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After several formal requests by the NJGOP (Steinhardt asks Justice Department to probe administration’s handling of long-term care facilities, FEMA funds and Steinhardt seeks probe of long-term facility deaths), the DOJ has begun the first phase of an investigation into the actions of the Murphy Administration that led to the deaths of over 7,000 seniors and veterans in New Jersey’s long term care facilities.
“The Murphy Administration turned veteran and senior homes into death traps by sending Covid-positive patients into these facilities against CDC guidance, and the families of the more than 7,000 victims deserve justice,” said NJGOP Chairman Doug Steinhardt. “Thank you to the Department of Justice for hearing New Jersey’s cries for help.”
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WALL STREET JOURNAL
Republicans said the governor’s budget plan relied too much on tax increases and borrowing. Doug Steinhardt, chairman of the New Jersey Republican Party, also said it was inappropriate for the state to make the record $4.9 billion pension payment without asking public-sector unions to make sacrifices related to their state-funded retirement plans.
“In the middle of a pandemic, where every New Jersey household and small business has sacrificed, made tough choices, and scaled back its spending, Phil Murphy’s appetite to spend your money is growing,” said Mr. Steinhardt.
Congratulations President Trump!
NJGOP Chairman Doug Steinhardt released the following statement regarding Donald J. Trump’s acceptance of the Republican party’s nomination for President:
“The GOP convention has been a celebration of American greatness and an optimistic view of our nation’s potential. President Trump has clearly outlined his plan to fight for this country and in turn we are celebrating his leadership and commitment to the American people.
“Trump is the ultimate check and balance on the insane spending being pushed by Democrats leaders like Phil Murphy. This November, we have a clear choice: continue our Great American Comeback or go down the Joe Biden and the radical Democrats’ road of liberal policies that will bankrupt New Jersey.”
Congressman Chris Smith
Congressman Chris Smith is one of the most prolific legislators in the House of Representatives in writing important, comprehensive legislation that benefits New Jersey’s families. Chris knows how to get results, ranking second among all his colleagues in successfully turning bills into law. Chris is also widely renowned for his effective constituent services, helping more than 90,000 individuals and families resolve a wide range of problems.
Chris is a leader we can trust to continuing fighting for us and our families.
Senator Joe Pennacchio and Senator Anthony M. Bucco have introduced legislation to ensure seniors living in veterans and nursing facilities would no longer be subject to the inhumane conditions known to exist in the homes during the pandemic. The measure sets testing and visitation requirements and employment restrictions in response to the COVID outbreak.
Senator Pennacchio and Senator Bucco have introduced legislation to ensure seniors living in veterans and nursing facilities would no longer be subject to the inhumane conditions known to exist in the homes during the pandemic. (SenateNJ.com)
“These are the most vulnerable members of our society, and they have the right to expect responsive, respectful and caring treatment and safe living conditions,” said Pennacchio (R-26). “The reality hasn’t met those expectations, and as a result, 7,000 souls died in the state’s care. This bill will help address issues that contributed to the loss of life. These changes are crucial to protecting residents now during the pandemic.”
The bill (S-2897) establishes requirements for procedures and visitation at long-term care facilities, including mandating all staff of the facilities to be tested for active infection at least once each week, and as soon as they present symptoms of the coronavirus.
“Nursing home residents and staff were recklessly exposed to the virus as it spread from person to person inside the facilities,” said Bucco (R-25). “Consistent monitoring will help contain infection, keep residents healthy, and save lives. It must be standard procedure. The lives of health-fragile seniors depend on it.”
Under the bill, visitors will be allowed inside facilities once per day for visits within the resident’s room or a designated visitation area if there is more than one resident in the room. Visitors must be screened for signs of COVID, and protocols must be in place to ensure visitors have as little contact as possible with staff and other residents.
“It is impossible to fathom the fear residents must have suffered in the hopeless isolation of facilities lacking the tools and the expertise to contain the virus or treat acute illness behind the walls,” said Pennacchio. “Their terror was only magnified by the ban on visitors that left them alone and forgotten. Homes can maintain safety without withholding personal contact from patients.”
The inability to visit residents also took a toll on families, said Bucco.
“This issue is personal for me. My family currently has a loved one in a long-term care facility,” Bucco noted. “I can tell you first hand that there is a significant impact on families who are unable to see and interact with their loved ones. The helplessness and isolation is unnecessary, and the legislation will eliminate it.”
