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. 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.


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.


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.


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

October 1, 2018 Press Release

Toledo, Ohio – Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH-09), Dean of the Ohio Delegation and a leader in the initial fight to prevent NAFTA from being enacted, released the following statement after text of a modernized trade deal between the United States, Canada, and Mexico was released.

September 21, 2018 Press Release

Toledo, Ohio – Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH-09) today welcomed news that the University of Toledo received four federal awards from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the National Science Foundation totaling at over $1.3 million.


September 13, 2018 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH-09), today welcomed news of that the General Services Administration (GSA) is releasing a photo rendering of the new annex of the James M. and Thomas W.L. Ashley U.S. Courthouse in Toledo, Ohio. Kaptur, who serves as a senior member of the House Appropriations Committee, was instrumental in including the $104 million needed for construction of the Toledo Courthouse Annex in the 2016 Omnibus Appropriations bill.

September 11, 2018 Press Release

Toledo, Ohio – Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH-09), today welcomed news that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services awarded nearly $1 million in federal grants to two scientists at The University of Toledo for research projects examining cell behaviors that can lead to the development of better medicines to treat cancer, cardiovascular disease and autoimmune disease.

September 10, 2018 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH-09), who co-led Conference Committee negotiations as a member of the Appropriations “Minibus” Conference Committee, announced Ohio priorities secured in the spending deal which covers the Department of Energy, Department of Veterans Affairs, Military Construction, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Legislative Branch.

September 6, 2018 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH-09) today announced a federal award of over $200,000 to the Bay Village and Sheffield Lake Fire Departments under the Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) program. The operations and safety award funds much needed personal protective equipment, training, and supplies that support firefighting and non-affiliated EMS operations and safety. The Bay Village Fire Department will receive $137,048 and the Sheffield Lake Fire Department, $64,762.

August 27, 2018 Press Release

Toledo, Ohio – Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH-09), Dean of the Ohio Delegation and the longest-serving woman in the U.S. House Representatives, released the following statement after news that the United States and Mexico reached a tentative trade agreement on a range of issues.

June 5, 2018 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH-09), Dean of the Ohio Delegation, will today introduce an amendment to the Water Resources Development Act of 2018 to expand the scope of the Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation (SLSDC) to use funds to bolster trade and port activity in the Great Lakes region. Additionally, the bill renames the Seaway the Great Lakes St. Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation.

May 25, 2018 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH-09), Dean of the Ohio Delegation, signed a discharge petition to force a vote to restore net neutrality protections, after Speaker Paul Ryan and House Republicans continued inaction to even debate restoring the net neutrality rules the Trump Administration’s Federal Communications Commission (FCC) dismantled in December.

May 18, 2018 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH-09), Dean of the Ohio Delegation, released the following statement after voting no for the GOP led Farm Bill:

“America needs Congress to pass a bipartisan Farm Bill, not engage in political theatrics. Congress must immediately go back to the drawing board and produce a real Farm Bill that shows respect for our nation’s farmers and as well as consumers.