Congressman John Tierney attended a breakfast meeting with the North Shore Chamber of Commerce in Danvers Wednesday to speak about small business and entrepreneurs.
Tierney, a Democrat from Salem, represents Hamilton and Wenham in the U.S. House of Representatives. He is being challenged by Republican Richard Tisei of Wakefield in this November's election. The Chamber will hear from Tisei early next month.
“We cannot have a robust economy without a strong middle class,” Tierney told the group. “We must recommit ourselves to investing in our nation’s future and putting people back to work immediately. That means creating well-paying American jobs here in Massachusetts through fixing our roads and bridges, investing in manufacturing, promoting job training programs and growing our businesses.”
“With a skilled workforce, we will be ready to compete for the jobs of today and the jobs of the future,” he said.
At the event, Tierney called for infrastructure project investments, green energy jobs and protection of Social Security and Medicare and spoke about his Workforce Investment Act.
“Now is not the time to abandon our strong commitment to programs like Medicare and Social Security, and those that educate and train the middle class and people aspiring to it," Tierney said.
"We should be focusing on making responsible investments in our workers, not on giving tax breaks to companies that ship jobs overseas," he said. "I am committed to working with area small businesses, including those in attendance at the North Shore Chamber event today, to move our country forward."