PARAMUS, NJ (Bergen County) — U.S. Congressman Josh Gottheimer (NJ-5) Friday visited Stew Leonard’s Farm Fresh Food grocery store to announce new steps in his Affordability Agenda for Jersey, to combat rising costs, tackle COVID-driven supply chain issues, and help make life more affordable for families and small businesses in North Jersey.
The new steps Gottheimer announced today as a part of his Affordability Agenda for Jersey include:
- Enacting bipartisan legislation to boost domestic manufacturing and American competitiveness: Last week, the House passed bipartisan legislation — the America COMPETES/Make It In America Act — to address supply chain issues, accelerate U.S. production of semiconductor chips, and reduce reliance on foreign countries like China.
- Setting a 30-day chokepoint count-down clock: Gottheimer’s provision was included in the House-passed America COMPETES/Make It In America Act to require the U.S. Departments of Commerce and Transportation to report to Congress and the public on the major current chokepoints in our nation’s supply chain within one month.
- Cutting shipping costs: The Gottheimer-backed bipartisan Ocean Shipping Reform Act was included in the House-passed America COMPETES/Make It In America Act, and will crack down on shipping companies that are gouging businesses and raising prices — to help directly cut costs that Jersey families see at the store or when they order products they need.
- Manufacturing more semiconductor chips in America: The House-passed America COMPETES/Make It In America Act includes full investment in the bipartisan CHIPS Act, which the Problem Solvers Caucus has been fighting for — to incentivize private-sector investments in making semiconductors in America, while also creating new jobs.
“It is clear that costs have gone up, and supplies have gone down, and not just at the grocery store — so many of our families have felt it in all types of stores and at the gas station. It is hitting families hard across the country. That’s why I’m focused day and night on steps we can take to get prices down for families, and deal with the impact of COVID-19 economy. That’s what my Affordability Agenda is all about,” Gottheimer said. “Last week, we passed major legislation in the House — the America COMPETES Act — also known as the Make it in America Act — that will help boost domestic manufacturing, ease the COVID-driven supply chain challenges, and help get prices down to help families and small businesses here in New Jersey.”
Other key provisions in the House-passed America COMPETES Act include:
- Enhancing innovation and technology, including through job training;
- Providing historic investment to increase U.S. manufacturing of other key technology components to clear the supply chain;
- Creating an office within the Commerce Department that would focus solely on the supply chain; and,
- More provisions authored by Gottheimer — found here.
Additionally, as a part of his work to lower costs for New Jersey families, Gottheimer is committed to ensuring that the restoration of the State and Local Tax (SALT) deduction is included in the final reconciliation package that is negotiated with the Senate.