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 – Today, the House passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act in response to the COVID-19 crisis. The legislation contains several provisions to provide aid to small businesses devastated by the public health crisis.
Miami, FL] – Today, Congresswoman Wilson applauded passage of historic legislation to put families and workers first, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which has been signed by the president.
Miami, FL – Today, Congresswoman Wilson and 11 members of Florida’s congressional delegation sent a letter to Governor Ron DeSantis urging immediate action to address Florida’s inadequate unemployment benefits system and the flaws in its online unemployment insurance application process.
Miami, FL – This week, Congresswoman Frederica Wilson, joined by several members of Florida’s congressional delegation, led a letter to congressional leadership expressing support for the cruise industry and the hundreds of thousands of American workers it employs.
The coronavirus pandemic has severely impacted this industry and forced cruise lines to temporarily suspend operations. The move has closed a $53 billion, vital artery for the U.S. economy that supports more than 421,000 American jobs.
Miami, FL – Today, Congresswoman Wilson sent a letter to House leadership and the chairs and ranking members of the Appropriations and Transportation and Infrastructure committees urging them to include relief for Florida’s public seaports in the third phase of the coronavirus response package.
Florida seaports are a major engine of economic activity for the state and the largest hub of cruise activity in the United States. It supports more than 150,000 jobs and generates nearly $8 billion in wages and salaries.