The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted how important it is for small businesses and workers who have lost their jobs or hours to receive help to make it through these tough times. As a state legislator during the Great Recession, I advocated for an earned income tax credit aimed at returning tax dollars to working families, supported raising the minimum wage, and sponsored paid sick leave legislation. I also supported tax breaks to small businesses and passed legislation spurring economic development in Raleigh. In Congress, I am prioritizing our workers and small businesses as we rebuild our economy, working to ensure that relief dollars go to the small businesses and working families that need it most.
Within one month of taking office, I introduced an amendment to the National Apprenticeship Act of 2021 that encourages the recruitment of people who are unemployed, people of color, and women into “earn and learn” opportunities in growing, high-paid sectors like healthcare, IT, and financial services. The Act, including my amendment, was passed on a bipartisan basis and will create nearly one million new apprenticeship opportunities over the next five years.