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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

January 18, 2019 Press Release

Ways and Means Subcommittees Will Allow Kildee to Focus on Ensuring Fair Trade Deals for Workers, Preserving and Strengthening Social Security for Americans

Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05), Chief Deputy Whip of the House Democratic Caucus, was appointed to serve on two subcommittees on the Ways and Means Committee, including both the influential Trade and Social Security subcommittees.

January 14, 2019 Press Release

Flint Air Traffic Controllers Share their Concerns with Congressman Kildee

FLINT—Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05), Chief Deputy Whip of the House Democratic Caucus, today met with local-area air traffic controllers in Flint to hear first-hand how the ongoing government shutdown is affecting them and their families.

January 11, 2019 Press Release

House Passes Four Spending Bills with Republican and Democratic Support to End Government Shutdown

This week, Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05), Chief Deputy Whip for the House Democratic Caucus, voted to immediately end the ongoing government shutdown and put people back to work.

January 9, 2019 Press Release

Kildee to Serve on Committee Setting Policy on Trade, Health Care and Taxes in Congress

Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05) has been selected to serve on the prestigious Ways and Means Committee, the oldest and one of the most powerful committees in the U.S. House of Representatives.

January 3, 2019 Press Release

Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05), Chief Deputy Whip, released the following statement after a New Democratic Majority in the U.S. House of Representatives passed two bills to end the Trump Shutdown and reopen the government:

“The new Democratic majority on its first day passed legislation to end the Trump Shutdown and immediately reopen the government. My constituents are frustrated that our government is broken, and so am I. We cannot govern from one manufactured crisis to the next, which threatens our economy and the strength of our nation.

January 3, 2019 Press Release

As Chief Deputy Whip in New House Majority, Kildee will Help Lead Democratic Caucus to Deliver Results for Michigan Families

December 22, 2018 Press Release

During Trump Shutdown, Constituents Encouraged to Reach Out to Congressman Kildee’s Office if they Need Assistance

WASHINGTON – Early this morning, the U.S. federal government partially shut down following President Trump and his fellow Republican's failure to pass a budget. Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05) is working to reopen the government and help constituents during the shutdown.

December 20, 2018 Press Release

Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05) released the following statement after President Donald Trump said he will not sign the current Senate-passed budget bill that funds the government:

“Republicans control the House, the Senate and the White House. If the government shuts down, make no mistake—this will be the Trump shutdown. This is no way to run the corner grocery store, let alone the government of the United States.

November 30, 2018 Press Release

Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05) issued the following statement after President Trump signed the United States Mexico Canada Agreement:

“Michigan families have been hurt by unfair trade deals in the past, so it’s important we get any new agreement right. Simply renaming NAFTA, however, will not protect good paying jobs and grow our economy.

November 28, 2018 Press Release

Kildee Speaks on the House Floor Against Plant Closures, Layoffs


WASHINGTON – Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05) spoke out on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives today, November 28, 2018, against recent manufacturing plant closures in Michigan. During his speech, Kildee expressed the need for the President to work with a new Democratic majority in the 116th Congress on national manufacturing and trade policy that supports American workers, not just the wealthiest Americans and biggest corporations.