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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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.

December 2, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Representative Josh Harder (CA-10) today announced a $274,000 federal investment to support students pursuing careers in agriculture at Stanislaus State. The funding, from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), promotes and supports recruitment into agricultural studies and agricultural science education.

November 1, 2019 Press Release

Modesto, CA – Representative Josh Harder (CA-10) is finishing the most effective week yet of his first year in Congress. This week Rep. Harder passed a legislative provision through the House and five more pieces of legislation through three different committees. Each of the bills which passed committee this week is expected to pass the House in the coming months. More than 90% percent of bills introduced this Congress have not cleared the committee milestone.

October 31, 2019 Press Release

Bill Expected to Pass House in Coming Months

WASHINGTON – Representative Josh Harder (CA-10), a member of the House Education and Labor Committee, secured huge wins in a final comprehensive higher education bill, which passed the committee today. Congress is supposed to pass a comprehensive overhaul of all federal education programs every four years – but has not done so since 2008. Rep. Harder worked to include two original bills he authored in addition to several provisions he wrote or led alongside his Republican colleagues.

October 30, 2019 Press Release

First Bipartisan Immigration Bill Introduced in House in Decades

October 29, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Representatives Josh Harder (CA-10) and Susan Davis (CA-53) are commending efforts by Education and Labor Committee Chairman Bobby Scott (VA-03) to get answers from Education Secretary Betsy DeVos regarding her department’s violation of a court order. Last week, a federal judge held Secretary DeVos in contempt of court for continuing to collect student loan payments from students of the now-defunct Corinthian Colleges, which operated campuses in California, Oregon, and Hawaii. 

October 21, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Representative Josh Harder (CA-10) is encouraging students to submit their original apps for the Congressional App Challenge in advance of the submission deadline on November 1st. The competition is an opportunity for students interested in computer science, technology, and coding to compete on a national stage by developing an original software application. Winners of the challenge are invited to attend a reception honoring their achievement in Washington, D.C., win $250 in Amazon Web Services Credits, and are eligible to have their apps displayed at the U.S.

October 17, 2019 Press Release

Sixty-Three Percent of Students in Harder’s District Qualify for Free and Reduced Lunch