Expanding Economic Opportunity

Jobs and Economy
Democrats are fighting to raise wages, create jobs, and expand opportunity so all Americans can get ahead.
Creating jobs and expanding economic opportunity continues to be Democrats’ top priority.  Too many Americans are struggling to get by. That has to change, and that’s why Democrats are fighting for a better deal for middle class families and small businesses.  We are pursuing a Make It In America plan to address the current economic challenges facing working families by investing in three core areas: education, to ensure all Americans have the skills needed to get good-paying jobs; infrastructure, which will create jobs and better connect communities by repairing roads and bridges and expanding high-speed internet access; and entrepreneurship, to encourage Americans to start their own businesses by streamlining regulations, providing access to affordable health care and retirement savings, and increasing access to credit and loans.
Rather than work with Democrats to build on the economic progress made under the Obama Administration, President Trump has failed to put forward a single jobs bill. He hasn’t taken action to support job creation, and in fact, his budget would slash investments in infrastructure, education, research, and other areas that support job creation. Forecasters have lowered growth estimates; despite promises to the contrary, companies like Ford and Carrier are shipping jobs overseas; and 2017 saw the first four consecutive months since 2012 of the economy adding fewer than 200,000 new private sector jobs.
In contrast, Democrats have a strong record of job creation and are committed to raising wages. In July, House Democrats passed the Raise the Wage Act, legislation that will gradually increase the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour, providing up to 33 million workers a pay raise and lifting 1.3 million of American out of poverty, including 600,000 children. In March, House Democrats passed the Paycheck Fairness Act to close the gender wage gap and ensure equal pay for equal work. In addition, we passed funding measures that will help rebuild our infrastructure, creating good jobs that pay well. While the President walked away from negotiations on a robust infrastructure package, House Democrats are committed to investing in new roads, bridges, mass transit, ports, airports, schools, water systems, energy grids, and broadband.
When Democrats last held the majority and our nation was faced with the deepest recession in generations, we passed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, which cut taxes for 95% of American families and led the way to creating two million new private sector jobs during the Obama presidency.  Democrats also enacted Wall Street reform legislation that restored common sense rules to protect families and our economy from the excesses of big banks and help prevent a financial collapse from happening again.  This law, the Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, aims to protect middle class Americans by increasing consumer protections and preventing taxpayers from having to bailout financial institutions. While Republicans are working to undermine the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, which works to protect consumers following the financial crisis, Democrats passed the Consumers First Act to restore the role of the CFPB and ensure consumer protections.
Democrats believe that small businesses are the backbone of our economy, working to grow and create jobs.  Democrats have pushed for legislation to prevent multinational corporations from outsourcing jobs overseas, while giving tax credits to businesses who hire new employees here in the United States, as well as restore the flow of credit to small businesses so they can grow and create jobs, and extend the research and development tax credit that encourages innovation and job creation.
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Trump must not remember the last one because – get this – he is threatening ANOTHER government shutdown. Politico Playbook PM reports:

The Majority Leader’s Office is now sending a weekly e-mail highlighting economic statistics and news that Members can use as they discuss the state of the economy and how House Democrats are working to spur economic growth, support job creation, and raise wages for the people.
U.S. economic growth slowed again in the third quarter, down to an annualized pace of just 1.9 percent… 1.9 percent is a far cry from the ‘4 percent, 5 percent and even 6 percent’ growth rates that Trump once promised to deliver.
This morning’s jobs report for October again shows an economy struggling to overcome the effects of President Trump’s trade wars and Republican policies of disinvestment in opportunity for working people in our country.
A warning from the father of the inverted yield curve, Campbell Harvey: “…The curve first inverted briefly in March then turned lower again in May where it has stayed since…Harvey said the curve needs to stay inverted for three months to be reliable, so in this instance the duration means the indicator is ‘flashing code red’ for a recession. ‘It’s not normal. It’s something that foreshadows bad times.”
The Majority Leader’s Office is now sending a weekly e-mail highlighting economic statistics and news that Members can use as they discuss the state of the economy and how House Democrats are working to spur economic growth, support job creation, and raise wages for the people.
Action on climate change!
I join in celebrating the twenty-fifth anniversary of AmeriCorps, a remarkably successful program that promotes volunteerism to help build stronger communities. 
The July jobs report tells the story of American economic resilience in the face of serious challenges and a failure by the current Administration to build on the policies that brought about our recovery from the Great Recession.
Sunday marked 200 days of a Democratic Majority in the House of Representatives, and in that time, Democrats have made significant progress on behalf of the American people. Democrats have spent the past 200 days advancing our For the People agenda: taking action to lower health care costs and the price of prescription drugs, raise wages, and clean up corruption. Take a look at how Democrats have made progress For the People: 
Today, the House will vote on the Raise the Wage Act, which will increase the federal minimum wage for the first time since 2009.
This week, the House will vote on the Raise the Wage Act, legislation that will gradually increase the federal minimum wage for the first time in ten years.
Millions of Americans are working hard just to make ends meet, and a full-time job earning minimum wage no longer supports a family in the middle class. 
Once again, the monthly jobs report shows our economy’s resilience. But the jobs number still fails to capture the anxiety of workers and their families barely getting by as wage growth once again fell short. Too many of our people have lost hope that they will get ahead.
With today’s jobs report, showing a gain of only 75,000 jobs and slowed wage growth in May, it is impossible to ignore the threats to our decade-long economic expansion
Imposing blanket tariffs on Mexico will hurt American workers, particularly those working in the auto industry and for its parts suppliers, and do nothing to solve the immigration challenges created by this Administration's policies.
I am proud to bring the Consumers First Act to the Floor today to reaffirm the mission and authority of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) and reverse efforts by the Trump Administration to undermine its work on behalf of the American people.
The monthly jobs report, released today, shows a continuation of an economic trajectory that reaches back through 103 consecutive months of positive job growth. But these job figures don’t tell the whole story, as wages aren’t growing fast enough to allow millions of workers to keep pace and feel that real economic security is within reach.
I am pleased that Democrats and the President were able to agree this morning on taking a first step toward meeting our infrastructure challenges with a $2 trillion investment. 
The March jobs report shows once again that, while our economy continues its longest period of continuous growth dating back nearly a decade to President Obama’s recovery program, the central challenges we faced at the beginning of the Trump Administration remain.
Today on Equal Pay Day, we recognize the amount of time into the new year that women must work in order to earn, on average, what men earn the year prior for the same job.
Mr. Speaker, the American people entrusted Democrats with the Majority, in part, because we pledged to work hard on the issues they care about most, issues affecting their everyday lives.
House Democrats are delivering on our For the People agenda by taking action to raise wages.
The month’s jobs report, which shows a significant slowing of the pace of private sector job growth, ought to alarm a nation already facing profound economic uncertainty.