Jobs and the Economy
Hard work should pay off. I worked my way through UNH at minimum wage jobs and on a factory floor. I’m fighting to build an economy where hard work leads to good jobs, fair pay, and a shot at the American dream.
During my time in Congress, I’ve worked to keep jobs in America and bring more jobs to New Hampshire. I helped bring the KC-46A tanker to Pease, a project that will create jobs and pump millions into New Hampshire’s economy. After Frank Guinta recklessly voted for sequestration, which caused furloughs at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, I voted to return funding for jobs at the shipyard and protected our workers from another round of BRAC. I’m working to increase on the job training and apprenticeships programs. And I’ve cosponsored legislation to create an infrastructure bank that would create jobs and rebuild our crumbling infrastructure.
MAKE IT IN AMERICA
Manufacturing is New Hampshire’s second-biggest industry, and it’s time Congress stopped giving tax breaks to businesses that ship jobs overseas, and start rewarding companies that bring jobs back to America.
As a founding member of the Congressional Make it in America Working Group and the Trade Working Group, I’m working to promote exports of U.S. products and create high wage jobs at home.
Over the last two years, I’ve toured factories in Manchester, Rochester, Hooksett, Portsmouth, Laconia, Conway, and Londonderry. I introduced legislation to strengthen the Buy America Accountability Act of 1933, which requires the government to give preference to U.S.-made products when it reasonably can.
INVEST IN JOB TRAINING
One effective way to create and keep jobs in New Hampshire is to invest in our workforce. That’s why I helped pass New Hampshire’s Advanced Manufacturing Partnership in Education (AMPEd). Funded by the Recovery Act (stimulus), AMPEd is allowing New Hampshire community colleges, in participation with local businesses, to train a world class manufacturing workforce.
I’ve cosponsored the American Jobs Act, which would prepare workers with the skills and credentials businesses need to hire and grow. But Washington Republicans refuse to bring it to the floor for a vote.
CUT TAXES FOR SMALL BUSINESS AND TEACHERS
This year, I introduced the Reward and Encourage New Business (RENEW) Act, legislation to permanently double the tax deduction for new businesses. My bill will encourage entrepreneurs to start businesses, create jobs, and grow the economy. Read more about it in the Portsmouth Herald.
I also wrote the REPAY Supplies Act, legislation that would put money back into the pockets of teachers who purchase classroom supplies. Thousands of teachers in New Hampshire dig deep each school year to provide for their students, and it’s a small way to repay them. Get the facts from this article in the Union Leader.
RAISE THE WAGE
According to the Economic Policy Institute, over the last 35 years, CEO pay increased 875%, accounting for inflation. During that same time, average worker pay only increased 5%.
Raising the wage is one of the most effective ways to jumpstart our economy and put more money into the pockets of working families. The average age of minimum wage employees is 35. In New Hampshire, according to the National Women’s Law Center, more than seven in ten minimum wage workers are women. According to the Economic Policy Institute, raising the minimum wage to $10.10/hour could create 85,000 jobs and boost the paychecks of 25 million hard-working Americans. The majority of Americans (71%) favor increasing the minimum wage, according to Pew Research.
As a member of Congress, I helped raise the minimum wage to $7.25/hour in 2009, and after the great recession, it’s time to give Americans a raise.
Despite making up nearly half the U.S. workforce, women in American still make only 77 cents for every dollar a man earns. In 2014, that’s not only unfair, it hurts families and our economy. This year, New Hampshire passed the Paycheck Fairness Act, and this bill deserves a vote in Washington.
I was proud to help pass the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act to help women who had experienced wage discrimination. Now, we need to pass legislation that guarantees equal pay for equal work.
FIRE THE FAILED REPUBLICAN CONGRESS
The Republican majority in the House of Representatives has next to nothing to show for their time in a leadership position. They doubled down on partisan tactics and created a culture of crisis.
Despite voting more than 50 times to repeal or undermine the Affordable Care Act, Republican leaders in the House are blocking common sense legislation like the American Jobs Act and my REPAY Supplies bill. They have promoted an agenda that hurts working families and rewards corporations that ship jobs overseas.
We should be focused on creating more jobs and helping working families first.