Issues

Economic Growth and Job Creation

In Congress, Janice’s top priority is getting our economy moving again and creating well-paying jobs in California. As a member of the Small Business Committee, Janice is working to ensure that local small businesses get the help and opportunities they need to flourish in a global economy. As the founder and chair of the Ports Caucus, she is working to expand and upgrade the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles, to create jobs and strengthen our regional economy.

Janice is working to pass new tax incentives that will foster innovation, encourage businesses to make new hires, and attract investment in local industry. She authored H.R. 3836, the “SBA Loan Paperwork Reduction Act of 2012,” that would make permanent the SBA’s Small Loan Advantage Program, reducing the application for certain loans to just two pages. She is helping to make sure Congress listens to small businesses about challenges they face every day and address their concerns in Washington.

Janice is also fighting to protect programs that benefit those who have been hardest hit by the recession, like extended unemployment benefits while the economy continues to recover. We need to ensure that those who have lost their jobs aren’t left behind, so Janice is working to expand job-training programs for workers who have been displaced and to help integrate these workers into our new economy.

The Port

As a City Councilwoman for the last decade, Janice Hahn has dealt directly with one of the largest economic engines in the area – the Port of Los Angeles. In Congress, she founded the bi-partisan Ports Caucus, working across the aisle to create jobs and ensure our security. Janice authored H.R. 3492, the “Port Security Grant Act of 2011,” which extends the Port Security Grant Program until 2015 and H.R. 3838, the “Port Opportunity, Reinvestment, and Training (PORT) Act,” to establish a summer jobs program at ports for high school students. She also authored H.R. 5813, the “Ports as Small Business Incubators Act of 2012” – a bill that would provide grants to ports to act as small business incubators for women and minority owned businesses.

As the City Councilwoman for the 15th District of the Los Angeles, which represented the Port of Los Angeles, and as Chair of the Trade, Commerce and Tourism Committee, Janice Hahn focused on the development, sustainability, and security of the Port.

Most notably, Hahn fought for the Clean Trucks Program, a program that reduced dirty diesel pollution from trucks by 80 percent and led to the creation of several hundred local good-paying green jobs in the Harbor Area. Due to Hahn’s dedication to restricting dirty trucks at the Port, and the Port’s purchase of new, zero-emission, heavy-duty electric trucks, a new industry was created for the manufacturing of green, electric trucks. Hahn’s work on this issue not only led to a cleaner Port by reducing emission from dirty trucks, but it has led to the creation of new green jobs.

As part of the Clean Air Action Plan at the Port, Hahn worked for the first Alternative Maritime Power berth at the Port of Los Angeles, which allows ships to shut off their diesel engines and plug in to use electric power while docked. This plan was originally designed to retrofit all of the Port’s docks so that they were plug-in ready over 10 years. But Hahn fought to ensure this retrofit plan was finished within five years. This program has led to a significant decrease in the amount of dirty emissions that ships produce while docked at the Port.

In an effort to reduce truck traffic and the density of truck emissions, Hahn led the effort to increase efficiency at the Port by extending the gate hours into the evenings and weekends. This action led to more jobs at the Port, fewer trucks on the highways during the day, and reduced truck traffic impacts during rush hour and high travel times.

Hahn negotiated a historic agreement between the Port and environmental and community advocates, to create a $50 million fund called the Port Community Benefits Trust Fund. This agreement allowed the Port to move forward on its planned $247 million terminal expansion, while providing a $50 million fund for the Wilmington and San Pedro communities in an effort to offset the effects of pollution from the Port. This $50 million trust fund has already begun creating “green growth” in the Port communities. Recently, it was announced that funding from this fund will be used for air filters in Wilmington-area schools protect students from air pollution from the Port. This effort aims to cuts asthma rates and reduce the effects of air pollution on children at nearly 40 campuses.

Hahn has worked on several homeland security and public safety issues surrounding the Port. She has worked with local law enforcement groups to increase security from terrorist threats and enhance the screening of cargo at the Port.

Education

As a former schoolteacher, Janice Hahn understands the importance of quality education.

She is dedicated to ensuring the next generation has access to a first-rate education and the tools to drive our economy forward. Our country is strongest when our workers are trained with the knowledge and ingenuity to perform at the highest levels. Every child should have the opportunity to reach that horizon and fulfill the American Dream.

In Congress, Janice is fighting to make sure the federal government fulfills its funding commitments. Janice supports policies that empower local classroom teachers and school principals, not politicians and bureaucrats, because educators need to be given greater authority to improve the quality of education in our schools, colleges and universities.

Janice is fighting for the students and families of the 44th district. She will ensure that early childhood education programs across the district receive the funding they need to educate our young children. High school students must also receive a solid academic foundation to successfully graduate from school.

Janice believes in making college affordable for everyone and she’ll work to ensure that Pell Grants and other forms of financial assistance are made available to students and their families. Janice understands the challenges recent graduates face, and has written H.R. 4286, the “Student Loan Grace Period Extension Act,” to extend the grace period before graduates have to begin repaying their loans from six months to a year.

Women’s Rights

In Congress, Janice has stood up to right wing attacks on women’s health. Janice strongly supports advancing the rights of women. She believes in providing women a quality education, fair pay, and equal employment opportunities. Janice supports a woman’s right to choose and will fight to ensure that women of all ages and backgrounds are provided the tools they need to succeed in today’s society – whether in the job market or at home raising children and caring for their family.

