Kilmer’s bipartisan legislation to spur economic growth and create jobs included in US Competition Bill pilot program – The Suburban Times
Announcement from the office of Representative Derek Kilmer.
On January 25, U.S. Representative Derek Kilmer (WA-06) announced that a pilot version of the bipartisan Rebuilding economies and creating opportunities for more people everywhere to excel (RECOMPETE law) was included in the America Creating Opportunities for Manufacturing, Pre-Eminence in Technology and Economic Strength Act of 2022 (America COMPETES Act of 2022).
the RECOMPETE law, which Rep. 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 Economic Development Administration (EDA) grant program that would allow communities in persistent distress to develop, implement and achieve ten-year economic development strategies and create jobs. The Recompete pilot grant would provide $4 billion to the EDA to establish this essential economic development program. A pilot version of RECOMPETE law passed in the House in November 2021 as part of the Building back better.
Distressed communities, as identified by the WE Upjohn Institute for Employment Research, are home to nearly one-sixth of the US population, where workers aged 25 to 54 experience significantly higher unemployment rates. higher than the national average. Analysis by the Upjohn Institute suggests that these communities have been largely excluded from the investment, wealth, innovation and opportunity that has instead become concentrated in a handful of large metropolitan areas over the past few 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. Grants could be used for infrastructure investments, brownfield redevelopment, workforce development, small business assistance, resources to connect residents to opportunity, and other investments to help communities to rebuild.
“I grew up in Port Angeles and was in high school around the time the lumber industry got into it. I saw a lot of my friends’ parents lose their jobs. 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 in our society and our economy, ” Rep. Kilmer said. “That’s why I’m proud that a pilot version of the bipartisan RECOMPETE Act has been included in the America Competes Act of 2022. The RECOMPETE Act is a bold proposal to provide flexible, long-term assistance to create jobs and laying the foundation for long-term economic growth and opportunity It’s about making sure people have economic opportunity, no matter what zip code they live in.
“It is high time for the United States to get on a path to compete globally in the modern age, and that includes creating long-term economic growth and quality jobs for the American people”, said House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Peter DeFazio. “I am thrilled that the America COMPETES Act includes provisions from my committee that would authorize $4 billion in new grants to help communities that have historically been left behind to finally get ahead and stay ahead in the economy. of the 21st century.”
“Time and time again, economic crises in America have exposed the inequalities between our communities. In order to successfully rebuild after the COVID-19 pandemic, we must address the root causes of economic distress in communities,” said Senator Coons. “I am proud to join Rep. Kilmer on this ambitious legislation that will target the most struggling communities with job opportunities, business investment and resources for long-term economic growth. I look forward to working with my colleagues to advance this legislation, so that our recovery benefits every American, wherever they live.
“The New Democrats have long focused on legislation that meaningfully improves the lives of Americans and ensures everyone has the opportunity to succeed,” noted New Democrat Coalition President Suzan DelBene (WA-01). “The Recompete pilot program included in the America COMPETES Act will do just that by enabling communities in persistent distress to create sustainable economic growth and jobs. Through the leadership and hard work of my friend and NDC Chairman Emeritus, Derek Kilmer, the New Democrats have secured this priority to ensure that every community can be competitive in the 21st century economy.
the RECOMPETE law is endorsed by the National League of Cities, New Democrat Coalition, Information Technology and Innovation Foundation, Progressive Policy Institute, Third Way, Economic Innovation Group, and Federal Issues Committee of the Washington State Association of Counties.
“Through the Economic Development Agency, the RECOMPETE Act would give municipalities access to flexible grants to meet economic development needs, create good jobs, invest in their workforce and connect communities. residents to opportunities within communities in persistent distress”, said Clarence Anthony, CEO and Executive Director of the National League of Cities (NLC) in a letter of support for the RECOMPETE law. “This bill recognizes the global need to invest in the American workforce and the different needs within each community. By maintaining flexibility and local control, municipal leaders in communities in persistent distress can tailor workforce investments to properly prepare their residents to work in critical industries within the local economy. The NLC is committed to finding equitable solutions, and the RECOMPETE Act prioritizes investments where they are most needed. »
“Providing communities and local governments with the flexible economic tools they need to succeed is key to building back better after this pandemic. Our leaders who work on the ground in economically challenged communities know best when it comes to supporting job growth and investing in their local economy, which is why the RECOMPETE Act is such a bill. important. The Progressive Policy Institute applauds Representatives Kilmer and Herrera and Senator Coons for this common-sense, bipartisan legislation and encourages its speedy passage through Congress. Our communities need this funding now,” said Will Marshall, president of the Progressive Policy Institute.
“Over the past 40 years, federal support to help lagging regions and communities bounce back has declined. Moreover, current efforts are often too little, too late to make a real difference to communities. The RECOMPETE Act would address these shortcomings by providing flexible, long-term assistance to help persistently troubled labor markets, and the workers who work in them, get back on their feet,” said Robert D. Atkinson, Ph.D., President of the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation. “The United States can no longer afford to cancel entire communities. The RECOMPETE law is an important step to reverse this trend.
“As America rebuilds after COVID, we need a bold agenda that focuses on creating jobs in every zip code in the country. And we need to make sure those jobs lead to prosperity and a good life,” said Gabe Horwitz, senior vice president of economic program at Third Way. “Rep. Derek Kilmer’s leadership on these issues and his latest legislation are to be applauded. His new federal block grant program would really help communities in persistent difficulty, giving them flexible tools to invest in job growth, workers and economic opportunity.We hope that policy makers will join his efforts and that this innovative idea will become law.
“The Washington State Association of Counties’ Federal Issues Committee has unanimously agreed to support this groundbreaking legislation. The block grant approach would allow historically struggling communities to design targeted solutions to address the unique economic challenges within their communities. This legislation would go beyond the usual one-size-fits-all approach that does not reflect the uniqueness of our respective economies,” said Robert Gelder, Kitsap County Commissioner and Chairman of the Washington State Association of Counties Federal Issues Committee.
The legislation introduced by Rep. Kilmer is co-sponsored by 52 members of the U.S. 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.