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Smith chairs hearing on restriction of freedoms in South KoreaSmith: Korea must lead on human rights at this ‘historical inflection point’ for peninsula

At a human rights hearing on Capitol Hill today, Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ) warned against infringements on freedoms of expression in South Korea and urged the U.S. ally to prioritize a vision of universally-binding human rights at this critical and historical inflection point for the peninsula and the world. “This hearing comes at a critic... READ MORE

Chairman Smith's opening remarks at congressional hearing on concerns about freedom of expression in South Korea

The following are excerpts of the opening remarks of U.S. Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ), Co-Chair of the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission, at a congressional hearing entitled "Civil and Political Rights in the Republic of Korea: implications for Human Rights on the Peninsula," held on Thursday, April 15, 2021: I’d like to begin by thanking al... READ MORE

Umbilical cord blood stem cells—turning medical waste into medical miracles Remarks of Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ) in the House of Representatives during debate on a bill to reauthorize the Stem Cell Therapeutic and Research Act of 2005

Madam Speaker, today the House of Representatives will vote to reauthorize the Stem Cell Therapeutic and Research Act—a law I authored in 2005. This was an original idea of mine 20 years ago. Joined by 70 cosponsors, I introduced it in 2001. After five long years of hard work and numerous setbacks, my bill was finally enacted into law in... READ MORE

Grants in March $120M+Hackensack Meridian Health System awarded $82M fed grant; follows $40M in grants

Hackensack Meridian Health Systems (HMHS) received an $82 million federal grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for the cost of many of the hospital’s extensive emergency measures taken as a result of the COVID pandemic, Rep. Chris Smith (NJ-04) said today. HMHS operates Hackensack Meridian Health Bayshore Medical Cent... READ MORE

Lantos Human Rights Commission Hearing Thurs. April 15Civil and Political Rights in South Korea: Implications for Human Rights on the Peninsula

Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ) will co-chair a hearing of the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission entitled "Civil and Political Rights in the Republic of Korea: Implications for Human Rights on the Peninsula," on Thursday, April 15, at 10:00 a.m. The Commission will hear witnesses on the topic of freedom of expression on the Korean peninsula to e... READ MORE

CentraState awarded $5M+ federal grant

CentraState Medical Center in Freehold, NJ has been awarded a $5.5 million federal grant by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to pay for the hospital’s extensive emergency measures taken during the COVID pandemic, Rep. Chris Smith (NJ-04) said today. “I worked with the tireless staff at CentraState at the peak of the COVID-19... READ MORE

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