I am honored to have the opportunity to represent the community I have called home my entire life in Congress. Our success comes from working together even in the toughest of times. I look forward to the continued work ahead with you and our leaders at every level of government in 2023.
Like most years, this one has had its share of challenges—and I am glad to report that is has also included more than a few milestones. I have fought to lower costs for hardworking South Jersey families and small businesses, protect access to high-quality health care for our seniors, and help grow our local and regional economy by implementing an American Made agenda.
Coming out of the pandemic, the American Recovery Plan continues to support Camden County municipalities and schools. We passed the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act that is already being implemented by modernizing our wastewater management systems, improving our roads, making bridges safer, and bringing clean drinking water in our communities by removing lead pipes. These projects are creating good-paying jobs in the region, which contribute to a robust economy that benefits local businesses, schools, and neighborhoods.
I also helped to pass the Inflation Reduction Act, which invest in American made manufacturing of a clean energy economy right here in South Jersey. It also helps homeowners and small business owners improve the energy efficiency of their homes and businesses which lowers energy costs. It also cuts costs for Medicare beneficiaries by capping out-of-expenses at $2,000 a year, capping insulin copays at $35 a month, and allowing Medicare to negotiate lower prescription drug prices. These savings alone add up to thousands of dollars for seniors.
Additionally, the BRAVE ACT, a bill I wrote to bring registered apprenticeship opportunities to our veterans, was signed into law this year. As the father of a veteran, I know our men and women in uniform learn valuable skills during their service to our nation, and it is important to ensure they get similar opportunities when they transition back to civilian life. Registered apprenticeships are a great way for America’s veterans to get on-the-job training and launch good-paying careers in the skilled trades without taking on any student debt.
Protecting the pocketbooks and creating good paying jobs for Camden County families, workers and seniors is important and so is protecting our children. That is why I worked to pass the Safer Communities Act, the first gun safety reform bill to pass Congress in nearly 30 years. Our grocery stores, movie theaters, places of worship, and schools must be free of senseless violence, and further improving the safety of our communities—including by fully funding local and county police departments and mental health crisis professionals—remains a top priority of mine as we enter the 118th Congress.
It is truly an honor to serve you and please know if you have any issues with a federal agency my staff and I are ready to help. Please call my office at 856-427-7000 if you need assistance. Thank you for your continued partnership to keep South Jersey strong.
Wishing you a safe and happy New Year,
Member of Congress