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Building an economy that works for everyone

One of my top priorities in Congress is to grow our economy and implement policies that create more good-paying jobs in Oregon and across the country. I am committed to supporting economic policies that will restore fairness to our economy, help working families, and close the income inequality gaps that have increased in recent decades.

Too many people and too many families still struggle. Incomes aren’t keeping up with expenses, and we need an economy that benefits everyone. To secure a prosperous economic future that supports workers and families, we must:

Invest in infrastructure: I support comprehensive investments in infrastructure that will put Oregonians and Americans back to work building and maintaining roads, bridges, public transit, ports, water systems, schools, broadband, and electric grids. By retrofitting buildings and increasing energy efficiency, we can create good-paying jobs and save energy and money while also addressing the climate crisis.

Support workers and increase the federal minimum wage: The rights of workers to earn fair and prevailing wages, organize, collectively bargain, stay safe on the job, and avoid discrimination, have come under attack too many times in recent years. I am helping to lead the fight to support the rights of labor unions and protect the right of workers to organize. I was proud to help the House pass legislation to raise the federal minimum wage, which has been stuck at $7.25 an hour for more than a decade, and have championed efforts to address wage discrimination.

Invest in apprenticeships and workforce training: Our economy is changing, and we must make sure that workers, especially women and people of color who have historically faced barriers to employment, can access good-paying jobs. I’m focused on expanding workforce training and Registered Apprenticeships here in Oregon and across the country to recognize the future of work and respond to local workforce needs. I introduced the bipartisan PARTNERS Act, which will help small and medium sized businesses establish apprenticeship programs and provide workers with the support services they need to succeed.

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Meet Suzanne

Suzanne knows what it’s like to struggle to make ends meet. She worked her way through community college, university, and law school. She started her career at Legal Aid and worked as a consumer rights attorney. Throughout her career she’s been a leading advocate for public education, protecting the environment, and civil rights. She’s fighting for a better future for all Oregonians.

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