Nearly two-thirds of Americans say that job creation should be Washington’s top priority. Yet the new majority in the House has spent months on phony debates that are more about gaining political advantage than about helping our economy.
The good news is that, even as Washington has taken its eye off the ball, manufacturers have shown a path toward an economic renewal. Although U.S. manufacturing was in decline during the run-up to the Great Recession, it has bounced back noticeably. Last year alone, manufacturers added 152,000 new jobs, and the sector has now seen 21 straight months of growth. Let’s not write any obituaries for manufacturing in our country or our state.
On Tuesday, I toured MICRO Stamping Corporation in Somerset, which employs about 250 New Jerseyans.
This month, I am visiting manufacturers across central New Jersey. These companies employ our neighbors in the manufacture of a wide range of products: everything from medical devices to specialty inks.
My hope is to hear ideas for concrete, actionable steps that Congress can take to build upon the recent resurgence in manufacturing and put more Americans back to work: things like supporting new infrastructure investment, closing tax loopholes for outsourcers, expanding science education, and providing businesses with incentives for new hiring. I hope you’ll share your ideas, too, either by sending an e-mail at holt.house.gov or calling me at 1-87-RUSH-HOLT.
America’s middle class was founded on the strength of our manufacturers. It’s time to rebuild that foundation and renew our manufacturing sector.Sincerely,
Member of Congress
Category Archives: 11th Congressional District
Morristown) – Speaking outside of a closed storefront in downtown Morristown, Douglas Herbert addressed the urgent need to help struggling small businesses in New Jersey’s Eleventh District. Doug said, “Small businesses are the engine of our economic growth. They account for 75 percent of new job creation… Nothing should be more non-partisan than helping small businesses grow and putting Americans back to work.”
Referring to Rodney Frelinghuysen’s recent vote against the ‘Small Business Lending Fund Act,’ Doug emphasized, “Rodney talks about how he supports small business and how he wants to help put people back to work. However, when he has a chance to act, a chance to actually help small business, Rodney Frelinghuysen votes against their interests.”
“Now is not a time to play politics with people’s lives. I would have voted to allow small businesses to rehire and reinvest. By putting money in the hands of those who will use it, we can and will create an economic recovery one dollar at a time.”
In order to help small businesses gain access to the resources necessary to grow, Doug proposed three approaches:
(1) I will fight to provide payroll tax credits for small business that hire and rehire Americans currently unemployed. Many small business owners that I have spoken to have told me that they would put this credit back into their business and into hiring new employees.
(2) I will fight to expand government guaranteed loan programs and credit lines to small businesses. As a small-business owner myself, I know that access to capital is a primary concern for many small business owners now. We cannot sit back and allow small businesses to suffocate while Congressmen like Frelinghuysen approve billions of dollars in big bank bailouts. Bills like the one last week are crucial to ensuring business can survive this recession.
(3) Lastly, it is time that we have a Congressman in the Eleventh District who will support innovation and high-tech job creation. Through investments in research and a tax credit so that businesses can innovate, I will work to bring new, high-tech jobs to the Eleventh District. I will not accept the status-quo; there are real steps we can take to create new high-paying and secure jobs here.
Closing his comments, Doug said, “Small-businesses drive our economy, and I will make sure that their interests and the Eleventh District’s interests are represented in Congress.”
To read Doug’s full statement
Douglas Herbert is a veteran of the 82nd Airborne and he currently resides in Chatham, NJ. He is running against the eight-term incumbent Rodney Frelinghuysen.
(Morristown) – October 1st, 2010 – On Friday, the New Jersey Education Association’s 125-member political action committee voted to endorse Douglas Herbert for Congress in New Jersey’s Eleventh Congressional District. Douglas Herbert is the only New Jersey Congressional challenger that they chose to endorse. Doug said, “I am pleased and honored to be endorsed by the NJEA, an organization that has always fought for New Jersey’s students, teachers, and families. If elected, I will be the strongest advocate to make New Jersey’s public education the best in the world. The fact that I am the only challenger endorsed by the NJEA is a testament to the movement we have built in the Eleventh District.”
Barbara Keshishian, the NJEA President, said, “Each of our endorsed candidates has distinguished himself or herself by advocating for great public schools, public school employees, and for the 1.4 million New Jersey schoolchildren our members educate.”
Douglas Herbert who is running against eight-term incumbent Rodney Frelinghuysen said, “My opponent has neglected his responsibility to the students of this District by consistently standing againstprograms, which would have helped them. As a father of three, I know that it is vital that we keep our educational system strong. I will not make a political gamble or place personal ambition above our children’s well-being and America’s ability to compete in the global marketplace.”
To read the statement from the NJEA