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.

Jobs and the Economy
Automaking remains the backbone of our regional economy

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.

More on Jobs and the Economy

February 17, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH-09) this week joined her colleagues in the newly formed Blue Collar Caucus to speak out on issues impacting workers under the Trump Administration.  The Blue Collar Caucus was founded by Reps. Marc Veasey (TX-33) and Brendan Boyle (PA-13). 

February 10, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH-09) joined as a cosponsor of the Buy American Improvement Act of 2017. The bipartisan legislation would ensure that iron and steel for infrastructure and transportation projects is made in America.

January 31, 2017 In The News

Last week, President Trump canceled U.S. participation in the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a trade organization made up of 12 nations, including Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, and Vietnam… Yet when NAFTA was passed, despite warnings from Ross Perot, Ralph Nader, and Marcy Kaptur.

January 18, 2017 In The News

There were about 750 people in attendance at the Woodward High School auditorium Wednesday night for the WorkReady Manufacturing informational session…Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur and business leaders spoke to hundreds about their potential to succeed with hard work.

January 4, 2017 Press Release


January 3, 2017
Contact: Josh Stewart, (202)225-4146 or  

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Rep. Marcy Kaptur (OH-09) stood with Democratic House colleagues and AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka and urged aggressive action to protect American workers and to call for renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). 

Statement from Kaptur:

December 8, 2016 Press Release

December 8, 2016

Contact: Nicole Dailey Jones, (800) 964-4699 & (202) 225-5411 or


Rep. Kaptur speaks out in defense of U.S. made steel and Midwestern steelworkers

December 1, 2016 Press Release


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November 17, 2016 Press Release

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Contact: Nicole Dailey Jones, (800) 964-4699 & (202) 225-5411 or


Kaptur Slams Republican Leaders in Congress for Failing to Pass Critical 2017 Budget and Department Funding Bills

October 10, 2016 In The News
“More Jobs, but Not for Everyone” (front page, Sept. 29), about the neglected impacts of trade on the American worker, was compelling and insightful. In places such as Ohio, presidential candidates would be well advised to focus on how to produce American jobs and a better standard of living for workers.