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Rep. Holt visited the Wireless Information Network Laboratory (WINLAB) at Rutgers University to see firsthand the jobs created through research funding provided through the Recovery Act. Holt helped lead the effort to invest $22 billion in R&D. Photo by Rutgers University.  Click on the photo to learn more.

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Rep. Holt led the Congressional visit to the Middle East - the first since the new round of peace talks began.  The delegation met with King Abdullah of Jordan, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (pictured here). Click the photo to learn more.

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Rep. Holt joins Linda Bean, mother of late Army Sgt. Coleman Bean, as she testifies to the House Committee on Veterans Affairs on post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and military suicide. Click the photo to learn more.

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See how the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act is having a positive impact on the economy of Central New Jersey.  Click the map to learn about investments in your community.

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Holt Expresses Concerns to TSA 
November 19, 2010

On Friday, November 19, Rep. Rush Holt wrote to the head of the TSA expressing his concerns regarding new screening procedures and urging the TSA to consider the health and privacy impacts of these scanners.  A copy of Rep. Holt's letter can be found here.

Confronting Hunger in Central New Jersey 
November 17, 2010
As we begin to prepare for the Thanksgiving holiday, we are reminded about those who are unable to put food on the table each night. During this season in particular, food banks in New Jersey and across the country are doing important work with the resources they have, despite facing food shortages.  If you are interested in donating to a food bank in your area, please visit one of the links below:

Mercer Street Friends Food Bank

Monmouth-Ocean Food Bank

Franklin Township Food Bank

New Jersey Anti-Hunger Coalition (Middlesex County)

The Fisherman’s Mark Food Pantry (Hunterdon County)

Holt Joins Communities Across Central NJ for Veterans Day Observations 
November 12, 2010
Rep. Holt attended the grand opening of a new housing unit for veterans in Middlesex County on Thursday.  The All Saints Apartments project created 11 apartment units for homeless or low-income veterans through the adaptive reuse of an abandoned church in Highland Park.  Along with housing, the All Saints community offers social work support and health services to the residents, to give back to those who have given so much to our country.  A Spotswood constituent, whose son died in the line of duty in Iraq, referred Rep. Holt to the services this project would offer to veterans and invited him to attend the opening ceremony on Veterans Day.

Rep. Holt also attended Veterans Day memorial ceremonies in East Brunswick, Lawrence and at the NJ Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Holmdel.

To read more about Rep. Holt’s work on behalf of our veterans, click here.

New Health Insurance Protections 
September 23, 2010

September 23 marked the sixth month anniversary of the signing of the health reform law. Already, millions of small businesses have become eligible for tax credits for health expenses and seniors have received $250 checks to cover gaps in the Medicare Part D program.

On Thursday, new benefits kicked in, including the provision protecting children with pre-existing conditions from being denied coverage, the provision allowing young adults to stay on their parents’ health insurance plan until their 26th birthday and a provision banning insurance companies from setting lifetime limits on coverage (annual limits are to be phased out over three years).

Below, read more about new health care protections. For further information on how health care reform helps you and your family, please check out a new website,

At Holt's Request, GAO to Examine FBI Anthrax Investigation 
September 15, 2010

The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) will investigate the scientific and technical methods used by the FBI during its investigation into the 2001 anthrax attacks, something U.S. Rep. Holt requested earlier this year. Holt and four colleagues (three in the House, one in the Senate) requested the investigation after the FBI announced it was closing its investigation into the 2001 anthrax letter attacks. The GAO investigation will be the first Congressionally-directed investigation of the FBI’s handling of the case. Click here to read the GAO letter to Rep. Holt.

Holt Meets with Students at Shalom Torah Academy of Western Monmouth 
September 08, 2010
Rep. Holt met with students and faculty at the Shalom Torah Academy of Western Monmouth in Morganville on Wednesday September 1. The school celebrated the opening ribbon cutting ceremony of their new state-of-the-art computer laboratory which will enhance the Academy's already strong math, science and language arts programs.  Rep. Holt toured the school's facilities and met with the school's administration.  He also spoke with middle school students about the role of Congress in representational government and the importance of education in our nation's future.
Holt Meets with Red Bank Rotary Club Members 
August 12, 2010

Rep. Holt met with members of the Red Bank Rotary Club Thursday at the organization's weekly meeting.  Holt updated Club members on his work on their behalf, including helping to pass emergency funding that will keep 3,900 New Jersey teachers in the classroom. He also spoke about new Wall St. reform enacted to put cops on the financial beat and provide new consumer protections for Central New Jersey families. Holt answered questions from members, including questions about the economy.

Holt Seeks Funding for Veteran's Mental Health Services 
August 05, 2010

Rep. Holt is seeking increased funding for mental health programs for returning service members. Holt was a part of a bipartisan group of 60 Members of Congress who wrote the Chair and Ranking Member of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense. "We must increase funding by at least $700 million in FY 2011 to permanently move away from years of 'pilot programs' and finally implement a comprehensive post-deployment screening program for all service member by trained mental health professionals. Once mental health care is made more accessible, the stigma behind seeking help for mental injuries will also dissipate."  To read the full text of the letter, click here.

This letter is part of Holt's efforts to improve military suicide efforts. Earlier this year, the House passed an amendment Holt introduced in memory of an East Brunswick man, Sergeant Coleman Bean, who took his own life after serving two tours in Iraq. Holt's amendment would fill a void in the military’s suicide prevention efforts among members of the Individual Ready Reserve and for other soldiers who are designated as Individual Mobilization Augmentees. Read more here.

Holt Holds Forum for NJ Veterans 
August 05, 2010

On Wednesday, August 4 Rep. Holt hosted a forum for hundreds of Central New Jersey veterans. With the participation of officials from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and the New Jersey Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, Holt answered concerns from participants, including health care, the GI Bill, veterans employment, and other issues. You can listen to a recording of the forum here.

Holt Hosts Telephone Town Hall Meetings 
August 03, 2010

On Monday, August 2, Rep. Rush Holt hosted a telephone town hall meeting with Central New Jersey residents, discussing such topics as the economy, health reform, energy sustainability, and Social Security. You can listen to a recording of the meeting here.

Rep. Holt Congratulates United States Service Academies Class of 2014 
June 23, 2010

Rep. Rush Holt congratulates all of the young men and women from New Jersey’s Twelfth Congressional District who will attend U.S. Military Academies and Prep Schools this fall. Cadets and Midshipmen for the Class of 2014 are listed below. The candidates Rep. Holt nominated are indicated by a star. Each of these Plebes will soon begin service at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD; the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, NY; the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point, NY; the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, CO; or one of our nation’s esteemed military preparatory academies.

Holt Honors Congressional Art Competition Winner 
June 15, 2010

In May in Plainsboro, Rep. Rush Holt hosted the annual Congressional Art Competition, celebrating and recognizing the great works of art created by high school students.  The competition included art submitted by 88 students from 17 high schools and two private arts schools in Central New Jersey.

The grand prize winner, selected by an independent panel of three judges, was Gopi Patel from South Brunswick High School, who won with the drawing titled “See Tools as Jewels.” As the grand prize winner, beginning this week her artwork will be displayed in the U.S. Capitol Building for one year, along with the winners from the other Congressional Districts.

Holt Statement on Pentagon Review of Don't Ask, Don't Tell 
November 30, 2010
(Washington) – U.S. Rep. Rush Holt today issued the following statement after Secretary of Defense Robert Gates and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Adm. Mike Mullen presented the results of the Pentagon’s 10-month review of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. Based on the study and survey results, Gates and Mullen each urged the Senate to pass repeal legislation, which Holt and a majority of the House passed in May, and to send it to the President for his signature before the end of the year. A copy of the study can be found here.

“Those who cling to this misguided policy are running out of excuses. This study affirms that allowing gay Americans to serve openly won’t weaken morale. Instead, I believe that overturning Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell will strengthen our military and prevent the hemorrhage of critical talent from an already-overstretched American military engaged in multiple wars and military actions around the globe. Military leaders know this, a majority of our men and women in uniform know this, a majority of Americans know this – it is now time for Congress once and for all to ensure that gay soldiers can serve openly.”

Holt Continues to Question Science, Effectiveness of TSA Full Body Scanners 
November 22, 2010
In August, Holt Urged Congressional Leaders to Freeze Funding for Scanners Until End of Investigation

(Washington, D.C.) – U.S. Rep. Rush Holt, a scientist and the Chairman of the House Select Intelligence Oversight Panel, Friday wrote the Administrator of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), reiterating his concerns about the use of body imaging technology, notably about potential health effects and the effectiveness of the screening to detect the full range of explosive threats known or anticipated to be used by potential terrorists.

Earlier this year, the Congressional Biomedical Caucus - of which Holt is a co-chair – hosted a briefing by Dr. David Brenner of Columbia University on the potential health effects of “back scatter” x-ray devices. According to Dr. Brenner, the devices currently in use and proposed for wider deployment deliver to the scalp “20 times the average dose that is typically quoted by TSA and throughout the industry.” Dr. Brenner has pointed out that the majority of the radiation from X-ray backscatter machines strikes the top of the head, which is where 85 percent of the 800,000 cases of basal cell carcinoma diagnosed in the United States each year develop.

Chairman Miller and Representative Holt Respond to NAEP Report on High School Seniors 
November 18, 2010

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. George Miller (D-CA), the chairman of the House Education and Labor Committee, and U.S. Rep. Rush Holt (D-NJ), issued the following statement after the National Assessment Governing Board released its report on the 2009 12th Grade National Assessment of Education Progress (NAEP), which measures the progress of high school seniors across the country in math and reading. For the first time this year, the report showed the performance of high school seniors in 11 states. The report shows that 12th graders nationwide improved in math and reading since 2005, but the average reading score was lower as compared with scores from 1992.

“Nationwide, our high school seniors are not where they need to be in math and reading. It is hard to be excited about the small gains some students are making when we know that all students, in every state, in every school, need to be making gains for both their success in life and the future of this country,” said Miller. “This report makes it very clear that we need real change in our schools, so we can finally see real results on a national level. The case for dramatic education reform is written in the pages of this report. It is simply unacceptable for only a small demographic of students to progress.”

“Reports like these, while limited in fully evaluating how we educate our children, are informative. Because of the NAEP reports we know that our students have only made small gains in math. While I’m encouraged that New Jersey students are doing better in math relative to the national average, neither the state nor national assessment should be satisfactory to anyone,” said Holt. “We still must act aggressively to improve the math and science education that is critical to developing the technically sophisticated workforce that is in increasingly high demand in the 21st century.”

Lautenberg, Holt Introduce Bill to Protect College Students From Harassment 
November 18, 2010
Legislation Honors the Memory of Rutgers University Student Tyler Clementi

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senator Frank R. Lautenberg (D-NJ) and Rep. Rush Holt (NJ-12) today introduced the “Tyler Clementi Higher Education Anti-Harassment Act,” legislation that for the first time would require colleges and universities to have anti-harassment policies in place. The bills introduced in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives, also would provide funding for schools to establish or expand programs to prevent harassment of students.

“The tragic impact of bullying on college campuses has damaged too many young adults, and it is time for our colleges to put policies on the books that would protect students from harassment,” Lautenberg said. “While there is no way to eliminate the cruelty that some students choose to inflict on their peers, there should be a clear code of conduct that prohibits harassment. It is vitally important that all students have the opportunity to learn in a safe and secure environment.”

“In the wake of the Tyler Clementi tragedy, we should help colleges across the nation strengthen their anti-harassment programs and make campuses a more positive and safe atmosphere,” Holt said. “I thank Tyler’s family for their inspiring work to advance anti-harassment efforts and benefit students nationwide.”

