Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Gottheimer, moderate Democrats push back on Biden tax hikes

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As the White House discusses changes to the tax code and individual rates, I've made it clear (see one story below) that I can't support any changes to the code unless it reinstates SALT (the State and Local Tax Deduction). Our families and communities have been crushed by the 2017 Tax Hike Bill which gutted SALT. 
 
 
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Scoop: Moderate Democrats buck Biden tax hikes

 
Kadia Goba, Jonathan Swan | Mar 29, 2021 
 
 
President Biden's plan to pay for his coming infrastructure package with big tax hikes already is meeting some resistance from moderate Democrats, a stumbling block for his progressive ambitions.
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Why it matters: If this discomfort turns to outright opposition in the House and Senate, Biden will face a complicated path to cover more than $3 trillion he is expected to seek, in multiple proposals, for infrastructure as well as social welfare.
 
Between the lines: Two moderate Democratic senators — Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona — have drawn the most attention as potential obstacles to Biden's agenda. But the president also faces headwinds in the House of Representatives, where Speaker Pelosi can lose just three Democratic votes if Republicans are unified in opposition.
 
  • Over the past week, Axios has been interviewing moderate Democratic House members. Several are skeptical about Biden's tax-and-spend plans, and some were willing to say so on the record.
What they're saying: A leader of the House Democrats' moderate faction, Rep. Josh Gottheimer of New Jersey, said he worries about tax increases that could slow economic recovery and drive residents out of his state.
 
  • "We need to be careful not to do anything that's too big or too much in the middle of a pandemic and an economic crisis," he said.
  • While he wants to see the overall package before commenting on specific tax rates, he said, "It's got to be responsible and both parties need to be at the table. This can't just be jammed through without input and consideration from the other side."
  • Gottheimer, who co-chairs the bipartisan Problem Solvers Caucus, said he won't even consider Biden's tax proposals unless the president agrees to reinstate the State and Local Tax (SALT) deduction capped under former President Trump worth tens of billions every year. "Simply put," Gottheimer said, "no SALT, no dice."
  • Rep. Tom Suozzi (D-N.Y.) also told Axios: "I'm not voting for any changes in the tax code unless we reinstate SALT as part of the deal."
Another House Democratic moderate, Rep. Scott Peters of California, is more comfortable with a smaller tax hike for companies than the 28% in Biden's plans. He thinks "Republicans overshot" by cutting the top corporate tax rate from 35% to 21% in Trump's 2017 tax bill. "I think that 25% is fine," Peters said. "It doesn't disadvantage our companies, and in turn our employees, workers...I think 25% is the right spot."
 
White House press secretary Jen Psaki tells Axios: "We know there will be a range of views on how we get there, but we look forward to working with a broad coalition of members on the critical priorities of the president's plan: creating good jobs and making America more competitive — paid for without any tax increase on people making less than $400,000 a year."
 
The bottom line: In the 50-50 Senate, just one Democrat can hijack policy. Manchin has already suggested he wouldn't support a corporate tax rate of 28%.
 
 
 
 
 
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Friday, March 26, 2021

NJDSC Chairman Currie's Update - March 26 2021

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Greetings!

We know that better days are ahead of us with vaccine distribution continuing to ramp up thanks to the efforts of Governor Murphy and thousands of local and county officials and healthcare leaders throughout the state. But that doesn't mean we can let our guard down now -- we have to stay vigilant and continue following public health guidelines. That's why it was so disappointing to see Republican gubernatorial candidate Assemblyman Jack Ciattarelli carelessly ignore the state's mask mandate at a recent indoor public event.

These public health guidelines are in place for a reason -- to keep us safe. Top political and governmental leaders have a responsibility to model the right behavior and show others the right way to act, and Jack Ciattarelli just failed that test miserably.

Women's History Month is coming to a close, but not without a few more events to celebrate women's contributions and accomplishments in New Jersey and beyond.

