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Jobs and Economy

One of my top priorities in Congress is to grow our economy and implement policies that create more jobs in Oregon and across the country. This includes investing in infrastructure projects to improve our roads, bridges, rails, schools, and electrical grid; providing additional resources to help Oregon’s small businesses succeed; and doing everything we can to get the unemployed and underemployed back to work.

Small businesses are a critical part of our nation’s economy, and it’s important to give them the support they need. I’ve visited businesses of every size in every part of the district, and heard from business owners about their successes and their struggles. By focusing on what small businesses need to grow and thrive, we can find solutions to growing and sustaining our economy as a whole.

More on Jobs and Economy

May 20, 2019 Press Release
As we address our nation’s deteriorating infrastructure and transition to a clean energy economy, we must make meaningful investments in our workforce.
May 1, 2019 Press Release
I am extremely concerned by Secretary Acosta’s evasive answers to my questions about workers’ wages.
March 27, 2019 Press Release
"The House’s passage of the Paycheck Fairness Act is an important step to address the persistent gender-based wage discrimination that harms women and working families."
March 8, 2019 Statements
The Department of Labor's new overtime proposal fails to adequately address the needs of workers who are struggling to make ends meet.
March 5, 2019 Press Release
Oregon’s Senator Jeff Merkley, Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici, and Congressman Elijah E. Cummings introduced the Stopping Abuse and Fraud in Electronic (SAFE) Lending Act. The SAFE Lending Act would crack down on some of the worst abuses of the payday lending industry, particularly in online payday lending, and protect consumers from deceptive and predatory practices that strip wealth from working families.
February 28, 2019 In The News

More than 100 recreation industry leaders applauded the passage of the Natural Resources Management Act during a reception yesterday for the 116th Congress hosted by the Outdoor Recreation Roundtable. And voicing their approval were representatives from the Motorcycle Industry Council, Specialty Vehicle Institute of America and the Recreational Off-Highway Vehicle Association.

February 14, 2019 Press Release
Americans are living and working longer, and we must do all we can to make sure they are protected from age discrimination.
February 13, 2019 Press Release
In 1963, President Kennedy signed the Equal Pay Act and our country enshrined into law a fundamental concept: equal pay for equal work, regardless of sex.