Jobs & the Economy

North County San Diego and South Orange County are home to some of the world’s leading biotechnology, research, and clean energy institutions, as well as a thriving tourism industry, and Rep. Levin is a champion for policies that help them grow jobs and put workers first.

Rep. Levin was proud to help introduce the Raise the Wage Act, which would gradually raise the minimum wage to $15 in 2024, index future minimum wage increases to median wage growth, and ensure all workers are paid at least the full federal minimum wage by phasing out the subminimum wages for tipped workers, youth workers, and workers with disabilities. He also cosponsored the Protecting America’s Workers Act to expand workers’ protections under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970.

He worked to grow local jobs by cosponsoring the Brand USA Extension Act, which reauthorizes the Brand USA public-private partnership to support jobs and small businesses in Southern California that depend on tourism. Rep. Levin also supported the Investing in Main Street Act to increase the percentage that a bank can invest in Small Business Investment Companies; the Expanding Contracting Opportunities for Small Business Act to give small businesses more opportunities to compete for federal contracts, and the Small Business Development Centers Improvement Act, which would reauthorize the Small Business Development Center Program through fiscal year 2023.

Rep. Levin has consistently fought for federal investments in biomedical and climate research, which helps to support thousands of local jobs, and he helped secure billions in federal funding for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the National Science Foundation (NSF), which supports research conducted by institutions in the 49th District. 

Another local economic issue that Rep. Levin addressed is the 2017 Republican tax bill, which capped the State and Local Tax (SALT) deduction, unfairly hurting taxpayers and municipalities in California and other states. He cosponsored the bipartisan Restoring Tax Fairness for States and Localities Act, which would eliminate the SALT cap, as well as the SALT Deductibility Act.

In response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Rep. Levin helped pass multiple bipartisan bills to provide relief for families, workers, and small businesses, including expanded unemployment insurance, paid emergency leave, forgivable small business loans, and much more. He will continue to work across the aisle with his colleagues on legislation to address the long-term economic consequences of the coronavirus crisis. 

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More on Jobs & the Economy

June 1, 2020 In The News

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer and Rep. Mike Levin heard from a variety San Diego County community members Friday about priorities for Washington’s COVID-19 relief efforts.
They discussed the need for expanded COVID-19 testing, small business relief and more financial aid for local governments.
The hour-plus Zoom discussion featured representatives of small businesses, community health clinics, labor, law enforcement, the city of Carlsbad, and postal workers. It showcased the challenges facing Americans as Congress debates its next relief bill.

May 13, 2020 Press Release

San Juan Capistrano, CA – Today, U.S. Representative Mike Levin (D-CA) released the following statement on The Heroes Act, an ambitious COVID-19 response bill that includes many of Levin’s top priorities for the 49th District. Among the many provisions in The Heroes Act, the bill includes bipartisan legislation introduced by Rep.

May 7, 2020 In The News

Rep. Mike Levin, whose district includes Dana Point, San Clemente and San Juan Capistrano, joined Mike Daniel and Mike Hill from the Orange County Office of Small Business Development Centers to further educate small businesses on resources for economic relief.

In a Zoom “town hall” conference on Tuesday, April 28, Levin stressed the importance of government and businesses working together to weather the coronavirus pandemic and the subsequent impacts that reacting policies have had on the economy.

April 23, 2020 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Representative Mike Levin (D-CA) issued the following statement on the latest bipartisan emergency coronavirus relief legislation. Rep. Levin traveled to Washington late Wednesday night to help ensure that the bill passes the House and gets to the President’s desk as quickly as possible.

April 20, 2020 Press Release

San Juan Capistrano, CA – U.S. Representative Mike Levin (D-CA) will host a Virtual Town Hall on Wednesday with Danny Fitzgerald from the San Diego & Imperial Valley Small Business Development Center (SBDC), and Dr. Karl Steinberg, a nursing facility and hospice medical director in North County San Diego. They will answer questions regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19), aid for local small businesses, and more.

April 17, 2020 In The News

Rep. Mike Levin has released a federal resource guide detailing information related to the $2 trillion relief measure Congress passed last month amid the coronavirus pandemic, answering frequently asked questions from the community, the congressman’s office announced this week.

The guide lays out information regarding the stimulus checks that individuals and families are expected to receive in the coming weeks, details on how the aid package expands unemployment compensation, and resources from the Small Business Administration.

April 13, 2020 Press Release

San Juan Capistrano, CA – Today, U.S. Representative Mike Levin (D-CA) released a COVID-19 federal resource guide for residents of California’s 49th Congressional District in order to provide basic information about important COVID-19 response programs and to answer frequently asked questions. The guide includes information about direct payments and expanded unemployment insurance, resources from the Small Business Administration (SBA), the Payment Protection Program (PPP), and much more.

March 27, 2020 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Representative Mike Levin (D-CA) released the following statement on the latest bipartisan coronavirus relief bill. Last week, Rep. Levin outlined his priorities for this legislation, many of which are reflected in this package.

March 20, 2020 Press Release

San Juan Capistrano, CA – Today, U.S. Representative Mike Levin (D-CA) wrote to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Majority Leader Steny Hoyer to outline his priorities for any forthcoming economic stimulus legislation. Rep. Levin outlined five principles that will help ensure that any stimulus package is in the best interest of low- and middle-income families, while also including strong accountability measures to protect taxpayers.