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) sent a letter to Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin demanding that their agencies stop illegally garnishing tax refunds from Americans with student loan debt. Although the CARES Act legally prohibited the Treasury from taking tax refunds from borrowers through at least September 30th, the agency took an estimated $18.8 million according to a class-action lawsuit.
WASHINGTON – After the Trump Administration announced it would not release economic projections as part of its “mid-session” budget review this summer, Representative Josh Harder (CA-10) introduced the Budget Transparency Act, legislation which would force the assessment to be included in the budget and released to the public and lawmakers in Congress.
WASHINGTON – Representative Josh Harder (CA-10) has been awarded the Abraham Lincoln Leadership for America Award by the United States Chamber of Commerce for his support of policies which protect America’s free enterprise system. Rep. Harder is one of only 24 members of the House of Representatives who earned this distinction. Rep. Harder received a 98 percent score for his support of pro-business policies during his first term in office.
Modesto, CA – Representative Josh Harder (CA-10), a member of the House Education and Labor Committee, today sounded the alarm on possible teacher layoffs this summer, resulting from Governor Newsom’s proposed eight percent budget cut to districts’ general fund, as a result of a state law which expressly allows mid-summer layoffs. In a letter to Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon and Senate President Toni Atkins, Rep. Harder encouraged suspension of the relevant education code.
WASHINGTON – In response to a shocking report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) showing that more than three-quarters of nursing homes neglect to follow proper infection protocol, Representative Josh Harder contacted the agency responsible for regulating nursing homes, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), to ask for answers and urge immediate action.
WASHINGTON – Today, Representative Josh Harder (CA-10) sent a letter to Education Secretary Betsy DeVos asking that she rescind her guidance directing public funds meant for public schools to private ones. Secretary DeVos is notorious for her relentless ideological push to privatize schools and divert public funds to private interests.
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.