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.

Kaptur at Washington auto show Jeep

More on Jobs and the Economy

September 16, 2021 Press Release

Toledo, OH – Today, Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH-09) released the following statement after participating in a press conference with Toledo-area leaders where she announced the U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) had awarded a $5,898,509 grant to the Collingwood Green senior housing project to support the creation of 30 units of housing for low-income seniors. In May, Rep.

September 15, 2021 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH-09), Co-Chair of the bipartisan House Great Lakes Task Force, released the following statement after the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee passed a nearly $60 billion reconciliation bill that included her request for $350 million in funding for a state-of-the-art Great Lakes heavy icebreaker for the U.S. Coast Guard.

September 13, 2021 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, on the first day of National Small Business Week, Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH-09) released the following statement on the success of the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Restaurant Revitalization Fund in supporting Northern Ohio businesses harmed by the Covid-19 pandemic.

August 20, 2021 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH-09) released the following statement after calling on the Chairs of the House and Senate Budget and Agriculture Committees to allocate $100 million in additional funding for the Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP), and the Women, Infants, and Children Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program (FMNP).

August 10, 2021 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH-09) released the following statement after the Senate overwhelmingly approved a $1 trillion infrastructure bill in a 69-30 vote. The legislation will next be taken up by the House for its consideration.

August 5, 2021 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH-09) released the following statement on the passing of AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka.

“For nearly 50 years, Richard Trumka fiercely defended the rights of, and advanced justice for millions of hardworking men and women who clocked in to work every day to build up their own version of the American Dream.

August 3, 2021 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH-09) released the following statement after hosting a Covid-19 telephone-town hall on August 2 in which more than 4,500 residents of Ohio’s Ninth Congressional District participated. The town hall was co-hosted by Dr. Michael Saag, Associate Dean for Global Health at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and the incoming Chair of the Board of Scientific Counselors at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID). Together, Rep. Kaptur and Dr.

July 29, 2021 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH-09), Co-Chair of the House Auto Caucus, joined a bi-partisan group of 21 Members of Congress in a letter urging Congressional leaders to prioritize legislation that includes $2 billion in funding to secure domestic production of semiconductors used the automobile manufacturing industry. The full letter is below.

July 29, 2021 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH-09) released the following statement after the House of Representatives passed a package of seven fiscal year 2022 appropriations bills, including Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education ($254 billion), Agriculture ($197 billion), Energy and Water ($53 billion), Financial Services ($29 billion), Interior ($43 billion), Military Construction and Veterans Affairs ($280 billion), and Transportation and Housing and Urban Development ($163 billion).

July 29, 2021 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH-09) released the following statement after the first meeting of the Select Committee on Economic Disparity and Fairness in Growth took place. The committee, made up of eight Democratic Members of Congress selected by Speaker Nancy Pelosi, is tasked with addressing growing issues of inequality that plague the country. While established as a bipartisan body, no Republican Members of Congress chose to participate in today’s hearing.