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Representing the 9th District of New Jersey in the House of Representatives. Proud Patersonian. Chairman, House Ways & Means Subcommittee on Oversight.
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15 Jun
Rightwing domestic terrorism is a threat to every community in America — and it is growing.

At long last we have a President ready to call it out by name and crush it.
I’ve been sounding the alarm on rightwing domestic extremism for over a decade.

Back in 2009 I pleaded w/ my colleagues to listen to the warnings. They were tragically buried after Rush Limbaugh and other liars created a firestorm.
No beating around the bush. Coldblooded murderers, rampaging neo-nazis, militia maniacs, and other domestic terrorists have exploded bc trump and republicans have spent years winking at, nodding to, and encouraging their violence.
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4 May
Our annual Congressional Art Competition produced some outstanding entries. Check out the three winners: we have some artistic geniuses in North Jersey!
First place: “Left Behind” by Gian Lee of Englewood Cliffs. Terrific right?!
Second place: “Generation Division” by Jessalyn Lee of Palisades Park. I think I sometimes channel this one!
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25 Mar
For 11 years, gop states have refused to expand Medicaid, killing their own citizens out of spite for the ACA.

The American Rescue Plan includes $34 Billion to coax the holdouts to sanity. I'm praying state leaders like TN republicans stop clinging to cruelty and do this.
The 12 states that *still* refuse to expand Medicaid through the ACA are AL GA FL KS MS NC SC SD TN TX WI WY.

Future generations will be stunned by republicans who killed thousands of their own neighbors just to spite President Obama and the ACA.
motherjones.com/politics/2021/…
I want to reiterate: these states have thrown away billions and killed their neighbors because of petty hatred for Barack Obama and the ACA.

Our American Rescue Plan offers them ever more to save lives. At long last will the holdouts end their zealotry?
clarionledger.com/story/news/202…
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18 Mar
Today I’m joining @GerryConnolly 50+ members laying out the case why President Biden must fire the entire Postal Board of Governors to save your USPS.
pascrell.house.gov/news/documents…
On January 25 I became the first member calling for the entire Postal board to be fired for their silence and complicity in trump and dejoy’s attempts to subvert the election and destroy the Post Office.
Trump confessed he was wrecking @USPS to rig the election. His toady Postmaster General dejoy carried out that arson. It’s time to clean house.

Dejoy should be fired but also prosecuted. In August I called for dejoy to face criminal subversion charges.
huffpost.com/entry/trump-de…
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10 Mar
Today we will enact final passage of maybe the most important bill I've ever voted on: President Biden's American Rescue Plan. I want to break down some of its parts (🧵)
Our #AmericanRescuePlan sends money *directly* to you and your family and will save 1 Million worker pensions.
The #AmericanRescuePlan invests big in public schools so we can safely reopen them as soon as possible, while keeping teachers and staff protected.
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3 Mar
Democracy #HR1 🧵.

After losing badly in November, republicans across America are working feverishly to make voting more difficult, close polling locations, purge voter rolls, and block absentee voting.

The gop wants a rebirth of Jim Crow. Image
In 2013, the Supreme Court gutted the Voting Rights Act, opening the door to republicans’ attempts to bring back Jim Crow.

Today we will pass #HR1 to revive the VRA and protect your right to vote from gop war on democracy. Image
#HR1 will protect democracy

🗳Block voter suppression laws
🗳Ban extreme gerrymandering
🗳Expand ballot access
🗳Stop dark money
🗳Election Day ➡️ National holiday Image
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27 Feb
Tonight in the House we will pass perhaps the most important bill I've ever voted on: Pres Biden's #AmericanRescuePlan. I want to break down some of its parts (🧵)
Our #AmericanRescuePlan sends money *directly* to you and your family, and it invests in our workforce.
The #AmericanRescuePlan invests big in public schools so we can safely reopen them as soon as possible, while keeping teachers and staff protected.
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4 Feb
🚨 The @USATODAY editorial board is echoing my call to fire the entire USPS Board of Governors so we can start to rebuild your Post Office.
usatoday.com/story/opinion/…
On Jan 25 I was the first member of Congress calling for @POTUS to fire the entire USPS top leadership. They’re complicit in dejoy’s destruction. Americans are fed up. It’s time to clean house.
This year Congress will focus on preserving the Post Office for the next century. We will again pass the USPS Fairness Act mcconnell blocked for 333 days.

@USPS needs committed leaders and bold solutions. I explore how in my @monthly essay 👇
washingtonmonthly.com/magazine/april…
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20 Jan
I am honored and I am delighted and I am awed to watch Joe Biden be sworn in a few feet away in 90 minutes. #Inauguration2021 🇺🇸 🇺🇸 🇺🇸
A view of the bandstand. Likely many requests for FDR’s song Happy Days Are Here Again. #Inauguration2021
Rest assured New Jersey and Ohio are well represented here today @RepMarcyKaptur @RepTimRyan #Inauguration2021
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19 Jan
Tomorrow we will have a new President.

In donald trump’s blessed final hours this thread names some of his specific crimes and bad acts so they’re never forgotten or swept under the carpet.
Abuse of power. Trump was rightly impeached for using his office to help himself politically.
nytimes.com/2019/12/18/us/…
Bribery. Trump pocketed enormous bribes through his hotels.
independent.co.uk/news/world/ame…
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17 Jan
🧵 On January 6 rightwing extremists attacked your nation’s Capitol, tried to kill, and sought to end democracy.

