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Congressman Mark Pocan

Representing the 2nd District of Wisconsin

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.

More on Jobs and the Workforce

May 9, 2019 Press Release
U.S. Representatives Mark Pocan (WI-02), John Katko (NY-24), Andy Levin (MI-09), and Elise Stefanik (NY-21) today introduced bipartisan legislation that would assist in the implementation of existing professional standards for food service employees in schools.
Jan 16, 2019 Press Release
U.S. Representative Mark Pocan (WI-02) today joined House and Senate leadership to introduce the Raise the Wage Act of 2019. The bill would gradually raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour in 2024, index future minimum wage increases to median wage growth, and ensure all workers are paid at least the full federal minimum wage by phasing out the subminimum wages for tipped workers, youth workers, and workers with disabilities.
Nov 1, 2018 Press Release
U.S. Representatives Mark Pocan (WI-02) and Lloyd Doggett (TX-35) today wrote to the GAO to request an investigation on the effectiveness of economic development subsidies, such as those provided to Foxconn Technology Group in Wisconsin.
Jun 27, 2018 Press Release
U.S. Representative Mark Pocan (WI-02) today released the following statement regarding the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in Janus v. AFSCME, which undermines public sector unions’ long-held practice of collecting “fair share fees” for the services they are legally required to provide workers.
May 9, 2018 Press Release
Today, U.S. Representative Mark Pocan (WI-02) joined U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and their colleagues in the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate to introduce legislation that would strengthen the middle class by restoring workers’ rights to bargain for better wages, benefits and working conditions.
Feb 26, 2018 Press Release
U.S. Representative Mark Pocan (WI-02), a member of the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades, today released the following statement regarding the U.S. Supreme Court holding oral arguments in the case of Janus v. AFSCME Council 31.
Feb 12, 2018 Press Release
U.S. Representative Mark Pocan (WI-02) today released the following statement regarding the Trump Administration’s infrastructure plan, of which only a fraction of funding will come from the federal government.
Oct 26, 2017 Press Release
U.S. Representative Mark Pocan (WI-02) today introduced the End Outsourcing Act, legislation that would update the United States tax code to reward companies that invest in American workers and penalize corporations that outsource domestic jobs and factories.
Oct 24, 2017 Press Release
U.S. Representative Mark Pocan (WI-02) today introduced the Contractor Accountability and Workplace Safety Act, legislation that would help ensure that companies contracting with the federal government maintain safe workplaces. The legislation comes as President Trump has revoked the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order, which required companies to disclose past labor law violations when bidding for large federal contracts.
Sep 28, 2017 Press Release
U.S. Representative Mark Pocan (WI-02) today released the following statement regarding the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to hear the case Janus v. AFSCME Council 31.