Economy and Business

I am committed to rebuilding the middle class and creating job opportunities for our community members. I am working to:

  • Build out high speed internet service in rural areas to help entrepreneurs succeed
  • Raise the federal minimum wage to $15 per hour
  • Close the gender wage gap
  • Repeal policies that undermine the right of workers to collectively bargain
  • Expand federal job training programs

Through my Committee assignments, I am in a unique position to advance our Central Coast values. The Ways and Means and the Budget Committees are at the center of our work in Congress to create an economic environment that fosters prosperity for all of our communities, and the Agriculture Committee helps set trade policies that benefit our district, including those that expand exports for agriculture, our number one industry.

 

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Recent Legislation:

  • Voted for the Secure and Fair Enforcement (SAFE) Banking Act of 2019, H.R. 1595, to allow cannabis-related businesses in states with existing regulatory structures to access the banking system  
  • Introduced the Restoring Investment in Improvements Act, H.R. 1869, bipartisan legislation that ensures restaurants and retailers are able to properly benefit from a tax provision meant to aid renovations and spur investment
    •  This bill helps our local restaurants and retailers to reinvest in their businesses, hire more workers, and raise employee wages  
    • ​Over 280 bipartisan cosponsors from across the country