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Jobs and the Economy

America is the richest country in the world, yet we continue to face a widening income gap where millions of Americans are working harder than ever, but they haven’t seen it reflected in their paychecks. Michiganders are working harder than ever, but their incomes are not keeping up with the cost of living, making staying in the middle class more difficult. As income inequality has increased, the rungs on the ladder of opportunity have grown further apart.

Congress can – and should – work together to create opportunity and increase economic opportunity so that all Michiganders and Americans have a chance to succeed. This includes raising the federal minimum wage so millions of workers get a much deserved raise. In Congress, I have co-sponsored H.R. 1010, which would raise the federal minimum wage to $10.10. Raising the federal minimum wage, which is widely supported by the American people, is good for workers, good for businesses and good for our overall economy.

I’m also a strong advocate for the Paycheck Fairness Act, which would provide equal pay for equal work for women. Right now in Michigan, a woman earns less for doing the same exact job and work a man does. That’s wrong. We should pass the Paycheck Fairness Act right away to close this discriminatory wage gap that costs women and their families thousands of dollars in lost wages each year.


The Fifth District – the birthplace of General Motors – put the world on wheels. Our communities have a proud legacy of manufacturing, and it is vital that we build upon this rich history to create an economy that works for everyone.

It’s in this spirit that I’ve been a champion of the ‘Make It in America’ agenda, a package of bipartisan bills to revitalize our nation’s manufacturing base and help create high-skill, high-wage jobs for Michigan and America.

This package of bills would help to rebuild our manufacturing base and invest in companies that locate here, in Michigan – not overseas. The legislative package has four key components, including developing a national manufacturing strategy; increasing manufacturing exports to other countries; encouraging businesses to innovate and bring jobs back to the U.S.; and investing in workforce and job training programs to support a workforce necessary for the twenty-first century economy.

One key piece of legislation alongside this package is the 21st Century Jobs and Manufacturing Act, which would expand on successful collegiate partnerships and jobs-training programs that already exist in Michigan to give workers career-ready skills in the jobs of tomorrow.


Growing up in Flint, I’ve seen firsthand the effect so-called “free trade” deals can have on our economy. At its peak, Flint had nearly 80,000 jobs in the automotive manufacturing industry. Today, that number is down to 10,000. Too often, we’ve been promised that trade deals such as the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) will grow our economy and create American jobs – instead, they’ve done the opposite, contributing to the loss of tens of thousands of good-paying jobs to companies overseas while creating an uneven playing field tilted against our workers.

Unfortunately, the President’s administration is currently negotiating a new so-called “free trade” deal, the Trans-Pacific Partnership, entirely in secret. Congress so far has been left out of the negotiating process, even though the President will be asking Congress to vote in favor of this fast-tracked deal. Nothing I’ve seen so far leads me to believe this new TPP deal is any different from NAFTA.

Trade policies negotiated in secret, like the TPP, are not the right course for Michigan and I will continue to oppose them being fast-tracked. My district was sold a bill of goods the last time around and is still dealing with the effect NAFTA had on our local economy. TPP would double down on these bad policies, and I simply can’t support it.

More on Jobs and the Economy

March 12, 2019 Press Release

Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05), Chief Deputy Whip of the House Democratic Caucus and a member of the Budget Committee, issued the following statement after President Donald Trump released his Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 budget: 

“A budget is a true statement of priorities, and President Trump’s budget demonstrates he has left behind America’s middle class and most vulnerable families. The President’s proposed budget cuts housing, health care, food assistance and vital insurance programs like Medicare and Social Security that millions of people rely on to retire with dignity.

February 15, 2019 Press Release

Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05), Chief Deputy Whip of the House Democratic Caucus, released the following statement today after Congress passed a spending bill to fund the federal government, sending the legislation to the President’s desk:

“Tonight the House acted responsibly to fund the federal government for the rest of the year while securing our border. While this agreement is not the one I would have written on my own, it represents the best possible deal to keep government open and fund our homeland security.

February 13, 2019 Press Release

Bill Would End Harmful Government Shutdowns and Withhold the Paychecks of Members of Congress and the President Until They Fund the Government

Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05), Chief Deputy Whip of the House Democratic Caucus, joined by Congressman Peter DeFazio (OR-04), today introduced a bill to end the harmful practice of government shutdowns.

February 12, 2019 Press Release

Legislation Allows Police Officers, Firefighters and EMS Personnel to Create Labor Unions, Collectively Bargain

Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05) and Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick (PA-01) today introduced bipartisan legislation to ensure that all state and city firefighters, police and EMS personnel can exercise their labor rights. The Public Safety Employer-Employee Cooperation Act would provide these public safety officers the right to form a labor union and collectively bargain with their employer on wages and hours.

February 6, 2019 Press Release

Legislation will strengthen ACA Marketplaces by boosting marketing and outreach efforts

February 6, 2019 Press Release

Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05), Chief Deputy Whip of the House Democratic Caucus, issued the following statement after President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address:

February 1, 2019 Press Release

Cathy Wusterbarth Has Worked to Bring Attention to PFAS Contamination Near Wurtsmith Air Force Base in Oscoda, Mich.

January 31, 2019 Press Release

Social Security 2100 Act will Strengthen Social Security, Increase Benefits, Cut Taxes for Seniors

Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05), Chief Deputy Whip of the House Democratic Caucus, introduced the Social Security 2100 Act, which increases Social Security’s benefits while making the system financially strong through the end of the century. Kildee, a member of the Ways and Means Social Security Subcommittee, joined Chairman John B. Larson (CT-01) and over 200 other Members of Congress in introducing this landmark legislation.

January 25, 2019 Press Release

Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05), Chief Deputy Whip, released the following statement after President Trump agreed to a short-term budget bill to reopen the government:

“I've seen a lot of Presidents take a victory lap before. But this is the first time I've seen a President go to the Rose Garden and take a defeat lap.

January 24, 2019 Press Release

New Appointment on Influential Committee is Latest Leadership Role for Kildee in Congress

Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05), Chief Deputy Whip of the House Democratic Caucus, has been appointed to serve on the House Budget Committee. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and House Budget Chairman John Yarmuth (KY-03) announced the new leadership role and appointment for Congressman Kildee.