“Instead of slashing budgets and cutting benefits that support children and their families—as Congressional Republicans and the Trump administration have attempted to do to pay for their massive tax giveaway for the wealthy and corporate interests—we need to invest in the future of our economy and support our children,” said U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), Ranking Member of the Joint Economic Committee.
“Our workforce continues to gain jobs, but many working families, particularly in rural areas, are still struggling to get by. Wages have been stagnant for years, yet corporations have amassed record growth and profits. Nearly 40 percent of American families struggle to meet a basic need, like food, housing, health care, and utilities. It is clear that too many Americans are being left behind in our economy."
U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), Ranking Member of the Joint Economic Committee, delivered the following statement at today’s hearing on the impact of the Republican tax plan on the economy. In his remarks, Senator Heinrich highlighted that the Republican tax cuts are mostly benefiting the wealthy and doing little for working Americans.
Today, Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), Ranking Member of the Joint Economic Committee, introduced the Measuring Real Income Growth Act of 2018, which would require the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) to report how economic growth is distributed across the income spectrum. This data would help to put quarterly GDP growth numbers in context, as it would provide a breakdown of the economic benefits seen by individuals across different segments of the economy. In short, this bill would provide policymakers with metrics that better reflect the economic experiences of all Americans, not just top income earners.
Today, Joint Economic Committee Democrats launched the seventh episode of “Opportunity Agenda,” a podcast that furthers the conversation on how to build an economic future where all American families have a fair shot at getting ahead. Episode 7, “Examining What’s at Stake With the CFPB,” looks at the actions that the Trump administration have taken at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) that are harming consumers, instead of protecting them as the agency is charged to do. The podcast comes ahead of today’s Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs hearing on the president’s nominee for CFPB director, Kathy Kraninger.
“We need to focus on why American families are struggling to get ahead and address those needs. Connecting communities to broadband, making post-secondary education more accessible and affordable, and ensuring that everyone has access to high-quality health care. That’s what we should be focused on. Instead of handing out additional tax cuts to those who need it the least, let’s get to work to address the real needs of American families across the country.”
Ahead of the 53rd anniversary of Medicare being signed into law on July 30, 1965, Joint Economic Committee Democrats released a report today that highlights the importance of Medicare to its beneficiaries, their families, and the economy in light of ongoing Republican attacks to cut the program. The report emphasizes that Congress should act to protect and strengthen Medicare, not undermine the program’s long history of success.
Joint Economic Committee Democrats today issued a report in response to this morning’s release of the second-quarter gross domestic product (GDP) estimates by the U.S. Department of Commerce. The new JEC report details that large gains for a small group can keep total income growing, while many Americans continue to see their incomes shrink. The report also emphasizes that while GDP is an important indicator, it doesn’t show the entire country’s economic picture, and that the Republican tax plan does in fact benefit the wealthy while leaving working Americans behind.
U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), Ranking Member of the Joint Economic Committee, delivered the following statement at today’s hearing entitled “The Innovation Economy, Entrepreneurship, and Barriers to Capital Access.” In his remarks, Senator Heinrich highlighted the recent Joint Economic Committee Democrats report, “Investing in Rural America,” that emphasizes that tribal and rural communities often struggle to reach mainstream financial institutions, and need federal resources to successfully secure capital and technical assistance.
Instead of building off continued economic growth and proposing policies to create jobs and raise wages, the Trump administration has started a trade war that threatens to drive prices even higher for working Americans. Farmers and families across the country are already feeling the effects of these tariffs that risk their economic security and livelihood. Everyone in New Mexico – from dairy producers, to pecan growers, to small brewers – is paying the price for the president’s reckless and short-sighted actions.