Economy & Jobs
Job creation is Congresswoman Speier’s top priority. While the economy is recovering, every day she is looking for more ways to put Americans back to work.
Rebuilding and upgrading America’s airports, mass transit, highways and energy infrastructure would mean hundreds of thousands of good jobs, reduce the costs of transportation and energy, and make America more competitive. Some examples: HR 402 (DeLauro) would create a wholly-owned government corporation to invest in ports, broadband, and other infrastructure needed to create an efficient economy. HR 6081 would create industry-led consortia to guide government scientific research into advanced manufacturing. We need a national manufacturing strategy as proposed in HR 5865 to attract industry to the US and to fix our broken tax system that offers incentives to move American jobs overseas.
Job Hunters Boot Camps
Congresswoman Speier has held nine Job Hunters Boot Camps in the 14th District, helping more than 3,000 local job seekers improve their resumes and interview skills through workshops and one-on-one sessions with employment professionals, and connect with local businesses who are looking to hire.
Make It In America
Every time she meets with a company, Congresswoman Speier asks them what it will take to bring jobs back home, and to increase hiring by those who are still manufacturing in America. She believes it is the responsibility of each of us to be more aware and to make choices to buy products made in America that will help rebuild our economy and create good middle class jobs. According to ABC News, 200,000 new American jobs could be created if every American spent just $64 more per year on American-made products. You can find information on companies and products that are made in the United States through this website created by ABC News.
In 2012, as part of her A Day in the Life series, Jackie spent a day working at Home Depot in San Mateo mixing paint for customers.
Congresswoman also does "A Day in the Life” in a variety of jobs. For example, she has worked in the paint department at Home Depot, was an assistant to a UPS delivery person, hauled garbage for Allied Waste, stocked produce and bagged groceries at Safeway, and waited on customers and made chocolate at Ghirardelli Chocolate Company. Americans work in many occupations and it’s important to remember the dignity of each and the respect that we should extend to any work done by an American. We should also never forget that millions of Americans want to work but have been unable to find jobs despite their extraordinary efforts. Congresswoman Speier will continue to support legislation that causes job growth to accelerate so that each of us can find work and secure our prosperity.
While real incomes have dropped or remained stagnant, the cost of food, travel, healthcare and other necessities has skyrocketed. Congresswoman Speier believes a fair and livable minimum wage is a key component to strengthening the economy, getting Americans off welfare and helping families.
Equality & Fairness
Congresswoman Speier believes the only factor that should determine whether someone gets and keeps employment is their ability to do the job. Whenever and wherever discrimination or unfair hiring practices are uncovered, she will do all that she can to root it out and restore fairness, equality and basic human decency to the workplace. Since being in Congress, she has proudly supported legislation to guarantee equal pay for equal work, return the right of employees to sue when they discover they've been discriminated against, and ensure that every American's workplace is free of harassment, intimidation and prejudice.