Wednesday, March 10, 2021

Congressman Josh Gottheimer's 2021 Winter Newsletter

Congressman Josh Gottheimer D-NJ05

Congressman Josh Gottheimer D-NJ05


Unveiling New Bipartisan Legislation to Fully Restore the SALT Deduction, Provide New Jersey Families a Tax Cut

We know how badly the coronavirus pandemic has hurt our families and communities and I am always fighting for ways to claw back federal dollars to the Fifth District. That is why I joined a bipartisan group of six other Members in the House to introduce the SALT Deductibility Act, a bipartisan bill to fully restore the full State and Local Tax (SALT) deduction.

The proposal would allow taxpayers to fully deduct their state and local taxes on their federal income returns, end double taxation, and give families in Northern New Jersey a real tax cut. In 2017, the deduction was gutted and capped at $10,000 by the Moocher States in the partisan Tax Hike Bill and resulted in a tax hike for many middle-class families.

The cap has continued to accelerate a race to the bottom that drives families to other states, often subsidized by the very states their new residents have left. This leaves middle-and lower-income taxpayers holding the bag to pay for school, police, fire, and other essential state and local services.

Restoring the SALT deduction is a necessary first step to creating an equitable tax system – one where we put money back in the pockets of working people.

Congressman Josh Gottheimer D-NJ05

Accepting an Appointment to the House Committee on Homeland Security

The safety and security of our nation is at a critical juncture, with rapidly evolving threats from foreign and domestic terrorists, homegrown violent extremism, hacking and cybersecurity attacks, and unforeseen disasters threatening our nation. That's why I am honored to have been appointed to the U.S. House Committee on Homeland Security where I will be responsible for security legislation and policy oversight responsibilities over the Department of Homeland Security, including domestic preparedness and response to terrorism, transportation, port, infrastructure security, and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and disaster response.

We must also make sure that our law enforcement officers, firefighters and all first responders at every level have the resources and equipment they need to safeguard themselves and our communities. I'm looking forward to working with Chairman Bennie Thompson and my colleagues on both sides of the aisle of the Committee to find common ground and advance commonsense national security solutions that protect us all.

Congressman Josh Gottheimer D-NJ05

Announcing the ALYSSA Act — Bipartisan Nationwide School Safety Legislation, Honoring the Parkland Shooting's Third Anniversary

Only 29% of schools report using silent alarms that are directly connected to local law enforcement. As our kids return to school in person, we must have the systems in place to protect them at all costs.

That's why I joined the parents of Alyssa Alhadeff — a North Jersey native who lost her life in the tragic shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, three years ago — to announce the bipartisan Alyssa's Legacy Youth in School Safety Alert Act (the ALYSSA Act).

The ALYSSA Act is bipartisan federal legislation to require silent panic alarms in all schools to immediately alert law enforcement of an active shooter situation. The bill will also increase investment in more well-trained School Resource Officers to help protect students and faculty.

With this legislation, we honor Alyssa and turn her memory, and the pain her family and friends carry every day, into action. The ALYSSA Act will help protect children and all students, in the one public place they should feel safest: their schools.

Together, with silent alarms in every school directly connected to local law enforcement agencies and with School Resource Officers at more schools around the country, we are taking concrete steps to help further protect our children in their schools.

Learn more about the ALYSSA Act here.

Congressman Josh Gottheimer D-NJ05

Outlining New COVID-19 Relief Programs to Help North Jersey

In January, the new PPP loan approval process was opened for all lenders. I joined U.S. Small Business Administration NJ Deputy District Director John Blackstock to discuss how to apply for those loans and what other COVID-19 small business relief programs Fifth District residents can expect in the coming months. The deadline to apply for a PPP loan is March 31st.

It's my goal to make sure everyone across North Jersey knows what new resources are available from the bipartisan emergency COVID-19 relief package that was signed into law recently. The package will specifically help the Fifth District by revitalizing our economy and saving our struggling small businesses, helping put food on the table and ensuring food security, improving our health infrastructure and distributing vaccines to our communities, putting money in the pockets of American adults and children, helping keep families in their homes, and, ultimately, it will help get us through these winter months.

I'm continuing to work with my colleagues in Congress and with the Administration to push for more COVID-19 relief — to provide additional critical resources like extending the federal unemployment supplement, more resources for vaccine deployment and COVID-19 testing, and more resources so our schools can reopen safely.

If you have any other questions or want to see a breakdown of what the bipartisan COVID-19 relief package includes please visit my website at Gottheimer.House.Gov for more information.

Congressman Josh Gottheimer D-NJ05

Announcing Federal Action to Counter Violent Extremism and Domestic Terrorism

As we continue to fight against domestic terrorist groups, I have announced various steps to combat violent extremism and radicalization. First, I led a bipartisan initiative to urge the Biden Administration to restore the Office of Community Partnerships (OCP) within the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), which was the designated lead on efforts to counter violent extremism until the previous Administration deprioritized the office in 2017. I also announced new legislation to double the maximum jail sentence for a conviction of insurrection against the United States from 10 to 20 years.

I have also requested that the U.S. Department of State officially designate international violent extremist groups, including the Proud Boys, as terrorist organizations. Doing so will help provide law enforcement and the U.S. intelligence community the tools necessary to protect the nation from domestic terrorists and other violent extremists that threaten our freedom, democracy, and communities.

With a new Congress in place and with a new Administration in the White House, we must redouble our efforts to prioritize the serious threat of domestic terrorism and in our nation, as well as ISIS-inspired, homegrown, lone-wolf terrorism.

You can watch the video announcement on the legislation HERE.

Congressman Josh Gottheimer D-NJ05

Announcing New Federal Steps to Continue Improving Sussex County & Warren County High-Speed Broadband Connectivity

With the COVID-19 pandemic forcing more of our learning, working, and daily business online, we need to continue working to expand access to high-speed broadband to our rural communities, get costs down, and make it easier to install the infrastructure necessary to connect our homes, schools, and businesses.

That’s why I announced new steps to help make sure federal COVID-19 relief investment for broadband support is delivered to both Sussex and Warren Counties, as well as new steps to connect local officials and internet providers to the right broadband resources to help improve connectivity for local residents and businesses.

Too often, the guidelines for federal grant programs that are investing in broadband infrastructure are too restrictive, causing many communities that are in dire need of connectivity upgrades to go without the dollars they need to implement those upgrades. We need to make sure these guidelines reflect the needs of communities across Sussex and Warren Counties, so that everyone has a shot. You can watch the full announcement HERE.

Contact Congressman Josh Gottheimer:

Washington, D.C. Office
213 Cannon HOB
Washington, DC 20515
Phone: (202) 225-4465

Glen Rock District Office
65 Harristown Road, Suite 104
Glen Rock, NJ 07452
Phone: (201) 389-1100

Newton District Office
93 Spring Street, Suite 408
Newton, NJ 07860
Phone: (973) 940-1117

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