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Working To Create Jobs, An Update


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I want to take this opportunity to update you on my work in Washington, D.C. While there are some positive indications that our financial systems are beginning to mend, my colleagues and I in Congress believe firmly that job creation is an essential element of our nation's economic recovery and our citizens' financial health. Job creation also presents our nation with a bright opportunity: we can create jobs while simultaneously increasing our energy independence and our capacity for producing and utilizing green technologies. Green jobs not only put Americans back to work, but they will help keep America competitive in the global market.

On January 8, 2010, President Obama awarded $2.3 billion in Recovery Act Advanced Energy Manufacturing Tax Credits for new clean-tech manufacturing jobs. The credits will fund 183 projects in 43 states, creating tens of thousands of high quality clean energy jobs and the domestic manufacturing of advanced clean energy technologies including solar, wind and efficiency and energy management technologies. Additionally, Department of Labor Secretary Solis announced on January 20, 2010 that New Jersey received $6 million in a State Energy Sector Partnership and Training grant award. This State Energy Sector grant, authorized by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, will teach workers the skills required in emerging industries, including energy efficiency and renewable energy. It is estimated that this grant will create hundreds of green jobs in New Jersey.

Here in Congress, I have introduced H.R. 2016, a bill to create a 30% Green Building Tax Credit for large, environmentally sustainable projects and to spur job growth. This legislation would promote green building technologies, improve access to public transit and create good paying union jobs. The tax credit would jumpstart green building projects that are located within a half-mile of a location that has direct access to a public bus, rail, light rail, street car or ferry system. Most importantly, this legislation would immediately create thousands of new jobs.

Additionally, the Democratic Caucus held a Job Summit on January 14, 2010 during their annual issues conference in Washington, D.C. Job creation continues to be a top legislative priority as the Caucus begins its work this session. The conference stressed the importance of building upon and expanding the recovery measures that are already in place and leading America into a new era of economic stability through securing jobs across our country.

As my colleagues and I in Congress continue to work to revitalize our economy and bring financial security to our communities, we will also work to increase our nation's ability to compete in the global clean energy sectors. I will continue to work to create more jobs that will put our citizens back to work and lay the groundwork for a cleaner, stronger and more vibrant economy. Thank you for taking the time to read my e-newsletter and I look forward to hearing from you and representing you in the House of Representatives.

Albio Sires

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