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Congressman Tim Walberg

Representing the 7th District of Michigan

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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. I believe that taking the following practical steps will help us create long-term economic growth:

Reduce Tax Burden

America needs to distance itself from a tax system that seeks to raise taxes on hard-working American families and job-creators.  We need a comprehensive tax reform to make our tax code simpler, fairer and encourage investment for a healthy economy. Independent economists estimate that, when coupled with reduced federal spending, comprehensive tax reform could lead to the creation of 1 million jobs in the first year alone. You may learn more about our efforts to simplify the tax code and enable growth here.

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 am working to reauthorize Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act to strengthen career training technical skills programs and increase access to meaningful careers that meet the workforce needs in our community. In June 2017, I voted in support of H.R. 2353, the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act, a bipartisan bill to expand opportunities for more students and workers to enter the workforce with the skills they need to compete for in-demand jobs.

Excessive occupational licensing laws can be one of the roadblocks for entrepreneurs and aspiring workers. In April 2017 I introduced H.R. 2155, the New HOPE Act, a bipartisan, bicameral bill which will encourage state governments to initiate reforms to ensure bureaucratic requirements are not creating unnecessary barriers for those seeking to enter the workforce.

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 $19 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. 1, 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.

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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
09/13/2016 - Walberg Works to Boost Workforce Training, Create 21st Century Jobs
07/07/2016 - Walberg: Empower Students, Workers to Succeed in Workforce
05/17/2016 - Walberg Works to Strengthen Career and Technical Education
04/18/2016 - WLNS: Walberg Holds 6th Annual Job Fair in Jackson

04/14/2016 - Walberg Introduces Main Street Jobs and Opportunity Act
04/01/2016 - WLNS: Walberg Chairs Field Hearing on Workplace Flexibility
03/29/2016 - WLNS: Walberg Tours LCC and Talks Millennials in the Workforce 

03/16/2016 - Walberg questions Labor Secretary about workplace flexibility, overtime rule
01/16/2016 - Walberg Champions Amendment to Highlight Impact of Regulations on Wage Stagnation

More on Jobs and Economy

November 16, 2017 Press Release
Our plan is geared towards giving low and middle-income families a break, increasing take-home pay, and putting more money in people’s pockets.
October 31, 2017 Opinion Editorial
With smart and bold tax reform, the road ahead will be brighter for middle class families in Michigan.
October 15, 2017 Opinion Editorial
In Michigan we’re known for our blue-collar work ethic. We all strongly believe that our tax code should be a fair system that rewards hard work and playing by the rules.
October 6, 2017 Press Release
On National Manufacturing Day, we celebrate the hardworking men and women who make high quality, American-made products.
September 27, 2017 Press Release
Meaningful tax reform is the key to growing good-paying jobs and opportunity for all American workers and manufacturers.