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President Obama’s Weekly Address 8/6/11: Creating Jobs and Getting All Americans Back to Work

WASHINGTON—In this week’s address, President Obama called on Democrats and Republicans to work together to grow the economy and get Americans back to work. The President has outlined a number of steps Congress can take right now to spur growth and create jobs, including extending tax cuts for working and middle class families, cutting red tape to encourage new businesses to grow and hire, passing trade deals that will support tens of thousands of jobs, and giving our out-of-work construction workers opportunities to rebuild our nation’s infrastructure.

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>After Receiving $41.1M Tax Subsidy For Economic Development And Job Creation Campbell’s Soup Co. Announces Layoffs

>Nothing like wasting tax payer money on corporate welfare when the money could have been used for other more important things like education, health care, property tax relief, infrastructure….

Once again Governor you definitely have your priorities straight!.

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Campbell’s Soup Co. Announces Layoffs: MyFoxPHILLY.com

CAMDEN, N.J. – Campbell’s Soup Co. plans to lay off about 770 people worldwide, Including about 130 people at its Camden headquarters, in an effort to reduce overhead and improve efficiency.


The reductions will be phased in over the next two years and will result in a savings of about $75 million dollars.

The cuts include about 10 percent of the company’s workforce in Camden, its longtime headquarters.

Fox 29’s Steve Keeley has more in this Wednesday morning live report from “Good Day.”

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>President Obama’s Weekly Address 3/5/11: Cutting Waste, Investing in the Future

>WASHINGTON – In his weekly address, President Obama called for Democrats and Republicans to come together on a budget that cuts wasteful spending without sacrificing job-creating investments in education, innovation, and infrastructure. Noting that his administration has already proposed specific cuts that meet congressional Republicans halfway, he said that he is prepared to do more and that the job can only be finished by working out the differences and finding common ground.

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>President Obama’s Weekly Address 2/5/11: Winning the Future through American Innovation

>WASHINGTON – In this week’s address, President Obama said America can prosper and win the future by supporting innovation, education, and infrastructure. This past week, the President highlighted how students and researchers at Penn State University are poised lead the way on innovation and job creation through their work on energy efficiency. In the coming week, he will visit Marquette, Michigan, where high-speed broadband infrastructure is connecting a small town to the larger world. And on Monday, he will talk to the Chamber of Commerce about how if we make America the best place to do business, then businesses should make their mark on America by setting up shop in America, hiring American workers, and paying good wages.

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HOLT: ECONOMIC RECOVERY BILL WOULD CREATE NEW JOBS,HELP THOSE STRUGGLING IN ECONOMIC CRISIS

Here is what Congressman Rush Holt has to say about the passage of the Economic stimulas bill passed last night in the House.

Press Release:
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Representative Rush Holt (NJ-12) tonight voted for the House-passed American Recovery and Reinvestment Bill of 2009, arguing that it would provide the comprehensive investment needed to stop the nation’s economic decline and rebuild the economy by creating millions of new jobs. Holt highlighted nearly $16 billion of new funding for science research and facilities, including $3 billion for the National Science Foundation, $2 billion for physical science research at the Department of Energy, $3.5 billion for the National Institutes of Health, and $3 billion for research into energy efficiency and renewable energy. The Senate still needs to pass the bill.

“The ideal project is one that keeps on giving, and that is exactly what scientific research does,” Holt said. “In his Inaugural Address, President Obama said ‘we will restore science to its rightful place.’ This legislation places science at the center of short-term job creation and long-term economic growth.”

In December 2008, Holt hosted a roundtable discussion at Princeton University, along with Speaker Nancy Pelosi, senior Congressional leaders, and national leaders in the science and technology community to highlight the importance of innovation infrastructure to ensure long-term American competitiveness.

Holt also drew attention to other investments that would help create new jobs and help families struggling in the economy, including funding for:

–School modernization, including funding for Holt’s initiative to increase energy efficiency (an estimated $250 million for New Jersey).

–Helping states prevent the laying off of teachers and other school employees (an estimated $1.7 million for New Jersey)

–Road and bridge construction, as well as improving public transit and rail (an estimated $1.15 billion for New Jersey)

–Transforming the nation’s electricity systems through the Smart Grid Investment Program.

–Job training, including for green-collar jobs.

