Source: United States House of Representatives – Congressman Darrell Issa (CA-50)
WASHINGTON DC – Today, Congressman Darrell Issa introduced legislation to safeguard the gig economy and defend economic opportunity for the millions of skilled Americans that make their living working independently. Rideshare drivers, graphic and interior designers, marketing specialists, accountants and technology experts are among the numerous categories of gig workers.
“With this bill, we are standing with millions of gig workers and defending them from hostile politicians that want to block their rights and extinguish their jobs,” said Congressman Issa. “Dismissed by some as part-timers undeserving of our support, these hardworking men and women are independent by choice and nothing less than a fundamental foundation of American commerce. They need our help more than ever.”
Rep. Issa was joined by 31 House colleagues supporting his legislation. The bill is also endorsed by TechNet, the nationwide and bipartisan network of tech CEOs and leading executives that promotes the growth of the innovation economy.
“Gig workers have been essential in powering America during the pandemic and play an increasingly important role in our nation’s economic success,” said Peter Chandler, Vice President, Federal Policy and Government Relations, TechNet. “Americans from all walks of life value the flexibility and increased opportunities provided by the gig economy. We applaud Representative Issa for recognizing how important gig workers are to the U.S. economy and the vital services they offer in communities across the country.”
Darrell Issa is the Representative of California’s 50th Congressional District. The District encompasses the central and northeastern parts of San Diego County and a portion of Riverside County, including the communities of Fallbrook, San Marcos, Valley Center, Ramona, Escondido, Santee, Lakeside, El Cajon, Temecula, and the mountain and desert areas of the San Diego-Imperial County line. Issa served as the Chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform from 2011-2015.