Kilmer’s bipartisan legislation included as pilot program in Build Back Better Act – The Suburban Times
Announcement from the Office of Representative Derek Kilmer.
On November 19, U.S. Representative Derek Kilmer (WA-06) announced that a pilot version of the bipartisan program Rebuild economies and create opportunities so that more people all over the world can excel (Act on the competition) was included in the adopted Parliament Rebuild Better Act. The Act on the competition, which Representative Kilmer introduced with U.S. Senator Chris Coons (D-DE) and the support of more than 50 members of Congress, would establish a new federal grants program with the Economic Development Administration (EDA) that would enable communities in persistent distress to develop, implement and achieve 10-year economic development strategies and create jobs. The Recompete pilot grant, included in the Rebuild Better Act, would provide $ 1.2 billion to EDA to establish this essential economic development program.
Distressed communities, as identified by the WE Upjohn Institute for Employment Research, are home to nearly a sixth of the U.S. population, where workers aged 25 to 54 experience unemployment rates significantly higher than the national average . The Upjohn Institute’s analysis suggests that these communities have been largely excluded from the investment, wealth, innovation, and opportunity that has instead been concentrated in a handful of large metropolitan areas over the past decades.
The Recompete pilot program will provide struggling local labor markets, local communities and tribal governments with flexible 10-year Recompete grants to invest in a variety of local economic development needs and increase employment rates. The grants could be used for investments in infrastructure, brownfield redevelopment, workforce development, helping small businesses, resources to connect residents to opportunities, and other investments to help. communities to rebuild.
âI grew up in Port Angeles and I was in high school just around the time the lumber industry was taking a beating on the chin. I have seen a lot of my friends’ relatives lose their jobs. It had a big impact on me – and I’ve spent most of my adult life trying to figure out how to make sure we do a better job of protecting workers and communities so that no one is left behind. matters in our society and our economy, ” said Representative Kilmer. âThis is why I am proud that a bipartite RECOMPETE Act pilot project has been included in the Build Back Better Act. The RECOMPETE law is a bold proposal to provide flexible, long-term financial assistance to create jobs and lay the groundwork for long-term economic growth and opportunity. It’s about ensuring people have economic opportunities regardless of which zip code they live in.
âTime and time again, the economic crises in America have highlighted the inequalities between our communities. In order to be successful in rebuilding after the COVID-19 pandemic, we must address the root causes of economic distress in communities â, said Senator Coons. âI am proud to join Representative Kilmer on this ambitious legislation that will target the most struggling communities with job opportunities, business investments and resources for long-term economic growth. I look forward to working with my colleagues to advance this legislation, so that our recovery uplifts every American, regardless of where they live. “
âThe New Democrats have fought to make sure that as we build back better, every American has the opportunity to be successful,â said President of the NDC Suzan DelBene (WA-01). âThanks to the leadership of NDC President Emeritus Derek Kilmer, and with the support of President Biden, President Pelosi, President DeFazio and our Senate colleagues, the NDC has secured a pilot program Recompete as part of the Build Back Better Act, which will enable communities to create sustainable economic growth and jobs.
The Act on the competition is supported by the National League of Cities, the New Democrat Coalition, the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation, the Progressive Policy Institute, Third Way, the Economic Innovation Group, and the Federal Issues Committee of the Washington State Association of Counties.
âThrough the Economic Development Agency, the RECOMPETE law would give municipalities access to flexible grants to meet economic development needs, create good jobs, invest in their workforce, and connect residents to opportunities across the country. in communities in persistent distress â, said Clarence Anthony, CEO and Executive Director of the National League of Cities (NLC) in a letter supporting the RECOMPETE law. âThis bill recognizes the overall need to invest in the American workforce and the different needs within each community. By maintaining flexibility and local control, city leaders in communities in persistent distress can tailor investments in labor to properly prepare their residents to work in critical industries within the local economy. NLC is committed to finding fair solutions, and the RECOMPETE law prioritizes investments where they are needed most.
âProviding local communities and governments with the flexible economic tools they need to be successful is a key part of rebuilding better after this pandemic. Our leaders who work on the ground in economically struggling communities know best when it comes to supporting job growth and investing in their local economy, which is why the RECOMPETE law is a bill. so important. The Progressive Policy Institute applauds Representatives Kilmer and Herrera and Senator Coons for this sensible, bipartisan legislation, and encourages its swift passage by Congress. Our communities need this funding now â, said Will Marshall, president of the Progressive Policy Institute.
âOver the past 40 years, federal support to help lagging regions and communities bounce back. In addition, current efforts are often too weak, too late, to make a real difference for communities. The RECOMPETE law would fill these gaps by providing flexible long-term assistance to help persistently struggling labor markets, and workers there, to get back on their feet, â said Robert D. Atkinson, Ph. D., president of the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation. âThe United States can no longer afford to deregister entire communities. The RECOMPETE law is an important step to reverse this trend.
âAs America recovers from COVID, we need a bold agenda that focuses on creating jobs in every zip code across the country. And we have to make sure that these jobs lead to prosperity and a good life â, said Gabe Horwitz, Senior Vice President of Economics at Third Way. Representative. Derek Kilmer’s leadership on these issues and his latest legislation is to be applauded. His new federal block grants program would truly help communities in persistent distress by giving them flexible tools to invest in job growth, workers and economic opportunities. We hope that policymakers will join in his efforts and that this innovative idea will become law. “
âThe Federal Affairs Committee of the Washington State Association of Counties has unanimously agreed to support this innovative legislation. The block grant approach would allow historically struggling communities to develop targeted solutions to address the unique economic challenges within their communities. This legislation would go beyond the usual universal approach which does not reflect the uniqueness of our respective economies â, said Robert Gelder, Kitsap County Commissioner and Chairman of the Washington State Association of Counties Federal Questions Committee.
The legislation introduced by Representative Kilmer is co-sponsored by 52 members of the United States House of Representatives, including: Jaime Herrera Beutler, Suzan K. DelBene, Doug LaMalfa, Colin Allred, Steve Palazzo, Pete Aguilar, Ami Bera, Donald S . Beyer Jr., Earl Blumenauer, Lisa Blunt Rochester, Cheri Bustos, Salud Carbajal, David N. Cicilline, Jim Cooper, Angie Craig, Jason Crow, Sharice Davids, Val Demings, Ted Deutch, Debbie Dingell, Bill Foster, Josh Harder, Jim Himes, Steven Horsford, Chrissy Houlahan, Hakeem Jeffries, Ro Khanna, Dan Kildee, Ron Kind, John B. Larson, Elaine G. Luria, Kathy Manning, Lucy McBath, Joe Morelle, Stephanie Murphy, Donald Norcross, Jimmy Panetta, Ed Perlmutter, Scott Peters, Dean Phillips, Mike Quigley Kathleen Rice, Tim Ryan, Adam Schiff, Kim Schrier, MD, Terri A. Sewell, Mikie Sherrill, Darren Soto, Marilyn Strickland, David Trone, Filemon Vela and John Yarmuth.
The complementary legislation introduced by Senator Coons is co-sponsored by US Senators Michael Bennet, Amy Klobuchar and Jacky Rosen.