–Increasing Pell Grants to $5,350 by the next school year, helping to make college more affordable.

–Extending unemployment benefits through 2009 and extending health care coverage for unemployed workers (an estimated 148,000 New Jersey workers would be eligible).

“We’re past the point where we can hope the economy will right itself,” Holt said. “People are hurting now. New Jersey’s unemployment rate has risen to 7.1 percent from 4.2 percent just a year ago. This legislation would provide the bold, wise action needed to get our economy on the road to recovery. Every dollar spent would create new jobs and help build the economy for the 21st century.”

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>HOLT: ECONOMIC RECOVERY BILL WOULD CREATE NEW JOBS,HELP THOSE STRUGGLING IN ECONOMIC CRISIS

>Here is what Congressman Rush Holt has to say about the passage of the Economic stimulas bill passed last night in the House.

Press Release:
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Representative Rush Holt (NJ-12) tonight voted for the House-passed American Recovery and Reinvestment Bill of 2009, arguing that it would provide the comprehensive investment needed to stop the nation’s economic decline and rebuild the economy by creating millions of new jobs. Holt highlighted nearly $16 billion of new funding for science research and facilities, including $3 billion for the National Science Foundation, $2 billion for physical science research at the Department of Energy, $3.5 billion for the National Institutes of Health, and $3 billion for research into energy efficiency and renewable energy. The Senate still needs to pass the bill.

“The ideal project is one that keeps on giving, and that is exactly what scientific research does,” Holt said. “In his Inaugural Address, President Obama said ‘we will restore science to its rightful place.’ This legislation places science at the center of short-term job creation and long-term economic growth.”

In December 2008, Holt hosted a roundtable discussion at Princeton University, along with Speaker Nancy Pelosi, senior Congressional leaders, and national leaders in the science and technology community to highlight the importance of innovation infrastructure to ensure long-term American competitiveness.

Holt also drew attention to other investments that would help create new jobs and help families struggling in the economy, including funding for:

–School modernization, including funding for Holt’s initiative to increase energy efficiency (an estimated $250 million for New Jersey).

–Helping states prevent the laying off of teachers and other school employees (an estimated $1.7 million for New Jersey)

–Road and bridge construction, as well as improving public transit and rail (an estimated $1.15 billion for New Jersey)

–Transforming the nation’s electricity systems through the Smart Grid Investment Program.

–Job training, including for green-collar jobs.

–Increasing Pell Grants to $5,350 by the next school year, helping to make college more affordable.

–Extending unemployment benefits through 2009 and extending health care coverage for unemployed workers (an estimated 148,000 New Jersey workers would be eligible).

“We’re past the point where we can hope the economy will right itself,” Holt said. “People are hurting now. New Jersey’s unemployment rate has risen to 7.1 percent from 4.2 percent just a year ago. This legislation would provide the bold, wise action needed to get our economy on the road to recovery. Every dollar spent would create new jobs and help build the economy for the 21st century.”

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01/24/09: President Obama’s Weekly Address

In his first weekly address since being sworn in as the 44th president of the United States, President Barack Obama discussed how the American Recovery and Reinvestment Plan will jump-start the economy.

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01/24/09: President Obama’s Weekly Address

In his first weekly address since being sworn in as the 44th president of the United States, President Barack Obama discussed how the American Recovery and Reinvestment Plan will jump-start the economy.

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AS 111th CONGRESS BEGINS, SEN. MENENDEZ SAYS STIMULUS IS PRESSING NEED FOR LOCAL, NATIONAL ECONOMY


Press Release of Senator Menendez

Monday, January 5, 2009

WASHINGTON – Before heading to Washington for this week’s beginning of the 111th Congress, U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ) spoke today about the pressing need for the passage of an effective economic stimulus package to address the economic recession that has caused more than 34,000 jobs losses in New Jersey through the first 11 months of 2008. Appearing with Jersey City Mayor Jerramiah Healy, Hudson County Executive Thomas DeGise and local labor union leaders, Senator Menendez said that federal funding for critical infrastructure, construction and energy projects as well as a middle class tax cut is the type of effective stimulus package that is needed. The group spoke standing next to the Pulaski Skyway, a 76 year-old bridge that is need of significant reinforcement and restoration and could benefit from a stimulus package.

