Daily Activities

2/21/19

 

Congressman Kim spent the Day working out of New Jersey’s Third Congressional District. He met with the Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce to discuss economic development in the district. Following the meeting with the Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce, the Congressman attended a briefing with the Coalition for Peace Action regarding diplomacy, nuclear weapons, and gun violence. After, Congressman Kim met with the Union of Concerned Scientists to discuss the top environmental concerns affecting New Jersey’s communities. Following the meeting, the Congressman met with Specialty Systems Inc. to review the economic impact of military bases and to discuss the opportunity to grow the Joint Base.  The Congressman concluded the day by attending the Ocean County Military Support Committee year-kick off meeting where he addressed a group of business and community leaders with the shared goal of supporting and protecting Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst. 

 

2/20/19

 

Congressman Kim spent the day working out of New Jersey’s Third Congressional District. He began the day by meeting with Moms Demand Action to discuss their priorities for 2019 and HR 8. They shared personal stories of family lost to gun violence. The Congressman then attended meetings with members from the local MedTech community as well as a meeting with a constituent to discuss personal challenges regarding flood insurance claims. Congressman Kim then visited Lockheed Martin to learn about their Moorestown facility that employs over 4,000 people and manufactures state of the art radar technology used by our military for a variety of critically important functions. 

2/19/19

Congressman Kim spent the day working out of his district office in New Jersey’s Third Congressional District. Congressman Kim began the morning by meeting with the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACSCAN), a nonpartisan organization that works every day to make cancer issues a national priority. After, Congressman Kim met with the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors to matters in the insurance and financial industry. The Congressman then met with the Local Emergency Physicians to discuss insurance coverage for emergency visits, psychiatric boarding in emergency rooms, and emergency treatment options for patients with substance abuse disorders. Following the meeting with the Local Emergency Physicians group, the Congressman met with Healthcare Leadership Council Advocates (HLC) to discuss HLC’s roadmap for dealing with the Opioid Crisis in New Jersey’s Third Congressional District, and how to optimize healthcare for high need patients. After, the Congressman met with the New Jersey Conservation Foundation to discuss the preservation of land and natural resources to protect drinking water supplies and encouragement of renewable energy to address climate change in New Jersey’s Third Congressional District. The Congressman then visited Oaks Integrated Care to learn more about the services the group offers residents of the district, including the FLEX Supervised Visitation, the Teen-Aged Parenting Program, and Youth Partial Care. The Congressman also met with an Alzheimer Congressional Team Member from Ocean County to discuss funding and legislative priorities for Alzheimer patients and a disability advocate to discuss the inclusion of the disabled community in legislation passed in the 116th Congress.

2/16/19 -2/18/19:

Congressman Kim spent the weekend and President’s Day working in the district. On Saturday, Congressman Kim held his second town hall in Berkeley Township in Ocean County. There, he gave an update on his first month in Congress, including progress on lowering prescription drug prices and advocating for the Joint Base. At the town hall, the Congressman stressed his goal of working across the aisle, saying, “I’m trying to find areas of common ground initially, find places we can build out from, build some trust and heal some of this division.” On President’s Day, the Congressman visited Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center in Burlington County where he toured the facility and heard from senior members of Lourdes Burlington team about the mission of the medical center and its work with the Joint Base. After, the Congressman met with the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation to discuss the impact of diabetes on the youth of America. Congressman Kim then met with the American Federation of Teachers and the Communications Workers of America to consider the implications of the new NAFTA agreement.

2/15

 

Congressman Kim spent the day working out of his Washington D.C. office. The Congressman spent the day reviewing briefing materials in preparation for the town hall tomorrow. He also attended a briefing with think tank officials to review different healthcare proposals that will most likely be introduced during the 116th Congress.

2/12/19

Congressman Kim spent the day working out of his Washington D.C. Office. In the morning, he met with New Jersey’s Community College’s Board of Trustees to discuss their ambitious vision for the future of community colleges in New Jersey and federal policy issues relevant to New Jersey’s community colleges. After, the Congressman met with the National Air Traffic Controllers Association to discuss the impacts of the government shutdown. Later, he interviewed with Greta Brawner from C-Span. The interview covered Congressman Kim’s life experiences, motivations for running for Congress and his legislative priorities for the 116th Congress. The Congressman also met with the New Jersey Small Business Development Center to discuss small business opportunities provided by the New Jersey Small Business Development Centers, Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson to discuss the Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst and the KC-46 mission as well as other Air Force priorities, and Representative Hern (R-OK-01) to discuss the Subcommittee on Economic Growth, Tax, and Capital Access, goals for this Congress and potential areas of cooperation.

