In Rochester, far too many families and individuals continue to struggle to get ahead. Wages are stagnant while the cost of living continues to skyrocket. Private corporations are achieving record-breaking profits while working families are scraping by living paycheck-to-paycheck.
Joe has taken the time to listen and understand the challenges and barriers that are standing in the way of struggling families. He recognizes that we need to take on a comprehensive, community-driven approach to overcome the deep-rooted cycle of poverty that has ensnared too many innocent victims.
Joe believes we must act now and respond to the needs of low-income families and individuals. That is why Joe is fighting to establish a national living wage, increase the availability of affordable housing, expand access to child care, and protect critical food security programs such as SNAP.
In Congress, Joe has co-sponsored the following legislation:
HR 3077 The Affordable Housing Credit Improvement Act
Would increase by 50% the Affordable Housing Tax Credit (also known as the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit) and increase the availability of affordable housing.
HR 582 The Raise the Wage Act
Would set the federal minimum wage at $15 – increasing wages for over 30 million Americans and lifting 1.3 million people out of poverty, including 600,000 children.
HR 1364 The Childcare for Working Families Act
Would guarantee childcare assistance to low and middle-class families by ensuring that no family under 150 percent of state median income pays more than seven percent of their income on childcare – and families under 75 percent of the state median income will not have to pay anything at all.
HR 1560 The American Family Act
Would create a new $300 per-month, per-child credit for children under 6 years of age and a $250 per-month, per-child credit for children under 17 years of age – lifting 4 million children out of poverty.
HR 3378 The Stop Child Summer Hunger Act
Would reduce child hunger during the summer months by providing families with children eligible for free or reduced-price school meals with an electronic benefit transfer (EBT) card to purchase food to replace the meals that the children would otherwise be receiving at school.
HR 1695 The Community Service Block Grant Authorization Act
Would reauthorize the Community Action Agencies program for 10 years to help improve the economic security of low-income individuals and families.
HR 1185 The Family and Medical Insurance Leave Act
Would create a universal, gender-neutral, national paid family and medical leave program guaranteeing 12 weeks of paid leave while earning 66% of a worker’s monthly wages.