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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

June 14, 2018 Press Release
Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (CT-03) today released the following statement regarding the FY2019 Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations bill, which was released ahead of the subcommittee mark-up.
May 31, 2018 Press Release
Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (CT-03) today released the following statement in response to Philip’s announcement that they will be closing their manufacturing facility in Wallingford and outsourcing potentially hundreds of jobs to Mexico and Costa Rica.
May 10, 2018 Press Release
Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro today released the following statement regarding House Republicans’ introduction of legislation mirroring the Trump Administration’s rescission package request.
May 1, 2018 Press Release
Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (CT-03) today released the following statement after announcing a new AmeriCorps project that will support low-income residents of Greater New Haven. The project, sponsored by the United Way of Greater New Haven, will engage 12 AmeriCorps VISTA members over the next three years to improve access to housing services, financial literacy opportunities, and healthy, affordable food for the region’s low-income residents.
April 18, 2018 Press Release
Today, U.S. Representatives Rosa DeLauro (CT-03), Bill Pascrell, Jr. (NJ-09), Ranking Member of the House Ways and Means Trade Subcommittee, Sander M. Levin (MI-09), Barbara Lee (CA-13), and Mark Pocan (WI-02) announced a letter urging United States Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer to actively oppose anti-worker legislation currently moving through the Mexican Senate.
April 10, 2018 Press Release
Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro today released the following statement regarding President Trump’s latest Executive Order, which makes it more difficult for people to access services such as healthcare, nutrition, and housing.
March 22, 2018 Press Release
Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro, Ranking Member of the Appropriations Subcommittee responsible for funding the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, today spoke from the House Floor in support of the 2018 government funding bill.
March 7, 2018 Press Release
Congresswomen Rosa DeLauro (CT-03) and Katherine Clark (MA-05) today introduced the Tip Income Protection (TIP) Act, legislation to protect tipped workers from having their tips taken by their employers.
March 1, 2018 Press Release
Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro today released the following statement regarding President Trump’s announced actions on steel and aluminum imports.
January 31, 2018 Press Release
Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (CT-03) today released the following statement regarding the absence of an infrastructure plan presented by President Trump during his State of the Union.