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Economic Justice

I’m fighting for an economy that puts the needs of everyday Americans over the bank accounts of billionaires

In forging a historic recovery from the depths of the pandemic, Democrats have taken major strides to ensure we don’t simply return to the status quo. 

Through sweeping legislation like the American Rescue Plan, Infrastructure Law, CHIPS and Science Act, and Inflation Reduction Act, we have laid the foundation for an economy that works for working families. 

We are ensuring these investments reach and invigorate marginalized communities that have long been underserved — from investing in our HBCUs and lifting up minority-owned small businesses to expanding pathways into high-paying STEM careers and ensuring every American has high-speed internet access.

We expanded the Child Tax Credit, helping parents afford diapers, rent, and groceries when the pandemic shut down our economy. And through relief funding for the child care sector, we helped more than 200,000 care providers keep their doors open — ensuring parents could go to work and small businesses could stay afloat. 

However, there is still a long road ahead in securing a level playing field for working families. 

Americans are long overdue for a raise, and I’m fighting to raise the federal minimum wage to $17 an hour. As women — especially women of color — continue to face outrageous pay disparities on the job, House Democrats are championing the Paycheck Fairness Act to help stamp out this widespread injustice. We are also fighting for national paid family leave, ensuring that no American has to choose between earning a paycheck or caring for a loved one. And while Republicans allowed the expanded Child Tax Credit to expire, we are fighting to get this vital resource back on the books for good.

While we move the ball forward in Washington, I recognize that the key to building a fair economy lies in Americans’ ability to organize with their coworkers — to fight together for higher pay, better benefits, and dignity on the job. House Democrats have twice passed our Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act to safeguard working people’s ability to join a union — free from employer harassment, intimidation, or retaliation. I will not rest until we get this bill to the President’s desk and ensure that every American is fully empowered to fight for the fair treatment and wages they deserve.

Rep. Clark places her arm around a member of the local SEIU union at a rally. Rep. Clark listens to a pair of senior citizens while touring a Cambridge food bank. Rep. Clark is handing food to a senior citizen in Waltham after bringing it to his house while volunteering for Meals on Wheels. Rep. Clark is speaking at a podium in Cambridge with a big sign behind her about housing difficulties.