressman says that the Afghan immigrant arrested in the New York-region bombings contacted his office from Pakistan in 2014 to help get his pregnant wife a visa.
Rep. Albio Sires (SEE' reese) said that Ahmad Khan Rahami emailed his office from Pakistan in 2014 seeking help because his wife had an expired Pakistani passport.