Today, American families face difficult financial conditions—stagnant wages, worsening income inequality, unaffordable health care and barriers to higher education, just to name a few. I am working with my colleagues in Congress to offer families “A Better Deal” — one that raises wages, lowers expenses, and gives everyone a fair opportunity to succeed.
Robust investments in America’s infrastructure help create good paying jobs that support a strong economy. Rebuilding our nation’s infrastructure is one of my top priorities and includes investments in utilities, transportation and environment.
As a member of the powerful House Appropriations Committee, I am responsible for overseeing how the federal budget is allocated. Being the only Arizona representative on this committee since Congressman Ed Pastor, I understand the responsibility to fight for Southern Arizona and deliver federal resources for our entire state.
My office submitted countless funding and language requests aimed at protecting projects essential to our district and state, including projects related to Arizona’s water resources, agriculture, defense industries and infrastructure.
For example, one of my top legislative priorities is to secure full funding for a modernized Port of Entry in Douglas. This infrastructure project would have a dramatic impact on the congestion of semi-trucks transporting goods to and from Mexico. It is estimated that the economic activity moving through our port reaches $4 billion annually. The new port project would increase that amount, resulting in economic gains regionally and throughout the state.
Our economic success is significantly driven by our small businesses. I have a record of supporting legislation that offers tax credits for small businesses who hire new employees and provide health care. I believe we must stop giving tax breaks to large corporations that move our American jobs overseas.
To address wage stagnation, I cosponsored and voted for the Raise the Wage Act, which would gradually increase the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2025. If signed into law, the value of work in our economy would be restored—lifting struggling workers and their families out of poverty and helping over 105,000 people living in Southern Arizona.
Equal Pay for Equal Work
The House Majority passed the Paycheck Fairness Act in the 116th Congress to close the gender wage gap and ensure that employers all over the country understand the importance of, “equal pay for equal work.” Paying women fairly is not only the right thing to do but would also significantly improve our economy. I look forward to passing this legislation again in the 117th Congress.