Daily Activities

7/8/21 

In the morning, Congressman Kim met with Speaker Craig Coughlin of the New Jersey Assembly in Trenton. During the meeting Congressman Kim discussed pending hunger related legislation on the state level in New Jersey, and what is being done to help with this issue on the federal level. In the afternoon, Congressman Kim had a call with Lillian Myers of Cinnaminson, a 17 year old Cinnaminson High School Senior who is the 2021 New Jersey State Poetry Out Loud (POL) champion. Lillian went on to participate in the national semi-final of POL, which is a partnership of the National Endowment for the Arts, the Poetry Foundation, and the state arts agencies. POL is a national arts education program that encourages the study of great poetry by offering free educational materials and culminating in a recitation competition for high school students across the country. In the early evening, Congressman Kim met virtually with New Jersey Citizen Action. New Jersey Citizen Action is a statewide grassroots organization fighting for social, racial, and economic justice. At night, Congressman Kim visited the Indian Mills Fire Department in Shamong. Congressman Kim’s office has been working with Fire Company on their AFG application and has written a letter of support for them.  They invited the Congressman to visit their Fire Company, meet their members and get a tour to thank him for all of his efforts on their behalf. 

 

7/7/21 

In the morning, Congressman Kim visited Ocean Inc’s Head Start Program in Tom’s River. During the visit, Congressman Kim stressed the importance of the Child Tax Credit and how it will have a positive impact for children and families in need. In the afternoon, Congressman Kim visited Anchor Family Success Center in Brick. Family Success Centers are community based family-centered neighborhood gathering places where any community resident can go for support, information and services. They are part of the Children’s Home Society of New Jersey. 

 

7/6/21 

In the morning, Congressman Kim visited the Goddard School of Burlington along with Commissioner Christine Norbut Byer of the New Jersey Department of Children and Families. During the visit, Congressman Kim met with Mayor Brian Carlin of Burlington Township and Mrs. Tyemah the Director of the Goddard School of Burlington. During the visit, Congressman Kim highlighted the importance of the Child Tax Credit expansion passed as part of the American Rescue Plan that will go into effect July 15th. Later in the morning, Congressman Kim met with State Senator Troy Singleton at Panera in Moorestown. In the afternoon, Congressman Kim met virtually with members of CAIR New Jersey. 

 

7/5/21 

In the evening, Congressman Kim took part in a virtual reading of Frederick Douglass’ speech, “What to the Slave is the Fourth of July,” hosted by Princeton Community Organizations.

 

7/4/21 

In the afternoon, Congressman Kim wished all those celebrating across Burlington and Ocean Counties a happy 4th of July. 

 

7/3/21 

In the morning, Congressman Kim attended the Riverton Independence Day Parade to celebrate the July 4th holiday weekend. In the afternoon Congressman Kim attended the Sanctuary Foundation for Veterans’ “Back Together Again” Cookout at their service center in Willingboro.  

 

7/2/21 

In the afternoon, Congressman Kim met virtually with Jonathan Slade and Ed Bell the President of the Charleston School of Law to discuss H.R. 2192, the Camp Lejune Justice Act of 2021.

 

7/1/21 

In the morning, Congressman Kim met with Dr. Bisera Turkovic the Minister of Foreign Affairs for Bosnia and Herzegovina. Dr. Bisera Turkovic has served as the Ambassador of Bosnia and Herzegovina to the United States since October 3, 2005. She also serves as the Permanent Observer of Bosnia and Herzegovina to the Organization of American States (OAS) and as Bosnia’s Ambassador to Mexico and Brazil. During the meeting, the discussion revolved an update on the current political situation in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Later in the day, Congressman Kim, Congressman John Garamendi (CA-03), Congressman Donald Norcross (NJ-01), and Congressman August Pfluger (TX-11) introducedthe bipartisan Put Our Neighbors to Work Act, a bill that would create more opportunities for local workers from military construction projects. The Put Our Neighbors to Work Act would increase opportunities for local jobs from military construction projects by providing a preference for contractors located within the same state, or within 60 miles of the construction project. The bill would also help local workers by increasing transparency and awareness of military construction projects of over $250,000, allowing local contractors to be better informed of opportunities. Afterwards, Congressman Kim, Congressman Thomas Suozzi (NY-03), and Congressman Andrew Garbarino (NY-02) introducedthe Help Our Businesses Recover Act, a bill that would provide temporary relief to businesses that face a BEAT (base erosion and anti-abuse tax) liability for taxable year 2020 due to the pandemic’s economic impact, without undermining the effectiveness of the provision in the long-term. The full text of the bill can be found hereCongressman Kim them voted to pass the INVEST in America Act, which would provide critical funding to projects that would help create good paying jobs and rebuild New Jersey’s infrastructure. If passed into law, the INVEST in America Act would make transformational improvements on New Jersey’s roads, bridges, rail, transit, and water infrastructure. Written into the bill are several key local priorities championed by Congressman Kim. Details of these projects in Ocean and Burlington Counties can be found by clicking here

 

6/30/21 

During the day, Congressman Kim took part in the House Foreign Affairs markup for the EAGLE Act. Later in the day, Congressman Kim voted for and the House passed H.Res. 503, establishing the Select Committee to investigate the January 6th Attack on the U.S. Capitol.

 

6/29/21 

In the morning, Congressman Kim took part in a House Foreign Affairs hearing and asked questions about the ongoing conflict and human rights abuses in Ethiopa. Congressman Kim’s question line focused on issues related to hunger and famine in the region caused by the conflict. In the afternoon, Congressman Kim took part in a House Armed Services budgetary hearing with Secretary of the Army Christine Wormuth and Chief of Staff of the Army James McConville. During the hearing Congressman Kim asked questions related to hunger issues among members of the armed forces and issues related to health care and tricare select coverage for national guard and reserve troops. A full recording of Congressman Kim’s question line can be found by clicking here. Congressman Kim voted for and the House passed H.R. 2662, the IG Independence and Empowerment Act, and H.R. 3005, to replace the bust of Roger Taney in the Old Supreme Court Chamber in the U.S. Capitol with a bust of Thurgood Marshall and to remove all statues of individuals who voluntarily served the Confederate States of America from display in the Capitol.

 

6/28/21 

In the morning, Congressman Kim visited a pop up COVID-19 vaccination clinic at Calvary Church in Delran. The clinic was organized by a partnership between Congressman Kim’s office, Mayor Gary Catambrone and Rite Aid. First doses were administered June 4th and June 7th and those attending the clinic today were receiving their second doses. In the afternoon, Congressman Kim drove to Washington to take part in votes this week on the House floor. 

 

6/27/21 

In the morning, Congressman Kim toured and visited the BookSmiles Book Bank in Cherry Hill. Congressman Kim met with Larry Abrams the founder and CEO of BookSmiles. Mr. Abrams is a navy veteran who later spent 20 years as a high school English teacher at Lindenwold High School, and started BookSmiles in September 2017. In the afternoon, Congressman Kim visited a memorial service for Nancy Caira, a victim of Superstorm Sandy that dedicated her life to advocating for other victims of the storm through the New Jersey Organizing Project and pushing for other victims to be able to rebuild and return to their homes. Nancy passed away in late November of 2020. 

 

6/25/21 

Congressman Kim was in Washington for votes on the House floor. Congressman Kim voted for S.J. Res 14, which the House passed. This legislation would provide for congressional disapproval of the EPA Methane Rule. 

 

6/24/21 

Congressman Kim was in Washington for votes on the House floor. In the afternoon, Congressman Kim met with Lieutenant Colonel David Park who currently serves as the 60th Commander of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Philadelphia District. In this role, Lt. Col. Park leads a 500-person District whose missions include dredging waterways for navigation, protecting communities from flooding and coastal storms, responding to natural and declared disasters, regulating construction in the nation’s waters and wetlands, remediating environmental hazards, restoring ecosystems, building facilities for the Army and Air Force, and providing engineering, contracting and project management services for other government agencies upon request. In the early evening, Congressman Kim met virtually with the President and Executive director of the Barnegat Bay Partnership. Later in the evening, Congressman Kim took part virtually in a conversation with the Phi Beta Kappa Society about public service. Today, Congressman Kim voted to pass the LGBTQ Business Equal Credit Enforcement and Investment Act, which has now passed the house and moves to the Senate for further action.

 

6/23/21 

In the morning, Congressman Kim met with members of the Republic of Korea National Assembly. During the meeting the Congressman discussed the state of the U.S.-Korean relationship, and the work being after Korean President Moon's visit to the United States and meetings with Congressman Kim and other Congressional leaders the previous month. In the afternoon, Congressman Kim met with members of the Turkish Parliament. The focus of the meeting was on the US-Turkey relationship, NATO, Syria, Libya, and other regional issues. In the late afternoon, Congressman Kim met virtually with the Climate Action Campaign. The Climate Action Campaign is a coalition of 14 national environmental, environmental justice, and public health organizations and more than 60 allies working to drive ambitious, durable federal action to cut carbon pollution, address the climate crisis, accelerate the transition to clean energy with equitable, fair and just policies centered on jobs, health and investment. Their member groups include the League of Conservation Voters, the Environmental Defense Fund, the Sierra Club, the National Wildlife Federation, Earthjustice, and the American Lung Association. In the evening, Congressman Kim called for Congress to swiftly pass new voting rights protections during a telephone town hall, highlighting the need to reauthorize and enhance the Voting Rights Act and take further actions to strengthen our democracy. Congressman Kim was joined by Tiffany Muller, President and Executive Director of End Citizens United and Let America Vote, and Anthony Gutierrez, Executive Director of Common Cause Texas, who provided further background on efforts to expand voting rights and outlined current attacks on those rights at the national and state level. Questions posed by participants on the telephone hall touched on topics ranging from: the role of the federal government in voting laws, the importance of early and mail-in voting in expanding the right to vote, and the definition and impact of ‘dark money’. A full recording of the town hall event can be found by clicking here. Congressman Kim voted for and the House passed H.R. 2062, the Protecting Older Workers Against Discrimination Act. 

 

6/22/21 

Congressman Kim announced that he will be holding a telephone town hall on Wednesday, June 23rd at 5:30 p.m. to discuss current efforts to secure and expand voting rights across the country. Congressman Kim will be joined by Tiffany Muller, President and Executive Director of End Citizens United and Let America Vote, and Anthony Gutierrez, Executive Director of Common Cause Texas, who will provide further background on efforts to expand voting rights and outline current attacks on those rights at the national and state level.

 

6/21/21  

In the morning, Congressman Kim spoke at the Teamsters Regional Convention in Atlantic City. In the afternoon, Congressman Kim met with Bernard Meltzer, a 96 year old WWII Veteran who lives in Barnegat. Mr. Meltzer went back to school later in life, and received his Bachelors Degreee at 83 years old. 

 

6/19/21 

In the early afternoon, Congressman Kim attended the 2nd Annual Moorestown Juneteenth Celebration at the Perkins Center for the Arts in Moorestown. The Juneteenth Celebration was started by Jasmine Cartwright-Atkins, a member of the Moorestown Alumni for Racial Equity and Inclusion. Jasmine was featured in the Lift Every Voice report released last year by Congressman Kim and took part in a Youth roundtable event with Congressman Kim. Later in the afternoon, Congressman Kim spoke at the first annual Willingboro Juneteenth Festival. Later in the day, Congressman Kim took part in a virtual event with the New Jersey Association of Black Psychologists. In the late afternoon, Congressman Kim visited a Juneteenth event hosted by the Interfaith Community Builders of the Bordentown and Chesterfield. In the early evening, Congressman Kim stopped by a Juneteenth Celebration event at Gibson House in Marlton. The event was held in partnership with Evesham Township and Diversity Equal Opportunity Network. 

 

6/18/21 

In the morning, Congressman Kim met virtually with Ambassador Dan Shapiro. Ambassador Shapiro previously served as the U.S. Ambassador to Israel during the Obama Administration. In the afternoon, Congressman Kim met virtually with Dr. Tamara Wittes, a senior fellow in the Center for Middle East Policy at the Brookings Institution. In the early evening, Congressman Kim took part in a paddling event with Rancocas Pathways at Rancocas Creek. Rancocas Pathways are a group of active volunteers that promote the culture, heritage, and beauty of the Rancocas Creek.

 

6/17/21 

Congressman Kim took part in an event with the American Chamber of Commerce in Korea. The events theme was New Frontiers of U.S. – Korea Collaboration in the Biden-Moon era. During the event, Congressman Kim stressed the importance of the U.S.-Korean relationship and how the two countries can work together for mutually shared goals and to work toward denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.

 

6/16/21 

In the morning, Congressman Kim took part in a Coffee and Conversation event with the New Jersey State Society. In the evening, Congressman Kim met virtually with Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) as part of their annual advocacy day. The primary focus of the meeting was on how critical health care access is for medically complex children.CHOP has 15 health care facilities in New Jersey in addition to more than 30 in Pennsylvania. Congressman Kim voted to make Juneteenth a Federal Holiday. The bill passed the House 415-14 and the Senate unanimously and now moves to White House to be signed into law by President Biden.

 

6/15/21 

Congressman Kim had a call with Joint Base MDL Commander Bridget Gigliotti. In the afternoon, Congressman Kim took part in an Innovation Defense Tech roundtable. 

 

6/14/21 

In the morning, Congressman Kim attended a meeting of IAFF Local 3091 in Willingboro. The Burlington County Professional Firefighters Association Local 3091, of the International Association of Fire Fighters, represents Career Fire Fighters, Officers of Medford, Westampton, Willingboro, Cinnaminson, Florence, Burlington County Fire Marshals Office, Bordentown, Burlington, and Chesterfield, as well as the Emergency Medical Technicians of Medford, Mount Laurel and Bordentown. In the past year, our office has written AFG/SAFER letters of support for the Willingboro, Bordentown and Mount Laurel Fire Departments. Later in the day, Congressman Kim traveled to DC and was in the Capitol for votes on the House floor. In the evening, Congressman Kim took part in a bicameral bipartisan Moment of Silence honoring the 600,000 Americans lost to COVID-19. The Moment of Silence took place on the steps of the East Front of the  U.S. Capitol building. 

 

6/13/21 

Congressman Kim attended the Toms River Pride event, as part of Ocean County’s third annual Pride festival. 

 

6/11/21 

In the morning, Congressman Kim spoke virtually to students from the Political Legal Education Class and the High School Politics club at Toms River North High School. During the meeting, Congressman Kim and the students discussed current events & took part in a Q&A session. Later in the morning, Congressman Kim took part in a Hunger Free America event at the Shoprite in Marlton. Congressman Kim met with local volunteers, and heard about the work they are doing to help feed those in need in their local communities. In the afternoon, Congressman Kim had a call with State Department Counselor Derek Chollet to discuss President Biden’s upcoming European trip. Later in the afternoon, Congressman Kim was in Bordentown for a rededication of the Clara Barton Schoolhouse. This year marks 100 years since Governor John Edwards dedicated the school after restoration and preservation efforts, and would be Clara Barton’s 200th birthday. The significance of the Clara Barton schoolhouse has been recognized by virtue of its inclusion in the Bordentown Historic District, and by way of its listing on the New Jersey and National Registers. The schoolhouse has been an integral part of the education of local school children. The Bordentown Historical Society will be celebrating Clara Barton’s 200th birthday by hosting several events in 2021. Later in the afternoon, Congressman Kim hosted a roundtable for youth organizers to mark one year since the death of George Floyd. During the meeting, Congressman Kim and the youth activists discussed their commitment to lasting social change and a continued focus on social justice and equity initiatives. During the week, Congressman Kim highlighted issues involved in the fight against hunger across Ocean and Burlington County and the work being done on the ground by local volunteer, service organizations, and hunger advocates 

 

6/10/21 

In the morning, Congressman Kim met virtually with AIPAC. Later in the morning, Congressman Kim had phone calls with local mayors to discuss how his office could best support our local communities and help to push legislative priorities that would help back home in Washington, DC. Later in the morning, Congressman Kim met virtually with the Union of Painters and Allied Trades. Congressman Kim discussed how future infrastructure legislation could have impacts on our local communities in New Jersey. In the afternoon, Congressman Kim met virtually with the American Nurses Association. The American Nurses Association (ANA) is the premier organization representing the interests of the nation's 4 million registered nurses.  ANA is at the forefront of improving the quality of health care for all and it’s members have been on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic. In the late afternoon, Congressman Kim met virtually with the New Jersey School Board Association. During the meeting Congressman Kim discussed his legislative priorities and how they can help teachers, schools, and students across New Jersey. 

 

6/9/21 

In the early morning, Congressman Kim spoke to members of the Moorestown Morning Rotary Club. Moorestown Morning Rotary donates money and provides volunteers to a number of local organizations. Rotary International is the world's first service club organization, with more than 1.2 million members in 33,000 clubs worldwide. Rotary club members are volunteers who work locally, regionally, and internationally to combat hunger, improve health and sanitation, provide education and job training, promote peace, and eradicate polio under the motto Service Above Self. In the afternoon, Congressman Kim took part in a House Foreign Affairs Committee subcommittee on International Development, International Organizations, and Global Corporate Social Impact hearing. A full recording of Congressman Kim’s questions from the hearing can be found by clicking here. Later in the afternoon, Congressman Kim visited with A Need We Feed, a local service organization based in Toms River. A Need We Feed is dedicated to delivering nutritious meals to those in need including children, families, veterans, and seniors from our community made possible through partnerships with local restaurants. With the support of local businesses, charitable organizations, volunteers, and donations they provide to those who have difficulty providing for themselves. 

 

6/8/21 

In the morning, Congressman Kim spoke virtually to the New Jersey Statewide Network for Cultural Competence. Congressman Kim took part in a panel discussion on how to combat racism and hate related crimes against the AAPI community. Members of the New Jersey Statewide Network for Cultural Competence seek to grow in the knowledge and skills necessary to serve people from diverse backgrounds. In the Afternoon, Congressman Kim took part in a House Foreign Affairs Committee briefing on global refugee trends and the COVID-19 response. Later in the afternoon, Congressman Kim visited a Virtua Mobile Grocery Store. In the fall of 2020, Virtua Health announced the introduction of this food access initiative in the form of the Eat Well Mobile Grocery Store. Congressman Kim spoke with volunteers and learned how the efforts have led to helping those in need during the COVID-19 pandemic. Later in the day, Congressman Kim  and Congressman David Rouzer (NC-07) introduced the Resilient Highways Act, a bipartisan bill that would help communities strengthen their local infrastructure against the increased risks of extreme storms and flooding. The bill is co-sponsored by Congresswoman Elaine Luria (VA-02), Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (ME-01) and Jared Huffman (CA-02). In the evening, Congressman Kim, Congressman Conor Lamb (PA-17), and Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick (PA-01) introduced the bipartisan Better Utilizing Infrastructure for Lasting Development of (BUILD) Veterans Businesses Act, which would create a new program for veteran owned small businesses to win up to 3 percent of federal-aid highway and public transportation contracts. This bill would help veteran small business owners by ensuring that at least three percent of federal contracts for federal highway and public transportation projects – such as construction, manufacturing, professional services like architecture & engineering, transportation, warehousing and administrative support would go to small businesses owned by veterans.

 

6/7/21 

In the morning, Congressman Kim spoke to students from Burlington City High School. Later in the morning, Congressman Kim took part in a House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing focused on the State Departments foreign policy strategy and budget for fiscal year 2022. In the afternoon, Congressman Kim spoke virtually to the Eastampton Community School. In the evening, Congressman Kim took part in a panel with the Jewish Community Relations Council of Southern New Jersey. 

 

6/5/21 

In the morning, Congressman Kim spoke virtually with Moms Demand Action as part of their statewide Wear Orange day to highlight the impact of gun violence on local communities in New Jersey and nationwide. In the afternoon, Congressman Kim stopped by a going away party for James “JJ” Mumma who will be attending West Point. JJ received a nomination to West Point from Congressman Kim as part of the Service Academy Nomination Process. 

 

6/4/21 

In the morning, Congressman Kim visited Tabula Rasa HealthCare in Moorestown. Congressman Kim met with Dr. Calvin Knowlton the founder, chairman and CEO of Tabula Rasa. During the meeting Congressman Kim discussed ways that local health care providers have been helping to provide necessary services and patient care during the COVID-19 pandemic. Later in the morning, Congressman Kim visited the Battleship New Jersey Museum and Memorial. During the visit, Congressman Kim received a guided tour from members of the board of directors for the museum. The mission of the Battleship New Jersey Museum and Memorial is to restore, preserve, and exhibit the continuing history of the USS New Jersey and those who worked and served on her so their service will continue to educate and inspire future generations. In the evening, Congressman Kim visited Bout the Hops a local brewpub in Mount Laurel. Congressman Kim was joined at the visit by Mount Laurel Mayor Stephen Steglik. During the meeting, Congressman Kim and Mayor Steglik discussed how the PPP and the American Rescue Plan have helped businesses in Mount Laurel to keep their doors open. Mount Laurel has received over $4 million from the ARP and Bout the Hops received $11,000 through the PPP.

 

6/3/21 

In the morning, Congressman Kim took part in a roundtable panel discussion with the State Department’s Bureau of Political-Military Affairs. The panel was moderated by Acting Assistant Secretary of State for Political-Military Affairs Timothy Alan Betts. Other panelists included Nicole Aandahl Director of Diversity and Leadership in International Affairs Program at CSIS and Michael Werz a Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress. The conversation centered around how diversity and inclusion shape and influence U.S. foreign policymaking, and what how the State Department can best aim to reflect the diversity of the nation. In the afternoon, Congressman Kim met with the Israel Policy Forum to discuss ways that American Jewish leaders and U.S. Policymakers can work together to help realize a viable two state solution. Later in the afternoon, Congressman Kim visited the Glam Bar in Burlington City, which opened in August of 2020. Congressman Kim met with owner Rashauna Johnson who launched the Glam Bar as a beauty product and services business and a community enhancement project. All of the featured entrepreneurs are from New Jersey and many are from Burlington County or Burlington City. She hopes that opportunities for local vendors at the Glam Bar can also address racial disparity in helping entrepreneurs of color, and women in establishing their businesses.   

 

6/2/21 

In the morning, Congressman Kim visited Sadie Vickers Community Resource Center in South Toms River. The center which was founded 3 years ago currently assists residents to get connected with vital resources in the community including hospitals, medical services, WIC resources, and agencies across Ocean County. Congressman Kim met with Executive Director Dr. David Graham to hear about the great work that Sadie Vickers is doing, and to discuss ways to help expand their programing and services offered to the local community. Later in the morning, Congressman Kim visited Toms River Fire Department Station #28. Congressman Kim met with members of the all-volunteer fire department to hear about their experiences. The Toms River Fire Department has 350 volunteer members, across 6 fire companies, and serve over 100,000 residents of Toms River with 24-hour fire protection and prevention services. In the afternoon, Congressman Kim visited Four Seasons Diner in Toms River. During the meeting Congressman Kim met with Joe Palmissano who owns Four Seasons Diner and Jeremy Gruenin who is the co-owner of Joebella’s Italian Kitchen, a new restaurant that they opened together in January of 2021. Congressman Kim discussed the challenges they have faced over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic and how the PPP program was able to help them keep the Four Seasons Diner open. Later in the afternoon, Congressman Kim was in Beverly for a mural dedication ceremony at the Beverly Free Library. During the visit to Beverly, Congressman Kim also got a chance to attend the opening of the season for the Beverly Farmer’s Market. 

 

5/29/21 

In the morning, Congressman Kim attended and spoke at a wreath laying ceremony along with Governor Murphy at Brigadier General Doyle Cemetery in Wrightstown. The event was hosted by the New Jersey Department of Military and Veterans Affairs (DMAVA).

 

5/28/21 

In the morning, Congressman Kim visited Wicked Bagelz in Westhampton. Congressman Kim met with shop owner Kimberly Bobrofsky and heard about the struggles she has faced having opened the business in February 2020 and having most of their first year in operation during the COVID-19 pandemic. In the afternoon, Congressman Kim spoke virtually to students from Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies. Congressman Kim took part in a Q&A session moderated by Dean of SAIS, Eliot A. Cohen as part of their Dean’s Speaker Series. 

 

5/27/21 

In the morning, Congressman Kim visited a pop-up COVID-19 vaccine clinic at the Delaware Valley Baptist Church in Willingboro. The event was sponsored by Delaware Valley Baptist Church, Horizon BCBS and Rite Aid and was held in association with Governor Murphy’s “Grateful for the Shot” campaign. In the afternoon, Congressman Kim visited with Marty Weber in Barnegat at a proposed site for a “Tiny Homes” project for Veterans. The proposal would provide transitional housing for Veterans in need of housing in Ocean County. Later in the afternoon, Congressman Kim made a visit to Sundaes The Ice Cream Place in South Toms River. Congressman Kim met with owner Rich Soldo. Sundaes first opened in Point Pleasant in 1986, and now has 3 other locations in Aberdeen, Manasquan and South Toms River. In the evening, Congressman Kim took part in an inter-faith roundtable event aimed at combatting hate in our communities. The event took place at Congregation B’nai Israel in Toms River and featured 15 students from B’nai Israel and 15 students from the Island Heights United Methodist Church. The roundtable discussion focused on ways that we can work across racial and religious divides to find common ground and combat hate in all forms.

 

5/26/21 

In the morning, Congressman Kim took part in a virtual book reading event with a class from Waretown Elementary School in honor of AAPI Heritage month. Congressman Kim read the book, Where are you from? written by Yamile Said Méndez, and illustrated by Korean illustrator Jaime Kim. Later in the morning, Congressman Kim took part in a Small Business Committee hearing with Small Business Administrator Isabelle Casillas Guzman. During the hearing, Congressman Kim was able to share concerns he had heard from local business owners in Burlington and Ocean Counties. A full video recording of Congressman Kim’s questions and remarks can be found by clicking here. In the late morning, Congressman Kim hosted an AAPI Town Hall panel discussion event featuring students from the Third Congressional District. The panel highlighted students combatting bias and discrimination in our communities, and uplifted the voices of Asian-Americans. A full recording of the AAPI town hall event can be found by clicking here. In the afternoon, Congressman Kim spoke to a group from the New Jersey chapter of the National Realtors Association. The National Association of Realtors (NAR) is an American trade association for those who work in the real estate industry, with over 1.3 million members nationwide. Congressman Kim took part in a moderated Q&A session with members of the NJ NAR during the event. In the evening, Congressman Kim took part in a panel discussion with the Council on Foreign Relations. The event focused on the impacts of race and racism on foreign policy and how domestic racism is seen as it relates to U.S. foreignpolicy abroad.

 

5/25/21 

In the morning, Congressman Kim and Congressman Trent Kelly (MS-01) introduced the Healthcare for our Troops Act, a bill that would make no-fee healthcare available to the over 800,000 Americans serving our nation in the Reserve and National Guard. The bipartisan bill is co-sponsored by the two co-chairs of the National Guard and Reserve Caucus, Congressman Tim Ryan (OH-13) and Congressman Steven Palazzo (MS-04), as well as Congressman Scott DesJarlais (TN-04), Congresswoman Elise Stefanik (NY-21) and Congressman Marc Veasey (TX-33). In the afternoon, Congressman Kim met with members of J Street, to receive an update on the ongoing events in Israel. In the evening, Congressman Kim with local community activists to discuss legislation related to Medicare for All. Congressman Kim got a chance to hear the concerns of local constituents who have personal experience on the subject, and get their input. 

 

5/24/21 

In the morning, Congressman Kim took part in a press conference at Braddock’s Tavern in Medford to announce Burlington County’s 2021 Restaurant Week. The first restaurant week was held in 2019, and was postponed in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In the afternoon, Congressman Kim held a grants webinar event entitled Opening the Door to Grant Opportunities, to help local non-profits, departments, and agencies learn about the grants application process and grants available to our local communities. Panelists included representatives from the New Jersey State Library Information Center who discussed how to locate Federal Grants and the Center for Nonprofits who discussed the services they provide and how to prepare for Federal Grant submissions. A full video recording of the grants webinar event can be found by clicking here. In the evening, Congressman Kim announced that he will hold an Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month Town Hall on Wednesday, May 26th at 10:45 am. The town hall will focus on efforts to address an increase in hate crimes against the AAPI community and will feature youth activists who have been working to lift up the voices of Asian Americans across New Jersey. 

 

5/22/21 

In the morning, Congressman Kim attended an MLB Junior Female Home Run Derby event in Marlton. The event featured girls aged 5-15 from the Marlton Elks baseball club which was hosting the local MLB Junior Home Run Derby and the Elk Batter-Up Competition. Winners of the Home Run Derby have a chance to compete in Washington, DC during MLB All-Star Week. Winners of the Elk Batter-Up have an opportunity to compete at an upcoming New Jersey Statewide competition. In the afternoon, Congressman Kim spoke at a grant preservation dedication event at the Protestant Community Church in Medford Lakes. The event marked the completion of a restoration grant project on the church funded through a New Jersey Historic Trust Grant. In 2017 it was placed on the National and NJ Register of Historic Places. The church was constructed in 1931 as one of the earliest public buildings in Medford Lakes. The Cathedral of the Woods is a noteworthy example of early 20th-century log construction in the context of the planned nature resort community as an outgrowth of the Romantic Movement, the rustic style, and their expression in recreation architecture. 

