Rep. Joe Crowley, D-N.Y., the House Democratic Caucus chairman, Sept. 13 announced the launch of the “Jobs for America” task forces, for which Indian American freshman Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi, D-Ill., and three-time Rep. Ami Bera, D-Calif., were named among the co-chairs.

The task forces serve as a unified effort from House Democrats to craft a real legislative agenda for America that will benefit the hardest-working Americans and middle-class families across the nation, according to a Democratic Caucus news release.

They will create opportunities for job growth, boost hardworking families and give every worker the opportunity to achieve the American dream by developing legislation focused on investing in key industries, restoring worker benefits, removing barriers to help workers find stable and well-paying jobs, helping our veteran communities transition to the workforce, and identifying jobs of the future, the caucus added.

“Our economy isn’t working for far too many Americans. Middle-class families and hardworking men and women struggle to attain the opportunities they so greatly deserve, find financial security and retire with confidence,” said Crowley in a statement. “Americans want to know what Democrats stand for and how we’ll fight for them. This effort will provide a specific roadmap for how families in Queens, the Bronx, and across America can obtain better wages, better jobs, and a better future.”

Over the course of several months, Bera, Krishnamoorthi and the 18 other co-chairs of the task force will meet with business and labor leaders, entrepreneurs and middle-class Americans to develop a legislative package that will benefit all Americans, the news release said.

“I’m honored to take a leading role in crafting our jobs-focused agenda for the new economy,” Krishnamoorthi, who was named a co-chair of the New Economy Task Force, said in a statement. “Fundamentally, building the economy of the future means ensuring that our workers have the in-demand skills they need to thrive and that businesses have the advanced infrastructure they need to grow. On the New Economy Task Force, I look forward to working with my colleagues to accomplish both these goals.”

The New Economy Task Force will take a forward-leaning approach to job growth, looking at rapidly advancing technology, artificial intelligence, advanced manufacturing, and ensuring workers are trained for the jobs of tomorrow, according to a news release sent by Krishnamoorthi's press office.

The New Economy Task Force is one of five Democratic Caucus Jobs for America Task Forces aimed at identifying opportunities and solutions for American workers in five key areas, including Rebuilding America, Jobs With Dignity, Access to Jobs, New Economy and Reinvesting in Our Returning Heroes.

“Congressman Krishnamoorthi understands just how important it is to take a proactive and aggressive approach to jobs and our economy, and I’m grateful for his leadership in this important endeavor,” Crowley said.

Bera will served as co-chair of the Access to Jobs Task Force. The task force will help workers achieve their full potential by expanding access to capital, encouraging entrepreneurship and small business ownership, increasing educational opportunities – including vocational skills development, professional licensing, and apprenticeship training – and eliminating senseless and outdated social barriers to work that affect many communities, according to the Jobs for America website.

Other co-chairs of the task forces include Democratic Reps. Matt Cartwright and Brendan Boyle of Pennsylvania; Jimmy Gomez, Julia Brownley and Raul Ruiz of California; Donald Norcross and Bonnie Watson Coleman of New Jersey; Don Beyer and Donald McEachin of Virginia; Brenda Lawrence, Mark Pocan and Debbie Dingell of Michigan; Lisa Blunt Rochester of Delaware; Marc Veasey of Texas; Suzan DelBene of Washington; Darren Soto of Florida; Ruben Gallego of Arizona, and Brad Schneider of Illinois.

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