Jon understands that the biggest issue of concern for most Americans is getting our economy back on track. In his first term in Congress, he has never wavered from his commitment to reduce the size of government so that businesses can grow and create the jobs we need. He has voted for more than 30 bills in the House that would promote economic growth and facilitate job creation including:
- Legislation to help provide resources for small businesses to access the capital they need to expand their businesses and create jobs (H.R. 1070 – The Small Capital Formation Act);
- Anti-red tape legislation to help eliminate burdensome and duplicative regulations and requirements that impede the ability of businesses to grow and create the jobs we need (H.R. 527- The Regulatory Flexibility Improvements Act; H.R. 872 – Reducing Regulatory Burdens Act); and
- Legislation to help expand domestic energy production to reduce our dependence on foreign oil, lower gas prices, and in the process create jobs for American workers (H.R.910 – The Energy Tax Prevention; and H.R. 1938 The North American Made Energy Security Act).
Unfortunately, partisan politics in the US Senate has prevented these bills from ever getting a fair up or down vote.
Jon understands that Washington must stop the out of control and unsustainable spending binge we’ve been on in order to fix our struggling economy and ultimately balance the budget:
- Jon has consistently voted to reduce spending and as not wavered from making the tough decisions we need to reduce our deficit and long-term debt;
- Jon has voted to substantially and responsibly reduce government spending while taking important steps to address those key programs that are driving up the debt;
- Jon has advocated for streamlining and bringing more certainty to the tax code by lowering corporate and individual tax rates, and eliminating loopholes to spur investment and create jobs; and
- Jon has never increased taxes.
Jon has worked hard as a Member of the House Armed Services Committee to protect and strengthen the mission and jobs associated with Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, the 2nd largest employer in New Jersey:
- $49 million in Military Construction funding for the Army Aviation Support Facility for the New Jersey National Guard (Fiscal Year 2012 National Defense Authorization Act);
- $47 million for Army Fight Equipment Complex; $33.498 million for the Navy CSEDS co-located at Lockheed Moorestown; and $4.7 million for Army Reserve Automated Infantry Squad Battlefield. (Fiscal Year 2012 National Defense Authorization Act);
- Championed an amendment that would prohibit additional BRAC rounds that could put JBMDL missions and the associated jobs at risk. (Fiscal Year 2013 Defense Appropriations Act);
- Authored language for inclusion in the Fiscal Year 2012 National Defense Authorization Act to correct pay disparities for workers at JBMDL – potentially impacting over 600 employees; and
- Aggressively supported key programs that support Lockheed Moorestown and the jobs located there:
- Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) Research Development and Testing;
- Littoral Combat Ship Procurement to procure four ships;
- Ballistic Missile Defense System (BMDS) for Aegis;
- For Aegis Ashore;
- Advanced Above Water Sensors for Air and Missile Defense Radar (AMDR);
- Counterfire Radar in support of EQ-36/AN TPQ-36 Radar;
- Space Fence Program; and
- Navy Energy Program for ENERGY Ocean Thermal Conversion (OTEC).
New Jersey’s 3rd Congressional District is home to more than 60,000 veterans – and Jon is committed to serving them. As a Member of the House Veterans Affairs Committee Jon has made honoring our nation’s veterans and helping ensure they have access to the benefits they have earned a top priority:
- As a Freshman Member of Congress, Jon was appointed Chairman of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee on Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs – where he oversees programs within the Department of Veterans Affairs dealing with a wide range veterans benefits;
- Jon authored and secured bipartisan passage of legislation providing a cost of living adjustment for disabled veterans for 2011 and 2012 – the first in many years;
- Authored and secured passage of an amendment that exempts soldiers traveling back from theatre operations from having to pay excessive baggage fees (FY2012 Defense Appropriations Act);
- Introduced and secured passage of legislation preventing the reservation of gravesites at Arlington National Cemetery for “VIPS” (H.R.1441);
- Authored and secured House passage of legislation to address the backlog in the veteran’s disability claims process (H.R. 2349) to help reduce the time that veterans have to wait to receive the benefits they have earned;
- Worked on a bipartisan basis with New Jersey Congressman Rush Holt to set aside additional funds within the VA budget for suicide prevention. (Fiscal Year 2012 Military Construction Appropriations Bill); and
- Authored and advanced legislation (H.R. 1980) that would authorize a monument for Gold Star Mothers (mothers of service members killed in action). Worked to advance key provisions in the FY2013 National Defense Authorization Act – allowing the monument to be placed at Arlington National Cemetery, the nation’s premier resting place for our fallen heroes.
As a Member of the House Natural Resources Committee Jon Runyan has worked to protect New Jersey’s Coastal Communities and the thousands of jobs associated with South Jersey’s commercial and recreational fishing industries:
- Authored and secured legislative hearings on “The American Angler Preservation Act” and “The Saving Fishing Jobs Act of 2011” to help preserve jobs in coastal communities;
- Worked to defeat potential threats to federal programs that would harm New Jersey’s tourism industry, including defending against severe cuts to emergency funds that protect and restore infrastructure after violent storms;
- Authored legislation (H.R. 6350) “The Transparent and Science Based Fishery Management Act of 2012 to provide our commercial and recreational fisheries with the flexibility they need to rebuild their stock while protecting coastal jobs; and
- Worked with Governor Christie to include language in the state’s “Energy Master Plan” naming Lacey Township as a “good” place to build a new energy production plant.
Since his election to Congress, Jon has worked across the aisle to get things done for New Jersey families:
- Authored and secured unanimous passage of an amendment increasing funding for the Office of Violence Against Women for FY2013 to ensure that the resources provided under this federal program remain available to women and children in South Jersey;
- Authored and secured bipartisan support for an amendment that provided additional funding for grants to assist local law enforcement agencies keep our communities safe (Fiscal Year 2013 Commerce, Justice Science Appropriations Bill); and
- Authored and secured passage of an amendment to increase funding for grants to local firefighters to help protect South Jersey communities (Fiscal Year 2013 Commerce, Justice, and Science Appropriations Bill).