U.S. Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman
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Hi [firstname],

On January 3rd, Democrats took over in the House of Representatives. While we set a full agenda for the next two years — addressing the challenges in our voting system, climate change, gun violence and more — the partial government shutdown forced us to work on getting federal employees back to work first. Before the current deal was reached, I voted 11 times on measures to re-open government. I’m glad that Congress can now get to work on the issues.

Here’s what I’ve been working on in Washington:

Addressing Gun Violence

Gun violence continues to plague our society at levels unseen anywhere else in the world, and I’m happy to see Congress finally doing something about it. I voted to support two bi-partisan bills that would expand background checks and ensure that guns aren’t transferred until that basic step is completed. This is tremendous progress — the first measure to receive a vote on the House floor in decades — but it can’t be all we do to stop the loss of life.

Last month, I re-introduced two commonsense measures to end this epidemic, The Stop Online Ammunition Sales Act, which would require someone purchasing ammunition online to appear in person with a photo ID and flag sales of more than 1,000 rounds to one person in a 5-day period, and the Handgun Licensing and Registration Act, which would set basic standards like training, background checks and registration of all firearms.

You can read more about these bills here.

Calling out Hypocrisy on Immigration Policy

Each year at the State of the Union, Members of Congress invite guests that call attention to the need to pass legislation on a variety of policy fronts. This year, my guest was Victorina Morales, a resident of Bound Brook, New Jersey and an undocumented immigrant formerly employed by the Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster. For 35 days, critical agencies closed because, according to the President, "year after year, countless Americans are murdered by criminal illegal aliens." I invited Victorina to demonstrate two things: that immigrants, by and large, are law abiding and hardworking, and that the President’s own organization was happy to hire them for that very reason. I support immigration reform that includes a pathway to citizenship for constituents like Victorina, permanent protections for Dreamers, and reforms that acknowledge a fundamental fact: we are, and have always been a nation of immigrants and we’re stronger thanks to their contributions.

Watson Coleman with Victorina Morales (center) another former employee Sandra Diaz (left), and their lawyer discussing immigration policy.

Serving New Jersey in New Ways
I have been truly honored to serve the 12th District and the residents of New Jersey since I first came to Congress in 2015. As I begin my third term, I’m now proud to serve in a new way — as a member of the House Committee on Appropriations. Appropriations wields the constitutional “power of the purse,” and is responsible for annual spending legislation that sets the budgets for the vast majority federal agencies and programs — including the programs that most impact New Jersey’s families. In this new role, I will continue to fight for the values my constituents elected me to represent — the needs of working families, the protection of our environment, and policies that advance fair economic growth. You can learn more about my committee and subcommittee assignments for the 116th Congress here.
Upcoming Mobile Offices
Our mobile and satellite offices provide the same connections to services and assistance with federal agencies that my Ewing office offers, closer to home for you. Here are our next locations:

Plainfield Satellite Office:

Located at Plainfield City Hall (515 Watchung Ave, Plainfield, NJ 07060)

Wednesday, March, 6th 2019 from 10AM until 4PM  

Wednesday April 3rd, 2019 from 10AM until 4PM

Mobile Offices: 

Monroe Township: Wednesday March 13th  from 10 AM to 1 PM at the Monroe Township Public Library (4 Municipal Plaza, Monroe Township, NJ 08831)

Hightstown: Wednesday April 10th from 2PM to 5 PM at the Mercer County Library: Hightstown Memorial Branch (114 Franklin St, Hightstown, NJ 08520)

Plainsboro: Friday, March 29th from 11 AM to 2 PM at the Plainsboro Public Library (9 Van Doren Street, Plainsboro Township, NJ 08536)

News from Ewing
Last month, my Ewing, New Jersey office collected more than 3,000 valentines from schools across the 12th District for our Valentines for Veterans program. It's always an amazing feeling to help thank our veterans for their service, and I'm grateful to every student who joined our effort.

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850 Bear Tavern Road Suite 201
Ewing, NJ 08628
Phone: (609) 883-0026
Fax: (609) 883-2093
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