2/11/19

Congressman Kim spent the day working out of his new office in Marlton, New Jersey before taking the train to Washington D.C. in the afternoon. During the day, he reviewed briefings to prepare for the week ahead. The Congressman spoke at a press conference with Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ), U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ-09) and U.S. Representative Frank Pallone (D-NJ-06) to outline their bipartisan effort to fully restore the federal State and Local Tax (SALT) Deduction. Upon arrival in Washington D.C., the Congressman voted in favor H.R. 1079 and H.R. 1065, which would streamline casework requests by establishing an electronic Privacy Act waiver and require a report on social media activity during security clearance investigations, respectively. Both bills passed with strong bipartisan support.

2/8/19

Congressman Kim spent the day working out of his Washington D.C. office. He began the morning by having breakfast with Acting Secretary of Defense Shanahan. The Congressman then met with the Consul-General of Canada Phyllis Yafe to discuss Canada-US relations and representatives from the Coalition of the American Dream to discuss DACA. After, the Congressman attended a lunch with Iraqi Foreign Minister H.E. Dr. Mohamed Ali Alhakim at the Atlantic Council to discuss US – Iraq relations. Congressman Kim voted in favor of the Veteran’s Access to Child Care Act, which directs the Department of Veteran Affairs to provide child care assistance to an eligible veteran for any period that the veteran received covered health care services at a VA facility and is required to travel to and return from such a facility.

2/7/19

Congressman Kim spent the day working out of his Washington, D.C. Office. He began the morning by Chairing the Subcommittee on Economic Growth, Tax, and Capital Access Hearing on “Exploring the Challenges and Opportunities of Underserved Businesses in the 21st Century.” The Congressman then attended a meeting with the House Armed Service’s Committee Staff Director, Paul Arcangeli, to discuss Congressman Kim’s priorities, including protecting the Joint Base and how to best serve active duty and veterans living in New Jersey’s Third District. Later, Congressman Kim met with Korean Ambassador Cho Yoon-Je to discuss North Korea denuclearization and the potential Fourth President Moon-Chairman Kim Summit. After, Congressman Kim met with NDI President Derek Mitchell to discuss opportunities to promote democracy assistance and strengthen U.S. foreign policy in the 116th Congress. The Congressman ended his evening by a hosting a small Lunar New Year Reception in the Lincoln Room in the Capital. The Congressman voted in favor of the bipartisan bills H.R. 494, H.R. 450, H.R. 507 and H.R. 752. 

2/6/19

Congressman Kim spent the day working out of his Washington D.C. Office. The Congressman began his morning by attending the House Armed Service Committee Hearing on the Department of Defense’s Counter-terrorism Approach to conduct oversight of U.S. military counter-terrorism operations. After, the Congressman attended a Committee on Small Business hearing on the economic impact on small businesses of the government shutdown. Later, the Congressman met with Congressman Meng’s guest to the State of the Union, Jin Park who is the first DACA Recipient to be a Rhodes Scholar. He then attended a classified briefing at the Readiness Subcommittee. The Congressman also voted in favor of H. R. 831 Reviving America's Scenic Byways Act of 2019 and H.R. 66 Route 66 Centennial Commission Act both under the suspension of the rules.

2/5/19 

Congressman Kim worked out of his Washington D.C. office. He prepared for the State of the Union and met with Petty Officer Eric Thornton, a certified Surfman, a resident of Manahawkin, New Jersey and the Congressman’s guest for the State  of the Union. Remarking on the meeting, Congressman Kim said, “Petty Officer Thornton represents thousands across our district who have dedicated their lives to serving their country. As we take time this week to reflect on the state of our union, it’s important that we rededicate ourselves to serving those who put their lives on the line to keep our country safe.” Petty Officer Thornton and the Congressman then attended a Pre-State of the Union Reception hosted by the John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress and the Wilson Center. After, Petty Officer Thornton and Congressman Kim attended the State of the Union together.

2/4/19

Congressman Kim spent the day working out of New Jersey’s Third Congressional District. He met with the New Jersey Credit Union League to discuss credit union industry impact on economic opportunities. Later in the day, he toured the James J. Howard Outpatient Clinic in Brick, NJ where he spoke to veterans about the critical care that they need and deserve, including discussion of a new facility that would substantially increase the size and scope of the clinic. 

2/1/19

Congressman Kim spent the day working in New Jersey’s Third Congressional District speaking with local officials to hear about the needs and priorities across Burlington and Ocean counties. 

