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Rep. Tom Malinowski (D-Ringoes). Photo by Kevin Sanders for the New Jersey Globe.

Malinowski joins Problems Solvers Caucus

By David Wildstein, January 22 2021 4:16 pm

Another New Jersey congressman has joined the House Problem Solvers Caucus.

Rep. Tom Malinowski (D-Ringoes) was one of sixteen new members named to the increasingly influential panel co-chaired by Rep. Josh Gottheimer (D-Wyckoff).

“There’s nothing more urgent for our country than breaking the gridlock in Congress and getting legislation to President Biden’s desk — and with both Houses so closely divided, the only sure way to do that is to build bipartisan consensus from the start,” Malinowski said.

The caucus has 28 members from each political party, including Rep. Christopher Smith (R-Hamilton).

“I’m honored to welcome Tom to the Caucus, as we expand the ranks of Jersey Problem Solvers to three,” said Gottheimer.  “We all bring different perspectives to the table, but we’re all committed to breaking through the partisan gridlock in Congress to help move our state and country forward.”

Last year, the Problem Solvers Caucus, joined by a bi-partisan group of U.S. Senators, played a key role in  negotiating a new coronavirus stimulus package eventually approved by outgoing President Donald Trump.

“I look forward to working with the Problem Solvers Caucus to enact legislation that will rebuild our economy, protect our environment, improve our health care, and restore confidence in our democracy,” Malinowski stated.

During his 2018 campaign, Malinowski dismissed claims by Rep. Leonard Lance (R-Clinton Township) that the Problem Solvers Caucus would gain influence during the second half of Trump’s term.

Malinowski maintained that that the caucus already had enough members to overrule the House Republican majority on issues like restoring the SALT deduction and universal background checks for the purchasing of guns.

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