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TUCSON— Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva announced that the Small Business Administration’s Shuttered Venue Operators Grants program will begin accepting applications beginning today, April 8th. The additional funding for the program was secured under the recently passed American Rescue Plan. Local venue operators can get more information on eligibility requirements and apply for the program here.
WASHINGTON, DC— Today, at the start of National Farmworkers Week (March 25-31) Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva joined U.S. Sens. Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Alex Padilla (D-CA) and Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV) and Representatives Rep. Judy Chu (D-CA), Bobby Scott (D-VA), and Alma Adams (D-NC) and announced legislation to ensure the safety and health of workers who are exposed to dangerous heat conditions in the workplace.
WASHINGTON— Today, the House of Representatives voted on the Farm Workforce Modernization Act. The legislation provides a pathway to citizenship for more than 1 million agricultural workers and their families. Additionally, the bill addresses the future labor needs of the agricultural sector by modernizing the outdated H-2A guestworker program. After the legislation passed, Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva issued the following statement:
WASHINGTON— Today the House of Representatives passed the PRO Act, comprehensive legislation that would empower workers to exercise their right to organize, secure free and fair union elections, and hold employers accountable for violating their rights. After voting in support of the legislation, Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva issued the following statement:
WASHINGTON— Today, Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva announced his intention to vote in favor of the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021. The package includes funding that will expand testing and vaccination efforts, provide funds for schools to safely return to in-person learning and make up for lost time in the classroom, and prevent budget shortfalls for state and local governments. Additionally, the bill puts money directly in the pockets of workers with another round of direct payments and an extension of expanded unemployment benefits.
TUCSON— Today, President Joe Biden announced changes to the Paycheck Protection Program that will ensure smaller minority-, women-, and veteran-owned businesses have access to necessary funding to weather the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
WASHINGTON— Today, the House of Representatives passed the National Apprenticeship Act of 2021. The bill will create approximately 1 million new apprenticeship opportunities over the next five years. With a current economic crisis due to the pandemic, this provides new opportunities for America’s workers to receive new, good-paying jobs.
WASHINGTON— Today, House Democrats reintroduced the Raise the Wage Act, a bill that would raise the minimum wage to $15 by 2025. Over five years, the bill would gradually increase the federal minimum wage while incrementally phasing our subminimum wages for tipped workers, youth workers, and workers with disabilities.
WASHINGTON— Today the U.S. House of Representatives will vote on a COVID-19 relief package that includes more relief for small businesses alongside direct economic aid to individuals in the form of relief payments, expanded unemployment benefits, and rental assistance. Rep. Grijalva issued the following statement noting his support for the package: