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

May 26, 2020 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (D-OH) release the following statement urging farmers across Northern Ohio who have suffered losses as a result of the dual public health and economic challenges caused by coronavirus to apply for direct payments being made available by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).

 

May 22, 2020 Press Release

Cleveland, OH – Today, Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (D-OH) released the following statement after the Trump Administration rejected the certification of the Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency’s (NOACA) request for direct federal funding from the Department of the Treasury through the Coronavirus Relief Fund. The Trump Administration conveyed its decision in a letter from the Department of Treasury to Representatives Kaptur, Anthony Gonzalez (R-OH), David Joyce (R-OH) and Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH).

May 20, 2020 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, Representative Marcy Kaptur (D-OH) joined 78 of her House colleagues in urging House Leadership to include a “Restoration and Resilience Jobs” program in future economic recovery packages. In April 2019, Rep. Kaptur introduced the 21st Century Civilian Conservation Corps Act of 2019, legislation to reestablish and build upon the historic achievements of the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC).

May 16, 2020 Press Release

Toledo, OHCongresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH-09) on Friday entered into the Congressional Record the following commendation for thousands of Northern Ohio workers, including nearly 3,000 at FCA Toledo Jeep, who will return to work at facilities across Northern Ohio on Monday, May 18, 2020 following a prolonged shutdown due to the coronavirus pandemic. Fiat Chrysler manufactures its wildly popular Wrangler and Gladiator models in Toledo.  

 

May 15, 2020 Press Release

Washington, D.C. — Today, Representative Marcy Kaptur (D-OH), senior Member of the House Appropriations Committee, spoke on the House floor in support of H.R. 6800, the Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions Act (HEROES Act), ahead of a vote on the bill scheduled for Friday evening.

May 12, 2020 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (D-OH) announced $7,968,944 in federal funding has been awarded to the Cleveland Division of Police by the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) through its COPS Hiring Program (CHP) and Operation Relentless Pursuit. The funding will enable the Cleveland Division of Police to deploy sworn veteran officers to important task force duties and use the CHP funding to hire new recruits to back-fill those positions.

May 12, 2020 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, Representatives Marcy Kaptur (D-OH), Debbie Dingell (D-MI), Fred Upton (R-MI), Chuck Fleischmann (R-TN), Dan Kildee (D-MI), Anthony Gonzalez (R-OH), Haley Stevens (D-MI), Van Taylor (R-TX), and Terri Sewell (D-AL) lead a bipartisan group of lawmakers in urging House Leadership to support jobs and economic stabilization of the auto industry in future coronavirus relief packages.

 

May 12, 2020 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, Representatives Marcy Kaptur (D-OH), Debbie Dingell (D-MI), Fred Upton (R-MI), Chuck Fleischmann (R-TN), Dan Kildee (D-MI), Anthony Gonzalez (R-OH), Haley Stevens (D-MI), Van Taylor (R-TX), and Terri Sewell (D-AL) lead a bipartisan group of lawmakers in urging House Leadership to support jobs and economic stabilization of the auto industry in future coronavirus relief packages.

 

May 1, 2020 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur, (D-OH), along with Representatives Debbie Dingell (D-MI), Dean Phillips (D-MN) and Andy Levin (D-MI) held a call with regional reporters on Thursday as House Democrats are demanding support for the region’s frontline public service workers in next Coronavirus aid package.

 

Midwest Democrats are fighting for critical aid that state and local governments need to pay healthcare workers, police, firefighters, teachers and other frontline public service workers during the crisis.

 

May 1, 2020 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (D-OH) announced $4,425,942.00 in Department of Housing and Urban Development Rental Assistance Funding to provide support for public housing authorities across Northern Ohio as communities face the COVID-19 challenge.