Since her time in the legislature to her work in Congress, Karen has worked to ensure that Congress is working for working families. Karen was proud to sponsor legislation to raise our nation’s minimum wage, and she supports California's efforts to raise the state's minimum wage to $15 an hour.
In Congress, Karen has introduced the “Local Hire Act” that would provide local transportation agencies like LA Metro the necessary flexibility to hire local workers when they take on construction projects with federal support. The Los Angeles Times praised Karen for her efforts noting “major transit projects can stimulate significant economic activity in a community. Being able to set aside a percentage of the work for local hires is both a goodwill gesture for the disruption that comes with years of construction and a way to address chronic unemployment in impoverished areas.”
Even though the economy is improving, Karen is worried that working families are not seeing the benefits. Karen supports President Obama’s proposal to make two years of community college free for all Americans, and she is working to put Americans to work in well-paying jobs by rebuilding our nation’s crumbling roads and bridges--providing jobs to Americans who need them now and investing in our communities that will be integral to our communities for generations.