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  • Reps. Rice, Donovan, Larsen & Reichert Lead Bipartisan Push to Reauthorize Expedited Business Travel Program for Pacific Rim Countries
    Posted in Press Releases on June 8, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs & the Economy

    WASHINGTON – U.S. Representatives Kathleen Rice (D-NY), Dan Donovan (R-NY), Rick Larsen (D-WA) and Dave Reichert (R-WA) today introduced legislation to permanently reauthorize the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Business Travel Card (ABTC) program, which provides access to fast-track immigration lanes at airports for travelers who conduct verified business in the APEC region. APEC, a forum of 21 Pacific Rim countries including the U.S., created the ABTC program in 1997, and the U.S. sta... Read more

  • Rep. Rice Introduces Resolution Supporting National Apprenticeship Week
    Posted in Press Releases on November 17, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs & the Economy

    WASHINGTON – U.S. Representative Kathleen Rice today introduced a House Resolution that supports the official designation of the week of November 14th, 2016 as National Apprenticeship Week, recognizes the important role that apprenticeships play in developing a well-trained and highly skilled work force, and commends organizations and employers that actively support apprenticeship programs. Original cosponsors of the resolution include Reps. Bobby Scott (D-VA), Ranking Member on the House Commit... Read more

  • Rep. Rice Announces $1.5 Million Federal Grant to Expand Apprenticeships in New York State
    Posted in In the News on October 21, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs & the Economy

    WASHINGTON – U.S. Representative Kathleen Rice announced today that the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has awarded $1.5 million to the New York State Department of Labor (NYSDOL) to fund the New York State Apprenticeship Expansion Grant project, which aims to expand apprenticeship training and employment opportunities throughout the state. The funding will be used to create an unprecedented outreach campaign to promote apprenticeships as a key workforce development tool for the 21st century. NYS... Read more

  • The Island Now: Rice, Israel renew calls for equal pay
    Posted in In the News on April 14, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs & the Economy, Equality

    By Noah Manskar After decades of activism and the passage of multiple federal laws, local and national leaders are still advocating for equal pay for equal work. U.S. representatives Steve Israel and Kathleen Rice appeared with leaders of local women’s groups in Manhasset on Thursday to call for the closure of the national gender-based wage gap and declare April 12 “Equal Pay Day.” The fact that women continue to be collectively paid less than men for the same work is not only “immoral” or “unj... Read more

  • Rep. Rice & U.S. Labor Secretary Perez Highlight the Value of Apprenticeships at Bay Park Sewage Treatment Plant
    Posted in Press Releases on November 9, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs & the Economy

    GARDEN CITY, NY – U.S. Representative Kathleen Rice and U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez met today with local labor leaders and elected officials at the Bay Park Sewage Treatment Plant to discuss the importance of apprenticeship programs. The Secretary’s visit came after last week’s celebration of the first-ever National Apprenticeship Week, which highlighted the potential for apprenticeship programs to help rebuild the American middle class by providing more workers with a path to new skill... Read more

  • Rep. Rice to Host Women- & Minority-Owned Business Resource Fair on Thursday
    Posted in Press Releases on August 25, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs & the Economy

    GARDEN CITY, NY – U.S. Representative Kathleen Rice is hosting a Women- and Minority-Owned Business Resource Fair on Thursday, August 27th, at the Freeport Recreation Center from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Representatives from the U.S. Small Business Administration and several other government agencies and business organizations will be on site to help business owners with the Women and Minority Business Enterprise (WMBE) certification process, provide legal assistance, and offer information about ... Read more

  • Rep. Rice Calls for Apprenticeships to be Included in Labor Agreements for Federal Construction Projects
    Posted in Press Releases on July 8, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs & the Economy

    WASHINGTON – U.S. Representative Kathleen Rice today called for apprenticeships to be included in Project Labor Agreements (PLAs) for federal construction projects. In a letter to President Obama and U.S. Secretary of Labor Tom Perez, Rice urged the President to encourage federal agencies to enter into PLAs with contractors that graduate apprentices from certified apprenticeship programs. PLAs are pre-hire collective bargaining agreements with labor unions that set the terms of employment for a ... Read more

  • Op-Ed: The President is right on trade
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on June 6, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs & the Economy

    The President is right on trade By Representative Kathleen Rice In January, I was asked to sign a letter to President Barack Obama expressing deep concern with the prospect of fast-track trade authority. Allowing the President to strike sweeping trade deals outside of the congressional amendment process is an almost unfettered power that in too many instances has led to the exploitation of the American worker. In signing the letter, I stood as an opponent of a fast-tracked, up-or-down House vot... Read more

  • Revolt Brews Over Short-Term Highway Trust Fund Bill
    Posted in In the News on May 14, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs & the Economy

    By Emma Dumain Roll Call​ Updated 12:52 p.m. | A growing number of Democrats and some moderate Republicans in the House are coming out against any short-term extension of the Highway Trust Fund. This week, they’re signing on to a letter pledging they’ll vote against another stopgap extension of the account funding transportation and infrastructure projects around the country. Rep. Peter Welch is leading the effort, and he currently has nine additional co-signers — seven Democrats and three Repub... Read more

  • REP. RICE SIGNS DISCHARGE PETITION TO REAUTHORIZE THE EXPORT-IMPORT BANK
    Posted in Press Releases on May 1, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs & the Economy

    WASHINGTON – U.S. Representative Kathleen Rice has joined the vast majority of House Democrats in signing a discharge petition that, if signed by a simple majority of the House, would force a vote on legislation to reauthorize the Export-Import Bank. Without congressional action, the bank will expire at the end of June, which leaves just 24 legislative days for the House to reauthorize the bank’s charter. The Export-Import Bank is an independent credit agency that creates and supports American j... Read more

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