Workers and Economy

Americans deserve an economy that works for everyone, not just for wealthy corporations and the top 1%.  Unfortunately, workers today are operating in a rigged system has left us with a widening equality gap and a constant undermining of rights. Our economy must be reformed to ensure that every American has access to a stable job with a living wage, robust benefits and the right to organize.

I’m committed to pushing changes that ensure those protections for workers in every industry and income bracket throughout this country. That’s why I am a staunch supporter of raising the minimum wage, which will reverse the stagnant growth workers have been struggling with for decades as they try to keep up with the ever-increasing cost of living.  But low wages aren’t the only thing holding working families back. I am also pushing for a national paid family leave and sick days policy, so that no one has to choose between their health and their paycheck.

Even when workers are gainfully employed, they are all to often forced to fight discrimination and an overall lack of protections in the workplace. For decades, labor unions have been a force of good for working families, implementing positive change and pushing back against attacks on their rights. We need to build on the victories labor has had and shore up organizing rights for all employees - so that those victories can’t be undone. I am fighting to protect and expand the right to unionize and collectively bargain for better wages and working conditions. I’m also pushing the Department of Labor to upholds its responsibility to investigate and enforce wage theft laws and workplace safety regulations, so that no one is putting their livelihood or health on the line when they report to work.

I’m also working to advance new and progressive employment models like a federal jobs guarantee and worker-owned cooperatives, to ensure that not only is every American afforded a job with dignity, but that they have a seat at the table and a voice in decisions that impact their future and their ability to provide for their family.

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July 1, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON—Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) advanced funding for four community projects in Minnesota’s 5th District, totaling $32.5 million. These provisions passed as part of the INVEST in America Act, the House’s surface transportation bill.  The projects include $5 million for the Metro F line from Downtown Minneapolis to Fridley, $4.5 million for the Metro E line between Edina and the University of Minnesota, and $3 million for the Cedar-Seward pedestrian bridge at I-94.

June 24, 2021 Press Release
WASHINGTON–Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) joined Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Representative Ayanna Pressley (D-MA), Representative Joe Courtney (D-CT), and a number of her colleagues in a bicameral letter urging President Biden to extend the pause on federal student loan payments until at least March 31, 2022.
April 23, 2021 Press Release
WASHINGTON—Reps. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) and Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY) today introduced the Affordable Housing Preservation Act. The legislation will fund the creation of community-owned cooperatives for low-income people, helping to alleviate the affordable housing crisis while allowing people to communally own the homes they live in.
April 9, 2021 Press Release
WASHINGTON—Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) released the following statement on President Biden’s FY2022 budget proposal. 
March 31, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON–Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) issued the following statement after President Biden unveiled his $2 trillion infrastructure plan to rebuild and reshape the economy:

“I applaud President Biden for continuing to propose solutions to the deep challenges we face as a nation. Mobilizing the country to address the climate crisis, confronting centuries of systemic racism and creating millions of good-paying jobs is as essential a task as any for our democracy.

March 10, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON—Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) released the following statement on her support for the American Rescue Plan. 

“The American Rescue Plan is a monumental piece of legislation.

“It continues unemployment benefits for millions of Americans who have lost work during the pandemic —including many in my district. It provides an additional $25 billion in rental assistance to people struggling—not nearly enough, but critical nonetheless.

March 1, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON—Today, Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) joined Rep. Ro Khanna (D-CA) and 21 of their colleagues in sending a letter to President Joe Biden & Vice President Kamala Harris urging them to overrule the Senate parliamentarian’s decision not to include a $15 minimum wage in the Budget Reconciliation package. Citing both concrete precedent and the severity of the economic crisis, Khanna’s letter requests that the arcane Byrd rule be disregarded and the $15/hour minimum wage raise be maintained.

February 26, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON—Rep. Omar released the following statement on the American Rescue Plan to provide continued relief to the American people during the coronavirus pandemic. 

February 10, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON—The House Education and Labor Committee today passed their portion of the reconciliation bill through committee—providing much-needed support to state and local governments, along with millions of people across the country, and increasing the minimum wage to $15 an hour.

Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) gave remarks in support of the inclusion of a federal minimum wage increase in President Biden’s coronavirus relief proposal. 

January 28, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON—Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) led a letter to President Biden and Vice President Harris urging the inclusion of recurring cash payments to the American people for the duration of the pandemic. The letter also calls for parity of payments for adults and dependents, and inclusion of all immigrant workers and their families.