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. Her Congressional Made in America Promise Act (H.R. 194) would 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. Congresswoman Kaptur’s bill, the NAFTA Accountability Act (H.R. 191), requires the Administration to make an official assessment of the impact NAFTA has had on our economy and then renegotiate the deal if necessary.
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.
Why support American manufacturing? It 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.
Recognizing this, as Member of the House Appropriations Committee, Congresswoman Kaptur works each year to secure adequate funding for the Manufacturing Extension Partnership, which helps small and medium-sized businesses compete globally.
I also support the “Make It in America” plan of the House Democratic Caucus. It would create the conditions to help American businesses produce goods here, innovate here, and create jobs here. It includes a cross-section of legislation designed to ensure American can out-educate, out-innovate, and out-build its international competitors. Learn more about the plan here: https://www.democraticwhip.gov/content/when-we-make-it-america-america%E2%80%99s-families-will-make-it-too.
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.
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Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH-09), Dean of the Ohio Delegation, will today introduce an amendment to the Water Resources Development Act of 2018 to expand the scope of the Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation (SLSDC) to use funds to bolster trade and port activity in the Great Lakes region. Additionally, the bill renames the Seaway the Great Lakes St. Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation.
Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH-09), Dean of the Ohio Delegation, signed a discharge petition to force a vote to restore net neutrality protections, after Speaker Paul Ryan and House Republicans continued inaction to even debate restoring the net neutrality rules the Trump Administration’s Federal Communications Commission (FCC) dismantled in December.
Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH-09), Dean of the Ohio Delegation, released the following statement after voting no for the GOP led Farm Bill:
“America needs Congress to pass a bipartisan Farm Bill, not engage in political theatrics. Congress must immediately go back to the drawing board and produce a real Farm Bill that shows respect for our nation’s farmers and as well as consumers.
Washington, D.C. – During congressional debate on a related bill, Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH-09) today sought inclusion of her bipartisan amendment to provide relief to communities impacted by the potential closure of nuclear plants. The amendment would establish the National Electric Generation Facility Cessation Mitigation Program within the U.S. Department of Energy, and provide grants of up to 80% of lost tax revenue to local governments. The grants would decrease by 10% each year.
Thank you Chairman Simpson and all Members of this great subcommittee that consistently endeavors to work on a bipartisan basis to produce bills that meet our nation’s priorities in energy, water, and nuclear capabilities for domestic needs as well as security. As always, we applaud that our subcommittee bill is among the first out of the starting gate for 2019. This does not happen by chance and I am grateful for the excellent working relationship we and our Members have, Mr. Chairman. This is an achievement worthy of emulation in this Congress.
Washington, D.C. – Last Friday, Representatives Marcy Kaptur (D-OH), Paul Mitchell (R-MI), Jack Bergman (R-MI), and John Moolenaar (R-MI) led a bipartisan letter to President Donald Trump, urging his continued commitment to rebuild and improve the Soo Locks in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan. The letter was sent in response to remarks the president made during a recent event in Washington Township, Michigan, where he told the crowd he supports modernizing the Soo Locks.
Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH-09), Dean of the Ohio Delegation, released the following statement regarding news of the Trump Administration’s continued delays on finalizing relief for the U.S. steel industry:
“The President’s team promised a decision on steel a year ago. Unfortunately, mixed signals, lack of clarity, and failure to consult fully with other nations, has created chaos and upset the markets globally.
Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH-09,) in a letter to U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, urged the Trump Administration to actively oppose anti-worker legislation currently moving through the Mexican Senate.
Cleveland — Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH-09), senior Democrat on the House Appropriations Committee, today announced $2.6 million in federal investment for the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority (GCRTA) to renovate bus facilities.
President Donald Trump will visit Richfield, Ohio on Thursday to discuss his infrastructure proposal with the International Union of Operating Engineers. Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH-09) issued the following in response to the visit and infrastructure proposal: