1. Create Good-Paying California Jobs and Build the Economy
Manufacturing and Innovation
To help create more manufacturing in the Valley, I introduced two laws in my first term in Congress. The Manufacturing Skills Act creates a $100 million competitive grant to promote reforms in workforce education and skills training for manufacturing jobs. The American Manufacturing Workforce Act, which I introduced with support from my Republican colleagues along with Democrats, would improve American manufacturing and support manufacturers in Los Angeles.
To protect our innovators and their companies from being extorted by "patent trolls", I also introduced the bipartisan Trade Protection Not Troll Protection Act to speed up the legal process surrounding patent assertion litigation, undertaken by patent assertion entities (PAE) or so-called “patent trolls.” PAEs abuse the International Trade Commission patent process by purchasing patents and suing for intellectual property similarity between their purchased patents and a product that has been created and is being manufactured.
Make It In America
I am also committed to joining Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer of Maryland, supporting his Make it in America agenda. When more products are made in America, there will be greater opportunity for our people to Make It In America. The agenda focuses on creating the best conditions for American businesses to manufacture products, innovate, and create jobs right here in the U.S. President Obama has signed ten Make It In America bills into law, many of which had bipartisan support.
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STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) careers will be the driving force behind the American economy for years to come. Everyone in our country must pull its own weight in moving Americans toward STEM education and training. To that end, I called for President Obama to commit our nation to creating 100,000 Latino engineers by 2020. Latinos are 19 percent of the United States, but only 8 percent of graduating engineering students in the U.S. are Latino. To adequately replace the hundreds of thousands of Baby Boomer-era engineers and scientists who are retiring, our entire nation must be ready to take up the slack.
Many of the jobs that will define our new American economy require skills that have been underemphasized for far too long in American schools. As an engineer, I understand the importance of a strong base of science, technology, engineering and mathmatics in education. I introduced three pieces of legislation during my freshman term in Congress, to encourage STEM learning. The Computer Science in STEM Act would prepare children for the computing jobs of today and tomorrow by adding Computer Science as one of the core “Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics” (STEM) classes. The Computer Science Career Education Act, which I introduced along with Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, would award grants to a consortium between state or local educational agencies, institutions of higher education, non-profit organizations and employers with a documented need in the computer science sector. Finally, the 416d65726963612043616e20436f6465 Act was introduced (for those who are not yet fluent in hexadecimal, that's the "American Can Code" Act) to designate computer programming languages as “critical foreign languages” and provide incentives for state and local schools to teach more computer science beginning as early as Kindergarten.
Finally, I joined a Tea Party Republican from South Carolina to introduce a bipartisan bill in the 113th Congress called The American Worker Mobility Act. The American Worker Mobility Act would create a program within the Department of Labor to provide vouchers to the long-term unemployed to relocate for the purpose of attaining or accepting employment.
As a former small business owner, I understand the challenges in starting a new business. By creating a healthy business environment and finding different grants and organizations to help build small businesses, we will be able to grow valley owned businesses that employ workers that live in the San Fernando Valley.
I will focus on the entertainment industry as Los Angeles’ voice on the most important committee in the U.S. House of Representatives.the House Energy and Commerce Committee.
One important step I took to help our studios was a letter I wrote in 2013, that more than 50 of my colleagues co-signed, calling on the Departments of Interior and Agriculture to not increase filming fees for public lands.
I was particularly happy to lead several of my colleagues in supporting the Advanced Manufacturing Partnership for Southern California (AMP SoCal). Thanks in part to our efforts, the U.S. Department of Commerce announced that Southern California was one of the first twelve Manufacturing Communities designated as part of the Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership (IMCP). The IMCP designation allows AMP SoCal to utilize a pool of $1.3 billion in federal economic development assistance, along with receiving customized support from nearly a dozen federal government agencies.
To continue our efforts to build diversity in manufacturing and jobs, I sponsored the HUBZone Equity Act, to allow equal access to the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) HUBZone program. The HUBZone Equity Act would insure access for all American small business owners who pay taxes. While most SBA programs are accessible to business owners including permanent residents, HUBZones have been excluded.