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.
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Legislation Reauthorizes and Expands Fruit and Vegetable Incentive Program for SNAP Recipients
Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05) and Congressman Jim McGovern (MA-02) today introduced legislation reauthorizing and expanding funding for a fruit and vegetable incentive program to improve access to healthy foods for Americans who receive nutrition assistance, also known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).
Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05) issued the following statement today regarding the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2018:
“Since last September, Congress has funded the government on short-term continuing resolutions, which is completely unacceptable. These short-term patches hurt our military readiness and inject uncertainty into our economy. Today’s appropriations bill, while far from perfect, finally breaks this irresponsible Republican pattern of governance.
In response to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit’s ruling to vacate the U.S. Department of Labor’s fiduciary rule, Congressman Dan Kildee (D-MI), Vice Ranking Member of the House Committee on Financial Services; Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Ranking Member of the House Committee on Financial Services; Congressman Bobby Scott (D-VA), Ranking Member of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce; and Congressman Keith Ellison (D-MN), made the following statement:
Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05) issued the following statement after the House budget vote:
Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05) issued the following statement on the Republican majority’s vote for another short-term continuing resolution, the fifth in recent months:
“It is completely unacceptable for Congress to continue funding the government just weeks at a time. Another short-term funding bill merely kicks the can down the road, solves none of the problems facing our country, and creates uncertainty in our economy. Republicans control the House, Senate and the White House—it is long past time for a budget that addresses the priorities of the American people.”
Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05) today met with Michigan members of the United Auto Workers (UAW) to discuss the federal budget, preserving pensions, Social Security and Medicare. During the meeting, Congressman Kildee highlighted the need for Congress to pass a long-term budget that provides certainty for our economy and greater opportunity for workers and their families.
Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05) issued the following statement after President Donald Trump delivered his first State of the Union address before a joint session of Congress:
“The American people deserve less talk and more action regarding the big challenges we face as a country. My constituents want real leadership from the President and action by Congress to get things done.
Congressman Sander Levin (MI-09), Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05), Congresswoman Debbie Dingell (MI-12) and Congresswoman Brenda Lawrence (MI-14) issued the following statement after voting ‘no’ on a bill that fails to include a long-term budget or the priorities of the American people:
“It is unacceptable for Congress to continue funding the government just weeks at a time. Another short-term continuing resolution—the fourth since last October—hurts our military readiness and injects uncertainty into our economy.
Despite Shutdown, Congressman Kildee Will Keep Working to Reopen Government and Keep Offices Open to Assist Constituents During Shutdown
Early this morning, the U.S. federal government shut down when the Republican-led Congress failed to do its job and pass a budget. Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05) has urged President Trump, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (WI-01) and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) to sit down with Democrats and work to keep the government open.
Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05) issued the following statement today on the eve of a government shutdown:
“Congress has a responsibility to pass a budget and keep the government open. Despite controlling the House, Senate and White House, Republicans have failed to pass a budget and refused to work with Democrats to address the priorities of the American people. Shutting down the government will have serious implications and cost our economy billions of dollars. The last reckless Republican government shutdown cost the American people $24 billion.