Holt Speaks in Support of Human Rights in Burma; House to Pass Resolution in Support of Burmese People 
November 17, 2010
(Washington) - U.S. Rep. Rush Holt tonight spoke in favor of a House resolution decrying human rights violations and undemocratic elections in Burma. Holt is a member of the House Democracy Partnership and the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission. His remarks are below:

I rise today to express my strong support for House Resolution 1677 and to denounce the flawed, undemocratic elections that took place in Burma on November 7, 2010. For nearly half a century, the liberties of the Burmese people have been held hostage by successive military rulers. The regime refused to honor the results of open elections held in recent decades and then forced the acceptance of a new, illegitimate constitution in a sham referendum. Last week, the junta once again chose to disregard the will of the Burmese people by staging a fraudulent election.

Awarding Congressional Gold Medal to Dr. Muhammad Yunus 
September 23, 2010

I thank my friend from Indiana, and I rise in strong support of this legislation to award Dr. Muhammad Yunus a Congressional Gold Medal for his efforts to fight global poverty. This bill already has passed by unanimous consent in the other body. I am pleased to have introduced the House version of this bill, which garnered 297 bipartisan cosponsors, an indication of the remarkable impact of Dr. Yunus's work.

Americans for the Arts 50th Anniversary 
September 23, 2010

I rise as an original cosponsor of H. Res. 1582, to honor and salute Americans for the Arts on its 50th anniversary. My colleagues should not be surprised that two of the scientists here on the floor, the gentleman from Michigan and I, would rise to speak in favor of the arts. I want to commend Representative Slaughter for introducing this important resolution but especially for her tireless work to champion the arts and to remind us all of the importance they play in our lives and in our society.

Small Business Jobs Act 
September 23, 2010

I rise in support of the Small Business Jobs and Credit Act.

I regularly meet with Central New Jersey small business leaders and hear the difficulty they have finding the loans and credit needed to expand and hire more employees. The Small Business Jobs and Credit Act will help small businesses on Main Street to create jobs through a new $30 billion Small Business Lending Fund for small- and medium-sized community banks. In order to participate in this program, these banks will have to turn around and provide the credit that small businesses need to grow. The $30 billion fund, could leverage up to $300 billion in lending. These small- and medium-sized banks are staples in communities across the country and critical sources of capital to help small businesses get off the ground, but the financial crisis on Wall Street and subsequent recession diminished these banks' ability to lend.

Rural Energy Savings Program Act 
September 16, 2010

I rise today in support of H.R. 4785, the Rural Energy Savings Program Act, which also authorizes the Home Star Energy Efficiency Loan Program. Residential housing accounts for one-third of the Nation's total electricity demand and about 22 percent of all energy use in the United States. Moreover, it is estimated that existing technologies and practices could reduce energy use--and therefore home energy costs for American families--by up to 40 percent per home. This legislation will allow electric utilities and co-ops to make low-interest loans of a few thousand dollars to consumers who wish to make energy efficient upgrades to their homes. The loans can then be repaid on the consumers' electric bill, with most of the loan costs covered by their savings in electricity.

Commemorating September 11th 
September 16, 2010

This week the House pauses to remember those who lost their lives in the terrorist attacks on our nation some nine years ago. My district suffered casualties that day, including Cranbury, New Jersey businessman Todd Beamer. Todd's words, ``Let's Roll'', were the prelude to the first act in striking back against the terrorist who had hijacked Flight 93. His sacrifice and that of the other passengers and crew aboard Flight 93 undoubtedly save many lives that terrible day. My thoughts and prayers go out to his wife, Lisa, and his children, David, Drew, and Morgan Kay, and to all the other families who lost loved ones on that day.

Asking Questions About the New TSA Screenings 
November 24, 2010

Like many of you, I have serious questions about the Transportation Security Administration’s new body imaging technology and pat down procedures. I have written to the TSA Administrator and called for Congressional hearings about the need to look more closely at the privacy issues and effectiveness of the screenings, and especially the potential long-term health effects of the new technology.

