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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

To secure a prosperous economic future, we must:

Invest in infrastructure: It is time to rebuild our economy by rebuilding America. I supported the 5-year transportation package that Congress passed in December 2015,but our work is not done. I will continue to advocate for long-term investments in our infrastructure, which will put Oregonians and Americans back to work building and maintaining roads, bridges, water systems, schools, and electrical grids. By retrofitting buildings and increasing energy efficiency, we create jobs 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.

Increase access to capital for small businesses: My first job was in my Mom’s small business, so I know firsthand how important small businesses are to our economy. For many Americans, owning a successful business is the path to achieving the American Dream. As a state legislator, I introduced and passed legislation to help small businesses access capital so they can grow, create jobs, and increase their bottom line. The federal government can also boost its efforts to support small businesses. In Congress, I have continued to work for legislation like the Small Business Lending Enhancement Act, which will expand opportunities for small businesses by increasing access to capital so they can grow and thrive.

Strengthen public education: A strong system of public education is the key to our economic recovery and the heart of our democracy. We must stop seeing education as a budget item that can be cut when times are tough; that is when it is most critical to improve education as a long-term solution to secure our economic future. Schools must be empowered to give our children the education they need to succeed in an increasingly competitive global economy. Click here to read more about my efforts to strengthen education and prepare children for the jobs of tomorrow.

Support workers and rebuild the middle class: We must do more to rebuild and grow the American middle class. Unfortunately 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 will continue to stand up for those rights in Congress. Preserving the rights of labor unions is an important part of having a thriving middle class in our country.

We also need to take a serious look at our workplace policies, which have not kept pace with our changing workforce. These policies disproportionately affect women, who still act as our nation’s primary caregivers. 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.

Connect community colleges and workforce training to local business: Our community colleges and workforce training programs should work with local employers so job seekers get the education they need for the jobs that are available. As a member of the Education and Workforce Committee, I introduced legislation to support linking small businesses with workforce development programs and community colleges so workers have the skills that local employers need and value. This concept became a part of the Workforce Opportunity & Innovation Act, which was passed and signed into law by President Obama in 2014.