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Congressman Tim Walberg

Representing the 7th District of Michigan


Jobs and Economy

Creating long-term job growth in Michigan is my top priority in Congress. - Tim

Reducing barriers to employment and increasing Michigan's and America's global competitiveness are critical steps for encouraging good paying, high-skilled jobs.

In my conversations with constituents and employers, it is clear that too many policies coming out of Washington are making it difficult for Michigan’s businesses to grow and hire new employees. While some government regulations are important, excessive federal regulation stifles our nations’ job creators by creating an uncertain business climate. In addition, a complex and unfair tax system is constantly trying to raise taxes on small employers, affecting their bottom line and ability to grow.

Congress can support new jobs by reducing regulatory burdens on small businesses and encouraging them to innovate, expand, and create more job opportunities in their community. Taking the following practical steps will help us create long-term economic growth:

Reduce Tax Burden

For too long, Americans have been subject to a complex, burdensome tax code that has held back job creation and harmed Michigan families who are struggling to make ends meet.  In December 2017, I voted to overhaul our broken tax code and pass H.R. 1, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which was signed into law by President Trump.  The sweeping tax reform legislation is the first major overhaul of the tax code in more than 30 years and delivers historic tax relief for workers, families and job creators in Michigan. With this bill, the typical family of four earning the median family income of $73,000 will receive a tax cut of $2,059. Click here to watch my remarks on the House floor in support of H.R. 1, and visit my tax reform page to learn more about how this law will allow people to keep more of their hard-earned money while advancing economic growth and opportunity.

Expand Education and Workforce Development Opportunities

As a member of the House Education and the Workforce Committee, I’ve been working to ensure everyone has access to the best educational opportunities, which in turn will develop workers with the right skills and keep our nation competitive. I was a strong supporter of legislation to reauthorize the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act – legislation that has strengthened career training technical skills programs and increased access to meaningful careers that meet the workforce needs for over 30 years.  On July 31, 2018, the President signed into law, H.R.2353,which reauthorized the Carl D. Perkins Act an made important update that will expand opportunities for more students and workers to enter the workforce with the skills they need to compete for in-demand jobs. 

Additionally, H.R.2353 contained language from my bill, H.R.2155, the New Hope Act, which gives states additional flexibility to identify, consolidate, or eliminate licensing requirements that pose an unnecessary barrier to entry for aspiring workers and provide limited consumer protection.

Replace the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA)

I continue to hear from families in Michigan who are paying more for health care while receiving less choice and reduced care under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, commonly called Obamacare. Please know I will continue to strongly support efforts to replace Obamacare with more effective solutions that promote consumer choice, decrease health care costs and improve access to care. For more details on my efforts to strengthen our health care system, you may visit my health care page.

Reduce Harmful Regulations 

While some government regulations are important, excessive federal regulation stifles our nations’ job creators by creating an uncertain business climate.  Eliminating these burdensome regulations will encourage increased investment and new hiring. The first step Congress can take in fighting harmful regulations is to identify and eliminate current and pending regulations that hinder economic growth, while requiring Congressional review of any new regulations that will significantly impact our economy.

Promote American Trade 

We need to develop trade policies that are free, fair and enforce trade laws that keep our trading partners accountable.

Reduce Government Spending 

With a national debt exceeding $21 trillion dollars, we need to begin spending federal dollars like a responsible American family or business. Every federal dollar that is saved now is a dollar that is not borrowed and owed by future generations in the form of higher taxes and interest payments. I support an amendment, H.J.Res.2, to the Constitution that requires Congress not spend more than it receives in revenues, requires a 3/5 majority vote to increase the debt limit and requires the President to submit a balanced budget to Congress.


07/25/2018 – Walberg Champions Bipartisan Bill to Strengthen Career and Technical Education
05/16/2018 – Walberg: Invest in Skills Education and Workforce Development
03/29/2018 – WLNS: Walberg Hosts Jackson Forum on Strengthening Skills Education
03/07/2018 – Walberg: Tax Cuts are Helping Michigan​
01/08/2018 – WLNS: Walberg Wants to Focus on Worker Training​
12/19/2017 –
Walberg: Tax Cuts and Jobs Act will Help Michigan
11/16/2017 – Walberg: Time for Middle Class Tax Relief
11/14/2017 – It’s Time for Tax Reform
07/11/2017 – WLNS: Walberg Kicks Off Facebook Seminar to Help Local Small Businesses
06/22/2017 – Walberg Champions Career and Technical Education, 21st Century Job Creation
05/31/2017 – Fox 47: Walberg: We’re Focused on Jobs, Career Training
05/31/2017 – WLNS: Walberg Hosts 7th Annual Job Fair in Jackson
05/17/2017 – Walberg Champions Occupational Licensing Reforms
02/07/2017 - Walberg Discusses Ways to Close Skills Gap, Strengthen Workforce
02/02/2017 - Walberg Highlights New Auto Industry Jobs, Innovation
01/10/2017 - Walberg Highlights 2017 Auto Show on House Floor

More on Jobs and Economy

February 26, 2019 Press Release
Today’s announcement is more fantastic news for Michigan’s economy and workforce.
February 17, 2019 Opinion Editorial
After two years of the Trump presidency, America’s economic engine has been reignited.
February 5, 2019 Press Release
President Trump’s message resonated throughout Michigan, speaking to the pocketbook and security concerns of hardworking families in our state.
January 29, 2019 Press Release
I look forward to continuing our work to find bipartisan solutions that improve the lives of working families in Michigan.
December 14, 2018 Press Release
We got a lot done this Congress that will help improve people’s lives in Michigan.