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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 Missile Strikes in Syria
(Washington, D.C.) – Today, Rep. Albio Sires (D-NJ) made the following statement in response to U.S. missile strikes in Syria. “Assad continues to target innocent women and children with barrel bombs and chemical weapons. With support from Russia and Iran, Assad has already slaughtered nearly 400,000 people. If the President plans to continue using military force in Syria he must consult with Congress, make his case in front of the American people, and present a coherent long term strategy for further action. Assad is a brutal dictator and the international community must ban together to confront his aggression and care for the millions of refugees and displaced persons and help them heal from the wounds of war.” 
Washington Review, April 10, 2017
While in Washington last week, legislation I introduced passed the House of Representatives, I attended hearings, spoke on the House Floor, and held meetings. Featured Legislation Russian Interference Transportation Meetings Foreign Affairs Featured Legislation Last week, H.Res.54, a bipartisan resolution that I introduced earlier this year, reaffirming the U.S.-Argentina partnership, unanimously passed the House of Representatives.  The resolution cites President Macri’s commitment to rebuild the economy, combat domestic corruption, defend human rights abroad, strengthen press freedoms, attract foreign direct investment, and return Argentina to the international credit markets.  It also urges the State Department to coordinate an interagency strategy to increase cooperation with Argentina on areas of bilateral, regional, and global concern.  Finally, it encourages the Macri Administration to continue investigating the 1994 bombing of the Argentine-Israeli Mutual Association
Congressman Sires’ Statement on House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes Decision to Step Down from the Panel’s Investigation into Russia
(Washington, D.C.) – Today, Congressman Sires issued the following statement after House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes announced that he will step aside from the panel’s investigation into Russia: “I have been deeply troubled by Chairman Nunes’ actions throughout the House Intelligence Committee’s investigation into Russia. Partisan posturing within our Intelligence Committee is not only a detriment to Congress as an institution; it is dangerous for our security. Though I welcome the Chairman’s decision to step down, I continue to support the formation of an independent commission to complete the committee’s work in investigating this important matter.”
Congressman Sires Condemns Targeted Bombings of Coptic Christians
Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Sires issued the following statement regarding the bombings that occurred during Palm Sunday services at two Coptic Christian Churches in Egypt: “I condemn these bombings which ripped through two churches in the middle of Palm Sunday services in Egypt over the weekend. Attacking innocent families as they come together on a holy day is the height of cowardice and barbarity. It is unfortunately another reminder of the work that needs to be done to combat terrorists bent on targeting people based on their belief systems. Coptic Christians have always been a strong part of the diaspora community in New Jersey and Jersey City is the proud home of the first Coptic Church in America. Just last week I met with President El-Sisi of Egypt and we spoke about the importance of protecting the Coptic community. As I said then, I will reiterate that it is imperative we work with our allies in Egypt to make sure the perpetrators of these violent acts do not

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