Congressman Ami Bera

Representing the 7th District of California
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Jobs and the Economy

I toured local infrastructure projects in Sacramento County.

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.

Attracting New Jobs.
Improving our infrastructure.
Investing in education and training for jobs of the 21st century.

 

 

Attracting New Jobs

I visited local economic powerhouse Aerojet Rocketdyne as part of a tour of local businesses in our area.
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.
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.

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Improving Infrastructure

I toured local infrastructure projects in Sacramento County.

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.

For more, please see my page on Improving Infrastructure.

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Investing in education and training for jobs of the 21st century 

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.

For more, please see my page on Education.

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More on Jobs and the Economy

Jul 25, 2014 Press Release

Congressman Ami Bera, M.D. participated in a House Committee on Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific hearing yesterday to examine the future of the U.S.-India relationship.  Officials from the State Department and the Department of Commerce testified at the hearing entitled, “U.S. India Relations Under the Modi Government.”  Bera offered the following comment:

Jul 14, 2014 Ami's Updates

I sent an email update on Saturday on how I'm working to bring jobs to Sacramento County. Make sure to join now so you don't miss any future updates!

Jul 11, 2014 Ami's Updates
Creating jobs in Sacramento County and building an economy that works for middle class families are my top priorities. That's why my office will participate in a Job Fair with Assemblyman Ken Cooley to assist local residents who are looking for work. RSVP now so my staff will know that you'll be there!
Jul 3, 2014 Press Release

SACRAMENTO, CA – Congressman Ami Bera, M.D. applauds California Capital Financial Development Corporation for their new designation as a Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) by the Defense Logistics Agency.  This designation will provide federal funds to California Capital, allowing them to provide training, counseling, and resources for businesses to build their capacity and pursue government contracts.  

Jul 2, 2014 Ami's Updates
Creating jobs in Sacramento County and building an economy that works for middle class families are my top priorities in Congress. That’s why I’m holding a workshop to help connect Sacramento County small business owners with tools and resources from the U.S. Census Bureau that can help their businesses succeed.
Jun 13, 2014 Ami's Updates
I sent an email update on Friday on my recent work to grow our economy. Make sure to join my email updates now so you don't miss any in the future!
May 15, 2014 Press Release

In case you missed it, Congressman Ami Bera, M.D.  (CA-07) and Joe Crowley (NY-14) penned an op-ed for The Hill reinforcing the importance of India’s 2014 elections, as well as the continued importance of the U.S.-India relationship. The full op-ed can be found below or by clicking here.

India’s 2014 elections

By Reps. Joe Crowley (D-NY) and Ami Bera (D-Calif.)

May 12, 2014 Ami's Updates
Creating jobs in Sacramento County and building an economy that works for middle class families are my top priorities in Congress. That’s why I’m holding a workshop this week to help connect Sacramento County small business owners with tools and resources from the U.S. Census Bureau that can help their businesses succeed.
May 3, 2014 Ami's Updates
Here's an an e-mail update I sent on Saturday about how I've been working for you in Sacramento County. Join my e-newsletter now so you don't miss out on any future updates!
May 1, 2014 Press Release

Congressman Ami Bera, M.D. joined a bipartisan majority in Congress earlier today in approving the fiscal year 2015 Legislative Branch Appropriations bill. The bill prohibits Members of Congress from receiving a pay increase. He made the following comment: