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Congressman Andrews: Republicans, Democrats and Independents Must Come Together

Dear Friend:

For too many of our neighbors, the New Year will start with anxiety and uncertainty over our nation’s ailing economy. Too many Americans and South Jerseyans are out of work, or on the edge of losing their jobs, businesses, homes, health care or pensions. There is no simple cure for our problems, but one thing is obvious: Republicans, Democrats and Independents must put aside political differences and try to find common ground so that we can fix our economy and put Americans back to work.

As your representative in Washington, I understand our nation’s need for cooperation among the parties. That is why I worked with both Republicans and Democrats to pass two budget agreements, one in April and the other in August, that will help reduce our nation’s spending and deficit in a reasonable way. The parties also came together to reach a compromise on taxes last December, which resulted in a $1,000 a year tax cut for middle class families and tax relief for small businesses. This savings is expected to generate an estimated $50 billion investment to help small businesses grow and hire more of our neighbors. Also, we were finally able to restore the Social Security Cost-of-Living Adjustment (COLA). Although it was too little and delayed for too long, we need the parties to come together to build on this COLA to help our seniors.

With nearly 14 million Americans unemployed, one thing is certain: there is much more work to do. We must stop the practice of shipping our jobs and our money overseas. Recently, I spoke out against reports that a federal agency was planning to loan money to a foreign company that would dismantle the Eagle Point Refinery in West Deptford and ship its parts to India. Presently, this deal has been stopped in its tracks but we must remain dedicated to stopping any decision that strips away opportunities for American workers.

The most important work to do is here at home. Working together with business and labor, local, state and county governments, and people of all political backgrounds, we have taken the following steps to create jobs in South Jersey and get our region growing again:

-construction of the new Port of Paulsboro is underway and cargo—and good jobs—should appear there in the months ahead

-our new medical school is rising out of the ground in Camden. This August, the school will welcome its first class, and promises to be a springboard for biotech jobs here in our community

-a new science building is underway at Camden County College in Gloucester Township, training local students to fill the jobs of our future

-the construction of new student housing at Rutgers-Camden will be finished in August, helping to spur new stores, restaurants and jobs in the city

We must continue our mission to help small business. This year, our office has assisted over 60 small businesses who have struggled with a lack of credit, shortage of customers, and other critical issues. If your business needs assistance, we welcome the chance to work with you.

Any constituent with any problem is welcome to call us, write us, email us, or visit us at any time. Our most important work is responding to your needs and we look forward to hearing from you.

As we confront these very real challenges facing our families, communities and nation, let us pause to give thanks to all of the men and women in uniform who have sacrificed to preserve our freedom. We are forever grateful to those who have served or are currently serving in the Armed Forces – your bravery and sacrifices are what make America great. We also thank the police, fire and EMS who work day in and day out to protect our safety here at home.

Let us resolve to pull together and make our economy, our nation and our future stronger in 2012.

 

Sincerely,

Rob Andrews

Member of Congress

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