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Growing Our Economy

To grow our economy, we need to invest in our workforce, education, and job training. We need to fix our crumbling infrastructure, bringing it into the 21st century. We need to invest in health care, research and development, and bolster small businesses and local manufacturers.

I voted against the Republican tax bill because it threatens these vital investments in our economy, hurts working families, balloons the national debt, and threatens Social Security and Medicare, all to lavish tax breaks on multinational corporations and those already on the top rung of the economic ladder. I discuss my concerns in this interview on PBS NewsHour.

Combating Tax Loopholes that Ship U.S. Jobs and Tax Dollars Offshore

Tax dodging by large multinational corporations is not a victimless offense. The failure to close tax loopholes means we are forced to borrow more from foreign creditors, like China and Saudi Arabia, or make hard-working families and small businesses pay the difference.

The Republican tax law created new incentives for multinationals to outsource American jobs abroad, and stash their profits in island tax havens.

I have been a strong advocate for closing tax loopholes that allow multinational corporations to avoid paying their fair share for our national security, infrastructure, and education system. My “No Tax Breaks for Outsourcing” Act would level the playing field for small and domestic businesses, ensuring that large multinationals pay the same rate on profits made abroad as they do here at home.

Protecting Consumers

With my strong support, Congress enacted legislation to create the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, a powerful consumer advocate. Consumers need protection from financial predators. When your family is counting on something--a home, a job, or a retirement plan--we should not let big government get in your way, but neither should we let other powerful forces, such as Wall Street banks, health insurance monopolies, or pharmaceutical giants, interfere. Throughout the Trump Administration, much of the important work of the CFPB was undone, and I will work to repair the damage in the Biden Administration.

Opposition to Bank Bailouts

I voted against all of the Big Bank bailouts. While the Wall Street Reform bill should have done more -- much more -- about those Wall Street interests that are paid too much and taxed too little, it represented a modest but important step toward preventing future bailouts.

Keeping the Internet Open

As a longtime advocate for a free and open internet for all, I have consistently supported net neutrality, which provides a level playing field for small businesses and entrepreneurs to compete, while protecting consumers from exorbitant fees for faster service. I am strongly opposed to Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai’s repeal of the net neutrality rules. On multiple occasions, I urged him to remove this proposal from the FCC’s agenda and am sponsoring a congressional resolution to override the FCC's awful decision.  

I was also one of the first members of Congress to oppose the so-called Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and urged the House Judiciary Committee to reject the bill’s overly broad language that could harm free speech and threaten cybersecurity.

The internet is an engine for economic growth. We should balance the goal of fighting copyright infringement with protecting the freedom of expression and creativity that has contributed to the internet’s success. I remain committed to encouraging innovation and to promoting an unfettered internet for consumers and our many tech startups in the district.

San Antonio Missions National Park Expansion 

In 2014, President Obama signed into law legislation that included my bill to expand San Antonio Missions National Historical Park by 137 acres near Missions San José, San Juan, and Espada. The inclusion of more historical areas within the boundary of the park allows the National Park Service to protect significant cultural resources, including labores, original Spanish farm fields near Mission San Juan. In 2015, I joined the National Park Service, Bexar County, and local leaders to ceremonially expand the Missions National Historical Park boundary. With San Antonio’s Tricenntenial, we continue to celebrate the successful addition of all five San Antonio Missions to the UNESCO World Heritage List, which will boost our local economy. 

More on Growing Our Economy

October 13, 2020 In The News
AUSTIN -- The Texas Workforce Commission on Tuesday voted to reinstate work search requirements for people who are receiving unemployment insurance benefits from the state.
July 24, 2020 In The News
The eyes of independent restaurant owners and passionate members of the dining public turned to Washington this week as Congress returned to session. One challenge facing lawmakers in the coming weeks: the future of independent restaurants.
May 27, 2020 In The News
A San Antonio event planning company was awarded $39 million from the federal government to distribute food to families in need during this pandemic, a move that has been met with controversy and outcry from some politicians. However, Democratic Rep. Lloyd Doggett, representing Texas, said the company has no experience, and hasn't given out a single box of food so far.
August 29, 2019 In The News

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Despite flurry around racially-charged statements, an ongoing trade war, and recent poll numbers showing Democratic candidates defeating the incumbent President Donald Trump in 2020, national and state Republicans pitch a consistent message: the President’s policies have led to the longest economic expansion in history.

Thursday, the Trump Victory campaign, the Republican National Committee, and the Texas GOP hosted an economic roundtable at Thomas Graphics, a printing shop, as part of a nationwide tour called “Open for Business.”

July 2, 2019 In The News

VIA Metropolitan Transit celebrates its VIVA bus line completing 1 million passenger trips.

The colorful VIVA buses and trolleys were celebrated Tuesday at the San Antonio Museum of Art after logging 1 million passenger trips since the June 2016 debut of the three routes connecting some of San Antonio’s most-visited sites.

July 2, 2019 In The News
SAN ANTONIO — One million, the number of passenger trips taken on VIVA routes in the last three years.
May 1, 2019 Press Release
Washington, D.C. — Today, Congressman Doggett (D-TX) spoke on the floor of the House of Representatives, urging passage of H.R. 9, the “Climate Action Now Act,” which could constitute some of the most significant climate legislation from this chamber in about a decade. He recognized the leadership of cities like San Antonio and Austin in committing to climate action. This legislation would ensure the United States honors our commitments detailed in the Paris Agreement and lays the groundwork for further climate action. Congressman Doggett stated: “We need to lead on the road to clean, green energy—not get run over.”
April 29, 2019 Press Release
Washington, D.C. – Today, the Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC) announced its endorsement of H.R. 1046, the Medicare Negotiation and Competitive Licensing Act of 2019, introduced by Congressman Lloyd Doggett (TX-35).
March 27, 2019 In The News
Workforce Solutions Capital Area, the City of Austin and Austin Community College have teamed up for a first of its kind local initiative. The focus: combining their resources to create a team focused on lifting up jobless or low-wage earning workers to employment that provides a living wage.
March 13, 2019 In The News
Representative Lloyd Doggett and Senator Sheldon Whitehouse are introducing two bills Wednesday that would effectively repeal some provisions of the Republican tax overhaul of 2017 that the Democrats say encourage outsourcing.