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Congresswoman Debbie Dingell

Representing the 12th District of Michigan

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Dingell Named Co-Chair of House Democrats’ Jobs for America Task Force to Create Aggressive Jobs, Economic Agenda

September 13, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC ­– Today, U.S. Congresswoman Debbie Dingell (MI-12) announced that she will serve in a leadership role in the House Democratic Caucus Jobs for America Task Forces, a united effort from the House Democratic Caucus to craft a real legislative agenda that will benefit hardworking Americans and middle-class families. Dingell, a member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee and leader on efforts to grow U.S. manufacturing, will serve as co-chair for the New Economy Task Force.

“Today, every industry – from autos and manufacturing to health care and renewable energy – is changing at a rapid pace,” said Dingell. “The new economy presents challenges and opportunities, and it is critical that Congress focus on policies that will support the American worker. I look forward to working collaboratively with my colleagues, business, labor and academia to ensure we are making the right investments in America’s workforce today. How do we craft policies that support advanced manufacturing and keep jobs in this country, keep the U.S. at forefront of innovation and technology, level the playing field on trade, improve job training and support businesses that train and hire new workers? These policies are critical for creating good jobs and opportunity for all Americans, and are among my top priorities.”

With a rapidly changing economy and new challenges facing American workers, the New Economy Task Force will take a forward-leaning approach to job growth, looking at rapidly advancing technology, artificial intelligence, advanced manufacturing, and ensuring workers are trained for the jobs of tomorrow.

The New Economy Task Force is one of five Democratic Caucus Jobs For America Task Forces aimed at identifying opportunities and solutions for American workers in five key areas: Rebuilding America, Jobs With Dignity, Access to Jobs, New Economy, and Reinvesting in Our Returning Heroes. In the coming months, co-chairs of each task force will meet with business and labor leaders, issue experts, and American workers to develop policy goals and solutions that will benefit all Americans. The effort was launched by the House Democratic Caucus.

“By making the right investments today, the United States will have a workforce with expertise in new technologies, new ideas, and new jobs that will give American workers access to new opportunities,” said House Democratic Caucus Chairman Joe Crowley (D-NY). “Congresswoman Dingell understands just how important it is to take a proactive and aggressive approach to jobs and our economy, and I’m grateful to her leadership in this important endeavor.”

Dingell has long been a strong advocate for America’s working men and women. Since coming to Congress, she helped defeat the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), which would have cost jobs and hollowed out the American manufacturing base, and is pushing for critical reforms for working families in the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). She is a leader on policies that keep manufacturing in the U.S., including the SELF DRIVE Act, legislation she championed to support the testing and deployment of automated vehicles. She is also leading the fight against proposed cuts to retiree pensions that would impact 30,000 Michiganders, and will soon introduce legislation to help shore up at-risk pensions and ensure retirement security.

For more information on the House Democratic Caucus’ Jobs for America Task Forces, please visit: www.dems.gov/jobsforamerica