Daily Activities

9/11/19

Congressman Kim spent the day working out of his Washington, D.C. office. In Washington, Congressman Kim visited the Pentagon to attend the Secretary of Defense’s September 11th Observance Ceremony. After the Ceremony, the Congressman stated, “Today’s anniversary of the horrific terror attacks on 9/11 isn’t just a time to mourn those lost, but a reminder to rededicate ourselves to honoring their memories and those left behind. This will be the first 9/11 anniversary since the permanent reauthorization of the 9/11 Victims Compensation Fund. This means our first responders who are still struggling with the impact from these attacks will have the care they need and deserve. This will also be the seventeenth 9/11 anniversary since the United States began military operations in Afghanistan. We should not forget those who continue to fight abroad to keep us safe at home. Their service and the sacrifice of thousands should and will never be forgotten.” The Congressman then attended the Committee on Small Business Hearing on utilization management focusing on barriers to care and burdens on small medical practice. The Congressman voted in favor of H.R. 205, Protecting and Securing Florida’s Coastline Act of 2019, which would place a permanent moratorium on oil and gas leasing in the eastern Gulf of Mexico.

9/10/19

Congressman Kim spent the day working out of Washington, D.C. In Washington, the Congressman met with constituents from the Michael J. Fox Foundation to discuss policies to support those living with Parkinson’s disease. After, the Congressman met with Afghan Ambassador Rahmani about peace talks between the United States and Afghanistan and how the peace talks relate to the upcoming Afghan election. The Congressman also met with Chief of Army Reserve and Commanding General Luckey from the Army Reserve to review priorities related to the Joint Base and Army Reserve.  Congressman Kim voted in favor of H.R. 2852, the Homebuyer Assistance Act of 2019, a bill that would bring the Federal Housing Administration standards in line with those set by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and set minimum requirements for education specific to FHA appraisals that appraisers must undergo to be eligible to conduct FHA appraisals. The Congressman then spoke at the Scoville Peace Fellowship Reception on the importance of getting young leaders into the field of international peace and security.

9/9/19

Congressman Kim traveled to Washington D.C. for the start of the September session. In Washington, he attended the staff meeting where he spoke with Senior Staff members about the legislative agenda for the week and year, the legislative correspondent program and casework outreach. The Congressman then voted. He voted in favor of H.R. 1768, Diesel Emissions Reduction Act of 2019, a bill reauthorizes an incentive program designed to protect public health and improve air quality by decreasing harmful emissions from diesel engines. Congressman Kim also voted in favor of H.R. 1420, the Energy Efficient Government Technology Act, a bill that promotes energy efficiency across the federal government by encouraging the adoption of energy-efficient and energy-saving information technologies across all agencies and federally-operated facilities.

9/6/19

Congressman Kim spoke with Senior Staff about legislative priorities for the Fall.

9/5/19

Congressman Kim spoke with Senior Staff about legislative priorities for the Fall.

9/4/19

Congressman Kim spent the day working out of the Third Congressional District. In the District, the Congressman hosted a Round Table with Mom’s Demand Action. At the Round Table, Congressman Kim heard from survivors of gun violence about their experiences with gun violence. The survivors also spoke about actions they would like to see the Congressman take in the House of Representatives to mitigate the epidemic of gun violence in the United States. 

9/3/19

Congressman Kim spent the day working out of New Jersey’s Third Congressional District. In the District, the Congressman met with members of the Service Employees International Union Local 32BJ. They discussed the legislative priorities of service employees such as cleaners, property maintenance workers, security officers, railroad workers, and factory workers. After, the Congressman personally called different community leaders, including Michelle-Anne Spring, whom he congratulated for being named Burlington County Teacher of the Year. 

8/30/19

Congressman Kim spent the day working out of New Jersey’s Third Congressional District focused on the joint military base and defense priorities related to counter-terrorism.

8/29/19

Congressman Kim spent the day working out of New Jersey’s Third Congressional District. He spoke with a staff member on the issue of front-loaded financial aid and potential solutions to address the problem. After, the Congressman participated in a Senior Community Forum hosted the Four Seasons Mirage. The Congressman then hosted a Town Hall at Lacey Middle School in Forked River where he discussed details related to the decommissioning of the Oyster Creek Nuclear facility. 

8/28/19

The Congressman spent the day working out of New Jersey’s Third Congressional District. In the District, the Congressman prepared for the upcoming Townhall with staff members. After, the Congressman toured DC Fabricators and spoke with representatives of the company regarding their legislative priorities. DC Fabricators is one of the largest defense suppliers in New Jersey’s Third Congressional District and is located in Florence.

8/27/19

The Congressman spent the day working out of New Jersey’s Third Congressional District. In the District, the Congressman attended a Ribbon Cutting ceremony for the opening of the Endeavor School at the Joint Base. After, the Congressman met with representatives from the Association for Advanced Life Underwriting. In the meeting, they discussed financial security and the retirement savings crisis. The Congressman then met with representatives from the Kessler Institute of Rehabilitation to discuss Medicare Advantage and Rehabilitation Hospitals.

8/26/19

The Congressman spent the day working out of New Jersey’s Third Congressional District. Congressman Kim spent the day reviewing legislative priorities with Senior Staff and engaging with local leaders.

8/19/19 – 8/23/19

The Congressman spent time with his wife and two baby boys on vacation.

8/16/19

Congressman Kim reviewed legislative priorities with Senior Staff.

8/15/19

The Congressman spent the day working out of New Jersey’s Third Congressional District. In the District, the Congressman toured Ocean County YMCA with its CEO, Peter Rosario.  They discussed at length programs to help support children on a wide range of development and education efforts.  After, the Congressman ate with Mayors representing towns across the Jersey Shore to discuss national flood insurance programs and other challenges. The Congressman then toured Exelon Nuclear’s Oyster Creek Generating Station. 

8/14/19

The Congressman spent the day working out of New Jersey’s Third Congressional District. In the District, the Congressman spoke at the General Membership luncheon of Burlington County Regional Chamber of Commerce. After, the Congressman hosted a Town Hall in Burlington Township where he heard from constituents on issues that mattered most to them.

8/13/19

The Congressman spent the day working out of New Jersey’s Third Congressional District. In the District, the Congressman met with Colonel Bridget V. Gigliotti, the new Commander of Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst.

8/12/19

The Congressman spent the day on travel back to the United States.

8/11/19

The Congressman had discussions about the ongoing challenges in and around Gaza.  The Congressman met with military experts who explained the Iron Dome battery, and U.S. – Israel Strategic Cooperation on this matter. The Congressman has been a major advocate for the Iron Dome system and co-led a letter calling for funding.

8/10/19

Congressman Kim joined his Republican and Democratic colleagues in visiting Masada national archeological park and the Dead Sea region near the Israeli border with Jordan. He traveled into the Palestinian controlled West Bank and visited the city of Bethlehem.  The Congressman then met with leaders in Israeli’s technology field who discussed programs that developed Israeli’s Hi-tech Innovation.

8/9/19

Congressman Kim arrived in Israel as part of a bipartisan Congressional delegation.  The Congressman attended a traditional Sabbath dinner in Jerusalem hosted by local families.

8/8/19

Congressman Kim worked out of the Willingboro Office. In Willingboro he spoke with staff about legislative priorities pertaining to New Jersey’s Third Congressional District. The Congressman also spoke with Charlotte Alter from TIME magazine.

8/7/19

Congressman Kim spent the day working out of Ocean County in New Jersey’s Third Congressional District. In the District, Congressman Kim toured Brick Community Based Outpatient Clinics with Dr. Joan McInerney, Director of Veterans Integrated Service Network 2, and Dr. Immiti, Director of VA New Jersey Health Care System. After, the Congressman attended a meeting with representatives from the U.S. Census Bureau on the 2020 Census. At the meeting, they discussed community concerns such as if there is enough money in the budget to conduct a complete and accurate count in all areas in Burlington and Ocean counties and help brainstorm ideas for 2020 Census outreach for the next few months. The Congressman then met with Commander Hagermann, the first female commander of New Jersey Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW).

8/6

Congressman Kim spent the day reviewing legislative priorities with Senior Staff.

8/5/19

Congressman Kim spent the day working out of Burlington County. In Burlington, the Congressman visited Endeavor EMS Station, a volunteer and career EMS squad that serves Burlington City, Burlington Township. After, the Congressman attended a Yellow Ribbon Surprise Homecoming Party for U.S. Army Captain Shameek DeLancey who is coming home from a deployment to Afghanistan. 

8/1/19

Congressman Kim spent the day working out of New Jersey’s Third Congressional District. In the District, Congressman Kim toured Parts Life, Inc., a strategic partner to the DoD program managers that specializes in obsolescence solutions and is in Moorestown. After, the Congressman attended a Small Business Committee Field Hearing in Mooretown on Supporting Small Business Contracting Opportunities in the Federal Government. The subcommittee hearing highlighted the opportunities available to small government contractors, particularly those located near military bases such as Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst.

7/31/19

Congressman Kim spent the day working out of New Jersey’s Third Congressional District. In the district, the Congressman met with representatives from the Association of Student Assistance Professionals regarding barriers to treatment for adolescents, as well as parental rights to obtain treatment for their adolescent. After, the Congressman hosted a Military Spouse and Veterans Round Table at Ocean County Community College.  Assemblyman Dancer, Assemblymen Greg McGuckin, and spokespeople from Senator Booker and Governor’s Murphy’s office were in attendance. After, the Congressman met with Rare Disease Legislative Advocates. The Congressman then visited the VFW at Point Pleasant Beach where he chatted with the VFW Commander. After, Congressman Kim met with Boy Scout Troop 6 to explain how to be good citizen of this country.

