Rep. Gene Green Statement on the American Jobs Act
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Green spoke out today on the floor of the House of Representatives to implore his colleagues to act quickly on the American Jobs Act to grow our economy and restore jobs:
“Members, the jobs are the issue and the American Jobs Act is the solution and I hope that this House will consider it on the floor immediately.
This bill would help reverse the flow of jobs overseas and would help rebuild the manufacturing base in America, providing good jobs for hardworking Americans. Making it in America creates jobs in America. This bill builds America.
The long-term FAA reauthorization would create 150,000 jobs and reauthorizing the Surface Transportation bill would support 134,000 projects around the country, 5,000 mass transit projects, and nearly a million jobs over the next year. The national infrastructure bank proposal would combine public and private resources to build and repair the country’s key infrastructure.
This bill will also create jobs through the tax code. The proposal cuts the payroll tax in half for the 98% of businesses on their first $5 million in payroll. It offers a $4,000 dollar tax credit to employers hiring long-term unemployed workers. Get them on the tax rolls and not on the unemployment rolls. And, it starts a Returning Heroes, hiring tax credit between $5,600 dollars and $9,600 dollars for firms that hire unemployed veterans.
We have the responsibility to help our country climb out of this tough economy and this bill is a proposal that deserves bipartisan support to help accomplish that.”
Congressman Green strongly supports these measures so that current and future generations of American workers have work opportunities available to them.