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A bipartisan House delegation met with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in Ukraine’s capital of Kyiv on Saturday as the country’s war with Russia approaches the five-month mark.

Rep. Adam Smith (D-Wash.) said in a statement along with the four other members of the delegation that they saw firsthand during their visit how Russian President Vladimir Putin’s war has failed to achieve its goals. The other members of the delegation are Reps. Michael Waltz (R-Fla.), Elissa Slotkin (D-Mich.), Mikie Sherrill (D-N.J.) and Mike Quigley (D-Ill.). 

Facing stiff Ukrainian resistance to its invasion, Russia failed to take control of Kyiv in the early weeks of the conflict and has lost roughly 15,000 soldiers in nearly 5 months of fighting, the director of the CIA estimated this week. Moscow has also drawn condemnation from international bodies and leaders around the world over its actions in Ukraine.

Meanwhile, Finland and Sweden have moved to join NATO in response to the war, with the military alliance officially inviting both countries to join late last month.

“Putin’s aggression has brought Ukraine and the other democracies of Europe closer together, not driven them apart,” the lawmakers said. “His contempt for the rules-based international order has resulted in devastating isolation for the Russian economy and renewed purpose for the NATO alliance.” 

The delegation members said the war has “violently disrupted” the lives of Ukrainian civilians and that they saw evidence of Russian atrocities in Irpin and Bucha, two cities in the province surrounding Kyiv. 

Throughout the war, Russia has been accused of committing war crimes as soldiers have been documented targeting civilians and civilian buildings, kidnapping Ukrainians and raping women. Ukraine has pushed to hold Russia accountable for its actions in the war in the International Court of Justice for violating international law. 

“Four months since Vladimir Putin’s unlawful further invasion began, President Zelenskyy and the people of Ukraine continue to inspire the world with their courageous fight for their freedom, sovereignty, and democracy,” the delegation said. 

The lawmakers said they will continue to seek ways to help Zelensky and the Ukrainian people as effectively as they can as they “continue their brave stand.”

Zelensky said in a Telegram message about the meeting that he is grateful for the $270 million security assistance package that President Biden announced for Ukraine on Friday. 

The package includes four additional high mobility artillery rocket systems (HIMARS) and hundreds of tactical drones. About a third of the funding will go toward contracting up to 580 Phoenix Ghost unmanned aerial systems. 

Zelensky said Ukrainian forces especially need the HIMARS, shells and unmanned aerial vehicles. 

“We appreciate the help of the United States in defending our territory, our land and the Ukrainian people,” he said. 

The Ukrainian president’s office said in a statement that Smith, the chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, is leading the delegation. 

The office said that Zelensky briefed the members of the delegation on the missile strikes that Russia launched against Ukraine in the past day, specifically targeting the port of Odessa. The city announced that four missiles were launched toward the port, but two were shot down before impact. 

Zelensky noted that this happened just one day after Russia and Ukraine agreed to allow Ukraine to export grain internationally through its ports to address global food shortages. 

“This proves only one thing: no matter what Russia says and promises, it will find ways not to implement it,” he said. “Geopolitically, with weapons, bloodily or not, but it has several vectors, as it always acts.” 

Zelensky also told the delegation about the planned reconstruction of Ukraine after the war ends, according to the statement. He said the first step is implementing the Fast Recovery Plan, which would focus on quickly restoring destroyed residential, educational and medical infrastructure. 

“We appeal to our partners, in particular the United States, with a proposal to take an active part in the implementation of this ambitious but extremely important project,” he said.

Citing America’s “unwavering commitment to Ukraine and its fight for democracy and freedom, Rep. Mikie Sherrill (D-Montclair) has completed her second trip to the war-torn nation this year, meeting with President Volodymyr Zelensky and other government officials as part of a bipartisan congressional delegation visit.

“This trip reaffirmed what we all know to be true – the Ukrainian people have shown bravery and resolve second to none, despite atrocities committed by the Russian military and a looming food crisis,” Sherrill said.

The two-term Democratic congresswoman had visited Ukraine in late January, one month before the Russian invasion.

Sherill noted that despite promising news on Frida that Ukraine had reached a deal to ship grain without Russian interference, Russia “inexplicably bombed the Ukrainian port city of Odessa — directly contrary to the deal they had just reached.”

“Putin’s war is contributing to surging global prices that Americans are feeling at the grocery store and the gas pump,” said Sherrill.  “Around the world, people are facing uncertainty about their crops and, in some places, uncertainty about their next meal. Here at home, the conflict is driving up costs at the grocery store.”

In addition to Zelensky, Sherrill met with Defense Minister Oleksii Reznikov, Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba, mayors from Irpin and Bucha, and U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine. Ambassador Bridget Brink. She also met with members of the 101st Airborne division.

