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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

March 23, 2020 Press Release
Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (CT-03), Chair of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, today released the following statemen after House Democrats introduced the Take Responsibility for Workers and Families Act, new legislation to help families, businesses, and communities deal with the public health and economic impacts of the coronavirus.
March 22, 2020 Press Release
Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (CT-03) today released the following statement on Senate Republicans’ latest coronavirus bill.
March 20, 2020 Press Release
Today, Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (CT-03) and Congressman Mark Pocan (WI-02) announced they will introduce two bills to prevent working people from being laid off due to the coronavirus pandemic.
March 20, 2020 Press Release
Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (CT-03) today released the following statement after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell released a new coronavirus relief bill.
March 18, 2020 Press Release

NEW HAVEN, CT(March 18, 2020) Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (CT-03) today released the following statement after Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI) filed an amendment to the remove paid sick days and paid leave provisions from the House-passed Families First Coronavirus Response Act.

March 17, 2020 Press Release
Today U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), ranking member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (D-CT), Chair of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Senate lead on the FAMILY Act, announced plans to introduce the PAID Leave Act (Providing Americans Insured Days of Leave Act). The PAID Leave Act is a comprehensive emergency paid sick days and paid family and medical leave bill—fully funded by the federal government during this emergency—to provide additional support to workers and businesses during the coronavirus outbreak and future public health emergencies.
March 14, 2020 Press Release
Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (CT-03) released the following statement after voting to pass the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, legislation that will ensure free coronavirus tests, access to paid sick days and longer-term paid leave, and expanded food assistance for children and seniors. If enacted, this would be the first time paid sick days and paid family and medical legislation will be signed into law. DeLauro first introduced paid sick days legislation—the Healthy Families Act—in 2004, as well as paid family and medical leave legislation—the FAMILY Act—in 2013.
March 11, 2020 Press Release
Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (CT-03), Chair of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, today released the following statement after House Democrats introduced the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, a new stimulus package to combat the economic impacts of the coronavirus pandemic.
March 6, 2020 Press Release
Congresswomen Rosa DeLauro (CT-03), Katie Porter (CA-45), and Lauren Underwood (IL-14) sent a letter to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar, Department of Labor (DOL) Secretary Eugene Scalia, and Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Commissioner Charles Rettig raising concerns about the affordability and accessibility of coronavirus (COVID-19) diagnostic testing and services for all Americans, regardless of their health insurance.