7/30/19

Congressman Kim spent the day working out of New Jersey’s Third Congressional District. In the District, the Congressman met leaders from Rowan University to discuss the University’s research activities with the Defense Department and the Army Corp. After the meeting, Congressman Kim toured different research labs housed in Tech Park, as well as the CREATES Facility. The Congressman then had a lunch with his interns in the Willingboro Office, where he heard from the interns about their internship experience and career goals. After, the Congressman hosted a Town Hall at Riverside Township High School where he heard from many constituents about issues that mattered most to them and were impacting their lives.

7/29/19

The Congressman prepared with staff for the upcoming Town Hall occurring on Tuesday. The Congressman also prepared for the upcoming district work period with Senior Staff.

7/26/19

Congressman Kim spent the day working out of New Jersey’s Third Congressional District. In the District, the Congressman attended a Change of Command at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst. At the Change of Command, Colonel Neil Richardson relinquished command of Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst and the 87th Air Base Wing to Colonel Bridget Gigliotti.

7/25/19

Congressman Kim spent the day working out of Washington D.C. In Washington, the Congressman joined Congressman Malinowski and Representative Slotkin in a panel discussion hosted by the International Crisis Group on the topic of preventing war with Iran. After, the Congressman met with Ambassador Park Robyug to discuss the International Conference of Asian Political Parties, an organization that promotes cooperation and mutual trust between political parties with various ideologies from different Asian countries. The Congressman then met with New Jersey members of the American Legion Boys and Girls Nation to congratulate them on their achievement. The Congressman voted to pass H.R. 3877, the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2019.

7/24/19

Congressman Kim spent the day working out of his office in Washington, D.C. In Washington, the Congressman met with the Chief Director and Chairman of the Overseas Korean Foundation, a foundation that supports cultural exchange across the globe. The Congressman then attended the House Armed Service Committee classified briefing on supply chain security challenges and the Department of Defense’s response. After, the Congressman met with Members of the British Parliament as part of the British-American Parliamentary Group. The Congressman then attended the Small Business Committee Hearing on the impact of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act on small businesses. After the Congressman attended the Monarch Housing Associates event, where Michell Griffith, a constituent from Toms River, shared her story of homelessness. The Congressman then spoke with Truman Scholars bout his thoughts and advice on public service. The Congressman voted in favor of H.R. 3375, the Stopping Bad Robocalls Act, which requires the implementation of nation-wide call authentication technology so consumers can again trust the number that appears on their caller ID. The Congressman also voted in favor of H.R. 397, the Rehabilitation for Multiemployer Pensions Act, which addresses the multiemployer pensions crisis and preserves benefits for thousands and thousands of retirees.

7/23/19

Congressman Andy Kim spent the day working out of Washington D.C. In Washington, the Congressman attended a closed-door House Armed Service Committee Intelligence Committee (HASC) briefing on current intelligence impacting defense planning, operations and policy. After, the Congressman attended a HASC National Security Agency/USCYBERCOM site visit to Fort Meade, Maryland for five hours.  The Congressman then returned to Washington D.C. for votes. In Washington, he voted in favor of H.Res. 246, Opposing efforts to delegitimize the State of Israel and the Global Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions Movement targeting Israel. Congressman Kim also voted in favor of H.R. 3304, the National Guard and Reservists Debt Relief Extension Act of 2019, which would extend the temporary authorization exempting certain qualifying reserve component members of the Armed Services and National Guard members from the Bankruptcy Code’s means test for four years.

7/22/19

The Congressman spent the day working in Tulsa for the Small Business Committee in a bipartisan effort to hear from voices outside of D.C. on economic issues impacting their businesses. In Tulsa, he attended a House Committee Subcommittee on Economic Growth, Tax and Capital Access on Small Business hearing on How Regulations Stifle Small Business Growth along with Representative Hern. The hearing enabled the Committee to examine the regulatory landscape small businesses and entrepreneurs must navigate, including its impact on their ability to successfully operate a business, and the effect on their communities at large. After the hearing, the Congressman flew back to Washington, D.C.

7/19/19

Congressman Kim spent the day working out of New Jersey. In New Jersey, Congressman Kim joined several other members of the NJ Delegation, Assemblywoman Murphy and Governor Murphy in highlighting the great work of those serving at JB MDL. The Congressman sat down with Governor Murphy to highlight key legislative efforts on Military Spouse employment and how our teams could further work together for military and veteran families. As part of the tour, the Congressman also met with Colonel Timothy Coakley, Chief of Staff of New Jersey Army Guard, Colonel Neil Richardson, Commander of Joint Base- McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, Colonel Bradford Everman, Commander of the 177th FW and Captain Scott Anderson, Commander of USCG Sector Delaware Bay.

7/18/19

The Congressman met with Judith Young, Chair of the Gold Star Mothers National Monument Foundation, to discuss her desire to erect a monument in honor of our Nation’s Gold Star Mothers and Families. The Congressman then testified at the Committee on Natural Resources with Ms. Young regarding Congressman Kim’s recently introduced bill, H.R. 2819. “Gold Star Families National Monument Extension Act.” H.R. 2819 would extend the authority for the establishment of a commemorative work in honor of Gold Star Families. The Congressman voted in favor of the Raise the Wage Act, legislation that would gradually increase the minimum wage to $15 an hour and help working families across America. The Congressman then had lunch with all his interns in Washington, D.C. At lunch, he heard about the interns’ experience in the internship program and about issues that mattered to them. The Congressman also announced that he would be holding a Town Hall in Riverside on Tuesday, July 30th at 6 pm.

7/17/19

Congressman Kim spent the day working out of his Washington D.C. office. In Washington, the Congressman attended the Small Business Committee markup to amend the Small Business Act and the Small Business Investment Act. After the Congressman voted in favor of H.R. 3494, the Damon Paul Nelson and Matthew Young Pollard Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2020, which authorizes funding and enables comprehensive congressional oversight of elements of the U.S. Intelligence Community. The Congressman also voted in favor of H.R. 768, the Middle-Class Health Benefits Tax Repeal Act of 2019, which would repeal the 40 percent excise tax on high-value employer-sponsored health insurance, also known as the “Cadillac Tax.”

7/16/19

Congressman Kim worked out of his Washington D.C. office. The Congressman attended a press conference with members from across the aisle to announce the establishment of a Bipartisan, Bicameral Comprehensive Flood Insurance Reform Legislation. The legislation extends the National Flood Insurance Program for 5 yrs., and institutes sweeping reforms to it to make it more sustainable, affordable, fair & efficient. After, the Congressman attended a roundtable discussion on the National Domestic Workers Bill of Rights. The Congressman also voted in favor of H.Res. 489, the resolution to condemn President Trump’s racist remarks. 

7/15/19

The Congressman spoke with D.C. and District Staff during the All Hands phone call on the legislative week ahead, casework and legislative correspondence, and staff member’s priorities for the upcoming week. The Congressman then reviewed the F.Y. 2020 Intelligence Authorization Act. After, the Congressman voted in favor of H.R. 2037, the Saudi Arabia Human Rights and Accountability Act of 2019, H.Res. 432, the Resolution Condemning the Sudanese government for attacks on peaceful demonstrators, and H.R. 2744, the USAID Branding Modernization Act. H.R. 2037 requires a report from the Director of National Intelligence to Congress on the murder of Jamal Khashoggi, including persons that were complicit in or supported the operation. It also imposes visa/travel sanctions on any individuals identified in the DNI’s report with exemptions included to comply with U.N. agreements. Additionally, it requires the Secretary of State provide a report to Congress on human rights in Saudi Arabia as well as U.S. actions to address rights violations and a description of intolerant educational materials published by Saudi Arabia. H.R. 2744 authorizes The Administrator of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to prescribe, as appropriate, the use of logos or other insignia of the USAID Identity.

7/12/19

Congressman Kim spent the day working out of his D.C. office before traveling back to New Jersey’s third congressional district. The Congressman met with representatives from the New Jersey of Nutrition and Dietetics. The Congressman then voted in favor of H.R. 1327, the Never Forget the Heroes 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund Permanent Authorization Act, which permanently authorizes the 9/11 Victims’ Compensation Fund ensuring that 9/11 first responders and their families receive the compensation they are due. The Congressman also voted in favor of final passage of H.R. 2500, the National Defense Authorization Act, which includes a 3.1% pay raise for our service members and numerous provisions to protect military families like one that authorizes an additional $121 million to clean up perfluorinated (PFAS) chemicals in drinking water on or near military bases.

7/11/19

Congressman Kim spent the day working out of his D.C. office. In D.C. the Congressman voted on amendments to H.R. 2500, the National Defense Authorization Act. These amendments included one offered by Representative Engel, which improves current law related to civilian protection, including reporting requirements for incidents involving civilian casualties and another offered by Representative Lieu, which prohibits certain funds allocated from the Special Defense Acquisition Fund from aiding Saudi Arabia or the United Arab Emirates if such assistance could be used to conduct or continue hostilities in Yemen. 

