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ENG: Rush Dew Holt, Jr. (born October 15, 1948) is the U.S. Representative for New Jersey's 12th congressional district. He is a member of the Democratic Party. He is currently the only Quaker in Congress. Early life and education Rush D. Holt was born to Rush D. Holt Sr., who served as a United States Senator from West Virginia (1935–1941), and his wife Helen Holt, the first woman to be appointed West Virginia Secretary of State (1957–1959). Holt Sr. was the youngest person ever to be popularly elected to the U.S. Senate, at age 29. He died of cancer when Rush was six years old. Holt graduated from the Landon School in Bethesda, MD in 1966, then later graduated with a B.A. in physics from Carleton College in Minnesota, and later received his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in ...
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Sen.Lautenberg, Rep.Holt Settle Lawsuit By For. Elec. Worker

The campaigns of U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg and Rep. Rush Holt have paid $39,000 to settle a lawsuit by a former election worker who was fired for hiring blacks to campaign in predominantly white neighborhoods. Angela Genova, a lawyer for both campaigns, confirmed the settlement, which showed up in recently filed campaign finance documents for the New Jersey Democrats. The deal was first reported by The Star-Ledger of Newark. Genova called the lawsuit “baseless” and “frivolous.” ... Source: cbslocal.com

Holt answers questions on Fracking and Oil from Tar Sand

On Monday October 17, 2011 US Congressman Rush Holt of NJ 12th. District held a Town Hall meeting in Lawrenceville, NJ. The following is 15 minutes from the 105 minutes of the town Hall Meeting “full unabridged version is also on Vimeo” where he was asked and discussed many topics relevant to people within his congressional district. During the meeting Congressman Holt answered three questions regarding fossil fuel energy including two on Fracking for Gas and one on the process of getting oil from Tar Sands. In the House, Rep. Rush Holt, D-12th District, was among three ...

Holt: the U.S. had more than twice as much debt in 1944 ...

Federal debt pales in comparison to what the government owed during World War II, according to U.S. Rep. Rush Holt.The congressman said in a recent telephone town hall meeting that despite facing mounds of debt in 1944, the United States made major investments in education. Yet now, lawmakers are talking about cutting federal aid for education when the nation’s debt is half of what it was 67 years ago, he claimed."In 1944, this country was in debt like we had never been before or have been since. I'll repeat that. We were in debt more than twice as much as we are now," Holt (D-12th ...

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The Shutdown in New Jersey
About 31,000 New Jerseyans work for the federal government.  Many of these public servants have been furloughed; the remainder are continuing to perform their duties but will not be paid until Congress funds the government.  As a result, Moody’s Analytics estimates that a three-to-four week shutdown would cut economic growth nationwide by more than half in the fourth quarter.Due to the shutdown, the Children’s Home Society – which administers the Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) program in Mercer County – could not write any food or milk vouchers last week, impacting several thousand women and their families.  The state of New Jersey has since stepped forward to support WIC temporarily, but if the shutdown continues, more children could lose access to basic nutrition. At Rutgers Cooperative Extension, 60 staff members are about to be laid off due to funding shortfalls related to the shutdown.  New small business loans, including those for New Jersey’s n
History Has Proven
Here’s an idea that would enrage many skeptics of the federal government:  Let’s pay the U.S. Navy to invent a matchmaking formula. To be more precise, let’s use federal funds to develop an algorithm to find “stable” matches:  that is, to ensure that each person in a population is matched with the best possible mate who will also accept him or her. The idea sounds wasteful, even silly, doesn’t it?  Yet in 1962, supported by federal funding from the U.S. Office of Naval Research, Lloyd Shapley and David Gale created just such an algorithm.  Their research may have seemed frivolous at the time, but history has proven otherwise.  Their equations are now used to match donated kidneys with ailing patients at hospitals across the country. Put more simply, their federally funded research has saved many lives. They aren’t alone.  Thomas Brock and Hudson Freeze worked together with federal support in Yellowstone National Park to study bacteria tha
Reckless and Undemocratic
Today, outrageously, our government is closed. Here’s the most important fact about this shutdown: It is not really about funding the government. Democrats and Republicans have agreed on a short-term funding level for the federal government. That level is painful for Democrats, as it requires severe cuts in government services – to levels lower even than Paul Ryan first proposed. But I, along with almost all Congressional Democrats, am willing to accept this outcome temporarily to keep our country running. Yet the Tea Party faction of the Republican Party in the House insists they will block any funding bill unless it includes the de facto repeal of health reform. Perhaps you support health reform; perhaps you do not. But this much is certain: It was duly enacted, and the Tea Party lacks the votes to repeal it by ordinary, democratic means. So they are trying a reckless, undemocratic alternative. By shutting down the government and threatening to default on America’s debts, t
An Unnecessary Crisis
Earlier this week, I voted for a compromise measure that reopened the federal government through January 15, 2014 and ensures that America will pay its bills through at least February 7, 2014. This bill ended an unnecessary, self-induced crisis. But it failed to end sequestration’s painful cuts in government services. It failed to invest in creating new jobs. It followed costly weeks of government shutdown and unnerving the financial world. It set up the prospect of additional confrontations over the budget and the debt ceiling early next year. Ever since this phony crisis began, a majority of the Congress – Democrats and Republicans alike – sought to reopen the government. Yet Republican leaders, out of misguided deference to the reckless ideologues in their ranks, refused to allow a vote on clean legislation to reopen the government. On Wednesday that finally changed. The Speaker allowed the majority of House members to work their will, and as a result, our government has re

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