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.
Jobs and Economy Related
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. 
Today's announcement that the merchandise trade deficit for 2018 topped $891 billion shows that the President has flunked the test he set for himself. 
Today’s jobs report has to be viewed in the context that last month, 800,000 Americans workers effectively had their jobs taken away and were denied two paychecks, forcing them to go to food banks to feed their families or to take out risky payday loans as a result of President Trump’s shutdown strategy.
Lilly [Ledbetter], thank you for your courage. Adriana [Hutchings], thank you for your courage. Thank you for all those who are wearing the “Ms” on your t-shirts. You make a difference.
Today’s CBO outlook shows the American people what is already evident: Donald Trump will go down in history as the worst president in terms of fiscal irresponsibility.
I want to thank [Education and Labor Committee Chair] Bobby Scott for his leadership. Speaker [Nancy] Pelosi, who as she said, the last time we were in charge, one of the first things we did was raise minimum wage. It was not enough then. It is clearly not enough now.
The final jobs report of 2018 reflects an economy unsure of its direction.
I’m pleased that the House has finally provided certainty to farmers and those fighting hunger in our communities by passing a bipartisan farm bill.
While reflective of a resilient economy, the November jobs report was weaker than expected, driven in part by uncertainty due to trade and the realization that any short term benefit of the GOP tax cut has already worn off.