7/10/19

Congressman Andy Kim spent the day working out of his office in Washington D.C. In Washington, the Congressman attended a Small Business Committee hearing focused on discussing the role of veteran entrepreneurs in growing the economy and examining legislative efforts to foster veteran entrepreneurship. Congressman Kim then spoke at a press conference on the importance of the addition of the Iran Amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act. The Congressman also met with representatives from the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, the Center for Human Rights Policy and the Korean Church Coalition. The Congressman ended his evening by speaking at the Hill Vets Panel on the topic of shaping cyber policy for the modern battlefield.

7/9/19

Congressman Kim began the day by traveling to Washington D.C. for votes. In Washington, he met with representatives from the New Jersey Farm Bureau to discuss local agricultural issues, as well as federal trade and immigration policy that impacts farms in New Jersey. The Congressman then voted in favor of H.R. 2515, the Whistleblower Protection Reform Act of 2019, H.R. 3050, Expanding Investment in Small Business Act of 2019, and H.R. 2409, Expanding Access to Capital for Rural Job Creators. After voting, the Congressman attended the Member Session of Workplace Rights and Responsibilities, a session that is mandatory for every U.S. Representative. The session went over the House of Representatives’ anti-Harassment policy as well as techniques to intercede when and if issues of harassment occur. 

7/8/19

Congressman Andy Kim began his day by visiting the Samaritan Hospice in South Jersey that provides great support to constituent issues. From here, the Congressman traveled to the Princeton University Plasma Physics Laboratory where he met with university administrators and researchers to discuss their project to develop fusion energy. Afterwards, the Congressman spoke in a press call regarding Texas v. United States and general health care policy with Protect Our Care. In the evening, the Congressman toured the New Jersey State Police Regional Operations and Intelligence Center to discuss ways to better combat the opioid epidemic in Burlington and Ocean Counties.

7/5/19

Congressman Andy Kim worked out of New Jersey’s Third Congressional District today. He joined Mayor White for the reopening of the city Borough Hall in Mantoloking, NJ; a city that persevered to rebuild in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy. Afterwards, the Congressman had lunch with the mayor of Brick Township, NJ. At the meeting, they discussed local politics and avenues for greater collaboration. Finally, the Congressman toured the Ocean Mental Health Services facility where he shared his support for the Helping to End Addiction Long-Term (HEAL) Program. The HEAL Program would provide funding to facilitate and promote research into opioid and addiction issues.

7/4/19

The Congressman spent the Fourth of July with his family. The Congressman began by participating in an Independence Day parade at Riverton, NJ via special invitation of the city mayor. After, the Congressman honored the local American Legion and veterans’ groups by attending a flag raising in Normandy Beach, NJ.

7/3/19

Congressman Kim spent the day working out of New Jersey’s Third Congressional District. The Congressman met with representatives from the National Association of Police Associations to discuss the danger of longer and heavier truck on the roads in New Jersey.  The Congressman then met with representatives from Holtec International regarding a consolidated interim storage facility for spent fuel. After, the Congressman met with representatives from Make the Road to discuss issues at the border. The Congressman then met with the Director of the Ocean County Office of Senior Services to learn more about the programs the Ocean County Office of Senior Services provides and how the congressional office can support their programs. After, the Congressman then met with representatives from the SMART Caucus to discuss issues important to the mid-Atlantic region.

7/2/19

Congressman Kim spent the day working out of his district office in Toms River, New Jersey. In Toms River, the Congressman met with Community Options Inc. to discuss rights and quality of life for those diagnosed with disabilities. After, the Congressman met with the Taxpayers Association of Seaside Park where they talked about the repetitive flooding issues along Bayview Avenue in Seaside Park. The Congressman then met with representatives from the Central Jersey Wounded Warrior Program where they discussed local veteran problems. After, the Congressman met with leaders from local grassroots organizations who participated in the Medicare For All rally. The Congressman then met with Mayor Tim McDonald, Councilman Mark Dykoff, State Senator Christopher Connors, Township Administrator Veronica Laureigh and State Assemblyman Brian Rumpf to discuss the decommissioning of Oyster Creek Nuclear Generating System. The Congressman then hosted a Senior Citizen Round Table at the Ocean County Library centered around the anniversary of the signing of Medicare and its impact on seniors.

7/1/19

Congressman Kim spent the day working out of New Jersey’s Third Congressional District. In New Jersey, the Congressman met with the Pineland Preservation Alliance to discuss issues concerning environmental protections. After, the Congressman met with the Sheetmetal Works Local 19 to discuss the ability to increase the amount of work local unions can obtain on the Joint Base. The Congressman then met with representatives from Melton Industries to discuss how the organization can bring jobs to New Jersey. After, the Congressman met with Mayor Rita Romeur and constituents to discuss concerns about the pipelines.

6/28/19

Congressman Kim spoke with top Army Reserve leaders about priorities related to the Joint Base. The Congressman also reviewed briefing and hearing materials.

6/27/19

Congressman Kim spent the day working out of Washington, D.C. In Washington, he met with representatives from the United Mitochondrial Disease Foundation. At the meeting, the representatives discussed mitochondrial disease, its impact on their own lives and the possibility of an inter-agency group that may be able to help coordinate research, medical foods and insurance issues, and faster diagnostic tools for this often-fatal disease. Congressman Kim voted in favor of H.R. 2722, Securing America’s Federal Elections Act, which would improve the resilience of our federal elections by requiring voting systems to use individual, durable, and voter-verified paper ballots, provide states with funding to support election infrastructure, and prohibit voting systems from being connected to the internet or wireless technologies. The Congressman also voted to pass the motion to concur with the Senate Amendment to H.R. 3401, Emergency Supplemental Appropriations for Humanitarian Assistance and Security at the Southern Border Act, 2019. The bill will provide funding to address the humanitarian crisis at the southern border.

6/26/19

Congressman Kim spent the day working out of his Washington D.C. Office. In Washington, the Congressman met with representatives from Primer to discuss the intersection of emerging technology and Department of Defense problem sets. The Congressman then met with representatives from the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia to discuss medical funding. After, the Congressman attended a Small Business Committee Hearing on the challenges small businesses face to gain access to capital and the impact access to capital have upon starting, operating and expanding a business. The Congressman then presented the Kim Amendment to H.R. 3351, the Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Act of 2020. The Kim Amendment increases funding for the Small Business Administration Entrepreneurial Development Programs account by $1,000,000 to be directed towards Small Business Development Centers and Veterans Business Outreach Centers. The Congressman then voted on the complete consideration of H.R. 3351.

6/25/19

Congressman Andy Kim spent the day working out of his Washington D.C. office. In Washington, he attended a House Armed Service Committee classified briefing on Iranian activity in the Middle East region, U.S. responses, policy, and intelligence. After the Congressman spoke at the Subcommittee on Select Revenue Measures on the SALT Act, a bill that the Congressman helped introduce that would restore the full deduction taxpayers previously had before the tax bill passed in the last Congress. The Congressman voted on multiple amendments on H.R. 3351, the Financial Services and General Government.

6/24/19

Congressman Andy Kim met with the Ariel Etzel, the Congressional Art Competition winner, to view her painting, Garden of Color. The Congressman attended an all-hands staff meeting. The Congressman also voted on multiple amendments on H.R. 3055, the Commerce, Justice, Science, Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, Interior, Environment, Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, Transportation, and Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Act, 2020.

6/21/19

Congressman Kim spent the day working out of Washington D.C. In Washington, the Congressman met with the VISN 2 Director, who oversees the VA health clinics in the New Jersey region, including the Ocean County facility. The Congressman pressed to ensure the VA process to build a new veterans’ health clinic in Ocean County is prioritized and kept on track.  The Congressman also voted in favor of two of his amendments on Division D – Military Construction and Veterans Affairs that would highlight road safety issues on military bases. These amendments passed the House of Representatives.

6/20/19

Congressman Kim spent the day working out of his Washington D.C. office. In Washington, Congressman Kim chaired the Subcommittee on Economic Growth, Tax & Capital Access Hearing on The Importance of Census Data to Small Business Formation and Growth. The Congressman then spoke with representatives from the Center for Humane Tech.  After, the Congressman spoke with leadership at Joint Base McGuire Dix Lakehurst to discuss route 539. The Congressman then met with representatives from the American Nurses Association to discuss the Home Health Care Planning Improvement Act, and a representative from the Farm Bureau to discuss the Endangered Species Act. After, the Congressman presented the Congressional Gold Medal Awards to different constituents from Medford and Toms River.

6/19/19

Congressman Kim spent the day working out of his Washington D.C. office. In Washington, Congressman Kim attended a Small Business Committee Hearing on Small Business in the Cannabis Industry. After the Congressman attended a meeting with a representative from the Crisis Group where they discussed the current situation in Iran. The Congressman then voted on 8 amendments on H.R. 2740, the Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, Defense, State, Foreign Operations, and Energy and Water Development Appropriations Act, 2020, including the Huffman Amendment. The Huffman Amendment states that no funds in H.R. 2740 can be used for the Army Corps of Engineers to finalize the environmental impact statement for the proposed Pebble Mine project.

6/18/19

Congressman Kim travelled to Washington D.C. In Washington, he voted in favor of H.R. 3253, the Empowering Beneficiaries, Ensuring Access, and Strengthening Accountability of 2019. The Congressman then voted on 22 amendments on H.R. 2740, the Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, Defense, State, Foreign Operations, and Energy and Water Development Appropriations Act, 2020. 

