US-India Global Review

27 US-INDIA GLOBAL REVIEW JANUARY-MARCH 2018 middle class and access good paying jobs. 3. How do you see the future of the Congressional actions in the coming year? Apart from any other issues that you iden- tify, could you talk about hate crime, DACA and healthcare as you see it. Hate Crimes: Early in October, I introduced the Hate Crimes Commission Act of 2017, which would establish a bipartisan 12- person commission tasked with investigating and produce a report on the increase in hate crimes, the causes of that increase, and ways that law enforcement can better combat hate crimes. While it is unclear whether Republican leadership will take up this legisla- tion, I plan to continue gathering support from my colleagues. DACA: When President Trump announced that he was ending the DACA program, he postponed the official end of the program by six months. Congress now has until March 5, 2018 to find a solu- tion that will help our DREAMers attain legal status. Healthcare: While Congressional Republicans have failed to pass their proposed repeal of the Affordable Care Act, the Trump administration contin- ues to sabotage the ACA. From shortening the open enrollment period to ending the CSR pay- ments, the Trump administration is making it more difficult for people to access affordable health care. Congress has a responsibility to ensure that our constituents are not denied the coverage that can often be the difference between life and death. 6. What do you count as your contributions to ties with india? As one of five Indian-Americans and one of four Hindu-Americans in Congress, I have the ability and the responsibility to speak out on issues that impact members of our community, such as hate crimes, immigration, and jobs. I also work to ensure that the U.S. and India’s diplomatic, trade, and defense ties continue to grow stronger. This past summer, I had the privilege of traveling to India and meeting with Prime Minister Modi to discuss issues that matter to both our countries. I also sup- port efforts to make India a per- manent member of the UN Security Council. 7. Raja, you co-founded the Middle Class Jobs Caucus - could you give me an idea of where it's at and what are the upcoming matters on its agen- da. I co-founded the Middle Class Jobs Caucus with my colleague, Representative Mike Gallagher (R-WI), because I believe that Congress needs to be doing more to help working families sustain good-paying jobs in our evolving economy. The Middle Class Jobs Caucus hosts monthly events, where we bring in academics and industry leaders to discuss the many challenges our nation faces in strengthening our growing workforce. Last month we hosted a leading economist from the McKinsey Global Institute (MGI) to discuss ways that the federal gov- ernment can better incentivize small businesses to invest in workforce productivity and innova- tion. At this month’s event, which was hosted on November 1st, academics participated in an infor- mal panel discussion on regulato- ry reform and fiscal responsibility. I look forward to continuing to work with Congressman Gallagher to introduce bipartisan solutions to pressing issues facing middle class families. 8. You co-sponsored H.R.357: To require the President to develop and release a compre- hensive national strategy to prevent United States employ- ers from overseas outsourcing and off-shoring practices that impact the United States work- force. How does that or how will it affect Indians holding H-1B visa holders from India in par- ticular since they are among the highest users of this cate- gory? The legislation simply ensures that the President develops a comprehensive strategy to ensure that American workers are able to compete fairly with workers from overseas. The legislation will not have an impact on current holders of H-1B visas. 9. You are on the Committee on Education And The Workforce. Much has been writ- ten about the debt burden on students going for higher edu-