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Requested Edits to Page[edit]


This is Chloe, Communications Director for freshman Congressman Tom MacArthur. In the interest of updating this Wikipedia page to reflect full and accurate biographical information about Congressman MacArthur, I'd like to request the following edits to be made.

1) Change section: "2014 Congressional Campaign" to "U.S. House of Representatives"

2) Under new section "U.S. House of Representatives", add new subsections, "Election", "Legislation", "Committee Assignments"

3) Under "Election" subsection, add "2014" sub-subsection, and move text that was previously under "2014 Congressional Campaign" to this section.

4) Under "Legislation", add the following text: "On February 2nd, 2015, MacArthur introduced the "Disaster Assistance Fairness and Accountability Act of 2015" [1] that will prevent the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) from recouping disaster relief funds from individuals who applied for them in good faith[2]. This is a partial list of bills that MacArthur has co-sponsored:
• H.R. 22, the "Hire More Heroes Act," is a bill that was introduced into the United States House of Representatives during the 114th Congress. This bill "amends the Internal Revenue Code to add a provision to exempt any employee with coverage under a health care program administered by the Department of Defense, including the TRICARE program, or by the Veterans Administration, from classification as an eligible employee of an applicable large employer for purposes of the employer mandate under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act to provide such employees with minimum essential health care coverage."[3]
• H.R. 160, the "Protect Medical Innovation Act of 2015", a bill to repeal the medical device excise tax introduced in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.[4]
• H.R. 413, the "Partnership to Build America Act of 2015"[5]
• H.R. 594, the "Waters of the United States Regulatory Overreach Protection Act of 2015"[6]
• H.R. 596 (long title: To repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and health care-related provisions in the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010), a bill that would repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and instruct several House Committees to work on creating a new health care reform bill. [7]
• H.R. 641, the "Conservation Easement Incentive Act of 2015"[8]

5) Under "Committee Assignments", add the following text: "• House Armed Services Committee →• Subcommittee on Tactical Air and Land Forces →• Vice Chair of Subcommittee on Military Personnel • House Natural Resources Committee →• Subcommittee on Water, Power, and Oceans →• Subcommittee on Federal Lands"

6) Under "Personal Life", Congressman MacArthur no longer lives in Randolph, NJ. His permanent residence is in Toms River, NJ. Change first sentence to: "MacArthur lives in Toms River, New Jersey, and also owns homes in Barnegat Light and Randolph, New Jersey."

7) Under "Personal Life", include names of Congressman MacArthur's wife and children. Change second sentence to: "He and his wife Debbie have three children, David, Isabella, and Gracie, who passed away in 1996 at the age of eleven."

Thanks for all the help! Because I'm an employee of the Congressman's, I won't make these changes myself. Instead, I'm hoping an editor will approve these requests, and either I or an editor can implement. TMacCommsStaff (talk) 17:10, 3 March 2015 (UTC)

Edit it yourself. Earn your keep. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 206.55.101.94 (talk) 16:34, 22 April 2015 (UTC)
Chloe, Please ignore the "edit if yourself" comment above. You are doing exactly the right thing as per Wikipedia's Conflict of Interest policies (WP:COI). I would presume the person making the comment does not yet understand how Wikipedia works.
I saw your request on the Teahouse page and see what I can do to help you. I need to look at some comparable House member pages to see how they are done. Many of your requests seem reasonable, but I need to be careful not to give Undue Weight (WP:UNDUE) to a listing of co-sponsored bills. Thank you for providing a list of possible sources to start with. Carl Henderson (talk) 00:30, 16 May 2015 (UTC)

This article says in the healthcare section that MacArthur is part of a delegation of New York. MacArthur is from New Jersey. Sorry, I don't have time to fix this. MikeCaseyComedy (talk) 07:37, 24 March 2017 (UTC)

The linked article from the NYT also does not mention Congressman MacArthur by name, nor does it even reference the Tuesday Group. The reference seems completely irrelevant and should probably be removed. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 2601:640:109:9C2C:359E:BE62:77C9:1CA (talk) 17:36, 24 March 2017 (UTC)

