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Rep. DeFazio Welcomes U.S. Labor Secretary Marty Walsh to Oregon

Aug 10, 2021
Press Release
Congressman DeFazio and Secretary Walsh promoted the workforce development and job-creation proposals included in President Biden’s Build Back Better agenda

U.S. Representative Peter DeFazio (OR-04) today brought U.S. Labor Secretary Marty Walsh to Springfield, Oregon to tour a workforce training center and highlight how President Biden’s Build Back Better agenda is rebuilding our economy and creating millions of good-paying jobs.

“It was an honor hosting Labor Secretary Marty Walsh in Oregon today. The Build Back Better economy is working with the strongest economic growth in 40 years, millions of good-paying jobs, better paychecks and the share of Americans living in poverty is set to reach the lowest level on record. But we’re not done,” said Rep DeFazio. “We have to sustain this growth by passing an infrastructure plan that will create millions more good-paying jobs, grow manufacturing, stop sending jobs to China and keep the economy strong. We also must pass a plan to help working families better afford the rising cost of living with workforce development programs and more affordable childcare, health care and education.”

“Chair DeFazio is a champion for working Americans and I was glad to join him in Oregon to see firsthand just how critical investments in workforce training are to good paying jobs and a stronger middle class,” said U.S. Secretary of Labor Marty Walsh. “Together we support historic investments in infrastructure that will both rebuild our country and create thousands of good-paying jobs in the process. We also understand that working families are struggling with the rising cost of living and I’m grateful that Chair DeFazio is working with President Biden to make things like child care, education and health care more affordable. I look forward to continuing working with him to implement an agenda that benefits working Americans.”

DeFazio and Walsh toured the UA Local 290 College of Mechanical Systems & Technologies in Springfield, Oregon. Biden’s Build Back Better agenda invests in workforce training and apprenticeships, which are more important than ever as the country recovers from the pandemic. Many of the jobs lost during the pandemic will be permanent, so workers will need to train for the jobs of the future. With apprenticeships, they can train while earning a decent income. Apprentices begin earning wages on their first day of training and build valuable in-demand skills and a credential that is recognized by employers across the country.

Build Back Better is President Biden’s three-part agenda to rescue, recover, and rebuild the country – and it’s already working. In total, over 4 million new jobs have been created since January, with almost 700,000 per month on average over the first six months of 2021. That’s more jobs created than any other president’s first six months in history. This is the direct result of the American Recovery Plan implemented by President Biden and congressional Democrats.

Build Back Better will rebuild a fairer economy that creates good-paying jobs through infrastructure investment, helps families afford the cost of living, and invests in workforce training so that every American has a fair chance of getting ahead.

As Chair of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, DeFazio is working on moving legislation through Congress to create high-paying jobs by reimagining and rebuilding America’s surface transportation and water infrastructure. He is working with President Bident to Build Back Better by investing in American workers and communities of all sizes, while tackling the climate crisis head-on.