 

5/21/21 

In the morning, Congressman Kim was the keynote speaker at the Rowan College at Burlington County Commencement event. In the afternoon, Congressman Kim gave a keynote address to the New Jersey National Guard as part of their AAPI Heritage Month event, which was themed Advancing Leaders Through Purpose-Driven Service. In the evening, Congressman Kim spoke virtually Presidential Management Alumni Association as part of their National Security Salon event. Congressman Kim spoke about the need for the US to face transnational challenges with transnational solutions. 

 

5/20/21 

In the morning, Congressman Kim took part in a moderated discussion on the role of human capital in competition between the U.S. and China. The event was moderated by Jude Blanchette who is the Freeman Chair at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. In the afternoon, Congressman Kim and other Congressional leaders attended a bill signing at the White House, where President Biden signed into the law the COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act. The bill passed the House of Representatives 364-62 and passed through the Senate 94-1. The legislation that has now been signed into law will improve hate crimes reporting and expand assistance and resources for victims of hate crimes. The legislation also will specifically dedicate funding at the Department of Justice for data collection to encourage better reporting nationwide of incidents of hate crimes against the AAPI community. Later in the afternoon, Congressman Kim attended a bipartisan Congressional leadership meeting with Moon Jae-In, President of the Republic of Korea. During the meeting, Congressional leaders and the Korean delegation spoke about the importance of the US-Korea relationship, and continued efforts to bring peace and denuclearization to the Korean Peninsula. Later in the day, Congressman Kim announced that Kathleen Palmer, a senior from Shawnee High School in Medford, is the winner of the Congressional Art Competition from New Jersey’s Third Congressional District. A photo of Palmer’s painting, entitled “Dolce”, can be found by clicking here. The Congressional Art Competition is held each spring and is sponsored by the members of the U.S. House of Representatives. The competition is open to all high school students and the winning artwork is displayed for one year in the U.S. Capitol. District include Kaeleigh Mackiewicz, a former student of Cinnaminson High School in Cinnaminson, NJ, and Ariel Etzel, a former student of Point Pleasant Borough High School in Point Pleasant, NJ.

 

5/19/21 

In the morning, Congressman Kim and other members of Congress attended a wreath laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery, in advance of the Memorial Day holiday. Later in the morning, Congressman Kim took part in a House Armed Services hearing to receive recommendations from the National Commission on Military, National, and Public Service on their final report entitled Inspired to Serve. In the evening, Congressman Kim spoke to members of the Rowan College Democrats as part of their Capstone Speaker Series. Congressman Kim voted today to pass H.R. 3233, which would set up a bipartisan commission to study the events of the insurrection and attack on the Capitol on 1/6/21. The bill passed 252-175, and now moves to the United States Senate. 

 

5/18/21 

In the morning, Congressman Kim had a call with Seargent Major Michael Grinston, Seargant Major of the Army. SM Grinston is the Army Chief of Staff's personal adviser on matters affecting the enlisted force. During the meeting Congressman Kim discussed military housing, childcare and spousal support efforts. In the afternoon, Congressman Kim met virtually with the Alzheimer’s Association. During the meeting, Congressman Kim discussed legislative priorities, including federal research funding for Alzheimer's and dementia, enhancing caregiver support and other critical issues impacting the Alzheimer’s community. In the evening, Congressman Kim joined a Zoom virtual event with members of the New Jersey Youth Democratic South Asian Caucus to discuss what can be done to combat the rise in hate against the AAPI community locally in New Jersey. Later in the evening, Congressman Kim joined a call with NJ Governor Phil Murphy and First Lady Tammy Murphy to highlight the importance of AAPI Heritage Month. Congressman Kim voted to pass the COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act, which passed the House 364-62, after previously passing the Senate 94-1. The bill will now move to President Biden’s desk to be signed into law later this week. The legislation will improve hate crimes reporting and expand assistance and resources for victims of hate crimes. The legislation also will specifically dedicate funding at the Department of Justice for data collection to encourage better reporting nationwide of incidents of hate crimes against the AAPI community. At night, Congressman Kim hosted a telephone town discussing New Jersey’s reopening ahead of the busy Memorial Day holiday and efforts in Congress to support our efforts to return to normal. Congressman Kim was joined by Sandra Lazzaro, Director of Business Development and Tourism for Ocean County who talked about how Ocean County is reopening and what it means for visitors to the Shore. A full recording of the town hall event can be found by clicking here

 

5/17/21 

In the morning, Congressman Kim had a meeting with the Government Relation Chairs of the NJ Retired Education Association. During the call, Congressman Kim shared his appreciation for the dedication to serving the youth of New Jersey through their career as educators and their continued dedication to New Jersey public schools after their retirement. In the late morning, Congressman Kim held a roundtable discussion with local small business leaders from the “Main Street” Business Association. During the meeting, topics of discussion included the new Restaurant Revitalization Fund, COVID-19 Relief, and a chance for the Congressman to hear what local business leaders see as next steps for future revitalization and redevelopment efforts. Some of the attendees included Doug Palmieri, owner of The Old Book Shop in downtown Bordentown, Kathleen Hiltner EVP at Liberty Bell Bank in Moorestown, and Rich Spaulding from the Main Street Burlington small business association. In the afternoon, Congressman Kim joined a virtual meeting of the Defense Enhancement Coalition. Attendees of the meeting included former Congressman Jim Saxton, Dana Lancelotti of the OC Military Support Group, Kristi Howell of the Burlington County Chamber of Commerce, Liz Verna from the Burlington County Military Affairs Committee, Terry Deardon of NJ DMAVA, and Brigadier General Kennedy of the New Jersey National Guard. The Defense Enhancement Coalition is composed of a union of community leaders and retired military representatives charged with strengthening Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst by advocating for additional missions and protecting the base as it moves into the future. In the evening, Congressman Kim took part in a weekly call of the Ocean County Board of Tourism to hear about upcoming plans and preparations for the 2021 summer tourist season. During the call Congressman Kim discussed help in the American Rescue Plan for local businesses as the economy begins to re-open. This included specifically how the Restaurant Relief Fund can be a lifeline to businesses across Ocean County. 

 

5/16/21 

In the morning Congressman Kim spoke to a local meeting of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters meeting in Collingswood. In the afternoon, Congressman Kim was a special guest at the inaugural AAPI Heritage Month Cultural Festival with the Asian American Alliance in South Jersey in Marlton. The Asian American Alliance in South Jersey was founded in 2019 and plan to make this cultural festival an annual event going forward during AAPI Heritage Month. Later in the afternoon, Congressman Kim joined an event in Bergen County aimed at helping to raise awareness about the rise in violence against members of the AAPI community throughout the United States and to promote unity, cooperation, understanding, and allyship among their community. In the evening Congressman Kim joined a virtual Zoom Tapestry Community Conversation event. Congressman Kim was joined on the event by Shani Nichols, the South Jersey Chapter leader for Moms Demand Action. This event comes as we approach the 7th National Gun Violence Awareness Day, on June 4th. During the meeting Congressman Kim reiterated his commitment to addressing the scourge of gun violence and the impact it has on communities locally in New Jersey, and nationwide. 

 

5/14/21 

In the morning, Congressman Kim announced that he will be holding a telephone town hall on Tuesday, May 18th at 7:30 p.m. to discuss New Jersey’s reopening ahead of the busy Memorial Day holiday and efforts in Congress to support our efforts to return to normal. Congressman Kim will be joined by Sandra Lazzaro, Director of Business Development and Tourism for Ocean County who will talk about how Ocean County is reopening and what it means for visitors to the Shore. You can sign up for this town hall or any future telephone town halls by clicking here. In the afternoon, Congressman Kim joined the NJ Department of Children’s Affairs for an event celebrating AAPI Heritage Month. Congressman Kim spoke about his experiences as a leader within the AAPI community, the importance of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, the recent escalation in AAPI violence, and how DCF can support the AAPI community, not just in this moment, but moving forward. 

 

5/13/21 

In the morning, Congressman Kim took part in Small Business Committee hearing on Small Business research and the technology transfer process. In the afternoon, Congressman Kim spoke to the Ocean County Prosecutor’s office and local high school students to discuss personal experiences with bias, and how we can help to foster diversity in our local communities. The event was titled An Anti-Bias Vision for the Next Generation. A full recording of the event can be found by clicking here. In the evening, Congressman Kim took part in a meeting with the Filipino-American Community Development Center of Ocean County. FCDC is a registered 501-c3 non-profit organization based in Toms River. Congressman Kim released a statement outlining immediate actions to help broker a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas to put a stop to escalating hostilities. 

 

5/12/21 

In the morning, Congressman Kim took part in a hearing with the House Armed Services Committee, to receive an update from David F. Helvey the Acting Assistant Secretary of Defense for Indo-Pacific Affairs at the Department of Defenseand Brigadier General Matthew G. Trollinger the Deputy Director for Politico-Military Affairs on the current state of affairs in Afghanistan. In the afternoon, Congressman Kim met virtually with Planned Parenthood to discuss legislative priorities in the 117th Congress. Later in the afternoon, Congressman Kim met virtually with the National Corn Growers Association. During the meeting, the NGCA highlighted the work they are doing in the STEM education space through their program, Nourish the Future, and discuss a grant that was awarded to a local teacher Christine Gertain at Toms River High School as part of the program. Founded in 1957, the NGCA represents nearly 40,000 dues-paying corn farmers nationwide and the interests of more than 300,000 growers who contribute through corn checkoff programs in their states. NCGA and its 50 affiliated state organizations work together to create and increase opportunities for corn growers. 

 

5/11/21 

In the morning, Congressman Kim met virtually with Kyo-ahn Hwang, the former Prime Minister of the Republic of Korea. During the meeting, topics of discussion included the outlook of the 'Quad Alliance' in relation to South Korea, the geopolitics of the Indo-Pacific region, and denuclearization of North Korea and the Korean Peninsula. In the afternoon, Congressman Kim and other leaders of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC) met with Vice President Kamala Harris at the white house to discuss efforts the administration is taking to combat the rise in hate related incidents against the AAPI community. Congressman Kim announced that Rowan College of Burlington County and Ocean County College will receive more than $34 million in emergency funding through the American Rescue Plan. Ocean County College will receive $16,041,882 in assistance, while Rowan College at Burlington County will receive $17,970,041 in financial help. 

 

5/10/21 

In the morning, Congressman Kim met with John and Loretta Russo from the ALS Association of Philadelphia at the Vincentown Diner in Southampton. John Russo won the ALS National Hero Award in 2020 and is an outspoken advocate for those living with ALS. May is ALS Awareness Month. For more than 40 years, the Greater Philadelphia Chapter has worked to improve the quality of life for people with ALS by supporting vital ALS research and direct care services to patients and their families, as well as engaging in advocacy at the state and federal levels. They serve more than 1,100 people each year and cover a broad service area that encompasses eastern and central Pennsylvania, central and southern New Jersey, and all of Delaware. In the afternoon, Congressman Kim spoke as part of an Economic Development Day Panel for the South Toms River Borough. This event was a free combined job fair and business summit along with a panel discussion on the topic of how businesses can come out of the pandemic as the economy continues to fully reopen. The event was sponsored by South Toms River Borough, the Orthodox Jewish Chamber of Commerce, and the Central Ocean Business Association. 

 

5/8/21 

In the morning Congressman Kim met with WWII Veteran Eddie Hill at his home in Beverly. During the visit, Congressman Kim presented Mr. Hill with a copy of the Congressional Record of a speech the Congressman gave honoring his 100th birthday. In 1942, Mr. Hill enlisted in the U.S. Army. He served in WWII as part of the 1695th Engineer Combat Battalion, an all-Black combat unit. His duties as an emergency combat engineer consisted of placing and de-arming munitions including minefields across the European Theater – Great Britain, France, Germany and Belgium. He received an honorable discharge ending his service in 1946 before moving to Newark where he got married and settled down. Mr. Hill enjoys his retirement by gardening and spending time with family, especially his three grandchildren, three great grandchildren, and six great-great grandchildren. 

 

5/7/21 

In the morning Congressman Kim spoke at a virtual event with the Ocean County YMCA. During the meeting Congressman Kim and OC YMCA CEO Pete Rosario and a panel of local leaders discussed how non-profits can reopen safely and continue to serve their local communities coming out of the COVID-19 pandemic. The YMCA system’s in New Jersey and nationwide played a critical role in providing meals to school children, connecting with isolated seniors and providing childcare for parents who were on the front lines of the pandemic. In the afternoon, Congressman Kim took part in a fireside chat event for AAPI Heritage Month hosted by New Jersey Attorney General Attorney Gurbir Grewal. A link to the full video of the event can be found by clicking here. In the evening Congressman Kim hosted a Congressional Art Competition Showcase for the 12 student finalists from across Ocean and Burlington Counties. Each spring, the Congressional Institute sponsors a nationwide high school visual art competition to recognize and encourage artistic talent across the nation, with a winner named in each congressional district. Since the competition began in 1982, more than 650,000 high school students have participated. Students submit entries to their representative’s office, and panels of local artists judge the competition and select the finalists and winning entries. Winners are recognized both in their district and at an annual awards ceremony in Washington, DC. The winning works are then displayed for one year at the U.S. Capitol. 

 

5/6/21 

In the morning, Congressman Kim, Congressman Chris Smith (WA-09), and other members of Congress met virtually with Women Members of the Afghan Parliament and Afghani Minister of Women’s Affairs Hassina Safi. During the meeting, the delegations discussed support for Afghan women and their security, preserving the gains made on women’s issues in Afghanistan over the past 2 decades and the future of women’s empowerment movement in Afganistan. In the afternoon, Congressman Kim took part in an Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies (APAICS) Asian Pacific Heritage Month Member Town Hall along with Congresswoman Judy Chu (CA-27), and Congresswoman Marilyn Strickland (WA-10). The town hall conversation was moderated by Kurt Bardella who is a reporter for the Los Angeles Times and USA Today, and feature opening remarks from Madeleine Mielke the President and CEO of APAICS. Later in the afternoon, Congressman Kim visited Whistlers Inn, and met with Matt Bacon the owner and manager. The Bacon family has owned Whistler's since 1991 and formerly owned the Jug Handle Inn in Cinnaminson. During the visit, Congressman Kim discussed how the PPP, EIDL and NJ EDA grant programs were able to help Whistler’s Inn to survive the economic downturn caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Congressman Kim also highlighted the importance of the new Restaurant Relief Fund that will help other small restaurants to keep their doors open as they recover from the pandemic. Later in the day, Congressman Kim spoke virtually to Camden Catholic High School’s Diversity Board to discuss AAPI hate and violence, discrimination and legislation that Congress is working on to create a changed world and a safer society for the AAPI community. In the early evening, Congressman Kim spoke to a resource forum with the Philadelphia Anti-Defamation League to discuss the rise in hate crimes against the AAPI community, and what can be done to combat it and show allyship among communities experiencing rising levels of hate. 

 

5/5/21 

In the morning Congressman Kim met virtually with the Board of Directors for the Toms River Business Improvement District. They Business Improvement District is an incorporated non-profit that was set up by a Town Resolution. In the afternoon Congressman Kim attended a ribbon cutting ceremony at Mathis House, a bed and breakfast in Toms River. Congressman Kim met with owners Vicki Weiss and Ron Mills and was able to discuss help coming through the American Rescue Plan, pandemic recovery and support for local small businesses on the Jersey Shore. During the past year, the Mathis House have managed to keep the business going through doing socially distanced tea luncheons, opening a farmer’s market, hosting outdoor events & starting a year-round Christmas Shop. Later in the afternoon, Congressman Kim attended a service event with Seeds of Service in Brick. Seeds of Service is a grassroots volunteer effort that began shortly after Hurricane Sandy in November of 2012.  

 

5/4/21 

Congressman Kim met with the family of Korean War veteran Alfonso Russamanno. Russamanno served in the Air Force during the Korean War and his medals had been lost. Congressman Kim’s office was able to have the medals replaced and was able to deliver them to his daughter Alyson Grove and thank her for her father’s service to our nation. In the afternoon Congressman Kim attended a House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing focused on the unfolding crisis in Burma. Later in the afternoon, Congressman Kim made a visit to Russ Ayres Hot Dogs a restaurant that has been a local institution in Bordentown since the 1940’s. Congressman Kim met with the owner Chris Baldessari and his daughter who owns the Bordentown Creamery. Both of these businesses were able to get funds through the Paycheck Protection Program that were able to help their businesses through the COVID-19 pandemic. Congressman Kim was also able to share news of the newly opened Restaurant Relief Fund that passed as part of the American Rescue Plan. This vital program will help businesses to get back on their feet as they recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. Later in the day Congressman Kim met virtually with veteran stakeholders in the district to discuss the current operation of the Brick CBOC and to give an update on the contracting process. Congressman Kim shared the results of his recent conversations with leadership from the Department of Veterans Affairs. Congressman Kim and Congressman Joe Wilson (SC-02) introduced the National Guard Cybersecurity Support Act, a bill that would strengthen our nation’s cybersecurity by giving governors the ability to decide when and how to deploy their state’s National Guard to respond to cybersecurity threats against critical government programs and information systems.

 

5/3/21 

In the afternoon, Congressman Kim took part in a panel discussion with the Regional Plan Association to discuss structural inequalities related to the COVID-19 recovery. The RPA Assembly is the tri-state region’s premiere convening of policymakers, civic and business leaders to discuss the challenges facing our communities, with over 1,000 attendees participating. The main topic of discussion was creating an equitable recovery from the ongoing pandemic. The panel was moderated by Maria Torres Springer VP of the U.S. Food Programs at the Ford Foundation. Other panelists included Dr. Herminia Palacio the President & CEO at the Guttmacher Institute, Jose Ortiz, Jr. the CEO of the NYC Employment and Training Coalition, and Kevin Thorpe the Chief Economist at Cushman & Wakefield

 

5/1/21 

In the morning Congressman Kim attended a fundraiser event for Just Believe INC, in Toms River. Since its founding in 2012, Just Believe has focused on their mission of restoring hope in humanity, and is a non-profit that raises money to benefit the poor, disadvantaged, and homeless community in Ocean County. Later in the morning, Congressman Kim visited with the Vecchio Family a Gold Star family in Brick to discuss efforts to help them and their family to get resolution on issues related to the passing of their son Michael while on active duty in the Navy in 2017. In the afternoon, Congressman Kim visited a farmers market at Windward Beach in Brick. Congressman Kim was given a tour of the market by Councilwoman Heather DeJong of the Brick Township Council and was able to walk around and meet with local vendors and constituents. 

 

4/30/21 

In the morning, Congressman Kim met with Laborers’ International Union of North America as part of their annual lobbying day. LIUNA was founded more than a century ago by proud immigrants and continues to work for fair treatment of immigrant workers in America. LIUNA members build energy systems across America including everything from natural gas extraction to solar panels. In the afternoon, Congressman Kim took part in a virtual meeting with the New Jersey Legislative AAPI Caucus. The launch of this new caucus is focused on helping to combat the rise of hate related incidents against the AAPI community across New Jersey and to help strengthen ties for Asian Americans across the state by showing that representation at all levels of state government matters. In the evening, Congressman Kim joined local leaders in Mount Laurel, to honor Fire Chief Jack Colluci on his retirement after 25 years of service including 10 years as Fire Chief. Congressman Kim was able to present Chief Colluci with a copy of the Congressional Record of a speech the Congressman gave on the House floor honoring his legacy of service to the Mount Laurel community. 

 

4/29/21 

In the afternoon, Congressman Kim took part in a virtual press conference with Senator Alex Padilla (D-CA) and the League of Conservation Voters to discuss climate priorities, the first 100 days of the Biden Administration, and what actions can be taken in Congress and our communities to help lead on these issues going forward. In the evening, Congressman Kim joined Lumberton Mayor Gina LaPlaca at an event with senior leadership from the Lumberton Fire Department. Congressman Kim also was able to meet with Fire Chief Frank Romano, and highlight a $153,333 grant that he was able to help the Lumberton Fire Department apply for and receive, which will be used to help pay for PPE needed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Congressman Kim also discussed priorities for Lumberton with Mayor LaPlaca and members of the Lumberton Council. At night, Congressman Kim met virtually with members of the National Assembly of the Republic of Korea. During the meeting, the discussion revolved around the role of Korea and the U.S. for peace on the Korean Peninsula, and strengthening the cooperation between the National Assembly of the Republic of Korea and the United States Congress. This meeting also comes ahead of a meeting with Korean President Moon to Washington, DC next month. 

 

4/28/21 

In the morning Congressman Kim met virtually with other members of the New Jersey Congressional delegation. Later in the morning Congressman took part in a House Armed Services Committee hearing focused on the Department of Defense’s Financial Improvement and Audit Readiness Plan for fiscal year 2020 and on the direction for the path forward. In the afternoon, Congressman Kim took part in a Small Business Committee hearing focused on the power of harnessing the power of immigrant-owned businesses to help build back better. Later in the afternoon, Congressman Kim met virtually with the National Beer Wholesalers Association to discuss ways Congress can support independent and small brewers across America and New Jersey. In the early evening Congressman Kim met with Congregation Beth Tikvah’s Refugee Action Committee. The Refugee Action Committee at Congregation Beth Tikvah has been active for almost two years, and they have had some successes in assisting DACA recipients who were mistreated by ICE and have had held two Refugee Shabbat events to raise awareness in their community. They committee met with Congressman Kim to learn what else their committee can do to help the immigrant population and refugees in New Jersey. Following President Biden’s first joint address to Congress, Congressman Kim released the following statement

 

4/27/21 

In the morning, Congressman Kim met with Michael Carvajal, Director of the Federal Bureau of Prisons, and took a tour of the Federal Corrections Institution at Fort Dix. The visit was focused on the impact of COVID-19 on FCI Ft. Dix and how the outbreaks and crisis are currently being handled by BOP and the facility. In the afternoon Congressman Kim met virtually with Raytheon Technologies, who currently have 107 employees based in New Jersey. In the evening, Congressman Kim met virtually with the NAACP to discuss housing issues in New Jersey. During the meeting, Congressman Kim was able to discuss and highlight the impact of housing assistance provisions in the American Rescue Plan, including emergency rental assistance, emergency housing vouchers, and the homeowner assistance fund. 

 

4/26/21 

In the morning, Congressman Kim spoke virtually as part of the George Washington University Korea Policy Forum. Congressman Kim gave opening remarks and then took part in a Q&A session moderated by Jisoo M. Kim. Jisoo M. Kim is the Korea Foundation Associate Professor of History, International Affairs, and East Asian Languages and Literatures. She currently serves as the Director of the Institute for Korean Studies and the Co-Director of the East Asia National Resource Center at GW, while also serving as the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Korean Studies. Later in the morning, Congressman Kim spoke with a class of AP English students from Central Regional High School. Congressman Kim addressed the question posed by the class, what role can the Government play in addressing Social justice? The students have been working on a project that culminates in students making their own podcasts addressing an issue related to Social Justice. The class began by reviewing writings from Revolutionary times related to the Declaration of Independence and bookended that by reviewing the modern movements of civil disobedience. In the afternoon, Congressman Kim met virtually with members from the Ocean County Veterans Diversion Program and their director Renee Waskovich. The Veteran’s Diversionary Program offers veterans who face criminal charges an alternative to criminal prosecution. The program is specifically designed for veterans suffering from mental illnesses and post-traumatic stress disorder arising from their service, to get them the help they need. The program links veterans with existing services so that they can get the necessary treatment, counseling, and other services as an alternative to prosecution. In the early evening, Congressman Kim met virtually with the American Legion of New Jersey. The NJ Chapter gave input on what they would like shared with the Director of the Veterans Affairs when Congressman Kim meets with VA Secretary McDonough later this month. 

 

4/24/21 

In the morning, Congressman Kim visited a food drive in Lumberton at Bryan Freeman Park organized by Ruhan Shah. Ruhan is the President of the Lumberton Middle School student government and organized a food drive that provided 130 meals to families in need in his community struggling with food insecurity. With the help of his parents, Ruhan distributed flyers to local businesses and was able to collect food and funds to help those in need during the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

4/23/21 

In the morning, Congressman Kim spoke at a public policy council meeting of the Burlington County Regional Chamber of Commerce. The BCRCC fosters regional economic growth by connecting more than 500 businesses and 30,000 employees with unlimited opportunity to promote a healthy business climate. During the meeting, Congressman Kim discussed the first 100 Days of the Biden Administration and his priorities in the 117th Congress, including how the American Rescue Plan will help business across Burlington County and New Jersey to rebound from the COVID-19 pandemic. In the afternoon, Congressman Kim met along with other members of Congress virtually with Ambassador Yousef Al Ataiba of the United Arab Emirates. The meeting was focused on shared areas of concern in the Middle East, and ways to strengthen the US-UAE security partnership. 

 

4/22/21 

In the morning, Congressman Kim spoke virtually to the New Jersey Council on Developmental Disabilities. The New Jersey Council on Developmental Disabilities provides a platform for individuals, family members, advocates, public and private agencies to develop a coordinated social policy for advancing the rights and opportunities of New Jersey residents with developmental disabilities. In the afternoon, Congressman Kim released a statement after the Senate passed the COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act. The bill will now move to the House of Representatives for final passage. This bill would go a long way toward combatting the recent rise in hate crimes directed against the AAPI during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

 

4/21/21 

In the morning, Congressman Kim met virtually with Ying Lao, Director of the Salween Institute for Foreign Policy to discuss the ongoing crisis in Burma. The Salween Institute for Public Policy is located in Yangon, Burma and works with Burmese community leaders and advocates to assist with peace building, effective policy making, and community development. Later in the morning, Congressman Kim met with Acenda Integrated Health. Acenda is an integrated health care organization dedicated to world-class prevention, treatment and wellness services, compassionately delivered to ensure that every individual, family and community achieves their greatest potential. They have programs and support for adults, children, teens, families, and new & expectant parents, offering more than 100 programs across 10 counties in New Jersey. At noon, Congressman Kim met virtually with the New Jersey Principals and Supervisors Association. This is a member organization of the National Association of Secondary School Principals with over 6,700 members across the state of New Jersey. In the afternoon, Congressman Kim met with the New Jersey Restaurant & Hospitality Association. During the meeting priorities discussed included the tip credit, and continued efforts to aid the restaurant industry through the COVID-19 pandemic, including how the newly passed Restaurant Relief Fund can help restaurants across New Jersey. In the late afternoon, Congressman Kim took part in a webinar focused on support for working families. The Congressman was joined on the panel by Naomi Anderson the Tax Preparation Director for NJ Citizen Action, Yarrow Willman-Cole the Workplace Justice Program Director for NJ Citizen Action, and Renee Koubiadis the Executive Director of the Anti-Poverty Network of New Jersey. At night, Congressman Kim met with CASA of Ocean County. CASA, or Court Appointed Special Advocates of Ocean County trains everyday people to advocate for the foster children. Congressman Kim was able to thank the Executive Director Arian Yazdan and the volunteers from CASA for the great work they are doing to help support children and families across Ocean County.

 

4/20/21 

Congressman Kim spent the day in Washington, DC for votes on the House floor. In the morning, Congressman Kim took part in virtual committee hearings with the Small Business Committee and the House Armed Services Committee. In the afternoon Congressman Kim met virtually with the Barnegat Bay Partnership, a partnership of federal, state, municipal, academic, business, and private organizations that work together with the communities of the Barnegat Bay watershed to help restore, protect, and enhance the water quality and natural resources of the Barnegat Bay and its watershed. It is one of 28 National Estuary Programs throughout the United States and is administered by the United States Environmental Protection Agency. Later in the afternoon, Congressman Kim met with Ambassador Luis Suazo of Honduras. Since 2018, Ambassador Suazo has served as the Deputy Chief of Staff to the President for Prevention, Security and Defense. He oversees the national strategic planning, monitoring and evaluation of security and defense which he has coordinated since 2013, the year he designed the first plan of the National Defense and Security Council. In the early evening, Congressman Kim attended a bipartisan member briefing on Afghanistan with Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin, Secretary of State Anthony Blinken, Director of National Intelligence Avril Haines, and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Mark Milley. Later in the evening, Congressman Kim spoke to the Harvard Institute of Politics in regards to the rising Anti-AAPI sentiment in the United States, to discuss ways to combat it and promote allyship. At night, Congressman Kim held a telephone town hall to discuss how small business and jobs plans will help New Jersey as the state begins to reopen as more New Jerseyans become fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Congressman Kim was joined by Anna Payanzo Cotton, Vice President of the Workforce Development Institute of Rowan College at Burlington County, who discussed career training and placement programs in New Jersey. Issues brought up by residents from Burlington and Ocean Counties include: what more can be done to support small businesses through the coming months, programs that are available to help working parents make ends meet, and how veterans can access job training programs. A full video recording of the town hall event can be found by clicking here

 

4/19/21 

In the morning, Congressman Kim met with the AARP of New Jersey to discuss ways the American Rescue Plan is helping seniors across New Jersey. Later in the morning, Congressman Kim met virtually over Zoom with the Medford Leas Citizens Committee and took part in a Q&A session from members of the committee. The Medford Leas is a 55 and over community in Lumberton which includes 110 homes, and the Medford Leas Citizens Committee are an active organization that follows current events and is involved in advocacy efforts. In the late afternoon, Congressman Kim had a call with Chief Dellane from the Stafford Township Police Department to discuss local community efforts. During the call Congressman Kim and Chief Dellane discussed the on P.O.I.N.T (Proactive Outreach In Needs and Treatment) Pilot program. This program provides a social worker through a partnership with Ocean Mental Health to assist the police department to properly deal with those in mental health crisis. In the evening, Congressman Kim had a call with Ryan Luuertsma, Assistant Director of the Veteran and Military Resource Center at Ocean County College. Congressman Kim congratulated OCC on being one of 19 schools to be named a 2021 Veteran Champion of the Year in Higher Education by VIQTORY. VIQTORY publishes G.I. Jobs magazine, which is distributed to more than 250,000 military personnel, Department of Defense officials and corporations worldwide. Later in the evening, Congressman Kim was in Washington, DC for votes on the House floor. 

