Jobs and the Economy
Creating jobs in Sacramento County and building an economy that works for middle class families are my top priorities in Congress.
People in Sacramento County continue to feel the effects of the economic crisis. Our region is slowly regaining jobs, but the work is far from over. To fully regain our economic foothold, we must attract more high-tech jobs to the region, improve our infrastructure, and maintain high-quality schools to educate the next generation of innovators.
I visited local economic powerhouse Aerojet Rocketdyne as part of a tour of local businesses in our area.
The Sacramento region is uniquely suited to capitalize on the growing technology industry and is consistently rated as a national leader in the green job sector. As a member of the New Democrat Coalition, I support incentivizing clean energy initiatives and encouraging private investment in clean energy programs.
• Advancing Innovative Manufacturing Act: I’m strongly supporting this bill to accelerate research, development, and innovation in advanced manufacturing in the U.S. and to improve the competitiveness of American manufacturers around the world.
The Advancing Innovative Manufacturing Act would encourage public and private cooperation to research on long term advanced manufacturing needs, and to also share the cost of this research. It would also provide small and medium-sized manufacturers with vouchers to acquire new expertise in research, development, and innovation.
Siemens Rail Systems in Florin is a great local example of the type of high-tech manufacturing jobs we need more of in our area. During a visit, I got to see a new locomotive being assembled up close.
• American Manufacturing Competitiveness Act: We also need a national strategy to revitalize American manufacturing to create good paying, middle class jobs. Both government and businesses need to work together to develop priorities and goals so we can build new, innovative products here in the U.S.
That’s why I’m supporting the American Manufacturing Competitiveness Act to create a national manufacturing strategy to find the right tax, regulations, and trade policies to help our manufacturers thrive.
• Helping American Businesses Compete Globally: As a member of the Foreign Affairs Committee in Congress, I’m working to open up new markets around the world for Sacramento County businesses so they can create new jobs here at home.
I’m also proud to have introduced the Reducing Waste and Increasing Efficiency in Trade Act to remove redundant paperwork and reporting requirements for businesses.
By completing a new International Trade Data System, Customs and Border Protection and other federal agencies will become more efficient and decrease the time it takes to process goods through customs. This will make our businesses more competitive and allow them to focus on creating new jobs.
The infrastructure in Sacramento County is in dire need of improvement. Our levees have been designated “unacceptable” by the US Army Corps of Engineers. The roads and bridges we rely on every day are crumbling. Our energy grid is outdated and wasteful. This negligence endangers residents, discourages new businesses, and ultimately slows down our economy.
Reinvesting in our infrastructure is critical to the economic growth of Sacramento County. By partnering with private industry, we can create new jobs and improve efficiency. I support modernizing our infrastructure by rebuilding roads, bridges, and by strengthening our levees.
California is home to some of the best schools in the world. The University of California system is a model of academic excellence. In classrooms across the state, students are learning the skills necessary to thrive in a modern economy and innovative teachers are discovering new ways to teach the next generation.
As an educator and a parent, I recognize the importance of investing in future generations. Our public schools are underfunded and overcrowded. California is ranked 47th in the nation in for per-pupil spending. More must be done to secure a quality education for every child.
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Congressman Ami Bera, M.D. made the following statement on trade agreements and the need to protect the intersts of American workers:
Congressman Ami Bera, M.D. visited with members of the Sacramento County business community today to discuss recently introduced legislation that helps protect small businesses and their employees from a new health insurance tax, known as the HIT. The visit was coordinated by the Stop the HIT Coalition, a broad-based group representing the nation’s small business owners, their employees and the self-employed.
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