Rebuilding our economy and putting our region’s residents back to work remains my number one priority. Over the last several years, we have seen some progress, but there is much more to be done. In light of state and local budget cuts, ensuring the federal government is responsive to our region’s needs has never been more important. I will continue supporting legislation that will create jobs and move our economy forward by investing in the growing industries of health care, clean energy, and technology. This will not only make our economy stronger today, but make our future brighter tomorrow.
I also believe that while we must strengthen the economy, we must also ensure our economy works for everyone. I am pleased that California raised the minimum wage, and I strongly support raising the national minimum wage to $10.10/ hour.
With the large role women play in today’s workforce, the success of our economy relies on the economic security of women. That is why I joined my colleagues in launching “When Women Succeed, America Succeeds: An Economic Agenda for Women and Families.” This Economic Agenda includes legislation enabling women to achieve greater economic security, raising wages for women and their families, and allowing working parents to support and care for their families. From legislation ensuring equal pay for equal work to paid sick leave to protections for pregnant workers, I strongly support legislation that will help women succeed, because when women succeed, America succeeds.