6/17/19

Congressman Kim spoke at the Asia Society about community engagement issues within the Asian Pacific Islander community. The Congressman also reviewed briefing and hearing materials in preparation for the upcoming legislative week.

6/14/19

The Congressman reviewed briefing and hearing materials in preparation for the upcoming legislative week.

6/13/19

Congressman Kim participated in the House Armed Service Committee’s National Defense Authorization Act Markup, working 21 hours straight until it concluded at 7 am in the morning. After taking a quick power nap, the Congressman voted in favor of H.R. 2740, the Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, Defense, State, Foreign Operations, and Energy and Water Development Appropriations Act of 2020, and voted on over 28 amendments to the underlying bill. The amendments included the Pascrell Amendment, which provides $10 million in funding for the Alternatives to Opioids in the Emergency Department program. The Congressman then traveled to New Jersey, where he spoke at the Asian Pacific American Lawyers Association Gala of New Jersey.  

6/12/19

Congressman Kim spent the day with the House Armed Service Committee conducting the National Defense Authorization Act Markup, making sure our servicemembers and their families in Burlington and Ocean Counties have a strong advocate. The Congressman secured funding to help address the #1 issue raised by our local military leadership with a bipartisan effort to improve military spouse employment. The Congressman also secured more than $40 million in funding for a critical U.S. Navy weapons system that will bring additional jobs to New Jersey and passed an amendment to make military bases such as Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst more resilient to natural disasters.

6/11/19

The Congressman met with the Boren Scholarship Recipient, an undergraduate student from New Jersey’s third congressional district, to congratulate her on the prestigious award she received to study abroad in areas critical to U.S. national security and to learn about her interest in public service. After, the Congressman met with representatives from Citizen’s Climate Lobby to discuss H.R. 763, a bipartisan bill currently in the House of Representatives. The Congressman then met with constituents from the ALS association to discuss legislative issues of great importance to the ALS community. The Congressman also met with students from Ocean County Vocational School to discuss the Stock Market Capitol Hill Challenge they participated in. The Congressman voted in favor of H.Res 430, which would authorize the House Judiciary Committee to bring legal actions to enforce subpoenas against Attorney General William Barr and former White House Counsel Don McGahn.

6/10/11

The Congressman toured TD Bank’s Contact Center in Mount Laurel and met with representatives of the organization to learn more one of the district’s largest businesses. The Congressman then spoke to a constituent about their experience losing a personal care attendant and its impact upon their life. After, the Congressman met with representatives from Hyundai Motor Group to discuss the impact of the Administration’s potential application on tariffs on autos and auto parts. The Congressman then attended a meeting on the House Armed Service Committee with his aids. The Congressman voted in favor of H.R. 542, the Supporting Research and Development for First Responders Act, which would authorize the National Urban Security Technology Laboratory (NUSTL) within the Department of Homeland Security’s Science and Technology Directorate to assist emergency response providers in preparing for, and protecting against, threats of terrorism. The Congressman also voted in favor of H.R. 2539, Strengthening Local Transportation Security Capabilities Act of 2019, which would require the Department of Homeland Security to prioritize the assignment of officers and intelligence analysts from Transportation Security Administration and Department of Homeland Security to locations with participating State, local, and regional fusion centers in jurisdictions with a high-risk surface transportation asset.

6/7/19

Congressman Kim reviewed briefing and hearing materials for next week. He also reviewed materials for the National Defense Authorization Act Markup on Wednesday with staff members.

6/6/19

Congressman Kim reviewed briefing and hearing materials in preparation for the coming legislative week. He also reviewed materials for the National Defense Authorization Act Markup on Wednesday with staff members.

6/5/19

Congressman Kim spent the day working out of Washington D.C. The Congressman attended the Subcommittee on Readiness markup of H.R. 2500, the National Defense Authorization Act for FY 2020. After, the Congressman met with the Philadelphia Eagles Senior Vice President and General Counsel, Aileen Dagrosa to review league priorities. The Congressman also attended a pre-mark meeting for the National Defense Authorization Act.  

6/4/19

Congressman Kim spent the day working out of Washington, D.C. The Congressman attended the Readiness Subcommittee pre-markup meeting. The Congressman then attended the Intelligence and Emerging Threats and Capabilities Subcommittee Mark Up on H.R. 25000, the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2020. After, the Congressman met with the American Jewish Committee to discuss combatting anti-Semitism and extremism and promoting pluralism and democracy. After, he met with a representative from the International Franchise Association to discuss franchises and their relation to the Small Business Committee. The Congressman voted in favor of H.Res. 393, which remembers the victims of the violent suppression of democracy protests in Tiananmen Square and elsewhere in China on June 3 and 4, 1989 and calls on the Government of the People’s Republic of China to respect the universally recognized human rights of all people living in China and around the World. The Congressman also voted in favor of H.R. 6, the Dream and Promise Act, which establishes a path to lawful permanent resident status for individuals who either held or were eligible for Temporary Protect Status or Deferred Enforced Departure as of January 1, 2017.  

6/3/19

Congressman Kim spoke with New Jersey State Senator Gopal, chair of Military and Veteran Affairs for New Jersey, about the needs of Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst. The Congressman then spoke with Mayor Lance White about issues facing Mantoloking. The Congressman also attended a meeting with experts on the challenges of high student loans and growing education costs. 

5/31/19

Congressman Kim spent the day working of the district office. The Congressman visited and toured the Marlton VA Facility and discussed ways to strength our services and support for veterans. The Congressman also spoke to some constituent advocates regarding trade.

5/30/19

Congressman Kim spent the day working of the district office. In the district, Congressman Kim spoke with a WWII Veteran’s Wife about her late husband’s service to our nation. 

5/29/19

Congressman Kim spent the day working out of the district. In the district, the Congressman hosted office hours in the Bordentown library where he met with New Jersey Work Environmental Council and various constituents. The Congressman also spoke to a night class at Adath Emanu-El in Mt. Laurel. 

5/28/19

Congressman Kim spent the day working out of New Jersey’s Third Congressional District. The Congressman visited Central Jersey Dialysis Location of Fresenius Medical Care North America to view the latest dialysis technology and meet with the nursing staff, patient care technicians, administrators, social workers, nutritionists, and physicians who make up the health care team in a dialysis facility. The Congressman then visited the East Orange Campus of the VA New Jersey Health Care System.

5/27/19

Over the weekend, Congressman Kim attended and spoke at the annual Memorial Day Ceremony at the Brigadier General William C. Doyle Veterans Memorial Cemetery. The Congressman also attended the Second Annual Memorial Day Pig Roast put on by George Vanderveer American Legion Post 129. On Memorial Day, Congressman celebrated the holiday with his family. They attended Bordentown Township’s Memorial Day Ceremony and the Beverly Township Memorial Day Parade. 

5/24/19 

The Congressman spent the day working out of the district.  In the morning, the Congressman spoke at the Ocean County College’s 52nd Commencement. The Congressman then met with the Executive Director of the Delaware River Basin Commission to discuss planning concerns, and federal funding issues for the Commission. After, the Congressman met with Pugh Associates, LLC (a DoD Veteran owned small business) and Rowan College at Burlington College to discuss a proposed project that has the potential to benefit the U.S. Navy warfighter. 

5/20/19

On Saturday, Congressman Kim hosted a Town Hall in Wrightstown, and a Veteran Round Table in Bordentown, where the participants had an in-depth discussion on gaps and potential solutions on Veteran Toxic Exposure. On Monday, the Congressman attended the Reagan Institute Task Force on Competing in the 21st Century Technological Environment. After, the Congressman attended a National Security Agency Briefing on China and Russia’s cyber capabilities. The Congressman voted in favor of H.Res. 106, which denounces female genital mutilation/cutting as a violation of the human rights of women and girls and urges the international community and the Federal Government to increase efforts to eliminate the harmful practice. The Congressman also voted in favor of H.R. 1592, the Intercountry Adoption Information Act of 2019, which requires the Department of State to include in its annual Intercountry Adoption Report information on countries that have enacted significant laws or regulations preventing or prohibiting adoptions to the United States.

5/15/19

Congressman Kim spent the day working out of his Washington D.C. Office. The Congressman attended the House Armed Service Committee hearing on the Russian Federation’s Election Interference Efforts and U.S. Responses. The Congressman attended the Small Business Committee hearing for a member day hearing. The Congressman met with representatives from the National Military Family Association to discuss military spouse employment. The Congressman met with the New Jersey Realtors to discuss issues surrounding the house market, including barriers to buying and selling a home in the Garden State. The Congressman also met with the HANA Center to discuss the Adoptee Citizenship Act. The Congressman voted in favor of H.R. 312, the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe Reservation Reaffirmation Act, that would reaffirm the status of the Mashpee Wampanoag reservation and make clear that the Tribe is entitled to be treated the same way as other federal recognized tribes.

5/14/19

The Congressman voted in favor of H.R. 299, the Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act of 2019, which if passed by the Senate would extend the  would extend the presumption of exposure to US Navy veterans who served offshore of the Republic of Vietnam during the Vietnam War and veterans who served in or near the Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) for service connection for diseases associated with exposure to Agent Orange. In addition to disability compensation, Blue Water Navy veterans may be eligible for healthcare if they develop a disease linked to herbicide exposure. The Congressman attended the Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies Gala.

5/13/19

Congressman Kim spent personal time with his family today.

