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 — 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:
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Congressman Gene Green (TX-29) released the following statement today after the 115th Congress convened:
“It’s an honor to represent Houstonians and our City in the 115th Congress. In Washington and at home I am constantly working so that our constituents’ voices are represented and so that our region has the policies and resources in place needed for it to be successful and prosperous.
WASHINGTON, DC — Congressman Gene Green (TX-29) released the following statement in response to the Federal Communication Commission’s elimination of the set-top box item from the September 29, 2016 Open Meeting agenda:
“I am pleased that the Federal Communications Commission made the right decision and postponed the vote on its set top box proposal this morning. Countless households in Houston and Harris County and throughout the country may be adversely impacted by this proposal that, to this date, has not been made available for public review or comment.
WASHINGTON, DC — In response to discouraging changes to the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) that removed vital support for our nation’s ports Congressman Ted Poe (TX- 02) and Congressman Gene Green (TX-29) issued the following statements. The House is expected to vote on WRDA this week:
Join Congressman Green for his biannual job fair. Dozens of local businesses will be onsite looking to hire for full-time, part-time, and seasonal positions. Participants should dress professionally and bring their resumes.
For more information, please call 281-999-5879.
Monday, September 19
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
M.O. Campbell Educational Center
HOUSTON – Today, Rep. Green marked Women’s Equality Day, when we celebrate the 96th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, which ensured a woman’s right to vote.
“On Women’s Equality Day, we celebrate one of the great leaps forward for our democracy – finally giving women the right to vote,” Rep. Green stated. “When women won the vote, we honored our most fundamental values as a nation.”
WASHINGTON D.C. – Today, the U.S. Labor Department announced that Houston workforce service provider and non-profit, SER - Jobs for Progress of the Texas Gulf Coast Inc., would receive a federal grant to implement the Training to Work program.