Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur

Representing the 9th District of Ohio

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. 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.


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.


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:

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

November 16, 2017 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH-09), today issued the following statement after voting no on H.R. 1, the Republicans’ tax plan:

“The People’s House let the American people down today with the hasty passage of a partisan tax bill, rammed through Congress without a single hearing.

“For all their talk of shedding light on their actions and an open transparent process, Republicans proved their primary interest is in serving their masters on Wall Street and corporate boardrooms.

November 16, 2017 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH-09), today joined her Congressional colleagues in introducing legislation to protect retirees invested in multiemployer pension funds. Democratic Congressional leadership released the Rehabilitation for Multiemployer Pensions Act, also known as the “Butch Lewis Act” in honor of an Ohio Teamster. The bill would establish stability in troubled plans through the issuance of low-interest, 30-year loans by a newly created Pension Rehabilitation Administration.

November 14, 2017 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH-09) today released two letters from the University of Toledo and The Ohio State University, both citing many concerns with the Republican tax bill in its current form.

November 8, 2017 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Amidst ongoing NAFTA renegotiations with Canada and Mexico, Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH-09) sent a letter, along with pages of testimony from Ohioans, to U.S. Trade Ambassador Robert Lighthizer urging that real labor standards and enforcement be included in any new continental trade agreement. 

November 6, 2017 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH-09), the Dean of the Ohio Delegation, today highlighted a state-by-state assessment, by the non-partisan Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy that shows under the proposed Republican tax plan, 440,000 Ohio households that earn less than $83,750 will see a tax hike averaging $710.

November 2, 2017 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH-09), the Dean of the Ohio Delegation, released the following statement after the release of the Republican tax plan which lowers the rate on corporations by about 40 percent and throws into question many deductions that every day Americans rely on to pay for it.  According to the Washington Post, the bill would add $1.5 trillion to the debt over 10 years.  

November 1, 2017 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH-09), Dean of the Ohio Delegation, today announced her strong support for the House and Senate Democrats “A Better Deal” Agenda for workers. Today, U.S.

October 27, 2017 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH-09), the Dean of the Ohio Delegation, took the floor of the House this week to oppose the current tax plan being offered by the Republican Congressional Majority.

Key excerpts from the floor speech:

“We cannot allow the Republican Majority to trade away creating jobs here in America, for doling out massive tax breaks to wealthy corporations that have no intention of investing here in the United States of America.

October 12, 2017 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH-09) and Congressman Steve Knight (CA-25) announced the creation of the bipartisan NASA Caucus to strengthen awareness of NASA’s many connections to our national security and economic interests, provide a bipartisan forum to discuss the scientific and technological challenges to American flight and space exploration endeavors, and serve as a focal point for public and private sector air and space expertise that cover the full range of NASA’s initiatives.

October 6, 2017 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH-09), the Dean of the Ohio Delegation, issued the following statement after news that the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, a Washington based trade group representing American corporations, called proposals in NAFTA negotiations “dangerous.”