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Congressman Gene Green

Representing the 29th District of Texas


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

July 2, 2010 Press Release
Washington, D.C. – Rep. Gene Green (TX-29) announced preliminary approval for federal funding totaling $152.95 million for 6 projects in the Houston-area.
July 1, 2010 Press Release
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July 1, 2010 Press Release
Washington, D.C. – To ensure that federal money intended for Texas’ schoolchildren reaches classrooms across the state, the Texas Democratic Congressional Delegation has urged Education Secretary Arne Duncan, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, and House Committee on Appropriations Chairman David Obey to include language that will guarantee emergency federal education dollars are spent on K-12 public education in the state.
June 30, 2010 Press Release
Washington, D.C. – Yesterday, the Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, and Science (CJS) of the House Committee on Appropriations released their FY 2011 Appropriations bill. In it, the subcommittee agreed to accept the NASA funding increase included in the President’s proposed budget, but did not take a position on changing the agency’s course.
June 17, 2010 Press Release
Washington, DC–Rep. Gene Green (TX-29) voted in favor of legislation that will leverage $300 billion in lending for small businesses and create hundreds of thousands of jobs.  This legislation, which expands much-needed lending to small businesses and offers tax incentives to help America’s small businesses grow, is fully paid for and will save taxpayers $1 billion over the next ten years.
“Our area’s small businesses will continue to be the engine of our economic recovery,” said Rep. Green.
June 16, 2010 Press Release
Washington, D.C. – Rep. Gene Green (TX-29) voted for further economic relief for Main Street and expanded investment in small businesses by supporting H.R. 5486, the Small Business Jobs Tax Relief Act. The bill was passed in the House with a bipartisan vote of 247-170.
“Small businesses continue to be the economic engine of our economy,” Rep. Green said.
June 16, 2010 Press Release
Washington, DC – Rep. Gene Green (TX-29) released the following statement in response to the President’s remarks on the recent Gulf Coast oil spill.
States along the Gulf Coast are in the midst of dealing with this tragedy and my thoughts and prayers go out to the families and communities affected by this terrible accident.
May 28, 2010 Press Release
Washington, D.C. – Rep. Gene Green (TX-29) voted to pass H.R. 4213, American Jobs and Closing Tax Loopholes Act. This legislation will help to create or save over a million American jobs by restoring credit to small businesses, extending tax incentives for American research and development and energy, rebuilding the American infrastructure, expanding summer jobs for young Americans, and providing even more tax relief for middle class American families.
May 27, 2010 Press Release
Washington, D.C. – Rep. Gene Green (TX-29) released the statement below following an announcement by President Obama announcing a 6 month extension of a deep-water drilling permit moratorium. The moratorium is applicable to all floating rigs at any water depth. These rigs will be asked to drill to a safe point and cap the well. Shallow-water drilling however is done mostly accomplished with jack-up or platform rigs, essentially ending the moratorium on new shallow-water drilling permits.
May 21, 2010 Press Release
WASHINGTON D.C. – Representative Gene Green (D-TX) and Representative Charles Boustany, Jr., MD (R-LA) today sent a letter to Interior Secretary Ken Salazar requesting he allow for the immediate and proper processing of shallow water oil and gas production permits. Shallow water production involves less risk than deep water production because blowout preventers are above the water.  At least 50 shallow water oil and gas rigs will be unable to continue their work if the moratorium is not specified to deep water production.