Before my election to Congress, I spent my career working to make our community a better place, including helping to spearhead key economic development projects to revitalize downtown Greensboro. As a new Member of Congress, I’m working to ensure our taxpayer dollars go toward supporting jobs here at home. During my first month in office, I led a letter with Senator Sherrod Brown to the White House, calling for President Biden to prioritize American-made personal protective equipment (PPE). Shortly after receiving that letter, President Biden issued the Buy American Executive Order which prioritizes domestic production of goods, including PPE. This Executive Order impacted many American manufacturers, including some in North Carolina’s Sixth District. As your representative, I will continue to fight for more well-paying jobs for the Triad.
As a small business owner, I know that small businesses are the key to creating jobs and helping communities thrive. North Carolina must be an environment for small businesses to compete, grow, and thrive in a 21st century economy. To help recover from the economic downturn caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, I voted in favor of the American Rescue Plan, which provided additional COVID-19 relief by extending Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans and the Economic Injury Disaster Loan ( EIDL) program to help small businesses through this difficult time. I also supported measures that ensure these loans are made available to small, minority, and female owned businesses that have been historically underbanked and may lack existing relationships with large banks. We must encourage entrepreneurship and innovation so small businesses can continue creating the jobs of the future.
As we look to the future of work, I will continue to be a strong advocate for workforce development opportunities. As a member of the Higher Education and Workforce Investment Subcommittee of the Education and Labor Committee, I’ll always fight for investments in workforce development, apprenticeship programs, and opportunities to bring new jobs to the Sixth District.