“I am committed to taking every step possible, including working to ship Ukrainian grain, strengthening our supply chains, and diversifying agricultural imports, in order to bring the costs down in NJ-11 and fend off the looming humanitarian crisis around the world,” stated Sherrill.

In addition to Sherrill, House Armed Services Committee Chairman Adam Smith (D-Washington) and Reps. Mike Waltz (R-Florida), Elissa Slotkin (D-Michigan) and Mike Quigley (D-Illinois) took part in the CODEL.

Kyiv, Ukraine–The Biden administration should allow the Pentagon to deploy U.S. military advisers to Ukraine to help coordinate the billions of dollars of arms flowing into the country and to keep better tabs on the weapons, members of a bipartisan congressional delegation visiting Kyiv said Saturday.  

“I think we should do more,” Rep. Michael Waltz, R-Fla., the first Green Beret elected to Congress, told Fox News after meeting Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy.   

“That said,” Waltz continued, “it should come with appropriate safeguards, with appropriate oversight and the only way we can get that oversight is to actually have some advisors in Ukraine helping their military with the planning and logistics.”

Asked if that includes sending U.S. military personnel to Ukraine, Waltz said it might.   

“It could be contracted, it could be civilian, but it could be military as well,” Waltz said.   Those advisers running logistics and weapons transfers are currently deployed to Germany and Poland. 

Rep. Mikie Sherrill, D-N.J., also traveled to Ukraine Saturday as part of the delegation.  She signaled her support for a larger American presence on the ground as well.

“It would be good to have a logistics officer here to make sure that we understand and track the weaponry that we’re sending,” Sherrill told Fox News.

Both lawmakers said the advisers would help beef up the presence at the U.S. Embassy in Kyiv and assist in other areas. 

“I don’t think anybody is advocating for any [American] military on the front line, but helping with logistics, planning those operations, integrating the intelligence is incredibly important right now,” said Waltz.  

“The Ukrainians are doing a very good job,”  Sherrill said,  “But they even said they would like to pass on the information about how they’re tracking [weapons] but they need someone to pass that on to.”

Waltz also called for Europe to “step up” and contribute more weapons and aid to help Ukraine.   The United States has committed three times more money for Ukraine than the entire 27-nation European Union combined, according to the New York Times. 

Waltz noted Britain’s contributions to the war effort by sending billions in weapons.  The British government has been one of the few in NATO nations calling on Russia to be routed completely in Ukraine, including calling for its occupied territory in Crimea and eastern Ukraine to be recaptured.

The Biden administration should “not just help Ukraine play for a time, but help them go for a win,” Waltz said. “At a minimum, what we talked about today was getting them back to that 2014 line.” 

Asked if current rules of engagement restrictions should be lifted barring U.S.-supplied weapons for striking targets inside Russian territory, Waltz said there were plenty of targets inside Ukraine to destroy first. 

Saturday, Russia launched a missile strike on Odesa, Ukraine’s largest port, less than 24 hours after both countries separately signed a U.N.-brokered agreement in Turkey Friday allowing both countries to export grain. 

“This is critical for world food supplies and the fact that just a day after this negotiation, Russia in bad faith would then do exactly what they had just agreed not to do,” Sherrill said.  “The day after is really shocking and quite frankly, quite depressing.”

Secretary of State Anthony Blinken also condemned the strike in a statement Saturday, “Russia breached its commitments by attacking the historic port from which grain and agricultural exports would again be transported under this arrangement.”

Russian forces have expanded its missile strikes in recent days to cities across Ukraine killing dozens, including children. 

The Biden administration announced late Friday it would send four more satellite-guided rocket launchers, known as HIMARS, to Ukraine –bringing the total to 16.  Experts say Ukraine needs at least 60. Ukraine’s defense minister says he needs 100.

In the latest weapons package to Ukraine hundreds of drones and 36,000 artillery rounds were also included.  An American fighter on the front lines in eastern Ukraine, who asked not to be named, told Fox News Ukrainian drones are shot down by the Russians every “four or five” missions.

Ukraine has enough weapons to keep them from losing, but not enough to defeat Russia who continues making incremental gains in the eastern Donbas region, some American officials admit. 

Asked this week if Ukraine’s Donbas region was lost, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley told reporters it was not lost “yet.”

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RANDOLPH TWP. – Taking a victory lap – and thanking many for making it happen- Randolph VFW Post 733 mostly wanted to just express sincere gratitude.

“The Moving Wall Tribute Lunch” was held at the Randolph Diner at noon on Saturday, July 16.