5/10/19

Congressman Kim spoke on the floor of the House of Representatives about the incredible accomplishments and contributions of small business owners across New Jersey in honor of Small Business Week. The Congressman met with Representative Waltz to discuss Representative Waltz’s priorities on the House Armed Service Committee. The Congressman voted in favor of H.R. 2157, the Supplemental Appropriations Act, a comprehensive emergency disaster supplemental bill to help meet the urgent needs of American communities still struggling to recover from recent hurricanes, typhoons, wildfires, floods and other natural disasters. This robust disaster package includes $17.2 billion in long overdue emergency spending for disaster-stricken communities across our nation and territories. It builds on the legislation that passed the House in January – including an additional $3 billion to address the urgent needs of those living in the Midwest (Nebraska, Missouri, South Dakota, Iowa and Kansas) and South (Mississippi, Alabama, Florida, Georgia and the Carolinas) who have been devastated by flooding and tornadoes in recent months.

5/9/19

Congressman Kim spent the day working out of his Washington D.C. office. In Washington, the Congressman spoke on a panel for The United States of Entrepreneurs with Politico. The Congressman attended the Subcommittee on Innovation and Workforce Development Hearing on “The Digital Ecosystem: New Paths to Entrepreneurship.” The Congressman met with the United Mine Works of America to discuss HR 935 and the Fuel Merchants Association of New Jersey to discuss renewable fuel standards and retrofit of Cargo Tanks. The Congressman attended the Readiness Subcommittee Hearing on the FY 2020 Budget Request for Military Readiness. The Congressman met with 42 active service members from the 174th Infantry Brigade at Fort Dix who were visiting the Capitol. The Congressman met with the Veteran Affairs (VA) Liaison Office to discuss the VA Community-Based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC) to be built in Ocean County, if CBOC is on track to stay on schedule and budget, and what type of services will our veterans have at the CBOC.  The Congressman voted in favor of H.R. 986, the Protecting Americans with Preexisting Conditions Act of 2019. If passed, this bill would rescind the 1332 guidance issued by the Trump Administration that weakens coverage and undermines the Affordable Care Act’s protections for people with pre-existing conditions and prohibit similar future guidance from being proposed.

5/8/19

Congressman Kim spent the day working out of his Washington D.C. Office. In Washington, the Congressman attended an Army Caucus breakfast and a solar industries association event in the Capitol. The Congressman met with Stephanie Ramos, a constituent who spoke at the Ways and Means Committee hearing on paid family and medical leave, to hear her perspective on the issue of paid family and medical leave. The Congressman attended a Small Business Committee hearing on our nation’s small business heroes. The Congressman met with Representative Kuster to discuss the impact the opioid crisis has had on their respective districts and potential methods to resolve the crisis. The Congressman met with the National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers & Seabrook House to discuss prevention, treatment and recovery, and Global Zero to discuss improving nuclear stability. The Congressman voted in favor of H.R. 1328, the Access to Broadband Act, which if passed by the Senate will establish the Office of Internet Connectivity and Growth. The Congressman also voted in favor of H.R. 1520, the Purple Book Continuity Act of 2019, that would amend the Public Health Service Act to instruct the Secretary of Health and Human Services publish a list of licensed biological products.

5/7/19

Congressman Kim spent the day working out of New Jersey’s Third Congressional District and part of the day working out of Washington D.C. In New Jersey, the Congressman visited Fort Dix Elementary and attended an assembly with the students. The Congressman stopped by Deb’s Jamaican Restaurant and Vincent’s Homemade Ice Cream Shop in Mt. Holly. In Washington D.C., the Congressman attended a reception for the U.S. Coalition for the Eradication of Polio. The Congressman voted in favor of H.R. 1704, which will strengthen the ability of the State Department to conduct commercial diplomacy in support of U.S. businesses competing in overseas markets.

5/6/19

Congressman Kim spent the day working out of New Jersey’s Third Congressional District. In the district, the Congressman spoke at Ocean County’s Mayor’s Association. The Congressman met with the Superintendent of Lacey Township School District regarding the renewal of IDEA funding by Congress and toured the High School and STEM Academy. The Congressman also toured small businesses in Toms River, which included Bubby’s, the confectionary shop, and the Music Academy.

5/3/19

Congressman Kim spent the day working out of New Jersey’s Third Congressional District. In the district, the Congressman spoke at an event hosted by the Greater Toms River Chamber of Commerce entitled “Meet the Congressman.” At the event, Congressman Kim focused on issues facing small businesses—minimum wage, access to capital and ways to improve the landscape of Small Businesses in NJ. The Congressman met with representatives from Save Barnegat Bay to discuss matters regarding restoring and protecting Barnegat Bay. The Congressman met with representatives from the from Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge and the New Jersey Field Office to discuss the work they do on behalf of the Federal Government in New Jersey concerning the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. 

5/2/19

Congressman Kim spent the day working out of his office in Washington D.C. In Washington, the Congressman passed an amendment to H.R. 9, the Climate Action Now Act, that requires the Administration to take infrastructure resilience into account on plans to address climate change as part of the United States’ commitment to the Paris Climate Agreement. The Congressman met with the Healthcare Institute of New Jersey, a trade association for New Jersey’s life sciences companies. The Congressman spoke with representatives from the National Coalition for Assistive and Rehab Technology (NCART) and the National Registry of Rehabilitation Technology Suppliers on protecting appropriate access to Complex Rehab Technology. The Congressman attended the Intelligence and Emerging Threats and Capabilities Subcommittee hearing on cyber security operations. The Congressman met with Representative Waltz to discuss Representative Waltz’s 2019 priorities. Congressman Kim voted in favor of H.R. 9, Climate Action Now Act, a bill that reflects the sense of Congress that we need to protect the future of our planet by continuing the U.S.’ commitment to the Paris Agreement, demanding a real plan for the Trump Administration, and laying the foundation for further action from Congress.

 

5/1/19

Congressman Kim spent the day working out of his Washington D.C. office. In Washington D.C. the Congressman attended the House Armed Services Committee hearing on National Security Challenges and U.S. Military Activity in North and South America. After, the Congressman attended the Small Business Committee’s markup of legislation to amend the Small Business Act and the Small Business Investment Act. The Congressman then met with Chief of Naval Operations, Admiral John Richardson. In the meeting, the Congressman and the Admiral discussed the Lakehurst mission and status of its advanced carrier technologies mission. The Congressman also met with representatives from the New York/New Jersey Freight Forwarders and Brokers Association. In the meeting they discussed H.R. 2261, the Customs Business Fairness Act of 2019. The Congressman then attended the Readiness Subcommittee hearing on the 2020 budget request for Military construction, energy, and environmental programs. After, the Congressman spoke with the Program Director of Climate Diplomacy, Risk, and Security from Third Generation Environmentalism to have an in-depth discussion on the climate security nexus. 

4/30/19

Congressman Kim spent the day working out of his Washington D.C. office. In Washington D.C., the Congressman met with Assistant Secretary of the Army for Installations, Energy and the Environment Alexa Beehler. In the meeting the Congressman and Assistant Secretary Beehler discussed sustainability and environmental initiatives, and efforts to ensure the Joint Base is resilient to changing weather patterns. The Congressman spoke with a Rabbi from Ocean County to discuss the shooting of a synagogue in California and what leaders should do to fight the rising tide of anti-Semitism in the United States. The Congressman also attended the Atlantic Council Gala and the Asian American Action Fund Gala. The Congressman voted in favor of H.Res.328, Supporting the protection of elders through financial literacy, which expresses the understanding that continued education and cooperation among law enforcement, financial institutions, regulatory agencies, and private sector organizations are necessary to combat elder financial exploitation. The Congressman also voted in favor of H.R. 1876, the Senior Security Act of 2019, which will create an interdivisional taskforce at the Securities and Exchange Commission for senior investors.

4/29/19

Over the weekend, Congressman Kim spoke to veterans at the Fort Dix Joint Retiree Appreciation Day, thanking them for their service and sacrifice. He also met with members of the Teamsters Joint Council 73, which represents more than 55,000 workers in New Jersey and toured the Backward Flag Brewing Company, a veteran-owned microbrewery in Forked River. Congressman Kim also hosted his fifth town hall at American Legion Post 232 in Barnegat and spoke at the 16th Annual Rolling Thunder Chapter 2 NJ Candlelight Vigil in Toms River. On Monday, Congressman Andy Kim began the day by speaking at the Southern Jersey Development Council (SNJDC) Breakfast as the keynote speaker. The SNJDC is a non-profit member-based organization established in 1951 to promotes responsible economic development in Southern New Jersey. The Congressman then traveled to Washington D.C. on the train. After he arrived in Washington, the Congressman attended the Reagan Institute Task Force focused on scoping the national security innovation base. After the Congressman voted in favor of H.R. 91, and H.R. 317. H.R. 91, the Columbia River In-Lieu and Treaty Fishing Access Sites Improvement Act, authorizes the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) to assess sanitation and safety conditions on land set aside to provide Columbia River Treaty tribes access to traditional fishing grounds. H.R. 317, the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians Land Affirmation Act of 2019, bill reaffirms the recent actions by the Secretary of the Interior to take approximately 1,400 acres of land into trust for the benefit of the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Mission Indians in California.

4/26/19

Congressman Andy Kim was briefed by representatives from the National Association of State Alcohol and Drug Abuse Directors on drug abuse prevention programs, opioid response grants, and substance abuse block grants. The National Association of State Alcohol and Drug Abuse Directors also reviewed access in New Jersey to family center treatment to post-partum women and state opioid response grants. After, the Congressman spoke with John Conger from the Center for Climate Solutions on the impacts of climate change upon national security. 

