Economy and Jobs

Despite consecutive months of steady job creation, Susan knows that many San Diego families are not really feeling the recovery.  Families are earning wages are simply not keeping up with cost of living. It is this weakened economic power of the middle class that is keeping our economy from growing the way we have seen in the past. Congress must come together to improve our economy.

Susan is fighting for policies that will create jobs. She is working with her colleagues to ensure that middle class Americans prosper and small businesses have the tools they need to innovate Susan listens to the concerns of small business owners in Little Saigon.and thrive.  She will continue fighting for investments in to fix roads and highways, education, and scientific research that will allow American business to succeed and start hiring again.

As a mother and grandmother, Susan believes that we need to get the federal debt under control, so we do not mortgage the next generation’s future.  But efforts to fix our budget must be balanced without placing a disproportionate burden on the most vulnerable in our society – including our veterans, the poor, seniors, and those with disabilities.

Working to Raise Wages

Fighting for $15 Minimum Wage  – Susan is an original cosponsor of H.R. 15, the Raise the Wage Act. Once enacted, the federal minimum wage would rise almost immediately from $7.25/hour to $9.25/hour, increasing gradually until it reaches $15.00 per hour. The federal minimum wage would keep pace with rising wages overall through automatic annual increases to keep the ratio of the minimum wage constant with the median wage. 

Taking Action to Close the Gender Pay Gap – Susan is fighting for the enactment of the Paycheck Fairness Act, which would provide a much-needed update of the Equal Pay Act by providing effective remedies to women who are not being paid equal wages for doing equal work. According to U.S. Census data, by age 65, the average woman will have lost $430,480 throughout her working lifetime as a result of the pay gap. Women make up about half of the workforce and deserve equal pay for equal work. In order to strengthen the middle class we need to ensure fairness in America.

Boosting our Local Economy

Reducing Waits at the Border – Studies have shown that delays and inefficiency at the border costs the region $7.2 billion in lost output and 62,000 jobs. Susan worked with her colleagues in Congress and local leaders to secure federal funding to complete improvements at the San Ysidro Port of Entry. The improvements have increased the number of lanes to 25 lanes with 46 inspection booths. The funding also went toward expanding capacity for foot traffic across the border with an additional pedestrian crossing.

Helping Small Businesses

Almost 95% of businesses in the County of San Diego are small businesses.  Susan is working with San Diego employers to find out what they need to create jobs and sustain growth. 

Susan continually engages with local business to listen to their ideas on improving the economy and business environment. On top of visiting with individual companies and business owners, she has done small business walkabouts in neighborhoods throughout her district visiting multiple businesses at a time to talk with owners about what they need in order to hire and grow, and how Congress can continue to play a role. 

Working with Local Manufacturers - Susan brought together local manufacturers and the Commerce Secretary for a Manufacturer’s Roundtable.  The Roundtable Discussion included 13 local businesses and economic organizations and one of their top concern was education and workforce training.

Easing Paperwork Requirements - After hearing from small business owners in San Diego, Susan voted for the new law to repeal the increased IRS Tax Form 1099 reporting requirements enacted under previous legislation. The last thing we want to do is place unnecessary and duplicative regulation on the backs of our small businesses; they should be free to focus on growing their business and not filling out paperwork. 

Health Care Tax Credit - One of the reasons Susan supported the health care reform package is because it included provisions to help small business owners provide coverage for themselves and their workers.  This credit covers up to 50% of the premiums small business owners pay to offer coverage.  The Congressional Budget office estimates that small businesses will save $40 billion through 2019.  

Encouraging Innovation

San Diego is home to one of the world’s largest biotechnology hubs that creates and supports thousands of jobs and conducts groundbreaking research. Susan believes that federal support for these companies is vital to encourage the continued innovation that grows San Diego’s economy and provides medical treatments and cures for millions of sick and suffering people across the world.

National Institutes of Health (NIH) - San Diego receives more NIH funding than nearly anywhere else in the United States.  Susan has spearheaded efforts in Congress to increase this funding so San Diego can maintain and grow its biotechnology workforce.

Repealing Medical Device Tax - After hearing from medical device companies in San Diego, Susan supported the Healthcare Cost Reduction Act (H.R. 436) to repeal a tax on medical devices.  With San Diego’s biotechnology companies facing fierce global competition, Susan will continue working with her colleagues to eliminate unnecessary and duplicative taxes and regulations.

Patent Reform - Susan knows that a strong patent system is necessary to maintain America’s status as the world’s leader in innovation.  That is why she joined her San Diego colleagues in a bipartisan letter in support of streamlining patent reform efforts in Washington.

Renewable Energy – San Diego is a leader in the solar energy industry. It accounts for more than 8,000 jobs in San Diego County. Susan continues to push for tax incentives to encourage growth in this industry.  The Omnibus Appropriations bill for fiscal year 2016, which Susan supported, extended the solar energy investment tax credit for another five years. This is not only good for the local economy but also good for the environment.

