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Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro

Representing the 3rd District of Connecticut

Jobs and the Economy

With over 13 million unemployed across the country and a high unemployment rate in Connecticut, Rosa’s top priority continues to be putting people back to work. Only by creating good middle class jobs and setting a new direction for our economy can we hope for sustainable economic growth that allows us to compete in a 21st century global economy.

From supporting innovative small business and our manufacturing base to investments in education and scientific research, we must address the immediate jobs crisis and lay the foundation to create good, sustainable middle class jobs that cannot be outsourced and will lead to long-term economic growth.

According to the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office, middle-class and working-class Americans have seen their wages stagnate and median income fall over the past thirty years, even as the top 1% of Americans have seen their income triple to 23% of the total. Meanwhile 1 in 6 Americans are living in poverty.

We are also seeing more and more good jobs shipped overseas. According to the Economic Policy Institute, we have lost over 31,000 jobs in Connecticut, including 6,000 jobs in the 3rd District, over the last decade due to our trade deficit with China alone. At the same time, our infrastructure, the lifeblood of any economy, is crumbling with the American Society of Civil Engineers noting that, among other things, 35% of Connecticut’s bridges are structurally deficient or functionally obsolete, 47% of our major roads are in poor or mediocre condition, and we need an investment of $653 million over the next 20 years in our drinking water infrastructure.

Rosa’s plan aims to create jobs now and well into the future; preserves existing jobs and prevents unjust barriers to employment; builds the foundations for long-term growth by rebuilding our infrastructure and reviving the manufacturing sector; and helps working families to ensure they get the pay and benefits they deserve. Support for small businesses, innovative research and education is critical to creating jobs.

To read Rosa’s Job’s Plan, please click here.

More on Jobs and the Economy

May 9, 2019 Press Release
Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (CT-03) today released the following statement after United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) employees at the Economic Research Service (ERS) voted 138-4 in favor of joining the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE).
May 8, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC (May 8, 2019)  Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (CT-03) today released the following statement after the House Ways and Means Committee held its first hearing on paid leave.

April 29, 2019 Press Release
Legislation increases discretionary funding by $11.7 billion from the 2019 level, investing in education, health care, medical research, and job training so people have a better chance at a better life. Bill funds firearm injury and mortality prevention research at CDC for first time in more than 20 years.
April 11, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (CT-03) today released the following statement on Stop & Shop workers going on strike after failing to reach a contract agreement.

April 9, 2019 Press Release

(As prepared for delivery)

 

A video of the hearing can be found here.

 

Good morning. Welcome everyone to the Labor, HHS, and Education Appropriations Subcommittee. Today’s oversight hearing will examine wage theft and the critical role of the Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division in combatting it.

April 4, 2019 Press Release

(As prepared for delivery)

A video of the hearing can be found here.

 

Good afternoon, Secretary Acosta. Welcome back to our Subcommittee. This is our fourth budget hearing this year. Today, we are examining the President’s FY 2020 budget request for the Department of Labor.

March 27, 2019 Press Release
Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (CT-03) today released the following statement after the House of Representatives passed the Paycheck Fairness Act (H.R. 7) by a vote of 242-187, including 7 Republicans.
March 8, 2019 Press Release
Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (CT-03) today released the following statement after the Department of Labor (DOL) proposed to change rules related to overtime pay.
January 30, 2019 Press Release
Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (CT-03) and Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) today reintroduced the Paycheck Fairness Act, legislation that would strengthen the Equal Pay Act of 1963 and guarantee that women can challenge pay discrimination and hold employers accountable.
November 29, 2018 Press Release
Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (CT-03) today released the following statement ahead of President Trump’s planned signing of the NAFTA 2.0 text.