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Congressman Albio Sires

Representing the 8th District of New Jersey

Economy

Creating jobs, strengthening New Jersey’s middle class, and stimulating the economy have been my top priorities since the serious economic downturn and throughout the recovery.

 

Helping to Stimulate the Economy and Encourage Job Growth:

Rebuilding America’s manufacturing sector is key to improving our economy. That is why I have supported the Democratic Make It In America Agenda, in order to rebuild America’s manufacturing industry and put the men and women of this nation back to work. The Make It In America Agenda is an initiative aimed at creating jobs today, driving economic recovery, and moving America forward. The Make It In America plan focuses on four core components:

  • Adopt and pursue a national manufacturing strategy
  • Promote the export of U.S. goods
  • Encourage businesses to bring jobs and innovation back to the United States
  • Train and secure a twenty-first century workforce

I support investments that will keep our nation moving in the right direction.  Investment in our transportation infrastructure is vital to enhancing our economy, increasing our safety, maintaining our global competitiveness, and most importantly improving our quality of life. Our nation’s infrastructure is in dire need of investment. In urban areas, such as the 8th District, transportation plays a critical role in the soundness of our economy and quality of life. I support long-term investment in our nation’s transportation infrastructure and believe it is imperative that Congress works towards finding a long-term solution that addresses these needs.

Additionally, the renewable energy sector has the potential to create millions of quality American jobs throughout the next decade.  In the past, I have supported policies that provide the necessary incentives to promote the renewable energy sector.  Supporting initiatives that curb our nation’s energy use and encourage the development of renewable energy sources not only protects the future of our planet, but is a smart way to create jobs in emerging industries.

 

Protecting Our Middle Class Families:

I have fought continuously to ensure that middle-class Americans are provided with the necessary financial relief during times of difficulty. As our nation’s unemployment rate continues to decrease, we must preserve funding for the millions of families who temporarily rely on unemployment benefits as they seek further employment. Helping those who have lost employment through no fault of their own while they get back in the job market is a sensible way to ensure that money is moving through our economy.

Raising the minimum wage is a critical step in closing the opportunity gap and building an economy that works for everyone. By raising the minimum wage, we can restore fairness for working men and women across the country.  No hard working American should be forced to raise their family in poverty, but unfortunately the current minimum wage allows for just that.  I believe that an increase in the minimum wage is not only the moral thing to do, but that it would also provide a much-needed boost to our economy.

 

More on Economy

Oct 17, 2013
I am relieved that Congress has finally broken through the gridlock that initiated the government shutdown. Although 16 days is far too long for this stalemate to have occurred, thousands of American families woke up today knowing that not only can they pay their bills, but the United States of America can continue paying its bills.
Oct 11, 2013
Today is the 11th day that the United States government is shutdown. Discussions in Congress continue, but uncertainty remains all too real for American families across the nation.
Oct 7, 2013
Over the weekend I joined 195 of my Congressional colleagues in sending a letter to Speaker John Boehner, urging him to allow a vote on the Senate-passed continuing resolution (CR).
Oct 4, 2013
This week has been one of the most challenging weeks of this Congress. As of today, the government has been officially shut down for 4 days. That is 4 days too many. On October 1st, 800,000 federal employees woke up to discover they could not work and, therefore, would not be paid. Partisan tactics have now become a reality as thousands of Americans anxiously wait to find out when they may return to work and receive the salary that supports their families.
Oct 1, 2013
(Washington, D.C.)- Today, Congressman Sires released the following statement in response to the government shutdown as a result of House leadership’s refusal to bring to a vote a clean Continuing Resolution (CR):
Sep 27, 2013
This past week in Congress has been one of the more challenging weeks of the session. The fiscal year will end on Monday, and if Congress does not pass a Continuing Resolution to keep the government funded, it will shut down. Furthermore, we are faced with an added challenge on October 17th when the debt ceiling will need to be raised in order for the United States to avoid default on its debt.
Aug 2, 2013
Last week, President Obama attended the House Democratic Caucus meeting to discuss many issues including expanding the middle class and creating jobs. He spoke about investing in education and infrastructure as well as comprehensive immigration reform as a means to economic growth. As Congress heads into a district work period, it is important for us to stay focused on the issues ahead of us.
Jun 21, 2013
This week, Congress debated critical policies that would deeply affect American’s across the nation. The House voted on legislation that would restrict women’s rights and legislation that would have cut food aid for nearly two million Americans, mostly working families and seniors. Furthermore, the 113th Congress has been in session for 170 days, and House leadership has yet to bring a jobs bill or a budget agreement before the House of Representatives. This week, however, I was able to join my colleagues on the Congressional Hispanic Caucus for a meeting with Speaker John Boehner to discuss immigration reform, and I was also proud to introduce new legislation that would greatly benefit our communities. Lastly, I wrote an editorial piece to inform the public about the dangerous situation in North Korea, and the growing unity in Congress to establish solutions. I encourage you to continue reading my Washington Review for detailed updates.
Jun 20, 2013
Washington, D.C- Today, Congressman Sires voted against H.R. 1947, the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management (FARRM) Act, because of its devastating cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), also known as the food stamp program. In particular, the FARRM Act would slash the food stamp benefits by $20 billion.
Jun 4, 2013
This District Work Period, I traveled to Southern California with members of the “Panel on 21st Century Freight Transportation” to learn about how freight transportation challenges on the West Coast impact the entire nation. The Freight Panel, composed of 9 members from the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, was formed by leaders of the Transportation Committee as a special subcommittee charged with identifying ways to improve our nation’s freight transportation systems. During their visit to California, this Panel held roundtables, discussions, hearings, and on-site visits with industry stakeholders.

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