4/17/2021

In the morning, Congressman Kim visited with Agnes Negra a 101 year-old, 45 year resident of Forked River, NJ. Agnes, happens to be the subject of a new Book, “Waves of Hope,” written by her son, Ronald Edward Negra, which tells of her adventures during WWII, listening to her shortwave Radio from Nutley, NJ each day. As a newlywed wife of an American soldier, Agnes listened to Radio Berlin to hear names of American POW’s as they were announced. She then wrote letters to their family to let them know their loved one’s were still alive. All the POW family letters written back to her are included in the book, and Agnes’ story is woven throughout the text. Congressman Kim was able to help Agnes get an appointment to receive her COVID-19 vaccination earlier in the pandemic. In the afternoon, Congressman Kim took part in a Habitat for Humanity project in Toms River. The homeowner is a 72-year-old Vietnam Veteran who had a stroke a few years ago. Congressman Kim and the other volunteers helped replace the windows of his mobile home, which he currently must screw shut in the winter which is a safety hazard. Later in the day, Congressman Kim met with the owners and operators of Sweetwaters Coffee and Tea, a business in Toms River, that was opened during the pandemic in August 2020 and had been shut out from any PPP funding due to CARES Act language limiting eligibility to businesses that were open before the pandemic. However, new restaurants that opened this year are eligible for the new Restaurant Revitalization Fund created by the American Rescue Plan. Congressman Kim was able to meet with them and hear how the American Rescue Plan had an impact and was able to help their small business.

4/16/2021

In the morning, Congressman Kim took part in a call with other members of the New Jersey Congressional delegation. In the afternoon, Congressman Kim received a nuclear briefing from staff of the House Committee on Armed Services. Congressman Kim announced that he will be holding a telephone town hall on Tuesday, April 20th at 8 p.m. to discuss ongoing efforts to help get New Jerseyans back to work as our state recovers from the still ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Congressman Kim will be joined by Anna Payanzo Cotton, Vice President of the Workforce Development Institute of Rowan College at Burlington County, to discuss career training and placement programs in New Jersey.

4/15/2021

In the morning, Congressman Kim took part in a National Security Task Force press conference. In the afternoon, Congressman Kim met with Chris Brose from Anduril Strategies, to discuss priorities in the NDAA. Later in the afternoon, Congressman Kim met with Nadia's Initiative a group made up of advocates for resources and policy changes to protect and support survivors of sexual violence and rebuild communities in crisis. In the evening, Congressman Kim had a call with Congressman Hank Johnson (GA-04) to discuss legislative priorities and ways they can work together to combat AAPI hate in the wake of the attacks in Atlanta, GA. Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 1502, the Microloan Improvement Act of 2021, a bipartisan bill introduced by Congressman Kim, to help small businesses access much needed capital to help them through the coronavirus crisis. The bill passed by a bipartisan margin of 397 to 16. The Microloan Improvement Act would increase the number of nonprofit, community-based lenders eligible for the lowest interest rate on loans from the SBA and allow these lenders to offer lines of credit to small businesses, while extending the maximum repayment term for loans. This would help cut through bureaucratic red tape identified as restricting lending to small businesses looking to grow and create jobs. In addition to H.R. 1502, the House also passed H.R. 1487, the Microloan Transparency and Accountability Act. The bipartisan bill, which was co-sponsored by Congressman Kim, would enhance microloans in rural areas and provide new reporting to Congress to ensure that the program is best serving America’s small business owners.

4/14/2021

In the afternoon, Congressman Kim met with Boota Singh Kharough to discuss a Congressional resolution to honor Sikh Americans. In the evening, Congressman Kim joined a virtual webinar panel with Sisterhood, to discuss COVID-19 Connections.. SisterHood  is conducting weekly webinars made possible by CDC and New Jersey Department of Health grant funding. Today, the House Energy and Commerce Committee held a hearing reviewing two bills led by Congressman Kim that would help in the fight against opioid addiction and deaths. The first bill, the Synthetic Opioid Danger Awareness Act, would direct CDC to conduct a public education campaign that raises public awareness of the dangers of synthetic opioids and explains the services available with respect to opioid treatment. The bill would also require the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health to make materials for first responders (and other highly exposed workers) on synthetic opioid exposure prevention measures publicly accessible on their website. The second bill, co-sponsored by Congressman Kim, is the Mainstreaming Addiction Treatment Act, which would expand access to medication-assisted treatment (MAT) by eliminating a duplicative bureaucratic hurdle—known as the “x-waiver”—currently blocking millions of highly trained health professionals from prescribing buprenorphine to their patients. Congressman Kim also wished those celebrating in the Sikh community a Happy Vaisakhi.

4/13/2021

In the morning, Congressman Kim took part in a press conference to highlight AAPI Hate Crimes Bill’s being led by Congresswoman Grace Meng (NY-06) and Senator Mazie Hirono (HI). The press conference also included remarks from Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (CA-12) and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (NY). A full video recording of Congressman Kim’s remarks at the press conference can be found by clicking here. In the afternoon, Congressman Kim attended an arrival ceremony for U.S. Capitol Police Officer Billy Evans, who will lie in state in the Capitol Rotunda. Officer Evans was killed in the line of duty while trying to stop an attempted attack on the West Front of the Capitol. Later in the afternoon, Congressman Kim attended a demonstration flight of the KC-46 refueler tanker. Joint Base Maguire-Dix-Lakehurst is scheduled to receive a KC-46 refueler tanker aircraft in 2023. Congressman Kim released the following statement in response to reports that all U.S. troops will be withdrawn from Afghanistan by September 11th, 2021: “This decision is the right move that finally ends the longest war in American history. As we approach 20 years since September 11th, we honor the thousands who lost their lives that day as well as the over 2,300 U.S. Servicemembers who gave the ultimate sacrifice in Afghanistan. Our military has decimated Al Qaeda in Afghanistan and prevented them from regaining safe haven. We will stay vigilant against terrorism threats, whether in Afghanistan or anywhere in the world, and continue to make the security of our homeland our top priority.”

4/12/2021

In the morning, Congressman Kim, and Congressman Donald Norcross (NJ-01) met with Colonel Bridget Gigliotti and other leadership from Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst to discuss the Energy Assurance Master Plan for the Joint Base. This plan would ensure that the base would have adequate power in case of a natural emergency such as Superstorm Sandy and be able to help respond in coordination with FEMA to future natural disasters should they arise. Later in the day, Congressman Kim joined a webinar with members of European Parliament to discuss Transatlantic cooperation and connectivity strategy. In the afternoon, Congressman Kim spoke to the Cherry Hill High School East Career Club. During the meeting, Congressman Kim shared his experience working in government and what inspired him to serve in Congress. The club is a way for current high school students to find inspiration through learning about possible career paths from varying professions and fields. Later in the afternoon, Congressman Kim met with members of the IBEW from NY, NJ, PA and DE. During the meeting, Congressman Kim discussed the American Rescue Plan and American Jobs Plan and how electrical workers will play a key role in helping to rebuild our nation’s crumbling infrastructure. Congressman Kim also spoke to the DECA Chapter from North Burlington High School. DECA is a national non-profit organization that prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs for careers in four career clusters: 1. marketing, 2. finance, 3. Hospitality and tourism, and 4. business management. In its 70-year history, DECA has impacted the lives of more than 10 million students, educators, school administrators and business professionals. In the evening, Congressman Kim spoke to the Asian Pacific American Bar Association of the Greater Washington D.C. Area. During the meeting Congressman Kim discussed ways to expand engagement in the AAPI community, his path to Congress and what is being done to address and combat the rise in AAPI hate. Congressman Kim shared a message to those celebrating Ramadan across New Jersey and the nation.

4/11/2021

Congressman Kim visited a pop-up vaccination clinic at Holiday City West a senior living community in Toms River for those 55+. This clinic was part of a partnership between Congressman Kim’s office, Ocean Health Initiatives and Ocean County Office of Senior Services to make vaccines more accessible to those living in senior communities. Through the vaccination event, 1,000 vaccination doses were distributed.

4/5/2021

Congressman Kim and Congressman Mike Waltz (FL-06) introduced the bipartisan Gold Star Mothers Family Monument Extension Act of 2021, which extends the authorization for the establishment of a commemorative work in honor of the Gold Star Families, which was expired in January 2020 and is now on hold. Senator Booker will introduce companion legislation in the Senate in the coming days. The bill is introduced on Gold Star Spouses Day, a day to honor the sacrifices of widows and widowers who have lost a loved one in service to their country.

4/2/2021

Early in the day, Congressman Kim met with Environment New Jersey to discuss upcoming infrastructure legislation and ways the Biden Administration’s proposed American Jobs Plan can help to build upon green infrastructure investments in our New Jersey communities. In the afternoon, Congressman Kim met with Scott Richman, Regional Director for the Anti-Defamation League of NY/NJ and Shira Goodman, Regional Director of the Anti-Defamation League of Philadelphia. During the meeting Congressman Kim and the attendees from the ADL discussed ways to combat the rise in incidents of hate in the region and nationally. Founded in 1913, the ADL is the world’s leading anti-hate organization, on the front line of combatting hate speech and violent extremism.

4/1/2021

In the morning, Congressman Kim met virtually with the Environmental Working Group, a non-profit, non-partisan organization that works to advance issues in protecting public health and the environment. During the meeting Congressman Kim discussed ways to accelerate PFAS clean up around Joint Base MDL and ways that we can work together towards these goals to address PFAS in communities across the nation. Later in the morning, Congressman Kim joined Governor Phil Murphy for a bill signing, which was held at Fond Memories, a boutique in Medford specializing in jewelry, handbags, and baby gifts. Governor Murphy signed into law S-3523, which provides $25 million in federal COVID-19 relief aid for small businesses throughout New Jersey. The bill is part of a five-bill, $100 million relief effort aimed at helping New Jersey’s economy recover from the year-long pandemic. In the evening, Congressman Kim met with the Burlington County Health Department, local pastors, and community leaders at the JFK Center in Willingboro to discuss plans to address vaccine distribution in underserved communities.

3/31/2021

In the morning, Congressman Kim visited Green Earth Technologies in Mt. Laurel. Green Earth Technologies has been on the front lines of the pandemic, as a local hand sanitizer producer. Later in the morning, Congressman Kim led a Zoom meeting with local school superintendents and business administrators to discuss additional funding from the American Rescue Plan coming to assist school districts during the COVID-19 pandemic. In the afternoon, Congressman Kim participated in a Zoom roundtable meeting led by Congressman Josh Gottheimer (NJ-05). The event focused on addressing what more can be done to combat hate in our New Jersey communities, and to lift up and support voices from AAPI communities at a time where incidents of hate are on the rise. A full video recording of the roundtable discussion can be found by clicking here. Later in the day, Congressman Kim joined Congresswoman Mikie Sherrill (NJ-11), Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman (NJ-12), and Congressman Tom Malinowski (NJ-07), in a meeting with Princeton University’s Board of Trustees and Committee on Public Affairs. During the meeting Congressman Kim and the other members shared their goals, priorities, and vision for work to be done during the 117th Congress and engaged in conversations with members of the Princeton community in attendance.

3/30/2021

In the morning, Congressman Kim spoke at a virtual event with the Southern New Jersey Development Council. Later in the morning Congressman Kim met virtually with the American Jewish Council Committee of New Jersey. The organization is focused on combating Antisemitism, promoting Israel’s place in the world, and countering the spread of radicalism and extremism. In the afternoon, Congressman Kim, Senator Cory Booker (NJ) and New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal met with the Asian Pacific American Lawyers Association of New Jersey, for a roundtable discussion on the rise in hate and violence against the AAPI community.

3/29/2021

Congressman Kim had a morning meeting with the Evesham Economic Advisory Council at Olga’s Diner in Marlton, as part of “Marlton Monday”. Congressman Kim took time to discuss the business recovery efforts in the American Rescue Plan. The advisory council helps the township share information about community development initiatives, identify opportunities for local policy, assist in the preparation of grant and funding applications, and coordinate with any federal, state or local agencies seeking to support local business and commerce. Congressman Kim shared a video from his visit, which can be seen by clicking here. In the afternoon, Congressman Kim hosted a virtual Women’s History Month Town Hall event focusing on the legacy of Alice Paul, a Mt. Laurel native, suffragist and women’s civil rights leader who spent more than seven decades fighting for equality. Congressman Kim was joined by Alyssa Hunt from the Alice Paul Institute and Assemblywoman Carol Murphy, who presented on the importance of Ms. Paul’s work and her legacy of leadership in New Jersey. A full video recording of the town hall event can be found by clicking here.

3/28/2021

Congressman Kim took part in a Congressional delegation trip to Atlanta to meet and speak with members of the AAPI community and families of victims to hear their stories.

3/27/2021

Congressman Kim shared his wish to all those celebrating across Ocean and Burlington Counties to have a Happy Passover.

3/26/2021

In the morning, Congressman Kim spoke to 4th Grade students from Chesterfield Elementary School. Congressman Kim spoke about his time in public service, lawmaking, and what it is like to work in government. In the afternoon, Congressman Kim took part in a House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing. Congressman Kim joined Small Business Committee Chairwoman Nydia Velázquez (NY-07) in a letter calling on Postmaster General Louis DeJoy to assess the impact of the USPS 10-year plan on Small Businesses.

3/25/2021

In the morning, Congressman Kim took part in a virtual opening ceremony event with Endeavor Emergency Squad, an EMS provider in Burlington, NJ. Later in the morning, Congressman Kim and Congressman Donald Norcross (NJ-01) had a virtual meeting with the Chamber of Commerce Southern New Jersey to discuss the American Rescue Plan and how the plan will assist small businesses. Congressman Kim focused on the Paycheck Protection Program and the Restaurant Recovery Act and support for small business in New Jersey. In the afternoon, Congressman Kim spoke at the 2021 USMC Asian Pacific American professionals leadership summit. Later in the afternoon, Congressman Kim took part in a House Armed Services committee legislative markup. You can see remarks from Congressman Kim on the Khasoggi Accountability Act by clicking here. In the evening Congressman Kim spoke to a virtual event hosted by the American Federal Government Employees about support in the American Rescue Plan for federal employees. Congressman Kim announced his office is taking virtual submissions for the 2021 Congressional Art Competition, which gives high school students across Burlington and Ocean Counties an opportunity for their artwork to be featured in Washington, DC in the halls of the U.S. Capitol. Students will have until April 18th to submit artwork to Congressman Kim’s office. Judging will be held from April 19th to April 26th and a winner will be announced on May 7th.

3/24/2021

In the morning, Congressman Kim met with Ørsted to receive an update on their Ocean Wind project. Ørsted develops, constructs, and operates offshore and onshore wind farms, solar farms, energy storage facilities, and bioenergy plants, and provides energy products to its customers. Ørsted with the support of PSE&G, will present New Jersey’s first utility-scale offshore wind farm – Ocean Wind. This wind farm will provide clean, and reliable energy, significant capital investment and will contribute significantly to the state’s ambitious renewable energy goal of supplying more than 3.2 million New Jersey homes with offshore wind power by 2035. In the afternoon, Congressman Kim had a virtual meeting with the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America. Congressman Kim met with two members from their national staff and local veterans from New York and New Jersey. In the evening, Congressman Kim took part in an SEIU 1199 Town Hall event to discuss the rise in AAPI Hate related incidents.

3/23/2021

In the morning, Congressman Kim visited Semper Fido in Marlton, New Jersey. Semper Fido, Inc. is a non-profit organization committed to the rehabilitation of service members and veterans that have been injured while defending our country and have been diagnosed with post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and/or traumatic brain injuries (TBI). In the afternoon, Congressman Kim and Governor Murphy, along with Attorney General Gurbir Grewal, Action Together New Jersey (ATNJ) Board Member Samantha Bobila, Jersey Promise co-founder and former Mayor Jun Choi, parent and advocate Mary Pan, and Regional Director of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) Scott Richman, took part in a virtual roundtable event to provide a platform for the Asian American and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) community to address current issues, discuss steps going forward, and collaborate with non-AAPI allies. A full recording of the event can be found by clicking here. Congressman Kim announced that he will hold a Women’s History Month town hall on Monday, March 29th at 3:30 pm. The town hall will focus on the legacy of Alice Paul, a Mt. Laurel native, suffragist and women’s civil rights leader who spent more than seven decades fighting for equality. Congressman Kim released a statement on reports in the Washington Post that North Korea engaged in short-range missile tests during the weekend.

3/22/2021

In the afternoon, Congressman Kim met virtually with Rowan University President Dr. Ali Houshmand to discuss COVID-19 vaccination efforts currently underway at the Rowan School of Medicine. In the evening, Congressman Kim took part in a virtual ceremony for this year’s Congressional Award medalists from New Jersey. Congresswoman Mikie Sherril (NJ-06), Congressman Tom Malinowski (NJ-07), Congressman Josh Gotheimer (NJ-05) and Congressman Donald Norcross (NJ-01) also took part in the ceremony.  This year there were 6 winners from New Jersey’s 3rd district. The Congressional Award is the United States Congress’ award for young Americans. The Foundation remains Congress’ only charity. The program is non-partisan, voluntary, and non-competitive. Young people may register when they turn 13 1/2 years old and must complete their activities by their 24th birthday. Congressman Kim and Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick (PA-01) announced the introduction of the bipartisan State Allowance for a Variety of Exchanges Act of 2021, or SAVE Act. The bill, which will be discussed tomorrow in a hearing of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, would authorize grants for states to establish and run state-based exchanges through the Affordable Care Act.

3/21/2021

In the morning, Congressman Kim visited a pop-up COVID-19 vaccine clinic at Tabernacle Baptist Church. The clinic was held in partnership with Virtua, Burlington County Health Department, Tabernacle and Christ Baptist Church in Burlington. The clinic will vaccinate 3,000 people over the span of 3 days, with 1,000 residents being vaccinated each day. A video from Congressman Kim’s visit can be found by clicking here. In the afternoon, Congressman Kim spoke to the South Jersey Green Faith Circle at their monthly meeting. Congressman Kim spoke about his environmental priorities and upcoming legislation. In the evening Congressman Kim was a guest panelist at the YMCA NJ Youth and Government Civic Engagement Forum. Other participants on the panel included Rosy Arroyo, from the Cherry Hill Schools Board of Education and Dr. Gloria Bonilla-Santiago, a Professor at Rutgers-Camden School of Public Policy. The panel was focused on  civic engagement, education, diversity and inclusion.

3/19/2021

In the morning, Congressman Kim took part in a moderated conversation with the Brookings Institute and the Bosch Center for Artificial Intelligence, to discuss the Biden administration’s approach to revitalizing alliances and examining issues of alliance management, burden sharing, reassurance and credibility, and coalitions of like-minded partners. Congressman Kim also took part in a HFAC APCAN subcommittee hearing focused on America’s Way Forward in the Indo-Pacific region. Later in the day, Congressman Kim met virtually with Serbian Ambassador Marko Djuric to discuss matters related to US-Serbia bilateral relations.

3/18/2021

In the morning, Congressman Kim had a call with WGIRLS. WGIRLS, Inc. is a non-profit which began making vaccine appointments for people over 65 when they noticed the need arise through friends, family, social media. They recruit volunteers to be matched with people over 65 and the volunteers set up appointments, then get back in touch with individual to confirm vaccine appointment dates. In the afternoon, Congressman Kim took part in a House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing focused on addressing the international impacts of COVID-19, one year into the global pandemic. Congressman Kim also took part in an afternoon meeting with the Council of New Jersey Grantmakers, a nonprofit membership organization of foundations and corporate giving programs dedicated to strengthening philanthropy in New Jersey. Later in the day, Congressman Kim met with the New Jersey YMCA State Alliance and the Ocean County YMCA as part of their annual legislative summit. In the evening, Congressman Kim met virtually with Rabbi William Gershon from Congregation B’nai Israel in Toms River.

3/17/2021

In the morning, Congressman Kim had a virtual Zoom meeting with the Afghanistan-U.S. Democratic Peace and Prosperity Council and a member of the Afghani Parliament. In the evening, Congressman Kim joined Giffords: Courage to Fight Gun Violence organization for an event to discuss what can be done to combat gun violence in America. Congressman Kim voted to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act, a landmark anti-violence bill that expired in 2018 and whose previous reauthorization was blocked by Senate Republicans in 2019. The bill passed with bipartisan support. The Violence Against Women Act was originally passed in 1994 and ushered in transformative progress by calling for the protection of all Americans from violence and abuse and working to ensure survivors had access to essential services and to justice. Since its passage, the rate of domestic violence has declined by 63 percent. However, the extent of domestic violence remains way too high. Experts estimate that one in three women in the U.S. still experience domestic violence.

3/16/2021

Congressman Kim had a virtual meeting with Base Commander Colonel Bridget Gigliotti to discuss NDAA priorities for Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurt. Joint Base MDL supports over 45,000 active duty, guard, reserve, family members and civilian personnel.
In addition, there are more than 60,000 retirees within a 50 mile radius of Joint Base-McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst. In the afternoon, Congressman Kim took part in a virtual roundtable event with the Council on Foreign Relations. Later in the afternoon, Congressman Kim had a meeting with the Kurdistan regional government to discuss issues and priorities in the region.

3/15/2021

Congressman Kim hosted a morning briefing for local elected officials and town administrators in Burlington and Ocean Counties to share an update and discuss the American Rescue Plan and the state and local dollars coming to our local communities. Later in the morning, Congressman Kim took part in a school re-opening ceremony at Samuel Smith Elementary School in Burlington, with First Lady Jill Biden, Senator Bob Menendez, Senator Cory Booker, Congresswoman Mikie Sherrill, and Congressman Frank Pallone. The Congressman and First Lady Biden helped to highlight the importance of the aid being provided through the American Rescue Plan to local schools and communities. A full recording of Congressman Kim’s remarks from the event can be found by clicking here

3/13/2021

In the early afternoon, Congressman Kim had a virtual meeting with the Pines and Lakes Chapter of the Military Officers Association of America. Later in the Afternoon, Congressman Kim hosted a telephone town hall focused on the American Rescue Plan. On the town hall Congressman Kim discussed the direct relief that will be coming to Ocean and Burlington Counties. A focus of the town hall was also the tangible elements of the bill that will have direct impact for local schools and local governments in the 3rd Congressional District. A full recording of the town hall event can be found by clicking here.

3/12/2021

Congressman Kim took part in a HASC CITI Subcommittee hearing on the final recommendations of the National Security Commision on Artificial Intelligence. In the afternoon Congressman Kim had a virtual meeting with Euan Blair, Co-founder and CEO of Multiverse, a educational tech startup that helps non-graduates find apprenticeships and job coaching. Later in the day, Congressman Kim had a call with Frank Aum, a senior expert on North Korea from the U.S. Institute of Peace.

3/11/2021

Congressman Kim had an afternoon call with FEMA to discuss support for COVID-19 vaccination sites in New Jersey and access to vaccines for homebound seniors. Later in the day Congressman Kim took part in a HASC Members briefing update on the U.S. military Mission in Afghanistan and the status of the U.S. Agreement to bring Peace to Afghanistan. Congressman Kim released the following statement on the approval of measures by the Chinese parliament that will reduce democratic representation in Hong Kong: “Two years ago, the people of Hong Kong stood up to ask the Chinese Communist Party to uphold their promise of one country, two systems; today’s actions are the final death blow to that promise and constitute the true end of democracy in Hong Kong. This decision by the Chinese Communist Party is worthy of universal condemnation, but the true responsibility to act does not lie in the hands of democratic nations, but in the Chinese government itself. If the Chinese Communist Party cannot uphold a promise to its own people, how can they be trusted to uphold a promise to the world on climate change, global health, or any of the other major challenges we face? The burden is on them to make this right, and the United States and our allies should continue applying pressure until they do.” Congressman Kim voted to pass two common sense gun safety measures that would ensure guns don’t end up in the hands of dangerous individuals while protecting 2nd Amendment rights for law-abiding Americans. The first bill, H.R. 8, the Bipartisan Background Checks Act, would simply apply the same background check requirements from licensed gun owners to unlicensed gun owners, who often sell their products at gun shows and online. The second bill, H.R. 1446, the Enhanced Background Checks Act, would close the “Charleston Loophole”, which allows a firearm sale to proceed if a background check is not completed within three days.

3/10/2021

In the morning, Congressman Kim met with the Surfrider foundation, an environmental organization that works to protect and preserve the world's oceans, waves and beaches. It focuses on water quality, beach access, beach and surf spot preservation, and sustaining marine and coastal ecosystems. Later in the morning, Congressman Kim took part in a virtual Small Business Committee hearing. During the hearing, Congressman Kim focused his questioning on making sure the seasonal businesses on the Shore have what they need for the upcoming tourist season. A full recording of the Congressman’s questions can be found by clicking here. Congressman Kim also took part in a House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on International Development, International Organizations, and Global Corporate Social Impact hearing focused on the state of international development one year into the COVID-19 pandemic. Later, Congressman Kim took part in a House Armed Services Committee hearing on national security challenges and U.S. military activities in the Indo-Pacific region. In the afternoon, Congressman Kim took part in a House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing with Secretary of State Anthony Blinken, focused on the Biden Administration’s priorities for U.S. foreign policy. In the evening, Congressman Kim met with the National Parent Teacher Association, a non profit association that prides itself on being a powerful voice for all children, a relevant resource for families and communities, and a strong advocate for public education. Congressman Kim voted to pass the American Rescue Plan Act, a bill that will deliver more than $10 billion in direct aid to New Jersey, including hundreds of millions to Burlington and Ocean Counties and their townships, to fund critical programs to address the public health and economic crisis brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. President Biden will now sign the bill into law. Congressman Kim announced that he will host a virtual town hall Saturday, March 13th, at 2 p.m. to answer questions from residents of Burlington and Ocean Counties about the bill and how it will help them directly.

3/9/2021

In the afternoon, Congressman Kim met with Lieutenant General Jody Daniels Chief of the Army Reserve. Later in the day, Congressman Kim met with the New Jersey School Nurtition Association. Congressman Kim also took part in a virtual White House briefing on the COVID-19 response. Congressman Kim voted to pass H.R. 842, the Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act, which will help working class Americans access better wages and working conditions. The PRO Act helps working Americans by making it easier to join together and collectively bargain for better pay, benefits and conditions. A full fact sheet on the PRO Act can be found by clicking here.

3/8/2021

Congressman Kim was in Washington, DC today for votes. In the afternoon, Congressman Kim met virtually with the Coalition for the Delaware River Watershed. The Coalition for the Delaware River Watershed works to protect and restore the land and waters in the Delaware River Basin. Their goal is for the Delaware River Basin to be recognized as one of America's Great Waters, providing clean water, healthy habitat, and accessible outdoor recreation and public access. The Coalition is comprised of local, regional and national organizations that include National Wildlife Federation, New Jersey Audubon, Ducks Unlimited and the New Jersey League of Conservation Voters. In the evening, Congressman Kim attended a promotion and re-enlistment ceremony for members of the New Jersey National Guard in the Capitol Rotunda. Later at night, Congressman Kim took part in a Members briefing on the security assessment of the Capitol Complex.

3/6/2021

Congressman Kim spent the day in Ocean County. In the morning Congressman Kim visited the Riverwood Code Blue Warming Center in Toms River. The shelter is operated by Just Believe, a non-profit organization that helps the homeless and disenfranchised in Ocean County.  They own and operate a thrift store that supports their mission and provide the operation of the Code Blue center in Toms River which gives homeless shelter on cold nights. Later in the morning, Congressman Kim visited the Toms River branch of the Ocean County Library. In the late afternoon, Congressman Kim toured the Black Run Preserve, which includes 1,300 acres of protected land in Evesham Township. The area is maintained by the Friends of Black Run Preserve and Congressman Kim was able to meet with their founder and Chairman, Paul Volpa.

3/5/2021

In the morning Congressman Kim met with Paralyzed Veterans of America. Robert Reuter an Army Veteran from Toms River and board member of PVA’s Colonial Chapter joined the Congressman to discuss PVA’s current veterans priorities. Later in the morning, Congressman Kim met virtually with the CrossState Credit Union Association. Later in the day Congressman Kim met virtually with IBEW Locals 400 & 269 to discuss local hiring priorities, as well as fairness and transparency in the federal contracting process. Congressman Kim also joined on as a co-sponsor for H.R. 1487 the bipartisan Microloan Transparency and Accountability Act sponsored by Congressman Tim Burchett (TN-02) and also co-sponsored by Congressman Scott Fitzgerald (WI-05) and Congressman Marie Newman (IL-03)

3/4/2021

In the afternoon, Congressman Kim had a call with General Robert Abrams, Commander of US forces in Korea. The discuss was focused on the US-Korea relationship, and training and readiness of US forces stationed in Korea.