1/31/19

Congressman Kim spent the day working of out New Jersey’s Third Congressional District. He also participated in a radio interview with Brian Lehrer from station WNYC regarding the first month in Congress, the aftermath of the shutdown, and key priorities going forward. 

1/30/19

Congressman Kim spent the day working out of his office in Washington D.C. He began the morning by attending a House Armed Services classified briefing on the conflict in Syria. After, he met with Trade Minister Hyun-chong of South Korea and advocates from Korean Americans in Action.  He also met with representatives from Head Start from NJ03 and with the President of Ocean Community Economic Action Now to discuss opportunities to strengthen education, affordable housing, and other key initiatives. The Congressman also voted in favor of H.R. 790 which will help pay our civil servants in the federal government fairly.

1/29/19 

Congressman Kim spent a busy day working out of his office in Washington D.C. He began the day by attending a breakfast with the NJ School Board Association. Later, the Congressman participated in an introductory meeting to the Readiness Subcommittee, and an Armed Services Committee hearing on the Department of Defense’s support to the southern border. The Congressman met with a representative from the National Association of School Nurses to discuss NURSE (Nurses for Under-Resourced Schools Everywhere), and advocates from New Jersey to discuss earned sick days, paid family leave, equal pay and a minimum wage increase. The Congressman also met with representatives from the Natural Resources Defense Council to discuss climate change and national security. The Congressman voted in favor of the bipartisan supported bills, H. R. 449 Pathways to Improving Homeland Security at the Local Level Act and H. R. 428 Homeland Security Assessment of Terrorists' Use of Virtual Currencies Act.

1/27 and 1/28

Congressman Kim held his first, of what will be at least monthly, town hall in Browns Mills, NJ on Sunday.  More than one hundred and fifty passionate constituents were in attendance. At the town hall, the Congressman talked about ending the government shutdown, his first three weeks in office, and the committees he was appointed to and their importance to the district. At the end of the town hall, Congressman Kim said, “This right here — these town halls — this what our democracy is. Our democracy, it doesn’t live down in Washington; it lives right here at home.” Congressman Kim spent part of the day working out of New Jersey’s Third Congressional District and the other part of the day working in Washington D.C. on Monday. In the district, the Congressman attended a monthly Defense Enhancement Coalition meeting whose purpose was to raise awareness of improving the infrastructure and mission of the Joint Base.  Representatives from the Joint Base, Ocean and Burlington County, and local stakeholders were in attendance. The Congressman also voted in favor of H.R. 502, which orders the Government Accountability Office to report on the use of virtual currencies and online marketplaces in sex and drug trafficking.

1/25/19

Congressman Kim spent the day working out of New Jersey’s Third Congressional District. There, he spoke with Under Secretary of the Air Force Donavon and the Director of Staff of the National Guard Bureau Major General Taheri about priorities for 2019. He also attended, with his two baby boys, Family Fun Night at Burlington City High School, an event that raises money for Make-A-Wish New Jersey.

1/24/19  

Congressman Kim spent the day working out of his office in Washington D.C. He participated in the first official meeting of the Armed Services Committee to organize the Committee for the 116th Congress. The Congressman also voted in favor of H.J.Res.31, which immediately reopens the Department of Homeland Security, grants backpay to furloughed employees and reimburses states, federal grantees and furloughed state employees impacted by the shutdown.  This was the Congressman’s 11th vote to reopen government since being sworn in three weeks ago.

1/23/19

Congressman Kim spent the day working out of his office in Washington D.C.  He voted to end the government shutdown and to provide funding for several federal departments and agencies. He met with the Committee on Armed Services to discuss the selection of subcommittees and with Pen America, an organization that advocates for free expression in the United States and internationally. As the Congressman was sworn in just three weeks ago, the office is still searching for the right candidates to serve New Jersey’s Third Congressional District in the Washington DC Office and Congressman Kim met with individuals seeking to serve as Legislative Assistant for the office.

1/22/19 – 1/21/19

Congressman Kim spent Monday and Tuesday in New Jersey. On Monday, Congressman Kim honored Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s memory by speaking at Second Baptist Church of South Toms River and the Parkway Baptist Church in Willingboro on the importance of memorializing Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy and attending a Church Day of Service at Friendship AME Church of Browns Mills. On Tuesday, Kim met with the New Jersey Commissioner of Health and the Attorney General to discuss the opioid crisis’ effect on the communities of New Jersey’s Third Congressional District and efforts to treat the crisis and enforce legislation. Kim also met with Brigadier General Beale to address the Joint Base and Commissioner of the NJ Department of Labor and Workforce to discuss job development and working to enhance one-stop career centers in Burlington and Ocean counties.

