The 49th District hosts vibrant biotechnology, IT, clean energy, and tourism industries that Mike has been proud to support. Since he was first sworn into Congress, institutions in these fields and other employers have received hundreds of millions in federal grants to continue their important work.
Mike believes that no full-time American worker should ever live in poverty, and he cosponsored legislation to increase the federal minimum wage to $15 per hour, implemented at a pace that allows employers to adapt their business plans. That bill also ties additional minimum wage increases to wage growth and ensures that all workers receive the full federal minimum wage or more by phasing out the subminimum wages for tipped workers, youth workers, and workers with disabilities. He has also cosponsored legislation to expand coverage under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 and protect union jobs.
Mike has also worked to support mom-and-pop businesses and grow our local tourism economy by signing onto legislation to reauthorize the Brand USA public-private partnership, increase the amount that a bank can invest in Small Business Investment Companies, give small businesses more opportunities to compete for federal contracts, and reauthorize the Small Business Development Center Program.
Mike is also working with the Biden Administration and his colleagues in Congress to build our economy back better by investing in our infrastructure and growing the clean energy jobs of the future right here in America.