3/3/2021

In the morning, Congressman Kim took part in a roundtable discussion with President Dr. Richard Haass and other members of the Council on Foreign Relations. Later in the morning, Congressman Kim took part in a press conference with Congresswoman Sharice Davids (KS-03), Congressman Dean Phillips (MN-03) and Tiffany Muller, President of End Citizens United to discuss the impact of H.R. 1 and the importance of passing the legislation. Congressman Kim also met virtually with Pakistani Ambassador Asad Khan, to discusss the Pakistan-US bilateral relationship. In the evening, Congressman Kim met virtually with the New Jersey Association for the Education of Young Children to discuss challenges for childcare programs in New Jersey and issues facing the early childhood workforce. Congressman Kim voted to pass the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act, H.R. 1280, a bill that would make critical reforms to America’s law enforcement systems that would save lives and make our communities safer. A full breakdown of the provisions contained within the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act can be found by clicking here. Congressman Kim also voted to pass H.R. 1, the For the People Act, a bill that strengthens election integrity, makes our political system more responsible to every day Americans than big money interests, and strengthens political ethics laws to make politicians accountable to the American people. A full section-by-section breakdown of H.R. 1 can be found by clicking here.

3/2/2021

In the morning Congressman Kim met with Congressman Ted Deutch (FL-22) to discuss ongoing legislation before the HASC and HFAC committees. In the afternoon Congressman Kim had a call with BOP Director Carvajal to discuss ongoing issues related to the COVID-19 pandemic at FCI Fort Dix. Later in the day, Congressman Kim and Congresswoman Lori Trahan (MA-03) led a bipartisan group of House members in calling on the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) to take serious action to stop the dangerous and disproportionate spread of COVID-19 in U.S. Bureau of Prison (BOP)-managed institutions that has led to the death of employees and at least 220 inmates.

3/1/2021 

In the morning, Congressman Kim took part in the New Jersey National Security innovation Summit, along with Congresswoman Mikie Sherrill (NJ-11), Congressman Donald Norcross (NJ-01), and Johnathan Holloway the President of Rutgers University. In the afternoon, Congressman Kim was interviewed by Trent Franks on BBC Radio. Congressman Kim discussed the release of the Khasoggi report, and what comes next. In the evening, Congressman Kim and Assemblyman Herb Conaway joined the Rancocas Valley Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority to speak as panelists on their COVID-19 vaccine forum to help dispel rumors and give the facts on the current vaccine and its rollout. 

2/27/2021 

Congressman Kim voted to pass H.R. 1319, the American Rescue Plan Act, which provides critical resources to help address the totality of the COVID-19 crisis. You can find Congressman Kim’s full statement on the American Rescue Plan by clicking here. You can find additional information from Congressman Kim on how this will help Burlington and Ocean Counties by clicking here

2/26/2021 

In the afternoon, Congressman Kim hosted a Black History Month town hall, focusing on the Still Family and their local legacy. A full recording of the town hall event can be found here. Congressman Kim voted for passage of H.R. 803 the Protecting America’s Wildnerness and Public Lands Act. 

2/25/2021 

Congressman Kim had a morning meeting with the Bureau of  Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms to thank the Congressman for helping to clean the Capitol and discuss ATF’s response to the events on 1/6. In the evening, Congressman Kim met virtually with the New Jersey League of Conservation Voters to discuss environmental issues in Burlington and Ocean Counties. Later in the evening, Congressman Kim met with families and staff from Willow Springs Rehabilitation and Healthcare center in Brick. Congressman Kim voted for passage of H.R. 5 the Equality Act, which would prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex, gender identity, and sexual orientation, and for other purposes. 

2/24/2021

Congressman Kim had a morning meeting virtually with the New Jersey Wing of the Civil Air Patrol. Later in the morning, Congressman Kim had a virtual meeting with Evesham Deputy Mayor Heather Cooper to discuss issues facing families with children and members with developmental disabilities. In the afternoon, Congressman Kim attended a meeting of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, focused on moving America forward and restoring diplomacy and development in a fracturing world. Later in the afternoon Congressman Kim had a meeting with the American Academy of Family Physicians. Congressman Kim spoke with Dr. Mary Campagnolo who is a member of the AAFP Board of Directors, and a practicing family physician in Bordentown, New Jersey. Congressman also took part in a CAPAC virtual meeting with the White House Presidential Personnel Office. In the evening, Congressman Kim read “Where Are You From” virtually over zoom to Kindergarten and 1st grade students as part of the Love Lives in Westampton Family Reading Night. 

2/23/2021

In the morning, Congressman Kim took part in a briefing with the Center for Strategic and International Studies on China Issues: 21st Century Multilateralism and Institutions. In the afternoon, Congressman Kim had a WebEx virtual member meeting with Ambassador Sandhu, the Indian Ambassador to the United States. Later in the afternoon, the Congressman met with members of leadership of AFGE Local 2369. Later on Congressman Kim met with the United Nations Foundation as part of their Shot At Life day, to highlight the need for global child immunization project and to discuss their contributions to fighting the COVID-19 pandemic. In the early evening, Congressman Kim had a meeting with the Regional Planning Association to discuss infrastructure priorities in New Jersey. At night, Congressman Kim joined other Members of Congress and Leadership in a candlelight vigil and moment of silence on the east steps of the Capitol to recognize the 500,000 Americans that have lost their lives due to the COVID-19 pandem and Congressman Donald Norcross (NJ-01) announced the introduction of the Alice Paul Voter Protection Act, which will protect a citizen’s access to vote by prohibiting the interference of voter registration efforts. 

2/22/2021

Congressman Kim had a morning call with the legislative affairs team from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to connect and discuss their ongoing work and areas of shared interest. DARPA also shared an update on how their technical approaches have laid the foundation for helping to end the COVID-19 and prevent future pandemics. Later in the morning, Congressman Kim had a Zoom virtual meeting with Albanian Ambassador Floreta Faber to discuss the National Guard State Partnership Program. In the afternoon, Congressman Kim took part with other Member’s of Congress in a roundtable discussion with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. In the evening, Congressman Kim was joined on a telephone town hall by public health leaders to provide an update on COVID-19 vaccine distribution in Ocean County. The telephone town hall, the second of two this month to provide updates on vaccines, was the Congressman’s 31st since being sworn into Congress. A full recording of the town hall can be found here.

2/20/2021

Congressman Kim spoke to a virtual Zoom meeting of the South Jersey Men’s club in Cherry Hill. The Congressman shared his experiences from 1/6 during the Capitol Insurrection and took part in a question and answer session with members of the club. 

2/19/2021

In the morning, Congressman Kim took part in a meeting with members of the American Foreign Service Association. Later in the morning, Congressman Kim took part in a Zoom virtual press conference, with other Members of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC) and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi to denounce the recent spike in anti-Asian hate crimes and violence. A full recording of the press conference can be found here. In the afternoon, Congressman Kim spoke to members of the Congressional Korean American Staff Association. Later in the afternoon, Congressman Kim had a virtual call with YIIi Bajraktari, who is the Executive Director of the National Security Commission for Artificial Intelligence. He was a former National Security Council staff member under President Obama, who also served as an aide to former Secretary of Defense Ash Carter. 

2/18/2021

Congressman Kim was interviewed by Richard French of WMCN/WTVE on the rise of Hate Crimes against members of the AAPI community. In the afternoon, Congressman Kim gave the keynote address to a Zoom virtual student borrower protection event. Congressman Kim discussed issues related to small business and student debt. 

2/17/2021 

Congressman Kim took part in a morning call with the German Marshall Fund. This was a moderated discussion to offer a chance to share common goals and interests between Members of Congress, and the German Bundesetag on the Transatlantic relationship between the U.S. and Europe. Later in the day, Congressman Kim asked senior Department of Defense officials about issues he’s hearing from New Jersey veterans and military families at a hearing of the House Armed Services Committee which provided an update on the Department of Defense’s role in America’s national response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Video of the Congressman’s full remarks and questions can be found here. 

2/16/2021 

Congressman Kim attended a morning breakfast meeting with Doc’s Dirty Dozen, a local Veteran’s group in Brick. Later in the morning, the Congressman attended a virtual organizational meeting for the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Cyber, Innovative Technologies, and Information Systems. In the early evening, Congressman Kim took part in a Bipartisan Member briefing on COVID-19 variants. Later in the evening, Congressman Kim was joined on a telephone town hall by public health leaders to provide an update on COVID-19 vaccine distribution in Burlington County. The telephone town hall, the first of two this month to provide updates on vaccines, was the Congressman’s 30th since being sworn into Congress. A full recording of the Town Hall can be found here

2/15/2021 

In the morning, Congressman Kim was interviewed for the Abnormal Podcast with Rick Wilson and Molly Jong-Fast. In the afternoon, Congressman Kim had a community outreach call with Seniors from Ocean and Burlington Counties to hear directly from them about the challenges they are facing during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. 

2/13/2021 

In the morning, Congressman Kim made a visit to the Ocean Medical Center, to drop off Valentines cards from Brick Township Public Schools in an effort to thank our front line health care heroes. In the afternoon, Congressman Kim visited the Vaccine Distribution site at the RWJ/Barnabas Health Arena in Toms River to thank those doing the hard work to help serve our community. 

2/12/2021

In the morning, Congressman Kim had a call with the Smithsonian to discuss the events of the 1/6 Capitol Insurrection and the to share his experiences for the historical record. Later in the morning, Congressman Kim made a visit to the Deborah Heart and Lung Center to share Valentines cards made by students from Pemberton School District to thank our front line health care heroes. In the afternoon Congressman Kim visited the beach in Mantoloking to survey damage resulting from Winter Storm Orlena. 

2/11/2021

Congressman Kim took part in a morning meeting with the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Military Personnel. In the afternoon, Congressman Kim had a meeting with Lori Leonard, CEO of Habitat for Humanity of Burlington and Mercer Counties. Later in the Afternoon, the Congressman met with members and leadership of the NJEA. Congressman Kim and Congressman Dean Phillips (D-MN) released a letter addressed to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and House Administration Committee Chair Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) calling for the preservation of glass panels smashed during the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol. Last night, the members learned the Capitol Superintendent retained the damaged glass from Capitol doors facing the Supreme Court and the Library of Congress. You can read the full letter here.

2/10/2021

Congressman Kim had an afternoon virtual Zoom meeting with New Jersey Community College Presidents. Later in the afternoon, the Congressman met with local organizers from the Ocean County Special Olympics. In the evening, Congressman Kim was interviewed by Elaine Quijano of CBS News to discuss the rise in xenophobia targeting the AAPI community. Congressman Kim announced that he will be holding two telephone town halls this month to provide updates on COVID-19 vaccine distribution. The first telephone town hall to be held Tuesday, February 16th at 5:30pm, will focus on efforts in Burlington County. The second town hall, to be held Monday, February 22nd at 5:30pm, will focus on efforts in Ocean County. These will be the Congressman’s 30th and 31st town hall since he was sworn into office in January 2019. You can sign up for the telephone town halls on the Congressman’s website by clicking here.

2/9/2021

In the morning, Congressman Kim had virtual Zoom meeting with the National Federation of the Blind. Congressman Kim took part in an afternoon HFAC briefing with the U.S. State Department on developments in Burma. Later in the afternoon, the Congressman met virtually with the Easterseals of New Jersey. In the evening, Congressman Kim spoke virtually to law and politics students from Chicago University.

2/8/2021

In the morning, Congressman Kim made a visit to the Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine Vaccination Center. In the afternoon, Congressman Kim had an interview with MSNBC to discuss events related to the 1/6 Capitol Insurrection and the uptick in AAPI related xenophobia and hate crimes. Later in the afternoon, Congressman Kim spoke to the International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers as part of their legislative advocacy day. In the evening Congressman Kim was on Reid Out with Joy Ann Reid to further discuss issues related to xenophobia targeting the AAPI community.

2/7/2021

Congressman Kim took part in a virtual speaker series event, with members of the Ocean County Historical Society.

2/5/2021

Congressman Kim spoke to members of National ACE about issues impacting the AAPI business community. In the afternoon, the Congressman spoke with Senior Enlisted Advisor to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Ramón "CZ" Colón-López. Congressman Kim voted in favor of the National Apprenticeship Act of 2021, which invests more than $3.5 billion over 5 years in expanding opportunities and access to Registered Apprenticeships, youth apprenticeships, and pre-apprenticeships. The proposal would create nearly 1 million new apprenticeship opportunities on top of the current expected growth of the apprenticeship system.

2/4/2021

In the morning, Congressman Kim took part in an organizational meeting for members of the Small Business Committee. Congressman Kim voted in favor of H.Res. 72, which would remove Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene from her standing committees. His full statement on H.Res 72 can be found here.

2/3/2021

Congressman Kim took part in a morning organizational meeting with other members of the House Armed Services Committee. In the afternoon, the Congressman had a virtual Zoom meeting with Rutgers University President Jonathan Holloway. Later in the afternoon, Congressman Kim met virtually with the Jewish Federation of New Jersey. Congressman Kim voted in favor of H.Con.Res. 11 which would establish the congressional budget for the United States Government for fiscal year 2021 and set the appropriate budgetary levels for fiscal years 2022 through 2030.

2/2/2021

Congressman Kim was in DC today, to vote on advancement of the National Apprenticeship Act of 2021. Congressman Kim had an evening visit with members of the NJ National Guard who are currently stationed at the U.S. Capitol.

1/29/2021

Congressman Kim had a morning Zoom meeting with Lt. General Michael Loh, who currently is serving as Director of the Air National Guard. In the afternoon, the Congressman took part in a meeting with other members of the Subcommittee on Asia, the Pacific, Central Asia, and Nonproliferation.

1/28/2021

Congressman Kim had a morning virtual conversation with the African Diplomatic Corps to discuss ways to strengthen US-African partnership and relations. Later in the morning, Congressman Kim made a visit to the Food Bank of South Jersey. In the afternoon, Congressman Kim took part in a Zoom briefing update on the Coronavirus Vaccine with other members of the Democratic Caucus. In the evening, Congressman Kim met with Mount Laurel Firefighters Local 4408 President Scott Callahan and Vice President Dan Opizzi.

1/27/2021

Congressman Kim took part in a morning organization meeting with other members of the House Foreign Affairs Committee. In the afternoon, Congressman Kim took part in an organizational meeting with other members of the Small Business Committee. Later in the day, Congressman Kim had a call with the Korean Ambassador. In the evening, the Congressman had a virtual meeting to speak to Cub Scouts Pack 76.

1/26/2021

In the morning, Congressman Kim took part in a virtual Zoom meeting with the Virtua Health Board of Trustees. In the afternoon Congressman Kim had a call with Smithsonian American History Curator Jon Grinspan to share his recollections from the events of 1/6 at the Capitol. In the evening, Congressman Kim joined CBS News to discuss a new executive order being signed by the Biden Administration to address Covid related xenophobia toward the AAPI community.

1/25/2021

Congressman Kim had a morning call with Lieutenant General Jon Jensen, the new director of the Army National Guard.

1/22/2021

Congressman Kim joined Governor Phil Murphy for a morning visit to the Burlington County Vaccine Mega-Site at the Moorestown Mall. The Congressman shared a video update from his visit that can be found here.

1/21/2021

Congressman Kim took part in a roundtable with other members of the House Armed Services Committee. Congressman Kim voted in favor of H.R. 335 which would allow for a waiver for General Lloyd Austin to serve as Secretary of Defense.

1/20/2021

Congressman Kim attended the inauguration of Joseph R. Biden as the 46th President of the United States of America.

1/19/2021

In the afternoon Congressman Kim volunteered his time at World Central Kitchen. 

1/18/2021

Congressman Kim took part in the 15th annual MLK day challenge. The purpose of the Challenge is to encourage Burlington County residents to join hundreds of thousands of Americans across the country in remembering and memorializing Dr. King by participating in service projects in their communities.

1/16/2021

Congressman Kim took part in the Parkway Baptist Church Annual MLK Celebration in Willingboro.

1/15/2021

In the afternoon Congressman Kim took part in a press call with Everytown and Moms Demand Action.

1/14/2021

During the day, Congressman Kim had interviews with the New Jersey Star Ledger, the Evesham Sun and The World on NPR. In the afternoon, the Congressman had a Zoom virtual meeting with the St. Vincent De Paul Society of Burlington County. Later in the afternoon, Congressman Kim took part in a Zoom call with other members of the Democratic Caucus.

1/13/2021

Congressman Kim spent the morning giving numerous interviews to members of the TV and Radio media. Later in the day, Congressman Kim took part in a Zoom Virtual event for Korean American Day for the greater Washington area. In the afternoon, Congressman Kim voted in favor of the articles of impeachment for President Donald Trump which passed the house in a bipartisan vote. The Congressman’s full statement on the impeachment vote can be found here. At night, Congressman Kim was a guest on Late Night With Seth Meyers. 

1/12/2021 

Congressman Kim was in Washington, DC today for votes. In the afternoon, Congressman Kim took part in a virtual Zoom meeting with the Chamber of Commerce of the Greater Philadelphia area along with Congresswoman Chrissy Houlahan (PA-06). Later in the afternoon, Congressman Kim joined a Congressional Delegation Zoom briefing with Governor Phil Murphy, Commissioner Persichilli, and Colonel Pat Callahan. Congressman Kim also spoke in the afternoon to a monthly union meeting of the American Federal Government Employees Local 2001 who represent workers at Ft. Dix FCI. In the evening, Congressman Kim hosted a telephone town hall to inform constituents about Covid-19 vaccine distribution. Congressman Kim was joined on the town hall by Dr. Eddy Bresnitz, Medical Advisor to the New Jersey Commissioner of Health on the COVID-19 response. A full recording of the town hall can be found by clicking here. Later at night Congressman Kim met with members of the New Jersey National Guard stationed in Washington, DC to help provide support to the U.S. Capitol Police.

 

1/11/2021 

In the morning Congressman Kim had an interview with NBC’s affiliate in New York City. In the afternoon Congressman Kim had lunch with Mayor Michael Di Croce of Shamong. In the evening, Congressman Kim took part in a virtual Zoom CAPAC meeting. Later at night, the Congressman had an interview with Don Lemon for CNN Tonight.

 

1/8/2021 

In the morning Congressman Kim had a call with the Korean Ambassador. In the afternoon Congressman Kim took part in a Zoom call with other members of the Democratic Caucus. During the day, the Congressman also had numerous calls with members of the TV, print and digital media.  

1/7/2021

Congressman Kim gave numerous TV, radio and print interviews throughout the day to share his accounts of the events at the Capitol the previous day, one of which can be seen here. You can also read articles about Congressman Kim's accounts here and here. Congressman Kim announced that he will be holding a telephone town hall on Tuesday, January 12th at 5:30 p.m. to provide an update on COVID-19 vaccine distribution and economic recovery efforts in Congress. This is the Congressman’s 29th town hall since he was sworn into office in January 2019 and his first of the 117th Congress. Congressman Kim. Congressman Kim also released a statement, calling for the immediate removal of President Trump.

1/6/2021

Congressman Kim was in Washington, DC to take part in the certification process of the Presidential election results. During the day, Congressman continued to work and conduct business from his office while safe during the lockdown of the Capitol. Congressman Kim conducted interviews with TV and print outlets during the day, to keep constituents informed on the latest developments from the Capitol as events unfolded. In the evening Congressman Kim took part virtually in a WebEx meeting for the Burlington County Reorganization. Congressman Kim administered the oath of office to Burlington County Commissioner Balvir Singh. Later, Congressman Kim returned to the House floor for the completion of the Presidential election certification process. Congressman Kim assisted in the late hours with the cleanup of the destruction and debris in the Capitol Building. Into the early hours of the morning, Joe Biden and Kamala Harris were certified as President-elect and Vice President-elect.  

 

1/5/2021 

In the morning Congressman Kim spoke on a virtual Zoom meeting with the Corporate Resource Alliance. Later in the day, Congressman Kim voted in favor of H.R. 22, the Congressional Budget Justification Transparency Act of 2021. The Congressman also signed on as a co-sponsor to H.R. 1, the For the People Act of 2021, which would enact stronger ethics laws, work to get the corrupting influence of money out of politics, strengthen election security and make it easier for Americans to vote. Congressman Kim was a vocal advocate and co-sponsor of H.R. 1 in the 116th Congress.  

1/4/2021

Congressman Kim spent the day in Washington, DC taking part in votes related the new rules package for the 117th Congress.

1/3/2021

Congressman Kim was in Washington, DC today to be sworn in for his second term in Congress. Congressman Kim also took part in first votes for the 117th Congress.

9/11/2020

Congressman Kim joined Burlington County leaders in taking part in a remembrance ceremony of the attacks on September 11th, 2001. His remarks as delivered are below. Video of the Congressman’s remarks can be found by clicking here. A full written copy of Congressman Kim’s remarks can be found here.

9/10/2020

In the afternoon, Congressman Kim took part in an afternoon conference call with the American Optometric Association to discuss support for frontline doctors, students, staff and patients during the ongoing Coronavirus Crisis. Congressman Kim led a letter by a bipartisan coalition of members of Congress to call on House leadership to include, “robust funding for workforce training programs that help workers build the skills necessary for restoration and resilience projects in communities across the country.” The letter was led by Congressman Kim, Congressman Anthony Brindisi (NY-22), and Congressman Vern Buchanan (FL-16). The full letter can be read by clicking here.

9/9/2020

In the morning, Congressman Kim had a preparatory call with staff to discuss ongoing developments of the ongoing Coronavirus Crisis. In the afternoon Congressman Kim took part in a hearing of the Coronavirus Select Committee which focused on how we can make sure we have a free, fair and safe election. During the hearing, Congressman Kim advocated for safe methods for Americans to participate in November’s elections, including the use of ballot drop boxes. The hearing comes following guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommending “lower risk election polling settings” that enable all eligible voters to safely cast their ballots. A full copy of Congressman Kim’s question can be found here. In the evening, Congressman Kim held a telephone town hall on supporting our military families and the Joint Base.  He was joined by representatives from organizations that support Military Families and Joint Base in district. A full recording of the town hall can be found here.

9/8/2020

In the evening, Congressman Kim took part in a conference call with Edmund Optics, a New Jersey based company that has been in operation for more than 78 years. Edmund Optics (EO) has been a leading producer of optics, imaging, and photonics technology. Congressman Kim announced the 2020 Congressional Art Competition Winner from NJ-03. Kaeleigh Mackiewicz, a former student of Cinnaminson High School in Cinnaminson, NJ won the Congressional Art Competition from New Jersey’s 3rd Congressional District. Mackiewicz’s drawing, entitled, “The Work Boots”, will be displayed in the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. 

9/7/2020

Congressman Kim took part in an afternoon conference call with other members of the Democratic Caucus. Congressman Kim also shared information on New Jersey’s history and connection to Labor Day.

9/4/2020

Congresman Kim took part in a morning Zoom virtual roundtable with America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP) to discuss lessons learned from Covid-19 to date, steps being taken to address the crisis, and areas for improvement. Later in the morning, Congressman Kim had conference call with the leadership of the Jewish War Veterans of New Jersey, Larry Rosenthal and Al Adler to discuss privatization of the VA, suicide prevention, burn pits, agent orange and other issues surrounding defined membership.

9/3/2020

Congressman Kim took part in an evening Zoom virtual call with Dr. Fauci, Dr. Collins and other Members of the Asian, Black, Hispanic, and Native Caucuses to receive an update on the progress of the Covid-19 Clinical trials.

9/1/2020

Congressman Kim announced that he would be a holding a Telephone Town Hall on the Joint Base and issues that impact military families on Wednesday September 9th at 5:30 pm. In the morning, Congressman Kim drove to DC to participate in an in-person Coronavirus Select Committee hearing with Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin. During the afternoon hearing, Congressman Kim pressed Treasury Secretary Mnuchin to acknowledge the inequality in the economic recovery from the ongoing coronavirus crisis, and commit to working with Congress to find solutions that can help working families. Congressman Kim began his first set of questions, which can be found by clicking here, by asking Secretary Mnuchin a question from a restaurant owner in New Jersey: “what does success mean to you when it comes to this economic recovery?” Congressman Kim followed up by asking Secretary Mnuchin if he agreed with comments by Trump Economic Advisor Larry Kudlow that we are headed towards a “V shaped recovery”, to which Secretary Mnuchin admitted that there are, “many industries and many small businesses who have been destroyed by this.” During Congressman Kim’s second line of questions, which can be found by clicking here, he pressed Secretary Mnuchin on the issues of housing and health care. Congressman Kim asked if the estimated $110 per person proposed by Senate Republicans would be enough to help renters avoid eviction, and asked the Secretary if it is acceptable that millions have lost health care coverage during the pandemic.

8/31/2020

In the morning, Congressman Kim had a virtual preparatory meeting for the Covid Select Hearing tomorrow with Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin. In the afternoon, Congressman Kim had a call with legislative staff to discuss issues related to Covid Select. In the evening, Congressman Kim joined a Zoom virtual meeting with the New Jersey Organizing Project (NJOP) to discuss prescription drug prices, opioid addiction and how these issues relate to the current Coronavirus Pandemic. The Congressman was joined on the call by community members who told their personal stories of issues with high prescription drug prices and in battling opioid addiction. The focus of the meeting was on lowering prescription drug prices, ensuring treatment for Covid-19 remains affordable and spreading awareness of the plight of opioid addiction.

8/30/2020

Today, Congressman Kim released the following statement following the death of U.S. Army Staff Sergeant Vincent P. Marketta of Brick, NJ. “Staff Sergeant Marketta dedicated his life to service; the people of Ocean County, New Jersey, and America pay tribute and will never forget the sacrifice he and his family gave to our great nation. The mark he has made – protecting our families and communities as a dedicated member of our armed forces – is truly indelible.” Details of Staff Sergeant Marketta’s service can be found here.

8/28/2020

In the morning, Congressman Kim attended the March on Washington, to join activists fighting for social and racial equality. This was the 57th anniversary of the first March on Washington. In the afternoon, Congressman Kim joined a Member and staff briefing call on the Covid-19 response hosted by the Department of Health and Human Services. Later in the afternoon, Congressman Kim joined Aymen Mohyeldin for an interview on MSNBC Live. The Congressman discussed the upcoming Coronavirus Select Committee hearing with Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, Vote-by-mail efforts in New Jersey and the ongoing Coronavirus recovery.

8/27/2020

In the morning, Congressman Kim had a call with military legislative staff to discuss ongoing priorities in the House Armed Services Committee. Later in the morning, Congressman Kim convened youth and education leaders for a Zoom Virtual discussion on racial equity in education. The Congressman was joined by activists and New Jersey education leaders for a discussion on education issues facing the Black community. In the afternoon, Congressman Kim joined a Zoom Virtual meeting on housing security. The meeting was led by Channell Wilkins the CEO of Ocean, Inc, a Community Action Partnership Program which assists people with housing needs. Congressman Kim got to hear from housing advocates about the current housing crisis in Burlington and Ocean Counties and the potential for increased homelessness when the eviction moratorium expires in November. Later in the afternoon, Congressman Kim had a call with legislative staff to discuss ongoing work of the Coronavirus Select Committee. 

8/26/2020

In the morning, Congressman Kim joined a Zoom Virtual Question and Answer session with Korean American Civic Empowerment. Congressman Kim was able to answer questions and share his past experiences with student members of the organization. In the afternoon, Congressman Kim joined a Zoom Virtual meeting with Ocean County Community Organizations Active in Disaster. The COAD in Ocean County is an extension of the Long Term Recovery Group which was formed after Hurricane Sandy. They hold meetings every 2 weeks with nonprofit agencies involved with disaster preparedness.  COAD is a group of community organizations, businesses, nonprofits and individuals working together to plan community responses to a variety of emergency and disaster situations. 

8/22/2020

Congressman Kim traveled to DC today for votes and legislative business. Congressman Kim voted to pass H.R. 8015, the Delivering for America Act. H.R. 8015 would provide critical funding to the U.S. Postal Service, prohibit any changes to Postal Service operations that would degrade service, and require that all election mail is treated as first-class mail. During his video update, Congressman Kim shared concerns from local residents in Brick, Island Heights, and Ocean Gate about mail delivery delays and cut backs in hours at postal offices. These postal delays have impacted seniors, veterans, and residents across Ocean and Burlington Counties, including delivery of critical medications.

8/21/2020

Congressman Kim had a morning call with legislative staff to discuss ongoing work of the Coronavirus Select Committee. Congressman Kim also took time with staff to discuss H.R. 8015, the Delivering for America Act.

8/20/2020

Congressman Kim took part in an afternoon Zoom video call with other members of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus.

8/19/2020

Congressman Kim had a morning call with legislative staff to discuss ongoing work of the Coronavirus select committee. Congressman Kim also joined a morning conference call with other Democratic members of the New Jersey Congressional delegation.

8/18/2020

This evening, Congressman Kim held a telephone town hall. Congressman Kim was joined on the town hall by Dr. Michael Kinch, an expert in the development of vaccines, for a discussion on the effort to create a safe and effective vaccine for COVID-19. This was the Congressman’s 24th town hall since January of 2019. Since the beginning of the coronavirus crisis, Congressman Kim has held virtual town halls on topics ranging from helping connect people with resources like food banks and rental assistance, to helping small business owners weather the crisis, to answering questions about unemployment issues and other challenges faced by New Jersey’s working families. A full recording of the town hall can be found by clicking here.

8/17/2020

Congressman Kim had a call with legislative staff to discuss ongoing work of the Coronavirus Select Committee. Congressman Kim also sent a letter to FDA Commissioner Dr. Stephen Hahn, calling for an evidence-based approval of any Coronavirus vaccine. Congressman Kim expressed concerns about the potential of an Emergency Use Declaration for a Coronavirus vaccine and called for a clear articulation of all steps being taken to ensure a safe and effective vaccine is approved through evidence-based measures alone.

