Economy and Jobs

For America to succeed, the economy needs to grow.  One of my top priorities in Congress has been to support bills and initiatives that create and sustain good-paying jobs and industries for American workers today and tomorrow.  We create these jobs when we support incentives for high-tech and green-tech businesses, rebuild America's roads and bridges, and encourage high school and college graduates to pursue careers in STEM fields (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) as well as the critical public sector, such as teachers and our first responders. We can help secure this growth through dedicated support for our small businesses.  Right now, two out of every three new jobs in America come from small businesses.  We increase jobs and opportunities for Americans when we give these small businesses access to capital, encourage investment in these businesses, and help them provide health care to their workers in a sustainable manner.  I am fighting every day for bills and policies that allow our small businesses to survive and thrive across the country.

It is something I have tremendous experience with already.  In Newark, I helped bring Panasonic’s North American Headquarters to the city, where it has created a $200 million office tower and created nearly 1,000 jobs. Also, I have created public-private partnerships throughout the district to grow the local economy and create good high-tech jobs.  One example happened when I partnered with Essex County College and area hotels to create a ground-breaking jobs training program for students to give them the skills to work in the growing hospitality industry throughout the district.  When we work together, American businesses and workers succeed.  

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More on Economy and Jobs

January 11, 2021 Press Release

Media Contact:  Patrick Wright   --  Patrick.Wright@mail.house.gov

Washington, D.C. — Congressman Donald M. Payne, Jr. wants to make sure the Portal North Bridge receives the federal attention and funding necessary in the new Congress to finish the project as soon as possible.

December 21, 2020 Press Release

Media Contact:  Patrick Wright   --  Patrick.Wright@mail.house.gov

Washington, D.C. — Congressman Donald M. Payne, Jr. was proud to vote for the Omnibus Appropriations and Emergency Coronavirus Relief Act today to support New Jersey residents and all Americans during the coronavirus health and economic crisis. 

December 16, 2020 Press Release

Media Contact:  Patrick Wright   --  Patrick.Wright@mail.house.gov

Washington, D.C. — Congressman Donald M. Payne, Jr. wants President-elect Joe Biden to make the Gateway Program, also known as the Gateway projects, a greater transportation priority in his administration.        

December 4, 2020 Press Release

Media Contact:  Patrick Wright   --  Patrick.Wright@mail.house.gov

Washington, D.C. — Congressman Donald M. Payne, Jr. voted for the Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement Act today.  The bill (H.R. 3884) would decriminalize marijuana nationwide, require federal courts to delete prior marijuana convictions for Americans, and save taxpayers at least $3.6 billion per year.     

November 16, 2020 Press Release

Media Contact:  Patrick Wright   --  Patrick.Wright@mail.house.gov

October 9, 2020 Press Release

Media Contact:  Patrick Wright   --  Patrick.Wright@mail.house.gov

Washington, D.C. — Congressman Donald M. Payne, Jr. wrote a letter to President Trump today to ask him to extend the Payroll Support Program and provide desperately-needed aid to the country’s airline industry.  The extension would help keep the estimated 750,000 airline workers employed during the coronavirus public health crisis.  The program expired in September and airline executives have begun to layoff and furlough tens of thousands of workers since that time.   

October 1, 2020 Press Release

Media Contact:  Patrick Wright   --  Patrick.Wright@mail.house.gov

Washington, D.C. — Congressman Donald M. Payne, Jr. was proud to vote for the latest version of the Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions (HEROES) Act today to support Americans as well as state and local governments during this public health and economic crisis. 

September 25, 2020 Press Release

Media Contact:  Patrick Wright   --  Patrick.Wright@mail.house.gov

September 22, 2020 Press Release

Media Contact:  Patrick Wright   --  Patrick.Wright@mail.house.gov

 

Washington, D.C. — Congressman Donald M. Payne, Jr. wants to make sure airlines retain as many workers as possible during the current coronavirus public health crisis.    

September 17, 2020 Press Release

Media Contact:  Patrick Wright   --  Patrick.Wright@mail.house.gov