Great Decisions is America’s largest discussion program on world affairs. The program model involves reading the Great Decisions Briefing Book, watching the DVD and meeting in a Discussion Group to discuss the most critical global issues facing America today.
Prepare to discuss the world! Join us for a lecture and then a lively discussion on contemporary topics as they relate to world affairs. Great Decisions is an educational program, with materials provided by the Foreign Policy Association. Drop in and join the conversation.
Everybody is welcome. $30 cost for publication.
Contact the Washington Township Library for details on the Discussion Group – attention Dylan V.
|To recap his time in Congress, Tom shared his final report detailing legislative initiatives and constituent services provided since January 2019. |
He held over 140 public town hall meetings throughout his time in office – including virtually amid the COVID-19 pandemic. These events were open to all and gave constituents the opportunity to ask questions and hear updates from Congress. His office also held over 6,000 meetings with constituents since the start of 2019, and replied to over 100,000 letters, emails, and phone calls. Tom’s office resolved over 11,400 service requests from constituents seeking help obtaining federal benefits like veterans assistance and Social Security, getting tax refunds, resolving travel and immigration issues, and receiving resources for small businesses during the pandemic. Working one person at a time, the office recovered over $105 million in federal benefits for individual constituents. It also held 75 mobile office hour pop-ups to reach residents where they live and offer them help.
He clawed back millions of federal dollars to communities across the 7th Congressional District. In four years, the District has received over $9.6 billion in federal grant funding. This includes funds for local infrastructure projects including the Gateway Program, community health programs, and support for local nonprofits and small businesses.
Tom helped pass historic legislation, including the biggest investment ever in rebuilding American infrastructure, as well as bills to make prescription drugs and health insurance more affordable, the CHIPS Act to bring manufacturing back to America, and to restore American leadership in clean energy and the fight against climate change.
Throughout the 116th and 117th Congress, Tom introduced 61 pieces of legislation, and cosponsored over 955. Bills introduced by Tom include the Protecting Americans Against Dangerous Algorithms Act, the first ever legislation to hold large social media platforms legally accountable for their algorithmic amplification of harmful, radicalizing content that leads to violence, and the bipartisan ENABLERS Act, the biggest overhaul of America’s anti-money laundering laws in a generation, which passed the House this year. Tom led the House in passing a condemnation of the QAnon movement, and restored funding for Department of Homeland Security programs to combat domestic violent extremism. He introduced legislation to ensure landowners in Hunterdon County were able to exercise their right to challenge dangerous energy projects like the PennEast Pipeline. His efforts helped convince the pipeline company’s decision to shut down the project in September, 2021. Other bills of note introduced by Tom include legislation that passed the House to seize and sell the assets of oligarchs whose wealth is linked to Vladimir Putin and repurpose the funds to benefit the Ukrainian People.
Where you see wrong or inequality or injustice, speak out, because this is your country. This is your democracy. Make it. Protect it. Pass it on. – Thurgood Marshall
The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy. – Martin Luther King, Jr.
Democracy is not a spectator sport, it’s a participatory event. If we don’t participate in it, it ceases to be a democracy. – Lotte Scharfman’s
Courage is found in unlikely places. – JRR Tolkien __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
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