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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

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.
July 18, 2019 Press Release
Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (CT-03) today voted to pass the Raise the Wage Act, which would raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2025. DeLauro spoke on the House Floor in favor of the bill, which passed by a vote of 231-199.
July 11, 2019 Press Release
Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (CT-03) and U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) today reintroduced the Wage Theft Prevention and Wage Recovery Act, comprehensive legislation to crack down on employers who unfairly withhold wages from their employees.
July 10, 2019 Press Release
Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (CT-03) today released the following statement calling for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to immediately take up the Paycheck Fairness Act in light of today’s parade celebrating the U.S. Women National Team’s victory in the World Cup.
June 25, 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 regarding the Department of Labor’s (DOL) proposed rule on Industry-Recognized Apprenticeship Programs (IRAP).
June 19, 2019 Press Release
The House today passed, on a 226 to 203 vote, a package of fiscal year 2020 appropriations bills. The package consists of four bills that fund federal departments including Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, Defense, State, and Energy from October 1, 2019 to September 30, 2020.