Earlier this year, the Congressional Biomedical Caucus, which I co-chair, hosted a briefing in which Dr. David Brenner of Columbia University reported that certain scanning machines (known as “backscatter” scanners), currently in use at airports like JFK and proposed for wider deployment, deliver more radiation per screening than what TSA officials have claimed. Dr. Brenner, along with other scientists, has asserted that excessive x-ray exposure can increase an exposed individual’s chance of getting cancer. Further, these scanners deliver radiation to the head and scalp, parts of the body unlikely to be used to conceal dangerous items. Because the majority of cases of skin cancer diagnosed in the United States develop on the head, this is an unnecessary health risk.

Increasing Small Business Lending 
November 19, 2010

I supported the Small Business Jobs Act – signed into law in September – to ensure that small businesses have access to credit and tax relief. I’m pleased that the Administration is acting quickly to implement key provisions.

Last month, the Small Business Administration announced that because of the law, nearly 2,000 businesses nationwide – including ones in Lambertville, Eatontown and North Brunswick – have had their SBA-backed loan applications approved. Additionally, the New Jersey Economic Development Authority is set to receive $33.7 million, as part of the law’s State Small Business Credit Initiative, to help its small business lending efforts. New Jersey must still apply to receive the funding, which it would use to partner with private lenders to extend greater credit to small businesses.

Honoring Our Veterans 
November 12, 2010

President Lincoln – in his Second Inaugural Address, with the Civil War nearing an end – promised “to care for him who shall have borne the battle.” As we observe Veterans Day this year, such a commitment to our women and men in uniform is one of our greatest priorities.

On Thursday, I participated in Veterans Day observances in East Brunswick, Holmdel, and Lawrenceville, speaking about how we can best support those who serve, ensuring that they have the education benefits, job opportunities, and health care they need to live the best life possible.

A consistent concern I hear from veterans is that the VA is too slow responding to their needs. I’ve supported efforts to ensure that the VA has the resources and staff needed to improve significantly its responsiveness. On Wednesday I joined Monmouth Freeholder Amy Mallett and Greg Bean, the father of fallen soldier Coleman Bean, for the opening of the Monmouth County Veteran Services Office. Veteran services officers will help local veterans get their claims processed faster by the VA. This is a welcome addition to the services available to veterans in Central New Jersey.

Growing High-Tech Jobs in New Jersey 
October 15, 2010

Since the Department of Defense released $3 million in funding for the New Jersey Tech Solutions Center – which Rep. Frank Pallone and I secured in this year’s budget – the Center has already completed one contract for the Defense Department and is bidding on several others with multiple government agencies. Through these contracts, the Center, a public-private partnership, will provide employment opportunities for thousands of local residents and help grow local businesses.

Central New Jersey workers have skills and experience our country needs - skills to help us defeat a growing IED threat, skills to help us make the most of the communications technology revolution that is underway, and skills in using sensors in business applications. The Center is one way to ensure that we harness their talents and high-tech knowledge to help protect communities in New Jersey and across the country.

As I said at the event in Brookdale earlier this week, the money we succeeded in obtaining is an important down payment for the Center. This initial infusion of funding will help the Tech Center do a number of things: hire key staff, expand the scope of its federal solicitation activities, and broaden its outreach to technology companies across New Jersey. This will help the Center expand its operations to grow the area workforce and ensure that residents are engaged in defending our homeland.

Closing the Gender Pay Gap 
October 07, 2010

A new government report shows the pay gap for women in management remains significant. The report found that, on average, women comprised 40 percent of managers in 2007 and earned 81 cents for every dollar earned by male counterparts. That is only a slight increase from the 2000 study when women managers earned 79 cents for every dollar earned by male managers.

We have more to do to realize fully the principle of “Equal Pay for Equal Work.” Earlier this Congress I helped enact the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act to restore the fundamental right of women and other workers to contest pay discrimination, giving them their day in court. To prevent pay discrimination in the first place, I also helped the House pass the Paycheck Fairness Act, which would strengthen penalties for violations under the original Equal Pay Act. Unfortunately, the Senate has failed to act on the legislation. I would hope reports like this spur renewed action to address this enduring problem.