After everyone arrived, Bill Menzel, vice commander of Randolph VFW 7333, gave a quick speech thanking everyone who helped bring ”The Moving Wall” to Morris County.

“The Moving Wall,” a miniature but exact replica of The Vietnam Memorial Wall in Washington D.C., visited the campus of County College of Morris from Thursday, July 7 to Monday, July 11. Morris County estimated that 5,000 visited the wall, which is inscribed with the names of 58,000 who perished during the Vietnam War from November 1, 1955 – April 30, 1975.

The VFW, however, puts the number of visitors at closer to 6,000.

“Thanks to the over 6,000 visitors and to the 138 volunteers that helped bring “The Moving Wall” to Randolph. The event was the highlight of the Randolph Township Vietnam Veterans Tribute Days during July 7 to 11,” the VFW states on its website dedicated to the wall’s visit.

The Moving Wall is a half-size replica of the Washington, D.C. Vietnam Veterans Memorial that has been touring the country for more than 30 years.

“The goal is to honor our dead and to help heal the wounds of this divisive conflict,” the post states.

“We had wonderful support from (CCM President) Dr. Anthony Iacono and the team at County College of Morris, our host venue. State Sen. Anthony Bucco, State Assemblywoman Aura Dunn, County Commissioner John Krickus, Randolph Mayor Marie Potter and Congresswoman Mikie Sherrill made moving speeches and 32 organizations participated in our wreath laying ceremony,” the post says.

“We also want to recognize the outstanding contribution made by Home Depot and its employees and the many organizations, sponsors and donors,” the post states.

The Dover Home Depot provided staff, tools, and materials to build the wooden walkway which led to the 250-foot log wall and proceeded from end to end.

After lunch, Bill Fosina, president of the Shooting Star Air Force Chapter 195 of Bernardsville, spoke about the aviation art of Keith Ferris whose work is displayed at the Smithsonian Institution National Air Force & Space Museum. Fosina said Ferris he has been cited as the “Dean of American Aviation Art”. He has also published many books including “The Aviation Art of Keith Ferris”.

The book was presented to Iacono along with a certificate of Appreciation. Iacono said he was honored to receive it for the school.

There were about 22 Certificates of Appreciation handed out by Menzel for their assistance in bringing “The Moving Wall” to Randolph. Recipients included: the American Red Cross, Warriors Watch Riders, Home Depot, CCM, Kiwanis Club of Randolph, Red Cross, Randolph Diner, Provident Bank, Rotary Club of Randolph, Secaucus Vets Center, just to name a few of them.

Menzel also spoke at the “closing ceremonies” held on Monday, July 11.

“We have been very blessed to have CCM host us, and they have done a truly wonderful job,” he said.

“This is an important moment for us,” Menzel said.

“This is a moment of reverence. When you look at this wall, I want you to think about that. This is hallowed ground, for a few more minutes, until we take the wall down and it goes somewhere else,” he said.

“And, I want you to think about those souls, including Jack Sassaman, our past commander, who passed away recently and was a Vietnam veteran,” Menzel said.

He also thanked VFW member Emerson Crooks, who was a key player in bringing the wall to Randolph.

“We have to have an understanding that we are not to be pitied. We fought a war bravely and with honor. Vietnam veterans are not to be pitied,” Menzel said.

“We won the ground war, and the diplomats pissed it away. But we won militarily,” he said.

“These men and women were heroes,” he said, pointing to the wall behind him, and to a round of applause.

“They accomplished their mission.”

“Congress did not comply with the treaty that had been signed to support the South Vietnamese,” Menzel said, his voice rife with emotion.

“They got invaded. They got hit hard. And within two years, they were wiped out. And that’s when we had those images of helicopters leaving, and flying away,” he said.

“It is an injustice. An injustice to their memory to think that we lost that war,” he said.

“We did not, and I want you to understand that always,” he said, pointing his finger to mark the point.

“So here we are to say God bless you,” he said, looking directly at the wall behind him. “We love you. We will never forget you.”

Iacono also spoke.

“It has truly been our honor. And by comparison of what you did for our nation and for this world, it is a very tiny gesture by comparison, and the gratitude is truly ours,” he told gathered VFW members.

He said the wall was coming down, and was on its way to Iowa, but he said the impact of its visit, and the memories, will live on for many years.

“The memories of this day, and the impact of these days, will live on for many, many, many years,” he said.

He also said plans are underway to expand veteran’s services at the college, and said he looks forward to meeting with VFW members again in the future.

“It has been a powerful, powerful experience being out here at this wall, with a lot of people coming out daily,” he said.

He said he came early morning, afternoon and evening, and said there were always people there, visiting the wall, and paying their tributes to those lost.

He said the effort, which took more than a year to organize, really brought the community together.

