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.
More on Jobs and the Economy
Washington, D.C. — Today, Representative Marcy Kaptur (D-OH), senior Member of the House Appropriations Committee, released the following statement after she joined the House in voting to pass Democrats’ updated version of The Heroes Act. The bill addresses needs that have developed since the House passed an earlier version in May and reflects bipartisan negotiations between Congressional Democrats and Republicans.
Toledo, OH – Today, Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (D-OH), Co-Chair of the Congressional Auto Caucus, released the following statement after General Motors (GM) announced it would invest $71 million in two northwest Ohio manufacturing plants, with $39 million to be invested at the Toledo Transmission plant and $32 million at the Defiance casting plant.
Toledo, OH – Today, Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (D-OH) and state Senator Teresa Fedor (D-Toledo) announced that $650 million in federal funding will be distributed to Ohio local governments, with more than $30 million going to communities and villages throughout Lucas County. The additional funding was amended on Tuesday into House Bill 614 in an effort to speed up passage in the Ohio House of Representatives.
Washington, D.C. – Today, Representatives Marcy Kaptur (D-OH) and Marcia Fudge (D-OH) released the following statement announcing that the Cleveland Water Alliance has been awarded $600,000 in federal funding to support the organization’s mission to better utilize the economic and job-creating potential of Lake Erie and investment in the “blue economy.” The funding was awarded through a competitive grant application through the Economic Development Administration’s (EDA) Build to Scale Program.
Washington, D.C. — Today, Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH-09), Chairwoman of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development, released the following statement after the fiscal year 2021 Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies funding bill, legislation she introduced and championed through the Appropriations Committee, passed the U.S. House of Representatives. The Energy and Water Development bill funds the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Department of the Interior programs, the Department of Energy, and other related agencies.
Washington, D.C. – Today, Representatives Marcy Kaptur (D-OH) and Tim Ryan (D-OH), sent the following letter calling on the leaders of the House and Senate to consider robust economic relief for small and medium sized manufacturers in the next coronavirus relief bill. Manufacturing communities across the U.S., especially in Ohio and the industrial Midwest, have been hurting for decades.
Washington, D.C. – Today, Representatives Marcy Kaptur (D-OH) and Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ) applauded the passage in the U.S. House of Representatives of their amendment that will provide $2 million to USPS for postal banking pilot programs throughout the United States.
Washington, D.C. — Today, Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH-09), Chairwoman of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development, released the following statement after the House of Representatives passed an appropriations package that includes the following four appropriations bills: State-Foreign Operations, Agriculture-Rural Development-FDA, Interior-Environment, and Military Construction and Veterans Affairs.
Toledo, OH – Today, Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (D-OH) released the following statement after the University of Toledo announced it will stay UTMC’s RFP process slowing decisions from entities interested in purchasing, leasing, or otherwise acquiring the University of Toledo Medical Center. Instead, the University announced it will focus on stabilizing the medical center’s finances and explore alternative community partnerships.
Washington, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (D-OH), Chair of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies, released the following statement after the Subcommittee approved by voice vote its fiscal year 2021 bill.