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U.S. Representative for New Jersey, since 2000 - member of the Democratic Party.
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ENG:Albio Sires (born January 26, 1951 in Bejucal, Cuba) is the U.S. Representative for New Jersey's 8th congressional district. The district includes some of Jersey City, as well as most of the Latino neighborhoods of Newark. He used to represent New Jersey's 13th congressional district from November 2006-January 2013, which was eliminated after redistricting in 2012. He is a member of the Democratic Party. He previously represented district 33 in the New Jersey General Assembly from 2000 to 2006. Early life, education and career Albio Sires was born in Cuba and immigrated to the United States with his family at age 11 with the help of relatives in the United States. Sires is a graduate of Memorial High School. He went to Saint Peter's College on a basketball scholarship and received ...
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Congressman Sires Supports Creation of Job Corps Program

Congressman Sires cosponsored H.R. 2914, the Emergency Jobs to Restore the American Dream Act. This legislation was introduced by Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), and would create jobs through the establishment of job corps programs. “This legislation creates jobs by funding job corps programs,” said Congressman Sires. “While this concept may be simple, its impact would be tremendous, and nationally, over 2.2 million jobs could be created.” The Emergency Jobs to Restore the American Dream Act would create several job corps programs. Specifically, the School ...

Sires Objects to Reduction in Postal Services

Congressman Sires joined his colleagues in the House of Representatives in sending a letter to United States Postal Service (USPS) Post Master General Patrick Donahue. The letter, to object to the proposal to slow first-class service and close processing centers, was lead by Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN). “The Post Office plays a vital role in our community, providing affordable and reliable service that many citizens and businesses depend on” said Congressman Sires. “Reducing service will disproportionately affect millions of Americans and cut thousands of jobs.” On ...

Pay Roll Tax Cuts And Unemployment Benefits Extension

Mister Speaker with our economy still struggling and unemployment remaining unacceptably high, now is not the time to take more money out of the pockets of hard working Americans.The majority is opposing an extension of the Payroll Tax holiday enacted earlier this year that gave virtually all working Americans a much needed tax cut.The Payroll Tax holiday cut the Social Security payroll taxes of over 160 million workers.Economic uncertainty both here in the U-S and abroad, makes this a dangerous time to eliminate an important tax cut that is saving American families an average of $1,000 per ...

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Congressman Sires’ Statement on the Train Crash at Hoboken Terminal
(Washington, D.C.) - Congressman Sires issued the following statement regarding the New Jersey Transit train crash at Hoboken Terminal: “My thoughts and prayers are with those affected by the train crash this morning at Hoboken Terminal. Hoboken Terminal is a critical juncture for commuters across my District and across New Jersey. I will be monitoring the situation as local, state, and federal investigators assess the incident and new details are provided. As a member of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, I stand by as a resource for local officials as the investigation unfolds.”
House of Representatives Approves Ros-Lehtinen and Sires Nicaragua Bill In Response To Ortega’s Human Rights Violations and Electoral Manipulation
(Washington, D.C.) – U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), Chairman of the Subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa and Rep. Albio Sires (D-NJ), Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere, made the following statement after H.R. 5708 – the Nicaraguan Investment Conditionality Act (NICA) of 2016 – was approved by unanimous consent in the U.S. House of Representatives. Representative Sires: “I am proud to have worked with my good friend from Florida, Rep. Ros-Lehtinen to pass this urgent piece of legislation. The U.S. should stand strong in the face of Ortega’s continued efforts to stifle democratic processes and attempt to create an Ortega dynasty by naming his wife as his running mate. Ortega and his cronies mistakenly think that the U.S. will turn a blind eye to his autocratic actions and corrupt policies that have made him one of the richest men in the country while Nicaraguan people work hard to make ends meet.  I will continue to stand with the
Representative Sires, Mayor Bollwage Announce Veterans Claims Clinic in Elizabeth
(Elizabeth, N.J.) – Today, Rep. Albio Sires (NJ-08) and Elizabeth Mayor J. Christian Bollwage announced a constituent service event for veterans that will be held on October 6, 2016 at the Stephen Sampson Senior Center in Elizabeth. This veteran claims clinic will allow veterans to meet one-on-one with a representative from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to discuss benefits, claims, compensation, or entitlements. “Our veterans deserve first-class service and treatment and shouldn’t have to cut through red tape just to get the benefits that they earned by serving our country,” said Rep. Sires. “I am pleased that local veterans will have the convenience of meeting with a VA representative at the Stephen Sampson Senior Center. I am grateful for the Newark Regional Office of the VA for offering to meet with 8th District veterans one-on-one to work with them on the issues they may have.” The visit by the VA will allow veterans to meet one-on-one with a VA representati
Washington Review, September 23, 2016
Over the last two weeks in Washington, I held a number of meetings, attended a House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee hearing, and participated in a markup of legislation. Foreign Affairs Transportation Western Hemisphere Veterans Affairs Foreign Affairs Last week, I met with members of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) to discuss Iran’s hostile behavior in the region, continued U.S. military assistance to Israel, and the relationship between the two nations.  I also had the opportunity to meet with the new Taiwanese Ambassador to the United States, Stanley Koa. I was introduced to Marcela Escobari, the Assistant Administrator for the U.S. Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Bureau for Latin America and the Caribbean.  She leads the Bureau’s initiatives on poverty, inequality, citizen security, corruption, and climate change and provided me with an update of USAIDs ongoing work in Latin America.  The State Minister of Georgia on European and Eur

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