Jobs and Economy
When I travel around Northwest Oregon, I often hear from parents who struggle to pay for child care—which in Oregon can cost as much as a year of college tuition. I’ve heard from parents who don’t have access to paid family leave at work, and have to choose between caring for a new baby and earning a paycheck. Congress must do more to address the challenges facing our families.
Our economy will be stronger and people will be healthier when we acknowledge that families need policies that work for them, not against them. Equal pay for women, good wages, paid leave, and affordable child care will better support families in Oregon and across the country. When we open the doors of opportunity to everyone, we all succeed.
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. As a leader on the Education and Labor Committee, I’ve introduced legislation to strengthen apprenticeships and paid, on-the-job training programs to provide workers with meaningful pathways to better paying jobs, and to connect businesses with workers who have the skills they need. I support the Raise the Wage Act, which would gradually increase the federal minimum wage to $15 by 2024. I also helped pass the Paycheck Fairness Act to help to address the pay gap and provide workers with the tools they need to achieve equal pay for equal work.
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But, as with its prior iterations, getting the bill passed might not be easy.
“The short answer is that it is very hard to get anything passed,” Saxon wrote. “It takes a lot of time and effort, particularly when there are other things in Washington, like the pandemic, to deal with.”
The bill is co-sponsored by Sen. Steve Daines, R-Mont., and there is a companion House bill co-sponsored by Rep. Suzanne Bonamici, D-Ore., and Jim Banks, R-Ind.
U.S. Rep. Suzanne Bonamici invites the public to an online presentation of the far-reaching plan that she and others have drafted in a special House committee to deal with climate change.
Her presentation is scheduled from 2 to 3 p.m. Wednesday, July 8. To join it, use the link at the bottom of this story to respond and to submit questions in advance. Participants will get call-in information via email one hour in advance; people can also watch the presentation on Bonamici's YouTube channel.
Oregon’s Suzanne Bonamici said the investment will pay off and “help us transition to a clean energy economy while creating high quality good paying jobs.”
Nevada’s Dina Titus said it also helps the environment.
The bill “provides for more efficiencies in highway construction for example, places where you can plug in your electric vehicles,” Titus said. “More efficiencies for school construction to make them more heat efficient.”
In 2007, shortly after Democrats took back the House of Representatives in the 2006 midterm elections, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi created the House Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming, meant to gather expert testimony and develop policy plans to address climate change.