As a member of the Financial Services Committee — and the Subcommittee on National Security, International Development, and Monetary Policy and the Subcommittee on Diversity and Inclusion — Rep. Dean works to transform our economy to create quality jobs and serve everyone.
Rep. Dean understands the importance of ensuring a stable, predictable climate for business. She opposes misguided efforts to implement trade barriers like those seen under the previous administration.
Rep. Dean closely watched the negotiations surrounding the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) — sometimes known as “NAFTA 2.0.” She was pleased to see labor and environmental protections included in the final package. In the 117th Congress, Rep. Dean is working to enforce the standards and commitments made in the USMCA — so that no workers are hurt by exploitative loopholes or bad actors.
Rep. Dean was eager to find solutions to the economic downturn caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. She led legislation to stimulate the economy for people and small businesses.
Notably, Rep. Dean introduced the Payments for the People Act with Rep. Cartwright (PA-08) which would give direct checks to working families on a quarterly basis. This forward-thinking proposal would ensure that, in times of economic crisis, no American is left behind. Rep. Dean also re-introduced the Restore America’s Main Street Act with Rep. Kilme (WA-06) which would provide unrestricted direct cash support to small businesses.
Rep. Dean is an original cosponsor of H.R. 603, the Raise the Wage Act, which would ensure that all Americans are paid a fair wage of $15 per hour. Rep. Dean is also an original cosponsor of H.R. 7, the Paycheck Fairness Act, which would ensure equal pay for equal work, protect workers against retaliation for discussing pay with colleagues, and provide more robust remedies for workers in cases of gender-based pay discrimination. Both of these bills have previously passed the House.
Rep. Dean cosponsored H.R. 397, the Rehabilitation for Multiemployer Pensions Act of 2019, also known as the Butch-Lewis Act. This legislation — which passed the House — would create a fund to help multiemployer pensions at risk of becoming bankrupt or already bankrupt to gain relief and time to become solvent again.
Rep. Dean is a lifelong supporter of organized labor. She is an original cosponsor of H.R. 842, the Protecting the Right to Organize Act — an especially important bill given the previous administration’s attacks on workers.
Rep. Dean is focused on ensuring that businesses have access to the capital and resources they need to succeed and remain competitive in a global economy. In the 116th Congress, Rep. Dean voted for H.R. 3311, the Small Business Reorganization Act, which helps to facilitate the financial reorganization of small businesses. The bill became law in August 2019.
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