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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

October 17, 2019 Press Release
Today, Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (CT-03), Chair of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee, announced plans to reintroduce the Schedules That Work Act, legislation to help ensure that low-wage employees have more certainty about their work schedules and income.
October 7, 2019 Press Release
Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (CT-03) today released the following statement after the Department of Labor released a proposed rule rolling back protections on tipped workers.
September 26, 2019 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 Eugene Scalia was confirmed by the United States Senate as the next Secretary of the Department of Labor.
September 24, 2019 Press Release
Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (CT-03), Chair of the Appropriations Subcommittee responsible for funding the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, today released the following statement after the Department of Labor released a final overtime pay rule.
September 11, 2019 Press Release
Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (CT-03) today released the following statement denouncing the Trump Administration’s announcement that the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) that it will stop collecting future equal pay data from employers that helps shed light on pay discrimination.
August 22, 2019 Press Release
Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (CT-03) today released a video on Black Women’s Equal Pay Day.
August 20, 2019 Press Release
Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (CT-03) today released a video marking the 55th anniversary of the War on Poverty.
August 14, 2019 Press Release
Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (CT-03) today released a video on the 84th Anniversary of Social Security being signed into law.
August 1, 2019 Press Release
This week, Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (CT-03) sent a letter to Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company Chairman Richard Kramer expressing disappointment that Goodyear did not accommodate a Congressional delegation request to visit the Goodyear San Luis Potosi plant in Mexico to investigate allegations of mistreatment of workers.
July 25, 2019 Press Release
Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (CT-03) and Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) today reintroduced legislation to strengthen workplace harassment laws.