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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February 21, 2020 Press Release


Representatives TJ Cox (CA-21) and Josh Harder (CA-10) released the following statement after the United States Bureau of Reclamation implemented the new 2019 biological opinion governing operations of the Central Valley Project and State Water Project:

February 7, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Representative Josh Harder’s (CA-10) legislation to protect workers from employers who threaten them for unionizing passed the House yesterday as part of the Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act. The PRO Act is designed to protect workers from unfair wages, substandard benefits, and dangerous work conditions.

January 29, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Representative Josh Harder’s (CA-10) bill to combat the invasion of nutria, an invasive species of giant rodent, has passed the House Natural Resources Committee with unanimous support. The bill as amended would provide $12 million to nutria-impacted states, including California. Since the animal first reappeared in California in 2017, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife has removed over 800 animals from the Central Valley. Rep.

January 23, 2020 Press Release

Modesto, CA – Representatives Josh Harder (CA-10) and Jim Costa (CA-16) announced the Expanding Medical Education Act to establish a grant program to assist colleges and universities in the establishment of new medical schools in underserved communities. The grants would be directed towards communities with fewer than 200 physicians per 100,000 residents and no accredited medical schools in the area.

December 19, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Representative Josh Harder (CA-10) voted to pass the bipartisan United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), an updated North American trade deal, which will provide access to foreign markets for our farmers and Valley businesses while also protecting workers. Rep. Harder pushed for passage of a final deal by the end of the year in July and cheered the announcement of a final agreement earlier this month.

December 17, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – In a landmark win for the Central Valley, today Representative Josh Harder (CA-10) secured $14 million in investments for Central Valley and regional water projects in the bipartisan year-end funding deal. Harder has been pushing these projects both publicly and privately during House deliberation earlier this year and during the drafting of the final deal this month. These projects were also included and supported in Rep.

December 16, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Representative Josh Harder (CA-10) today released a comprehensive end of year report detailing his accomplishments on behalf of the Central Valley in his first year in office. The report details Rep. Harder’s legislative work, constituent services, and federal investments returned to the district in his first year in office.

December 11, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Representative Josh Harder (CA-10) today voted to pass the Farm Workforce Modernization Act, bipartisan legislation he cosponsored which would revamp existing immigration rules. Existing agriculture immigration programs have prevented farmers from securing the labor force they need and prevented farmworkers from earning a path to legal status.

December 10, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Representatives Josh Harder (CA-10) and House Veterans Affairs Committee Chairman Mark Takano (CA-41) have sent a letter to Department of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos demanding answers about the status of student loan debt forgiveness for disabled veterans. Although the Trump Administration directed the department to discharge the loans of tens of thousands of totally and permanently disabled veterans, only approximately 3,300 have received forgiveness.

December 10, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Representative Josh Harder (CA-10) released the following statement after the White House and House Democratic Leadership reached an agreement on the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), an updated trade deal which will guarantee Central Valley farmers have access to foreign markets while also protecting American workers from having their jobs shipped overseas. In July, Rep.