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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

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.
October 1, 2018 Press Release
Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (CT-03) today released the following statement regarding the Trump Administration’s release of a renegotiated North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) text.
August 27, 2018 Press Release
Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (CT-03) today released the following statement regarding President Trump’s announcement that the United States and Mexico have released an agreement in principle.
August 26, 2018 Press Release
Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (CT-03) today marked the 98th anniversary of the adoption of 19th Amendment, which granted women the right to vote.
August 10, 2018 Press Release
Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (CT-03) today released the following statement after Department of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos announced plans to rescind the gainful employment rule.
July 3, 2018 Press Release
Last week, Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (CT-03), Congresswoman Katherine Clark (MA-05), Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), and Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) sent a letter to the Government Accountability Office (GAO) asking for the agency to conduct a review of employee pay, hiring, and promotion in the federal workforce by gender.
June 26, 2018 Press Release
Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (CT-03) today released the following statement after voting in favor of the Foreign Investment Risk Review Modernization Act.
June 25, 2018 Press Release
Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (CT-03) today released the following statement after the Republican majority on the House Appropriations Committee delayed markup on the Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies bill for a second time in two weeks.