Jobs and Economy
COVID-19 has created a massive unemployment crisis, one that has altered the employment landscape for thousands of our neighbors and their families. In the months to come, we must take steps to promote long-term economic growth across our country, and we must ensure that our workforce training not only meets the needs of our region’s businesses, but also allows our workers to stay competitive in a rapidly changing, global economy.
Our strength as a nation comes from the idea that anyone with a good idea can make it happen. This is why I support policies that empower small businesses (the backbone of our economy) to innovate and pursue bold entrepreneurial ventures, and during a time of uncertainty, I strongly support the goals of the Paycheck Protection Program to help businesses eventually return to normal operations.
I also support organized labor, as unions have historically been a driver of economic stability within America’s middle class. This has been true for my own family, as my grandfather, a member of the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades, was able to raise his four children as a young widower because of the stability his union employment provided. From conversations with local employers, I know that union apprenticeship programs remain an invaluable asset as they train the next generation of skilled workers.
I also know that many Central Virginia businesses and farms depend on access to strong export markets, and that’s why one of my top priorities last year was to help negotiate and pass the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA).
- Helped negotiate and voted to pass the landmark USMCA trade agreement
- Joined a small, bipartisan meeting at the White House with Vice President Pence to discuss the need for the USMCA in Central Virginia
- Advocated for increased support to Central Virginia businesses through the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) amid COVID-19
- Successfully pushed for commonsense PPP reforms to help Central Virginia restaurants and small businesses cover overhead costs and to cut red tape
- Successfully fought to protect market facilitation program payments to Central Virginia farmers in the face of the administration’s continued trade war
- Received the Jefferson-Hamilton Award for Bipartisanship and the Spirit of Enterprise Award from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce
- Healthcare & Prescription Drug Costs
- Gun Violence Prevention
- Protecting Social Security & Medicare
- Jobs And Economy
- Immigration & Border Security
- Good Governance
- National Security
- Racial Justice, Equity, & Civil Rights
- Campaign Finance Reform
- Environment & Conservation
- Broadband Internet Access
- Covid-19 (Healthcare)
- Veterans & Military Families