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Congressman Tom MacArthur

Representing the 3rd District of New Jersey

MacArthur Supports Balanced Budget to Protect South Jersey

March 26, 2015
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Yesterday, Congressman Tom MacArthur voted for the version of the House budget for Fiscal Year 2016 that included the highest levels of defense spending:

"Yesterday, I opposed alternative budgets for 2016 that failed to provide adequate support for our military and suggested new rounds of base closures. Instead, I supported the option that increased our military spending. We have to make sure our military has the resources it needs to respond to changing threats around the world, not further cripple our readiness and capability," MacArthur said. "Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst's economic importance to South Jersey cannot be understated – it's responsible for 105,000 jobs and an annual $7 billion impact on our economy. It's why I have been a vocal leader in Washington opposing any base closures in 2016."

"After thirty years in the private sector, I know that a good budget is one that helps an organization focus their priorities and achieve their goals. In Congress, our priority should always be growing the economy and creating good-paying jobs," MacArthur continued. "I voted yesterday for a budget that will help South Jersey achieve those goals by preserving our largest employer, the Joint Base, and encouraging economic growth through a balanced budget and a reformed tax code."

"Because the budget covers more than just the military, I was pleased to see that this blueprint took a whole host of other steps to strengthen and grow our economy," MacArthur continued. "It balances the budget in less than ten years without raising taxes, reforms our outdated tax code to be simpler and fairer, and cuts $5.5 trillion in spending to put us on the right path to paying off our debt. We need responsible legislation like this to help get New Jerseyans back to work, and I was glad to see it pass with such strong support."