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

April 20, 2021 Press Release

Washington, D.C. — Today, the bipartisan House Great Lakes Task Force Co-Chairs Representatives Marcy Kaptur (D-OH), Debbie Dingell (D-MI), David Joyce (R-OH), and Bill Huizenga (R-MI), along with Bill Foster (D-IL) and Jack Bergman (R-MI), led a group of 32 Members of Congress in sending a bipartisan letter to Office of Budget and Management (OMB) Acting Director Shalanda Young and Acting Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works Jaime A. Pinkham outlining the Task Force’s budget priorities for the Great Lakes region in FY2022.  

 

April 9, 2021 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (D-OH), Chair of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development, released the following statement after President Joe Biden released his FY2022 budget request. Rep. Kaptur also serves on the Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense and the Appropriations Subcommittee on the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies.

 

April 7, 2021 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (D-OH), announced a new federal housing infrastructure pilot program to benefit homes across Toledo, Ohio.

March 31, 2021 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (D-OH), Chair of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development, released the following statement as President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris unveiled the American Jobs Plan, a historic, new-age jobs and infrastructure package to reimagine and rebuild the American economy, invest in American communities, create millions of new jobs, rebuild our country’s infrastructure, combat climate change, and take on global competitors like China.

March 29, 2021 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (D-OH) and U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), along with U.S. Senators Roger Wicker (R-MS), Chris Coons (D-DE), and Rob Portman (R-OH) and Representatives Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA), Tim Ryan (D-OH), and Haley Stevens (D-MI) introduced the bipartisan, bicameral Office of Manufacturing and Industrial Innovation Policy Act to create a new Office of Manufacturing and Industrial Innovation Policy (OMII) overseen by a Chief Manufacturing Officer in the Executive Office of the President.

March 16, 2021 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (D-OH), released the following statement following reports that Ford Motor Company will not honor its negotiated contractual commitments to add jobs and production at the Ohio Assembly Plant in Avon Lake, instead, shifting jobs and production to Mexico.

 

March 10, 2021 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (D-OH), released the following statement announcing that $160,000 in emergency funding will be directed to Castalia, Ohio as a result of the American Rescue Plan, a comprehensive COVID-19 response package unveiled by President Joe Biden his first day in office. Rep. Kaptur fought for months to secure direct federal aid to localities to strengthen their fight against COVID-19.

March 10, 2021 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (D-OH), released the following statement announcing that $2.09 million in emergency funding will be directed to Brooklyn, Ohio as a result of the American Rescue Plan, a comprehensive COVID-19 response package unveiled by President Joe Biden his first day in office. Rep. Kaptur fought for months to secure direct federal aid to localities to strengthen their fight against COVID-19.

March 10, 2021 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (D-OH), released the following statement announcing that $3.6 million in emergency funding will be directed to Brook Park, Ohio as a result of the American Rescue Plan, a comprehensive COVID-19 response package unveiled by President Joe Biden his first day in office. Rep. Kaptur fought for months to secure direct federal aid to localities to strengthen their fight against COVID-19.

March 10, 2021 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (D-OH), released the following statement announcing that $3.65 million in emergency funding will be directed to Berea, Ohio as a result of the American Rescue Plan, a comprehensive COVID-19 response package unveiled by President Joe Biden his first day in office. Rep. Kaptur fought for months to secure direct federal aid to localities to strengthen their fight against COVID-19.