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Congressman Albio Sires

Representing the 8th District of New Jersey

Washington Review May 10, 2013

May 10, 2013
Washington Review

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 an inside look on this week’s meetings, I invite you to continue reading my Washington Review.

This week is National Nurse’s Week and I had the pleasure of meeting with AFSCME United Nurses to thank them for their hard work.  We also discussed my commitment to protecting Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security from drastic cuts. 

Also, this week is Teacher Appreciation Week. We have among the most talented teacher’s in all of the country at home, in New Jersey. Day after day they serve as role models and mentors to our kids. While we honor teachers this week, let’s not forget the service they do for our children every day.

In the spirit of National Teachers Week, I met with students from Princeton University to answer questions about comprehensive immigration reform and the DREAM Act, which would provide a path to citizenship for dedicated students. These young men and women are a part of the Princeton University DREAM team, promoting increased access to higher education and a path to citizenship for student without documentation. I will continue to stand for DREAMers and an expedited path to citizenship.

I also had the opportunity to meet with members of the Mail Handlers Union—men and women who work daily to ensure that our mail is delivered in the most effective manner—to discuss the need to protect the postal service and its employees in order to preserve jobs. We must work to preserve service standards and help modernize the post office to help meet the needs of our modern world.

Additionally, I met with the Boilermakers of New Jersey and discussed the importance of keeping ship building jobs in the U.S.  They also shared their support for the Jones Act and the important role it plays for maritime employees. Specifically, it allows an injured employee to file suit directly against their employer, and collect money damages, for any of their employer’s negligence which may have caused or contributed to the employee’s injury. 

Laslty, I met with representatives of the United States Army Corps of Engineers for an update on their work in New Jersey in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. Currently, the Corps is looking for ways to mitigate future damage in areas of New Jersey that were flooded during Sandy. I spoke with them about the substantial flooding that occurred in our district, particularly in Hoboken, and the need to prevent such devastation in the future.  

Again, thank you for reading my Washington Review. I look forward to continuing to provide you with updates from Washington. In the meantime, please visit my Facebook and Twitter accounts for daily happenings.