4/25/19


Congressman Andy Kim was briefed by General Keith Alexander, former Commander of the United States Cyber Command, on the importance of cybersecurity and where the United States stands in our cyber offensive and defensive capabilities in comparison to China and Russia. The discussion focused on how private industries, especially small companies, can best respond in a coordinated fashion to cyberattacks and how the federal government can assist. The Congressman later spoke with Kevin Roy from Shatterproof about ways to combat and prevent the opioid epidemic plaguing the district. The discussion focused on focused on medication assisted treatment (MAT) for opioid addiction as well employment opportunities being helpful in breaking the cycle of addiction.

4/24/19

Congressman Andy Kim and his staff worked to prepare and prioritize for the upcoming budget and appropriations process that picks up following the Easter district work period. Experts from the Congressional Research Service briefed the Congressman on best practices for the budget process. 

4/23/19

Congressman Andy Kim spent the day visiting various small businesses across the district. He also worked with staff to develop a legislative amendment to H.R. 9 that would push for greater attention and action to help community resiliency to climate change.  At this meeting, Congressman Kim said the destruction of Superstorm Sandy reinforces the need to help our communities in Ocean and Burlington counties prepare and respond to climate-related threats. 

4/20/19 – 4/22/19

The Congressman attended a breakfast at the Island Heights United Methodist Church over the weekend. After, the Congressman attended the Salvation Army Easter Egg Hunt in Ocean county. The Congressman then visited VFW Post 8867 in Brick where they discussed the needs of veterans in the area including improved and expanded health care facilities. The Congressman also attended Adath Emanu-El’s Congregational Seder. 

4/19/19

Congressman Kim spent the day working out of New Jersey’s Third Congressional District. The Congressman also traveled to Philadelphia to be interviewed by Lauren Mayk, NBC 10 along with Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick. The Congressman discussed the SAVE Act, which the Congressman co-sponsored with Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick.

4/18/19

Congressman Kim spent the day working out of New Jersey’s Third Congressional District. The Congressman visited BD Manufacturing in Delran to tour the facility and meet the workers. The Congressman then visited the Delran Fire Company and the VFW Post. After, the Congressman visited the North Hanover Township School District to meet with Superintendent Helen Payne to learn more about the effect of Impact Aid and participate in some “Black and Gray” games with the students. This included a trip to the new elementary school under construction on the Joint Base facility that is expected to open later this summer. The Congressman then spoke with Josh Peck to discuss creative solutions to increase health care enrollment. 

4/17/19

Congressman Kim spent the day working out of New Jersey’s Third Congressional District. The Congressman began the day by attending a meeting at the Northern Burlington County Regional School to discuss Impact Aid with Dr. James Sarruda, the Superintendent of the school district. The Congressman also visited B’nai B’rith International Center for Senior Services in Marlton, New Jersey.

4/16/19

Congressman Kim spent the day working out of New Jersey’s Third Congressional District. He began his morning by attending the funeral services for U.S. Army Specialist Nicholas DiMona III of Medford Lakes. Congressman Kim then spoke to an eighth-grade law class at Central Regional School District in Bayville and participated in an editorial board interview with the Asbury Park Press that was livestreamed on Facebook.

4/15/19

Congressman Kim spent the last few days working out of New Jersey’s Third Congressional District. On Saturday, the Congressman hosted his fourth Town Hall. The Congressman also participated in the Burlington Township Clean-up with local Cub Scouts and Girl Scouts. He attended and spoke at the NAACP Burlington County New Jersey Freedom Fund Banquet. On Sunday, the Congressman attended Burlington County’s National Crime Victims’ Rights Week Event at the Historic Smithville Mansion where he joined family members of those lost to violence.  On Monday, Congressman Kim met with constituents from JPMorgan Chase & Co., RESULTS (a volunteer group dedicated to addressing global poverty and disease), New Jersey Resources, and AARP New Jersey. The Congressman then participated in a facility tour and STEM discussion with House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer at Lockheed Martin in Moorestown. The topics of discussion included future workforce initiatives, how to grow and maintain a healthy and secure workforce in South New Jersey and known impediments to workforce training.

4/12

Congressman Kim spent the day working out of New Jersey’s Third Congressional District. In the District, the Congressman attended a home visit with the Visiting Nurse Association Health Group in Burlington where he met with an elderly patient and saw the excellent care the Visiting Nurse Association provided the patient. The Congressman met with Students of Rutgers Social Work to discuss the prices of prescription drugs. He also met with the students from Rowan College at Burlington County to discuss the environment, healthcare, education and the economy of South Jersey.

4/11 

Congressman Kim spent the day working out of New Jersey’s Third Congressional District. In the District, Congressman Kim met with State Senator Christopher Connors, Assemblyman Brian Rumpf and Assemblywoman Diane Gove to discuss the decommissioning of the Oyster Creek Nuclear Generating Station. He met with community members from Lacey to discuss ways to ensure that they have the information they need and a voice to raise concerns about the nuclear plant decommissioning process. The Congressman then met with Daniel Nee, the editor of the Shorebeat. The Congressman also prepared for his fourth Townhall, happening Saturday.

4/10 

Congressman Kim spent the day working out of his Washington D.C. Office. The Congressman attended the House Armed Services Committee hearing on the National Defense Authorization Budget Request for the Navy. He chaired the Small Business Committee Subcommittee on Economic Growth, Tax, and Capital Access hearing on the impact of fee structure changes. He pushed for greater transparency and accountability on new proposed initiatives from the Small Business Administration that would potentially make it harder for small businesses to get access to capital. The Congressman then met with constituents from the Broadway League, the Fraternal Government Relations Coalition, Rutgers’ students, the National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians, and the American International Automobile Dealers. The Congressman voted in favor of H.R 1644 – Save the Internet Act of 2019 of which he was a co-sponsor. H.R. 1644, if passed in the Senate, will restore the open internet order of the Federal Communications Commission.

4/8/19

The Congressman spent the morning working out of his district office before traveling to Washington D.C. for votes. The Congressman was interviewed at Medport Diner in Medford by Jersey Matters to discuss Congressman Kim’s first bill, the SAVE Act, Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, and getting money out of politics. The Congressman then traveled to DC to vote. In Washington, the Congressman voted in favor of the Local Water Protection Act that authorizes $200 million annually through 2024 for nonpoint pollution management grants programs. This program helps states develop and implement their own programs for managing nonpoint sources of water pollution, including runoff that can carry pollutants. The Congressman also voted in favor of H.Con.Res.16 that authorizes the use of the Capitol Grounds for the National Peace Officers Memorial Service to honor law enforcement officers who died in the line of duty in 2018.

4/5/19

Congressman Kim spent the day working out of New Jersey’s Third Congressional District. In the district, the Congressman hosted a staff retreat with his team members to identify goals for the next year and best practices to deliver the highest standard of constituent service. 

4/4/19

Congressman Kim spent the day working out of his Washington D.C. office. The Congressman began his morning by attending the Readiness Subcommittee hearing on Mismanaged Military Family Housing Programs. The Congressman voted to pass H.R. 1585 – Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2019. The Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act expands STOP grants to include further community resources to respond to incidences of domestic violence and supports training in early childhood programs on domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking.

4/3/19

Congressman Kim spent the day working out of his Washington D.C. office. The Congressman began the morning by presiding over House Legislative Business on the floor of the House of Representatives. He then attended the House Armed Service Committee Hearing where he heard from non-Armed Service Committee Members of Congress on their national security priorities for Fiscal Year 2020. The Congressman then attended a Joint Session of Congress whereby Secretary General of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Jens Stoltenberg spoke about the continued critical mission of the transatlantic alliance. The Congressman was then interviewed by press to discuss HR1 and Congressman Kim’s fight for campaign finance and ethics reform. The Congressman then met with General Wilson where the Congressman discussed the Joint Base. The Congressman then met with the Director of Defense Threat Reduction Agency Vayl Oxford to discuss the mission, functions and priorities of the Defense Threat Reduction Agency.  After, the Congressman attended an Armed Services Committee hearing focused on reviewing the Department of Defense’s strategy, policy, and programs for countering weapons of mass destruction. The Congressman voted in favor of a H.Res 271. H.Res 271 condemns the Trump Administration’s campaign to end the Affordable Healthcare Act that provides healthcare for millions of people and protects people with pre-existing conditions. 

4/2/19

The Congressman spent the day working out of Washington D.C. The Congressman began the morning by meeting with constituents representing the Hyacinth Foundation. The Congressman then met with the Vice President of Government Affairs for Maersk, Douglas Morgante, to learn more about Maersk’s role in assisting the Department of Defense. After, the Congressman attended a National Defense Authorization briefing focused on investment in cyber security for smaller defense suppliers. The Congressman then met with United States Trade Representative Robert Lighthouse to discuss the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). The Congressman then met with Singapore Ambassador Ashok Mirpuri to discuss the longstanding security and economic relationship between Singapore and the United States. After, the Congressman met with Chairman Langevin to discuss the Intelligence and Emerging Threats and Capabilities subcommittee. The Congressman voted in favor of naming a Post Office after Representative Louise Slaughter.

