The top priority for Congressional leaders must be addressing the ailing economy, New York’s junior U.S. senator said Monday.
Despite a fractured Congress, lawmakers must come together to ensure that people are working and businesses are growing, said Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, a Democrat, during a meeting with the Editorial Board of The Journal News and LoHud.com. In fact, it’s one of those issues that both Democrats and Republicans can rally around, she said.
For most of us, we look at Washington and we know it’s broken,” she said. “We have to do much more to reach bi-partisan consensus on important issues… I think the economy is the No. 1 issue. I think everyone in American should have the opportunity to provide for their families.”
During a one-hour meeting with the Editorial Board, Gillibrand talked about the importance of building a new Tappan Zee Bridge, a new energy grid and a high speed rail system that connects the Northeast, among other issues. Though she said the government cannot create jobs, she’d like to see the federal government invest in New York’s aging infrastructure, help small businesses gain access to capital and tax credits, and make sure the U.S. has a vibrant manufacturing sector. “We all want to see ‘Made in America,’ ” Gillibrand said. “We want to have manufacturing in America.”