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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

February 6, 2020 Press Release
Today, Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (CT-03) spoke on the Floor of the House of Representatives in support of the Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act, legislation that would extend protection to union workers by strengthening their collective bargaining rights and penalizing corporations that violate workers’ rights.
January 28, 2020 Press Release
Today, Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (CT-03) spoke on the Floor of the House of Representatives during a special order hour on the Trump Administration economy.
January 28, 2020 Press Release
Today, Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (CT-03) testified at the House Ways & Means Committee hearing on "Legislative Proposals for Paid Family and Medical Leave" to discuss the FAMILY ACT, her legislation that would create a universal, gender-neutral, national paid family and medical leave program.
January 13, 2020 Press Release
Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (CT-03) today released the following statement after the Department of Labor (DOL) finalized its joint employer rule.
January 10, 2020 Press Release
Today, Co-Chairs of the Democratic Women’s Caucus (DWC) Representatives Lois Frankel (FL-21), Brenda L. Lawrence (MI-14), Jackie Speier (CA-14), and Vice Chairs Representatives Veronica Escobar (TX-16) and Deb Haaland (NM-01) were joined by Representative Rosa DeLauro (CT-3) in sending a letter to the Department of Labor expressing strong opposition to the Department’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs’ (OFCCP) announcement stating that it will not “request, accept, or use” pay data broken down by race, gender, and ethnicity in its enforcement of nondiscrimination provisions as applied to federal contractors.
December 19, 2019 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (CT-03) sent a letter to her colleagues regarding the renegotiated North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), also known as the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA).
December 17, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC — 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 the House passed her FY2020 Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, Appropriations bill by a vote of 297-120.

December 16, 2019 Press Release
Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (CT-03), Chair of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Chair of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions, sent a detailed letter to the United States Department of Labor (DOL) Secretary Eugene Scalia outlining their objections to DOL’s proposed tip regulations under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).
December 2, 2019 Press Release
Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (CT-03) today released the following statement for the grand opening of Borough 496, a new business incubator in Hamden.
November 20, 2019 Press Release
Today, the Chairs and Ranking Members of the House and Senate Appropriations Subcommittees on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies, Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (CT-03), Senator Roy Blunt (R-MO), Congressman Tom Cole (OK-04), and Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), sent a bipartisan, bicameral letter to United States Department of Labor (DOL) Secretary Eugene Scalia regarding the Department’s acknowledgment that more than one million dollars in funding for the Apprenticeship Grants program had been inappropriately obligated. Funding for this program, which started in fiscal year 2016, has resulted in hundreds of thousands of new apprentices.