When Congressman Chris Gibson was still just a candidate for Congress, he said if elected he would approach his work in the nation's Capitol based around three guiding principles: growing the economy to create jobs, restoring fiscal responsibility and moving toward a balanced budget and protecting freedoms.
After six months on the job, Gibson released a report of what he's accomplishedor had a hand in accomplishingso far. In an interview with The Spotlight, Gibson said working across party lines has been an integral part of progress.
"I've tried to establish a strong working relationship with all my neighbors, regardless of party," said Gibson.
Lumped under the creating jobs umbrella, Gibson said he voted to eliminate the "onerous" 1099 reporting requirement in last year's highly contentious health care law because it would "hurt small businesses and family farmers."
He also voted for five bills to increase domestic energy production, worked to "defund or delay" regulatory "burdens" that were "costly, unnecessary and redundant."
One of his most significant accomplishments was authoring an amendment adopted by the House National Defense Authorization Bill to increase funding for nanotechnology research and explore the possibility of establishing a federally funded research center that could potentially be located in the Capital Region.
"I'm working with Sen. Gillibrand on this and if we can get this into law, a recommendation that the Department of Defense looked into was whether or not to establish a federally funded research development center for nanotechnology," said Gibson. "Our area will be highly competitive for that [research development center] ... and will be very positive development for our area."
With GlobalFoundries nearing completion on the semiconductor manufacturing chip fab in Malta, Gibson said the connectivity to the nanotechnology research is clear cut.
"What we're working on is expanding that [renewable energy research] to defense applications as well," said Gibson. "The prospects for that are very encouraging. This would help have lighter gear, more durable and more effective which means they're safer, more effective and for less money."