Economic Opportunity

“We don’t have to choose between policies that are good for our pocketbooks and policies that are good for our people.”

– Kendra Horn

Highlights:

  • Kendra voted to pass emergency unemployment assistance then worked with officials in Oklahoma to tackle the backlog of unemployment claims during the pandemic.
  • During her first term in Congress, Kendra worked with President Trump to pass the USMCA trade deal.
  • Kendra bucked party leadership and fought to pass more relief funding for small businesses, urging both parties to stop playing politics with the PPP program.
  • Kendra introduced the NASA Authorization Act and is working hard to bring good paying, high tech jobs and training to Oklahoma in the aerospace and energy sectors.
  • Kendra received the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Abraham Lincoln Leadership for America Award for advancing policies that are good for American businesses.

Our nation is facing an unprecedented health and economic crisis. In Congress, Kendra is fighting to help workers, small businesses and families make ends meet by bringing lawmakers from both parties together to enact practical solutions.

Kendra worked with both parties and President Trump to pass the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), an updated trade deal expected to create 175,OOO American jobs. The USMCA takes important steps forward to protect workers and expand free and fair trade with our state’s two largest trading partners. Each year, Mexico and Canada purchase $2.3 billion in Oklahoma exports.

When the pandemic struck, Kendra fought to expand unemployment benefits, including increased assistance and benefits for self-employed workers and gig workers who usually don’t qualify. When Oklahomans who’d lost their job through no fault of their own experienced long delays receiving assistance, Kendra pressured state officials to speed up the process and eliminate roadblocks for workers.

Small businesses are the backbone of Oklahoma’s economy, employing over half of our state’s workforce. During the pandemic, Kendra fought to help them keep their lights on and their workers employed, leading an effort to provide immediate grants and zero-interest disaster loans. After Congress passed the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) to provide relief to small businesses and funds ran out, Kendra led the charge to restore the program, urging both parties to stop playing political games with the PPP.

During her first term, Kendra helped introduce and pass 16 bills, signed into law by the president. Kendra’s enacted legislation includes the Great American Outdoors Act, the Tenants Bill of Rights for Military Families, the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act, and the Student Veteran Coronavirus Response Act.