Today, Congressman Sires cosponsored H.R. 2914, the Emergency Jobs to Restore the American Dream Act. This legislation was introduced by Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), and would create jobs through the establishment of job corps programs.
"This legislation creates jobs by funding job corps programs," said Congressman Sires. "While this concept may be simple, its impact would be tremendous, and nationally, over 2.2 million jobs could be created."
The Emergency Jobs to Restore the American Dream Act would create several job corps programs. Specifically, the School Improvement Corps would be established to create construction and maintenance jobs to improve public school facilities to ensure these facilities are safe and up to date. The Neighborhood Heroes Corps would hire teachers, police officers and firefighters, and the Health Corps would hire health care workers in underserved areas. Through the Child Care Corps, jobs in early childhood care and education would be created through additional funding for Early Head Start. The Park Improvement Corps would hire youth ages 16 through 25 to work on public land conservation projects and the Student Job Corps would provide part-time, work study jobs for eligible college students. Lastly, the Community Corps would address the needs of foreclosure affected and natural-disaster affected areas, perform conservation upgrades, and conduct public property maintenance. In addition to establishing these job corps, this legislation would give priority to hiring those who have exhausted their unemployment benefits, the unemployed, and veterans.
"With federal unemployment extensions set to expire early next year, thousands of New Jerseyans will be out of work without unemployment assistance," said Sires. "Through the creation of these different job corps, millions of jobs will be created across the nation, and vital community needs will be served."