Supporting Defense Jobs

As the home to one of the largest concentrations of naval forces in the world, our regional economy benefits significantly from federal defense spending.  In San Diego County, defense spending impacts more than a quarter of our employment (over 300,000 jobs), a number that has grown steadily over the past decade.  Susan works hard to maintain the unique economic role played by San Diego’s defense community, especially small businesses. 

Unbundling Contracts - Small businesses in San Diego have so much to offer the defense industry in the form of quality products and efficient services.  Susan’s been frustrated to hear that they continually run into barriers, like the negative impact of contract bundling (when multiple contract requirements are combined into a single contract), which can force out small businesses that can’t compete for large contracts.  Especially now, our government needs to help bring more businesses into the DOD procurement system, not push them out.  

Important Shipbuilding Jobs - The USNS Lewis B. Puller, recently christened in San Diego, is a prime example of the role shipbuilding jobs play in our region.  The contract to build the Puller helped preserve 3,600 San Diego jobs.  Susan has long been a strong and vocal supporter of the MLP program and the need to bring more shipbuilding contracts to San Diego’s “working waterfront.”

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Nov 17, 2017 Editorial

When considering any attempt to reform our tax code, the first question I ask myself is, “Will it help the middle class?” After carefully looking over the Republican tax bills proposed in the House and Senate, the only answer I can come to is, “No, these bills won’t help the middle class.” In fact, they will do just the opposite.

The most glaring aspect of both of these proposals is how differently corporations and people are treated. Most notably is the fact that tax cuts for corporations are forever yet the cuts for the American people go away after just five years.

Nov 17, 2017 In The News

When considering any attempt to reform our tax code, the first question I ask myself is, “Will it help the middle class?” After carefully looking over the Republican tax bills proposed in the House and Senate, the only answer I can come to is, “No, these bills won’t help the middle class.” In fact, they will do just the opposite.

The most glaring aspect of both of these proposals is how differently corporations and people are treated. Most notably is the fact that tax cuts for corporations are forever yet the cuts for the American people go away after just five years.

Nov 16, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Susan Davis released the following statement on passage of the House Republican Tax Bill.

“The House Republican Tax Bill shortchanges the middle class in favor of corporate special interests, raising taxes on millions of working families and exploding our national debt by $1.5 trillion. Furthermore, the corporate tax cuts never expire while the cuts for people go away after just five years.

Oct 26, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Susan Davis released the following statement on passage of the Republican Budget in the House of Representatives.

“If a budget is supposed to set priorities for our nation, this budget holds the American people in little regard.  This budget threatens job creation and the drastic cuts to Medicare and Medicaid would put our nation’s most vulnerable at risk.  Such cuts would be devastating to seniors, veterans, and our children.

Sep 22, 2017 Editorial

When thinking of higher education, most people’s minds go straight to a four-year degree. There is no doubt we need to expand opportunities and increase the affordability of two-year and four-year degrees.

However, higher education is essentially all the formal learning we do after high school. Higher education is the bridge between high school to many careers. A neglected component of higher education and our economy is apprenticeships. They are key to building a highly skilled workforce and closing the skills gap.

Sep 14, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Susan Davis, a senior member of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, introduced the Middle School Technical Education Program Act to give middle school students access to programs that will help them explore future career opportunities.

May 19, 2017 Editorial

Nothing defines our values more as a nation than the budget and the investments we make for the future of American families.

These investments signal what’s important and what direction we want to take our nation.

Investments in education indicate the value we put on the future we want for our children. They say we want our kids to be better off than we are now.

Investments in the environment say we want clean air and clean water to protect the health of current and future generations.

Apr 6, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON – As President Trump calls for dramatic cuts to life-saving medical research, Congresswoman Susan Davis (CA-53) led a bipartisan group of House members in an effort to increase in budget for the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Davis’s letter to House appropriators urges $36 billion for medical research and was signed by 206 members of the House. Trump is proposing a nearly 20 percent cut in NIH funding.

Apr 4, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON – April 4, Equal Pay Day, marks the extra days into the new year a woman would have to work to earn as much as a man. Congresswoman Susan Davis (CA-53) cosponsored legislation to strengthen the Equal Pay Act. Davis joined Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (CT-3) in cosponsoring the bill in the House and Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) introduced the companion legislation in the Senate. has been working to close the wage gap that still exists between women and men.

Feb 28, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Susan Davis (D-San Diego) released the following statement on President Trump’s speech before a joint session of Congress.

“What we heard tonight was not the inspiring call to action that is needed. The president’s attempt at unifying the nation fell flat. The divisive rhetoric he has used over the past years is not going to be healed by a few words in a speech.