Economic Development and Workforce
The Economic Development and Workforce Task Force is focused on creating economic opportunities for Latinos and Americans across the country. Additionally the Task Force focuses on issues impacting the Latino workforce.
Rep. Pete Aguilar, Co-Chair
Rep. Gregorio "Kilili" Sablan, Co-Chair
Rep. Juan Vargas
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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) Chairwoman Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham, CHC Immigration Task Force Chair Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez, and 18 members of the CHC sent a letter calling on the Chairman and Ranking Member of the Appropriations Committee. The signers ask the Appropriation’s leaders to reject the President’s proposed FY2017 supplemental budget request for an additional $3 billion to implement his executive orders on border security and interior immigration enforcement.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) Chairwoman Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham released the following statement on the unprecedented lack of transparency by the Administration regarding their immigration priorities:
“The Trump Administration’s lack of communication and transparency about its immigration priorities is leading to mass hysteria in communities across the nation. The Hispanic Caucus continues to advocate for clear answers and consistency from the administration so we can effectively represent our communities.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressional Hispanic Caucus Chairwoman Michelle Lujan Grisham introduced the “Build Bridges Not Walls Act,” which would prohibit the implementation of President Trump’s executive order to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border
Washington, D.C. – Today, the Latina members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) released the following statements in observance of Latina Equal Pay Day, which raises awareness about the stark wage gap faced by Latina workers. For each dollar that their white male counterparts earn, Latinas are paid only 54 cents, leading to an estimated cumulative loss of around $1 million in potential income per Latina over a 40-year period. Latinas face the largest wage gap among all racial and ethnic groups.
The Congressional Hispanic Caucus sent a letter to House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady and Ranking Member Sander Levin urging them to oppose H.R. 4722, legislation that would require a Social Security number to claim the Child Tax Credit.
View a copy of the letter here:
WASHINGTON – The Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) and the Puerto Rico Healthcare Crisis Coalition (PRHCC) invite members of the press to attend a briefing on the “Healthcare Challenges Facing Puerto Rico” on Tues., February 2nd at 3pm at the Cannon House Office Building Room 234.
Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressional Hispanic Caucus Chairwoman Linda T. Sánchez and First Vice Chair Michelle Lujan Grisham marked the seventh anniversary of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act. The Act allows women to challenge pay discrimination in court.
Last October, the Congressional Hispanic Caucus and the Joint Economic Committee released a report on the economic state of the Latino community. According to the report:
Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressional Hispanic Caucus Chairwoman Linda T. Sánchez sent a letter to House and Senate leadership on behalf of the entire Caucus, calling for congressional action on the fiscal situation in Puerto Rico. The CHC supports congressional action on the situation in Puerto Rico, which is home to 3.5 million American citizens. The text of the letter is below.
WASHINGTON – Increasing college enrollment rates among American-born Hispanics and a surge in Latina entrepreneurship aren’t enough to eliminate wage disparities that prevent Latino families from improving their economic well-being, a new report said.
“Latinos are better educated than ever before. In many ways, we are moving forward,” said Rep. Loretta Sanchez, D-Calif., at the Congressional Hispanic Caucus’ release of “The Economic State of the Latino Community in America” report.
“But this last recession has really hurt the Latino-Hispanic community,” Sanchez said.
The average U.S. Latino worker is earning less compared to non-Hispanic whites. According to a report by the Joint Economic Committee (JEC) and Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC), Latinos are behind the majority white population on several important economic factors, such as employment and income.