8/14/2020

This Morning, Congressman Kim convened Black mental health and public health leaders for a virtual Zoom roundtable discussion on racial disparities in mental health. This roundtable was part of a series of listening sessions held by the Congressman that have included a conversation about policing reforms with local mayors and law enforcement officials, a roundtable with Black small business owners, and a virtual forum on discrimination and bias. In the afternoon, Congressman Kim joined a call with White House legislative affairs, led by Deputy Secretary of State Stephen Biegun. The briefing focused on the U.S.-led normalization of relations between Israel and the United Arab Emirates.  

8/13/2020

In the morning, Congressman Kim was interviewed by Harry Hairston of NBC 10 Philadelphia, to discuss the story of Daniel Carr, a resident in the 3rd District who was told his stimulus payment was sent May 22nd but says he still hasn’t received it. The interview focused on what Congressional offices can do and have been doing to help people who haven’t gotten their stimulus payments. In the afternoon, Congressman Kim joined a telebriefing hosted by the Department of Defense (DOD) and Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), to discuss “Operation Warp Speed,” the plan to rapidly develop a vaccine for Covid-19. The Briefing was led by Dr. Francis Collins, Director of the National Institute of Health (NIH), and Dr. Paul Mango, Deputy Chief of Staff for Policy at HHS.

8/12/2020

Congressman Kim toured the Chesterfield Compressor Station this morning. During the tour, Congressman Kim met with Michael Atchie, Director of Community & Project Outreach and Russell Markowski, Senior Manager of Operations. Later in the morning, Congressman Kim joined a conference call with other members of the New Jersey Democratic Congressional delegation. In the afternoon, Congressman Kim joined the Zoom APAICS Leadership virtual series, to discuss health impacts of the Coronavirus and the impact on the Asian American community at large. Congressman Kim also announced that he will be holding a telephone town hall on Tuesday, August 18th at 6:30 p.m. to discuss the ongoing development of a potential vaccine to COVID-19. Congressman Kim will be joined by Dr. Michael Kinch, an expert in the development of vaccines. Dr. Kinch currently serves as an Associate Vice Chancellor at Washington University in St. Louis, where he helps lead efforts on innovation in biopharmaceutical research. 

8/11/2020

In the morning, Congressman Kim was interviewed by NJTV. During the interview the Congressman discussed issues surrounding the USPS, voting, the upcoming November elections, and concerns about postal delays impacting deliveries of medications to Seniors and Veterans. Later in the day, Congressman Kim had a call with legislative staff to discuss ongoing work of the Coronavirus Select Committee.

8/10/2020

This morning, Congressman Kim convened a virtual meeting with Long-Term Care facility, health department and emergency management leaders from across Burlington and Ocean Counties. During the Zoom virtual forum, these leaders expressed concerns about continued lags in testing and issues acquiring PPE. In the afternoon, Congressman Kim joined a WebEx virtual forum hosted by the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC), on Anti-Asian Coronavirus Bigotry.

8/7/2020

Congressman Kim took part in a White House briefing conference call for Congressional members on the Covid-19 response. Later in the day, Congressman Kim had a call with legislative staff to discuss ongoing work with the Coronavirus Select Committee.

8/6/2020

Today, Congressman Kim called on the Trump Administration to listen to the advice of medical experts to help education leaders safely reopen schools during a virtual WebEx hearing of the House Select Committee on the Coronavirus Crisis entitled, “Challenges to Safely Reopening K-12 Schools”. The Congressman’s full remarks and questions to experts testifying before the Select Committee can be found here. Congressman Kim also announced a grant awarded by FEMA that will provide Lumberton Township with $150,000 in funds for new PPE for their volunteer first responders.

8/5/2020

Congressman Kim led a letter with other members of the New Jersey Congressional delegation, to call on U.S. Postmaster General Louis DeJoy to provide answers to why New Jerseyans have had mail delivery, including the delivery of critical medicines, delayed for multiple days. In the morning, Congressman Kim met with Matt Gregg, Vice President of the Aqua Culture Association. During the visit, Congressman Kim got an opportunity to tour a local Oyster farm and hear about the impacts the Coronavirus crisis has had on the industry. Congressman Kim was also able to join Lavalette Mayor Walter LaCicero and Ocean County small business leaders to meet with business owners to hear concerns as they work to recover from the ongoing Coronavirus crisis. During his visit to Lavallette, Congressman Kim visited Lava Java Café, Shaded Vision, Crab’s Claw Inn, and Kohr’s Ice Cream and Custard. Congressman Kim also met with the Toms River Jewish Community Council. In the evening Congressman Kim spoke at an event hosted by the Jersey Shore Car Show Foundation, a local non-profit charity organization.

8/4/2020

Today, Congressman Kim called on House and Senate leadership to come together and bring to the House floor a Coronavirus relief package that provides robust funding to help schools across Burlington and Ocean County safely reopen, and ensures that schools are properly funded for the upcoming year.

8/3/2020

This afternoon, Congressman Kim appeared on MSNBC for an interview with Steve Kornacki, where he discussed the current lag in testing results. Congressman Kim also called for a Nationwide standard to return all COVID-19 test results within 72 hours. Congressman Kim joined a call with the New Jersey Congressional Delegation to get an update from the office of Governor Phil Murphy on county Coronavirus relief fund plans. In the evening had a call with Congressman Joaquín Castro (TX-20), to discuss upcoming legislation.

8/1/2020

During his Coronavirus video update, Congressman Kim discussed the recent increase we’ve seen in the Coronavirus transmission rate in New Jersey. 

7/31/2020

Congressman Kim took part in a morning Select Committee on the Coronavirus hearing with Dr. Fauci Director of the NIAID, Dr. Redfield Director of the CDC, and Admiral Giroir Assistant Secretary of Health at the department of HHS. During the hearing, Congressman Kim reiterated his call for a national strategy to end the Coronavirus Crisis. Congressman Kim also pressed the nation’s top public health leaders on whether the federal government is doing everything it can to contain the crisis.

7/30/2020

In the morning, Congressman Kim joined a New Jersey Congressional Delegation call with New Jersey Secretary of State Tahesha Way. During the call, members of the delegation were briefed on preparations and procedures being put into place for the upcoming November elections, including at least 50% of in person polling locations being open and access to proper PPE and precautions in place for poll workers. Congressman Kim also took part in an afternoon WebEx briefing with the HASC Intelligence and Emerging Threats and Capabilities Subcommittee. Congressman Kim later took part in a classified members-only briefing on election security. Congressman Kim also took place in a classified briefing on additional information provided from FBI Director Wray, following up on a members letter sent to him on July 13th. Congressman Kim called for an extension of unemployment insurance help for those still in need due to the ongoing Coronavirus Crisis. 

7/29/2020

In the morning Congressman Kim and his son Austin attended the final farewell event as John Lewis departed the Capitol for the final time. In the afternoon, Congressman Kim took part in a Congressional Progressive Caucus members only briefing call with Senate Democratic Leader Schumer on ongoing negotiations relief package negotiations in the Senate. Congressman Kim also called on House and Senate leadership to come together and bring to the House floor a Coronavirus relief package that prioritizes preventing massive cuts to public services, first responders and teachers. In the evening, Congressman Kim joined a WebEx virtual forum hosted by the Ocean County Prosecutors Office.

7/28/2020

In the morning Congressman Kim took part in a Democratic Caucus members conference call. Later in the day, Congressman Kim took part in a call with legislative staff to discuss ongoing work with the Coronavirus Select Committee. Congressman Kim also took part in an afternoon HASC Readiness Subcommittee and Seapower and Projection Forces Subcommittee Member Briefing, on the fire aboard the USS Bonhomme Richard. 

7/27/2020

Congressman Kim traveled to DC in the morning for legislative business and votes. In the afternoon Congressman Kim took part in a WebEx call with other members of the Small Business Committee. Later in the day, Congressman Kim attended a members-only viewing for John Lewis. 

7/25/2020

Congressman Kim gave the Commencement Address at the 183rd annual Doane Academy Commencement in Burlington to the graduating students and their families. The event was socially distanced and all in attendance wore masks. 

7/24/2020

In the afternoon, Congressman Kim had a call with Ron Klain, who previously served as the Ebola response coordinator for the Obama administration and Chief of Staff to Vice Presidents Al Gore and Joe Biden. Later in the day, Congressman Kim took part in a White House Conference call on the Coronavirus Response led by the Department of Health and Human Services. Today, the House of Representatives passed an Amendment authored by Congressman Kim that would increase funding to expand access to ride share programs for veterans. The Amendment was passed through H.R. 7608, which provides funding for several major federal departments and agencies including the Department of Veterans’ Affairs. These programs could help veterans looking for alternatives when forced to visit community-based outpatient clinics with insufficient parking.

7/23/2020

In the afternoon, Congressman Kim took part in a Zoom Future Forum meeting with Vanita Gupta, the CEO of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights. In the evening, Congressman Kim held a Veterans’ Teletown Hall. Congressman Kim was joined on the Town Hall by Congressman Mark Takano (CA-41), the Chairman of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs. They discussed issues impacting the veterans’ community including access to health care and job opportunities during the Coronavirus crisis. This was the Congressman’s 23rd town hall since coming into office.

7/22/2020

Congressman Kim was in Washington today for continued votes. In the morning Congressman Kim took part in a conference call with other Democratic members of the New Jersey Congressional delegation. Congressman Kim also took time today to focus on upcoming work in the Coronavirus Select Committee.

7/21/2020

Congressman Kim voted to pass the National Defense Authorization Act through the House of Representatives. Congressman Kim worked to secure critical wins for New Jersey that will help create jobs, honor our service members and increase readiness for the next generation of national security threats. Congressman Kim also called on the U.S. Postmaster General Louis DeJoy to provide answers to why a number of constituents throughout New Jersey’s Third Congressional District have had mail delivery, including the delivery of critical medicines, delayed for multiple days.

7/20/2020

Congressman Kim was in Washington today for votes on the National Defense Authorization Act. In the afternoon, Congressman Kim took part in a WebEx weekly call with other members of the Small Business Committee. Congressman Kim also participated in a Zoom Future Forum Roundtable with child care stakeholders, led by Congresswoman Stephanie Murphy (FL-07) and Congresswoman Haley Stevens (MI-11).

7/17/2020

Congressman Kim brought together a group of local Black small business owners from Burlington and Ocean Counties for a morning meeting to discuss ways to empower local businesses during the ongoing Coronavirus crisis. Later in the morning, Congressman Kim took part in an in-person Small Business Committee hearing with Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin. During the hearing Congressman Kim pressed Secretary Mnuchin for a commitment that he would work with Congress to provide additional help to New Jersey and local municipalities hard hit by the Coronavirus crisis. In the afternoon, Congressman Kim took part in a WebEx virtual Select Committee on the Coronavirus hearing with former Federal Reserve Chairs. Congressman Kim had a chance to speak with two former chairs of the Federal Reserve, Ben Bernanke and Janet Yellen, about the importance of Congress passing support for our state and local municipalities.

7/16/2020

Congressman Kim took part in a morning call with other Democratic members of the New Jersey Congressional delegation. In the afternoon, Congressman Kim took part in a Small Business Innovation and Workforce Development Subcommittee hearing on putting America back to work, and small business rehiring. Congressman Kim later joined a Spouse Licensing Virtual Forum, aimed at making it easier for military spouses to get licensing reciprocity and support military spouses on the Joint Base and in our local communities. In the evening, Congressman Kim joined a call of local Senior Leaders in the 55+ community leading efforts in their own communities.

7/15/2020

Congressman Kim joined a morning meeting of local Mayors and the Census Bureau to discuss efforts regarding the 2020 Census. Later in the Morning, Congressman Kim joined the Virtual SMART Caucus tech fair. Their aim is to get research and development funding for local tech community organizations. In the afternoon, Congressman Kim took part in a Small Business Committee WebEx hearing on Long-Lasting Solutions for Small Business Recovery. In the evening, Congressman Kim joined a virtual Burlington County prosecutor’s meeting to discuss their efforts related to New Jersey Attorney General Grewal’s 21 County, 21st Century Policing Project. Congressman Kim also announced that he had secured efforts through the House Appropriations Committee that would forgive debt owed to the federal government by municipalities and homeowners recovering from Superstorm Sandy.

7/14/2020

Congressman Kim joined a Zoom call with staff and board members from 21 Plus, a group working to serve the needs of those with developmental disabilities after they complete high school. Later in the day, Congressman Kim joined a call with members of the IBEW. Congressman Kim also announced an upcoming Town Hall on Veterans’ issues in our local communities where he will be joined by Congressman Mark Takano (CA-41), the Chairman of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee.

7/11/2020

Congressman Kim had an afternoon interview on “America’s News HQ” with Jillian Turner. Congressman Kim discussed the issues regarding allegations of Russian bounties placed on U.S. troops in Afghanistan and his questioning of Secretary of Defense Mark Esper and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Mark Milley in the House Armed Services Committee hearing.

7/10/2020

Congressman Kim took part in a morning Coronavirus Healthcare Conference call with local healthcare organizations and leaders. During the call, the Congressman and local leaders sounded the alarm about preparations for a possible second wave of Coronavirus in the fall. Later in the day, Congressman Kim joined a Coronavirus Telebriefing led by the Department of Health and Human Services, hosted by the White House.

7/9/2020

Congressman Kim took part in a morning closed door briefing update from the Department of Defense on media reports of a Russian bounty program on U.S. and Coalition service members in Afghanistan. In the afternoon, Congressman Kim took part in an in-person House Armed Services Committee hearing. During the hearing, Congressman Kim pressed Secretary of Defense Mark Esper and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Mark Milley on the use of the National Guard in responding to recent protests, and the military’s response to reports of Russian-funding bounties placed on U.S. and allied troops in Afghanistan, during a House Armed. During the evening, Congressman Kim held a virtual forum with local Mayors and law enforcement, for a discussion on policing reform in the wake of the murder of George Floyd, and a number of other deaths within communities of color by law enforcement personnel.

7/7/2020

Today, Congressman Kim released the fourth story, in his series of stories of veterans impacted by the failure of the Department of Veterans’ Affairs to deliver a new veterans health facility to Ocean County.

7/6/2020

Congressman Kim took part in a call with other members of the Small Business Committee. Later in the day, Congressman Kim took part in a call with the other members of the Democratic Caucus.

7/2/2020

In the morning, Congressman Kim took part in an in-person meeting of the Coronavirus Select Committee. During the hearing, Congressman Kim questioned Admiral Brett Giroir, one of the leading officials running the federal response to the pandemic. Congressman Kim pressed Admiral Giroir on whether we had flattened the curve, and why New Jersey was denied a third federally-backed testing site. Congressman Andy Kim also joined Congressman Donald Norcross (NJ-01) and other members of the New Jersey House delegation in calling on the chairman of the Federal Reserve, Jerome Powell, to expand eligibility of the Main Street Lending Program to additional businesses to help save jobs and bolster economic growth during the current crisis.

7/1/2020

In the morning, Congressman Kim took part in a Small Business Hearing on the Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program. For most of the day, Congressman Kim participated in the House Armed Services Committee markup for the 2020 National Defense Authorization Act. In the afternoon, Congressman Kim made an appearance on MSNBC, where he focused on the work of the Small Business Committee related to the ongoing Coronavirus Crisis. In the early evening, Congressman Kim met with Oaks Integrated Care, a private, nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for children, adults and families living with a mental illness, addiction or developmental disability. The organization offers over 230 health and social service programs throughout New Jersey designed to meet the needs of our communities with compassion. Congressman Kim joined with other members of the House Armed Services Committee for a late-night vote to unanimously pass the 2020 NDAA. The bill passed through committee with a full bipartisan vote of 56-0.

6/30/2020

Throughout the day, Congressman Kim took part in votes on the House floor. In the afternoon Congressman Kim took part in a debrief with other Freshman members of the House Armed Services committee who had taken part in a White House Briefing. Congressman Kim also spent time going over requests for the upcoming House Armed Services Committee votes on passage of the 2020 National Defense Authorization Act.

6/29/2020

Congressman Kim took part in a morning conference call with other members of the Democratic Caucus. In the afternoon Congressman Kim took part in a WEBEX Small Business Committee call with other Democratic members. Later in the day, Congressman Kim took part in votes, and voted to pass the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Enhancement Act, H.R. 1425, a bill that would lower health care costs and expand coverage during the ongoing Coronavirus Crisis.

6/28/2020

Congressman Kim held his 22nd Town Hall event today. The Congressman was joined for the Teletown Hall by Chairman of the House Democratic Caucus, Congressman Hakeem Jeffries. The focus of the Town Hall was on issues impacting the Black community including policing reform and the economic impacts of the Coronavirus Crisis. A full recording of the Teletown Hall can be found by clicking here.

6/26/2020

In the morning, Congressman Kim took part in a Select Committee on the Corona Virus in person hearing with the head of the GAO. During his questioning, Congressman Kim addressed the massive spikes of Coronavirus cases we are seeing nationally, getting PPE to frontline health care workers and the lack of answers about the levels of equipment in the Strategic National Stockpile. Later in the day the Congressman also took part in further votes. In his video update, Congressman Kim spoke about the importance of the Justice in Policing Act that was passed yesterday.

6/25/2020

This morning, Congressman Kim was in Washington today for votes. Congressman Kim voted to pass H.R. 7120 the Justice in Policing Act, a package of law enforcement reforms. Congressman Kim also introduced the Defense Communities Coronavirus Relief Act, H.R. 7290, which would allow for increased funding to the Joint base, lower shared costs and help spur job creation.

6/24/2020

Congressman Kim took part in a morning press conference with Speaker Pelosi and other members of the Democratic Caucus. During the press conference, Congressman Kim joined in announcing the Affordable Care Act Enhancement Act. During his video update, Congressman Kim highlighted his bill, the SAVE Act, a bipartisan bill that would lower costs and improve access to health care by making it easier for states like New Jersey to set up state-based exchanges. Today, Congressman Kim’s bill was included in a larger package of bills that would improve health care at a critical time in our country. Congressman Kim also released the third part in his ongoing series highlighting the inefficient failure of the Department of Veterans Affairs to deliver a new veteran’s health facility to Ocean County. The third story is that of Michael Murphy, an Air Force veteran who also serves as a Wounded Warrior Fellow in Congressman Kim’s office, who currently uses the James J. Howard VA Community-Based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC) to address injuries sustained during his service when the Tinton Falls clinic cannot support him.

6/23/2020

Congressman Kim joined a morning conference call with the New Jersey Farm Bureau, with farming and commercial farming representatives from Burlington and Ocean counties also included on the call. In the afternoon, Congressman Kim took part in a House Armed Services Readiness Subcommittee markup. Congressman Kim announced that he will be holding a telephone town hall on Sunday June 28th at 4:30 p.m. to discuss issues impacting the Black community including policing reform and economic impact of the Coronavirus crisis. Congressman Kim will also be joined on the town hall by House Democratic Caucus Chairman, Congressman Hakeem Jeffries (NY-08). Congressman Kim announced that he had been awarded the U.S. Chamber of Commerce “Spirit of Enterprise” award, which is given to members of Congress who support, pro-business legislation, bipartisan leadership, and constructive governing.

6/22/2020

Congressman Kim took part in a morning call with Coastal Volunteers in Medicine, an organization whose mission is to understand and serve the health and wellness needs of the uninsured medically underserved population and their households living in Southern Ocean County. Congressman Kim participated in an Intelligence and Emerging Threats and Capabilities subcommittee meeting. In the afternoon, Congressman Kim took part in a WebEx virtual meeting with other Democratic members of the Small Business Committee. Congressman Kim also took part in a conference call with other members of the Democratic Caucus. During his video update, Congressman Kim shared updates on some of the committee markups and work he is doing this week in Washington. Congressman Kim also shared that access to Joint Base McGuire–Dix–Lakehurst will be reopening to Veterans, with access at limited times to the commissary and certain medical services.

6/20/2020

Congressman Kim joined a morning Zoom virtual meeting of the Ortley Beach Voters and Tax Payers Association. Congressman Kim discussed the ongoing Coronavirus crisis and related business assistance opportunities. During his video update, Congressman Kim took time to celebrate Pride Month and send his best wishes to those participating in a drive-by Pride parade today in Toms River.

6/19/2020

Congressman Kim made a morning visit to the Ocean County Health Department’s testing and contact tracing location. During the visit he met with nurses, doctors and front-line workers at the testing sites and got to see some of the work they have been doing. Congressman Kim also joined local leaders in sending a Juneteenth message to those across Ocean and Burlington Counties on the importance of the Holiday. Congressman Kim also joined calls for a Juneteenth to be declared a National Holiday. In the afternoon, Congressman Kim attended a peaceful protest in Mount Laurel, organized by students from Rowan College at Burlington County. Congressman Kim also participated in a virtual meeting of the House Armed Services Readiness Subcommittee.

6/18/2020

Congressman Kim took part in a Select Committee on the Coronavirus hearing, on the issues surrounding unemployment and the American jobs crisis resulting from the pandemic. Congressman Kim’s line of questioning during the hearing focused on returning to work quickly, safely and responsibly. Later in the day, Congressman Kim took part in a listening session with other freshman members of Congress. During his video update, Congressman Kim spoke about how local restaurants in the district can take the proper steps to safely reopen while making the safety of workers and customers a key focus. Congressman Kim also focused on the need to help those who are losing employer-based health care during the ongoing Coronavirus crisis.

6/17/2020

Congressman Kim took part in a morning call with other members of the New Jersey House delegation. Congressman Kim participated in a Small Business Committee Virtual hearing on the Paycheck Protection Program, loan forgiveness and other challenges. During his questioning, Congressman Kim focused on how we can get funds from the Paycheck Protection Program into the hands of those that need it. In the afternoon, Congressman Kim spoke at a Black Lives Matter rally in Westhampton. In the evening, Congressman Kim joined Congressman Frank Pallone Jr. and State Senator Troy Singleton on a Zoom Virtual Forum with NJ Citizen Action to highlight the importance of affordable drug prices.

6/16/2020

Congressman Kim took part in a conference call with other members of the Congressional Progressive Caucus. Congressman Kim also had a call with the Director of Joint Base McGuire–Dix–Lakehurst. During his video update, Congressman Kim spoke about the reopening of outdoor restaurants and local businesses that had begun this week. Congressman Kim also focused on some of his big priorities for the coming months, including reopening our economy and making sure our Joint Base gets the support it needs in the upcoming defense bill. 

6/15/2020

Congressman Kim joined a meeting of the Chamber of Commerce of Southern New Jersey. In the afternoon, the Congressman joined a small business walk in Evesham with local officials, to see how businesses are safely reopening with outdoor dining, social distancing precautions and proper PPE in place. Congressman Kim toured Nene Italian Market, Haute Bungalow and LaScala’s Fire which were all highlighted in today’s video update. Congressman Kim also joined Chairman James E. Clyburn and other Democratic Members of the Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis in launching an investigation into the disbursement of Paycheck Protection Program funds.

6/13/2020

Congressman Kim had a morning call with Dr. Leonard Ganz, a member of the Heart Rhythm Society. Later in the day, Congressman Kim took part in a food giveaway at the Keegan Recreational Center in Burlington City, with the Food Bank of South Jersey. In the afternoon, Congressman Kim attended the Mount Holly Solidarity March and Protest.

6/12/2020

Congressman Kim had a call with State Senator Troy Singleton. Congressman Kim also participated in a Zoom virtual meeting with the NJ Coalition to End Domestic Violence. Congressman Kim participated in an in-person socially distanced roundtable discussion with local youth organizers at the Burlington Amphitheatre. In the afternoon, the Congressman took part in a conference call briefing from HHS hosted by the White House. Congressman Kim announced a new Veteran Story Series, to highlight the urgent need for a new Veterans’ health facility.

6/11/2020

Congressman Kim took part in a conference call with the New Jersey Congressional delegation and the USPS. In the afternoon, Congressman Kim also took part in a WebEx Select Committee on the Coronavirus briefing on the devastating impact of the Coronavirus on America’s nursing homes. Congressman Kim participated in a nationwide leadership call with members of Students Demand Action. During his video update Congressman Kim gave a recap of the Select Committee on the Coronavirus Crisis briefing, with a focus on the need for additional PPE so that we're prepared for a possible second wave.

6/10/2020

Congressman Kim had a morning call with Dr. Leana Wen a visiting professor of Public Health at George Washington University who had previously testified before the Select Committee on the Coronavirus. Congressman Kim also participated in a conference call with other members of the New Jersey Congressional delegation. In the afternoon, Congressman Kim took part in a WebEx Committee on Small Business hearing on the Economic Injury Disaster Loan program. Congressman Kim also participated in a Congressional Progressive Caucus forum. Congressman Kim attended a peaceful protest in Lacy in the afternoon. Congressman Kim announced his co-sponsorship of the Justice in Policing Act, a bill that would make critical reforms to America’s law enforcement system in the wake of the murder of George Floyd, and a number of other deaths within communities of color by law enforcement personnel. During his video update, Congressman Kim focused on Governor Murphy’s new executive order, lifting the stay at home order and bans on outdoor and indoor and outdoor gatherings effective June 22nd.

6/9/2020

Congressman Kim took part this morning in a virtual forum hosted by the Alzheimer’s Association, Greater New Jersey Chapter, to help provide resources and guidance to Veterans and their families who have been affected by the Coronavirus crisis. Later in the day the Congressman joined and gave remarks at peaceful protests in Lumberton and Burlington that were held in honor of George Floyd. During his video update, Congressman Kim focused on the virtual forum on Alzheimer’s held earlier in the day and other resources we can provide to help our Veterans in the district.

6/8/2020

Congressman Kim took part in a conference call with other members of the Congressional Progressive Caucus. Congressman Kim took part in a House Armed Services committee conference call regarding Department of Defense authorities and roles related to civil unrest. Congressman Kim also participated in a WebEx Small Business Committee meeting with other Democratic members of the committee. Later in the day, Congressman Kim also joined a conference call with the other members of the Democratic Caucus.

6/7/2020

Congressman Kim visited the FBI, took part in a briefing and met with members of FBI senior leadership.

6/5/2020

Congressman Kim met during the morning with members of the New Jersey National Guard, deployed to guard memorials on the National Mall, to get a chance to hear about their experiences. Later in the morning, Congressman Kim participated in a Zoom Virtual Anti-Bias Forum with local faith leaders, local law enforcement and Jared Maples, Director of the NJ Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness. Congressman Kim also joined in wearing orange to recognize Gun Violence Awareness Day, this simple act of wearing orange was part of a larger movement to demonstrate support for changing the trends of gun policy in our nation.

6/4/2020

Congressman Kim participated the 4th virtual Select Committee on the Coronavirus Briefing focusing on the Unequal Burden: Addressing Racial Health Disparities during the Coronavirus Pandemic. Congressman Kim focused his questioning during the hearing on these racial disparities, specifically focusing on the impact on the AAPI and Native American populations. During his daily video update, Congressman Kim addressed those across Burlington and Ocean counties that lost power during the recent storms.

6/3/2020

Congressman Kim took part in a virtual Freshman Member meeting. Congressman Kim also participated in a virtual Update Meeting on the Department of Defense and Defense Logistics Agency participation in the whole of government response to the Coronavirus Crisis.

6/2/2020

Congressman Kim took part in meetings of the Democratic Caucus and the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus. Congressman Kim joined hundreds of people, protesting the killing of George Floyd and the discrimination and racism that so badly plagues our country today in Moorestown. The protest was led and organized by local students. During his daily Coronavirus Video update, Congressman Kim highlighted his time at the rally and the experience of unity and finding ways to rally, collectively lift up our voices and demand for change and outrage at what has happened. Congressman Kim also urged those that are taking places in protests to not forget that we are still going through a Coronavirus Pandemic and that they should take proper precautions, wearing masks and following social distancing when possible. Congressman Kim also pushed for the Senate to pass the additional PPP funding to help our local small businesses.

6/1/2020

Congressman Kim joined a Zoom virtual meeting with Advocates for Children of New Jersey. Later in the day, Congressman Kim joined a monthly conference call of the Toms River NAACP. During his daily Coronavirus Video update, Congressman Kim addressed Governor Murphy’s next steps for phase two reopening later this month. This includes restaurants with outdoor dining and some retail reopening as early as June 15th. This will be followed by salons, barbershops and other openings planned for June 22nd. Congressman Kim also addressed conversations he will be having with local restaurants and small businesses on plans for reopening. Congressman Kim also highlighted his recent Teletown Hall, and local resources available in Burlington and Ocean Counties.

5/30/2020

Today, Congressman Kim held his 21st Town Hall since taking office. Congressman Kim was joined on the Teletown Hallby community leaders from local charities, food pantries and mental health organizations to discuss the resources we have in our very own communities.

5/29/2020

Congressman Kim took part in a Virtual Briefing of the House Select Committee on the Coronavirus Crisis, focusing on hearing from Mayors across the nation on what assistance and steps will need to be taken to safely reopen. Congressman Kim also joined a conference call briefing hosted by the White House to answer broader questions on the Coronavirus response. During his daily Coronavirus video update, Congressman Kim spoke about his conversations with American Mayors during the Select Committee briefing and their need for state, local and municipal funding to safely reopen, passed by the House but awaiting a vote in the Senate. Congressman Kim highlighted how without this funding it could lead to furloughing or firing of staff and employees and the devastating impact it would have on our communities.

