Earlier this week Congressman Andrews addressed a group of South Jersey business leaders on the importance of fighting against cuts that will cost America private sector jobs. The reckless proposed budget cuts will deprive approximately 750 South Jerseyans of vitally needed job training, Andrews estimates. Andrews also opposed cuts which would have slashed college scholarships by up to $845 a year, according to the CBO. These cuts will hurt 157,000 people across the state, the Department of Education says, as well as businesses looking to hire qualified employees.
"With undereducated workers, we will not get qualified people for qualified jobs in this economy as we create high tech sectors," said Andrew Liveris, CEO of Dow Chemical at a December 8th Business Roundtable discussion. "So what we've got to do is have a sustained investment, government and public companies together, private partnerships in education... We believe we're pretty much talking the same language as all of government on this particular conversation."
Andrews supports sensible spending cuts. Last week, Andrews voted to stop sending $700 million of taxpayer money to Brazilian cotton farmers, to end subsidies for farmers making over $250k a year, and to cut $1.5 billion from funding for police departments in Iraq. Andrews supports using these savings to reduce our nation's deficit and grow jobs.
As we approach the March 18th deadline for budget negotiations, Congressman Andrews is committed to fighting for education and job training programs so that South Jersey and our nation can continue producing skilled workers.