One of my top priorities in the House of Representatives is pushing for legislation that will strengthen and protect the American economy and increase our job base. The best way to accomplish this is through strengthening our domestic economy, creating jobs, and training workers. For the last eleven years, our office has coordinated an annual job fair to connect local businesses and jobseekers.
Make It In America
Since the 112th Congress when the Republicans took control of the House of Representatives, the majority has brought zero jobs bills to the floor and continually refused to put forward a comprehensive jobs plan. As an alternative, the Democrats’ “Make It In America” plan aims to strengthen the economy and boost the middle class though continuing to grow our manufacturing sector and creating those jobs in America.
The focus of this initiative is to support job creation today and in the future by encouraging businesses to make products and innovate in the United States and strengthen our country by investing in infrastructure and key sectors, such as education and energy. The “Make It In America” agenda focuses on four core areas: 1) Adopting and pursuing a national manufacturing strategy, 2) Promoting U.S. exports, 3) Encouraging businesses to bring jobs back to the US, and 4) Training a 21st century workforce.
Reinvigorating our nation’s manufacturing sector and putting millions of Americans back to work should be a non-partisan issue. The reauthorization of the Workforce Investment Act and a long-term reauthorization of the Surface Transportation Act are key parts of the “Make It In America” plan. To learn about the other proposals that are part of the “Make It In America” plan, click here.
It was our nation’s manufacturing base that created our middle class and made America the largest economy in the world. Reinvigorating our nation’s manufacturing sector and putting millions of Americans back to work should be a non-partisan issue. Many of the "Make it in America" bills are still under consideration but I will continue to support legislation like these that bring businesses and jobs back to the United States.
We must increase our nation’s commitment to building and modernizing our transportation infrastructure. This is one of the best ways to boost our economy. Investing in infrastructure supports jobs and allows people to get to work and school more quickly.
We must build new modes of transportation, such as the METRO light rail and bike infrastructure, which will reduce congestion on our roads. In large metropolitan areas like Houston, we cannot lose focus on supporting our roads and highways that connect our communities. A multi-faceted transportation strategy is important to properly preparing our area for the future.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) sets safety and regulatory standards for our workplace and serves as the federal enforcement agency for worker safety laws to ensure those standards are implemented around the country. OSHA encourages worksites to incorporate voluntary programs that will improve the safety and health of workers. I have been a lead supporter of the Voluntary Protection Program (VPP). Another initiative I advocate for is protection for all workers, including contractors and those not directly employed by the site operator, through keeping a comprehensive log of workers on site. I have been a strong supporter of OSHA’s mission to protect worker safety and the programs they use to accomplish this.
I believe that the minimum wage needs to be increased in order to accurately reflect inflation. Nearly every year the costs of goods and services increase, but people who are earning minimum wage do not see increases in their salaries. The current federal minimum wage is $7.25 an hour, less than $15,000 a year. At this salary, it is difficult to make ends meet without being supplemented by public assistance. If the minimum wage were adjusted for inflation from 1968, it would be $10.67 today. Increasing the minimum wage will be a positive step in helping to raise the standard of living for all Americans in our country.
Having been a Union member for many years, I believe in fighting for worker’s rights and understand the importance of collective bargaining. In recent years, collective bargaining rights have been threatened and undermined across the country. The right to organize and to bargain as a group is one of the most basic rights we enjoy as Americans. I support federal enforcement of our labor laws through The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) which serves to prevent unfair labor practices by employers and labor organizations. Without the protections of the NLRB, worker abuses would go unchecked and many hard working Americans would suffer.
More on Jobs/Workforce
WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Gene Green (D-TX) released the following statement after the House of Representatives passed a $1.3 trillion package that will fund the government for the remainder of the 2018 fiscal year:
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, President Donald Trump signed into law the fiscal year 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which includes provisions from the Domestic Maritime Centers of Excellence Act (H.R. 2286), introduced by Congressman Gene Green (D-TX-29). The Domestic Maritime Centers of Excellence Act authorizes federal designation of community and technical college “centers of excellence” to help provide technical education and training programs that will secure the talent pipeline for the nation’s maritime workforce.
WASHINGTON, DC — Today, the House of Representatives passed the Conference Report on the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), a bipartisan defense policy bill that authorizes $692 billion in defense spending in fiscal year 2018. Included in the authorization is a provision based on legislation introduced by Reps. Green (D-TX) and Rob Wittman (R-VA), H.R. 2286, the Domestic Maritime Centers of Excellence Act.
WASHINGTON, DC — Today, Congressman Gene Green (D-TX) released the following statement in opposition to the Republican FY 2018 Budget Resolution:
WASHINGTON, DC — Today, the House of Representatives passed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), a bipartisan defense policy bill that authorizes $696 billion in defense spending in fiscal year 2018. Included in the authorization is a bill sponsored by Reps. Green (D-TX) and Wittman (R-VA), H.R. 2286, the Domestic Maritime Centers of Excellence Act.
Join us for the 15th Annual Job Fair present by our office, Workforce Solutions, and the North Channel Area Chamber of Commerce. Please bring a resume and dress professionally.
Tuesday, May 16, 2017
10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
San Jacinto College North Campus
Allied Natural and Health Science Building #17
Houston, Texas 77049
Employers from a variety of Industries will be in attendance, including:
WASHINGTON, DC — Today, Representatives Gene Green (D-TX) and Rob Wittman (R-VA) introduced legislation intended to advance the capabilities of two-year community and technical colleges to assist the federal government and industry in securing the talent pipeline for domestic maritime industry jobs.
HOUSTON, TX — Today, Congressman Green joined the Communications Workers of America (CWA) in front of the Houston AT&T Call Center to call on Congress to stand up against the offshoring of call center jobs and to support the U.S. Call Center Worker and Consumer Protection Act (H.R. 1300) introduced by Representatives Gene Green (D-TX) and David McKinley (R-WV) last month.
WASHINGTON – Today, Representatives Gene Green (D-TX) and David McKinley (R-WV) reintroduced H.R. 1300, the U.S. Call Center and Consumer Protection Act to deter American companies from shipping call center and service jobs to foreign countries.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Congressman Gene Green (TX-29 released the following statement on President Trump’s announcement that the United States would pay for a border wall through a tax on all imports from Mexico: