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May 13, 2019

Friends,

 

If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a hundred times: my top three priorities are jobs, jobs and jobs. Do you have a good-paying job? Are you able to pay your bills, provide for your family and save for the future? Do our students have good job prospects and are they prepared?

 

These are the issues I care most about – because it’s what you care about.

 

That’s why I was thrilled to see April’s jobs report. It crushed expectations – again. The U.S. economy added 263,000 jobs in April, marking a record 103 straight months of job gains. The unemployment rate fell to 3.6% and is at the lowest level since December 1969. 

 

Remember when President Obama admitted that good-paying blue-collar jobs were disappearing and moving overseas under his administration? He then said, “Some of those jobs of the past are just not going to come back.”

 

Now, under our pro-growth policies working with President Trump, manufacturing jobs are being created at 6 times the pace of the last years of the Obama Administration. These policies have spurred a blue-collar recovery and Americans from all different backgrounds and walks of life are benefitting. This is especially true in a place like North Carolina, where manufacturing jobs have been our lifeblood for generations. 

 

As the recent jobs report shows, wages are rising, and that growth has been highest for the working-class. As the New York Times – not exactly the biggest cheerleaders of conservatives or President Trump – reported, “those wage gains are going to those who need it most.” Hardworking families are seeing more money in their paychecks, and that’s great news.

 

As the saying goes, “A rising tide lifts all boats.

 

That’s true, and we’re seeing that happen right now across our country. But we’ve got to make sure everyone has a boat, and their boats are in good working order.

 

One important part of that is infrastructure. Our roads, bridges, tunnels, and broadband infrastructure have not kept pace with our booming economy and it is long past time to bring them up to speed. I want to see responsible legislation that cuts through the mountains of regulations and red-tape when it comes to infrastructure – time and again, politicians and bureaucrats in Washington talk about infrastructure needs, but then put policies in place that make it impossible to build a new road or put rural broadband in place.

 

We’ve got to do better, because regardless of where you live, all Americans deserve access to 21st century opportunities and technology.

 

This goes hand-in-hand with my work to improve our job training programs. Last year, President Trump signed into law a career and technical education (CTE) bill that helps more than 11 million students across America who utilize CTE programs to gain the skills and knowledge needed for rewarding careers. Good-paying jobs are out there, but we’ve got to have people with the skills and training needed to fill them. I’ve worked hard to ensure our local students, community colleges, high schools and small business owners have the access and flexibility to implement programs that work in our district.

 

There’s more work to do to ensure this prosperity is shared in all our communities, but the recent jobs report shows our tax cuts and smarter regulations are making a difference. I’m committed to keeping this economic momentum going to help all Americans.

 

Until next week,

Richard Hudson

Member of Congress (NC-08)




 


 



 


 


 




 



 




 





 

 



 








 



 



 


 



 




 




 



 








 





 





 

 



 




 

 



 



 

 





 

 








 



 

 

 

 

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