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Dear <:Firstname:>,

As the summer comes to an end, the House of Representatives is gearing up for the fall session. Some of the major issues the House hopes to tackle over the next few months are the reauthorization of the No Child Left Behind law, an update of the Alternative Minimum Tax, election reform, passage of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, and passage of the Federal Housing Act. I want to know your opinions on these important policies. Please see the descriptions of possible legislation addressing these areas below and consider responding to let me know if you support these reforms.

No Child Left Behind
This fall, the House will begin considering the reauthorization of the No Child Left Behind law. The legislation that the House is expected to vote on will include six major features to ensure out students are better prepared for the global economy. Of these six features, one of the most important to New Jersey is the use of multiple tests to measure a student's academic progress. Currently, schools and students are judged by a single test given on a single day. Schools failing to make adequate progress are penalized and students are labeled for a full year based on this one test, even if they have made significant improvements. The House bill will likely change the current law that will allow for different assessments of students which will provide better information about how our schools are performing.

No Child Left Behind

Do you believe that multiple assessments will provide a truer picture of school and student performances?

Yes

No

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Alternative Minimum Tax
The Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT) was enacted in 1969 after it was disclosed that approximately 155 wealthy families, some of whom were millionaires, did not pay any income taxes. The AMT was designed to ensure that the wealthiest families could not use exclusions, deductions or credits to avoid tax liability. Over this period of time, the AMT has not kept up with the rate of inflation causing 23 million middle and upper-middle class Americans to be subject to the AMT this past tax year, which was never the original intent of the law. Congress is considering changing the AMT, which would provide relief of this tax for many middle and upper-middle class wage earners.

Alternative Minimum Tax

Do you support providing tax relief for Americans recently made subject to the AMT?

Yes

No

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Employment Non-Discrimination Act
This fall, the House is expected to consider H.R. 2015, the Employee Non-Discrimination Act of 2007. This legislation would prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, providing basic protection to ensure fairness in the workplace for Americans who are currently denied equal protection under the law. This bill reinforces the principle that employment decisions should be based upon a person's qualifications and job performance.

Employment Non-Discrimination Act

Do you support federal legislation that provides equal protection under the law for all Americans regarding employment opportunities?

Yes

No

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Federal Housing Act
The House is expected to consider a bill that would establish a National Affordable Housing Trust Fund for the production, rehabilitation, and preservation of affordable housing, including both rental housing and homeownership. The goal of the bill is to produce 1.5 million units of affordable housing over the next decade. The bill establishes a funding formula for distribution of funds to states and localities, which in turn would make funding available under a selection process to grantees for qualified housing activities.

Federal Housing Act

Do you support legislation that would create a national housing trust fund to help increase the number of affordable housing units that would be available for rent and homeownership?

Yes

No

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Thank you for reading my e-newsletter and taking the time to let me know your opinions about upcoming legislation. As the fall session begins, please look for new Washington updates about the work that is being done in Congress.

Sincerely,
Congressman Albio Sires Signature
Albio Sires
Member of Congress


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