Unemployment is our real deficit. Unemployment is not only the moral crisis of our time — leaving families homeless and dreams destroyed — but also an underlying cause of our federal government’s increased levels of borrowing. Massive job losses following the 2008 financial crisis left us with fewer tax receipts and more people requiring benefits.
There’s ultimately only one responsible way to reduce the federal deficit: Get everyone trained, working, and contributing to the tax base.
This is why I sponsored the Jobs Now Act, a 21st Century update to President Nixon’s Comprehensive Employment and Training Act (CETA) program, to provide funding directly to local governments to train and hire millions of Americans to do crucial work in our communities.
This is why President Obama has proposed the comprehensive American Jobs Act to repair our nation’s aging roads, bridges, and electrical systems while retraining millions to succeed in the global marketplace.
This is why economists, activists, and everyday citizens have called out for targeted spending to proactively protect our cities from the impacts of natural disasters, to educate our young children to one day compete in the global economy, and to undertake research to maintain our edge in medical and communications technologies.
I am serving in Congress first and foremost to address the issue on each and every American’s mind: Jobs, Jobs, Jobs.
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Washington, D.C. – The House Education and Labor Committee on Wednesday, March 6, will markup the Raise the Wage Act, legislation that would gradually raise the federal minimum wage to $15 by 2024. The six-step proposal will boost the bottom line for nearly 40 million hardworking Americans and their local economies.
Washington, D.C. – Today, the House Education and Labor Committee approved the Rebuild America’s School Act (H.R. 865). This legislation addresses the chronic underfunding of school infrastructure and the state of disrepair at too many American public schools. H.R. 865, which Congresswoman Wilson co-sponsored, calls for a $100 billion investment to address crumbling buildings, support 21st century digital infrastructure, and improve school safety.
Washington, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Frederica S. Wilson joined House Democrats to pass the FY 2019 Department of Agriculture and FDA appropriations bill to reopen these essential government agencies to guarantee vulnerable Florida families receive critical SNAP benefits, ensure the FDA and USDA can continue to inspect food and prevent public health epidemics, and safeguard a strong, robust farmer safety net that provides certainty to our rural economy.
Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Frederica S. Wilson issued the following statement in response to Amazon’s plan to raise its minimum wage to $15 per hour.
“I was extremely pleased to learn that Amazon is raising the minimum wage it pays employees to $15 per hour and applaud CEO Jeff Bezos for putting people over profits. The move will boost the bottom line for the corporate giant’s hundreds of thousands of employees, including more than 1,000 of whom live and work in my district.
President Donald Trump announced on Monday that the United States and Mexico have reached agreement on revisions to parts of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), while a bipartisan contingent including U.S. Reps. Carlos Curbelo (R-FL), Tom Rooney (R-FL), and Vern Buchanan (R-FL) are urging that consideration of Florida’s specialty crop industry be part of any final trade deal.