Last night,Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07) voted for a legislative package that includes jobs-related measures designed to help both America's unemployed veterans and small businesses. The legislation won final House approval 422-0.
"I am pleased the House of Representatives approved a job-creation proposal that will help our veterans gain employment in this difficult economic environment while repealing a tax burden that would make it more difficult and more expensive for the private-sector to create jobs," Lance said.
Lance praised bipartisan, bicameral support for the measures, which received final congressional approval, and now move to President Obama where he is expected to sign them into law.
Specifically, Lance voted for final legislation that included a repeal of the 3 percent withholding law -- an onerous federal tax provision that would have saddled many New Jersey local governments, small businesses and contractors with unnecessary costs and administrative burdens beginning in January 2013.
The measure would also expand education and job training benefits for veterans, improve job counseling that troops get before leaving the military and provide an additional year of job services for disabled veterans.
Lance noted that both proposals -- which received strong bipartisan support -- were included in the President's jobs package.
"This effort is proof that Congress and the President can work together in a bipartisan fashion to pass measures that help small businesses create jobs and help put more Americans back to work," Lance concluded.
For his part, earlier this year Lance unveiled a jobs plan to deliver more economic certainty and help put more Americans back to work. CLICK HERE to read Lance's guest editorial regarding job creation and the economy.