Charles Gonzalez on The Economy

Last Updated : Aug 11, 2010

Summary

Congressman Gonzalez voted in favor of the 2009 stimulus, in favor of the TARP legislation, and in favor of the Bush stimulus.

 

Official Website Statements

The Economy

A diverse and dynamic economy is essential to our nation's prosperity. Commitments to our nation's small businesses as well as our national workforce are fundamental to our economic policy.

Small businesses are the backbone of our nation's economy and their prosperity directly affects the health of our nation's economy. As a result, we need to do all we can to encourage and stimulate growth in the small business sector. This means providing financial incentives where appropriate and structuring tax policy so that small businesses operate in an environment that positions them to thrive and succeed.

With respect to our nation's workforce, we need to ensure that each and every hardworking American makes enough to provide for their families. The best way this can do this is by increasing the federal minimum wage, which I'm proud to say, was finally accomplished earlier this session for the first time in over a decade. By increasing the minimum wage, we'll be giving our hardworking families a much deserved raise while simultaneously stimulating local economies. When people have more money to spend, they tend to do so locally, and the increased wages will directly benefit local small businesses.

A healthy small business sector and a strong workforce are critical to our nation's prosperity. By crafting economic policies that facilitate economic opportunity for small businesses and American workers, we'll secure our economic future as a nation.

 

Voting Record

Small Business Jobs Tax Relief Act of 2010

In June of 2010 the House voted to pass the Small Business Jobs Tax Relief Act of 2010. The act passed 247-170. Charles Gonzalez voted in favor of the Small Business Jobs Tax Relief Act of 2010

Charles Gonzalez voted in favor of the Small Business Jobs Tax Relief Act of 2010

Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2009

In June of 2010, the House voted on the Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2009. The act failed to pass in a . Charles Gonzalez voted against the Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2009.

Charles Gonzalez voted against the Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2009.

TARP Bonuses

In March of 2010, the House voted on legislation to impose an additional tax on bonuses received from certain TARP recipients, and for other purposes. The legislation passed the House 276-145. Charles Gonzalez voted in favor of the legislation to tax bonuses to TARP recepients.

Charles Gonzalez voted in favor of the legislation to tax bonuses to TARP recepients.

Small Business and Infrastructure Jobs Tax Act of 2010

In March of 2010 the House voted to pass the Small Business and Infrastructure Jobs Tax Act of 2010 246-178. Charles Gonzalez voted in favor of passing the Small Business and Infrastructure Jobs Tax Act of 2010.

Charles Gonzalez voted in favor of passing the Small Business and Infrastructure Jobs Tax Act of 2010.

Wall Street Reform

In late 2009, the House passed the Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2009. The legislation consolidated many financial regulatory agencies, increased transparency in the derivatives market, regulation of credit rating agencies, and a "resolution regime" to resolve insolvent banks. Charles Gonzalez voted in favor of the Wall Street Reform Legislation.

Charles Gonzalez voted in favor of the Wall Street Reform Legislation.

The Stimulus

After the Senate passed the Stimulus package, the House voted on a passage of a conference bill to join the House and Senate versions. Charles Gonzalez voted in favor of the unified version of the Stimulus bill.

Charles Gonzalez voted in favor of the unified version of the Stimulus bill.

The Stimulus

The Stimulus bill (The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009) passed through the House on January 28, just days after President Obama\'s inauguration. The bill got no support from Republicans and 11 Democrats voted against it as well. Charles Gonzalez voted in favor of the Stimulus when it passed the House.

Charles Gonzalez voted in favor of the Stimulus when it passed the House.

Helping Families Save Their Homes Act of 2009

The Helping Families Save Their Homes Act of 2009 was a program designed to assist those who may be able to remain in their home with a modest amount of government assistance. The bill got wide bi-partisan support in the House and passed 367-54. Charles Gonzalez voted in favor of the Helping Families Save Their Homes Act of 2009.

Charles Gonzalez voted in favor of the Helping Families Save Their Homes Act of 2009.

Auto Industry Financing and Restructuring Act

In December of 2008 the US House voted to pass the Auto Industry Financing and Restructuring Act. The act provided a loan to GM through TARP funds and set up a plan to allow the company to receive more if they demonstrated a path back to viability. The act failed to pass the Senate, but was used as a guideline for the GM bailout for the Obama administration. Charles Gonzalez voted in favor of the Auto Industry Financing and Restructuring Act.

Charles Gonzalez voted in favor of the Auto Industry Financing and Restructuring Act.

Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP)

The TARP program was designed to prevent the failure of large banks by purchasing their "troubled assets" and allowing them to move them off their records as liabilities. The vote on the legislation passed 263-171 Charles Gonzalez voted in favor of the TARP program.

Charles Gonzalez voted in favor of the TARP program.

The Bush Stimulus

In early 2008, the Recovery Rebates and Economic Stimulus for the American People Act of 2008 was passed in an attempt to stimulate the economy. Also known as the Bush Stimulus, the act consisted largely of checks sent to individuals. The bill received wide bipartisan support and passed the House 385-35. Charles Gonzalez voted in favor of the Bush Stimulus.

Charles Gonzalez voted in favor of the Bush Stimulus.

Bankruptcy Reform

The Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act of 2005 completely redefined bankruptcy in the United States. The bill made it much more for people to walk away from unsecured debt, such as credit cards, and permitted the court to award some compensation to creditors in the event that a bankruptcy was awarded. The bill got moderate bipartisan support and passed 302-126. Charles Gonzalez voted in favor of the Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act of 2005.

Charles Gonzalez voted in favor of the Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act of 2005.

American Jobs Creation Act

The American Jobs Creation Act was a Republican plan that was signed into law in the summer of 2004. The legislation ending some taxes in the agriculture industry, reduced corporate tax rates from 35% to 32%, reduced taxation on overseas income, and provisions to help companies invest in equipment. It passed the House 251-178. Charles Gonzalez voted against the American Jobs Act.

Charles Gonzalez voted against the American Jobs Act.

Sarbanes-Oxley

In response to Enron and other accounting scandals, Congress passed a bill which imposed a number of book-keeping and accounting regulations on several industries. The Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 The bill received moderate bi-partisan support in the House and passed in a 334-90 vote. Charles Gonzalez voted in favor of Sarbanes-Oxley.

Charles Gonzalez voted in favor of Sarbanes-Oxley.

Financial Services Modernization Act of 1999

Also known as GRAMM-LEACH-BLILEY ACT, this legislation ended the Glass-Stegall rule that separated banking institutions from investment institutions. Charles Gonzalez voted in favor of the Financial Services Modernization Act of 1999.

Charles Gonzalez voted in favor of the Financial Services Modernization Act of 1999.

 

Sponsored and Cosponsored Legislation

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