“We had so much support,” Menzel said. “It’s just a wonderful thing.”

The Rev. Timothy Clarkson, of the Union Hill Presbyterian Church, also spoke at the closing ceremony.

He said he was 19 when he visited the memorial in Washington D.C. Just like 8,283 of those names on the wall.

“Think about that. If you are yet to reach the age of 19. If you see age 19 somewhere in your rear view mirror, pause and think about that. Read those names on the wall to see the stories and the lives of those who we remember this morning,” he said.

“Think about what it means,” Senior Vice Commander Emerson Crooks said.

“I say this all the time. It’s just not inscribed names on a wall. It’s a monument for memorial purposes so we remember the sacrifices. When you look at all these names, and you think about 18, 19 and 16 years old kids. Kids who never had the chance to have a life, who never had the chance to have grandchildren. And when you think about the impact on our society, all those lives are lost. Those are kids who could have had children and grandchildren. The freedom we enjoy? That’s the price of it right there,” he said.

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The New Jersey Laborers, New Jersey’s 20,000-member affiliate of the Laborers’ International Union of North America (LiUNA), endorsed Rep. Mikie Sherrill (D-Montclair) this morning for re-election in the 11th congressional district.

“Mikie went down to Washington to cut through the partisan politics and deliver for working families of New Jersey, and the bipartisan infrastructure law is just the latest example of her getting the job done,” LiUNA Vice President and Eastern Regional Manager Raymond Pocino said in a statement. “From building construction to heavy and highway construction, every Union Laborer in New Jersey can be assured they have a leader in Mikie fighting for their needs in Congress.”

Though the endorsement is not unexpected, the Laborers are a politically influential union, and their backing means Sherrill may have access to a significant fundraising pool and volunteer network.

Sherrill previously got the Laborers’ endorsement in 2018, when she was a first-time candidate running to flip the congressional seat long held by retiring Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-Harding), and received it again in 2020. This year, she is considered the clear favorite for re-election against former Assistant Passaic County Prosecutor Paul DeGroot.

Mikie Sherrill, a former Navy pilot, says her military service taught her to put our country — not politics — first.

That applies whether the centrist Democrat is focusing relentlessly on the issues that matter to her district, like funding the Gateway tunnel under the Hudson River, or living up to her oath to defend our Constitution, even if it means impeaching a president when he is steamrolling our democratic norms.

For her, it’s about patriotism and duty, not her career path. That’s a sharp contrast to her Republican challenger, Paul DeGroot, who has questioned the integrity of the 2020 election by sharing the posts of election-deniers on his Facebook page, and is trying to trick voters into thinking he’s a defender of abortion rights.

Last weekend, his operatives were handing out T-shirts and fliers at a rally in Montclair declaring him “pro-choice,” even though DeGroot, a former prosecutor, would allow abortion bans in any state, with no exceptions for rape or incest.

He believes this is “a states’ rights issue and that’s it,” which leaves millions of American women denied this basic right. Sorry, but you can’t call that pro-choice.

Sherrill would fight to restore this right to all women. On this, and other issues, she brings sincerity and substance. Her website is rife with detail on the issues; his is sparse and vague. And DeGroot has mostly refused to answer questions from reporters. What he offers, ultimately, is empty spin. He’s just willing to say whatever he thinks will win him this election.

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Sherrill is running on actual accomplishments. Start with her role on the House Armed Services Committee, and the bacon she’s brought home.

As a veteran, Picatinny Arsenal, one of the biggest employers in the area, is especially close to her heart. She helped secure about $200 million for the garrison in President Biden’s budget proposal, and has been pushing hard to include an additional $100 million for research and development of new weapons like the powerful M777 howitzer that’s helping turn the tide in Ukraine.

She also made two trips to the war-torn nation this year as part of a congressional delegation, to assure President Volodymyr Zelensky that we’ve got his back in his country’s fight for freedom in the face of Russia’s atrocities. In discussions with our allies, there was an “almost giddy sense of relief” that the U.S. had returned to the table, she reports. We can only imagine.

Recall that the previous administration turned away from our allies in NATO, cozied up to Russian President Vladimir Putin and infamously withheld military aid to Ukraine in an effort to strong-arm Zelensky into digging up dirt against President Trump’s political rival.

Sherrill, who’d been elected in a swing district and was determined to work closely with Republicans, was reluctant to vote for an impeachment inquiry. But like her fellow vets, she was genuinely offended that her president would compromise national security in a scheme to gain an advantage in an election at home.

So Sherrill, banding together with other veterans in Congress she often works with, wrote an op-ed in the Washington Post calling for Trump’s impeachment, a bold move that tipped the tide and caused party leaders to open impeachment hearings. It was a seminal act of political courage.

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DeGroot is following a different playbook entirely: Just say whatever is convenient. What else could explain all of his inconsistencies?

He rails about inflation, a serious issue, yet has no coherent response. He mainly blames the Federal Reserve for failing to raise interest rates until it was too late. Yet he also opposes the Fed’s recent hikes, saying they will harm the elderly. How do you square that?

On tax policy, he grumbles that we’ve not yet restored the full deduction for state and local taxes, now capped at $10,000 thanks to Trump’s ruinous 2017 tax overhaul. But he’s also said that he doesn’t fundamentally believe this deduction should exist.

“In 2018, the policies of Trump and the Republicans, they capped SALT at $10,000, and you know, I’m not in favor of the federal government paying New Jersey’s tax bills,” DeGroot maintained.

And of course, he says he’s pro-choice, but he would permit abortion bans in other states, should they choose that path.

Consider, too, his charge that Sherrill has done nothing to make this a more affordable place to live, and that “the infrastructure bill, the build back better bill, and all the other things that Joe Biden is asking for, led us to this point in time.”

The infrastructure bill that sent $12 billion to New Jersey to repair roads and bridges, remove lead pipes, and support NJ Transit; that will also fund the Gateway tunnel and allow Amtrak to double its capacity in the years ahead — is this what he considers government waste?

What about the reform that Biden just signed into law to contain costs by allowing Medicare to negotiate discounts from Big Pharma, to limit out-of-pocket expenses for seniors at $2,000 a year, and to cap the cost of insulin?

These are things that Sherrill supported, with real benefits for people in New Jersey.

On crime, DeGroot’s attacks are just as weak. He says taking guns off our streets doesn’t matter, but in New Jersey, a state with strict gun laws, the rate of gun deaths decreased 10% from 2011 to 2020, compared to a 33% increase nationwide.

And why didn’t DeGroot, a former prosecutor, make a peep about the tragedies in Uvalde and Buffalo? That’s not leadership. People are shaken in the aftermath of violence like that, especially when children are the victims.

“Moms my age, who had kids the exact same age as the kids in Sandy Hook, can tell you exactly where they were when they heard that news,” Sherrill notes.

It’s also rich that he’s accused her of being soft on criminals. Sherrill is a former federal prosecutor who’s voted to increase funding for police. Her crew in Congress is made up of former military vets and intelligence agents.

And who does DeGroot keep as company? Last month, he held a fundraiser at the home of Elizabeth Nader, who helped organize a “Stop the Steal MAGA Bus Trip” to Washington on Jan. 6th and marched to the Capitol building with the mob, according to a since-deleted photo that the Sherrill campaign captured from her Facebook page.

The choice is obvious. Vote for the veteran who will defend our democracy, here and abroad: Mikie Sherrill.

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The International Union of Operating Engineers Local 68 announced today their endorsement of Congresswoman Mikie Sherrill for reelection in NJ-11. “When it comes to fighting for the economic opportunity and security working families need and deserve, Mikie Sherrill has been leading the charge, and we proudly stand by her,” said Assemblyman Thomas Giblin, Business Manager of IUOE Local 68. “Mikie’s work to create jobs and grow the economy, address pension reform, and secure critical infrastructure funding for New Jersey tells you exactly the kind of ally our workers have down in Washington.” READ MORE >>

Belleville resident John Ukson knows the ravages of the Vietnam War only too well. He served as a medic there in 1967. “I took care of the wounded,” he said, after viewing “The Moving Wall” on the County College of Morris (CCM) campus Thursday afternoon. Although he and his wife, Linda, have been to the Vietnam Memorial Wall in Washington, D.C., this was the first time the couple visited “The Moving Wall,” a miniature exact replica of its D.C. counterpart. READ MORE >>

The Department of Energy (DOE) received a nudge last week from two members of Congress — Reps. Jimmy Panetta, D-Calif., and Andrew Garbarino, R-N.Y. — to remember microgrids when allocating infrastructure funds. In addition to Panetta and Garbarino, the letter was signed by Rep. Mikie Sherrill and other members of Congress committed to improving energy infrastructure. READ MORE >>

The annual reading of the Declaration of Independence returned to Washington’s Headquarters Monday, July 4 after virtual readings the previous two years. Congresswoman Mikie Sherrill, D-11, said in a speech at the event that 246 years after the founding of the United States, this “unprecedented nation” is the greatest nation in the world, but the signing of the Declaration is only a start. READ MORE >>

For the first time since the pandemic began, Morristown’s July Fourth celebration returned to Washington’s Headquarters, where an enthusiastic crowd in patriotic colors on Monday heard re-enactors give a spirited reading of the Declaration of Independence. They are words to live by in these contentious times, Rep. Mikie Sherrill (D-11th Dist.) suggested to the gathering behind the Ford Mansion, wartime headquarters of Gen. George Washington. READ MORE >>

