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Congressman Albio Sires

Representing the 8th District of New Jersey

Shaping Livable Communities

Livable communities create safe, healthy places for our children to learn and grow and inspire living practices that are healthy for our citizens, economy, and environment. These communities give families equal access to education, economic, housing and transportation opportunities. To create livable communities, we must invest in local infrastructure projects and strengthen positive relationships between transportation, health, energy, environment, housing and education initiatives.

As a member of the Democratic Caucus’ Livable Communities Task Force, I am able to work with other members of Congress to promote legislation that focuses on creating more livable communities and spurs a healthier environment and economy for our citizens. As a member of the Congressional Urban Caucus, I work with other members who represent the nation’s metropolitan areas to formulate ideas on how best to address the challenges faced by cities.

Additionally, I have led the effort to create an Urban Parks Task Force to focus on how the revitalization of urban parks can improve metropolitan areas by providing healthy alternatives to at-risk youth. I introduced the Community Parks Revitalization Act which would assist communities in developing and maintaining community parks in localities across the country. The legislation would provide grants for communities to rehabilitate existing and develop new community parks and recreational infrastructure. Grants could also be used to maintain parks to keep them vibrant for many years to come. 

 

More on Shaping Livable Communities

Apr 1, 2019

Last week in Washington, the House of Representatives voted on historic measures to overturn the President’s veto and establish pay equality for all Americans regardless of gender. I attended two hearings to question Administration officials on difference aspects of the disastrous Trump Budget, as well as chaired the Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere hearing on corruption in Latin America.

May 2, 2017

(Washington, D.C.) – Today, H.R. 1679, the FEMA Accountability, Modernization and Transparency Act of 2017, cosponsored by Congressman Sires, unanimously passed the House of Representatives.  Rep. Garret Graves (R-LA) and Rep. Albio Sires introduced H.R. 1679 to ensure that the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) efforts to modernize its grants management system are accessible and transparent. 

Jan 9, 2017
While in Washington last week for the start of the 115th Congress I was sworn in, attended meetings, and introduced legislation.
Jul 17, 2015

I advocated for the people of the 8th District this week by attending Foreign Affairs Committee hearings, meeting with several groups from the Garden State, and voting on critical pieces of legislation.

Jun 5, 2015

During my time in Washington this week, I questioned federal officials regarding the tragic Amtrak derailment, met with groups from New Jersey, and voted on several measures affecting the 8th District.

May 15, 2015

I advocated for the people of the 8th District this week by attending several committee hearings, discussing important topics with several industry groups from the Garden State, and meeting with government officials.

Jan 6, 2015

Today I was honored to once again be sworn into office, representing the 8th District of the great state of New Jersey in the 114th Congress. Serving as a Member of Congress is a tremendous privilege and responsibility, and I do not take this commitment lightly. Members of Congress have a critical obligation to their constituents to advocate for their interests on their behalf, and I look forward to serving you over the next two years.

Apr 8, 2014
(Washington, D.C.) - Last week, Congressman Sires wrote a letter to House Appropriations’ Subcommittee on Energy and Water Chairman Mike Simpson and Ranking Member Marcy Kaptur requesting the Committee allocate $50 million to the Department of Energy’s Clean Cities program for alternative fuel deployment activities. He additionally asked that $25 million of the request be put towards competitive grants that support innovative alternative fuel and vehicle deployment strategies.
Mar 26, 2014
The Temecula City Council this week could vote to support legislation introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives that would create a low-interest, long-term loan program to help communities build biking and walking networks.
Jan 29, 2014
(Washington D.C.) - Today, Congressman Sires introduced the New Opportunities for Bicycle and Pedestrian Infrastructure Financing Act of 2014. Modeled after the successful Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (TIFIA), this bipartisan legislation will allow communities to take advantage of low-cost financing for projects that make our streets and sidewalks safer for all users. This proven model has demonstrated that each dollar of federal financing can provide up to $10 in credit assistance and leverage an additional $30 in private or other public sector funding. Most importantly, by using existing federal transportation funds, this program will not create a single dollar of new government spending.

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