Donald Norcross

Why Congress Shouldn’t Emulate Amazon
A $15 wage may work for the supersized retailer, but it won’t for the country’s smallest

Amazon hiked its minimum wage. That doesn’t mean Congress has to follow suit, Saltsman writes. (Mark Makela/Getty Images file photo)

OPINION — Does Amazon’s embrace of the Fight for $15 mean Congress should do the same? 

New Jersey Rep. Donald Norcross recently made that case in these pages, arguing that the retail giant’s embrace of a $15 minimum wage meant other businesses could afford it as well. But Norcross’ argument confuses a voluntary raise with an involuntary mandate: One boosts paychecks; the other could leave employees without any pay at all.

If Amazon Can Raise the Minimum Wage, Why Can’t Congress?
Here’s what I learned as a young single dad — raising wages is the moral issue of our time

A worker places a label on an order at an Amazon fullfillment center in May. Amazon is showing moral leadership, Norcross writes. Why won’t Congress? (Rick T. Wilking/Getty Images file photo)

OPINION — As the country awaits an announcement about where Amazon’s next headquarters will be located, there is equally big news coming from the online giant — they’re rightfully raising their minimum wage to $15 an hour.

This is a big win for America’s workers, and I know because I once worked for minimum wage. I was a young single dad raising my son and having to balance work, family life and a checkbook. After completing an apprenticeship, I became an electrician and spent my adult life fighting for working families through the labor movement.

Opinion: Young Americans Need to Be Prepared to Lead Next Infrastructure Revolution
Infrastructure investments and apprenticeships go hand in hand

Millions of young Americans need to be prepared to fill the high-skilled, high-paying jobs that will power the nation’s next  infrastructure revolution, writes Rep. Donald Norcross, D-N.J. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images file photo)

As we recognize Infrastructure Week around the country, we must take the opportunity to encourage both the work and the workers who will rebuild America.

We must start robustly investing in our aging bridges, roads, rails, ports, airports, electric grid, water pipes, broadband network and more. Not only is it critical for our national security, it will create high-skilled, high-wage jobs and help power our entire economy for generations to come.

A Trump, a Very Palpable Trump
The State of the Union as audience builder

President Donald Trump takes a selfie with Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., in the House chamber after Trump’s first State of the Union address. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

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Heading into year two of his presidency, can Donald Trump expand his reach and influence with skeptical Democrats in Congress, much less a skeptical public? At a minimum, he will need the minority party to advance any meaningful legislation, particularly in an election year.

Bipartisan Efforts Behind Coal Miner Pension Push
Manchin and Capito lead Senate effort, as miners return to Capitol Hill

West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin III, center, United Mine Workers of America President Cecil Roberts, center left, and coal miners arrive for a Tuesday press conference on the introduction of legislation to protect miner pension benefits. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

The coal miners are back.

Last fall, you couldn’t walk through the Capitol’s hallways without running into mine workers wearing camouflage T-shirts.

Word on the Hill: House Men’s Workout
Vegan cooking and snacking

Oklahoma Rep. Markwayne Mullin, seen here with his daughter Larra at the Capitol on Wednesday, is a host of the annual men's workout. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

As if you haven’t had enough bipartisan congressional athletic events, the annual Men’s Health Caucus workout is this morning, hosted by Reps. Markwayne Mullin, R-Okla., and Donald M. Payne Jr., D-N.J.

It’s at 7 a.m. in the park across from the Longworth House Office Building. Samantha Clayton, director of Global Fitness at Herbalife Nutrition, and Clifton Crosby, former NFL player, will also be there.

Word on the Hill: We Want to Party With You
Coons finds an old friend in D.C.

A man dressed as Santa Claus looks out over the National Mall from the Washington Monument during the annual Santarchy gathering on Dec. 10. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

As you’re tying up loose ends to finish off this Congress, is your office having a holiday party?

If you’re celebrating with co-workers, whether inside the Capitol or at a spot nearby, send us your photos to be featured on HOH. 

New Jersey Democrats Aren’t Worried About Menendez in 2018
Despite facing corruption charges, senator has party’s support

Democratic Sen. Robert Menendez of New Jersey maintains the support of Democratic leaders in the state as Washington looks ahead to the 2018 elections. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

New Jersey Democratic leaders support Sen. Robert Menendez for re-election in 2018 despite the federal corruption charges he faces, The Record of Bergen County reported.

Menendez was originally indicted in April 2015 on 14 counts related to conspiracy, bribery, fraud, and making false statements. Prosecutors alleged that he sold his office to a top contributor in exchange for luxury travel and political contributions, and also tried to pressure federal officials to boost the business interests of eye doctor and co-defendant Salomon Melgen.

Puppies Looking for Homes Take Over Cannon
ASPCA's pet adoption event celebrates the organization's 150th anniversary

Rep. Mike Coffman, R-Colo., holds a puppy as he prepares to pose at the photo booth during the ASPCA’s PAWS 150th birthday event. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

The annual event in which staffers and lawmakers gush over puppies happened on Wednesday, and that's exactly what happened.  

The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals fifth annual “Paws for Celebration” also marked the organization's 150th anniversary.  

Millennials Rage Against the Machine (and Lose)
2016 has not been a good year for young Democratic hopefuls

New Jersey congressional candidate Alex Law had a plan, just not a viable one. (JM Rieger/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Alex Law came to our candidate interview with three interns, and I think one of them was wearing shorts.  

Some of my colleagues chastised me for scheduling a meeting with a 24-year-old kid challenging Rep. Donald Norcross in a Democratic primary in New Jersey’s 1st District, considering Norcross comes from one of the Mid-Atlantic’s most powerful political families.