Jobs and the Economy
Strengthening the economy and creating jobs has been Congresswoman Kaptur’s top priority since she was first elected.
Northern Ohio’s economy has been hit particularly hard as a result of unfair trade agreements, recklessness on Wall Street, and federal policies that benefit large corporations and the wealthy instead of the middle class.
While the numbers may show that we are no longer in a recession, the reality on the ground is quite different. There are still far too many individuals seeking work or are underemployed. Democrats and Republicans need to come together to focus on the American people’s number one priority – creating jobs.
CREATING AMERICAN JOBS
In addition, Congresswoman Kaptur believes in leading example. Kaptur is a champion of eliminating eliminate loopholes in the Buy America Act to ensure that Congress buys American made products when it procures products from the private sector. The bill also ends Buy America waivers for products that utilize an official insignia of the House, Senate, or Congress. If Congress is going to spend taxpayer dollars then it should support American workers.
STOPPING THE OUTSOURCING OF AMERICAN JOBS
Unbalanced trade agreements such as the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) send American jobs overseas. Congresswoman Kaptur has consistently fought against these unfair agreements and will continue to fight against them in the future.
Beyond that, the U.S. should renegotiate trade agreements that do not give the American worker a fair chance in the global marketplace.
STRENGTHENING AMERICAN MANUFACTURING
The U.S. has been the world’s leading in manufacturing for more than a century. Although manufacturing has declined in recent years, we are witnessing a turnaround due to a number of factors. American manufacturers have added thousands of jobs over the past three years, but we must continue to support this vitally important sector of the economy.
American manufacturing creates more value across the economy per dollar spent than any other sector. For every $1 of goods produced, manufacturing generates an additional $1.43 for the economy and each manufacturing job creates at least 2.91 more jobs in other sectors.
Small and medium-sized manufacturers are the backbone of U.S. manufacturing, comprising 84% of manufacturers, and employing 51% of the manufacturing workforce. However, often due to limited resources, many lack access to technical assistance and information needed to solves challenges and identify opportunities for growth.
As a member of the bipartisan House Manufacturing Caucus, Congresswoman Kaptur is always looking for ways to help manufacturing remain a source of good-paying, sustainable American jobs.
THE AUTOMOBILE INDUSTRY
Few industries are more important to Ohio than the motor vehicle industry, or auto industry. It is responsible for one in every eight jobs in Ohio. Despite the crisis of 2008-2009, the industry has rebounded strongly.
When the crisis hit, Congresswoman Kaptur was one of the first lawmakers urging congressional action to save the American automobile industry. Now the industry is rebounding and creating thousands of jobs in the industrial heartland.
The best way to strengthen the auto industry is to support the middle class and improve our economy by supporting American manufacturing, stopping outsourcing, investing in renewable energy, and renegotiating unfair trade agreements.
More on Jobs and the Economy
Washington, D.C. — Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH-09), Chair of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development, announced $53,288,348 in federal investments for communities across Northern Ohio. The funding was provided by the Department of Housing and Urban Development. Specifically, the funding comprises $38,391,672 in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), $10,282,141 in HOME Investment Partnership Program (HOME), $3,034,624 Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG), and $1,579,911 in Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) funding.
Washington, D.C. — Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (D-OH) delivered the following remarks on the floor of the House of Representatives in support of H.R. 2474, the Protecting the Right to Organize Act of 2019 (PRO Act), which passed the House Thursday evening. The legislation will hold employers accountable for violating workers’ rights, end the use of forced arbitration, and strengthen the sacred right to join in union.
Washington, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH-09), released the following statement after voting against the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). Rep. Kaptur’s floor speech urging her colleagues to vote against USMCA can be viewed here.
Washington, D.C. — Today, Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH-09), Chairwoman of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development, released the following statement after the House passed two legislative packages that together comprise all 12 fiscal year 2020 funding bills – H.R. 1865, domestic priorities and international assistance appropriations minibus, and H.R.
Washington, D.C. — Today, Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH-09), Chairwoman of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development, released the following statement after the House Committee on Appropriations released the final fiscal year 2020 spending agreement, which includes the Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies funding bill. The legislation funds the Department of Energy, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Department of the Interior programs, and other related agencies. The bill now heads to the House floor.
Washington, D.C. — Today, Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (D-OH), voted to pass H.R. 5038, The Farm Workforce Modernization Act, a bill to stabilize the agricultural sector and protect farm workers.
Washington, D.C. — Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (D-OH) released the following statement after the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced its finalized rule for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) regarding Able-Bodied Adults Without Dependents (ABAWDs), a decision that could impact 700,000 Americans. The rule will restrict a states’ ability to waive SNAP’s three-month time limit in areas with insufficient jobs. This new calculation is punitive and will see nearly 88% of ABAWDs hurt by the Trump Administration.
Washington, D.C. — Today, Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH-09), Chair of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development, joined representatives and researchers from the University of Toledo and Eaton Corporation at a press conference announcing $8,700,000 in Department of Energy (DOE) funding that will support the two organizations in their research and development of solar technology. The University of Toledo awards follow on the recent and major award the University received from the U.S. Air Force in April.
WASHINGTON — Today, Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH-09), Co-Chair of the House Auto Caucus, released the following statement after General Motors (GM) and United Auto Workers (UAW) agreed on a negotiated contract, ending a 40-day strike by nearly 50,000 GM employees.