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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July 16, 2019 Press Release

Harder Will Introduce Education Bills in Coming Weeks

WASHINGTON – Representative Josh Harder (CA-10) today questioned international experts on apprenticeship programs during a hearing in the House Education and Labor Committee. Rep. Harder is in the process of developing an education and skills package tailored to the needs of the Central Valley and developed from the input from educators and businesses on the ground. Rep. Harder will release his legislation over the coming weeks.

June 28, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Representatives Josh Harder (CA-10), Rob Wittman (VA-1), Grace Napolitano (CA-32), and Morgan Griffith (VA-9) today introduced the Water Resources Research Amendments Act. The bill would reauthorize an expired program which supports local water research institutes that solve problems regarding water quantity and quality in collaboration with universities, local governments, the water industry, and the public.

June 21, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Representative Josh Harder (CA-10) has asked Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to address new retaliatory tariffs on almonds with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi during a reported meeting next week. Rep. Harder’s district is one of the largest producers of almonds in the country, and India is the top export destination for the product.

June 18, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Representative Josh Harder (CA-10) released the following statement after India imposed retaliatory tariffs up to 70 percent on American products, including almonds. Rep. Harder’s district is one of the largest producers of almonds in the country, and India is the top export destination for the product.

June 12, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Representative Josh Harder (CA-10) today announced that the Department of Transportation (DOT) has agreed to his request to provide robust federal funding for the Sierra Northern Railroad’s track improvement program. The railroad will receive $17,415,000 to fund 55 miles of track and safety improvements through the Department’s Consolidated Rail Infrastructure and Safety Improvements (CRISI) Grant Program.

April 11, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Representative Josh Harder today took Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos to task over her decision to eliminate multiple programs that help children read, in the midst of a nationwide failure to fully address shortfalls in childhood literacy.

Harder highlighted the issue by sharing his own personal story of being a “late bloomer” in reading. He further questioned DeVos on her decision to either eliminate or significantly reduce funding levels for every literacy program funded by the Department of Education.

January 15, 2019 Press Release

Washington, D.C.—This week, Representative Josh Harder (CA-10) was appointed to serve on the House Committee on Education and Labor for the 116th Congress. The goal of this committee is to ensure federal policy effectively empowers our students in and outside the classroom so that the United States leads the way in preparing the next generation of leaders. The committee also oversees initiatives that strengthen the U.S.