1/19/19

Congressman Kim spent the day working in New Jersey’s Third Congressional District. He began the morning by dropping his two baby boys off at daycare. Later, he reached out to faith and several local leaders. He also reviewed congressional briefing materials and prepared for Martin Luther King Day.

1/17/19

Congressman Kim spent the day working out of his Washington, DC Office where he voted to re-open the government for the ninth time since being sworn in less than two weeks ago. He also was briefed on recent developments in the Middle East, including U.S. – Israel relations. The Congressman met with PSE&G regarding energy efficiency and preparations for the coming storm, and held several informal discussions with colleagues regarding his appointment to the House Armed Services Committee and national security. He also voted in support of H.J. Resolution 30 which disapproves of the President’s removal of sanctions upon the Russian Federation.

1/16/19

Congressman Kim spent the day working out of his office in Washington, DC. He began the morning by attending a meeting for the House Armed Services Committee that focused on training the new members of the Committee and preparing them for the organizational meeting that will take place the following day. In the afternoon, the Congressman filmed an interview with Fox 5 News that focused on the Congressman’s goals for his first term in office. Later in the day, the Congressman voted in support of H.R. 269 – Disaster Supplemental Appropriations Act which provides additional funds to federal departments and agencies so that they can financially support the aid they provided for natural disaster relief in 2018.

1/15/19

Congressman Kim worked out of his Washington, D.C. office on Tuesday, January 15th. He attended a meeting of his Freshmen class to discuss next steps to end the government shutdown, a bipartisan meeting with Representatives from both sides of the aisle to discuss national security and America’s leadership role in the world, and a meeting of the Congressional Progressive Caucus. He spoke at a luncheon for Global Jewish Advocacy and later delivered remarks at several events aimed at increasing diversity in politics. The Congressman also voted in support of additional legislation to re-open government, a resolution rejecting white nationalism and white supremacy and a bill to strengthen federal anti-discrimination laws enforced by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

1/14/19

Over the weekend, Congressman Kim held meetings with leaders throughout NJ03 including Ocean County Prosecutor Billhimer and Toms River Mayor Kelaher to discuss coordination on key priorities including the opioid crisis response and downtown development. Despite the 12” of snow in Washington, DC, Congressman Kim made it back in time from New Jersey to the Capitol to vote in support of the Investing in Main Street Act of 2019 that will help small businesses get access to capital.

1/11/19

Congressman Kim continued his work in preparation for the upcoming District Office Work Period before voting in support of 2019 Interior Appropriations on the House floor.  He then spoke at a Korea Economic Institute luncheon at the Newseum before catching the train back to New Jersey.

1/10/19

Congressman Kim attended an Aspen Institute breakfast in the morning, several internal meetings throughout the day including with the Democratic Whip, Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus, Congressional Progressive Caucus.  He voted in support of 2019 Agriculture Appropriations and in support of 2019 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations.

1/9/19

Congressman Kim worked out of his Washington, D.C. office in the morning on plans for the upcoming District Office Work Period and prepared for a speech he delivered later in the day at a Foreign Policy for America event on Capitol Hill.  He voted in support of adopting the House Rules and in support of 2019 Financial Services and General Government Appropriations.

1/8/19

Congressman Kim took the train to Washington, D.C. and conducted several staff interviews in the early afternoon as he continues to build his NJ03 team.  He voted on suspension bills at 6:30pm and participated in the Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies ceremonial swearing in at the Capitol in the evening.

1/7/2019

Over the weekend, Congressman Kim held community office hours at the Green Room in the Toms River Library, where he met with local leaders and constituents.  He attended services at Tabernacle Baptist Church in Burlington before holding additional community office hours at the JFK Center in Willingboro.  He also watched the Eagles playoff game at home with his family.

On Monday, Congressman Kim was in district and made a number of courtesy calls to local elected officials throughout NJ03 to discuss 2019 priorities.

1/4/19

Congressman Kim worked out of his Washington, DC office in the morning, working with his new staff to get the office in good working order.  He then went to the House floor to vote in support of Title II of the House Rules package for the 116th Congress, which will establish a Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress.  He returned to Bordentown with his family later in the day.

1/3/19

Congressman Kim was officially sworn in as a Member of the 116th Congress at approximately 2:50pm.  His wife and mother were watching in the gallery, while his father, baby boys, family and friends watched from his new office in the Longworth House Office Building.

Earlier in the day, he met with a group of approximately 60 Korean American students as a part of the Korean American Grassroots Conference where he encouraged them get involved in their communities and in public service.

Congressman Kim also voted later in the evening to re-open government.