Protecting Our Economy and Restoring Growth to the Job Market

In 2008, our nation was shaken by the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression. The livelihoods of hard-working families in Hawaiʻi and across the country were put at risk; millions of Americans lost their homes, and many saw their life savings wiped out – all because of risky banking practices by “too big to fail” banks. The banks that were ‘too big to fail’ in 2008 are even bigger today. And while our economy has slowly started to come back from this devastating economic crisis, our nation’s economic health remains at risk. We must ensure that no bank is so big that its risky bets can bring down the entire U.S. economy. 

Break up the Big Banks and Hold Wall Street Accountable for Their Risky Investments
We must create a banking system that works for every American—not just Wall Street CEOs—and enact and strengthen reforms that will protect our economy from another massive collapse. Tulsi is a cosponsor of legislation such as the Return to Prudent Banking Act (H.R.381) and the 21st Century Glass-Steagall Act (H.R.3711) to help protect Americans from big banks’ roll of the financial dice. To help ensure the financial stability of our nation, Tulsi is continuing to fight against dangerous behavior on Wall Street where investors take big risks on the backs of American taxpayers. She has urged criminal investigations of Wall Street executives who take money from American taxpayers, such as what recently happened with Wells Fargo, the nation’s largest “too big to fail” bank. 

“I will always fight against the schemes of Wall Street to make risky investments on the backs of American taxpayers.” -Rep. Tulsi Gabbard

 

Fighting Against TPP, An Unfair Trade Deal That Will Hurt Americans for Decades to Come
Most major trade agreements over the past few decades have directly, negatively affected hard-working families and small businesses in Hawai‘i and across the country.  We must learn from the past, and not repeat those same mistakes as we work toward a stronger economic future.  Tulsi is vigorously fighting against the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a historically massive trade deal accounting for 40 percent of global trade. The TPP deal will have many negative ramifications, such as: 

  • Creating an “ISDS”, which is a secret, extremely powerful legal tribune made up of corporate lawyers that allows foreign corporations to overrule our domestic law. These ISDS courts allow corporations to sue our government, undermining our sovereignty. 
  • Weakening labor, environmental and human rights protections
  • No protection against currency manipulations
  • Enriching the corporate class while selling out working Americans and their families

Promoting Economic and Job Growth in Hawai‘i
Our tourism industry is the main driver of Hawai‘i’s economy and creates opportunity for small businesses to grow on every island. Tulsi is continuing to work with federal, state, and county leaders on opening airports for direct international travel, which will help support those local economies. She has also worked to keep air travel taxes and fees as low as possible for people in Hawaiʻi and introduced the Passenger Fee Restructuring Exemptions Act (H.R.1074) to limit the passenger security fee for Hawaiʻi, Alaska and rural areas that rely solely on air travel for basic transportation.  As a member of the Congressional Travel and Tourism Caucus, Tulsi is working to diversify the economic drivers and job creators within the state by welcoming new industries, supporting our local film and TV industry, investing in our aging infrastructure, and encouraging innovative entrepreneurs who are working to make Hawaiʻi as a start-up paradise.

The U.S. military presence in Hawaiʻi also plays a critical role in protecting Hawaiʻi and our nation and promoting stability in the Asia-Pacific. The greater regional stability afforded by the presence of our military allows for opportunity and jobs for local people, adding $14.7 billion annually to our state’s economy.  In 2016, Tulsi worked to secure $200 million for military infrastructure projects across the country in the annual Military Construction and Veterans Affairs funding bill.  

Demanding Transparency in the TPP

More on Protecting Our Economy and Restoring Growth to the Job Market

July 25, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC–Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard (HI-02) today voted against a Congressional Review Act (H.J. Res 111) resolution designed to repeal the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s consumer protection arbitration rule.  This rule bars certain financial companies from using pre-dispute arbitration agreements as a way to pre-empt and block class action lawsuits in court.

July 24, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C.- The Hawaii Congressional Delegation applauded the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) approval of a petition that certifies that eating macadamia nuts can help reduce the risk of coronary heart disease under certain circumstances.

June 27, 2017 Press Release

Washington, DC—More than 5,000 residents of Hawaii’s Second Congressional District participated in Rep. Tulsi Gabbard’s (HI-02) interactive “Telephone Town Hall” on hurricane and disaster preparedness Monday evening. The congresswoman was joined by:

June 18, 2017 Press Release

Honolulu, HI—Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard (HI-02) addressed hundreds of young leaders from Hawaiʻi and around the globe at the opening session of the 2017 World Youth Congress today.

June 14, 2017 Press Release

Washington, DC--Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (HI-02) today spoke at the Hawai‘i on the Hill Policy Summit, where she thanked Hawai‘i business leaders and stakeholders for coming to Washington, D.C. and engaging with leaders to increase economic opportunity for Hawaii.  Rep.

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