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From left, Reps. Andy Kim, Donald Norcross, Mikie Sherrill and Josh Gottheimer. (Photo: Kevin Sanders for New Jersey Globe)

Sherrill, Kim appointed to NDAA Committee

Gottheimer, Problem Solvers push for stimulus

By Nikita Biryukov, November 18 2020 7:49 pm

The House voted to appoint Reps. Mikie Sherrill (D-Montclair) and Andy Kim (D-Bordentown) to new positions in their second terms Wednesday.

It voted to name Sherrill and Kim to the National Defense Authorization Act Conference Committee. Sherrill will represent the House Science, Space and Technology Committee. She chairs its Environment Subcommittee.

“In July, we passed a bipartisan NDAA that prioritizes the health and safety of our service members and makes key investments to advance the military’s technology, supply chain, and culture,” Sherrill said. “I look forward to working with my colleagues to ensure we find bipartisan agreement that maintains these priorities.”

The term will be Kim’s second on the bicameral NDAA panel.

“Being a strong voice for our Joint Base and the men and women who serve there means having a seat at the table when decisions are made, and I’m proud to be named again as a conferee to ensure this year’s NDAA reflects the priorities of our Joint Base and community,” Kim said. “I’m proud of the work we were able to do last year to raise pay for our troops, end the use of dangerous PFAS chemicals that threatened our water, and brought money back to New Jersey.”

The committee last year passed a 3% pay raise for servicemembers. Kim said he wanted them to get another raise this year.

Rep. Josh Gottheimer (D-Wyckoff), meanwhile, is taking his and the Problem Solvers’ focus to the next round of stimulus.

He and fellow Problem Solvers Caucus Co-Chair Rep. Tom Reed (R-N.Y.) on Wednesday said the end of the election meant it was time for parties to come back to the negotiating table.

“Prior to the election, all parties at the negotiating table expressed a readiness to get a bipartisan deal done, and, yet, the American people are still waiting to receive the relief they deserve. We cannot delay any longer,” they said. “After meeting with Senators from both parties and Administration officials earlier this week, it is clear that there is an opportunity to get bipartisan, urgently-needed assistance to American families and small businesses.”

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