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Issue Position: Trade and the Economy - Creating Jobs and Helping the Middle Class

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In recent years, the percentage of Americans able to find good jobs has decreased, incomes have stagnated for all by the richest Americans, and Americans are feeling less secure in their economic well-being. Congressman Blumenauer believes we need to do more to create good jobs, promote a society that grows together, and help ensure that economic shocks, like losing one's job or a major illness, don't become economic catastrophes.

The lack of modern transportation infrastructure continues to limit our ability to compete internationally. Congressman Blumenauer is calling for a new national plan that will revitalize America's communities, economy, and infrastructure. Not only would a major new infrastructure investment effort spur economic growth, but it would directly create hundreds of thousands of new jobs on these important public works projects.

Additionally, our competitiveness is hampered by the massive burden that health care costs impose on American businesses. For workers, the lack of a smart universal health care system makes changing jobs all the more risky. Congressman Blumenauer is fighting for a universal health care system that can contain costs and provide quality, affordable insurance choices to every American.

Congressman Blumenauer also strongly supports the rights of workers to organize and believes that a vibrant union movement is key to the continued strength of the middle class.

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