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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Miami, FL - Congresswoman Frederica S. Wilson (FL-24), issued the following statement on the passing of community leader and civil rights activist, Mrs. Georgia Jones-Ayers:
“My heart is heavy today. A strong, passionate voice in our community has been silenced. The disenfranchised found a voice through Georgia Jones-Ayers. She dared to make a difference and didn’t care who objected to or disagreed with her remarks.
Washington, DC – Congresswoman Frederica S. Wilson (FL-24) has been appointed by her colleagues as the Ranking Member on the Committee on Education and Workforce’s Subcommittee on Workforce Protections for the 114th Congress.
Congresswoman Wilson will also continue to serve on the Committee on Education and Workforce’s Subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor, and Pensions.
Miami, FL - Congresswoman Frederica S. Wilson (FL-24), in conjunction with Gamma Zeta Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, will lead more than one hundred volunteers in putting on a fresh coat of paint at the Belafonte TACOLCY Center, and beautifying its grounds. Urban Paradise Guild is spearheading a full scale planting of indigenous trees and plants, and the creation of a butterfly garden.
Miami, FL — Today, Congresswoman Frederica S. Wilson (FL-24) introduced a resolution honoring the life of Trayvon Martin, urging the repeal of Stand Your Ground laws, and calling on the United States government to address the racial profiling crisis. Congresswoman Wilson released the following statement:
“Today, Trayvon Martin would have celebrated his 20th birthday.
“On February 26, 2012, Trayvon Martin, an African-American youth, was horrifically shot and killed while walking home in Sanford, Florida, because he was viewed as a threat.
MIAMI – Congresswoman Frederica Wilson (FL-24) issued the following statement today in recognition of Black History Month:
“As we recognize and honor the accomplishments of the African-American community and celebrate its rich history during Black History Month, let us also reflect on the long road and hard fought battles to obtain racial equality.