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. – On Saturday, July 9, 2016, Congresswoman Frederica S. Wilson joined Miami Mayor Carlos A. Giminez, PortMiami director Juan M. Kuryla and other port officials, and South Florida leaders to offer a hearty bienvenido to the MOL Majesty, the first neo-Panamax vessel to dock in Florida since the historic expansion of the Panama Canal.
The COSCO Shipping Panama — a 984-foot , 158-foot wide Chinese container ship — will move into position on the Atlantic side of the Panama Canal just after after sunrise Sunday to prepare for the first official transit through the newly expanded canal.
Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Frederica S. Wilson today traveled to Panama for the opening of the expanded Panama Canal. With its capacity nearly tripled, the canal will be able to accommodate bigger ships carrying up to 14,000 containers of goods from China and other parts of Asia to the East Coast. The expansion also opens up new markets for U.S. businesses, such as the shipment of natural gas.