e-News 10/5/12


The Week Just Past: Uncertainty Hampers Small Business Hiring

Rodney Honored for “Pro-growth, Pro-jobs” Support

“Happy” Fiscal New Year!

Obama Administration Buys a Prison, for What???

Volunteering to Battle Cancer

More Kudos for Picatinny Arsenal


The Week Just Past: Uncertainty Hampers Small Business Hiring

“Today’s unemployment report offered some encouraging news. However, it simply is not good enough. We cannot accept an unemployment rate of 7.8 percent as ‘normal.’ The reality is that millions of people have given up looking for a job, and left the workforce. In fact, the workforce participation rate has not been this low since Jimmy Carter was President.

“Why? Well, we saw more evidence this weekthat current policies are damaging economic growth and job creation. 

“The U.S. Chamber of Commerce released a survey on Wednesday that shows that prolonged uncertainty about the looming combination of tax increases and so-called ‘sequestration’ spending cuts are discouraging small businesses from hiring. Only 16 percent of small business owners reported that they plan to add employees this year and the majority expects to hold off hiring into 2013, according to the Chamber’s third quarter survey of small businesses. 

“A huge number of small business owners file their taxes as individuals, rather than as corporations. All told, 89 percent say believe these threatened hikes will hurt their firms.

“Our primary focus must be jobs, careers and opportunities for all Americans. The Administration and Congress should be working together to lead our nation back to economic freedom.

“The Chamber survey only confirms what I hear when I meet businessmen and women from small and large companies as well as New Jersey families: higher taxes, larger debt, more regulation and even the threat of increased government mandates hamper new job creation. 

“Among other urgent actions, we should be enacting pro-growth tax reform, rolling back unnecessary government regulation on businesses large and small, and making America energy independent.

“Only then will we see uncertainty among business-owners decrease and private sector hiring increase!”

Rodney Frelinghuysen

Read the Chamber Survey here.

Rodney Honored for “Pro-growth, Pro-jobs” Support

The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) has announced that Congressman Rodney Frelinghuysen has received its “Award for Manufacturing Legislative Excellence” for the 112th Congress. 

“Manufacturing is a keystone of this nation's economic engine, and a strong manufacturing base is essential for a strong and growing economy,” Rodney said. “It’s hard to envision significant job creation in America without a vibrant manufacturing sector and that is why I work to make sure that government gets off manufacturers’ backs AND their balance sheets.”

“Your favorable votes on key manufacturing issues helped advance the effort to make the United States the best place in the world to...attract foreign investment, expand access to global markets, develop a 21st century workforce and promote innovation, investment and productivity,” said NAM Senior Vice President Aric Newhouse.

The nationally recognized NAM “Award for Manufacturing Legislative Excellence” honors members of Congress who demonstrate support for policies that enhance the ability of manufacturers to succeed in the global economy. 

Recommended Reading: Alan Feuer, writing in the Saturday New York Times, provides interesting insights into an important project that Rodney has championed on the House Appropriations Committee – the harbor deepening program at the Port of New York and New Jersey. As Chairman, his Energy and Water Development Appropriations Committee provided the funding for the Army Corps to deepen the channel at the Port to allow access by the world’s largest vessels, thus protecting jobs in northern New Jersey. Read “On the Waterfront, Rise of the Machines” here.

“Happy” Fiscal New Year!

Fiscal Year 2013 officially arrived on Monday and, actually, there’s nothing happy about it.

According to the U.S. Treasury, the debt of the U.S. government climbed by a total of $1.275 trillion in fiscal 2012.  That means the federal government borrowed approximately an additional $10,855 for each household in the United States over the past twelve months alone.

The total debt of the United States - now over $16 trillion - equals approximately $136,690 per American household.

Obama Administration Buys a Prison, for What???

At President Obama's direction, the Justice Department this week purchased a never-opened state prison in Illinois once destined to house terrorist detainees now residing at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. In buying the Thomson State Prison, the Administration is ignoring the objections of the House Appropriations Committee and the American people.

"Many people are concerned that this purchase is a step in the Obama Administration’s plan to close the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay by transferring terrorist detainees to U.S. prisons, like Thomson. The American people have already objected to transferring terrorists to U.S. soil and now wait until they see the $165 million price-tag of this purchase,” said Rodney.

“Either this move is a bail-out of the President’s cash-strapped home state or a step toward closing Gitmo and bringing detainees to our soil. Either way, it’s a terrible idea.”

“This back-door move by the Obama Administration to open Thompson and reject the will of Congress and the American people is dangerously irresponsible and ignores concerns raised by scores of family members of 9/11 victims, who signed a letter in July objecting to the purchase of this prison.”

Volunteering to Battle Cancer

Rodney was on hand at Morristown Medical Center this week for the announcement of a new cancer prevention study, which calls for volunteers between ages 30 and 65 to be monitored over the next several decades.

The American Cancer Society's Epidemiology Research Program is inviting men and women between the ages of 30 and 65 years who have no personal history of cancer to join the historic research study. The ultimate goal of the CPS-3 study is to enroll at least 300,000 adults from various racial/ethnic backgrounds from across the U.S and collect blood samples from them to help researchers better understand the lifestyle, environmental and genetic factors that cause or prevent cancer. 

“Virtually every family in New Jersey has been touched by cancer or knows someone who is suffering or recovering,” Rodney said. “If we are to make progress in combating and defeating breast, prostate, ovarian, lung and other insidious forms of cancers, bold initiatives like the CPS-3 study are very important.”

The Atlantic Health System, the Reology Corporation and many area YMCAs announced their partnership in the survey this week. 

For further information, visit or call 888-604-5888.

More Kudos for Picatinny Arsenal

Four more Picatinny Arsenal products have been added to the 2011 list of inventions chosen by soldiers to be named “Army Greatest Inventions.”  The recipients of the awards are recognized for their inventiveness, contribution to Army capabilities and potential benefit outside the Army.

The award winners are chosen by a panel of noncommissioned officers with recent combat experience along with field-grade officers from the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command.

The winning entries are particularly meaningful for the Picatinny community because the Army Greatest Inventions, or AGI, Award is considered a "Soldier's Choice Award."

“Each time I visit the Arsenal, I am excited to see the intelligence, energy, experience and spirit of innovation of the men and women of Picatinny,” Rodney said. “I am not at all surprised that Picatinny teams have won 34 of the 90 greatest inventions since the Army established these awards years ago.”

This year’s winning inventions from Picatinny were submitted by the U.S. Army Armament Research Development and Engineering Center, or ARDEC, which contributed members to the development teams for the selected products. The Picatinny Greatest Inventions for 2011 are:

  • 120mm Accelerated Precision Mortar Initiative, or APMI, Cartridge, managed by Project Manager for Combat Ammunition Systems
  • M2A1 Cal .50 Machine Gun, managed by Project Manager for Soldier Weapons
  • M982 Excalibur Increment 1a-2, 155MM Extended Range Precision Guided Projectile managed by Project Manager Combat Ammunition Systems
  • Precision Lightweight Universal Mortar Setter System managed by Project Manager Combat Ammunition Systems

Read more at the official website of the U.S. Army.