Issues – Economy & Jobs
I am a strong supporter of measures to boost the Puget Sound economy, and have authored legislation to provide job training, health care benefits and extended unemployment to laid-off workers. I have also led the fight to ensure our economy is strong in the long term by balancing the budget, and I support a forward-thinking energy plan, investments in education and job training, and tax incentives to promote small business and economic investment.
The Puget Sound region is a diverse and fundamentally healthy economy. I have worked with my colleagues in Washington State to keep Boeing jobs and subcontractors here, build the infrastructure we need for a strong economy, and improve education so that we continue to have the best workforce in the country.
Undoubtedly, the value that small businesses contribute to a community is immeasurable. I am firmly committed to working with small businesses, helping them work with federal and local governments, and encouraging their investment so that our economy continues to grow.
Adam’s work on Economy & Jobs:
- Supporting bills, like the Surface and Air Transportation Programs Extension Act of 2011, that increase investment in infrastructure, technology, and innovation.
- Secured $100,000 in federal funds for the Technology Institute at the University of Washington-Tacoma project. These funds will pay for faculty, curriculum development, and equipment acquisition
- Co-sponsored legislation that would give companies incentive to build current and next generation broadband facilities in urban and rural areas
- Meets regularly with a Small Business Advisory Council, a CEO Advisory Council, and an Agriculture Advisory Council to give Congressional updates and listen to their thoughts on issues affecting their communities
- Voted for the Small Business Paperwork Relief Act, which suspends most civil fines for first-time offenders and provides more flexibility
- Sponsored the Trade Adjustment Assistance Act, to extend to laid-off workers in the technology and service sectors the retraining assistance currently available to workers in the construction and manufacturing sectors.
- Voted for HR 2830, the Pension Protection Act of 2005, to ensure that American workers’ pensions are protected by ensuring greater accountability and transparency so that companies will meet their financial obligations to their employees and retirees.
- Co-sponsored HR 4434, 10,000 Teachers, 10 Million Minds Science and Scholarship Act. This act seeks to ensure that the next generation of Americans receives the training and education they need to compete in the global job market, and takes steps to keep high-wage jobs on American soil.
- Helped to secure more than $4 million in funding for 2006 for the Valley Cities Regional Wireless (WIFI) Network. This money would fund a study to determine how a regional wireless network could be installed, operated, and maintained to benefit the Puget Sound area.