This Monday, March 29th, join us and the LGBTQ+ Caucus for a panel on the importance of Women and Nonbinary LGBTQ+ representation and visibility in our elected officials. Please join Caucus Chair Lauren Albrecht and prominent LGBTQ+ elected officials and pioneers throughout New Jersey. Be sure to reserve your spot for an exciting night of amplifying LGBTQ+ voices, while also discussing the road ahead to achieving greater representation.

On March 31st at 7pm, we're closing out Women's History Month with an event celebrating the women of NJ. RSVP now and join your fellow New Jersey women making history today.

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With the state's vaccine rollout now being recognized as among the nation's best, Governor Murphy made two major announcements today to continue its expansion -- lowering the age eligibility limit to 55 and a new federal mega-site in Newark that will significantly help reach underserved populations in our state's largest city.

For up to date information regarding new cases and directives regarding coronavirus, or information on vaccine registration and signup, visit the state's dedicated COVID-19 Information Hub or follow Governor Murphy's official pages on social media. You can also reach the state's Vaccine Call Center at 1-855-568-0545.

Twitter: @GovMurphy

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When he took office President Biden announced an ambitious goal -- 100 million COVID-19 vaccines administered in his first 100 days. After smashing through that goal, the President recently announced a new one:

President Biden's leadership is helping us get through this crisis and back to our normal lives, and here at the NJDSC we could not be more proud to have him in the White House fighting for us.

Thank you,

Chairman John Currie

P.S. -- We need your help to get Governor Murphy on the ballot! Due to the pandemic, petitions for the primary election can now be collected online and you can show your support for our Governor by signing his petition here.


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Thursday, March 18, 2021

Tom Malinowski and Josh Gottheimer: It's time to reopen schools

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Two Congressmen representing Northern New Jersey say the state isn't on track to meet President Biden's end-of-March goal to reopen schools. They ask that state and local leaders do more, including setting aside full days at state- and county-administered testing sites just for teachers and school staff. "We recognize that there is still a limited supply of vaccine, which is not our state's fault, so difficult choices must be made." Steve Hockstein | For NJ Advance Media.

By Tom Malinowski and Josh Gottheimer
March 15, 2021

Short of crushing the COVID pandemic itself, we believe that nothing is more urgent than getting our children back into schools for in-person instruction.

Going virtual was the right thing to do when the virus struck us, to save the lives of school staff, parents and students alike. Our teachers did all they could to make it work; our kids have been resilient. But the toll on children after one year away from physical school — on their emotional and mental health and their educational progress — has been great, and grows each day. The greatest harm is done to the youngest children, who need hands-on instruction and opportunities for play with their peers the most, and to their parents, who must somehow juggle their jobs with making sure their kids are paying attention to virtual classes. It's time to re-open our schools safely.

We do not yet know the full extent of our students' learning losses during this past year. But along with troubling reports of absenteeism, we have seen indications that declines in reading and math proficiency could be significant. One study has estimated that virtual learning has already cost students 3% of their career earnings. The opportunity gap between public and private school students has also grown, as wealthier private schools have been able to afford the investments needed to stay open.

Meanwhile, many kids have told us that their biggest challenge with virtual school is coping with feelings of isolation. We've seen a rise in youth emergency room visits related to mental health and in student suicides across the country.

In the early days of the crisis, virtual education let our political leaders off the hook, creating the illusion that our nation's population of children and parents had been taken care of during the COVID crisis. There was more angry debate about opening gyms and bars than about opening schools. Thankfully, that has changed — there is now a consensus that we must prioritize the needs of our kids.

But there has still been a debate about how to get kids back in classrooms. In Congress, many wanted to force schools to reopen, whether safe or not, by withholding federal funds from districts that continue virtual learning. We argued it was better to help schools reopen safely, by funding physical upgrades and vaccinating educators. That debate has now been settled.