5/28/2020

This morning, Congressman Kim took part in an in-person Bipartisan meeting of the Select Committee on the Coronavirus. Congressman Kim also attended a briefing for members of the House Armed Services Committee from the DIA’s National Center for Medical Intelligence on the Coronavirus Crisis. In the afternoon, Congressman Kim participated in a virtual Small Business Committee Forum focusing on priorities for the next phase of recovery. Congressman Kim also joined a Readiness Subcommittee Member Roundtable regarding Impacts on Shipyard and Depot Operations and Production. During his video update, Congressman Kim addressed his vote in favor of the Paycheck Protection Flexibility Act, which passed the House and would make the PPP more responsive to the needs of our small business owners.

5/27/2020

In the morning, Congressman Kim joined a virtual meeting of Caring Connections an organization working to provide PPE and resources for children of first responders during the Coronavirus Crisis. Congressman Kim was also on Capitol Hill today for ongoing votes. Later in the day Congressman Kim spoke to the Toms River Rotary Club. During his daily Coronavirus video update, acknowledged and took a moment to reflect on the tragic milestone of the U.S. crossing 100,000 deaths due to the Coronavirus, including over 11,000 in New Jersey alone. Congressman Kim also spoke about the challenges facing small businesses in the district and calls he had with local business owners during the day to get their perspective. Congressman Kim also spoke about his upcoming Teletown Hall this Saturday at 10:00 a.m.

5/26/2020

Congressman Kim took place in a morning conference call with the President of Rowan College at Burlington County. During his daily Coronavirus video update, Congressman Kim addressed social distancing concerns around the beaches re-opening over the holiday weekend. Congressman Kim also spoke about the decline in hospitalizations and positive signs in the ongoing Coronavirus Crisis. Congressman Kim also spoke about plans for local small businesses to re-open safely going forward.

5/25/2020

Congressman Kim visited Beverly National Cemetery in Burlington County to pay his respect and honor to those who lost their lives in service of our Country. Later in the day, Congressman Kim delivered a Memorial Day message, wishing all a happy and safe holiday. Congressman Kim highlighted the importance of taking time during the day to reflect and remember those that gave their lives in the ultimate sacrifice in service of our Country. Congressman Kim also reflected on those who he served alongside him during his time as a civilian advisor in Afghanistan.

5/22/2020

Congressman Kim joined a morning meeting of the South Ocean Chamber of Women in Business. Congressman Kim also took place in a call with other members of the New Jersey Delegation and Hospital Alliance of New Jersey. Later in the day, Congressman Kim was interviewed by Alex Zdan on News 12: Power and Politics. During his daily Coronavirus video update, Congressman Kim took time to wish everyone a happy start to the Memorial Day weekend and spoke about upcoming conversations with shore town Mayors to discuss safely reopening beaches and plans to keep people safe over the upcoming holiday weekend.

5/21/2020

This morning, Congressman Kim had a morning radio interview on POTUS Sirius XM - Morning Briefing with Tim Farley. Congressman Kim also took place in the second Select Committee Virtual Briefing, examining the impact of the Coronavirus Crisis on front-line and essential workers. Later in the day, Congressman Kim took place in a Small Business Committee Virtual Bipartisan forum. Congressman Kim also participated in a Freshman Class Leadership call with the President of the US Conference of Mayors on the current challenges facing municipalities and solutions at the Congressional level. During today’s daily Coronavirus Video update, Congressman Kim addressed the lack of PPE and testing for front-line and essential workers in the medical field, transportation services and at grocery stores. Congressman Kim also addressed the issues surrounding preparations for a possible second wave.

5/20/2020

Congressman Kim joined a Zoom meeting this morning with the Greater Toms River Chamber of Commerce. Congressman Kim also joined a Zoom audio call to thank Jefferson Health workers on the front line and provided them with an update on work on Federal level to support health care systems. In the afternoon, Congressman Kim took place in a Small Business Committee Bipartisan Virtual Forum on the effects of the Coronavirus on rural economies. During his daily Coronavirus video update, Congressman Kim addressed how to keep our long-term care and veterans’ facilities safe.

5/19/2020

Congressman Kim took part in a conference call with FEMA regarding the Coronavirus response in New Jersey. Congressman Kim also participated in a virtual event with other members of Congress and NASA Astronaut Jonny Kim. Congressman Kim also called on the Administration to extend National Guard deployments, so they would not be denied benefits and taken off the frontlines of the fight against the Coronavirus. During his daily Coronavirus video update, Congressman Kim addressed concerns about safe access to voting in the upcoming July 7th Primary Election. Congressman Kim also provided information on Governor Murphy’s new hybrid plan which would allow for mail in ballots to be sent to all registered Democrats and Republicans for those wanting to take place and for safe voting locations and protocols for those still wanting to vote in-person.

5/18/2020

Congressman Kim took part this morning, in a Zoom meeting with New Jersey Realtors. Congressman Kim, and New Jersey Senators Bob Menendez and Cory Booker, called on the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to provide transparency on why attempts to secure a new site for an updated veterans’ health care facility in Ocean County failed, and answers on what the VA will do provide immediate relief for veterans struggling with a lack of access to parking and health care providers. During his daily Coronavirus Video Update, Congressman Kim addressed the increased demand for food banks, pantries and other food security assistance. A map of local resources can also be found on our website.

5/15/2020

Congressman Kim was in Washington DC today, for meetings, briefings and votes. Congressman Kim had a morning meeting with the other members of the Select Committee on the Coronavirus Crisis. In the afternoon, Congressman Kim addressed a Zoom virtual meeting of the National Association of Convenience Stores. Congressman Kim voted in favor of H.R. 6800, The Heroes Act, which could bring hundreds of millions in much needed direct aid to Burlington and Ocean Counties.

5/14/2020

Congressman Kim gave a quick preview during his daily video update about his upcoming trip to DC to vote on the HEROES Act, which could mean more than $27 billion in direct aid to the state of New Jersey and our local counties and towns, including more than $612 million to New Jersey’s Third District.  Additionally, Congressman Kim participated in an OEM and FEMA briefing call, and continued outreach to local, state and federal officials, faith and religious leaders, and small business owners.

5/13/2020

Congressman Kim’s daily video update highlighted his participation in the bipartisan Select Committee on the Coronavirus Crisis’ first briefing and the Small Business Committee forum on PPP. Additionally, Congressman Kim participated in an OEM and FEMA briefing call, and continued outreach to local, state and federal officials, faith and religious leaders, and small business owners.

5/12/2020

Congressman Kim’s daily video update highlighted the rollout of Governor Murphy’s statewide testing and tracing plan, which is key to safely reopening our economy and getting people back to work.  Congressman Kim has continued to press for dramatically increasing capacity as quickly as possible and emphasized the urgent need for more testing at our long-term care facilities. Additionally, Congressman Kim participated in an OEM and FEMA briefing call, and continued outreach to local, state and federal officials, faith and religious leaders, and small business owners.

5/11/2020

Congressman Kim’s daily video update outlined his call with Governor Murphy and the bipartisan NJ delegation on increasing testing, particularly at long term care facilities and expediting the backlogged unemployment insurance system. Congressman Kim also highlighted his conversations with faith leaders around the district and gave a status update on negotiations for the next COVID19 federal relief package. Additionally, Congressman Kim participated in an OEM and FEMA briefing call, and continued outreach to local, state and federal officials, faith and religious leaders, and small business owners.

5/8/2020

Congressman Kim introduced several bills to help our communities, neighbors and small businesses recover from Coronavirus including:

Congressman Kim  also joined with other Members of the Select Committee on the Coronavirus Crisis in demanding that large public corporations return taxpayer funds intended for small businesses. Additionally, Congressman Kim’s daily video update provided a brief update his conversations around supporting our teachers who are doing amazing work during these tough times, getting personal protective equipment for our frontline health care workers, and standing up for our veterans.

5/7/2020

Congressman Kim’s daily video update outlined his participation in a virtual small business committee forum and highlighted his efforts to work in a bipartisan way to keep our small businesses afloat. Additionally, Congressman Kim participated in an OEM and FEMA briefing call, and continued outreach to local, state and federal officials, faith and religious leaders, and small business owners.

5/6/2020

Congressman Kim’s daily video update outlined his participation in a virtual small business committee forum and highlighted his efforts to work in a bipartisan way to keep our small businesses afloat. Additionally, Congressman Kim participated in an OEM and FEMA briefing call, and continued outreach to local, state and federal officials, faith and religious leaders, and small business owners.

5/5/2020

Congressman Kim’s daily video update focused on the challenging situation for our seniors living at long term care facilities.  Currently 509 LTC facilities in NJ have COVID positive patients and NJ recently received approval for the National Guard to provide janitorial, food service, transportation and communication support in private facilities, including assisted living. Additionally, Congressman Kim participated in an OEM and FEMA briefing call, and continued outreach to local, state and federal officials, faith and religious leaders, and small business owners.

5/4/2020

Congressman Kim spoke with Burlington County First Responders. Congressman Kim’s daily video update talked about the decision to keep schools closed for the remainder of the academic year, the reopening of state parks this past weekend, and the fact that the statewide trends differ from those in Burlington and Ocean counties, where cases have continued to rise.  Additionally, Congressman Kim participated in an OEM and FEMA briefing call, and continued outreach to local, state and federal officials, faith and religious leaders, and small business owners.

5/1/2020

Congressman Kim’s daily video update highlighted his call with more than 1800 seniors across the district hosted by AARP, effort to help small businesses who are still trying to secure PPP loans and conversation with students from Moorestown Elementary, who’ve been learning remotely. Additionally, Congressman Kim participated in an OEM and FEMA briefing call, and continued outreach to local, state and federal officials, faith and religious leaders, and small business owners.

4/29/2020

Congressman Kim dedicated his daily video update to thanking our frontline health care workers, EMS, police, fire, grocery store, postal and essential service employees keeping our supply chains running, store shelves stocked and families fed. Additionally, Congressman Kim participated in an OEM and FEMA briefing call, and continued outreach to local, state and federal officials, faith and religious leaders, and small business owners.

4/28/2020

Congressman Kim spoke with officials at Jefferson Health regarding access to COVID testing and PPE. After, the Congressman participated in a conference call with FEMA about the ongoing need to dramatically increase testing capacity. On the phone call he emphasized the need for PPP improvements to help those small businesses most in need.  The Congressman also conducted outreach to local leaders regarding the COVID crisis.

4/27/2020

Congressman Kim gave an update on the re-opening of PPP loan authority and Governor Murphy’s plan to safely reopen the state’s economy. Congressman Kim’s effort to help a local EMS unit in Toms River is featured here: New York Times: The Paramedics Couldn’t Find Lysol. They Turned to Their Congressman.

4/24/2020

Congressman Kim reflected on surpassing the 100,000th positive COVID-19 case in NJ, went into greater detail on the additional PPP funding he voted to support earlier this week, and talked about his ongoing concerns about PPP implementation. The Congressman also joined Rep. Pallone in leading the NJ delegation in demanding that the Administration fairly and quickly distribute financial aid to the fishing industries and joined the rest of the NJ delegation in urging President Trump to expand testing, including support for a federally-backed site in South Jersey.

4/23/2020

Congressman Kim returned to Washington to testify on the urgent needs of small business owners in Burlington & Ocean counties (video here) and vote in support of the Paycheck Protection Program and Healthcare Enhancement Act, which would provide $484 billion for small businesses, hospitals and testing.

4/22/2020

Congressman Kim gave a readout of his call with the SBA Administrator, discussed the spike in cases in Burlington and Ocean counties and reiterated his calls for dramatically more testing as soon as possible. 

4/21/2020

Congressman Kim gave an overview of the interim deal reached, his concern and frustration with another short-term patch, and effort to push Congress to find a long-term solution that meets the scale of the problem.

4/20/2020

Congressman Kim highlighted his recent conversations with small business owners around the district and efforts to push Congress to find a longer-term solutions that meets the scale of the problem.

4/17/2020

Congressman Kim participated in a roundtable discussion with the Chamber of Commerce Southern New Jersey. The Congressman’s op-ed in the Philadelphia Inquirer, detailing the need for a third federally-backed test site in South Jersey and for greater federal involvement in testing, was published. The Congressman also reached out to local elected officials to understand their challenges and concerns, and reiterated his calls to set aside partisan politics to fix the PPP and EIDL programs for small businesses and provide additional funding immediately. Additionally, Congressman Kim participated in an OEM and FEMA briefing call. 

4/16/2020

Congressman Kim’s wrote an op-ed in the Philadelphia Inquirer on the need for a third federally-backed test site in South Jersey and for greater federal involvement in testing. Congressman Kim expressed his frustration with the failures of the PPP and EIDL programs intended to provide immediate support for small business owners. The Congressman also called for an immediate cash infusion and for congressional leadership to set aside partisan politics to come to an agreement to immediately surge capacity and provide transparency measures to support our small businesses as soon as possible.

4/15/2020

Congressman Kim addressed the two most common issues we’re hearing about from constituents each day: economic impact payments and unemployment insurance, and provided an update on the recent spike in cases and fatalities in Burlington County. Additionally, Congressman Kim participated in an OEM and FEMA briefing call, and continued outreach to local, state and federal officials, faith and religious leaders, and small business owners.

4/14/2020

Congressman Kim provided an update on the continued growth in positive cases in NJ, the potential for a hot spot to develop in the Philadelphia region,  and his continued effort to press for more widespread testing to keep our neighbors and communities safe. The Congressman also recognized the ongoing challenges for long-term care facilities. Additionally, Congressman Kim participated in an OEM and FEMA briefing call, and continued outreach to local, state and federal officials, faith and religious leaders, and small business owners.

4/13/2020

Congressman Kim spoke about his conference call with the NJ delegation and Governor Murphy, highlighted his continued effort to push for more testing including a third federally-backed site and his frustration and efforts to improve the Paycheck Protection Program for small business owners in Burlington and Ocean counties. He also encouraged constituents to stay safe and continue social distancing. Additionally, Congressman Kim participated in an OEM and FEMA briefing call, and continued outreach to local, state and federal officials, faith and religious leaders, and small business owners.

4/10/2020

Congressman Kim hosted his 20th town hall focused on the needs of small business owners in Burlington & Ocean county. Discussions at the town hall included the need to fix the Paycheck Protection Program and speed up funding support. The Congressman also recognized those observing Passover and Easter. Congressman Kim was also interviewed on KYW1060 about his push for a third FEMA test site in South Jersey

4/9/2020

Congressman Kim participated in Governor Murphy’s daily briefing in Trenton to push FEMA to establish a third federally-backed test site in South Jersey. The Congressman also expanded his comments at the Governor’s daily briefing related to the urgent need for a third FEMA test site in South Jersey, the potential for Philadelphia to become a hotspot, the importance of improving the rollout of federal support programs for small businesses and encouraged small business owners to participate in his 20th town hall at 11am on Friday.

4/8/2020

Congressman Kim hosted his 19th townhall, a teletown hall focused on working families in Burlington and Ocean Counties. Congressman Kim gave a readout of his conference call with Vice President Pence and the White House Coronavirus Task Force. He highlighted the need for a third federally-backed test site in NJ, and increased need for surge capacity for the small business Paycheck Protection Program. Additionally, Congressman Kim participated in an OEM and FEMA briefing call, and continued outreach to local, state and federal officials, faith and religious leaders, and small business owners.

4/7/2020

Congressman Kim highlighted his push for a third federally-backed test site in South Jersey with the FEMA Regional Administrator, updated constituents of Covid-19 outbreak in the state, and encouraged constituents to sign up for one of his two telephone town halls this week. Additionally, Congressman Kim participated in an OEM and FEMA briefing call, and continued outreach to local, state and federal officials, faith and religious leaders, and small business owners.

4/6/2020

Congressman Kim reflected on the loss of more than 1,000 New Jerseyans, including Jersey City Councilman Michael Yun, to the coronavirus. The Congressman encouraged constituents to join his tele-townhall on Wednesday at 3pm with NJ Department of Labor and Workforce Development Commissioner Asaro-Angelo. The Congressman also announced another tele-townhall on Friday at 11am with EDA CEO Tim Sullivan, Burlington County Regional Chamber of Commerce President/CEO Kristi Howell and Greater Toms River Chamber of Commerce CEO Danielle Norcross. Additionally, Congressman Kim participated in an OEM and FEMA briefing call, and continued outreach to local, state and federal officials, faith and religious leaders, and small business owners.

4/3/2020

Congressman Kim announced his 19th town hall, talked about his efforts to help constituents abroad return home, and provided an update on the spike in positive cases. The Congressman also participated in an OEM and FEMA briefing call, and continued outreach to local, state and federal officials, faith and religious leaders, and small business owners.

4/2/2020

Congressman Kim updated constituents on the continued rise in positive cases, dramatic spike in unemployment compensation filings and answered constituent questions on direct payments and the paycheck protection program for small businesses to encourage keeping employees on their payroll during this crisis. The Congressman also announced helping secure more than $11M in funding to South Jersey counties and municipalities as a result of the CARES Act. He warned constituents about dangerous COVID-19 scams with Burlington & Ocean counties’ prosecutors. Additionally, he announced that his office helped bring 14 New Jerseyans home during the ongoing Coronavirus travel crisis. He also informed constituents about a large win for seniors, veterans and low-income individuals, stating that they will not have to file a tax return in order to receive the direct payment they are eligible for under the CARES Act. The Congressman also participated in an OEM and FEMA briefing call, and continued outreach to local, state and federal officials, faith and religious leaders, and small business owners.

4/1/2020

Kim led the entire bipartisan NJ delegation in calling on FEMA to establish a third federally-backed COVID-19 testing site in NJ and continues to press state and federal leaders for additional capacity. Congressman Kim discussed the change to state and federal tax filing deadlines, the outbreak aboard the USS Roosevelt and the DoD response, his efforts to press the Pentagon to move PPE and ventilator contracts forward as quickly as possible. The Congressman also participated in an OEM and FEMA briefing call. Additionally, the Congressman continued outreach to local, state and federal officials, faith and religious leaders, and small business owners.

3/31/2020

Congressman Kim outlined the direct payments for working families being delivered in a few weeks as a part of the CARES Act and updated constituents on the increase in positive COVID cases in New Jersey. The Congressman also participated in an OEM and FEMA briefing call. Additionally, the Congressman continued outreach to local, state and federal officials, faith and religious leaders, and small business owners.

3/30/2020

Congressman Kim thanked doctors, nurses, healthcare professionals and frontline workers, talked about the arrival of the USNS Comfort in NY, the expansion of hospital bed capacity in NJ, and the test sites open in Burlington and Ocean county. The Congressman also participated in an OEM and FEMA briefing call. Additionally, the Congressman continued outreach to local, state and federal officials, faith and religious leaders, and small business owners.

3/27/2020

Congressman Kim led the entire bipartisan NJ delegation in calling on FEMA to establish a third federally-backed COVID-19 testing site in NJ. Congressman Kim also was interviewed on KYW1060 on the upcoming vote on H.R.748, Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act yesterday. Additionally, Congressman Kim released this statement in support of the passage of H.R. 748.

3/26/2020

Congressman Kim released a statement on our Major Disaster Declaration notification, which triggered the release of additional federal funds and resources to help people and communities recover from COVID-19. Congressman Kim also updated constituents on the spike in positive cases in NJ and staggering numbers of new unemployment insurance filings last week.

3/25/2020

Congressman Kim updated constituents on test sites opening locally, thanked our frontline healthcare, police, fire and EMS workers, and gave a status report on the third COVID stimulus bill and Senate vote. The Congressman participated in an OEM and FEMA briefing call. The Congressman continued outreach to local, state and federal officials, faith and religious leaders, and small business owners.

3/24/2020

Congressman Kim announced he tested negative for COVID-19. The  Congressman co-led a bipartisan letter to help save the millions of jobs of those employed by franchisees, and keep small businesses open. The Congressman also updated constituents on negotiations around the third COVID stimulus bill and the situation in New Jersey.

3/23/2020

Congressman Kim was interviewed on WHYY regarding COVID-19 in New Jersey, the Congressman’s self-quarantine, and the status of negotiations for the third supplemental spending bill. Congressman Kim also participated in daily Office of Emergency Management briefing calls and continued his outreach to local elected officials, labor leaders, small business owners, hospital and healthcare workers, law enforcement and EMS, and state and federal officials regarding their urgent needs.

3/20/2020

Congressman Andy Kim (NJ-03) introduced the Microloan Emergency Assistance Act, H.R. 6291, a bill that would strengthen the Small Business Association’s (SBA) Microloan program to help small businesses impacted by the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic and the accompanying economic crisis. After, he updated constituents on his outreach to struggling small businesses in the district, efforts to help shape the third supplemental spending bill and support for the use of the Defense Production Act. He was also interviewed on KYW1060 about his self-quarantine, work on the third supplemental spending bill related to Coronavirus, focus on small businesses and working families, and the urgent need for medical supplies and PPE for our frontline workers. Additionally, Congressman Kim participated in a conference call with NJ Secretary of State regarding the census and election security and continued outreach to local elected officials, labor leaders, small business owners, hospital and healthcare workers, law enforcement and EMS, and state and federal officials about urgent needs in New Jersey.

3/19/2020

Congressman Kim announced that the he will be self-quarantining for two-weeks after having direct contact with a Member of Congress that tested positive for COVID-19. The Congressman also called for immediate use of the Defense Production Act to produce urgently needed N95 masks, gowns, test kits, ventilators and other critically needed medical supplies and devices. After, the Congressman updated constituents on the current outbreak in NJ, his efforts help shape the third supplemental spending bill, and his decision to self-quarantine. The Congressman also participated in a call with leading economists about the short and long-term needs to stabilize our economy and support working families.

3/18/2020

Congressman Kim participated in a delegation call with Governor Murphy at noon where they discussed current number of positive tests around the state, NJ efforts to promote social distancing, the urgent need for PPE and additional test kits, the short and long-term economic impact on NJ, as well as NJ priorities for the third coronavirus supplemental spending bill including, but not limited to: flexible block grants to offset tax and revenue losses, grants & forgivable loans modeled off the Sandy Essential Services Grants or Community Disaster Loans, CDBG loans and grants, operating subsidy funds for bus and rail transit (NJ Transit projects $1B in losses) and real relief for working families. The Congressman also reached out to local elected officials, emergency managers, business leaders, faith and social service organizations, local labor leaders, and veteran organization. After, the Congressman announced emergency help for local small business owners as a result of SBA’s disaster declaration and gave an update on the situation in the state, his outreach to local elected officials, and the immediate need to secure more test kits and manufacture more PPE.

3/16/2020

Congressman Kim spent the day working out of New Jersey’s Third Congressional District. In New Jersey, Congressman Kim spoke with local elected officials to learn more about their efforts to address COVID-19 in their townships and to understand their needs. Congressman Kim also spoke with his team in New Jersey and Washington, D.C. about our respond to COVID-19 and ensuring he is doing everything in his power to help vulnerable communities, such as seniors. 

3/14/2020

Congressman Kim voted to pass H.R. 6201, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, a bill that provides bold action to protect those most vulnerable to the Coronavirus outbreak. 

3/13/2020

Congressman Kim spent the day working out of Washington, D.C. The Congressman spent the day with Senior Staff discussing coronavirus legislation and preparedness in New Jersey. Congressman Kim also held a tele-town hall with New Jersey officials to address constituent concerns about coronavirus.

3/12/2020: 

Congressman Kim spent the day working out of Washington, D.C. The Congressman began the morning by attending a Member Briefing on coronavirus, COVID-19, developments. Then, Congressman Kim attended a Subcommittee on Readiness Hearing, which focused on budget requests for fiscal year 2021. After, the Congressman spoke with local officials in Burlington and Ocean Counties to provide updates and discuss local preparedness for the coronavirus. Congressman Kim was then interviewed by NBC news about coronavirus and its impact on New Jersey residents. 

 

3/11/2020 

Congressman Kim spent the day working out of Washington, D.C. Congressman Kim attended a Small Business Committee markup session. At the markup, two pieces of legislation the Congressman introduced, H.R. 6079, Microloan Improvement Act, and H.R. 6078, the Microloan Transparency and Accountability Act of 2020 were reviewed by the Committee. H.R. 6079 would improve the Microloan Program, which provides financial assistance to entrepreneurs. H.R. 6078, would expand agency reporting on key Microloan performance metrics and make rural-based intermediaries eligible to receive a bonus Technical Assistance grant. In the morning, the Congressman met with representatives from the New Jersey Association of Mental Health and Addiction Agencies and emphasized his support for the group and their legislative agenda. Then, Congressman Kim spoke with leaders from the New Jersey PTA about the Child Nutrition Act, funding for New Jersey schools, and other related issues. After, the Congressman attended a House Armed Services Committee Hearing, which focused on the national security challenges the United States faces in North and South America. Then, the Congressman held a call with New Jersey medical leaders to discuss coronavirus preparedness in Burlington and Ocean Counties. After, Congressman Kim voted in favor of S.760, the Support for Veterans in Effective Apprenticeships Act of 2019, which would enable apprenticeship programs to better serve veterans. Then, the Congressman attended a Subcommittee on Intelligence Emerging Threats and Capabilities Hearing on budget requests for fiscal year 2021. The Congressman also attended a Seapower and Projection Forces and Readiness Subcommittee Hearing on sealift and mobility requirements in the military. Later, Congressman Kim attended a Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus meeting, where members discussed issues like the impact of coronavirus on minority owned businesses. The Congressman was then interviewed by Bloomberg News on tax issues that online businesses face.  

3/10/2020 

Congressman Kim spent the day working out of Washington, D.C. The Congressman began the morning by attending a House Armed Services Committee Hearing on the challenges of U.S. military activity in the Middle East and Africa. After, Congressman Kim attended a Small Business Committee Hearing, focused on the impact COVID-19 will have on small businesses across the country. Then, the Congressman met with New Jersey advocates from Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy to discuss his support for those living with muscular dystrophy. Then, Congressman Kim spoke with leaders from the Professional Firefighters Association of New Jersey and the International Association of Firefighters about legislation that would improve the health and wellbeing for New Jersey firefighters. Later, the Congressman met with New Jersey volunteers from the World Wildlife Fund to discuss international conservation programs the organization is running. Then, the Congressman met with New Jersey members of the American Legion and emphasized his support for a variety of veteran issues, including healthcare for female veterans, suicide prevention, and health benefits for veterans who were exposed to toxic substances. The Congressman also met privately with General Martin, the Vice Chief of Staff of the Army, to discuss strategic readiness, modernization, and other key issues. Th Congressman voted in favor of H.R. 3598, the FREED Vets Act, which would automatically discharge the loans of some veteran borrowers. 

3/09/2020 

The Congressman spoke with his Military Legislative Assistant and Fellow about priorities for the National Defense Authorization Act. After, Congressman Kim participated in the week ahead meeting with his staff in Washington, D.C., New Jersey’s Third Congressional District. The Congressman voted in support of H.Res. 410, Encouraging reunions of divided Korean-American Families. 

 

3/06/2020 

Congressman Kim reviewed briefing and hearing materials with Senior Staff for the upcoming legislative week.  

 

3/05/2020 

The Congressman began the morning by speaking on the floor of the House of Representatives in support of his amendment to H.R. 1140, the Rights for Transportation Security Officers Act.  The amendment would address widely reported mental health and violence issues by Federal Air Marshals by ensuring the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) works with the Federal Air Marshal Service to provide solutions. Congressman Kim’s speech in support of this amendment can be found by clicking here. The Congressman met with the National Peace Corps Association to discuss increased Peace Corps funding and support for Peace Corps related legislation. Then, Congressman Kim voted in favor of H.R. 1140, the Rights for Transportation Security Officers Act, which would award Transportation Security Administration Officers the same benefits that federal employees receive.  

 

03/04/2020 

Congressman Kim spent the day working out of Washington, D.C. Congressman Kim voted in favor of H.R. 6074, the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act, which provides $8.3 billion in emergency funding to combat the spread of the virus. The Congressman began the morning by meeting with representatives from the American Catalog Mailers Association to discuss trade, privacy, and tax issues. Then, Congressman Kim met with leaders from the New Jersey Manufacturers Extension Program. Afterwards, the Congressman chaired a House Armed Services Committee hearing on the 2021 National Defense Authorization Budget Request for the Department of the Air Force. The Congressman then received a classified briefing on the U.S.-Taliban peace agreement. After, the Congressman attended a Small Business Committee hearing on the benefits of blockchain technology for small businesses. Congressman Kim then met with leaders from the American Short Line Railroad Association to discuss the dangers of legislation that calls for an increase in weight for tractor trailers. The Congressman also met leaders from the New Jersey State YMCA Alliance about the work the organization does in communities across the country each year. Then, Congressman Kim attended a Subcommittee on Intelligence and Emerging Threats and Capabilities hearing on the 2021 budget request for U.S. Cyber Command and Operations in Cyberspace. After, the Congressman met with representatives from the National Treasury Employees Union to discuss workplace protections and retirement benefits for federal employees.  

