Economy and Labor

A booming, equitable economy is critical to reduce poverty and improve quality of lives. Congresswoman Garcia stands with workers to ensure all workers, regardless of industry, earn a fair and living wage. She supports workers’ rights to organize, collectively bargain, and safely work free from hazards or harassment. The Congresswoman has spoken out against proposals by President Trump’s administration to change SNAP eligibility requirements, and rollback federal civil rights and workers’ rights protections.

Additionally, the Congresswoman supports expanding upon tax policies that benefit working families, such as the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and Child Tax Credit (CTC), which benefit a significant of constituents in her district.

  • HR 5114, the Stop EITC and CTC Seizures Act, introduced by the Congresswoman, would protect working families, and their children, who received Earned Income Tax Credits and Child Tax Credits from predatory seizures because of outstanding student loan debts.
  • Additionally, the Congresswoman proudly cosponsored HR 3219, the Call Center Worker and Consumer Protection Act to discourage companies from sending jobs overseas through practical accountability measures.

Congresswoman Garcia is also a strong advocate for working families, fighting to ensure that they get their fair share and that government works for them.

  • The Congresswoman voted in favor of the Raise the Wage Act in July 2019, which would increase the federal minimum wage up to $15 per hour. This would represent the first increase to the federal minimum wage in more than a decade, and would improve the lives of nearly 182,000 workers in her district.
  • She voted for the PRO Act in February 2020, which would: 1) Introduce meaningful, enforceable penalties for companies and executives that violate workers’ rights; 2) Expand workers’ collective bargaining rights and close loopholes that corporations use to exploit workers; and 3) Strengthen workers’ access to fair union elections and require corporations to respect the results.

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More on Economy and Labor

November 19, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Sylvia R. Garcia voted to pass H.R. 5376, the Build Back Better Act. The Act, which passed the House of Representatives by a vote of 220 to 213, provides wide-ranging support for programs to lower costs, increase access to critical care, and invest in hardworking families. 

November 9, 2021 Press Release

HOUSTON — Today, Congresswoman Sylvia R. Garcia (TX-29) announced $149.5 million to help hardworking Texas families with energy costs this winter through the Department of Health and Human Services’ Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP).

November 6, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON D.C.— Today, Congresswoman Sylvia R. Garcia (TX-29) issued the following statement on the historic passing of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill to bring much-needed and transformative investments in infrastructure and good-paying jobs across Houston, Texas, and the entire country:

November 4, 2021 Press Release

Washington D.C. – Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the bipartisan H.R.3992, The Protect Older Job Applicants Act of 2021, introduced by Congresswoman Sylvia R. Garcia (TX-29), by a vote of 224-200. The bill will clarify that older job applicants can challenge disparate impact claims about discriminatory hiring practices under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA).

October 7, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON D.C.— Today, Congresswoman Sylvia R. Garcia (TX-29) issued the following statement on the Biden administration’s endorsement of the Protecting Older Job Applicants Act of 2021: 

August 4, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Small Business Administration has reported that it granted over $41 million to restaurants, bars, and entertainment venues in Congresswoman Sylvia R. Garcia’s district, Texas’ 29th. Congresswoman Garcia voted to provide this funding through the Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RRF) and the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant (SVOG), parts of the American Rescue Plan designed to help businesses make up for lost revenue due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

July 15, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC — Today, the House Committee on Education and Labor advanced the Protect Older Job Applicants Act, HR 3992, introduced by Congresswoman Sylvia R. Garcia (TX-29).

July 9, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Rep. Sylvia R. Garcia (TX-29) led Texas Democratic representatives in a letter to Speaker Nancy Pelosi and House Ways and Means Chairman Richard E. Neal urging the leaders to promote employment and ways to help families in any upcoming budget reconciliation legislation by including permanent reforms to our unemployment insurance (UI) system. 

Access the letter here 


July 2, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Sylvia Garcia (TX-29) along with the Democratic Women’s Caucus leadership, sent a letter to the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) advocating for increasing diversity and reducing structural barriers to participation in the broker-dealer industry. The letter was sent in response to FINRA’s Regulatory Notice 21-17, which called for comment on “Supporting Diversity and Inclusion in the Broker-Dealer Industry.”

July 1, 2021 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Sylvia R. Garcia (TX-29) released the following statement after the U.S. House of Representatives passed her amendments and Transportation and Infrastructure projects through the historic passage of the INVEST Act, securing infrastructure funds for Texas' 29th District: