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

April 3, 2020 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur announced $18,870,900 for the Toledo Area Regional Transit Authority (TARTA) as a result of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, or CARES Act, passed last month by Congress. Included in the legislation was $25 billion to support transit agencies and their workers. Transit agencies across the U.S.

April 2, 2020 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (D-OH) released the following statement after the Trump Administration announced, in a reversal, that seniors who receive Social Security and who do not usually file tax returns will automatically receive their coronavirus stimulus checks. A previous Administration rule would have required seniors to jump through unnecessary, bureaucratic hoops in order to receive their checks. The extra hurdle would have likely meant millions of seniors would have missed out on the stimulus payment. On Wednesday, Rep.

April 1, 2020 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (D-OH) released the following statement in response to reports that tech glitches and bureaucracy could delay delivery of COVID-19 stimulus checks to a large number of Americans, including millions of seniors who receive Social Security. On Monday, the Internal Revenue Service posted a notice on its website informing Social Security recipients they will have to file a tax return this year:

 

March 30, 2020 Press Release

Washington, D.C. — Today, Representative Marcy Kaptur (D-OH), released a comprehensive COVID-19 Information and Resources Guide for constituents of Ohio’s Ninth Congressional District. The guide was distributed via email as an eNewsletter and social media. To view and download the guide, go to https://kaptur.house.gov/guide.

 

The COVID-19 Information and Resources Guide, includes:

March 27, 2020 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (D-OH), Chair of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development, released the following statement in response to the passage of historic families and workers-first legislation, which will now go to the President’s desk for his signature.

 

“At this historic moment for our beloved nation, we come together to pass the largest federal boost to our economy in modern history,” said Rep. Kaptur. “This package is “For Our People.” It will save lives and our economy.”

March 20, 2020 Press Release

Washington, D.C. — Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH-09), senior Member of the House Appropriations Committee, today announced $425,000 in federal funds for The Fair Housing Center in Toledo to strengthen its work to prevent and eliminate housing discrimination. The funds were allocated through the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Fair Housing Initiatives Program (FHIP), which funds fair housing organizations and other nonprofits that assist individuals who believe that they have been victims of housing discrimination.

 

March 10, 2020 Press Release

Washington, D.C. — Today, Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH-09), Chairwoman of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development, held a Subcommittee hearing on the Trump Administration’s FY 2021 budget request for U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Bureau of Reclamation.

 

Rep. Kaptur Opening Statement As Prepared For Delivery

 

The Subcommittee will come to order. We are here today to discuss the fiscal year 2021 budget request for the Army Corps of Engineers and the Bureau of Reclamation.

February 27, 2020 Press Release

Washington, D.C. — Today, Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH-09), Chairwoman of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development, held a Subcommittee hearing on the Trump Administration’s FY 2021 budget request for the Department of Energy (DOE). DOE Secretary Dan Brouillette testified on behalf of the Administration.

 

Rep. Kaptur Opening Statement As Prepared For Delivery

 

February 19, 2020 Press Release

Washington, D.C. — Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH-09), Chair of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development, announced today that the Lorain County Community Development Department will receive $200,000 in federal funding through the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training program. This funding will provide funding for the recruitment, training, and placement of unemployed and underemployed residents of Lorain County in environmental careers.

February 13, 2020 Press Release

Washington, D.C. — Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH-09), Chair of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development, announced $53,288,348 in federal investments for communities across Northern Ohio. The funding was provided by the Department of Housing and Urban Development. Specifically, the funding comprises $38,391,672 in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), $10,282,141 in HOME Investment Partnership Program (HOME), $3,034,624 Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG), and $1,579,911 in Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) funding.