Innovation = Job Creation 
October 01, 2010

If we are going to develop a sustainable energy economy in the United States – one that creates clean energy jobs, holds down energy costs, and reduces the rate of climate change – then we must integrate energy efficiency into everything we do. While we see more and more solar collector fields and wind farms, there is an opportunity to apply energy efficient technologies to our buildings and transportation infrastructure.

Innovation is vital to economic growth and job creation, and New Jersey always has been an innovation hub. We must remember that history, and we must nurture and support entrepreneurs who are bringing their innovations to market and building the foundations of our economy.

On Monday, U.S. Secretary of Energy Steven Chu and I visited a company that is working to do just that.

Getting Answers on Anthrax Attacks 
September 22, 2010

Last year, the FBI announced it had closed its investigation of the 2001 anthrax attacks. Even though the government has decided to move on, some of us continue to have strong concerns about the FBI’s bungled investigation. All of us – but especially the families of the victims of the anthrax attacks – deserve credible answers about how the attacks happened and whether the case really should be closed.

I’m pleased to report that last month, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) – the investigative arm of Congress – agreed to investigate the scientific and technical methods used by the FBI, something I requested earlier this year. The GAO investigation will be the first Congressionally-directed investigation of the FBI’s handling of the case.

Creating Jobs and Cutting Taxes 
September 17, 2010

After months of delay following House passage, the Senate has passed legislation to help ensure that small businesses have the capital they need to get off the ground and to expand operations. It’s unfortunate that this bill was held up by partisan obstructionists, because this is something that could have helped small businesses months ago.

I regularly listen to small business leaders describe the difficulty they have finding the loans and credit needed to expand and hire more employees. The Small Business Jobs and Credit Act will create a new lending fund for small- and medium-sized community banks to deliver loans to small businesses. Community banks provide the credit that small businesses need to grow and create jobs in communities across the country, but the financial crisis on Wall Street and subsequent recession diminished these banks’ ability to lend. The legislation includes tough performance-based incentives to make sure that these banks lend to small businesses. The bill also cuts taxes by $12 billion on small businesses.

My Visit to the Middle East 
September 10, 2010

Last weekend, I led the first Congressional delegation visit to Israel and Jordan since the start of new peace talks between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Mahmoud Abbas. The trip was part of my duties as chairman of the House Committee on Appropriations Select Intelligence Oversight Panel, and our 3-member delegation met with high-level intelligence and government officials to discuss the peace process and the security of Israeli citizens.

Our meetings with Prime Minister Netanyahu and King Abdullah of Jordan were instructive. Prime Minister Netanyahu sees this as a critical time and believes that he is in a unique position to achieve a negotiated peace that will preserve the security of Israel. He says that both he and President Abbas must challenge their constituencies if the negotiations are to succeed. King Abdullah has made clear that success will require commitment from other countries in the region, and he is working arduously with several others to gain cooperation. There is no shortage of skepticism when discussing prospects for peace. Yet, the developments of the last few weeks have been encouraging. It will take courage and sacrifice to secure a just, permanent, and peaceful settlement that both guarantees Israel's security and establishes a viable Palestinian state. Having returned from the Middle East, I will do what I can do support such efforts.

Strengthening First Responder Communications 
August 31, 2010

One of the key findings of the 9/11 Commission was the need to ensure that first responders can communicate with each other, especially during emergencies. Nine years after the attack on our homeland exposed communications failings, we still must do more to support our first responders.

I am pleased that New Jersey is receiving $39.6 million in federal funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) to create an interoperable wireless public safety broadband network that will improve first responders communications during an emergency. Earlier this year, I joined a number of members of the New Jersey Congressional Delegation in support of funding, which is expected to improve coordination between 51 public safety agencies and 30,000 public safety users, including those in Middlesex County.

This is another example of New Jersey benefiting from investments we made when we enacted the Recovery Act. This funding will create jobs to set up this network and help keep our communities safe.