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.
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.
CREATING AMERICAN 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.
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. 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.
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.
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: http://www.democraticwhip.gov/content/when-we-make-it-america-america%E2%80%99s-families-will-make-it-too.
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. – 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.
Washington D.C. – Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH-09) cosponsored the Healthy Families Act, which would allow workers to earn paid sick leave, as opposed to taking vacation time or unpaid leave. Paid sick leave is critical for when employees get sick or need to care for a loved one. 41 million workers in the private sector do not have access to paid sick days.
Washington D.C. – Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH-09) issued the following statement about President Donald Trump’s draft budget proposal.
Washington D.C. – Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH-09) sent a letter to President Donald Trump requesting immediate and urgent assistance regarding the loss of jobs in the steel industry in Lorain, northern Ohio and across America.
Key excerpts from Kaptur's letter:
Democratic Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur has invited President Donald Trump to visit Lorain and help prevent the closure of some of the city's steel operations.
U.S. Steel plans to permanently close one of its tubular operations in June, after idling it in 2015. That part of the plant makes smaller pipes; Kaptur says there’s been less demand for those pipes with the downturn in the natural gas industry. She says Trump could start by placing a tariff on foreign steel.
Daniel Outlaw (202) 225-1956 (Knight)
Josh Stewart (202) 225-4146 (Kaptur)
KNIGHT AND KAPTUR URGE INVESTMENT IN AVIATION TECHNOLOGY
BIPARTISAN LETTER ARGUES FOR ADEQUATE NASA FUNDING TO PRESIDENT
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH-09) this week joined her colleagues in the newly formed Blue Collar Caucus to speak out on issues impacting workers under the Trump Administration. The Blue Collar Caucus was founded by Reps. Marc Veasey (TX-33) and Brendan Boyle (PA-13).
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH-09) joined as a cosponsor of the Buy American Improvement Act of 2017. The bipartisan legislation would ensure that iron and steel for infrastructure and transportation projects is made in America.
Last week, President Trump canceled U.S. participation in the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a trade organization made up of 12 nations, including Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, and Vietnam… Yet when NAFTA was passed, despite warnings from Ross Perot, Ralph Nader, and Marcy Kaptur.
There were about 750 people in attendance at the Woodward High School auditorium Wednesday night for the WorkReady Manufacturing informational session…Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur and business leaders spoke to hundreds about their potential to succeed with hard work.