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.
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Last week in Washington, I was assigned to the House Committee on the Budget and introduced legislation addressing health research and international human rights. I met with New Jersey community colleges, members of Local 2369 from the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE), the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), the New Jersey Clean Cities Coalition and Transportation Energy Partners, and other important stakeholders. Additionally, I cosponsored a resolution to overturn President Trump’s harmful emergency declaration.
(Washington, D.C.) – Today, Congressman Sires released the following statement leading up to the President’s State of the Union Address:
Last week, I was elected Chairman of the Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere, Civilian Security, and Trade by my colleagues on the House Foreign Affairs Committee. I visited the Hudson River Tunnel last Monday and worked with my colleagues in the New Jersey Congressional delegation to implore action on crucial infrastructure projects. Additionally, I voted to raise the pay of civilian federal employees, including those impacted by the shutdown, and sponsored legislation to address the crisis in Venezuela.
Last week in Washington, the partial government shutdown came to an end for our country and the over 800,000 federal workers who were directly impacted. Additionally, my colleagues and I worked to advance foreign policy in the Syria crisis, combat global health, and address concerns over the impending 2020 census.
This week in Washington, I voted again to reopen the federal government, marking eight total different pieces of legislation I have supported to end the shutdown. Additionally, I introduced a bill to increase commuter safety and met with USAID officials to discuss foreign policy priorities.
This week in Washington, I voted again with my House colleagues to end the government shutdown. Additionally, I took steps to ensure that members of the Coast Guard, federal employees, and contractors who work with the federal government receive retroactive pay once this disruption has ended. Additionally, I met with international officials to advance discussions on U.S. foreign policy.
This week, the 116th Congress opened session in Washington, D.C., marking a return of control of the House of Representatives to the Democrats. The first order of business was to end the partial government shutdown and provide stability for hundreds of thousands of federal employees. A number of other legislative issues were addressed and I was proud to swear-in a former legislative aide to the Morris Township Committee.
Last week in Washington, important issues were addressed from local transportation to national criminal justice reform. However, Congress must remain focused on resolving the partial government shutdown currently impacting hundreds of thousands of government workers.