4/1/19

The Congressman spent the day working out of both the district and Washington DC. The Congressman began his morning by visiting the New Jersey Youth Challenge Academy, which is located on Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst. At the New Jersey Youth Challenge Academy, Congressman Kim met with cadets and saw first-hand the efforts being put into action to fulfill the Academy’s mission of helping at-risk you in New Jersey. After meeting the cadets, the Congressman met with leaders at the Joint Base to discuss the Highway 539 Overpass, spouse license reciprocity, on-base civilian opportunities and off-base opportunities for spouses and transitioning military members, and longer-term base resiliency efforts.  The Congressman then traveled to Washington D.C. and voted in favor of H.R. 1590 Terrorist and Foreign Fighter Travel Exercise of 2019, a bill that requires the Department of Homeland Security to conduct an exercise related to the detection and prevention of terrorist and foreign fighter travel. The Congressman also voted in favor of H.R. 1433 DHS Morales Act, a bill focused on benefiting the workplace morale of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

3/27

Congressman Kim spent the day working out of his Washington D.C. office. The Congressman attended the Armed Service Committee Hearing on National Security Challenges and U.S. Military Activities in the Indo-Pacific. After, the Congressman attended the Small Business Committee Hearing focused on exploring the options for small employer’s retirement security, the benefits, and barriers they face in offering retirement plans, and opportunities for expanding retirement coverage. The Congressman then attended the Readiness Committee Hearings briefing on DOD’s Joint Logistics Enterprise and Future Concerns for Survivable Combat Logistics. Following the Readiness Committee briefing, the Congressman met with representatives for the Environmental Defense Fund to learn more about the organizations 2019 priorities and representatives from the Raytheon Company to discuss cyberwarfare and Raytheon’s cyber capabilities.  The Congressman also voted in favor of the Paycheck Fairness Act, legislation that will help narrow the gender wage gap.

 

3/26

The Congressman spent the day working out of Washington D.C. The Congressman began his day by meeting with New Jersey Institute of Technology to learn more about NJIT’s new school of Applied Engineering and Technology which is training the future workforce to complete unfilled STEM jobs. After, the Congressman attended the House Armed Services Committee Hearing on the National Defense Budget where he asked questions to the Secretary of Defense and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs. The Congressman then met with constituents representing AIPAC to hear their perspective on the importance of supporting security assistance to Israel and enhanced U.S. – Israel Cooperation. After, the Congressman met with Protect Our Care to discuss healthcare legislation this Congress and best ways to support the reduction of health care costs, increase of coverage and the strengthening of consumer protections. The Congressman then spoke at a Press Conference to help reveal the SAVE Act, legislation that will help lower the cost of health care and protect individuals with pre-existing conditions. The Congressman voted in favor of overriding the President’s veto on objecting to the national emergency declared by the President. Congressman Kim also voted to extend federal recognition to the Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa Indians of Montana, and to takes lands in Sonoma County, California into a trust as part of the reservation of Lytton Rancheria of California.

 

3/25

The Congressman spent the weekend working out of the district. On Saturday, the Congressman hosted his third Town Hall in Cinnaminson where he had a great discussion with constituents about health care and other key priorities. On Monday, the Congressman traveled to Washington D.C. In D.C., the Congressman met with Dr. James Lewis, of the Center for Strategic and International Studies, to discuss emerging cyber threats. The Congressman then attended the Freshman Class Reception with President Barack Obama. The Congressman also voted in favor of providing humanitarian assistance to the Venezuelan people and restricting the transfer of defense services to any element of Venezuela that is not recognized by the Government of the United States of America. The Congressman additionally voted in favor of amending title XIX to extend protection for Medicaid recipients of home and community-based services against spousal impoverishment, establish a State Medicaid option to provide coordinated care to children with complex medical conditions, prevent the misclassification of drugs for purposes of the Medicaid drug rebate program, and for other purposes.

3/22/19

Congressman Kim spent the day working out of New Jersey’s Third Congressional District. The Congressman had a great time reading to a room full of fourth graders at Joseph A. Citta Elementary School in Toms River. He read the children’s book What’s the Big Deal About Elections and answered a lot of great questions about what it is like to work in Congress. The Congressman then toured Haven Beat the Streets code blue in Ocean County to learn more about the program that helps those in need in Ocean County. He met with leadership and members at George P. Vanderveer American Legion Post 129. After, the Congressman met with the Stafford Township Police Department to learn more about the innovative On-Point program that partners law enforcement with social workers to provide compressive services to the community.  That night, Congressman Kim attended an interfaith vigil to mourn the victims of the Christchurch shootings in New Zealand.  

3/20/19

Congressman Kim spent the day working out of New Jersey’s Third Congressional District. He began the day by visiting DaVita Delran Dialysis to meet with patients to talk about the challenges that they face in getting treatment including difficulties with transportation and concerns about Medicare funding. After, the Congressman spoke to South Jersey high school students from government and law classes and student government about what it is like to be a public servant.

3/19/19

Congressman Kim started the day working out of Ocean County. The Congressman began the day by speaking with the President of the Cyber Threats Alliance on funding on improving cultural understanding of cyber issues and building a baseline comparison with China regarding cyber financing for today’s threats. After, the Congressman toured RWJ Barnabas Health Community Medical Center in Toms River. Following his tour of the community medical center, the Congressman visited Deborah Heart and Lung Center in Brown Mills where the Congressman visited several departments and clinical areas, so he could see firsthand what makes Deborah a top 50 cardiovascular hospital in the United States.

3/18/19

Congressman Kim spent the day working out of his office in Marlton, New Jersey. The Congressman began his morning by meeting with several Jewish American constituents and advocates to talk about methods to fight anti-Semitism and extremism, and promote pluralism worldwide. After, the Congressman met with New Jersey Assembly Majority Leader Louis Greenwald to address efforts to restore State and Local Tax deductions and find other ways to make New Jersey more affordable.

3/14/19 

The Congressman spent the day working out of his Washington D.C. office. The Congressman began the morning by meeting with Ken Johnson of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to discuss small business protection. After, the Congressman met with advocates raising concerns about human rights abuses in Iran. The Congressman met with the White House Office of Legislative Affairs to discuss key issues including the opioid crisis and the status of North Korea talks. The Congressman also voted in favor of H.Con. Res 24 that received unanimous bipartisan support to express the sense of Congress that the report of Special Counsel Mueller should be made available to the public and Congress. 

3/13/19

The Congressman spent the day working out of his office in Washington D.C. The Congressman began his morning with several meetings with former U.S. Representative Robert Wexler and other experts to discuss U.S. foreign policy in Middle East peace and other challenges facing our efforts in the region. The Congressman then attended the House Armed Services Committee Hearing on National Security Challenges and U.S. Military Activities in Europe, and a Small Business Committee Hearing on Flipping the Switch on Rural Digital Entrepreneurship. After the Congressman met with the NJ PTA to discuss Statewide Family Emergency Centers and school infrastructure, and Planned Parenthood to address reproductive healthcare issues that impact New Jersey’s residents. The Congressman then met with leadership from the United States Institute of Peace to discuss the group's role in preventing, mitigating and resolve violence challenges abroad that threaten the United States’ national security. Following the meeting, the Congressman attended a hearing on the 2020 Budget request for U.S. cyber command and operations in cyberspace. The Congressman then met with Agudath Israel of America to discuss education, security and the rise of anti-Semitism, and Barnegat Bay Partnership to discuss the efforts to protect and restore Barnegat Bay and Delaware Bay, two of the 28 federally designated estuaries of national significance that impact New Jersey.

3/12/19

Congressman Kim spent the day working out of his Washington D.C. office. The Congressman began his morning by having coffee with constituents from Delta Sigma Theta, Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia, and the Joint Base New Jersey Federal Firefighters. The Congressman then attended the House Armed Service Committee briefing on China’s military power and America’s military activities. After, the Congressman met with the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists to discuss ending preventable maternal mortality and protecting coverage for individuals with pre-existing conditions. After, the Congressman met with the Coalition for the New Jersey Audubon Society and the Delaware River Watershed to discuss the river watershed and its’ impact on New Jersey’s Third Congressional District. The Congressman voted in favor of H.R. 156, legislation that condemns Vladimir Putin and his regime for targeting political opponents and covering up the assassination of Boris Nemtsov, a Russian opposition leader who worked to advance democracy and human rights in Russia. The Congressman also voted in favor of H.R. 596, legislation that bars the United States from recognizing Russia’s annexation of Crimea, and H.R. 1654, legislation that will help modernize the federal registrar.

3/11/19

Congressman Kim spent the weekend at home in New Jersey. He celebrated St. Patrick’s Day by marching with his son in a parade in Seaside Heights. On Sunday, the Congressman attended an event with Jewish American community leaders where he heard from constituents on their views on the U.S. – Israel relationship. On Monday, the Congressman spent part of the day traveling to Washington D.C. from New Jersey and part of the day working out of his Washington D.C. office. In Washington, Congressman Kim voted in favor of H.R. 1122 Housing Choice Voucher Mobility Demonstration Act of 2019. This legislation will allow the Secretary of Housing to implement a housing voucher mobility demonstration, which will help families receiving voucher assist to move to lower-poverty areas and expand access to opportunity areas.