Every American should watch these harrowing videos from @NewYorker to see up close the fascism that now stands at our doorstep.
Before they breached the Capitol, the fascist mob constructed gallows and nooses and threatened police officers with violence.
The mob then attacked Capitol police officers and forced their way in, hunting for Members of Congress.
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17 Jan
🚨With three days left in his miserable tenure, trump and other criminals in his orbit are talking about buying and selling pardons.

Anyone involved in this scheme should be locked up including trump.
nytimes.com/2021/01/17/us/… ImageImage
It should surprise no one that trump’s disgraced personal lawyer rudy giuliani is involved in a pardons-for-bribes scam and was reported to the FBI for allegedly seeking $2 Million to buy a pardon from trump.

In November I filed a complaint against rudy demanding his disbarment. ImageImage
Even less surprising trump has been discussing pardoning himself and his kids.

Reminder: pardons issued to stop probes of the trump crime family would be prosecutable obstruction of justice and any trump self-pardons would be illegal and unenforceable.
nytimes.com/2021/01/17/us/… Image
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14 Jan
I’ve been sounding the alarm on rightwing domestic extremism for over a decade.

Back in 2009 I pleaded w/ my colleagues to listen to Mr. Johnson’s warnings. His report was tragically buried after Rush Limbaugh and other liars created a firestorm.

But his predictions came true.
In 2017 after Charlottesville I interviewed Mr. Johnson (@DTAnalytics). Listen carefully. He’s been right about rightwing terror longer than anyone.
Rightwing domestic terrorism is a threat to every community in America — and it’s growing.

Coldblooded murderers, rampaging neo-nazis, militia maniacs, and other domestic terrorists have exploded bc trump has spent 4 years winking at, nodding to, and encouraging their violence.
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13 Jan
I just voted to impeach donald trump for inciting insurrection and trying to violently end American democracy.
Donald Trump is dangerous and the greatest internal threat ever to American democracy. Trump sowed insurrection to overthrow our government and he came close to succeeding. Trump engaged in treason.
Trump's atrocities have not abated but accelerated by failure to constrain him. The blood of dead is on his hands. If his actions are not impeachable, then nothing is. And when he is out of office, trump must be prosecuted for his crimes too.
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11 Jan
I’m cosponsoring @RepCori's resolution. Any House members who tried to overturn the election and install a dictator violated the Constitution and should not sit in Congress.
Back on December 11th I was the *first* member to demand against seating in Congress anyone supporting insurrection against the government. They are violating Sec 3 of the Fourteenth Amendment. ImageImage
Section 3 of the 14th Amendment was written after the Civil War to bar from government any traitors who would seek to destroy the Union. It forbids Congressmembers from engaging in insurrection against America.

Trying to overturn an election is a pretty clear example of that. Image
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4 Jan
In November, I called for the prosecution of donald trump.

With today's bombshell report of trump's attempted vote-rigging on tape, I want to do a thread highlighting some of his specific crimes and bad acts from A to Z.

What follows is the tip of the iceberg.
Abuse of power. Trump was rightly impeached for high crimes and using his office to help himself politically. nytimes.com/2019/12/18/us/…
Bribery. Trump has pocketed enormous bribes through his hotels. independent.co.uk/news/world/ame…
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23 Dec 20
On bill barr’s last day as the most corrupt Attorney General America‘s ever had, let me reup my thread of some of his lowlights
Barr lied about the contents of the Mueller Report’s findings to the public right out of the gate and repeatedly lied about them under oath.
nytimes.com/2020/03/05/us/…
Barr intervened to let trump's convicted friend slimeball roger stone off scot-free after stone coordinated with putin vessels to leak dirt during the 2016 election
amp.usatoday.com/amp/5424112002
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14 Dec 20
With bill barr leaving we can never forget barr’s constitutional crime spree and rampage against the rule of law.

This thread provides some lowlights.
Barr lied about the contents of the Mueller Report’s findings to the public right out of the gate and repeatedly lied about them under oath.
nytimes.com/2020/03/05/us/…
Barr intervened to let trump's convicted friend slimeball roger stone off scot-free after stone coordinated with putin vessels to leak dirt during the 2016 election
lawfareblog.com/prosecutors-am…
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23 Nov 20
This week I called for the prosecution of donald trump and his government enablers.

Some have asked me to name his specific crimes and bad acts. So I wanted to do a thread highlighting a few of them to show the scope of his disgraces.

What follows is the tip of the iceberg.
Exhibit A: Tax evasion. There is clear evidence of tax evasion by trump, his siblings, and his children, courtesy of exhaustive investigative reporting.
nytimes.com/2020/11/19/nyr…
Exhibit B: Obstruction of justice. Trump openly confessed firing the head of the FBI to stop a criminal probe of his aide Mike Flynn who sold out America.
vanityfair.com/news/2017/05/j…
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13 Apr 20
My @USPS explainer thread:

📬Handles 47% world’s mail
📦Ships ~150 billion ✉️/yr
🚚Delivers more in 16 days than UPS+FedEx ship combined in a yr
👩🏾👦🏼500,000 career employees
🏢31,000 locations

You can send a ✉️ from Key West ➡️ Utqiagvik AK for less than the cost of a candy bar
No surprise then that Americans rank the post office maybe the most popular arm of government. A 2018 Pew poll found 88% of Americans have a positive view of @USPS.

Try to find something else in our government 88% of Americans support.
The post office birthed a 2nd American revolution. USPS precipitated road building & allowed people to fan out across the land. Postal contracts sustained transcontinental 🚂. It was the post that got the govt to invest in aviation & birth commercial ✈️ .
uspsoig.gov/sites/default/…
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