Economy and Jobs

I have tremendous experience creating jobs in Newark as I was instrumental in brokering a deal that brought Panasonic’s North American Headquarters to the city where the company is building a $200 million office tower and is expected to create nearly 1,000 jobs. Also, as a result of his partnership with Newark-based marketing firm Integrated Data Solutions, I have experience fostering creative public-private partnerships to grow the local economy and create good high-tech jobs. Payne also partnered with Essex County College and area hotels to create a ground-breaking jobs training program for students so that they had the skills to work in a growing hospitality industry in Newark. Payne will bring this experience to Congress where he will fight to create incentives for high-tech and green-tech businesses, create infrastructure jobs rebuilding the district’s roads and bridges, and bring back jobs for our public sector employees, including teachers and our first responders. 

As a member of the Committee on Small Business, I understand that small businesses are critical to the economy’s sustained growth and will work to ensure small business owners have the resources they need to hire, grow, and achieve the American Dream. Right now, two out of every three net new jobs in America are created by small businesses. As such, I am fighting to promote continued growth and success in our small business communities by expanding access to capital, providing incentives for those small businesses that hire workers, and ensuring small business owners are given assistance in providing health care to workers.

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March 27, 2020 Press Release

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March 26, 2020 Press Release

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Washington, D.C. — Congressman Donald M. Payne, Jr. released this statement today regarding the Senate passage of the third coronavirus stimulus aid bill. 

March 14, 2020 Press Release

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Washington, D.C. — Congressman Donald M. Payne, Jr. voted for the Families First Coronavirus Response Act early this morning to help Americans handle the economic effects of the coronavirus.  The bill would provide billions in financial assistance to all 50 states, including $810 million in additional Medicaid funding to New Jersey.    

Rep. Payne, Jr. said the country needed the funding to support Americans who are suffering from the global pandemic.     

February 13, 2020 Press Release

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February 7, 2020 Press Release

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December 19, 2019 Press Release

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Washington, D.C. — Congressman Donald M. Payne, Jr. issued the following statement about his support for the Restoring Tax Fairness for States and Localities Act (H.R. 5377).  This bill would increase the state and local tax deduction (or SALT) for families from $10,000 to $20,000.

November 15, 2019 Press Release

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Washington, D.C. — Today, Congressman Donald M. Payne, Jr. voted for a bill today to improve international trade for small businesses throughout New Jersey.  The bill reauthorized the Import-Export Bank, the official U.S. export credit agency, and increased the bank’s lending authority by $40 billion to provide more funds for American small business exporters.

November 13, 2019 Press Release

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March 28, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – On Wednesday, March 27, Congressman Donald M. Payne, Jr. (NJ-10) voted to pass H.R. 7, the landmark Paycheck Fairness Act, to take a dramatic step forward to ensure that America’s women receive equal pay for equal work. This legislation strengthens and closes loopholes in the 1963 Equal Pay Act to secure justice for working women in New Jersey and across the country by providing effective remedies for women subject to unfair and inequitable pay practices.    

January 5, 2018 Press Release

NEWARK, N.J.— Rep. Donald M. Payne, Jr., released the following statement after the Trump administration claimed the federal government never agreed to fund 50 percent of the Gateway Project, one of the nation’s most important multi-year, multi-billion-dollar infrastructure projects.