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Congressman Albio Sires

Representing the 8th District of New Jersey

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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 26, 2017

(Washington, D.C.) – Today, Congressman Sires released the following statement in response to the disappointing passage of the Senate Amendment to the House Republican Fiscal Year 2018 budget resolution by a vote of 216-212:

Oct 5, 2017

(Washington, D.C.) – Today, Congressman Sires voted against the House Republican budget for Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 because it includes massive tax cuts for the wealthy while slashing vital services for the American people.

Jun 16, 2017

It was a difficult week in Washington this week as members of Congress came under attack during a routine practice for a bipartisan annual tradition, the Congressional baseball game. However, our important work must continue. This week, I introduced legislation to grow America’s workforce, called for the creation of an American Latino Museum, questioned Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on the viability of President Trump’s proposed budget cuts, and held a number of meetings.

Jun 13, 2017

(Washington, D.C.)-  On June 8, 2017, Congressman Sires (D-NJ) introduced H.R. 2865, the Better Education and Skills Training (BEST) for America’s Workforce Act as a companion to Senator Bob Menendez’s Senate bill (S.

May 25, 2017

This week in Washington, I spoke out against the President’s budget proposal and the CBO score of the Republican health care bill, attended markups in the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, the Foreign Affairs Committee, and the Western Hemisphere Subcommittee, and held a number of meetings.

May 5, 2017

While in Washington this week, I voted against legislation to repeal the Affordable Care Act and voted for an Omnibus appropriations package to fund the government through fiscal year (FY) 2017. I also attended a hearing on airline customer service, participated in a House Foreign Affairs Committee markup, and held a number of meetings.

May 3, 2017

(Washington, D.C.)-  Today, Congressman Sires voted to adopt the fiscal year (FY) 2017 Omnibus Appropriations bill.  This measure funds the government through the end of FY 2017 and passed in the House of Representatives by a vote of 309 - 118.

“This funding measure eliminates the risk of another destabilizing government shutdown and ensures that American families will continue to have access to critical federal services,” stated Congressman Sires. 

Feb 7, 2017

(Washington, D.C.) – Today, Representatives Albio Sires (D-NJ) and Ted Yoho (R-FL) introduced legislation that would spur small business growth, bring millions of dollars into the U.S. economy, and allow Canadian citizens to continue to conveniently and safely travel between our shared borders.

Oct 9, 2015
While in Washington this week, I attended several events as part of Hispanic Heritage Month and met with representatives from a trade association.
Oct 5, 2015
Representing the 8th District in Washington last week, I completed Foreign Affairs Committee work, met with several constituent groups, and cast important votes.

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