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

May 24, 2017 Press Release

Washington, D.C. — Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH-09), today testified at a public hearing held by the U.S. Department of Commerce regarding its investigation of steel imports and illegal dumping of steel which has devastated steel-making communities such as Lorain, OH in the district she represents with job loss and uncertainty. Kaptur was the only Member of Congress to testify at the hearing.

See the following key excerpts from Kaptur testimony (watch here at 16:12 mark):

May 23, 2017 Press Release

Washington, D.C. — Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH-09), a senior Member of the House Appropriations Committee, today issued the following statement regarding President Donald Trump’s budget proposal:

May 1, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH-09), Ranking Member of the Appropriations Energy and Water Subcommittee, today issued the following statement:

“Though imperfect, this compromise funding bill to fund the remainder of this fiscal year comes at a welcome time. Congress can now send a signal of stability and security to the American people. With this agreement, we will finally and fully fund federal agencies for the remainder of the year and avert another manufactured funding crisis. 

April 28, 2017 In The News

President Donald Trump’s campaign rhetoric on trade hit like a cannonball across our Great Lakes heartland. From steel to solar panels, workers have been devastated by bad trade deals. Unfair market practices from China, Korea, and other nations that rig the global marketplace in their favor. The middle class and working families throughout Ohio took a chance on Donald Trump.

April 27, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, after a week of celebration and advocacy of science, our environment and conservation efforts, Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (D-OH) introduced the 21st Century Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) Act, a bill that would combat unemployment and preserve the environment by putting unemployed and underemployed citizens to work on critical environmental projects.

April 13, 2017 Press Release

TOLEDO, OH — Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH-09) today called on President Trump to uphold his campaign promise to label China as a currency manipulator and address the impact that the trade deficit has had on American workers. Throughout his campaign and his first months in office, President Trump pledged to the American people that he would correct our China trade policy and declared that this was essential to delivering on two other promises—to reduce our massive trade deficit and to ‘bring back’ American manufacturing jobs.

April 4, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. — On Equal Pay Day, Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH-09) cosponsored the Paycheck Fairness Act. This legislation would strengthen the Equal Pay Act of 1963 and ensure that women can hold employers accountable for what they earn and challenge pay discrimination.

March 31, 2017 Press Release

Toledo – Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH-09) issued the following statement on President Donald Trump’s Executive Order on the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA):

March 28, 2017 In The News

This week The Rough Draft Diaries chats with Democratic Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur. Marcy is the U.S. Representative for Ohio's 9th congressional district, stretching from Toledo to Cleveland, who has served since 1983. This episode covers Marcy's journey from her hometown of Toledo to Washington D.C and the lessons she has learned along the way.

March 27, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sens. Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Rob Portman (R-OH), and U.S. Rep. Marcy Kaptur (D-OH-09) today invited Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross to visit Lorain to meet with steelworkers and steel companies to see the impact of unfair trade on Ohio’s manufacturing sector. Ross committed to visit Lorain in separate meetings with Brown and Kaptur last week.