Dingell, Lawrence leading task forces for House Dems
Washington — The House Democratic Caucus has named U.S. Reps. Debbie Dingell and Brenda Lawrence co-chairs of the task forces aimed at identifying opportunities and solutions for American workers.
Dingell will co-chair the New Economy Task Force, which is expected to take a forward-looking approach to job growth, focusing on “rapidly advancing technology, artificial intelligence, advanced manufacturing, and ensuring workers are trained for the jobs of tomorrow,” the caucus says.
“Today, every industry — from autos and manufacturing to health care and renewable energy — is changing at a rapid pace,” the Dearborn Democrat said in a statement.
“It is critical that Congress focus on policies that will support the American worker. I look forward to working collaboratively with my colleagues, business, labor and academia to ensure we are making the right investments in America’s workforce today.”
Dingell, a member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, said the group will look at how lawmakers should craft policies that support advanced manufacturing, retain U.S.-based jobs, level the playing field on trade, and support businesses that train and hire new workers.
Lawrence will serve as co-chair for the Jobs with Dignity Task Force, which will develop ideas for policies to raise wages and increase profit-sharing, enhance workers’ rights and benefits and promote financial and retirement security.
“The workforce of this great nation deserves a safe working environment, fair wages, employment benefits and a sense of security for the future,” Lawrence said in a statement.
The leaders of each new task force plan to meet with business and labor leaders, experts and workers to develop policy goals, according to the caucus.