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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WASHINGTON – Representative Josh Harder (CA-10) has sent a letter to Education Secretary Betsy DeVos asking for answers and quick remediation for the five million student loan borrowers who have had their credit scores tanked during the Coronavirus Pandemic. The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act automatically suspended payments on most federal student loans through September and required that those suspended payments not count against borrowers’ credit.
Modesto, CA – Representative Josh Harder (CA-10) today is calling on the California Employment Development Department (EDD) to provide a clear timeline for the distribution of Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits. Even though the CARES Act included provisions to move swiftly and extend unemployment distribution, the EDD announced that payments will not be fulfilled until at least July 2020 for those whose unemployment ran out before the pandemic began but are now eligible for the extension.
WASHINGTON – Today Representative Josh Harder (CA-10) announced he will introduce the Coronavirus Service Corps Act, which would create a program modeled after the New Deal-Era Citizen Conservation Corps. The program would employ young people for up to a year in jobs related to safely reopening the country, including contact tracers, phlebotomists, and peer counselors. Unemployment is approaching record levels, and studies show that young people are often the hardest hit during economic crises. Rep.
Modesto, CA – On Friday, the White House announced it would add an agriculture representative to the White House Coronavirus Task Force after Representative Josh Harder (CA-10) sent a letter asking for the appointment.
WASHINGTON – Four bills introduced by Representative Josh Harder (CA-10) were included in the Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions (HEROES) Act and passed the House today. The bills will increase the number of doctors in California, ensure greater transparency in health insurance for unemployed people, provide more fresh fruit and vegetables for low-income kids, and protect the families of fallen servicemembers.
Modesto, CA – Representative Josh Harder (CA-10) led a letter today with fellow Central Valley Representatives Jim Costa (CA-16) and TJ Cox (CA-21) asking Governor Gavin Newsom to prioritize support for rural school districts during the Coronavirus Pandemic. More than one in four Americans in rural areas lack access to reliable internet access, making it more difficult for students in these areas to access digital learning options.
The members of Congress are asking Governor Newsom to:
WASHINGTON – In response to concerns from local Community Health Centers (CHCs) regarding medical personnel layoffs and provider shortages, Representative Josh Harder (CA-10) has introduced the Health Care Workforce Protection Act. The bill would provide doctors in the United States on H-1B Visas to remain here – even if they are laid off – until 60 days after the end of the Coronavirus Pandemic.
Modesto, CA – After a worker at Tracy’s Amazon fulfillment center died from complications of the Coronavirus, Representative Josh Harder (CA-10) sent a letter to Amazon’s CEO Jeff Bezos asking for answers. Amazon has been repeatedly criticized for failing to establish clear worker protections, not proactively disclosing employee illnesses at its distribution centers, and firing employees for expressing concern about these conditions.
Harder Worked to Ensure Farmers Can Access SBA Funds
WASHINGTON – In response to the economic chaos caused by the Coronavirus Pandemic, Representative Josh Harder (CA-10) has asked the Department of Education to take deliberate steps to ensure students can update their family’s financial information in the student loan application process. The Free Application for Student Aid (FAFSA) currently uses a family’s tax filings from previous years to estimate family contributions to a student’s college tuition.