Updated Requested Edits forthcoming[edit]

Apologies to the anonymous poster, and apologies to the editing community. We misunderstood the standards for requesting edits, and will be updating this request shortly to better conform to Wikipedia standards and make it easier for editors to review requests. Again, I'm sorry for the difficulty. ChloeTMacStaff (talk) 21:38, 22 April 2015 (UTC)

Help updating the page for COI[edit]


This is Chloe, Communications Director for freshman Congressman Tom MacArthur. Because MacArthur just took office, I think a Wikipedia reader could benefit from having an expanded biographical page, similar to his predecessor Jon Runyan and other Members of Congress. However, as I have a clear conflict of interest as an employee of the Congressman's, I'd like to suggest some changes in the hope that an editor can review and implement, rather than making them myself.

I also wanted to apologize for previously misunderstanding the proper way to work with the editing community. Without a proper understanding of Wiki markup, I requested edits to be implemented to this page, but did not properly format them, and was told by an editor to make the changes myself. In the future, and as I have done below, I will propose edits in Wiki markup following WP:MOS, WP:RELIABLE, and WP:NPOV. Despite the request from the editor, I will not be implementing any changes on my own, as I have a clear conflict of interest with the subject.

With all of that in mind, here are the issues I identified with the current article:

  • For other Members of Congress, entries are usually formatted with information about the election as a subsection under a U.S. House of Representatives. This page has a separate Election section. In my mark-up below, I simply moved the existing information about his election under a new header, U.S. House of Representatives.
  • There is no information about MacArthur's tenure in Congress, including his committee assignments or legislation. In my mark-up below, I created a U.S. House of Representatives section, and included the information that is commonly included on a Member of Congress's page.
  • MacArthur's personal life section is outdated, as he has since permanently moved. I also added information about the MacArthurs' charitable foundation, which I believe is a specific and sensible addition that a reader would benefit from learning.

Because of the above, I've drafted some updated sections that I'd like to propose, followed by markup.

U.S. House of Representatives
U.S. House of Representatives
Elections
2014

When Jon Runyan, a Republican who represented New Jersey's 3rd congressional district in the United States House of Representatives, announced that he would not run for reelection in 2014, MacArthur chose to run for the Republican Party nomination. MacArthur resigned from the Randolph council to move into the congressional district.[9] He ran against Steve Lonegan in the Republican Party's primary election, and defeated him.[10] He faced Aimee Belgard of the Democratic Party in the general election.

MacArthur defeated Belgard by an 11-point margin, winning the popular vote in both Ocean and Burlington Counties.[11][12]

Legislation sponsored

On February 2nd, 2015, MacArthur introduced the "Disaster Assistance Fairness and Accountability Act of 2015"[13] that will prevent the Federal Emergency Management Agency from taking back disaster relief funds from individuals who applied for them in good faith.[14]

On March 25th, 2015, MacArthur introduced the "Veterans' Mental Health Care Access Act"[15] to allow veterans with a Choice Card to access mental health care at any facility eligible for reimbursement by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.[16][17]

