Pelosi Names Kaptur to Select House Committee Tasked with Tackling Inequality, Ensuring Economic Opportunity for All Americans

June 21, 2021
Press Release

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For Immediate Release 
June 15, 2021 

Contact: Steve Katich
419.290.0437

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH-09) was appointed by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) to serve on the Select Committee on Economic Disparity and Fairness in Growth, a committee newly formed in the 117th Congress to address the growing inequalities in the U.S. and advance the goal of ensuring working Americans everywhere have the opportunity to succeed.

Congresswoman Kaptur will contribute to the committee her unique perspective as a long time representative for communities left behind by the global economy, and her years of experience helping to revitalize those communities, such as Ohio’s Ninth Congressional District.

“I thank Speaker Nancy Pelosi for this great privilege to serve our nation and my House colleagues to Build Back Better the whole of America,” said Kaptur. “Our responsibilities on this Special Committee are profound — a once in a generation opportunity.   I am eager to work with my colleagues to bolster the foundations of middle-class prosperity and make real progress on ensuring our economy works for all. Let us assemble the best ideas and recommendations to lift all the people in our country, surely those whose livelihoods and regions have been battered economically or have historically been left behind. Let us seize this rare moment for economic recovery. Let us address all corners and coasts as we position our beloved country for the tomorrows ahead that our progeny will inherit from us,” Kaptur concluded.

The rules for the 117th Congress, adopted on January 4, 2021, established the Select Committee on Economic Disparity and Fairness in Growth to address the wide array of inequalities that have grown wider over the past several decades and take steps to enable all Americans to share in the 21st Century economy. It is modeled after the Temporary National Economic Committee that Congress established in 1938 at the request of then-President Franklin D. Roosevelt.

In announcing this new committee’s Democratic members, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said, “As we proceed with this Committee, we must hear from those who have the greatest needs, as well as those with knowledge of the financial instruments that can be helpful. This must be done with respect for people’s dignity and recognition of the scale of the challenge ahead.”

Drawing upon her service as the representative for hard working, heartland industrial communities and her experience in economic development at the local, regional and federal levels, Congresswoman Kaptur’s focus on this committee will be on policies to revive the economies of struggling regions. She will serve on this committee alongside Congressman Jim Himes (D-CT-04), who will be Chair; Congresswoman Gwen Moore (D-WI-04); Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (D-TX-15); Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal (D-WA-07); Congresswoman Angie Craig (D-MN-02); Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY-14); and Congresswoman Sara Jacobs (D-CA-53). Republican members of the committee are expected to be named in the near future.

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Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur represents Ohio's Ninth Congressional District. She is currently the longest serving woman in the history of the U.S. House of Representatives and ranks among the most senior Members of the 117th Congress. A native Toledoan, she was first elected to the U.S. Congress in 1982. She is a member of the powerful House Appropriations Committee, where she serves as the first woman to Chair the influential House Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development. She is also a member of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense, and the Subcommittee on Interior.

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