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Supporting a healthy economy that works for everyone

One of my top priorities in Congress is to grow our economy and implement policies that create more jobs in Oregon and across the country. I will continue to fight for policies that grow our economy while protecting our most vulnerable citizens and rebuilding a vibrant middle class.

Supporting a heathy economy

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, we must:

Invest in infrastructure: It’s time to rebuild our economy by rebuilding America. I support a comprehensive infrastructure package that will put Oregonians and Americans back to work building and maintaining roads, bridges, water systems, schools, broadband, and electrical grids. By retrofitting buildings and increasing energy efficiency, we can create more jobs and save energy and money. I am also committed to building the economy by revitalizing American manufacturing and increasing export opportunities for American made goods.

Support workers and increase the federal minimum wage: the rights of workers, the right to organize, and Davis Bacon have come under attack too many times in recent years. I am committed to workers’ rights, and in Congress I will continue to stand up for those rights. Preserving the rights of labor unions is an important part of having a thriving middle class in our country. And we must raise the federal minimum wage, which has been stuck at $7.25 an hour for more than a decade.

Invest in apprenticeships and workforce training: Our economy is changing constantly, and we need to make sure our workforce’s skills match the emerging jobs. That’s why I’ve focused on expanding workforce training and apprenticeships here in Oregon and across the country. I introduced the bipartisan PARTNERS Act, which will create and expand industry partnerships that will support both businesses seeking to provide apprenticeships and workers who will become apprentices.

Create more affordable housing: In Congress, I’m fighting for strong federal support for cost-burdened individuals and for robust funding for affordable housing. I support legislation that will produce more than 3 million new housing units and reduce rents nationwide. Debt free college and universal health care will also help address homelessness. And Congress must increase funding for behavioral health services and addiction treatment, as well as other social safety net programs that support those on the brink of homelessness.

Achieve Universal Healthcare: Healthcare is a human right. Too many families are burdened by medical debt or can’t get the care they need. We need affordable, accessible health care for everyone, and all proposals to achieve that, including Medicare for All, must be on the table. In addition, no one should have to choose between putting groceries on the table and paying for medicine, which is why I’m working to lower the cost of prescription drugs. 

As a member of Congress and a mom, I am committed to enacting policies that support workers and families and strengthen our economy – for everyone.