3/7/19

Congressman Kim spent the day working out of his Washington D.C. office. The Congressman began his morning by chairing Subcommittee on Economic Growth, Tax, and Capital Access hearing on ways to increase access to capital for small businesses. After, the Congressman attended a classified briefing by the House Armed Services Committee. Following the classified briefing, Congressman Kim participated in a press conference with Ends Citizens United to discuss the importance of campaign finance reform. After, the Congressman met with a representative from the Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine to discuss gun violence prevention policies. The Congressman then attended the House Armed Services Committee’s Subcommittee on Intelligence and Emerging Threats and Capabilities classified briefing on the Department of Defense’s Protecting Critical Technology Task Force. The Congressman voted in favor of H.Res. 183 that condemns anti-Semitism as hateful expressions of intolerance that is contradictory to the values of the United States and condemns anti-Muslim discrimination and bigotry against minorities as hateful expressions of intolerance that is contrary to the values and aspirations of the United States. In response to the resolution, the Congressman said, “The language of hatred and bigotry holds us back from being the country we are capable of and should aspire to be. As Dr. King said, ‘Let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred.’ Anti-Semitism in any form, by any one, is simply unacceptable. Anti-Muslim bigotry in any form, by any one, should not be tolerated.”

3/6/19 

Congressman Kim spent the day working out of his Washington D.C. office. The Congressman began his day by hosting a coffee with constituents representing New Jersey Realtors Association, the National Down Syndrome Society and the United Steelworkers. The Congressman then attended a House Armed Service Committee Hearing on Outside Perspectives on Nuclear Deterrence Policy and Posture. After, the Congressman attended a Small Business Committee meeting to consider the Committee’s Budget views and estimates for the 2020 fiscal year and a Small Business Committee hearing on rebuilding America: Small Business Perspective. The Congressman then gave a speech on the floor of the House of Representatives on H.R. 1 – Cleaning up Corruption in Washington, legislation that the Congressman is co-sponsoring. Promoting the necessity of H.R. 1's passage, the Congressman said, “I am tired of watching dark money grown, gerrymandering polarize our politics. Now we have a precious chance to fix this and build the kind of government the American people deserve." Following the speech, the Congressman met with representatives from the Center for the Middle East. The Congressman then met with the Anthony Branbury, the new CEO of the International Foundation for Electoral System, to discuss electoral assistance issues, with a focus on the Middle East and North Africa. After, the Congressman met with the Japanese Congressional Minister Kimitake Nakamura to discuss the development of US-Japan relations. 

3/5/19

The Congressman spent part of the day traveling to Washington D.C. and part of the day working out of his Washington DC office. In Washington, the Congressman voted in favor of streamlining energy efficiency in schools, renewing the Responsible Disposal Act Reauthorization Act of 2019, and the Burn Pit Registry Enhancement Act that will help our veterans and understand the impacts of burn pits on our post-9/11 veterans. After, the Congressman attended a dinner at the German Marshall Fund, a non-profit American public policy institute dedicated to promoting relations between the United States and Europe, where eleven European Ambassadors were in attendance.

3/4/19

Congressman Kim spent the day working out of his office in New Jersey’s Third Congressional District. The Congressman began the day by introducing H.R. 1451, the Alice Paul Voter Protection Act, which will protect a citizen’s access to vote by prohibiting the interference of voter registration efforts. Upon introducing the legislation, the Congressman said, “Thanks to Alice Paul, New Jersey has a strong history of leadership in expanding and protecting the right to vote. It’s up to us to honor that legacy and make sure that every American has a chance to exercise their right to vote. The first step towards exercising that right is registering. By ensuring that citizens can register unimpeded, we can truly strengthen our democracy and make sure every voice is heard.” The Congressman then met with the Anti-Defamation League to discuss the importance of fighting the rising tide of anti-Semitism in the United States and abroad. In the evening, Congressman Andy Kim presented the Alice Paul Voter Protection Act at the Alice Paul Institute Equity Awards. 

2/28/19

Congressman Kim introduced bipartisan legislation, the State Allowance for a Variety of Exchanges, or SAVE Act, with Representative Fitzpatrick (R-PA) to expand healthcare access and lower costs. The legislation will expand access and reduce costs by incentivizing the transition to state-based health insurance exchanges. Upon announcing the introduction of the bill, Congressman Kim said, “Every time I talk with families in New Jersey, I hear how worried people are about the rising cost of health care. I came to Congress to get things done for my constituents. I’m proud to make the SAVE Act the first bill I’m introducing because this issue is a top priority. This is a proven, bipartisan approach that would expand access and lower costs. Our families can’t wait for political posturing on health care, they need results. This bill would be a big step in getting them the help they need.” After introducing his first bill, the Congressman attended the House Armed Services Committee Subcommittee on Intelligence, and Emerging Threats and Capabilities classified briefing on Cyber Mission Force and Military Operations in Cyberspace.  The Congressman then attended a policy briefing on North Korea with senior policy experts from the Korean Americans in Action. After, the Congressman met with Civil Air Patrol to hear about their organization’s annual report. The Congressman then interviewed with Dr. Abbas Kadhim, Director of the Iraq Initiative at the Atlantic Council, for a publication Dr. Kadhim is working on that will examine the past ten years of the U.S.-Iraq bilateral relationship and offer policy recommendations for the future of this partnership. The Congressman then attended the New Jersey State Chamber of Commerce’s 82nd Annual Congressional Dinner. Congressman Kim voted in favor of the Enhanced Background Checks Act of 2019 that will give the FBI more time to perform background checks on gun purchases and close the Charleston loophole.

2/27/19

Congressman Kim spent the day working out of his Washington D.C. office. He began the morning by speaking at Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies breakfast round table. The Congressman then met members of Canada’s parliament to discuss cross-border emergency response, trade and investment, and cybersecurity. After, the Congressman attended a Small Business Committee Hearing focused on supporting America’s startups through a small business perspective. The Congressman then met with Former Congressman Tim Roemer to discuss the negative influence of big money in politics. Following his meeting with Congressman Tim Roemer, the Congressman then met with Denise Wilson from Co-Equal, who provides advice on the co-equal branches of governments.  After, the Congressman was interviewed by FOX news on the U.S. – North Korea Summit. The Congressman then met with John Kennedy, CEO of the New Jersey Manufacturing Extension Program. The Congressman voted in favor of the bipartisan bill, H.R. 8, the Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2019, that expands background checks to cover all sales and represents the first major House vote on gun violence prevention legislation in 25 years.  Congressman Kim was proud to be among the 240 Members of the House from both sides of the aisle to have finally done more than offer thoughts and prayers, to have taken a vote to expand background checks, protect the rights of law-abiding citizens and help save lives. The Congressman also voted in favor of the Horn Amendment that clarifies that the “grave bodily harm” exemption from the background check requirement includes the harm of domestic violence, dating partner violence, sexual assault, stalking, and domestic abuse.

2/26/19

Congressman Kim spent the day working out of his Washington D.C. office. He began the morning by attending a breakfast round table with Special Adviser to Korean President Moon Dr. Chung-in Moon to discuss the current U.S.- Korea relationship and the status on the Korean Peninsula. Following the roundtable with Dr. Chung-in Moon, the Congressman attended a press roundtable to discuss the need for strong campaign finance reform and other steps to make sure our government works for the people.  The Congressman then attended the Armed Services Readiness Subcommittee Hearing on Naval Surface Forces Readiness. After, the Congressman met with the American Legion National Liaison and representatives from Ocean and Burlington county to discuss different ways the Congressman and the American Legion can work together in the future to benefit the members of New Jersey’s Third Congressional District. Following the meeting with the American Legion, the Congressman met with the New Jersey Fraternal Order of Police to discuss issues relevant to Law Enforcement around the country including the Social Security Fairness Act and the Law Enforcement Officers Equity Act. The Congressman also met with the American Alliance of Museums, Rare Disease advocates, the National Association of the Education of Young Children, the E2 New Jersey Business Leaders, Common Defense, and ZERO-The End of Prostate Cancer. After, the Congressman attended the IETC Subcommittee Hearing on Department of Defense Information Technology, Cybersecurity, and Information Assurance.

 

Congressman Kim supported a bipartisan effort to end the national emergency declared by the President on February 15, 2019, saying, “I’ve spent the last week listening to people throughout our district and looking at the impact the national emergency declaration would have on New Jersey. This national emergency declaration unnecessarily puts funding for Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst at risk, directly undermines our national security readiness, forces military families to foot the bill, and violates the spirit of separation of powers enshrined in the Constitution by the founders. This would not be good for the people of Ocean and Burlington counties. I firmly believe we need to secure our borders and ports of entry. It’s why I voted for a bipartisan bill that prevented a shutdown and provides critical resources to keep our country safe.”

2/25/19

Congressman Kim spent part of the day working out of New Jersey’s Third Congressional District and part of the day working out of his office in Washington D.C. He began the day by meeting with the ALS Association Greater Philadelphia Chapter to discuss HR 1171, legislation that would eliminate the waiting period for people with ALS to access their Social Security Disability Insurance. The Congressman then met with New Jersey Citizen Action to discuss the Family Act, a bill that hopes to create a national family and medical leave insurance program to help ensure that people who work can take the time they need to address serious health and caregiving needs. After, Congressman Kim was interviewed by NBC on the U.S. – North Korea Summit. The Congressman then traveled to Washington D.C. and voted in favor of H.R. 539 which expands eligibility for the Innovation Corps (I-Corps) program and requires the National Science Foundation (NSF) to allow grantees of the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program and other entities to participate in I-Corps courses. Congressman Kim also voted in favor of H.R. 276 that directs the Secretary of Education to establish the Recognizing Inspiring School Employees (RISE) Award Program.

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.