I was proud to join my brothers and sister with the New Jersey State AFL-CIO and SEIU this morning for a rally to urge Congress to extend middle class tax cuts and use the savings to avert drastic spending cuts to programs like Medicare and Medicaid.
- The $60.4 billion requested for Sandy aid will be critical in helping to rebuild a stronger New Jersey and to prepare us for the next storm. Although FEMA had enough resources to start the process of recovery, it's clear from the scale of destruction that this will be a costly recovery effort. Moonachie and Little Ferry were among the hardest hit communities in northern New Jersey and I am commit...ted to making sure they, and all affected communities, receive the federal funds they need to help them rebuild and assist families in putting their lives back together. I will be urging my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to come together in a bipartisan manner to act quickly on this legislation. While it is an important start to providing New Jersey the relief we need now, further legislative action will be necessary to help small businesses, private infrastructure and families. I will be working closely with my colleagues in the House on a proposal to address this soon.
- Honored my colleagues in the House have selected me for this leadership position. I look forward to working with colleagues to move our economy forward, create good jobs here in America and rebuild our communities in the wake of one of the worst national disasters to hit our region.
- The Washington Post printed my Letter to the Editor this morning challenging an op-ed that proposed the elimination of the deduction for state and local taxes as a means of balancing the budget. New Jerseyans pay more than their fair share in taxes already, and trying to balance the budget on the backs of our middle class is not the answer.
- As we gather with family and friends to celebrate this Thanksgiving, let us take a moment to recognize the individuals who give us so much to be thankful for, including our families, loved ones, local first responders in our police and fire departments, and the brave soldiers that put their lives on the line to keep our great nation safe. In the wake of one of the worst national disasters to hit our state, I ask you all to pause this Thanksgiving and keep the many victims of Hurricane Sandy in our thoughts and prayers and find strength in the resiliency that serves as the foundation of the Garden State.
- At our meeting in Trenton, I shared with Gov. Christie and the congressional delegation my tax plan to help storm victims get back on track. We need bipartisan support to pass this critical tax relief and help those affected by Sandy rebuild their lives.
- Now that the election season is behind us, it's time to put aside partisan politics and come together to move our economy forward and rebuild our communities. As I stated in my Op-Ed in today's Bergen Record, I will continue the fight to bring both sides of the aisle together to ensure that our nation's budget isn't balanced on the backs of the Middle Cla
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