One of my top priorities is helping Kentuckians find jobs. I am a co-chair of the bipartisan Congressional Apprenticeship Caucus. The caucus brings members of Congress together to explore how Congress can support apprenticeships to help workers learn skills on the job. Examples of legislation I have supported this Congress are the Early Educators Apprenticeship Act and the PARTNERS Act. These are two bipartisan bills I have reintroduced to expand career advancement through work-based learning programs. The Early Educators Apprenticeship Act would support states’ efforts to increase early childhood education apprenticeship programs. The PARTNERS Act would support the creation and expansion of industry partnerships to help small and medium-sized businesses develop apprenticeship programs.
I understand the important role small businesses play in our economy, which is why I supported the following bills:
- The PPP Extension Act of 2021: Extended the Paycheck Protection Program deadline to May 31, 2021, and provided an additional 30 days for the U.S. Small Business Administration to process loans. I supported the creation of the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) in the CARES Act last Congress, which helped small businesses continue to pay their employees.
- The Microloan Transparency and Accountability Act of 2021: Enhances microloans in rural areas by offering a 5% technical assistance grant to SBA microloan intermediaries when these institutions work with rural small businesses.
- The Microloan Improvement Act of 2021: Removes barriers to increase the number of community-based lenders that are eligible for the lowest interest rate on loans from the SBA to ensure those lenders can offer credit to more small businesses.
- The ENTRÉE Act: Aims to provide grants to eligible food eatery establishments impacted from COVID-19 pandemic. The bill provides $60 billion to the SBA Restaurant Revitalization Fund and increases oversight responsibilities for the SBA to safeguard taxpayer dollars.
- The Save Local Business Act: Restores the definition of what it means to be an employer by clarifying that two or more employers must have “actual, direct, and immediate” control over employees to be considered joint employers.
- The National Right-to-Work Act: Preserves and protects the free choice of individual employees to form, join, or assist labor organizations if they so choose.