Committee assignments
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content= ==U.S. House of Representatives== ===Elections=== ====2014==== When [[Jon Runyan]], a [[Republican Party (United States)|Republican]] who represented {{ushr|NJ|3}} in the [[United States House of Representatives]], announced that he would not run for reelection in 2014, MacArthur chose to run for the Republican Party nomination. MacArthur resigned from the Randolph council to move into the congressional district.<ref>Knapp, Claire. [http://newjerseyhills.com/randolph_reporter/news/former-fire-chief-is-new-randolph-councilman-forstenhausler-will-fill/article_7528d66c-9284-11e3-8d8c-0019bb2963f4.html "Former fire chief is new Randolph Councilman; Forstenhausler will fill MacArthur’s term"], ''Randolph Reporter'', February 10, 2014. Accessed July 6, 2014. "Mark Forstenhausler, 54, was sworn in as a member of the Township Council on Thursday, Feb. 6, to complete the term vacated by Tom MacArthur."</ref> He ran against [[Steve Lonegan]] in the Republican Party's [[primary election]], and defeated him.<ref>{{cite web|url=http://articles.philly.com/2014-06-05/news/50333132_1_steve-lonegan-republican-party-third-district|title=MacArthur, Belgard to compete for N.J.'s Third District seat|work=Philly.com|date=June 5, 2014}}</ref> He faced [[Aimee Belgard]] of the [[Democratic Party (United States)|Democratic Party]] in the general election. MacArthur defeated Belgard by an 11-point margin, winning the popular vote in both Ocean and Burlington Counties.<ref>[http://ivn.us/2014/11/05/republican-tom-macarthur-wins-njs-competitive-congressional-race-double-digits/ "Republican Tom MacArthur Wins NJ's Most Competitive Congressional Race – By Double Digits – IVN.us"]. ''IVN.us''. November 5, 2014</ref><ref>[http://www.nj.gov/state/elections/2014-results/2014-unofficial-general-results-us-house.pdf Candidates for House of Representatives]. nj.gov. November 5, 2014</ref> ===Legislation sponsored=== On February 2nd, 2015, MacArthur introduced the "Disaster Assistance Fairness and Accountability Act of 2015"<ref name=Congress1>{{cite web |url=https://www.congress.gov/bill/114th-congress/house-bill/638?q=%7B%22search%22%3A%5B%22disaster+assistance+fairness+and+accountability%22%5D%7D |title=H.R. 638 – Disaster Assistance Fairness and Accountability Act of 2015 |work=Congress.gov |accessdate=5 May 2015}}</ref> that will prevent the [[Federal Emergency Management Agency]] from taking back disaster relief funds from individuals who applied for them in good faith.<ref name=Zimmer1>{{cite web |url=http://www.app.com/story/news/local/sandy-two-years-later/2015/02/03/macarthur-sandy-fema/22816909/ |title=Another proposal to stop FEMA's Sandy aid clawbacks |author=Zimmer, Russ |date=3 February 2015 |newspaper=Asbury Park Press |accessdate=6 May 2015}}</ref> On March 25th, 2015, MacArthur introduced the "Veterans' Mental Health Care Access Act"<ref name=Congress2>{{cite web |url=https://www.congress.gov/bill/114th-congress/house-bill/1604?q=%7B%22search%22%3A%5B%22disaster+assistance+fairness+and+accountability%22%5D%7D |title=H.R. 1604 – Veterans' Mental Health Care Access Act |work=Congress.gov |accessdate=6 May 2015}}</ref> to allow veterans with a Choice Card to access mental health care at any facility eligible for reimbursement by the [[Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services]].<ref name=Joyce>{{cite web|url=http://www.newsworks.org/index.php/local/item/81106-congressman-macarthur-pushing-to-expand-mental-health-service-options-for-veterans |title=Congressman MacArthur pushing to expand mental health service options for veterans |author=Joyce, Tom |date=24 April 2015 |newspaper=Newsworks |accessdate=24 April 2015}}</ref><ref name=BCT1>{{cite web|url=http://www.burlingtoncountytimes.com/news/local/macarthur-veterans-need-better-access-to-mental-health-care-services/article_7496e6ef-0295-5863-9dee-a000bfdfcbca.html |title=MacArthur: Veterans need better access to mental health care services |author=Levinsky, David |date=26 April 2015 |newspaper=Burlington County Times |accessdate=6 May 2015}}</ref> ===Committee assignments=== * [[United States House Committee on Armed Services|Committee on Armed Services]] ** [[United States House Armed Services Subcommittee on Tactical Air and Land Forces|Subcommittee on Tactical Air and Land Forces]] ** [[United States House Armed Services Subcommittee on Military Personnel|Subcommittee on Military Personnel]] (Vice Chairman) * [[United States House Committee on Natural Resources|Committee on Natural Resources]] ** [[United States House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Federal Lands|Subcommittee on Federal Lands]] ** [[United States House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Water, Power and Oceans|Subcommittee on Water, Power, and Oceans]]
Personal life
Personal life
MacArthur lives in Toms River, New Jersey, and also owns homes in Randolph, New Jersey and Barnegat Light, New Jersey.[18] [19] He is married, and has a son and daughter. Another daughter died in 1996 at the age of 11.[20] In 2005, MacArthur and his wife, Debbie, founded a charitable foundation, In God's Hands Charitable Foundation.[21][22] The charity has distributed over 1,600 wheelchairs worldwide in honor of the couple's special needs daughter, Grace.[23]
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==Personal life== MacArthur lives in [[Toms River, New Jersey]], and also owns homes in [[Randolph, New Jersey]] and [[Barnegat Light, New Jersey]].<ref>Mulvihill, Geoff via [[Associated Press]]. [http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2014/may/5/3rd-district-race-attracts-2-candidates-from-north/ "Correction: NJ Congress-3rd District story"], ''[[The Washington Times]]'', May 5, 2014. Accessed April 27, 2015. "MacArthur, who has put $2 million of his own money into the campaign, said he had been spending about half his time at his home in Barnegat Light, which is near but not in the 3rd District, and was planning to move to Ocean County permanently."</ref> <ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.app.com/story/news/2014/11/04/macarthur-wins-nj-house/18501271/ |title=MacArthur wins vs. Belgard in 3rd Congressional District |author=Jordan, Bob |date=5 November 2014 |newspaper=[[Asbury Park Press]] |accessdate=7 May 2015}}"MacArthur, 54, a former Randolph mayor who now lives in Toms River, opposes marriage equality, opposes an increase in the federal minimum wage, and has promised to work to totally repeal the Affordable Care Act."</ref> He is married, and has a son and daughter. Another daughter died in 1996 at the age of 11.<ref>{{cite web|url=http://newjerseyhills.com/randolph_reporter/news/macarthur-leaving-randolph-set-to-pursue-seat-in-congress/article_ef8658da-6412-11e3-870d-0019bb2963f4.html|title=MacArthur leaving Randolph; Set to pursue seat in Congress|work=New Jersey Hills Media Group|accessdate=November 5, 2014}}</ref> In 2005, MacArthur and his wife, Debbie, founded a charitable foundation, In God's Hands Charitable Foundation.<ref>{{cite web|url=http://thehill.com/new-members-guide-2014/223734-rep-elect-tom-macarthur-r-nj-03 |title=Rep.-elect Tom MacArthur (R-N.J.-03) |newspaper=[[The Hill (newspaper)]] |accessdate=7 May 2015}}</ref><ref>{{cite web|url=https://www.tapinto.net/towns/randolph/articles/randolph-mayor-macarthur-to-run-for-congress-on-f |title=Randolph Mayor MacArthur to run for Congress on finishing term |author=Renda, Christopher |newspaper=TAPinto Randolph |accessdate=7 May 2015}}</ref> The charity has distributed over 1,600 wheelchairs worldwide in honor of the couple's special needs daughter, Grace.<ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.nationaljournal.com/almanac/2014-new-members/new-jersey-3-tom-macarthur-r-20141104 |title=New Jersey-3: Tom MacArthur (R) |author=Milligan, Susan |date=4 November 2014 |newspaper=[[National Journal]] |accessdate=7 May 2015}}</ref>

