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The House passed 5 key federal investment provisions introduced by Gottheimer, including to defund proposed I-80 rockwall project in Warren County

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. House of Representatives Thursday night passed key federal investment provisions introduced by Congressman Josh Gottheimer (NJ-5), including to protect students from lead water in schools; to address the pandemic-linked student mental health crisis; to defund the proposed I-80 rockwall project, and, instead, utilize a safer, evidence-based, eco-friendly solution; to combat Lyme disease; and, to help clear the massive passport backlog.

Gottheimer’s provisions passed by the House this week will: 

  • Prioritize clean drinking water by adjusting federal CDC Environmental Health investment to help ensure that school drinking water is free of lead and dangerous chemicals.
  • Ensure pandemic-related mental health issues in students are addressed by making it clear that federal investment for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) must help address the COVID-19-linked substance abuse and mental health issues among children and young adults.
  • Adjust federal investment for the Federal Highway Administration, to defund an expensive and unnecessary proposed artificial rockwall on I-80 in Warren County that will harm ecotourism in the region — and to, instead, utilize a safer, evidence-based, eco-friendly solution.
  • Help clear the massive passport backlog by directing investment to resolve processing delays for passport applications and renewals — ensuring that families in New Jersey and around the country can see their loved ones abroad.
  • Combat Lyme disease and tick-borne illnesses to keep our families healthy, by prioritizing innovation, research, and investment in the CDC and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

“From helping ensure that Fifth District students have clean water and the mental health resources they need, to protecting our local eco-tourism and community in Warren County, the legislation I fought for and passed is a major win for North Jersey,” Gottheimer said. “I’m proud that the House came together to support my legislation this week — to put our children, families, and local North Jersey economies first.”

Jay Edwards

Born and raised in Northwest NJ, Jay has a degree in Communications and has had a life-long interest in local radio and various styles of music. Jay has held numerous jobs over the years such as stunt car driver, bartender, voice-over artist, traffic reporter (award winning), NY Yankee maintenance crewmember and peanut farm worker. His hobbies include mountain climbing, snowmobiling, cooking, performing stand-up comedy and he is an avid squirrel watcher. Jay has been a guest on America’s Morning Headquarters,program on The Weather Channel, and was interviewed by Sam Champion.

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