First, the American Rescue Plan Congress enacted last week includes $170 billion in education funding. New Jersey's K-12 schools will get almost $3 billion to make in-person education safer, by reducing class sizes and creating spaces, indoors or outdoors, in which social distancing is possible, modernizing ventilation systems, buying more PPE and hiring more educators to help our children who've fallen behind. This builds on the three bipartisan bills we helped lead, dating to the first days of the crisis, which allocated significant resources for our schools.

Second, in early February, we wrote to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and urged the Biden administration to prioritize teachers and other school staff for the COVID vaccine, arguing that they should be treated like police officers and firefighters — workers who perform an essential job that puts them at risk. On March 2, President Biden delivered, ordering states to make educators eligible for the vaccine and setting a goal of giving them all their first shots by the end of March.

In New Jersey, our state government has responded by creating special lines for educators at vaccine mega sites on weekends and after school hours on weekdays. Last week, RiteAid pharmacies set aside two days when only educators were able to make appointments for shots.

But New Jersey is not currently on track to meet President Biden's end-of-March goal. We hope our state and local leaders will do more, including, if necessary, setting aside full days at state- and county-administered testing sites just for teachers and school staff. We recognize that there is still a limited supply of vaccine, which is not our state's fault, so difficult choices must be made. The choice we would make is to put New Jersey's children first.

Ultimately, it will be up to local school districts to decide, in consultation with parents, when to reopen. Our job as elected officials is to give them the tools they need to feel confident to do so soon, so students can finish this academic year in a classroom.


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Wednesday, March 10, 2021

Congressman Josh Gottheimer's 2021 Winter Newsletter

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Unveiling New Bipartisan Legislation to Fully Restore the SALT Deduction, Provide New Jersey Families a Tax Cut


We know how badly the coronavirus pandemic has hurt our families and communities and I am always fighting for ways to claw back federal dollars to the Fifth District. That is why I joined a bipartisan group of six other Members in the House to introduce the SALT Deductibility Act, a bipartisan bill to fully restore the full State and Local Tax (SALT) deduction.

The proposal would allow taxpayers to fully deduct their state and local taxes on their federal income returns, end double taxation, and give families in Northern New Jersey a real tax cut. In 2017, the deduction was gutted and capped at $10,000 by the Moocher States in the partisan Tax Hike Bill and resulted in a tax hike for many middle-class families.

The cap has continued to accelerate a race to the bottom that drives families to other states, often subsidized by the very states their new residents have left. This leaves middle-and lower-income taxpayers holding the bag to pay for school, police, fire, and other essential state and local services.

Restoring the SALT deduction is a necessary first step to creating an equitable tax system – one where we put money back in the pockets of working people.


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Accepting an Appointment to the House Committee on Homeland Security


The safety and security of our nation is at a critical juncture, with rapidly evolving threats from foreign and domestic terrorists, homegrown violent extremism, hacking and cybersecurity attacks, and unforeseen disasters threatening our nation. That's why I am honored to have been appointed to the U.S. House Committee on Homeland Security where I will be responsible for security legislation and policy oversight responsibilities over the Department of Homeland Security, including domestic preparedness and response to terrorism, transportation, port, infrastructure security, and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and disaster response.

We must also make sure that our law enforcement officers, firefighters and all first responders at every level have the resources and equipment they need to safeguard themselves and our communities. I'm looking forward to working with Chairman Bennie Thompson and my colleagues on both sides of the aisle of the Committee to find common ground and advance commonsense national security solutions that protect us all.


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Announcing the ALYSSA Act — Bipartisan Nationwide School Safety Legislation, Honoring the Parkland Shooting's Third Anniversary


Only 29% of schools report using silent alarms that are directly connected to local law enforcement. As our kids return to school in person, we must have the systems in place to protect them at all costs.

