Jobs and the Workforce
As a life long owner of a union printing business, a staunch defender of worker’s rights and a member of the Committee on Education and the Workforce, I believe Congress has a responsibility to take proactive and commonsense measures that can provide business owners with certainty, promote economic growth, and create jobs for Wisconsinites. I want to make strategic investments in education, research and development and infrastructure, and to support small business owners who create jobs in our communities. I have made creating jobs a number one priority and will fight to put Wisconsinites back to work and ensure long-term, sustainable growth that will power our economy for years to come.
As a small business owner who has seen the effects of massive trade deals and their impact on American products, I have also been a leader in fighting for fair trade deals that protect American jobs and American industries. Twenty years after the NAFTA trade deal was signed, the U.S. has a $181 billion trade deficit with Mexico and Canada and a related loss of one million net U.S. jobs, according to Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch. Recently, I led a letter with 35 other freshman lawmakers calling for increased transparency from the administration on Trans-Pacific Partnership, a Pacific Rim trade deal, and urging Congress not to give up our constitutional authority to oversee foreign trade agreements.
I am also a strong proponent of raising the minimum wage and am a cosponsor of the Fair Minimum Wage Act of 2013, which would raise the minimum wage, over the span of two years, to $10.10 an hour.
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MADISON, WI—In September 2020, Congressman Mark Pocan (WI-02) led Representative Gwen Moore (WI-04), Representative Ron Kind (WI-03), and Senator Tammy Baldwin in a letter to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to request a full and fair consideration to the State Wisconsin Investment Board’s (SWIB) August 10th settlement proposal regarding State of Wisconsin Investment Board, Transferee v. Commissioner.
WASHINGTON, D.C.—Today, Reps. Mark Pocan (D-WI), Andy Levin (D-MI), Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), Gerald E. Connolly (D-VA), Bill Pascrell, Jr, (D-NJ), Raúl M. Grijalva (D-AZ), and James P. McGovern (D-MA), released the following statement in response to recent reports of increased violence against Burmese trade unions and workers by the Burmese military.
WASHINGTON, D.C.—Today, the Labor Caucus wrote to President Joe Biden detailing their support for the American Jobs Plan, but outlining key labor-focused priorities that they would like to work with the President to additionally include in his infrastructure package:
MADISON, WI—Congressman Mark Pocan (D-WI) released the following statement in response to the results of the union election for Amazon workers in Bessemer, Alabama.