Jobs & Education

Folks in the Central Valley know how to work hard. However, the deck is stacked against us in Washington and Sacramento causing us to – have an unemployment rate twice the national average.

As a former businessman, I know what it takes to grow a business from a couple of guys in a garage to a company with hundreds of employees. I’m using this experience to bring more good-paying jobs and more opportunity to the Central Valley. We have to attract top job opportunities to the Valley – and that starts by making sure our community has the in-demand skills to match what employers need. That’s why I fought to serve you on the Education and Labor Committee and am focused on building stronger apprenticeship and vocational programs to get folks the skills they need for good-paying jobs. 

You used to be able to support a family and send your kids to school all on one salary. Not anymore. The Middle Class is being squeezed, and it’s harder than it’s been in decades for folks to get ahead. We have an amazing workforce ready to work hard – we just need the resources and skills to bring those good jobs to the Valley. That’s why I’m focused on making the Central Valley the best place to raise a family and do business.  

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January 15, 2021 Press Release

Modesto, CA – Thanks to the stimulus bill passed late last year, millions of dollars in federal housing support will flow to the Central Valley, Representative Josh Harder (CA-10) announced today. The funding is made available through the Treasury Department’s Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) – and will help people struggling to pay rent and utilities as a result of the pandemic.

January 12, 2021 Press Release

Modesto, CA – In response to a series of mass account suspensions from the California Employment Development Department (EDD), Representative Josh Harder (CA-10) has written a letter demanding answers. Late last year, it was discovered that EDD had paid out millions of dollars in fraudulent payments. In response to those issues, the Department initiated a wave of mass suspensions which also ended up punishing innocent Californians in need of help during the pandemic. Rep. Harder has heard from dozens of constituents regarding this issue.

December 21, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Representative Josh Harder (CA-10) released the following statement after Congressional Leadership struck a final stimulus deal to support Americans struggling through the pandemic. The bipartisan compromise package will provide another round of economic impact payments, this time worth $600. It will also shore up extended unemployment and the Paycheck Protection Program, which saved over 70,000 jobs in Rep. Harder’s district.

December 18, 2020 Press Release

Harder is First Democratic Central Valley Rep to Serve on Committee in Decades

December 10, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, Representative Josh Harder (CA-10) released the following statement regarding the sequencing of vaccine distribution in California.

“Ag is too often left behind in policy discussions and our farm workers get lip service instead of the help they need. It’s not enough to call farmworkers “essential” if you’re not going to treat them as essential.

November 20, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, The House of Representatives passed the Apprenticeships to College Act, legislation introduced by Representative Josh Harder (CA-10), as part of the National Apprenticeship Act of 2020. Rep. Harder’s bill would expand a program allowing skilled workers to earn college credit for apprenticeships they’ve already completed.

October 30, 2020 Press Release

Washington – Today, President Donald Trump signed Representative Josh Harder’s (CA-10) first standalone bill into law. The new law authored by Rep.

October 22, 2020 Press Release

Modesto, CA – Representative Josh Harder (CA-10) is pushing to secure federal funding for the proposed Crows Landing Business Park project. The project, supported by Stanislaus County and many local stakeholders, would redevelop the former Crows Landing Airfield into a regional business park which will create thousands of jobs by attracting local investment. In a letter to Acting Assistant Secretary of Commerce Dana Gartzke, Rep.

October 1, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Representative Josh Harder (CA-10) today is calling on College Board CEO, David Coleman, to adapt testing protocol for the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) to allow students to complete the exam during the Coronavirus Pandemic. Of 183,000 students scheduled to take the August exam, more than half were unable to take the test due to testing site closures and an unwillingness of the College Board to allow for online testing.

September 24, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, two amendments introduced by Representative Josh Harder (CA-10) to help California protect the public from wildfires passed the House of Representatives as part of the Clean Economy Jobs and Innovation Act. The amendments focus on protecting electrical infrastructure and reducing the effects of smoke on outdoor workers. The bill containing the amendments will now be sent to the Senate for consideration.

Electrical Infrastructure Amendment