In tough times, Steve Israel has distinguished himself as a tenacious fighter on behalf of Long Islanders. He’s working every day to create new clean energy jobs, to support our local veterans and to pass common sense tax reform for Long Island families.
Steve believes that by asking the men and women of our Armed Forces to put their lives on the line to defend America, we have an obligation to care for them at home. That's why in Congress, Steve helped secure the biggest increase in veterans' benefits in our nation's history, including funds to help homeless veterans and veterans suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. His efforts have also secured more than $5.5 million in overdue benefits for veterans on Long Island.
Steve understands that while we're trying to work our way out of this economic crisis, we have to hold the financial industry accountable to prevent the next one. That's why he wrote a bill that would have completely taken back the bonuses paid to top executives at Wall Street companies that received federal bailout funds.
As Long Island families cut back their household budgets, Steve believes the federal government should tighten its own belt. That's why he is working to cut waste in Washington by voting to freeze Congressional pay and voting to end unfair tax breaks for large corporations that hide their assets in offshore accounts.
Steve knows that "rich" is relative and that's why he's fighting for tax reform to help Long Island families. On Long Island, families pay more for their property taxes, housing, energy and other costs, but they are taxed at the same rate as families in far less expensive areas. Steve believes this should be changed and is leading the fight to pass legislation that will cut taxes for families in high cost-of-living areas like Long Island.
In Congress, Steve is working to develop a comprehensive energy plan to strengthen our national security, grow our economy and protect our environment. That's why Steve voted for a clean energy bill that will reduce our dependence on foreign oil and create the next generation jobs in alternative energy industries.