3/3/2020

Congressman Kim spent the day working out of Washington, D.C. The Congressman began the morning by preparing for a Small Business Committee hearing. The Congressman then chaired the Economic Growth, Tax and Capital Access Subcommittee hearing on online sales taxes and their local economic impact on Main Street. Afterwards, Congressman Kim met with military leaders to discuss Force Structure at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst. Then, the Congressman met with a Moorestown small business owner to speak about tax legislation that affects online small business merchants. The Congressman also met with New Jersey members of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee to discuss Israel related legislation. After, Congressman Kim voted in favor of H.R. 4508, the Malala Yousafzai Scholarship Act, which expands the number of scholarships available to Pakistani women. Later, the Congressman spoke with leaders from the New Jersey Realtors Association to discuss tax issues and the National Flood Insurance Program. Then, Congressman Kim met with the New Jersey Veterans of Foreign Wars to discuss education related legislation for service members and veterans.  After, the Congressman attended a classified briefing on the U.S.-Taliban Agreement. The Congressman also met with Air Force Reserve members from across the country and emphasized his support for our military members. In the evening, the Congressman met with the South Korean Ambassador to the United States, Lee Soo-Hyuck. The Congressman and the Ambassador spoke about a variety of issues, including relations with North Korea and the Coronavirus.

3/2/2020

Congressman Kim spent the first part of the day working out of the Third Congressional District. In New Jersey, the Congressman Kim was briefed by state and local officials on Coronavirus preparedness. The Congressman also met with District Staff to discuss casework priorities. Then, Congressman Kim travelled to his Washington, D.C. office. In Washington, the Congressman voted in favor of H.R. 5003, the Fair Debt Collection Practices for Servicemembers Act, which provides enhanced protection against debt collector harassment of members of the Armed Services. Later, Congressman Kim attended the American Israel Public Affairs Committee Policy Conference, an annual event that focuses on Israel related legislation.

2/27/2020

Congressman Kim spent the day working out of Washington, D.C. The Congressman began the morning by attending a Democratic Caucus meeting about legislative business of the week. Then, Congressman Kim attended a House Armed Services Committee hearing on the 2021 National Defense Authorization Budget. Afterwards, the Congressman met with staff from the Oxford House in New Jersey, which provides housing for those affected by opioid and substance abuse. The Congressman also met with New Jersey representatives from the Surfrider Foundation to discuss coastal environmental issues in New Jersey’s Third District. Then, Congressman Kim spoke with the Rare Disease Legislative Advocates, and representatives from the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation to discuss healthcare priorities. Afterwards, the Congressman met with New Jersey members of the Civil Air Patrol and thanked them for their service and dedication. The Congressman then met with representatives from the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to discuss infrastructure legislation. Later, Congressman Kim attended a New Jersey Congressional Delegation meeting and met with other New Jersey elected leaders to discuss a wide variety of issues, including Hurricane Sandy relief, the Coronavirus, and veterans benefits. The Congressman also attended the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce Congressional Dinner and met with business and government leaders from New Jersey. 

2/26/2020

Congressman Kim spent the day working out of Washington, D.C. The Congressman began the morning by meeting with New Jersey members from the Coalition Against Bigger Trucks to discuss the dangers of legislation that calls for an increase in weight for tractor trailers. Then, Congressman Kim spoke with the Mechanical Contractors Association of America about industry related issues. Afterwards, the Congressman attended the House Armed Services Committee hearing on the 2021 National Defense Authorization Budget Request from the Department of Defense and received testimony from the Secretary of Defense and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. The Congressman then conducted an interview with the Korean Broadcasting System on the state of North Korea relations. Later, the Congressman attended a Small Business Committee Hearing on current issues and the FY2021 budget. After, Congressman Kim spoke on the House floor about the need to pass the Gold Star Families National Monument Extension Act, which would establish commemorative work in honor of Gold Star Families. The Congressman also voted in favor of the Emmet Till Antilynching Act, a landmark bill that would make lynching a federal hate crime. After, Congressman Kim attended a Subcommittee on Intelligence, Emerging Threats and Capabilities classified briefing on military investments and defense strategy. Then, the Congressman met with New Jersey delegates from the CrossState Credit Union Association to discuss legislative priorities. The Congressman ended the day by meeting with Senior Staff to discuss upcoming legislative and casework priorities.  

2/25/2020
Congressman Kim spent the day working out of New Jersey’s Third Congressional District. In the District, the Congressman spoke with his legislative team about the House Armed Service Committee’s week ahead. Additionally, he spoke with his Military Legislative Assistant and Fellow about priorities for the National Defense Authorization Act. The Congressman also reviewed briefing and hearing materials for the upcoming legislative week.

2/24/2020

Congressman Kim spent the day working out of New Jersey’s Third Congressional District. In Burlington County, the Congressman met with America Works of New Jersey and discussed the organization’s Ticket to Work program, which prepares constituents for reentry into the workforce. Then, the Congressman met with Orsted Wind Power to discuss new projects that will bring jobs and clean energy to New Jersey. After, Congressman Kim spoke with representatives from the Recovery Advocacy Project about addiction support services and pledged his commitment to combat the opioid crisis. Then, the Congressman met with the Shia Association of North America to discuss the recent actions in Iran and Iraq. After, the Congressman met with the Burlington County Retirees Education Association and spoke to members about health benefits for retirees and education bills currently in Congress. The Congressman also met with the Jewish Family & Children’s Service of Southern New Jersey to discuss the organization’s Take the Wheel program, which provides free rides for veterans from other veterans to medical appointments. The Congressman spent the evening at his 17th Town Hall event in Marlton. Congressman Kim spoke with constituents about a range of issues, including issues at the VA, common sense gun safety reform, and the fight to lower prescription drug prices.

2/20/2020 -2/21/2020

Congressman Kim reviewed briefing materials and spoke with Senior Staff on the coming week’s legislative priorities.

2/19/2020

Congressman Kim spent the day working out of New Jersey. The Congressman visited Beth Medrash Gohova in Lakewood, the second-largest Orthodox Jewish school in the world. There, the Congressman received a tour and spoke with Jewish leaders and emphasized his commitment to the community and promised to combat the rise of anti-Semitism. Then, the Congressman met with the Jersey Shore Partnership Foundation and local leaders to discuss beach replenishment and restoration. The Congressman then spoke with leaders from the Familial Hypercholesterolemia Foundation to discuss heart disease related issues and relevant legislation. The Congressman also attended a round table discussion with staff and patients from Encompass Health and Rehab Hospital in Toms River to discuss healthcare issues they are facing and policy solutions.

2/18/2020

Congressman Kim spent the day working out of New Jersey. In Burlington County, the Congressman met with the Evesham Township Police Department to discuss the opioid crisis and solutions to the issue. Congressman Kim spoke about legislation he has introduced that would combat the crisis, including H.R. 5361, the Solutions not Stigmas Act, H.R. 5633 the Synthetic Opioid Danger Awareness Act, and H.R. 5632, the FDA Accountability for Public Safety Act.

2/17/2020

Congressman Kim spent the day working out of New Jersey’s Third District. In Burlington County, the Congressman met with the owner of Boyd’s Pharmacy and received a tour of the facility. Congressman Kim also met with seniors to hear about their issues and emphasized his commitment to lowering prescription drug prices. Then, the Congressman met with Senior Executives at the B&H Photo Video Fulfillment Center in Florence, NJ to discuss legislative priorities that will benefit New Jersey businesses. 

2/14/2020

Congressman Kim worked out of New Jersey’s Third District. The Congressman spent the afternoon speaking with residents of Acacia Manor, an affordable housing community for seniors in Lumberton, about veteran issues, prescription drug costs, the high cost of living in New Jersey, and other issues constituents were facing. After, Congressman Kim traveled to Moorestown to meet with Senator Singleton and discuss issues that were facing New Jersey residents.

2/13/2020

Congressman Kim spent part of the day working out of Washington, D.C. and the other part of the day working out of New Jersey’s Third Congressional District. Congressman Kim began the morning by calling residents and local officials of New Jersey’s Third District to discuss issues impacting Ocean and Burlington Counties. Then, the Congressman voted in favor of H.J. Resolution 79, Removing the deadline for the ratification of the equal rights amendment, which prohibits discrimination based on sex. Later, the Congressman visited the Philadelphia Medical Center to distribute Valentine’s Day cards made by Toms River and North Hanover students for veterans.

2/12/2020 

Congressman Kim spent the day working out of his Washington, D.C. office. In Washington, he attended a classified House Armed Services Committee briefing on telecommunications and cybersecurity threats. The Congressman then attended a meeting with Habitat for Humanity representatives to discuss H.R. 3316, the Neighborhood Homes Investment Act, which would provide a tax credit for to build in revitalized neighborhoods. After, Congressman Kim met with officials from Ocean County College to discuss building a partnership with Joint Base McGuire Dix Lakehurst to create a cybersecurity program. The Congressman also met with Jewish War Veterans of New Jersey to discuss veterans issues, including suicide prevention and homelessness. Later, Congressman Kim voted in support of H.R. 2546, the Protecting America’s Wilderness Act, which would preserve land in Colorado for wildlife.  

2/11/2020 

Congressman Kim worked out of his Washington, D.C. office. He began the morning by attending a House Armed Services Committee Hearing on the Department of Defense’s role in long-term major state competition with Russia and China. The Congressman then met with several local New Jersey groups, including the New Jersey Council of County Colleges, the New Jersey State Fraternal Order of Police, and the Special Olympics of New Jersey. After, Congressman Kim voted in favor of H.R. 1980, the Smithsonian Women’s History Museum Act, which would establish a women’s history Smithsonian institution. Then, the Congressman attended a Subcommittee on Intelligence and Emerging Threats and Capabilities Hearing on countering weapons of mass destruction globally. Later, Congressman Kim met with the Medical Society of New Jersey to discuss Medicare access and the Children’s Health Insurance Program. Later, the Congressman attended a reception for the American Federation of Government Employees to show his support for federal union workers.   

2/10/2020: 

Congressman Kim spent the day meeting with Senior Staff to discuss upcoming legislative and casework priorities. The Congressman voted in favor of H.R. 2932, the Homeland Security for Children Act, which would ensure that the needs of children are considered in homeland security planning.  

2/7/2020 

Congressman Kim began the morning by attending a briefing given by senior military officials on the readiness of our armed forces. Then, the Congressman spoke with various local New Jersey leaders and constituents regarding local issues in Burlington and Ocean Counties. Later, Congressman Kim voted in favor of H.R. 5687, The Emergency Supplemental for Disaster Relief and Puerto Rico Disaster Tax Relief Act of 2020, which would provide aid to Puerto Ricans affected by recent natural disasters.  

2/5/2020 

Congressman Kim began the day by meeting with Senior Staff on the House Armed Services Committee to discuss upcoming budget priorities. The Congressman then attended a Small Business Committee briefing on credit risk management. After, Congressman Kim held a lunch for his Washington, D.C. interns to discuss their backgrounds and career goals. The Congressman then attended a Subcommittee on Readiness hearing on recent military mishaps. Later, Congressman Kim voted in favor of the USPS Fairness Act, which would repeal the requirement that the United States Postal Service must annually prepay future retirement benefits

2/4/2020 

Congressman Kim traveled from New Jersey’s Third District to Washington, D.C. In Washington, the Congressman met with staff to discuss upcoming legislative and casework priorities. The Congressman also attended a reception for International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers where he met with union leaders. After, the Congressman attended the State of the Union address alongside his guests, Melissa and Gianna DiMona, a Gold Star family from Medford Lakes who lost two family members in separate military training exercises.  

2/3/2020 

Congressman Kim spent the day working out of New Jersey’s Third Congressional District. In New Jersey, the Congressman visited Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst. At the Joint Base, Congressman Kim met with Brigadier General Kennedy to discuss the 140th Cyber Protection Team. After discussing the 140th Cyber Protection Team, Congressman Kim attended a briefing on Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst’s priorities. The Congressman then toured the Army Aviation Facility. After, the Congressman participated in a working lunch on the Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division (NAWCAD). The Congressman then toured other facilities at the Joint Base. After, the Congressman attended a briefing with labor leaders and representatives of the Joint Base on access to job opportunities on the Joint Base.  

1/31/2020  

Congressman Kim spent the day working out of New Jersey. In Medford, the Congressman met with veterans and leaders of the local VFW Post to discuss ways to strengthen our support for our returned troops. Congressman Kim also discussed the Blue Water Navy Act, which provides veterans with healthcare benefits if they developed a disease linked to herbicide exposure during their time spent overseas in Korea and Vietnam.  

1/30/2020 

Congressman Kim began the morning with a meeting with the Korean American Federation of Los Angeles to discuss the ongoing situation on the Korean Peninsula. Then, the Congressman attended the House Armed Service Committee Classified Secret Briefing on unmanned aircraft threats. The Congressman then voted in support of H.R. 5543, the No War Against Iran Act which would prohibit the use funds for congressionally unauthorized use of military force.  The Congressman also voted in favor of the House Amendment to repeal the Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002. Congressman Kim believes that continued de-escalation of the crisis with Iran is key for U.S. national security interests. 

1/29/2020 

Congressman Kim spent the day working out of Washington, D.C. In Washington, the Congressmen attended a House Armed Service Committee Closed Briefing on the Department of Defense’s policies towards Iran. After, the Congressman attended the Small Business Committee hearing. The Congressman then met with an expert on Middle East policy who provided a briefing on recent political developments in Iraq and Syria. After, the Congressman met with Secretary of the Air Force Barbara M. Barrett to discuss key challenges facing the Air Force. The Congressman voted in favor of S. 3201, the Temporary Reauthorization and Study of the Emergency Scheduling of Fentanyl Analogues Act, which would extend the Drug Enforcement Agency’s temporary order to continue to have all fentanyl-like substances in Schedule I of the Controlled Substance Act. The Congressman also voted in favor of H.R. 3621, the Comprehensive CREDIT Act of 2020, which would require consumer reporting agencies, like Equifax, TransUnion and Experian, better ensure that the information they provide on consumer credit reports is accurate and complete. 

1/28/2020 

Congressman Kim spent the day working out of Washington, D.C. In Washington, the Congressman attended the House Armed Service Committee Hearing. At the hearing, the Congressman heard testimony from John Rood, Under Secretary of Defense for Policy, and Lieutenant General David Allvin, Director for Strategy, Plans and Policy, on North Korea, U.S. military posture and readiness in East Asia, the strategic regional environment, and national security challenges on the Korean Peninsula. The Congressman then attended the Subcommittee on Intelligence & Emerging Threats & Capabilities member meeting, where members discussed their priorities for the upcoming year. After the Congressman voted in favor of H.R. 4331, Tibet Policy and Support Act of 2019. This bill would establish as U.S. policy that the reincarnation of the Dalai Lama is a religious matter that should be decided solely by Tibetan Buddhists and specify that Chinese officials who interfere in the Dalai Lama’s succession process will be subject to Global Magnitsky sanctions.

1/27/2020 

Congressman Kim traveled from New Jersey’s Third Congressional District to his Washington, D.C. office. In Washington, he participated in a weekly staff meeting where the staff reviewed key legislative and casework priorities. After, the Congressman voted to award the Congressional Gold Medal to the United States Merchant Mariners of World War II.  

1/24/2020
Congressman Kim reviewed briefing materials and spoke with Senior Staff on the coming week’s legislative priorities.

1/22/2020
Congressman Kim spent the day working out of New Jersey’s Third Congressional District. In the district, Congressman Kim hosted a Town Hall in Ocean Gate where he spoke with constituents about issues that mattered most to them including lowering prescription drug costs and improving veterans services.

1/21/2020
Congressman Kim spent the day working out of New Jersey. In New Jersey, the Congressman spoke with substance abuse professionals in outpatient services and the Opioid Overdose Recovery Program at Oaks Integrated Care. The Congressman then spoke with Senior Staff about the week’s legislative priorities.

1/20/2020
Congressman Kim spent the day celebrating Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (MLK) Day in New Jersey. The Congressman attended the Second Baptist Church of Toms River MLK Day Celebration. The Congressman then attended the annual MLK Day of Service Challenge at Westampton Library where he participated in a card making activity for seniors in care facilities and nursing homes. The Congressman also spoke with volunteer vendors at the Volunteers Opportunity Fair. After, the Congressman attended Parkway Baptist Church’s Annual MLK Day Program. The Congressman spoke about the theme of the program, “Let Freedom Ring! Developing Education for Liberation,” and presented certificates of recognition to three Willingboro students who were competing in the Church’s oratory competition.

1/17/2020
Congressman Kim spent the day working out of New Jersey. In New Jersey, Congressman Kim spoke with Senior Staff about legislative priorities and the upcoming schedule for Martin Luther King Day.

1/16/2020
Congressman Kim spent the day working out of Washington, D.C. In Washington, Congressman Kim vote in favor of H.J. Res. 76, which helps protect defrauded college students by reversing the Department of Education’s rule undermining the Borrower Defense Rule. After, the Congressman met with the Foreign Minister of Pakistan. The Congressman then spoke with local leaders for official call time.

1/15/2020

Congressman Kim spent the day working out of Washington, D.C. In Washington Congressman Kim attended the House Armed Service Committee Hearing on the Department of Defense’s role in competing with China. After, the Congressman attended the Committee on Small Business Hearing on enhancing patent diversity for America’s innovations. The Congressman then spoke with the Philadelphia Inquirer. After, the Congressman met with representatives for the Jewish Federation of Southern New Jersey.  The Congressman voted to pass H.R. 1230, the Protecting Older Workers Against Discrimination Act, a bill that would restore protections against age discrimination in the workplace. Upon voting, Congressman Kim said, “Older Americans are working longer in life to keep their bills paid and food on the table, and too many simply cannot afford the cost of age discrimination. This bill would give our seniors a weapon against age discrimination and help ensure older workers have the peace of mind of knowing their age can’t be used against them as they look to continue careers or provide for their families.”

 

1/14/2020

Congressman Kim spent the day working out of his Washington, D.C. office. In Washington, Congressman Kim met he Mayor of Seoul City to discuss the Korean peace effort and for calling for a formal end to the Korean War. After, the Congressman met with Board Members of the Military Advocacy Board to discuss the impact of toxic exposure upon Veterans and their families. After, the Congressman attended the Korean American Foundation of Greater Washington’s celebration of Korean immigration to the United States.

 

1/13/2020

Congressman Kim celebrated Korean American Day, a day that commemorates the great contributions of Korean Americans to United States society and the first Korean individuals to immigrate to the United States. In honor of Korean American Day, Congressman Kim gave the keynote address at Philadelphia’s Korean American Day Celebration. After attending the celebration, the Congressman traveled to Washington, D.C. In Washington, the Congressman voted in favor H.R. 4335, 8-K Trading Gap Act of 2019 which will curtail insider trading. 

 

1/10/2020

Congressman Kim voted in favor of H.R. 535, PFAS Action Act of 2019, which will regulate PFAS chemicals, clean up contamination, and protect public health. After, the Congressman participated in a 2020 Strategic Planning Session with District and Washington, D.C. Staff. In the planning session, the Congressman and staff members discussed the legislative priorities for the coming year that will most heavily impact New Jersey’s Third Congressional District. The staff also reviewed the successes of Congressman Kim’s high-performing federal casework program and new methods the federal casework team is implementing to improve the casework program.

 

1/9/2020

Congressman Kim spent the day working out of his Washington, D.C. office. In Washington, the Congressman attended the Small Business Subcommittee on Innovation and Workforce Development Hearing on Farming in the 21st Century. After, the Congressman attended a House Armed Service Committee Classified Secret Briefing on foreign affairs. The Congressman then participated in a call with other members of Congress on the issue of PFAS. After, the Congressman met with 60 Korean American college students in Washington, D.C. for a civic leadership workshop hosted by the Korean American Grassroots Conference. The Congressman then was interviewed by NJTV and NBC10 on foreign affairs. After, the Congressman participated in a closed briefing by the Subcommittee on Intelligence, Emerging Threats, and Capabilities.

The Congressman then voted in favor of H.Con.Res. 83, a Concurrent Resolution that requires the President seek public approval for further action against Iran. Upon its passage, Congressman Kim said, “There is a reason why our Founding Fathers gave Congress the sole responsibility to declare war. These decisions impact the men and women serving at our Joint Base, their families and our community. The American people should have a voice in these debates; they deserve to be heard. This Concurrent Resolution is the first step in a critical discussion about our military presence in the Middle East. I look forward to engaging with my colleagues and finding solutions to make our country safer and more secure.”

 

1/8/2020

The Congressman met with Senior Staff to go over the legislative priorities for the week. The Congressman then met with the Deputy Chief Counsel of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs to be briefed on War Powers. The Congressman then met with Dr. Moon Chung-in, the foreign affairs and national security advisor to President Moon Jae-in. Dr. Moon Chung-in briefed the Congressman on Korean Peninsula affairs. After, the Congressman attended a classified bipartisan All Member Briefing on Iran and Iraq. The Congressman then was interviewed by the Wall Street Journal.

 

1/7/2020

Congressman Kim began the morning by interviewing with Rolling Stone. After, he interviewed with the Philadelphia Inquirer. After, the Congressman reviewed classified documents related to national security. The Congressman then voted in a quorum call.

 

1/6/2020

The Congressman spent the day working out of New Jersey. In Willingboro, Congressman Kim met with representatives from the American Red Cross New Jersey Region to discuss the American Red Cross Services, Charitable Tax Deduction Legislation and the Clara Barton Post Office Naming Bill. After, the Congressman met with the Center for Family Services to discuss their federal grant funding. The Congressman then met with a constituent regarding casework. 

 

1/3/2020

The Congressman released the following statement in regard to the news in Iraq, “Suleimani was a murderer who has the blood of Americans and our allies on his hands. There is no doubt about that. But there is also no doubt that these strikes significantly heighten the risk to Americans living in the region including our military and diplomatic presence. The potential for severe retaliation from Iran and Iranian-backed forces is very real, and decisions made during the coming hours and days will determine whether we see the threat of a greater regional war in the Middle East realized. We need to ensure the safety of Americans in the region and to take every measure to avoid the outbreak of war.” The Congressman then attended a Samaritan Center Health Roundtable on H.R. 3, the Elijah E. Cummings Lower Drug Costs Now Act, and H.R. 4671, the Helping Seniors Afford Health Care Act, a bill introduced by the Congressman. After, the Congressman was interviewed on CNN 11 At This Hour about the situation in Iraq and Iran following Suleimani’s murder. The Congressman was then interviewed by NBC 10 regarding the potential impacts of Suleimani’s murder upon United States security.

 

1/2/2020

Congressman Kim attended the Ocean County Reorganization Meeting where local elected officials were sworn into office. After, the Congressman attended the Reorganization Meeting of Lumberton Council where local elected officials were also sworn into office.

 

1/1/2020

Congressman Kim attended the Willingboro Reorganization Meeting where the Mayor and Deputy Mayor were sworn into office.

 

12/24/19 -12/31/19

Congressman spent time celebrating the Holiday Season with his family.

 

12/23/19

Congressman Kim called new cadets of the United States Air Force Academy, new midshipmen the Naval Academy, and new midshipmen of the Merchant Marine Academy to let them know that they were accepted into the Academies.

 

12/20/19

Congressman Kim spoke with Jewish Leaders about the attacks against the Jewish Community in New Jersey, and the Jersey City Shooting of the Kosher Market.

 

12/19/19

Congressman Kim spent the day working out of his Washington D.C. Office. In D.C., Congressman Kim voted to pass H.R. 5377, the Restoring Tax Fairness for States and Localities Act, which would provide much needed tax relief for New Jersey families by restoring the state and local tax (SALT) deduction for 2020 and 2021. The Congressman said, “Acting to restore the SALT deduction is long past due. New Jersey families know that our taxes are too high because it’s a reality they struggle with every day. The 2017 tax law didn’t just take away the SALT deduction, it took money out of the pockets of New Jersey’s working families. Today’s vote is an important step to fix that, and I’m going to keep fighting until the job is done.” The Congressman also voted in favor of allowing the implementation of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), which improves elements of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) that will help grow jobs and strengthen worker and environmental protections.

 

12/18/19             

Congressman Kim spent the day working out of his Washington D.C. Office. In D.C. he met with Senior Staff to discuss the week’s legislative priorities. The Congressman also voted in favor of H.Res. 755, Impeaching Donald John Trump, President of the United States, for high crimes and misdemeanors.

 

12/17/19

Congressman Kim spent the day working out of his Washington D.C. office. In Washington, Congressman Kim participated in a week ahead meeting with Senior Staff. The Congressman then voted in favor of all twelve Fiscal Year 2020 government funding bills, which contain several provisions championed by Congressman Andy Kim (NJ-03) that will benefit New Jersey families. After voting in favor of the funding bills, the Congressman said, “New Jersey families pay more than their fair share to the federal government, and in my first year, I’m proud to have fought to bring critical funding back to our communities. Working with Democrats and Republicans, this funding for disaster relief, clean drinking water and opioid research will make an impact in Burlington and Ocean Counties. I look forward to working with our neighbors and speaking out in Congress in the next year to ensure that our local priorities are funded and supported.” The Congressman then participated in a Milcon 101 brief. 

12/16/19

Congressman Kim spent the day working out of New Jersey. In New Jersey, the Congressman met with Tabernacle Baptist Pastor to discuss homelessness in Burlington County. After, the Congressman attended the Census Job Fair. The Congressman then participated in an All Hands Staff Call. After, the Congressman spoke with legislative staff about the Joint Base and readiness priorities.

12/13/19

The Congressman reviewed briefing and hearing material and spoke with senior staff about the legislative week ahead.

12/12/19

Congressman Kim spent the day working out of his Washington, D.C. office. In Washington, the Congressman spoke at a Press Briefing on H.R. 3, the Elijah Cummings Lowers Drug Costs Now Act. The Congressman then voted in favor of H.R. 3, which would lower prescription drug costs by allowing Medicare to negotiate prices for certain drugs, creates a $2,000 out-of-pocket limit on prescription drug costs for people on Medicare, and expands Medicare benefits to cover dental, vision, and hearing. The legislation included a provision from a bill introduced by Congressman Kim, H.R. 4671, the Helping Seniors Afford Health Care Act, which would expand access to affordable care to an estimated 3.5 million seniors by increasing the income eligibility levels for Medicare recipients to qualify for Medicare Savings Programs. Medicare Savings Programs provide financial assistance to help seniors who qualify based on income level, pay for Medicare premiums, copayments, prescription drug costs and other health expenses.

12/11/19

The Congressman spoke on the floor of the House of Representatives in support of H.R. 3, the Elijah E. Cummings Lower Drug Costs Now Act. On the floor, the Congressman said, “Over the past year, I’ve held fifteen town halls across Burlington and Ocean Counties, and the number one issue I hear about is the cost of prescription drugs and health care. We have a chance right now to pass critical legislation that will have a tangible and real impact on the lives of the people we serve. By passing H.R. 3, we can help lower the costs of critical drugs like insulin for the tens of thousands of New Jerseyans struggling with diabetes. By passing H.R. 3, we can save lives by making cancer medications more affordable. By passing H.R. 3, we can finally deliver comprehensive dental, vision and hearing benefits for all seniors under Medicare including over 130,000 people in our district. And by passing H.R. 3, we can expand access to the Medicare Savings Program – a provision I was proud to introduce and champion to help 3.5 million seniors afford quality health care.”

The Congressman also attended the House Armed Service Committee Hearing on U.S. Policy in Syria and the Broader Region. After, the Congressman met with Commissioner McCabe regarding the Oyster Creek Safety Board. After, the Congressman attended the Subcommittee on Intelligence, Emerging Threats & Capabilities hearing on Climate Change in the Era of Strategic Competition.

12/10/2019

Congressman Kim spent the day working out of his Washington, D.C. office. In Washington, the Congressman attended a House Armed Service Committee briefing. After, the Congressman voted on House Resolution 748 and 729, the Coastal and Great Lakes Communities Enhancement Act and the Tribal Coastal Resiliency Act. Both bills provide grants to tribal and coastal communities to assist these types of communities in efforts to strengthen their shorelines for the next large storm.

12/9/19

Congressman Kim spent the day working out of his Washington, D.C. office. In Washington, the Congressman attended a House Armed Services Committee meeting regarding the National Defense Authorization Act. The Congressman then voted on several bills regarding the Opioid Crisis, space exploration, and national security.

12/6/2019

Congressman Kim spent the day working out of his Washington, D.C. office. In Washington, the Congressman spoke with the New Jersey Restaurant and Hospitality Association to discuss how he can best serve the service community of New Jersey. The Congressman then voted to pass House Resolution 4, the Voting Rights Advancement Act of 2019. This Act restores the full protections of the original, bipartisan Voting Rights Act of 1965 which was last reauthorized by Congress in 2006. 

12/5/2019

Congressman Kim spent the day working out of his Washington, D.C. Office. In Washington, the Congressman attended the Subcommittee on Readiness hearing on Privatized Housing: are conditions improving for our military families? The hearing was held as a follow up to a discussion on ensuring military family’s safety and holding private companies providing housing to military families accountable. The Congressman then voted in favor of H.R. 2534, the Insider Trading Prohibition Act, which creates a federal statute prohibiting insider trading. H.R. 2534 would make it illegal for someone to trade a security if they are aware of relevant, non-public information to that trade that they know was obtained wrongfully or that making the trade would constitute wrongful use of that information.

12/4/2019

The Congressman voted in favor of S. 151, The Telephone Robocall Abuse Enforcement and Deterrence (TRACED) Act, which provides protections for consumers from illegal robocalls. The bill incorporated H.R. 3325, the Locking Up Robocallers Act of 2019, a bipartisan bill co-led by Congressman Kim, which directs the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to provide evidence of unlawful robocall violations to the Attorney General. This would strengthen enforcement of current robocall laws aimed at ending the scourge of predatory robocalls. Congressman Kim spent the day working out of his Washington, D.C. office. In Washington, the Congressman held a meeting with Robert Daly, the Director of the Kissinger Institute on China and the U.S. at the Woodrow Wilson Center. The Congressman and Director spoke on issues that included China’s influence in the world and possible ways forward on the current trade war. Then, the Congressman met with the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors of New Jersey. The Congressman and representatives from NAIFA spoke about how to better help our seniors prepare for retirement and the SECURE Act. After, the Congressman stopped by the American Red Cross event, Holiday Mail for Heroes, to thank active military members and veterans living in our communities. The Congressman attended a briefing for the Committee on Small Business on Embracing Corporate Social Responsibility and Best Practices. The Congressman then had a meeting with the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition to examine U.S. diplomatic and national security efforts.