“As we get to business in Congress, we do so with the full understanding that, above everything else, the economic crisis is hitting people hard, here in New Jersey, across the country and the world,” said Senator Menendez. “This crisis is taking away people’s jobs, their homes and their life savings. So addressing the economy is not just our first order of business – it’s our first, second and third orders of business.”

Senator Menendez continued: “We are working to craft and quickly pass an economic stimulus bill that invests money in the most effective way possible – with ‘effective’ being the key word. We’re not talking about spending money just for the sake of it to create the appearance that we’re taking action. What we’re talking about is smart investment in the types of local projects and programs that actually create jobs, fuel our economy and help create the conditions necessary for a turnaround.”

Senator Menendez went on to say that the types of projects would be effective as part of a stimulus should fit three criteria:

• Spur job creation
• Address a critical need for the community
• Are ready to be started quickly

Among the projects Senator Menendez mentioned as possible ways to effectively stimulate the economy were:

• Critical infrastructure projects, such as restoration of the Pulaski Skyway and scores of other road, bridge and bypass restoration and construction
• Mass transit projects, including the establishment of a stream of funding for the ARC tunnel across the Hudson
• School construction and restoration
• Energy projects, such as funding for Senator Menendez’s Energy Efficiency Block Grants program to help municipalities conserve energy and funding to help residents weatherize their houses and cut down energy bills

Senator Menendez also expressed hope that the middle-class tax cuts touted by President-elect Barack Obama on the campaign trail will be included in the stimulus package. President-elect Obama has made signing an effective economic stimulus package his top priority for the beginning of his presidency in order to address the recession immediately. Congressional leadership is working to craft and vote on a stimulus package in the next few weeks.

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AS 111th CONGRESS BEGINS, SEN. MENENDEZ SAYS STIMULUS IS PRESSING NEED FOR LOCAL, NATIONAL ECONOMY


Press Release of Senator Menendez

Monday, January 5, 2009

WASHINGTON – Before heading to Washington for this week’s beginning of the 111th Congress, U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ) spoke today about the pressing need for the passage of an effective economic stimulus package to address the economic recession that has caused more than 34,000 jobs losses in New Jersey through the first 11 months of 2008. Appearing with Jersey City Mayor Jerramiah Healy, Hudson County Executive Thomas DeGise and local labor union leaders, Senator Menendez said that federal funding for critical infrastructure, construction and energy projects as well as a middle class tax cut is the type of effective stimulus package that is needed. The group spoke standing next to the Pulaski Skyway, a 76 year-old bridge that is need of significant reinforcement and restoration and could benefit from a stimulus package.

“As we get to business in Congress, we do so with the full understanding that, above everything else, the economic crisis is hitting people hard, here in New Jersey, across the country and the world,” said Senator Menendez. “This crisis is taking away people’s jobs, their homes and their life savings. So addressing the economy is not just our first order of business – it’s our first, second and third orders of business.”

Senator Menendez continued: “We are working to craft and quickly pass an economic stimulus bill that invests money in the most effective way possible – with ‘effective’ being the key word. We’re not talking about spending money just for the sake of it to create the appearance that we’re taking action. What we’re talking about is smart investment in the types of local projects and programs that actually create jobs, fuel our economy and help create the conditions necessary for a turnaround.”

Senator Menendez went on to say that the types of projects would be effective as part of a stimulus should fit three criteria:

• Spur job creation
• Address a critical need for the community
• Are ready to be started quickly

Among the projects Senator Menendez mentioned as possible ways to effectively stimulate the economy were:

• Critical infrastructure projects, such as restoration of the Pulaski Skyway and scores of other road, bridge and bypass restoration and construction
• Mass transit projects, including the establishment of a stream of funding for the ARC tunnel across the Hudson
• School construction and restoration
• Energy projects, such as funding for Senator Menendez’s Energy Efficiency Block Grants program to help municipalities conserve energy and funding to help residents weatherize their houses and cut down energy bills

Senator Menendez also expressed hope that the middle-class tax cuts touted by President-elect Barack Obama on the campaign trail will be included in the stimulus package. President-elect Obama has made signing an effective economic stimulus package his top priority for the beginning of his presidency in order to address the recession immediately. Congressional leadership is working to craft and vote on a stimulus package in the next few weeks.

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