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Congressman Gene Green

Representing the 29th District of Texas

Jobs/Workforce

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.

Modernizing Infrastructure

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.

Worker Safety

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.

Minimum Wage

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.

Workers’ Rights

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

April 7, 2011 Press Release

Washington, D.C . - Rep. Gene Green (TX-29) released the following statement following the Republican defeat of a clean Democratic one-week Continuing Resolution to keep the government funded, and a Motion to Recommit to ensure America’s armed forces are paid.

February 22, 2011 Press Release
Washington, D.C. – Rep. Gene Green (TX-29) led a bipartisan letter to Chairman Fred Upton (MI-06) and Ranking Member Henry Waxman (CA-30) of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce to request a hearing on the slow issuance of permits for shallow water and deep water drilling in the Gulf of Mexico. Joining him in this letter were Reps. Steve Scalise (LA-01), Charles Gonzalez (TX-20), Bill Cassidy (LA-06), Mike Ross (AR-04), and Pete Olson (TX-22).
 
February 8, 2011 Press Release
Washington, D.C .- Rep. Gene Green (TX-29) applauded the United States International Trade Commission (USITC)’s ruling in favor of domestic manufacturing by finding Chinese-imported drill pipe and drill collars to be unfairly subsidized and dumped onto the American market. Rep. Green testified last month in front of the USITC in support of Houston-area drill pipe and collar manufacturers.
 
“I am happy to see the USITC stand with American manufacturers.
January 25, 2011 Press Release
Washington, D.C. – Rep. Gene Green (TX-29) released the following statement after President Obama delivered the State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress:
 
“The President has called on America to work together in a new era where the world and the rules that run it have changed. While there are many debates and discussions that will follow, there must be a singular focus: creating jobs now.
 
January 19, 2011 Press Release
Washington, D.C. –Rep. Gene Green (TX-29) highlighted a report that details the impact of the Republicans’ Patients’ Rights Repeal Act on the hundreds of thousands of Americans who live in the 29th Congressional District of Texas. 
 
“The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) scored the cost to Americans that the Republicans’ proposal will have and the national deficit will ultimately increase by over $1 trillion,” Rep. Green said.
September 23, 2010 Press Release
Washington, D.C. - Rep. Gene Green (TX-29) voted to spur economic growth and create 500,000 new jobs by encouraging the development of American small businesses. H.R. 5297, the Small Business Lending Fund Act, increases much-needed lending to millions of small businesses, and offers 8 new tax incentives to companies, so that they may expand, hire, and fuel our economy. It also keeps jobs in America by closing tax loopholes that reward corporations that ship jobs overseas.
August 31, 2010 Press Release
Houston, TXRep. Gene Green (D-TX) and Rep. Charles Boustany (R-LA) have again written to Department of the Interior Secretary Salazar regarding the issuance of new permits for shallow water drilling in the Gulf of Mexico. The letter, co-signed by 37 Democrats and Republicans from across the country, is the second letter that Rep. Green and Rep.
August 26, 2010 Press Release
Houston, TXHighlighting the new report release by the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), Rep. Gene Green (TX-29) also emphasized the Houston-area projects funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).

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