Looking forward to working with you! Please let me know if there are questions or other ways I can improve. ChloeTMacStaff (talk) 18:11, 7 May 2015 (UTC)

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ https://www.congress.gov/bill/114th-congress/house-bill/638?q=%7B%22search%22%3A%5B%22disaster+assistance+fairness+and+accountability%22%5D%7D
  2. ^ http://www.burlingtoncountytimes.com/news/local/tom-macarthur-introduces-first-bill-to-protect-sandy-victims/article_7c36eb18-f91e-5f13-8922-a008d28c6eb5.html
  3. ^ https://www.congress.gov/bill/114th-congress/house-bill/22?q=%7B%22search%22%3A%5B%22hire+more+heroes+act%22%5D%7D
  4. ^ https://www.congress.gov/bill/114th-congress/house-bill/160?q=%7B%22search%22%3A%5B%22hr+160%22%5D%7D
  5. ^ https://www.congress.gov/bill/114th-congress/house-bill/413?q=%7B%22search%22%3A%5B%22hr+413%22%5D%7D
  6. ^ https://www.congress.gov/bill/114th-congress/house-bill/594?q=%7B%22search%22%3A%5B%22hr+594%22%5D%7D
  7. ^ https://www.congress.gov/bill/114th-congress/house-bill/596?q=%7B%22search%22%3A%5B%22HR+596%22%5D%7D
  8. ^ https://www.congress.gov/bill/114th-congress/house-bill/641?q=%7B%22search%22%3A%5B%22hr+641%22%5D%7D
  9. ^ Knapp, Claire. "Former fire chief is new Randolph Councilman; Forstenhausler will fill MacArthur’s term", Randolph Reporter, February 10, 2014. Accessed July 6, 2014. "Mark Forstenhausler, 54, was sworn in as a member of the Township Council on Thursday, Feb. 6, to complete the term vacated by Tom MacArthur."
  10. ^ "MacArthur, Belgard to compete for N.J.'s Third District seat". Philly.com. June 5, 2014.
  11. ^ "Republican Tom MacArthur Wins NJ's Most Competitive Congressional Race – By Double Digits – IVN.us". IVN.us. November 5, 2014
  12. ^ Candidates for House of Representatives. nj.gov. November 5, 2014
  13. ^ "H.R. 638 – Disaster Assistance Fairness and Accountability Act of 2015". Congress.gov. Retrieved 5 May 2015.
  14. ^ Zimmer, Russ (3 February 2015). "Another proposal to stop FEMA's Sandy aid clawbacks". Asbury Park Press. Retrieved 6 May 2015.
  15. ^ "H.R. 1604 – Veterans' Mental Health Care Access Act". Congress.gov. Retrieved 6 May 2015.
  16. ^ Joyce, Tom (24 April 2015). "Congressman MacArthur pushing to expand mental health service options for veterans". Newsworks. Retrieved 24 April 2015.
  17. ^ Levinsky, David (26 April 2015). "MacArthur: Veterans need better access to mental health care services". Burlington County Times. Retrieved 6 May 2015.
  18. ^ Mulvihill, Geoff via Associated Press. "Correction: NJ Congress-3rd District story", The Washington Times, May 5, 2014. Accessed April 27, 2015. "MacArthur, who has put $2 million of his own money into the campaign, said he had been spending about half his time at his home in Barnegat Light, which is near but not in the 3rd District, and was planning to move to Ocean County permanently."
  19. ^ Jordan, Bob (5 November 2014). "MacArthur wins vs. Belgard in 3rd Congressional District". Asbury Park Press. Retrieved 7 May 2015."MacArthur, 54, a former Randolph mayor who now lives in Toms River, opposes marriage equality, opposes an increase in the federal minimum wage, and has promised to work to totally repeal the Affordable Care Act."
  20. ^ "MacArthur leaving Randolph; Set to pursue seat in Congress". New Jersey Hills Media Group. Retrieved November 5, 2014.
  21. ^ "Rep.-elect Tom MacArthur (R-N.J.-03)". The Hill (newspaper). Retrieved 7 May 2015.
  22. ^ Renda, Christopher. "Randolph Mayor MacArthur to run for Congress on finishing term". TAPinto Randolph. Retrieved 7 May 2015.
  23. ^ Milligan, Susan (4 November 2014). "New Jersey-3: Tom MacArthur (R)". National Journal. Retrieved 7 May 2015.