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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WASHINGTON—Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05), Chief Deputy Whip of the House Democratic Caucus, today applauded the U.S. House of Representatives for passing bipartisan legislation that makes it easier for workers to save for retirement and invests in apprenticeship programs that help people get the training and skills they need for high-wage jobs. The bill passed the House of Representatives by a vote of 417-3.
Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05), Chief Deputy Whip of the House Democratic Caucus, in the Ways and Means Trade Subcommittee pushed for any new trade agreement—including the new North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)—to include labor protections and strong enforcement mechanisms to support workers in Michigan and across the country.
$734,752 Federal Grant Will Expand Access to Health Care by Ensuring Patients Have Access to Reliable Transportation
Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05), Chief Deputy Whip of the House Democratic Caucus, and the Flint Mass Transportation Authority (MTA) today announced that Flint MTA has been awarded a $734,752 federal grant to improve transit options for Genesee County residents to travel to health care appointments.
Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05), Chief Deputy Whip of the House Democratic Caucus and Member of the Ways and Means Trade Subcommittee, released the following statement after the Trump Administration announced an agreement to remove the tariffs on steel and aluminum from Canada and Mexico:
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Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05), Chief Deputy Whip of the House Democratic Caucus and a member of the Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus, today applauded passage of H.R. 5, the Equality Act, in the U.S. House of Representatives.
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Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05), Chief Deputy Whip of the House Democratic Caucus, applauded the passage of H.R. 986, the Protecting Americans with Pre-Existing Conditions Act. This important bill helps to protect Michigan families from predatory junk insurance plans that do not offer comprehensive health care coverage, including coverage for pre-existing conditions. Over 4 million Michiganders have pre-existing conditions.
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Kildee Says Any New Trade Deals Must Include Fair Labor Laws
FLINT—Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05), Chief Deputy Whip of the House Democratic Caucus, sent a letter to U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) Robert E. Lighthizer highlighting his concern with some of the current labor provisions in the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), the replacement for the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).
Net Neutrality Protects Consumers and Ensures Open and Fair Internet, Bill Also Invests in Rural and Low-Income Broadband Infrastructure
Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05), Chief Deputy Whip of the House Democratic Caucus, today applauded the passage of legislation to restore net neutrality protections, ensuring that the internet is open to all Americans and free from interference.
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