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

February 14, 2019 Press Release

Washington, D.C. — Today, Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH-09), alongside Representatives John Rutherford (FL-4), Tim Ryan (OH-13), and Derek Kilmer (WA-6), introduced the bipartisan Veterans’-Specific Education for Tomorrow’s Health Professionals Act of 2019.

 

February 7, 2019 Press Release

Washington, D.C. — Today, Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH-09), Chair of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development, held a public hearing to examine and stress the importance of the Department of Energy’s (DOE) investment in energy innovation. The hearing included a discussion of the changing nature of America’s energy demands, including past, present, and future energy trends. The Subcommittee heard testimony from energy experts representing a wide variety of sectors, offering valuable governmental, business, and global perspectives.

February 6, 2019 Press Release

Washington, D.C. — Today, Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH-09), Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (CT-03), Congressman Tim Ryan (OH-13), Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky (IL-09), Congressman Bill Pascrell (NJ-09), and Congressman Jared Golden (ME-02) responded to President Trump’s State of the Union speech in which he praised his NAFTA 2.0 agreement.

January 28, 2019 Press Release

Washington, D.C. — Today, Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH-09), the longest-serving woman in U.S. House history and Dean of the Ohio Delegation, released the following statement following President Trump and Republicans’ decision to temporarily reopen the federal government after 35 days of the Trump Shutdown:

 

December 19, 2018 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH-09), Dean of the Ohio Delegation and senior Member of the House Appropriations Committee, released the following statement on news that Republican leadership in the Senate would move forward with a continuing resolution that would provide short-term funding to nine cabinet agencies and several smaller departments through February 8, 2019. 

December 12, 2018 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH-09), Dean of the Ohio Delegation, released the following statement after the passage of the bipartisan Farm Bill by the U.S. House of Representatives. The Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 passed the Senate yesterday and it now heads to the President’s desk.

December 7, 2018 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH-09), Dean of the Ohio Delegation and Co-Chair of the Auto Caucus, today sent a letter with four of her colleagues to President Donald Trump formally asking him to visit the communities impacted by General Motors’ decision to idle several North America plants.  The letter was signed by Rep. Debbie Dingell (MI-12), Rep. Tim Ryan (OH-13), Rep. Joyce Beatty (OH-03) and Rep.-Elect Andy Levin (MI-09).

November 30, 2018 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH-09), Dean of the Ohio Delegation and longest-serving woman in Congress, today released the following statement after President Trump signed a new trade agreement between the United States, Mexico and Canada:

“The same week General Motors announced the idling of five U.S. facilities and cutting 15,000 living wage jobs, including in Lordstown, Ohio, President Trump has claimed premature victory as U.S., Canadian and Mexican officials signed a tentative replacement for NAFTA.

November 26, 2018 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH-09), Dean of the Ohio Delegation and longest-serving woman in Congress, today released the following statement on General Motors’ decision to idle several North American manufacturing plants.

November 23, 2018 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH-09), Ranking Member of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy and Water, announced several investments from the fiscal year 2019 work plan from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) in Northern Ohio as well as the Soo Locks, which are critical for moving industrial materials across the Great Lakes. The Energy and Water Subcommittee oversees all spending by the Army Corps.