Rep. Michelle Steel (CA-48) spoke on the House Floor in support of American workers and against the PRO Act, which could cost employers up to $47 billion, create less flexibility for workers and nationalize some of California’s worst liberal policies.
“The PRO Act strips people of their right to work and comes at a time when our economy has been transformed by the COVID-19 pandemic. Now, more than ever, people need more flexibility and independence to work in the capacity they see fit – not less,” Rep. Steel said.
Rep. Steel voted against the PRO Act, which would nationalize the ‘ABC Test’ seen in California that makes it harder for workers to define themselves as independent contractors. This would negatively impact millions of jobs across the country and take away workers’ flexibility to do their jobs.
“Independent contractors, entrepreneurs, and small businesses in my home state of California already understand the devastating affects AB-5 had on their ability to provide for their families. This law curbed opportunities for people to work independently through the gig economy or independent contractor roles,” Rep. Steel said. “As a member of the education and labor committee, I would have loved the opportunity to offer amendments to help fix this bill on behalf of my constituents. Unfortunately, we did not get to have a markup as the democrats rushed another radical bill to the House floor.”
You can watch her full remarks here.