Labor, Jobs and Economy

When Americans succeed, America succeeds.  

As a former business leader and advocate for corporate social responsibility, and current member of the House Small Business Committee, I have seen firsthand that when employees are treated with dignity and are paid well, our community does well.  

In my first and second term in Congress, I was a proud cosponsor of the Raise the Wage Act, which increased the federal minimum wage to $15 per hour through a phase-in over a five-year period while phasing out lower wages for tipped workers, youth workers, and workers with disabilities. I have also long supported a regional living wage, which has historically received bipartisan support.  

Regardless of one’s background, the COVID-19 pandemic has affected all of us. And I know small businesses have been hit the hardest. That’s why I was an early and avid supporter of the Paycheck Protection Program and other legislation to help our small business owners keep their employees on payroll. After hosting meetings with small business owners and our area Chambers of Commerce, I championed a bipartisan bill to make sure that the smallest of small businesses were able to have those loans forgiven. I continue to meet with community leaders to hear the challenges they face so I can work in Washington to make sure they have the support they need to weather this crisis. I welcomed President Biden to visit a small business here in southeastern PA, where we discussed how foundational and crucial our small businesses are to our Commonwealth’s and country’s economy.  

I am honored to serve you and will continue to work  with my colleagues no matter the party to ensure people in our community have the resources they need to succeed and drive the economy forward.