NEW JERSEY — Water quality. Affordable housing. Infrastructure needs. Scholarships. Hiking access. Traffic improvements. These are some of the projects that could see a windfall of federal bucks if they’re chosen in New Jersey’s 11th District, a congresswoman says. In March, U.S. Rep. Mikie Sherrill put out a call for local proposals to submit for community project funding to the House Appropriations Committee in fiscal year 2023. Last year, Sherrill nailed down funding for all 10 community projects she submitted to the federal government. READ MORE >>

BOONTON – Increased security around the Boonton Reservoir, which provides drinking water for Jersey City, will likely become a federally funded project. Rep. Mikie Sherrill, D-11, said in a release issued Tuesday, June 28, that 14 Community Projects she submitted to the House Appropriations Committee were included as part of the FY2023 Appropriations bill that was passed by the Committee and will be voted on later this year by the House of Representatives. READ MORE >>

Washington, DC–– Representative Mikie Sherrill (NJ-11) released the following statement condemning the ring-wing activist Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization: “This decision is not conservative, it is radical. I had hoped against hope that the decision wouldn’t be as extreme as the leaked draft. The court is rolling back a constitutional right, out of step with the majority of our country and almost 50 years of legal precedent. READ MORE >>

Today, the New Jersey State AFL-CIO gathered with over 300 delegates and guests from affiliated unions at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino for the labor organization’s 2022 Legislative/COPE Endorsement Conference. National AFL-CIO President Liz Shuler and Governor Phil Murphy amped up the crowd, while renowned political analyst Charlie Cook provided his insight on the national political environment. In a democratic process, delegates voted on accepting congressional candidate endorsement recommendations from local union leadership, known as Central Labor Councils, as well as endorsements for union members who are running for local offices throughout the state. READ MORE >>

A claim from Rep. Mikie Sherrill, D-Montclair, that members of Congress helped Jan. 6 rioters find their way through the Capitol was given new credence by the House select committee on Wednesday, when the bipartisan panel released a video that appears to show Georgia Rep. Barry Loudermilk offering a tour on Jan. 5, 2021, and alleged that one of the men in the group followed the mob to the building the next day. READ MORE >>

When the House passed a bill extending security protections to Supreme Court justices’ immediate family members with overwhelming bipartisan support on Tuesday, it did so over the objections of seven Democratic members from New Jersey, who took issue with the measure’s scope. The seven New Jersey Democrats wanted protections to include federal judges, after US District Judge Esther Salas’ son was killed in a shooting at her home in the state in 2020. Though the final measure does not include that language, it does allow the marshal of the Supreme Court to provide security to “any officer” of the bench if the marshal deems it necessary. READ MORE >>

After several years of begging to but never sealing the dealing, New Jersey is finally getting a break when it comes to infrastructure dollars. That the Garden State was awarded $3.4 billion for that support was symbolized last week by the visit of U.S Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg. Along with visits to Port Newark, where he met with U.S. Rep. Tom Malinowski, D-7, and to Monmouth County, where he met with U.S. Rep. Andy Kim, D-3 and others, Buttigieg also took a tour of County College of Morris on Thursday, May 26. There, he was hosted by Congresswoman Mikie Sherrill, D-11 and College President Anthony Ianoco, toured the college’s new $11 million Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering Center (AMEC) and met with a cadre of students and local and county officials. READ MORE >>

West Caldwell, NJ — Congresswoman Mikie Sherrill released the following statement after securing the Democratic nomination for a third term to represent New Jersey’s 11th District in the U.S. House of Representatives: “Serving in the Navy taught me the importance of working together to accomplish a mission — of teamwork, cooperation, and putting my country’s needs ahead of my own. That’s what guides my work in Congress. I’m grateful to all the voters in New Jersey’s 11th District who share this same sense of purpose and urgency when it comes to the issues facing our communities. Thank you to everyone who took part in our democratic process and made their voices heard by casting their ballot — and to our incredible volunteers who power this team. READ MORE >>

MORRISTOWN – After 99 days of war in Ukraine, hundreds of people from the area came together on the Green to show and donate their support for the Ukrainian people and raise money for the Ukrainian American Culturan Center of New Jersey in Whippany Thursday night, June 2. Many other politicians spoke on stage at the Green, including state Senator Anthony Bucco, R-Morris, County Commissioners Tayfun Selen and John Krickus, and Congresswoman Mikie Sherrill, D-11. READ MORE >>

