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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

May 24, 2013
This week, a deadly tornado swept through Oklahoma, devastating the town of Moore and its surrounding areas. I am saddened over the loss of life and the destruction caused by the natural disaster, particularly those innocent lives lost in the school yard. Words cannot comfort those who lost loved ones, but as proven with Superstorm Sandy, we as a nation stand with our fellow citizens in their time of need. I will work with my colleagues from Oklahoma to make sure that the victims get the assistance they need to rebuild.
May 10, 2013
This week, I met with several groups from the district including nurses, students, and mail handlers. It is important to my work in D.C. to learn about the specific needs of New Jersey’s 8th Congressional District directly from my constituents. For the inside look on this week’s meetings, I invite you to continue reading my Washington Review.
Apr 26, 2013
The last week of April was a busy time in Congress. For the majority of the week, I focused my work on the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. I heard from a variety of stakeholders on how to improve our infrastructure in the 21st Century and create jobs. To learn more about my work this week on transportation, and other priorities, including foreign affairs, I invite you to continue reading my Washington Review.
Apr 26, 2013
(Washington, D.C.) – Today, Congressman Albio Sires joined his colleagues in passing legislation by a vote of 361 to 41 that will make available up to $253 million in order to prevent additional furloughs of air traffic controllers. Earlier this year, devastating across-the-board cuts from the so-called budget sequestration were triggered as a result of House Republicans’ unwillingness to negotiate over a government spending package.
Apr 11, 2013
Washington, DC- Congressman Sires and twenty eight of his Colleagues in the House of Representatives sent a letter to President Obama, urging him to issue an executive order, directing the U.S. Department of Treasury to carry out the Hardest Hit Fund (HHF) and keep families in their homes.
Apr 10, 2013
At today’s press conference, House Democrats highlighted how the plan will revitalize American industry and innovation, create jobs, and grow our economy by making progress in four key areas: developing a national manufacturing strategy, increasing manufacturing exports, encouraging businesses to bring innovation and jobs back home, and investing in training and securing the skilled workforce needed to support manufacturing in the twenty-first century.
Feb 27, 2013
Should sequestration take effect my state of New Jersey would lose almost $12 million in funding for primary and secondary education- putting around 160 teacher and aide jobs at risk. New Jersey would also lose nearly $17 million in funds for about 210 teachers who help children with disabilities.
Feb 14, 2013
The idea behind sequestration was to create a worst case scenario that was so severe that it would force both sides to work together and find a balanced approach to passing a realistic budget reducing our deficits. I’m afraid that my colleagues across the aisle are viewing the sequestration- not as the extreme- but as the standard. Instead of setting the stage for yet another battle to be resolved in the eleventh hour, we should be focused on creating jobs and growing our economy.
Feb 13, 2013
(Washington, D.C.)- Today, Congressman Sires released the following statement in response to the President’s State of the Union speech before Congress: “Last night, President Obama laid out his the agenda before Congress to prioritize job growth and debt reduction in a responsible manner. Like the President, I believe that the strength of our economy coincides with the strength of our middle class. America is built on the principle that no matter ones lot in life, every citizen should be offered the same opportunities to thrive. To that end, I was encouraged by the President’s proposals to expand pre-school education, increase investments in job training, and raise the minimum wage.
Jan 2, 2013
(Washington, D.C.)- Congressman Sires supported the passage of the American Taxpayer Relief Act, H.R. 8, to make tax cuts for the middle class permanent. In addition to keeping income taxes low for the middle class, this bill also makes investments in education, clean energy, and manufacturing that create jobs and strengthen.

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