In addition, any employee or contractor at a facility who tests positive for the virus will be required to self-quarantine at home until symptoms pass and a negative test is confirm.
This bill is designated as Sally’s Law, in memory of Sally Griscavage Florek, a resident who was infected by the virus at a nursing home and died before what would have been her 100th birthday on August 1. After a fall she was transported to the hospital for treatment and was released back to the nursing home, where she eventually succumbed to COVID-19.
“My mother died on April 15 and COVID was listed as cause of death,” said Phyllis Florek. “Dozens of residents died in her facility. My prayer is that a thorough investigation of the causes of this human tragedy be conducted resulting in significant changes in the delivery of care in facilities. Her death and that of others should not be in vain.”
President Trump welcomes 5 new American Citizens!
President Trump joined Acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf yesterday as five new American Citizens took the Oath of Allegiance to the United States during a naturalization ceremony at the White House.
“Today, America rejoices as we welcome five absolutely incredible new members into our great American family,” President Trump said.
“You are now fellow citizens of the greatest nation on the face of God’s Earth.”
Hailing from Bolivia, Lebanon, India, Sudan, and Ghana, these five new Americans have embraced our country’s values and laws. They’ll contribute both as citizens and as participants in the great American economy. The group includes a small business owner, a teacher, a software developer, a veterinarian, and a medical worker.
President Trump believes in an immigration system that is pro-American, pro-immigrant, and pro-worker. By restoring the rule of law, fairness, and security at our border, our leaders in Washington can protect the safety and prosperity of all Americans while helping our new citizens assimilate and flourish.
Last year, President Trump proposed moving America to a merit-based immigration system that would accomplish just that. “Our plan includes a sweeping modernization of our dysfunctional legal immigration process,” President Trump said. “The system will finally be fair, transparent, and promote equality and opportunity for all.”
Despite inaction from Congress, America’s immigration system continues to make strides under President Trump. Historic agreements with Mexico and other countries are making the border safer for legal immigrants and protecting citizens all across our country.
Thanks to President Trump and thousands of brave law enforcement officers who make the system work each day, all Americans—including millions of devoted legal immigrants—have an opportunity to achieve the American Dream for their families.
FIVE STORIES PRESIDENT TRUMP DOESN’T WANT YOU TO MISS
You Can’t Handle Rioting Radicals Like University Unrest
–New York Post
“Since the 1960s, campus leaders have perfected a script. Student activists can take over administrative offices or the library. These violations are tolerated, as long as not too much is disrupted . . . In recent months, we have seen this script applied to city streets, where the costs are higher than having to bite your lip as inflamed 19-year-olds berate you,” R.R. Reno writes.
Justice Department Asks New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania for COVID Data on Nursing Home Deaths
-Just the News
“The Justice Department on Wednesday requested COVID-19 data from four states it says required nursing homes to accept residents infected with the coronavirus, policies that may have rendered elderly Americans ‘unnecessarily put at risk’ . . . [and] ‘which may have resulted in the deaths of thousands of elderly nursing home residents,’” Daniel Payne reports.
Trump Plan Would Cure School Re-Opening Chaos
“From Los Angeles to New York, and many stops in between, America’s public school teachers’ unions have demanded that schools remain physically closed, that police forces be defunded, and that unrealistic COVID-testing policies be implemented . . . These unions do not seem to care that it is the most disadvantaged students in our nation who will be most negatively affected by their decisions,” Kevin Nicholson writes.
Enough Is Enough: Trump Gave Veterans Real and Permanent Choice
“It’s been more than a year since President Trump ushered in the greatest improvement to veteran health care since World War II, and the media still refuse to credit him with this accomplishment. Reporters are playing word games instead of reporting the facts, and are failing to tell the public what millions of veterans know: the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has never worked better,” VA Secretary Robert Wilkie writes.
White House Announces $750M Deal for Abbott Labs’ COVID-19 Rapid Test
“The White House has announced a $750 million deal with Abbott Laboratories Thursday to buy 150 million of its new rapid coronavirus tests,” Lucas Manfredi writes. This major development in testing will save lives by further protecting America’s most vulnerable and will allow our country to get more Americans safely back to work and school.