Economy and Jobs
We need to do more to get our economy growing and people back to work. There are simply too many obstacles to job creation, such as the tax-and-spend policies put forth by this administration, the economy-crushing healthcare law, and the onslaught of unachievable regulations. These policies are hurting the small businesses of Staten Island and Brooklyn and keeping them from growing and creating jobs.
New York deserves better. In Congress, I have voted for over 30 pro-jobs bills, and stood in support of the GOP plan for job creation, which focuses on reducing our nation’s $16 trillion debt, preventing tax hikes on small businesses, and reducing job-killing regulations. I support policies that get big government out of the way, so that there are more opportunities for entrepreneurs and business owners to grow, thrive, and create new jobs.
NYC Natural Gas Supply Enhancement Act
My first term in Congress, I introduced the NYC Natural Gas Supply Enhancement Act, which was signed into law in 2012. This bill authorizes the Secretary of the Interior to allow for the construction and operation of natural gas pipeline facilities in the New York portion of the Gateway National Recreation Area. The construction of the pipeline will create hundreds of local construction jobs, generate approximately $265 million in construction activity, and lower the cost of energy by bringing clean, affordable energy to the residents of New York City.
Startup Act 2.0
The Startup Act 2.0 is about creating American jobs. Too often we educate the world’s best and brightest in STEM fields, only to send them back to countries like India and China to open businesses and compete against us. I introduced this bill to keep top talent here in the U.S. to build businesses that hire Americans, and drive U.S. innovation and competitiveness. Research has demonstrated the positive impact of immigrants on American job creation: More than 40 percent of all Fortune 500 companies were founded by an immigrant or the child of an immigrant, and each foreign-born advanced degree holder who stays in the U.S. to work in a STEM occupation created an estimated 2.6 American jobs.