She is a strong supporter of Planned Parenthood and the funding of community health programs that empower women to make healthy choices.

Healthcare

Janice has always been a strong supporter of universal health care, and as a member of Congress, she is standing up to attacks on President Obama’s health care law. She believes that the Affordable Care Act is a step in the right direction, but we must do more to improve access and expand coverage to more Americans.

Janice strongly believes we must create a health care public option so that all Americans can have the opportunity to obtain health care coverage. Additionally, Janice wants to implement electronic medical records and better coordinate healthcare services, especially for people suffering from multiple chronic illnesses.

As a Councilwoman, Janice fought to secure health care for over 5,000 LAX Airport workers, and she stood side by side with Unite HERE workers along the hotel corridor at LAX to help them receive a living wage with health care benefits.

Immigration

Our nation has a history of welcoming immigrants; a history that what makes us strong and vibrant. The millions of undocumented workers who live in our country, work hard and contribute to our communities deserve a chance to come out of the shadows. Janice believes the federal government must take the lead on immigration reform. Radical laws like those in Arizona and Alabama are not constructive.

Janice believes there is a critical need for serious, comprehensive immigration reform at the federal level. She has always supported commonsense solutions like the DREAM Act, which would create a pathway to citizenship for individuals that meet certain requirements, like going to college or joining the military.

In Congress, she has worked with leaders to reform our broken immigration system and focus on practical proposals, not on ideological ones.

Janice has been endorsed by Latino leaders throughout our area, including: California Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez, former California State Assemblymember Hector De La Torre, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, California Latino Legislative Caucus Chair Ricardo Lara, and Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca, as well as Latino city council and school board members throughout the district.

Seniors

Janice will strongly support and protect Medicare. Janice opposes the irresponsible Paul Ryan proposal to turn Medicare into a voucher program, which would effectively end Medicare as we know it and further shift the burden of healthcare to our seniors. She believes that we can reduce government waste in Medicare and make it more effective and efficient without dismantling it.

Janice agrees with President Obama’s proposal for using Medicare’s purchasing power to reduce prescription drug costs for seniors as part of his deficit reduction plan.

Janice understands that Social Security represents one of the greatest social reforms in American history. In just a few years, we were able to move senior citizens from poverty to dignity. Janice knows that it is essential that we keep our pact with older Americans and continue to honor our obligations, because she believes that we have a moral responsibility to meet the obligations set forth in this eight-decade program.

Workers’ Rights

Janice is a strong supporter of organized labor and the right of workers to organize. Janice has always stood on behalf of those who have built this country and who want to rebuild and renew it again.

She is proud to have walked the picket lines with the ILWU when they were locked out of the docks in 2002. She successfully fought to see that hotel workers along the Century Corridor near LAX received a fair living wage; implemented a system to provide quality family health care for workers at Los Angeles World Airports; and has worked to get struggling, independent truck drivers at the Port of Los Angeles well-paying long-term jobs.

Janice Hahn has stood with airport workers, grocery workers, court interpreters, nurses, and others, in the struggle for good jobs. Janice strongly believes that there should never be a class of people termed the “working poor.” People who work hard should not be poor in California.

Equality

Janice learned carefully from the leadership of her father, County Supervisor Kenneth Hahn, who bravely stood up for equality and civil rights. Janice has always believed that every person deserves equal rights, regardless of race, religion, age, gender or sexual orientation.

Janice has always been a staunch supporter of equal rights for all Americans, and has always strongly believed that every person should have the right to marry whomever he or she chooses, regardless of gender. As a Councilwoman, she stood up against Proposition 8 and has supported efforts to overturn it. She is strongly against the Defense of Marriage Act, and is proud of President Obama’s repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell and his recent support of gay marriage. In Congress, Janice is a fighter for the LGBTQ community and will do everything she can to ensure equality for all Americans.

Janice is a cosponsor of H.R. 1116, “Respect for Marriage Act,” which repeals DOMA and restores the rights of all lawfully married couples – including same sex couples – to receive the benefits of marriage under federal law.

Transportation

As our nation becomes more interconnected, the need for smart, efficient 21st century transportation networks has never been greater.

Janice has always been a staunch advocate for increasing public transportation in Southern California. She understands the effects of traffic and the pollution that it causes, which is why Janice wants to fight to make investments in our transportation and infrastructure networks. Janice believes that we need to begin repairing our crumbling roads, highways, and bridges, while expanding our mass transit and subway systems, developing better access to public transit facilities, and building a high-speed rail system that connects Northern and Southern California.

Not only will these transit programs help to deter traffic in Southern California, but they will help to produce thousands of local good paying jobs—right here in California.

Janice authored H.R. 3837, the “Bridge to Jobs Act,” which would establish a program to build bridges in every state. She is also advocating for a strong goods movement program as part of the new transportation bill working through Congress.

Net Neutrality

Janice Hahn is committed to defending the principles of free speech and non-discrimination, and that commitment certainly extends to the Internet. She will fight efforts by big corporations to control online access, and work to preserve the Internet as a free and open platform. Without net neutrality, all but the largest online businesses would suffer and new Internet start-ups would be at a serious disadvantage. Destroying the important principle of net neutrality would change the innovative and entrepreneurial nature of the Internet, and would be disastrous to California’s $23 billion online industry.