MORRIS COUNTY — Representative Mikie Sherrill (NJ-11) announced that 29 students from New Jersey’s 11th Congressional District. These students will begin their education and service careers this year at the U.S. Naval Academy, the U.S. Military Academy, the U.S. Air Force Academy, and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy. Rep. Sherrill hosted an event to recognize the students this week in Denville. READ MORE >>

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Members of Congress Friday sent a letter urging the U.S. Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to help save middle class families on their taxes by reinstating the ability for taxpayers to make charitable donations to their towns and receive a tax credit on their local tax bills. The letter is led by Congressman Josh Gottheimer (NJ-5), joined by Congresswoman Mikie Sherrill (NJ-11) and Congressman Tom Suozzi (NY-3). READ MORE >>

U.S. Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg came to the County College of Morris last week — and he liked what he saw. Buttigieg, joined by U.S. Rep. Mikie Sherrill (D-11th Dist.), toured CCM’s state-of-the-art Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering Center as part of a visit intended to highlight what the recent infrastructure bill can do — and to see how community colleges are implementing practices that encourage workforce development. READ MORE >>

RANDOLPH – The crowning achievement so far of the Biden Administration has been the passage and signing of the $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill. The bill, which passed with some Republican support, will bring about $14 billion to New Jersey for roads, bridges, public transit, airport improvements and to improve Internet service in rural areas. And this week, it brought Pete Buttigieg, the U.S. Transportation Secretary, to New Jersey for meetings with local members of Congress and to hype the bill. READ MORE >>

MORRISTOWN, NJ (Morris County) – The Morris County Board of County Commissioners presented their Distinguished Military Service Medals to ten veterans Tuesday at the Morris County Annual Memorial Day Observance ceremony outside the Morris County Courthouse in Morristown, where honors also were delivered by state legislators and Congressional representatives. U.S. Reps. Mikie Sherrill and Thomas Malinowski, along with Sen. Anthony Bucco, Assemblywoman Aura Dunn and Assemblyman Christian Barranco also presented honors to the veterans, whose service ranged from the Korean War to Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan and Operation Iraqi Freedom. READ MORE >>

The news that the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team finally won its decades-long battle to receive equal pay as their male counterparts reached the halls of Congress this week. Mikie Sherrill saw that breakthrough from her office and wondered, if women competing on the highest levels of international soccer can have equality, why not their counterparts in college athletics? READ MORE >>

Despite roadblocks, five House Democrats are still fighting for relief on the $10,000 limit on the federal deduction for state and local taxes, known as SALT. Rep. Mikie Sherrill, D-N.J., sent a letter to leaders of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government, urging colleagues to deny the IRS funds to block state-level SALT cap workarounds. READ MORE >>

Washington, DC –– Representative Mikie Sherrill (NJ-11) led an appropriations request letter with Reps. Josh Gottheimer (NJ-5), Tom Malinowski (NJ-7), Katie Porter (CA-45), and Tom Suozzi (NY-3) urging the House Appropriations Committee to provide state and local tax (SALT) relief for hard-working, middle class families in the Fiscal Year 2023 Financial Services and General Government funding bill. READ MORE >>

The members of SEIU 32BJ, the largest property services union in the country, today announced all their endorsements for the upcoming 2022 congressional primary election. “SEIU 32BJ gives building service workers in New Jersey a political voice. Elections are opportunities for us to support candidates that will fight for and protect working families and their communities,” explained SEIU 32BJ Executive Vice President and NJ State Director Kevin Brown. “We do not take anything for granted and we make sure that every voter is touched through door-knocking, phone banking, and texting – no stone goes unturned. Through hard work and policies that center on working-class people – Democrats can and will continue to win.” READ MORE >>

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — On May 9, residents from across Essex County joined elected officials at Norman Samuels Plaza in Newark for a rally in support of the codification of protection for abortion rights. In addition to concerned community members, the rally was attended by New Jersey Sens. Bob Menendez and Cory Booker, U.S. Rep. Mikie Sherrill, New Jersey Senate Majority Leader M. Teresa Ruiz and Assemblywoman Britnee Timberlake. Holding aloft signs at the rally were students from Rutgers University, representatives from Planned Parenthood of Metropolitan New Jersey, the American Civil Liberties of New Jersey and Garden State Equality. READ MORE >>

West Caldwell, NJ — The New Jersey Firefighters Mutual Benevolent Association (NJ FMBA) announced today their endorsement of Congresswoman Mikie Sherrill for reelection in NJ-11.

“From day one, New Jersey’s career firefighters, EMTs, and dispatchers have been able to count on Mikie to listen to their concerns and fight for them here in NJ and down in Washington. Mikie time and again has delivered for the members of the NJ FMBA, from permanently funding the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund to securing direct state and local funding to protect our first responders and make sure they have the resources they need to do their jobs. Having a leader like Mikie represent us in Congress is essential. That’s why we are proud to once again endorse her for the 11th District of New Jersey,” said Eddie Donnelly, President of the NJ FMBA.

“I can tell you with confidence that New Jersey has the best first responders in the country. Their bravery and level of professionalism are unmatched, and I’ve seen it continuously during my four years representing NJ-11, and especially working closely with them throughout the pandemic. That’s why I work so hard for them in Congress. We are all deeply grateful for their sacrifices and efforts throughout the pandemic to keep our communities safe,” said Rep. Mikie Sherrill. “I am proud to have the endorsement of the NJ FMBA and I remain committed to bringing back our tax dollars to support New Jersey first responders.”

The NJ FMBA was first established in 1897 by six local members. Today, there are 107 local chapters throughout New Jersey and an active membership of over 5,000 first responders.

Congresswoman Sherrill has advocated for first responders throughout her tenure in office. She fought for and succeeded in passing a permanent reauthorization of the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund, to ensure first responders, survivors, and their families receive the support they need and deserve. She helped secure FEMA Assistance to Firefighter Grants for multiple towns in NJ-11. She voted to increase funding for the Firefighter Cancer Registry. Rep. Sherrill is also a leading fighter for the repeal of the cap on the state and local tax (SALT) deduction to bring additional tax relief for middle class families, first responders, and teachers.

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Each generation has its own challenges, its own tests of strength. From the Great Depression to World Wars, the Civil Rights Movement, 9/11, and the Great Recession — young Americans have always faced adversities and uncertainties that influence their formative years. Yet, tragedy or conflict often creates resilience, caring, and an innovative spirit in young people driving them to rise to the occasion and move our nation forward in unprecedented ways. READ MORE >>

WASHINGTON, DC–– Representative Mikie Sherrill (NJ-11), Chair of the House Science, Space, and Technology’s Environment Subcommittee, secured passage of her legislation, the Providing Research and Estimates of Changes In Precipitation (PRECIP) Act, in the House. The PRECIP Act will update out-of-date precipitation data by providing the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) with consistent funding to collect data and conduct studies. READ MORE >>

The remnants of Hurricane Ida slammed into New Jersey last September, bringing torrents of rain, heavy winds, extensive flooding, and power outages. A tornado touched down in Mullica Hill. At least 30 people across the state died. Perhaps better data could have helped the state prepare for the devastating storm, and legislation that passed the U.S. House Wednesday would provide that information. The bill, sponsored by Rep. Mikie Sherrill, D-11th Dist., would provide new funding for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to conduct studies and collect data that take into account the impacts of climate change, and to help develop the best way to estimate precipitation. READ MORE >>

RANDOLPH, N.J. (PIX11) – For nearly four decades, Habitat for Humanity has been building homes for deserving families across the country. With the need for affordable housing bigger than ever, the organization is undertaking a massive project in Randolph, New Jersey.U.S. Rep. Mikie Sherrill of New Jersey was on hand hoping to shed light on the need for more affordable housing in Morris County. READ MORE >>

West Caldwell, NJ — Congresswoman Mikie Sherrill (NJ-11) and Congressman Tom Malinowski (NJ-7) today endorsed Mendham Township Committeewoman Amalia Duarte for Morris County Democratic Committee (MCDC) Chair:

“We are thrilled to endorse Amalia Duarte to serve as the next Morris County Democratic Committee Chair, a proven leader who would make history as the first woman and first Latina to lead MCDC. Amalia knows the importance of focusing on local issues, is accessible to residents, and works to bring people together. She is already training the next generation of leaders and growing our bench in Morris County as the Chair of the MCDC Electeds Caucus. Her commitment to supporting a diverse slate of candidates for office at all levels, increasing fundraising, and her strategic vision make her the right candidate for this position.

“Amalia knows how to win tough races. We look forward to continuing our work with MCDC to turn Morris County blue.”

Parsippany, NJ–– Representative Mikie Sherrill (NJ-11) released the following statement on the Supreme Court’s draft decision to overturn Roe v. Wade: “Like many Americans right now, I am shocked by the Supreme Court’s draft decision to overturn Roe v. Wade. The majority of Americans stand behind the reproductive rights enshrined in the landmark 1973 case and reversing it goes against both settled law and the will of the people. READ MORE >>

GPS, which began as a U.S. government project to provide positioning, navigation and timing information by broadcasting radio signals from satellites to the ground, stands alone in the revolutionary impact it has had on both our warfare abilities and our commercial industries. However, an aging constellation and unyielding international competition has put America’s GPS superiority at risk. READ MORE >>