Congressman Payne endorsed by the New Jersey Firefighters Mutual Benevolent Association

Congressman Payne endorsed by the New Jersey Firefighters Mutual Benevolent Association

NEWARK, NJ – The New Jersey Firefighters Mutual Benevolent Association (FMBA) is supporting U.S. Representative Donald Payne, Jr. in the upcoming Democratic primary election. Union leaders highlighted Rep. Payne’s commitment to public safety and his record of delivering to first responders and emergency officials during the endorsement.

“The FMBA is proud to support Congressman Payne’s re-election campaign in the upcoming Democratic primary,” said Eddie Donnelly, president of the New Jersey Firefighters Mutual Benevolent Association. “Congressman Payne has always been a strong ally for first responders and unions, working for years on legislation that allows emergency service personnel to purchase innovative technologies that keep our first responders safe and public. As a member of the Homeland Security Committee, the congressman has demonstrated a deep understanding of the needs of emergency personnel and first responders and his commitment to public safety is paramount.

As a member of the Homeland Security Committee and past chair of the Homeland Security Subcommittee on Emergency Preparedness, Response, and Recovery, Rep. Payne worked tirelessly to ensure that early 10th District responders and communities are adequately equipped and prepared for emergencies and natural disasters. disasters. During his tenure as a congressman, Rep. Payne was instrumental in passing legislation establishing the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet). This has created a dedicated and secure national broadband network ensuring that first responders and emergency personnel have access to the service and can communicate effectively in times of crisis. Rep. Payne is also the author of the “First Responder Access to Innovative Technology Act” which updates the federal grant process for the purchase of new equipment and systems for first responders. In 2020, Congressman Payne co-sponsored the “Campus Fire Safety Education Act” with Congressman Bill Pascrell and Senator Bob Menendez to provide grants through the Department of Education to increase awareness of fires and to create fire safety and education programs at institutes of higher learning across the country.

“I’m proud to receive the endorsement of the union representing so many of New Jersey’s bravest people, and I thank FMBA President Eddie Donnelly and his team for their vote of confidence,” said Congressman Payne. “As a member of the Homeland Security Committee, I will continue to fight for our first responders in Washington and work to secure funding for necessary personnel, training and equipment for the working men and women. so hard to keep the public safe.”

Congressman Payne has also endorsed by the New Jersey Education Associationand his campaign will release additional endorsements from labor organizations, elected officials and advocacy groups in the coming weeks.

About Congressman Payne:

A lifelong Newark resident, Congressman Donald Payne, Jr., is a champion of working families, Democratic values, and fights to provide more opportunities for people in black and brown communities. He is a devoted husband and father and a former union member with a blue-collar background who has immense respect for the dignity of labor and the value of organized labor. A five-term congressman, he was first elected in 2012 to succeed his late father, legendary Representative Donald Payne, Sr., who was the first black congressman in state history. . Congressman Payne is chairman of the Railroads, Pipelines and Hazardous Materials Subcommittee on the powerful House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, which has jurisdiction over major infrastructure initiatives, including the Gateway Project, which are essential to New Jersey’s economy. Congressman Payne co-authored the House version of President Joe Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Act and supported key progressive legislation like the Build Back Better plan, the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act, the Equality Act, the John Lewis Voting Rights Act and more.

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