12/3/2019

Congressman Kim spent the day working out of New Jersey’s Third Congressional District. There, he met with Planned Parenthood and held an Environmental Roundtable conversation at his Marlton Office. Then, Congressman Kim traveled to his Washington, D.C. office. In Washington, the Congressman voted to pass House Resolution 546, “disapproving the Russian Federation’s inclusion in future Group of Seven summits until it respects the territorial integrity of its neighbors and adheres to the standards of democratic societies,” which had widespread bipartisan support. Congressman Kim also voted to pass the Senate-sponsored bill 178, the Uyghur Human Rights Policy Act of 2019 which passed unanimously except for one vote.  This bill directs various U.S. government bodies to prepare reports on China’s treatment of the Uyghurs.

12/2/2019

Congressman Kim spent the day working out of New Jersey’s Third Congressional District. In the District, the Congressman met with the Teamsters Union Local 676. The Congressman then participated in an weekly all staff meeting. After, the Congressman held a town hall at the Florence Township Community Center in Roebling. There, Congressman Kim spoke on the priority to pass legislation this month to lower prescription drug costs for seniors and all Americans. The Congressman then responded to questions and spoke individually with constituents.

11/25/2019 – 11/29/2019

Congressman Kim spent time with his family to celebrate Thanksgiving.

11/22/2019

Congressman Kim spent the day working out of New Jersey’s Third Congressional District. In the District, the Congressman spent time in his Willingboro working on constituent issues. After, the Congressman helped assemble and distribute Thanksgiving dinner baskets with Connect Family Center to families in need. Connect is a New Jersey non-profit that serves to provide supportive care, social, emergency, and family counseling services to many New Jersey communities.

11/21/2019 -

Congressman Kim spent the day working out of his Washington, D.C. office. In Washington, the Congressman attended a Subcommittee on Readiness hearing on the Department of Defense Organic Industrial Base and its challenges, solutions and readiness impacts. Congressman Kim then met with members of the Korean Delegation to discuss the U.S.-Korea-Japan intelligence sharing agreement. After, the Congressman met with representatives of Climate Central to discuss the barriers to improve state resilience and preparedness for coastal and inland flooding, especially along the Jersey shore. The Congressman then voted in favor of H.R. 1309, the Workplace Violence Prevention for Health Care and Social Service Workers, which would provide health and social service workers the protection they deserve. Later the Congressman traveled to the district to speak at the grand opening of the Delran Township Board of Education Digital Innovation and Fabrication Laboratory at Delran High School.  He shared about the importance of STEM education for our students. 

11/20/2019 

The Congressman spent the day working out of his Washington, D.C. office. The Congressman attended a Committee on Small Business markup of legislation to amend the Small Business Act. Then the Congressman met with members of the 1-307th Infantry Battalion who are serving out of Fort Dix to discuss issues regarding today’s military force. Later, Congressman Kim voted on favor of H.R. 737, the Shark Fin Sales Elimination Act. This bill would make It illegal to possess, buy, or sell shark fins or any product containing shark fins with the exception of certain dogfish fins. He also voted in favor of S. 1838, the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act of 2019 and also S. 2710, to prohibit the commercial export of covered mutinous items to Hong Kong Police Force.

11/19/19 -

Congressman Kim spent the day working out of his Washington, D.C. office. In Washington, the Congressman met with Jewish-American advocates to discuss strengthening U.S.- Israel ties. After, the Congressman met with Director William Evanina of the United States National Counterintelligence and Security Center to discuss foreign IP theft and how to best secure US cybersecurity. Congressman Kim then voted in favor of the continuing resolution to fund the government until December 20th. 

11/18/2019 

The Congressman spent the day working out of both the Third Congressional District and Washington, D.C. In the district, Congressman Kim met and spoke with students in Riverside High School’s Constitutional Law class. The class has just finished their chapter on Congress and wanted to learn from the Congressman his thoughts on becoming a Representative, and what he believes is the greatest issue facing the nation. After meeting with Riverside High School’s Constitutional Law class, Congressman Kim then returned to Washington, D.C. and voted in favor of H.R. 3702, the Reforming Disaster Recover Act of 2019, which would permanently authorize the Community Development Block Grant Disaster Relief program and strengthen administration and oversight of the program to ensure disaster relief is distributed efficiently and equitably.

Over the weekend Congressman Kim spent time working out of the district. In the district, the Congressman met with the Lacey Township Sea Breeze Adult Community to discuss what is being done to lower prescription drug prices. The Congressman also answered questions concerning Oyster Creek closing as well as spoke on veteran and tax issues.

11/15/2019 

Congressman Kim spent the day working out of his Washington, D.C. office. In Washington, the Congressman met with senior staff to discuss the week ahead. Congressman Kim then voted in favor of H.R. 4863, the United States Export Finance Agency Act of 2019. This bill would reauthorize the Export-Import Bank which keeps U.S. companies competitive with foreign exporters who receive government export credit as well. The Congressman also voted in favor of the Stevens Amendment, which would require the United States Export Finance Agency to emphasize outreach to small businesses in sectors that have been impacted by retaliatory tariffs.

11/14/2019 

Congressman Kim spent the day working out of his Washington, D.C. office. In Washington, the Congressman met with representatives of NJ Credit Union League to discuss data security and the need for a national standard that applies to entities that have access to personal financial data. Then the Congressman met with representatives of California-Mexico Studies Center to discuss the national campaign to restore DACA’s advance parole. After, Congressman Kim met with the new Ambassador from South Korea to discuss the deteriorating relations between South Korea and Japan. Congressman Kim voted in favor of the rule to begin consideration of H.R. 4863, the Unites States Export Finance Agency Act of 2019.Then, the Congressman attended a Small Business Committee Hearing regarding investigating Big Tech’s impact on small business. The Congressman later attended a Subcommittee on Readiness Briefing about security clearances and how reforms to clearances may improve the process.

11/13/2019 

Congressman Kim’s bill, H.R. 3661, the Patriotic Employer Protection Act overwhelmingly passed the House of Representatives. The bipartisan bill introduced by Congressman Kim and Congressman Tim Burchett would strengthen programs intended to protect small business owners whose employees are military Reservists deployed on active duty. The Congressman Kim met with the League of Conservation Voters to discuss clean energy and public lands bills. After, the Congressman attended the Subcommittee on Readiness and Tactical Air and Land Forces Joint Hearing on F-35 program updates about sustainment, production and affordability challenges. Later, Congressman Kim met with representatives of CreativeFuture to discuss copyright protections and speaking out against piracy. Congressman Kim then attended a Committee on Small Business Hearing regarding upskilling the medical workforce and opportunities in health innovation. Congressman Kim also spoke on the floor of the House of Representatives on the importance of standing up for small business owners across our country who want to do the patriotic thing and provide economic opportunities to those serving in the Military Reserves. After, the Congressman attended a closed IETC Subcommittee briefing on studies and recommendations on defense applications, risks and opportunities for Fifth Generation information and communications technology. Later, Congressman Kim met with the IBEW delegation to discuss labor, energy and infrastructure issues and legislation. The Congressman then voted in favor of H.R. 3537, the Veteran Entrepreneur Training Act. This bill authorizes the Small Business Administration’s Boots to Business program for 5 years and improves reporting. He also voted in favor of H.R. 499, the Service-Disabled Veterans Small Business Continuation Act. This bill amends the Small Business Act to clarify the treatment of surviving spouses for purposes of the service-disabled veteran-owned small business definition. The Congressman also voted in favor of H.R. 3734, the SERV Act. This bill requires the SBA Administrator to report on the veterans interagency task force and the Comptroller General to report on access to credit for small businesses owned by veterans.

11/12/19 

Congressman Kim’s bill, H.R. 4360, the VA Overpayment Accountability Act overwhelmingly passed the House of Representatives. The bipartisan bill, introduced by Congressman Kim and Congressman French Hill, would help veterans who have been unfairly targeted by debt collection agencies due to errors by the Department of Veterans Affairs. Congressman Kim spent the day working in both New Jersey’s Third Congressional District and his Washington, D.C. office. In the District, the Congressman participated in a Telephone-Town Hall with over a thousand people hosted by the American Association of Retired Persons. The Congressman answered questions about how the legislation the Congressman is championing the Helping Seniors Afford Health Care Act will help lower prescription drug costs for Senior citizens. The Congressman then traveled to Washington, D.C. where he met with Ambassador Mishal Bin Hamad Al Thani from Qatar. After, the Congressman spoke on the House floor about his bill, H.R. 4360, the Veteran Affairs Overpayment Accountability Act, which would make it easier for veterans to get their benefits.

11/11/19 

Congressman Kim spent Veterans Day honoring our troops in New Jersey’s Third Congressional District. The Congressman spoke in Willingboro at the local Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4914 with veterans from the Disabled American Veterans Chapter 42 and American Legion Post 516 in attendance. After, the Congressman held a Town Hall at Ocean County College. There, the Congressman thanked veterans for their service and asked that they be recognized. After listening to the current and past stories of veterans in attendance the Congressman walked around the crowd and spoke one-on-one with constituents.

11/8/19

The Congressman reviewed legislative priorities for coming week with Senior Staff.

11/7/19

Congressman Kim spent the day working out of New Jersey’s Third Congressional District. In the District, the Congressman attended a Vets-Labor Bill Event to discuss educating servicemembers about registered apprenticeships and modernizing VA websites to allow a more user-friendly webpage where veterans can find information about VA certified apprenticeship.  Congressman Kim also announced, alongside Congressmen Norcross the Bringing Registered Apprenticeships to Veterans Education (BRAVE) Act. Upon announcing the BRAVE Act, the Congressman said, “We owe it to our veterans to help give them every opportunity to succeed. The building trades, through programs like Helmets to Hardhats, have created a path to achieve the American Dream for so many in our community. The BRAVE Act would help expand that opportunity to many more. I’m proud to work with Congressman Norcross to introduce this bill, and look forward to seeing Congress move it forward.” Later, Congressman Kim had an interview with the Courier to discuss H.R. 4671, the Helping Seniors Afford Health Care Act, and the broader healthcare affordability issues facing seniors. The Helping Seniors Afford Health Care Act, a bill the Congressman recently introduced, would expand access to affordable care by increasing the income eligibility levels for Medicare recipients to qualify for the Medicare Savings Program.

11/6/19

Congressman Kim spent the day working out of New Jersey’s Third Congressional District. In the District, the Congressman hosted a round-table event with senior advocates and community leaders to discuss H.R. 3, Lower Drug Costs Now Act, and expanding the Medicare Savings Program. The Congressman recently introduced the Helping Seniors Afford Health Care Act, H.R. 4671, which would increase access to affordable health care for seniors. The Helping Seniors Afford Health Care Act would expand access to affordable care by increasing the income eligibility levels for Medicare recipients to qualify for the Medicare Savings Program. Participants of the roundtable provided their perspectives of working with the senior population in New Jersey.

11/5/19

Congressman Kim spent the day working out of New Jersey’s Third Congressional District. In the District, the Congressman attended Community Medical Center Veterans Day Appreciation Breakfast to honor local servicemen and servicewomen in Ocean County. After, Congressman Kim spoke with residents of Greenbriar to discuss how his legislative priorities will impact the district. The Congressman then attended a National Caregivers Month Forum held at Ocean County College where caregiver advocates discussed tangible methods to address Alzheimer’s disease in New Jersey. Caregivers also shared stories of the challenges they faced after hearing the diagnosis of Alzheimer disease.   

11/4/19

Congressman Kim spent the day working out ofNew Jersey’s Third Congressional District. In the District, the Congressman visited Cinnaminson High School where he spoke with students and met a veteran, who served in the Armed Forces for over twenty-five years. The Congressman then toured the Surgical Center of South Jersey and discussed the benefits of the facility to the state and the district. After, Congressman Kim spoke at a lunch reception hosted by the Chamber of Commerce Southern NJ to share his priorities and accomplishments for his time in office.

11/1/19

Congressman Kim spent the day working out of New Jersey’s Third Congressional District. In New Jersey, the Congressman met with the New Jersey Chamber of Congress and spoke on a panel along with Congresswoman Sherrill and Congressman Malinowski to speak on the pathway toward regional competitiveness and affordability for New Jersey businesses.

10/31/2019

The Congressman spent the day working out of his Washington, D.C. office. In Washington, the Congressman voted in favor of H. Res 660, which would direct certain committees to continue their ongoing investigations as part of the House of Representatives inquiry into whether sufficient grounds exist for the House of Representatives to exercise its Constitutional power to impeach President Trump. He also voted in favor of H.R. 823, Colorado Outdoor Recreation and Economy Act, which would protect roughly 400,000 acres of public lands and provide permanent protections for Colorado’s clean air, clean water and wildlife. After, Congressman Kim met with the Commander of USACE for the Philadelphia District to discuss coastal storm risk management projects in the district.  

10/30/2019

The Congressman spent the day working out of his Washington, D.C. office. In Washington, the Congressman spoke with the Burlington County Prosecutors office to discuss a treatment program in which opioid users have the ability to go to a police department to seek help without fear of arrest or criminal charges. The Congressman then attended the Small Business Committee Hearing on America’s recreational infrastructure. After, Congressman Kim met with United Steelworkers to discuss key legislation. The Congressman voted in favor of H.R. 1373, the Grand Canyon Centennial Protection Act, which permanently prohibits new mining claims on approximately 1 million acres of public land surrounding Grand Canyon National Park.

10/29/2019

Congressman Kim spent the day working out of Washington, D.C. office. In Washington, the Congressman met with the Cyber National Mission Commander Brigadier General Hartman to discuss the overall mission of Cyber National Mission Force. Congressman Kim then met with the Network Director of VA Healthcare to discuss the Marlton health clinic for veterans with an overview and update on health services delivered to the region. After, he chaired a Small Business Committee hearing focused on the clean energy workforce. The Congressman then met with Jewish American advocates who discussed the importance of a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The Congressman voted in favor of H. Res. 296, Affirming the United States record on the Armenian Genocide, which would commemorate the Armenian Genocide through official recognition and remembrance. 

10/28/19

Congressman Kim spent the day working out of Washington, D.C. office. In Washington, Congressman Kim participated in a bipartisan Reagan Institute Task Force to discuss national security technology and workforce. The Congressman then met with members of the Kurdistan Regional Government to discuss the situation on the Syria/Turkish border as well as the political crisis in Iraq. 

10/24/2019-10/25/2019

The Congressman attended events related to Asian American and Korean American political engagement with a focus on encouraging young students to get active in public service and politics. 

10/23/2019

The Congressman spent the day working out of his Washington, D.C. office. In Washington, the Congressman met with Secretary Henderson to discuss base resiliency of the Joint Base and lessons learned from the previous Black Start Exercises. After, Congressman Kim met with the French Embassy’s Deputy Chief of Mission, Nathalie Broadhurst to discuss Iran, Syria and Russia. The Congressman then attended the Small Business Committee Hearing on Prison to Proprietorship: Entrepreneurship Opportunities for the Formerly Incarcerated. After, the Congressmen met with representatives from the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition National Security Advisory Council. At the meeting they discussed national security challenges and the importance of America’s civilian tools of development and diplomacy in confronting today’s national security challenges. The Congressman voted in favor of H.R. 4617, the SHIELD Act, which would create a duty to report illicit offers of campaign assistance from foreign governments and their agents, improve transparency of online political advertisements, and close loopholes that allow foreign nationals to spend in U.S. elections.

10/22/19

Congressman Kim spent the day working out of his Washington, D.C. office. In Washington, the Congressman chaired a Small Business Committee Subcommittee hearing regarding the positive impact that the Small Business Administration’s Business Development program could have on tribal communities living in devastating poverty with little to no economic opportunity. After, Congressman Kim met with the Readiness Subcommittee of the House Armed Services Committee to discuss the challenges of ship and submarine maintenance. The Congressman also met with Gary Locke, former Governor of Washington, U.S. Secretary of Commerce, and ambassador to China, to discuss the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). The Congressman voted in favor of the Case Act, which creates a voluntary small claims process for copyright claims within the Copyright Office to resolve disputes that are too low-value to be worth pursuing in federal court with potential damages that are capped at a fraction of what is available in federal court.

10/21/2019

The Congressman spent the day working out of his D.C. office. In Washington, met with Senior Staff to discuss the legislative agenda for the week ahead. Then the Congressman joined a Panel Discussion with the former Deputy National Security Advisor Lisa Monaco of the Reiss Center on Law and Security at NYC Law where he discussed how his experience with an Executive Branch background informs his service as a member of Congress, particularly when it comes to national security.

10/18/2019

Congressman Kim spent the day working out of Washington, D.C. In Washington, the Congressman met with a group of students visiting the U.S. Capitol from Moorestown Friends School. He answered questions about his work in Congress and the importance of youth civic engagement.

10/17/19

Congressman Kim spent the day working out of Washington, D.C. The Congressman met with the Union of Concerned Scientists to discuss nuclear policy and the National Defense Authorization Act. After, he Chaired a Small Business Committee hearing regarding the impact of opportunity zones on small businesses and attended a classified House Armed Services Committee briefing concerning recent developments in Syria. Later, the Congressman called Mayor McDonald, legislators from New Jersey’s Ninth Legislative District, and Concerned Citizens to discuss goals and suggestions for Governor Murphy’s oversight board on the decommissioning of the Oyster Creek Nuclear Plant. In addition, Congressman Kim spoke with veteran leadership in Ocean County. The Congressman voted in favor of H.R. 1815, SEC Disclosure Effective Testing Act, which would protect retail investors by ensuring that disclosures intended to inform them actually do so by requiring the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to test its documents with retail investors through one-on-one interviews and surveys.

10/16/2019

Congressman Kim spent the day working out of his Washington, D.C. office. The Congressman met with Japanese Congressional Minister Kimitake Nakamura to discuss the economic relationship between Japan and our District, the state of the U.S.-Japan alliance and the current geopolitical situation in East Asia. Congressman Kim then spoke to New Jersey members of the National Guard who were visiting Washington at the National Guard Memorial Museum about the needs and priorities of our National Guard. The Congressman then voted in favor of H.J. Res 77, which opposes the decision to end certain U.S. efforts to prevent Turkish military operations against Syrian Kurdish forces in Northeast Syria. After, the Congressman attended a Readiness subcommittee hearing to learn about holistic resiliency at military installations which included energy and cyber resiliency.  

10/15/19

The Congressman spent the day working out of Washington, D.C. In Washington, Congressman Kim, Congressman Evans and Congresswoman Rochester introduced the Helping Seniors Afford Health Care Act, H.R. 4671, a bill that would increase access to affordable health care for seniors. The Helping Seniors Afford Health Care Act would expand access to affordable care by increasing the income eligibility levels for Medicare recipients to qualify for the Medicare Savings Program. The Congressman voted in favor of the Homeless Veteran Families Act, which would authorize VA to pay a partial daily allowance to VA’s Homeless Grant Per Diem service providers supporting our nation’s homeless veterans with children. The Congressman also voted in favor of H.R. 2385, To permit the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to establish a grant program to conduct cemetery research and produce educational materials for the Veterans Legacy Program, which permits the Secretary of VA to use grants rather than federal contracts to fund cemetery research programs and produce educational materials as part of the Veterans Legacy Program.

10/14/19

The Congressman spent the day working out of New Jersey’s Third Congressional District. In New Jersey, Congressman Kim discussed issues affecting residents of Burlington and Ocean Counties, and his recent bipartisan visit to Afghanistan with Mary Cummings-Jordan for WHYY’s Radio Times. 

10/11/19

Congressman Kim spent the day working out of New Jersey’s Third Congressional District. In New Jersey, the Congressman attended a Faith Outreach Round Table at the Alpha Baptist Church of. The round table discussion centered around criminal justice reform, social justice and gun violence in New Jersey. 

10/10/19

The Congressman spent the day working out of New Jersey’s Third Congressional District. In New Jersey, Congressman Kim toured the Bancroft School Welsh Campus and learned about the specialized services and support that Bancroft provides to individuals with autism, intellectual or developmental disabilities, and brain injuries.

10/9/19

Congressman Kim spent the day working out of New Jersey’s Third Congressional District. In New Jersey, the Congressman visited the Southern Ocean County Resource Center to learn about the Meals on Wheels program in Ocean County and meet the seniors who receive meals from the program. After, Congressman Kim visited Vetwork to learn more about their work to provide support to veterans in emergency situations and discuss the issues impacting veterans in New Jersey. Congressman Kim also met with Pebble Beach Homeowners to discuss the importance of dredging and beach replenishment for homeowners along the Jersey Shore.

10/8/19

 Congressman Kim spent the day working out of New Jersey’s Third Congressional District. In New Jersey, the Congressman met with State Senator Sweeney. After, the Congressman spoke at the BrightView Greentree Residents Council with senior citizens about robocalls, health care costs, and affordability of assisted living communities.

10/07/2019

The Congressman spent the day working out of New Jersey’s Third Congressional District. In the District, the Congressman met with representatives of the Pinelands Commission to discuss environmental needs in the Pinelands and what the Congressman can do to help support the Pinelands areas in our District.

10/01/2019 – 10/05/2019

Congressman Kim attended a bi-partisan Congressional delegation to CENTCOM with a focus on Afghanistan. In Afghanistan, Congressman met with top US and Afghan military leadership, as well as U.S. servicemembers about the current situation on the ground.

9/30/19

Congressman Kim spent the day working out of New Jersey’s Third Congressional District. In the District, the Congressman met with representatives from the New Jersey Institute for Disabilities to discuss Medicaid funding and potential impact of proposed reformulation to Block Grants as well as services needed in Ocean County. After, the Congressman attended a meeting with Monmouth and Ocean County Building Trades.

9/28/2019

 

The Congressman spent the day working out of New Jersey’s Third Congressional District. In the District, the Congressman hosted a Town Hall in Seaside Heights to discuss flooding’s impact on communities in New Jersey and proposed changes to the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) that could have major impacts on communities throughout Ocean and Burlington counties.

 

 

9/26/2019

The Congressman spent the day working out of his D.C. office. In Washington, he attended the Small Business Subcommittee on Innovation and Workplace Development Hearing.  Congressman Kim then attended a meeting with the National Education Association to discuss education, student centered and community issues. The Congressman voted in favor of H.R. 3225, U.S. Border Patrol Medical Screening Standards, which directs the directs the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to research innovative approaches to address capability gaps for providing medical screenings at the border and mandates the implementation of an electronic health record system.

9/25/19

Congressman Kim spent the day working out of his D.C. office. He held a conference call to discuss the strategic and defense partnership between Israel and the United States. The Congressman then attended a meeting with representatives from Brady Campaign where they discussed methods to decrease the high volume of gun violence in the United States. Congressman Kim then attended the Small Business Subcommittee on Innovation and Workplace Development Hearing. After, the Congressman voted ­­in favor of H.R. 2203, the Homeland Security Act which would increase transparency, accountability and community engagement within the Department of Homeland Security.

9/24/19

The Congressman spent the day working out of Washington, D.C. In Washington, the Congressman met with representatives from the American Federation of Government Employees. In the meeting they discussed issues affecting Fort Dix, including staffing shortages and mandates of officers. The Congressman then participated in an All Staff call where he discussed the reported abuses of power by President Trump to use the power of the Presidency for political gain.

 

After the staff meeting, the Congressman released the following statement,

“During my time working at the White House National Security Council, I sat in the Oval Office for a number of phone calls with world leaders. I never could have imagined the Commander in Chief on a call putting personal and political gain above our national security. 

I believe the Commander in Chief role is the most sacred responsibility of the Presidency, and it is the last place where partisan politics belongs. We hold this highest of standards because we know the incredible power of that singular office. It is a power that has the potential for doing incredible good, but if corrupted, it weakens America’s national security, international standing and the framework of our very Democracy.

By urging the Ukrainian government to take action to influence our Democracy, Trump has violated that power and the trust of the American people. If the facts are corroborated, that violation, and my understanding of its implications, has led me to come to the conclusion that the President has committed an impeachable offense.

This decision does not come easily. My focus as your member of Congress remains on the people of Burlington and Ocean Counties. We have to work to lower health care and prescription drug costs, lower taxes and support our veterans. We have to break through the hyper partisanship and find real meaningful ways to work across the aisle. 

I have sworn an oath to uphold the Constitution three times in my life.  Over the course of my career I worked under both Republicans and Democrats as long as I thought that the leaders who I served were putting our country’s best interests first. Our community in New Jersey is home to tens of thousands of service members and veterans who know better than the rest of us what it means to put country over self.

It is our duty in Congress to hold the President accountable if that sacred responsibility laid out in the Constitution is violated. The President’s actions and our obligation to the Constitution has led me to this conclusion, and I will work with my colleagues to pursue the truth and defend our Democracy.”

 The Congressman then met with Assemblywoman Carol Murphy, who was in town for Women’s Action for New Directions (WAND) Women at Tables of Power conference. The Congressman then attended a lunch with all the interns and fellows of the D.C. office where he heard from the fellows and interns on their experience working in the House of Representatives and their future goals for after their fellowship or internship. After, the Congressman met with U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commissioner Jeff Baran to discuss the Commissioner’s priorities for the year and the needs of New Jersey’s Third Congressional District.

9/23/19

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

9/20/19

Congressman Kim spent the day working out of Washington D.C. before traveling back to New Jersey for the weekend. In Washington, the Congressman voted in favor of H.R. 1423, the Fair Act, which bans forced arbitration from being a pre-condition for obtaining a product, or for obtaining or continuing service or employment.

9/19/19

The Congressman spent the day working out of his Washington, D.C. office. The Congressman attended the House Armed Service Committee and the Senate Armed Service Committee Conference Meeting on the National Defense Authorization Act. The Congressman then attended the Small Business Subcommittee on Innovation and Workplace Development Hearing. The Congressman was then interviewed with Congressman Moulton and Congressman Crow by the publication Foreign Policy regarding the rollout of the National Security Task Force and the future of national security. After, the Congressman met with Rally for Medical Research about National Institutes of Health appropriations. The Congressman voted in favor of H.R. 4378, making continuing appropriations for fiscal year 2020, and for other purposes, which extends federal government funding through November 21 and avoids a government shutdown at the end of the month.

9/18/19

Congressman Kim spent the day working out of his Washington D.C. office. In Washington, the Congressman met with Anna Landre, a disability advocate and Georgetown student from New Jersey whose personal care was cut for a period that would have prevented her from living independently and returning to college, to hear about her experience. After, the Congressman met with the National Fisheries Institute to discuss trade concerns and FDA enforcement of labeling fishless fish products. The Congressman then attended the Committee on Small Businesses hearing on the role of the SBAS 8(a) program in enhancing economic development or encouraging the growth of minority-owned small businesses and minority entrepreneurship.  After, the Congressman voted in favor of H.R. 4285, the Department of Veterans Affairs Expiring Authorities Act of 2019, which provides a one-year extension of the VA’s authority relating to vendee loans, and VA’s authority to temporarily expand payments and allowances for beneficiary travel in connection with veterans receiving care from vet centers.

9/17/19

Congressman Kim traveled from New Jersey to Washington D.C. In Washington, he participated in an All Staff meeting with staff from the district offices and the D.C. offices. In the meeting he received an update on the casework program, the legislative calendar for the week, events coming up in the District, and the legislative correspondence program. After, he voted in favor of the Motion to Go to Conference on S-1790 – National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2020. The Congressman was named as conferee to the bicameral conference committee on the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2020. Congressman Kim led an effort during the NDAA markup in the House Armed Services Committee to secure funding for new jobs in New Jersey, strengthen resiliency programs at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, strengthen economic opportunities for military spouses, and require the Department of Defense to the end use of harmful PFAS chemicals.

9/16/19

The Congressman spent the day working out of New Jersey and reviewing briefing and hearing materials for the legislative week.

9/13/19

Congressman Kim spent the day working out of New Jersey’s Third Congressional District. In New Jersey, the Congressman visited Manor Dr. at Steeplechase, an affordable housing development in Burlington County. At Manor Dr., the Congressman met with residents and spoke with them about affordable housing community issues they are facing. After, the Congressman attended a U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services naturalization ceremony where he delivered remarks on the importance of United States citizenship, the significance of swearing allegiance to the United States and responsibilities of U.S. citizenship.

9/12/19

Congressman Kim spent the day working out of his D.C. office before traveling back to New Jersey’s Third Congressional District. In Washington, he met with the Honorable Sang-Hyun Yoon, Chairman of the Korean National Assembly’s Foreign Affairs and Reunification Committee, to discuss the US-Korea-Japan trilateral relationship, and current national and regional security issues involving Korea. The Congressman then voted ­­in favor of H.R. 1146, the Arctic Cultural and Coastal Plain Protection Act, which repeals a provision of the Republican tax bill from last Congress that opened the coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil and gas development. After traveling back to New Jersey, Congressman Kim spoke to the Holiday City South Homeowners Association in Ocean County about his work in Congress to protect Medicare, secure Social Security, and lower prescription drug costs.

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