Growing a Strong Economy

As much of the United States has recovered from the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression in 2008, and unemployment levels have plunged, Zoe continues fighting to give Santa Clara families and businesses tools to grow their enterprises.

Zoe knows prosperity is more than a profit report. Prosperity begins with San Jose Main Street stores, Silicon Valley's global technology leaders, and working families alike thriving and creating opportunities for the whole Valley.

Achieving the American Dream

Zoe knows more remains to be done to drive the kind of economic growth that not only puts Americans to work in good jobs, but creates future opportunities for our children to live the American Dream.

Following the economic downturn in 2008, Zoe worked hard to address the housing market collapse to stop responsible Americans from losing their homes. Zoe also fought to protect working American families and our economy from the unethical banking practices which triggered the financial crisis.

While the economy has since rebounded from the foreclosure crisis, the high cost of housing in our region has become untenable. This continues to be a severe problem for a wide range of families, but it is even more impossible for those families just trying to make ends meet. Families will never be able to slowly build wealth and security if they are constantly being crushed by the costs of keeping a roof over their heads.

Zoe was an early supporter of the National Affordable Housing Trust Fund Act, which was enacted in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, and provides grants to States to increase and preserve the supply of rental housing for low-income families, including homeless families. She supports strengthening the Low Income Housing Tax Credit program, which assists in financing more than 100,000 units of affordable housing every year, and Zoe has also consistently supported increases to the Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac conforming loan limits for high-cost areas like Santa Clara County. These loan limit increases are essential in boosting the availability and affordablility of mortgages in regions like ours. 

There is much work that still needs to be done to make housing more affordable. Zoe has cosponsored a resolution to support robustly funding programs to increase access to affordable housing and affirming the right of all renters to a safe, affordable, and decent home.

Zoe has likewise opposed the Trump Administration’s efforts to eliminate programs which provide crucial funding to help encourage homeownership among low- and middle-income families across the country. 

Bringing down the costs of rent and home ownership will require strong partnerships between federal, state, and local governments and stakeholders. Zoe will continue to support federal efforts to make housing more affordable.

A Stronger, Innovative Economy for the 21st Century

As the elected Chair of the 39-member California Democratic Congressional Delegation, Zoe has worked with her colleagues to help California with investments in infrastructure, transportation, and clean American energy programs that put people to work in jobs that can't be sent overseas.

Zoe has also proposed legislation to ensure a free and open Internet that boosts U.S. ecommerce and has called for measures to increase U.S. innovation to compete in the global economy. She has authored legislation like the IDEA Act (H.R. 2161) to help American companies attract the best and brightest students, create American jobs, spur innovation, attract investment in America, while better protecting U.S. and foreign workers.

Sometimes what a legislator stops from happening can be as important as bills that are passed. Zoe was the leader in the effort to defeat the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), which experts judged the single biggest legislative threat to a free Internet ever seriously considered by Congress.

Instead, by focusing our efforts to help our economy innovate, grow and thrive, Zoe believes we can create opportunities for everyone to reach their full potential of the American Dream.

More on Growing a Strong Economy

December 2, 2015 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – As high-stake negotiations to reach a new global climate accord unfold in Paris, U.S. Reps. Zoe Lofgren (D- Calif.) and Doris Matsui (D- Calif.) introduced legislation today to spur American investment in clean energy projects, create jobs, support the rapidly growing field of clean energy technologies needed to combat climate change, and help the U.S. achieve energy security. 

September 30, 2015 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Reps. Zoe Lofgren (D-San Jose) and Mike Honda (D-Silicon Valley) issued the following statement today in response to an updated version of the October Visa Bulletin issued by the State Department on September 25th. The updated bulletin dramatically scaled back the number of immigrants eligible to apply for green cards and adjust to lawful permanent resident status:

April 30, 2015 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Democratic lawmakers led by U.S. Reps. Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.), Julia Brownley (D-Calif.), Alan Lowenthal (D-Calif.), and Donna F. Edwards (D-Md.) introduced new legislation today to end partisan gerrymandering and reform the nation's patchwork redistricting system.

March 18, 2015 Press Release

WASHINGTON D.C.U.S. Representative Zoe Lofgren (D-San Jose) and a bipartisan coalition of members of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives today introduced the Fair Access to Science and Technology Research (FASTR) Act, a bill to improve public access to federally-funded research.

The FASTR Act's introduction coincides with "Sunshine Week," a movement to highlight the need for transparency and openness from the federal government.

January 9, 2015 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-San Jose) issued the following statement in support of the Departments of Education and Justice's joint guidance released this week reminding states, school districts and schools of their obligations under federal law to ensure that English language learners have equal access to a high-quality education.

August 20, 2014 Press Release

SAN JOSE, CA – U.S. Reps. Zoe Lofgren (D- San Jose), Mike Honda (D- San Jose) and Anna Eshoo (D-Palo Alto) today announced nearly $1.2 million in federal funding for Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport.

The grant, administered by the U.S. Department of Transportation and the Federal Aviation Administration, will fund the extension of the sterile corridor at gates 17 and 18 in the terminal building, needed to accommodate increased air carrier service at the airport. 

April 25, 2014 Press Release
SAN JOSE, CA – Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.), a senior Member of the House Judiciary Committee, issued the following statement regarding Net Neutrality and the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) draft Open Internet Notice of Proposed Rulemaking:
"From the beginning, the internet and its users have flourished with ‘net neutrality.'  Internet providers can't accelerate content for a price or discriminate against content that did not pay.  Unlike radio and television, users of the system can decide for themselves what they want to see and do on the internet.
April 15, 2014 Press Release
SAN JOSE, CA  Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA-19) today issued the following statement today on the San Jose City Council vote unanimously approving the terms and conditions for the federal government to lease 35,149 square feet of space in the City Hall Wing as a permanent location of the Silicon Valley U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO):
April 8, 2014 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Reps. Zoe Lofgren (CA-19) and Doris Matsui (CA-06) introduced the Clean Energy Victory Bonds Act today, legislation allowing Americans to invest in clean energy technologies and projects around the country that will create jobs and spur the rapidly growing field of clean energy technologies that will be needed to increase U.S.