Dems on the Job – October Edition


In October, while House Republicans were busy jamming through a job-killing budget to fast-track tax cuts for the wealthy and raising taxes on middle class families, Democrats were laser-focused on job creation through their bold economic agenda A Better Deal: Better Jobs, Better Wages, Better Future.  From proposing legislation to help veterans find good-paying manufacturing jobs, to events across the country pushing skills training and creating a job pipeline across emerging industries – Democrats were committed to creating jobs, raising wages, and improving the lives of hard-working Americans.

Below is a sampling of the activities that Members led in October:

LEGISLATION:

On October 4, Congressman C. A. Dutch Ruppersberger (MD-2) introduced the Securing Energy Infrastructure Act to address problems within the current design of our energy infrastructure and create jobs in cybersecurity by eliminating vulnerabilities.

On October 9, Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (WA-1) introduced the Manufacturing Jobs for Veterans Act to help our nation’s veterans find good-paying jobs in the booming manufacturing sector and encourage our manufacturers to tap into the skilled work force of those who have served our country.

On October 11, the Support Startup Businesses Act, which was introduced by Congressman Ben Ray Luján (NM-3), Congressman Brad Schneider (IL-10) and Congressman Daniel Lipinski (IL-3), passed in the House.  The bill makes a number of improvements federal programs specifically intended to help startups including the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs.

On October 11, Congressman Ben Ray Luján (NM-3) introduced the Broadband Infrastructure Finance Innovation Act to use public-private partnerships to deploy high-speed internet and increase accessibility and job opportunities across the country.

On October 23, Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) introduced the Federal Credit Union Act to make it easier for veterans to get access to loans for small business purposes from a credit union.

On October 26, Congressman Ami Bera introduced the Grid Cybersecurity Research And Development Act designed to bolster existing cybersecurity infrastructure, address emerging issues such as workforce training and enhance the coordination between the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Energy.

BRIEFINGS, HEARINGS AND EVENTS:

Launch:  This month, Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty and Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney launched a new bipartisan Congressional Infrastructure Caucus to provide opportunities for Members and stakeholders to come together to discuss the fundamental needs we have to upgrade our roads, rails, bridges, water, air traffic, power grid, and other essential infrastructure upgrades.

Briefing:  On October 1, Congressman James Langevin and the House Career and Technical Education (CTE) Caucus held a briefing on Communicating the Value and Promise of CTE to discuss the importance of Career and Technical Education (CTE) training to prepare our work force for in-demand, high-wage career opportunities.

Event:  On October 3, Congressman David Cicilline spoke to the New England Council about Democrats’ efforts to offer A Better Deal would create jobs and raise wages in New Hampshire.

Hearing:  On October 12, Congresswoman Nydia Velázquez, Ranking Member of the Committee on Small Business Subcommittee on Health and Technology, held a hearing on Fostering Women’s Entrepreneurial Success to examine the state of women’s entrepreneurship and the resources available to them.

Hearing: On October 24, Subcommittee on Higher Education and Workforce Development held a joint hearing on Public-Private Solutions to Educating a Cyber Workforce to highlight ways increase the pipeline of American workers for cybersecurity positions.

Weekly Address:  On October 20, Congressman Richard Neal, Ranking Member of the Ways and Means Committee, delivered the Weekly Democratic Address highlighting Democrats’ fight to reject Republicans’ tax cuts for the wealthy and instead offer middle class tax cuts that stimulate job growth.

TV Appearance:  On October 24, DPCC Co-Chair Hakeem Jefferies spoke to Ari Melber on MSNBC about how Democrats are working to build A Better Deal for the American people, despite the constant chaos and confusion from the White House.

Event:  On October 27, Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi and Congresswoman Suzan DelBene held a discussion at University of Washington’s Center of Computer Science & Engineering to discuss A Better Deal for students and workers on challenges facing women entering STEM jobs and better training for jobs of the future

TV Appearance:  On October 27, DPCC Co-Chair Cheri Bustos spoke to Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough on MSNBC to highlight Democrats’ A Better Deal economic agenda to bring better jobs, better wages and a better future to all Americans

Tour:  On October 30, Congresswoman Suzan DelBene toured Northwest Career and Tech training programs to learn how they’re helping train workers for in-demand, high wage jobs.

TV Appearance:  On October 31, DPCC Co-Chair Hakeem Jefferies spoke to Wolf Blitzer on CNN about the need to focus on jobs and the economy for America’s working families.

 

LETTERS:

 

Letter:  On October 12, Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi (IL-8) sent a letter to the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee urging the timely reauthorization of the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act, which offers Career and Technical Education (CTE) training and passed in the House in June.