Moving Our Economy Forward by Investing in Our Working Families
Our current economic situation is a concern for people all over New Jersey. Many families are facing a loss of income while seeing costs rise and are struggling to make ends meet. I am well aware of these issues and, as a member of the House Ways and Means Committee with broad jurisdiction over economic policies, I am committed to finding solutions that work for all Americans.
I have worked tirelessly to promote the interest of American workers while serving as your representative. In the past year, I have helped successfully prevent middle class families from paying the Alternative Minimum Tax, which would have added thousands of dollars to their tax burden. I have also worked to increase the federal minimum wage and to give tax relief to small business owners. Recently, I co-sponsored and voted to approve the Credit Cardholder Bill of Rights Act to help put consumers and investors back in charge of their finances. This bill will protect the American people from exploitation by the credit card companies.
Furthermore, I am fully committed to supporting and creating new private-sector jobs right here in New Jersey. I have tackled this issue through working to change our nation's trade agenda, which I believe is closely tied to the decline in American jobs. We need to be able to export our quality products instead of simply importing goods made abroad. We need to go back to being a nation of producers and not just consumers. I also worked to create jobs in New Jersey by voting in support of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, which helped to create and save 100,000 jobs in New Jersey and gave $651 million to our state for highway infrastructure.
I will continue supporting our working families here at home by pursuing policies to put more money back in their pockets and increasing their economic opportunities.