That's why I joined the parents of Alyssa Alhadeff — a North Jersey native who lost her life in the tragic shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, three years ago — to announce the bipartisan Alyssa's Legacy Youth in School Safety Alert Act (the ALYSSA Act).

The ALYSSA Act is bipartisan federal legislation to require silent panic alarms in all schools to immediately alert law enforcement of an active shooter situation. The bill will also increase investment in more well-trained School Resource Officers to help protect students and faculty.

With this legislation, we honor Alyssa and turn her memory, and the pain her family and friends carry every day, into action. The ALYSSA Act will help protect children and all students, in the one public place they should feel safest: their schools.

Together, with silent alarms in every school directly connected to local law enforcement agencies and with School Resource Officers at more schools around the country, we are taking concrete steps to help further protect our children in their schools.

Learn more about the ALYSSA Act here.


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Outlining New COVID-19 Relief Programs to Help North Jersey


In January, the new PPP loan approval process was opened for all lenders. I joined U.S. Small Business Administration NJ Deputy District Director John Blackstock to discuss how to apply for those loans and what other COVID-19 small business relief programs Fifth District residents can expect in the coming months. The deadline to apply for a PPP loan is March 31st.

It's my goal to make sure everyone across North Jersey knows what new resources are available from the bipartisan emergency COVID-19 relief package that was signed into law recently. The package will specifically help the Fifth District by revitalizing our economy and saving our struggling small businesses, helping put food on the table and ensuring food security, improving our health infrastructure and distributing vaccines to our communities, putting money in the pockets of American adults and children, helping keep families in their homes, and, ultimately, it will help get us through these winter months.

I'm continuing to work with my colleagues in Congress and with the Administration to push for more COVID-19 relief — to provide additional critical resources like extending the federal unemployment supplement, more resources for vaccine deployment and COVID-19 testing, and more resources so our schools can reopen safely.

If you have any other questions or want to see a breakdown of what the bipartisan COVID-19 relief package includes please visit my website at Gottheimer.House.Gov for more information.


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Announcing Federal Action to Counter Violent Extremism and Domestic Terrorism


As we continue to fight against domestic terrorist groups, I have announced various steps to combat violent extremism and radicalization. First, I led a bipartisan initiative to urge the Biden Administration to restore the Office of Community Partnerships (OCP) within the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), which was the designated lead on efforts to counter violent extremism until the previous Administration deprioritized the office in 2017. I also announced new legislation to double the maximum jail sentence for a conviction of insurrection against the United States from 10 to 20 years.

I have also requested that the U.S. Department of State officially designate international violent extremist groups, including the Proud Boys, as terrorist organizations. Doing so will help provide law enforcement and the U.S. intelligence community the tools necessary to protect the nation from domestic terrorists and other violent extremists that threaten our freedom, democracy, and communities.

With a new Congress in place and with a new Administration in the White House, we must redouble our efforts to prioritize the serious threat of domestic terrorism and in our nation, as well as ISIS-inspired, homegrown, lone-wolf terrorism.

You can watch the video announcement on the legislation HERE.


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Announcing New Federal Steps to Continue Improving Sussex County & Warren County High-Speed Broadband Connectivity


With the COVID-19 pandemic forcing more of our learning, working, and daily business online, we need to continue working to expand access to high-speed broadband to our rural communities, get costs down, and make it easier to install the infrastructure necessary to connect our homes, schools, and businesses.

That’s why I announced new steps to help make sure federal COVID-19 relief investment for broadband support is delivered to both Sussex and Warren Counties, as well as new steps to connect local officials and internet providers to the right broadband resources to help improve connectivity for local residents and businesses.

Too often, the guidelines for federal grant programs that are investing in broadband infrastructure are too restrictive, causing many communities that are in dire need of connectivity upgrades to go without the dollars they need to implement those upgrades. We need to make sure these guidelines reflect the needs of communities across Sussex and Warren Counties, so that everyone has a shot. You can watch the full announcement HERE.




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