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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More on Jobs & Education

April 29, 2020 Press Release

Modesto, CA – Representative Josh Harder (CA-10) has asked the Chairman of the House Select Committee on the Coronavirus Crisis to improve the Coronavirus economic stimulus program to include other dependents. The original round of funding provided $500 for dependent children under the age of 17, meaning families with children between 17-24 were denied additional assistance.

April 24, 2020 Press Release

Modesto, CA – After leading a bipartisan effort alongside over 80 of his colleagues, Representative Josh Harder (CA-10) announced that farmers are now explicitly qualified to receive emergency aid assistance under the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program. This change will allow farmers to access up to $10,000 in grants and $2 million in super low-interest loans.

April 23, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Representative Josh Harder (CA-10) released the following statement after voting to pass legislation to provide supplemental support to small businesses and to increase testing.

April 23, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON – In response to concerns from local Community Health Centers (CHCs) regarding layoffs and provider shortages, Representative Josh Harder (CA-10) has asked the Congressional Select Committee on the Coronavirus Crisis to help immigrant doctors who are at risk of losing their visas. Immigrant doctors who are laid off because of budget shortfalls are required to find a new source of employment within two months or must leave the country.

April 23, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Representatives Josh Harder (CA-10) and Paul Mitchell (MI-10) along with three other colleagues today sent a letter to Robert Redfield, the Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) asking that first responders be added to the top priority category to receive Coronavirus testing. Last month, the CDC recommended testing prioritization to local authorities, but did not include first responders in the first category.

April 21, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, Representatives Josh Harder (CA-10) and Jeff Van Drew (NJ-02) introduced the Fresh Produce for Kids in Need Act to help farmers get their produce to kids in need during the Coronavirus crisis. The bill would suspend a bureaucratic requirement that prevents parents from picking up fresh produce from elementary schools on behalf of their children. Students typically get access to the free fruits and vegetables at school through a federal program.

April 20, 2020 Press Release

Modesto, CA – Representative Josh Harder (CA-10) today announced that Stanislaus County will receive between $90-$96 million through the federal Coronavirus Relief Fund. Rep. Harder supported the passage of the CARES Act in Congress, which made the money available through a new program. The county will use the funding to expand services and cover unexpected costs that have resulted from the response to the Coronavirus Pandemic.

April 20, 2020 Press Release

Modesto, CA – Representative Josh Harder (CA-10) today sent a letter to President Trump asking for the appointment of a member of the education community to the task force to reopen the economy. Over 50 million American kids and more than 3.5 million teachers will be impacted by decisions relating to reopening the country and the current membership could leave out their needs.

April 15, 2020 Press Release

Modesto, CA – Representative Josh Harder (CA-10) is encouraging his constituents who file taxes but don’t have their direct deposit information on file with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to update their information as soon as possible in order to receive their stimulus checks in the next few weeks. The IRS has already started distributing stimulus payments and those who use direct deposit will get their payments weeks earlier than those who wait for a paper check to be mailed. Rep.

April 8, 2020 Press Release

Modesto, CA – After hearing concerns from local workers, Representative Josh Harder (CA-10) sent a letter to President Trump asking for hazard pay and protections for essential workers putting themselves on the line to keep our country safe. Harder called on the President to ensure workers receive fair compensation and have updated national emergency standards to protect their health and safety while they continue to work. Rep.