Rebuilding our economy and putting our region’s residents back to work remains my number one priority. During the height of the COVID pandemic, Congress passed the American Rescue Plan Act that provided millions in direct payments, unemployment benefits and small business support. The bill provided a lifeline for the hardest-hit small businesses with Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) grants, expanded PPP eligibility, and more.
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 keep pace with rising costs.
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.