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.


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.


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.


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.


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.

Kaptur at Washington auto show Jeep

More on Jobs and the Economy

December 10, 2019 Press Release

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. 


November 6, 2019 Press Release

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.


October 28, 2019 Press Release

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. 

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September 16, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON — Today, Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH-09), Co-Chair of the House Auto Caucus, released the following statement after nearly 50,000 General Motors (GM) employees went on strike after contract negotiations between their union the United Auto Workers (UAW) and GM stalled.


July 26, 2019 Press Release

Washington, D.C. — On Thursday, Co-Chairs of the Congressional Auto Caucus Representatives Marcy Kaptur (D-OH) and Mike Kelly (R-PA), submitted bipartisan testimony to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Consumer Protection and Commerce during the committee’s Member Day hearing.


July 24, 2019 Press Release


WASHINGTON — Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH-09) released the following statement after the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced its proposed rule to dismantle state flexibility for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), a decision that would deny food assistance for up to 3.1 million people across the U.S., including 64,752 households in Ohio’s Ninth Congressional District, and eliminate access to free school meals for low-income students:


July 18, 2019 Press Release

Washington, D.C. — Today, Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (D-OH) voted to pass the Raise the Wage Act, a landmark piece of legislation to gradually increase the federal minimum wage to $15 over six years. According to independent economic analysis, the bill would increase pay for up to 33 million American workers, including 128,300 workers (39.8%) in Ohio’s Ninth Congressional District.

July 17, 2019 Press Release

Washington, D.C. — Today, Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH-09), introduced the Independent Labor Secretariat for Fair Trade Deals Act of 2019, legislation that would establish an independent Labor Secretariat with the authority to address transnational issues relating to labor, monitor and enforce labor-related trade agreement provisions, and provide research relating to the effects of trade agreements on jobs and communities in the countries covered by the agreement. 

June 27, 2019 Press Release

Washington, D.C. — Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH-09) has introduced the Transform Student Debt to Home Equity Act of 2019, legislation that directs the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) to establish a pilot program to connect creditworthy federal student debt holders with housing properties for sale but held by the federal government and landbanks.