Bonnie Watson Coleman and Ro Khanna Intro Jobs Bills
Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-NJ) and Congressman Ro Khanna (D-CA) introduced legislation on Tuesday aimed to put the unemployed to work. Watson Coleman introduced the Federal Jobs Guarantee Development Act which would create a pilot program within the Department of Labor to test the impact of a federal job guarantee in 15 high-unemployment communities across the country. Within these test sites, any adult resident seeking employment would be matched with a job in an understaffed field, including senior- and childcare, infrastructure, and community revitalization infusing resources that will improve American communities while increasing access to jobs. Khanna introduced the Job Opportunities for All Act which provides federal funding to put people to work immediately in both the public and the private sector. The legislation would appropriate funds for the Department of Labor to administer competitive grant programs for the hardest hit communities, and matching funds to states that invest in direct job creation proposals. Khanna’s bill builds on the success of former President Barack Obama’s Recovery Act TANF Emergency Fund, which placed 260,000 at-risk individuals into jobs at the height of the Great Recession. It also prioritizes state and local efforts that focus ending the longstanding racial unemployment gap, as well as targeting areas afflicted by the opioid crisis -- an epidemic that has been linked to joblessness. According to the data, 8 million Americans who want work cannot find jobs and nearly 4.7 million Americans who want full-time work can only find part-time jobs. More here.