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

July 29, 2021 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH-09), Co-Chair of the House Auto Caucus, joined a bi-partisan group of 21 Members of Congress in a letter urging Congressional leaders to prioritize legislation that includes $2 billion in funding to secure domestic production of semiconductors used the automobile manufacturing industry. The full letter is below.

July 29, 2021 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH-09) released the following statement after the House of Representatives passed a package of seven fiscal year 2022 appropriations bills, including Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education ($254 billion), Agriculture ($197 billion), Energy and Water ($53 billion), Financial Services ($29 billion), Interior ($43 billion), Military Construction and Veterans Affairs ($280 billion), and Transportation and Housing and Urban Development ($163 billion).

July 29, 2021 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH-09) released the following statement after the first meeting of the Select Committee on Economic Disparity and Fairness in Growth took place. The committee, made up of eight Democratic Members of Congress selected by Speaker Nancy Pelosi, is tasked with addressing growing issues of inequality that plague the country. While established as a bipartisan body, no Republican Members of Congress chose to participate in today’s hearing.

July 22, 2021 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH-09) announced $1.8 million in federal grant funding for the Urban League of Greater Cleveland awarded by the U.S. Economic Development Administration through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act). The CARES Act allocated $1.5 billion for economic development assistance programs to assist communities and organizations impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

July 20, 2021 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH-09), Chair of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development, released the following statement after co-writing a letter, signed by more than 80 of her colleagues, calling on House and Senate leadership to include a Civilian Climate Corps in future infrastructure legislation.

July 16, 2021 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH-09), Chair of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development, released the following statement after legislation she sponsored, the 2022 Energy and Water Development funding bill, passed the House Appropriations committee. Next, the legislation will be considered by the full House. As Chair of the subcommittee with jurisdiction over appropriations for the Department of Energy, the Army Corps of Engineers, and the Bureau of Reclamation, Rep.

July 12, 2021 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH-09) released the following statement regarding Child Tax Credit payments of up to $300 per month, per child arriving in bank accounts and mailboxes this week. Due to the passage of the American Rescue Plan - championed by Congressional Democrats and signed by President Joe Biden on March 11, 2021 - Child Tax Credit payments will start being delivered July 15.

July 9, 2021 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH-09) announced $32,594,306 in federal grant funding for Cleveland Hopkins International Airport through the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021. The American Rescue Plan Act, signed by President Joe Biden on March 11, 2021, allocated $8 billion in funding available to airports across the country to prevent, prepare for, and respond to the coronavirus pandemic and its economic impact.

July 9, 2021 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH-09), Chair of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development, released the following statement regarding the U.S. Department of Energy awarding $2 million to Cleveland, OH’s Eaton Corporation, and $1.6 million to Lakewood, OH’s NeoGraf Solutions LLC in support of their efforts to develop clean hydrogen technologies.

July 2, 2021 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH-09), Chair of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development, released the following statement after the House of Representatives passed the INVEST in America Act, a critical part of President Biden and Congressional Democrats’ commitment to Build Back Better for the American people. The legislation will now be taken up by the Senate.