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Jobs and the Economy

Strengthening job creation is the most important part of reducing our deficit and improving our economy after the enormous impact the COVID-19 pandemic. In Washington, Rep. Larson has led the charge to bring and retain jobs in Connecticut.

In Connecticut, many jobs depend on our strong manufacturing base. That’s why Congressman Larson has fought to support Connecticut manufacturers and is working to maintain and improve our manufacturing workforce.  The inclusion of additional F-35 engines and strong support for helicopters and submarines in the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) are just a few examples of Rep. Larson’s recent work to strengthen manufacturing in the First Congressional District and beyond. From East Hartford to Torrington, he stands in support of Connecticut’s manufacturers.

Today, more than ever, Rep. Larson views every issue through the lens of job creation and worker protections. Although Connecticut is making strides to ensure every worker a living wage, Rep. Larson supports the $15 federal minimum wage so every American can work towards financial security. For years, he has been committed to securing paid federal family and medical leave so hardworking Americans do not have to choose between caring for their families and paying their bills. Rep. Larson and House Democrats are committed to developing a fair and balanced plan to increase job creation.

More on Jobs and the Economy

January 7, 2014 Press Release

Washington – Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) released the following statement today after the U.S. Senate voted to advance a bill extending unemployment benefits:

November 6, 2013 Press Release

New Haven, CT — Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) and Connecticut’s delegation to the U.S. House of Representatives today advocated for Sikorsky’s world-class helicopters in a letter to the Norwegian Ambassador. Sikorsky was recently removed from the competitive bidding process on a contract by the Norwegian government, but Norway has had a change in government since that initial decision was made.

October 24, 2013 Press Release
Hartford, CT – Today, Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01), U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), U.S. Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT), and Rep.Rosa DeLauro (CT-03) issued statements regarding the award to Pratt & Whitney of a $508 million contract for the production of 38 F-135 engines to power the F-35 strike fighters, supporting thousands of jobs in Connecticut.
September 24, 2013 Press Release

Washington – Today, Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) announced $44,758 in federal funding for the Central Connecticut Regional Planning Agency (CCRPA). The grant, awarded through the Economic Development Administration, aims to strengthen investment and job creation in Central Connecticut by supporting an update to the CCRPA's comprehensive economic development strategy. The grant will also fund two part-time positions to help coordinate collaboration between public and private sectors in the region.

August 5, 2013 Press Release

Hartford, CT – Today, Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) joined Senator Richard Blumenthal and Senator Chris Murphy in announcing a $100,000 U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Business Enterprise grant for the non-for-profit Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology (CCAT), based in East Hartford, Conn. The grant will be used to help determine the feasibility of alternative fuel plants in north-central Connecticut.

July 18, 2013 Press Release

Washington – Today, Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) spoke to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce on intellectual property in India. The event, hosted by the Global Intellectual Property Center, focused on India's recent legal and policy decisions, and how they are impacting intellectual property rights.

May 9, 2013 Press Release

 Washington – Today Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) spoke on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives to oppose the Pay China First Act.

Remarks as prepared for delivery:

"I rise today to oppose the Pay China First Act, and I do this with a heavy heart because I know of a number of talented individuals that we have on this committee and the process that we've been through in working together.

April 22, 2013 Press Release

Washington – Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01),  Senator Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), and Rep. Rosa DeLauro (CT-03) today hailed the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL)'s decision to end the Job Corps enrollment freeze. The three have worked for this decision for months, most recently sending a letter to DOL imploring them to use their authority to transfer addition funds to the Job Corps program and take other steps to end the freeze.

April 11, 2013 Press Release

Washington — Three members of the Connecticut Congressional Delegation—U.S. Reps. John B. Larson (CT-01) and Rosa DeLauro (CT-03) along with Senator Chris Murphy—today hailed the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL)'s decision to end the Job Corps enrollment freeze. The three have worked for this decision for months, most recently sending a letter to DOL imploring them to use their authority to transfer addition funds to the Job Corps program and take other steps to end the freeze.

March 26, 2013 Press Release

Hartford, CT — Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) and Connecticut's Congressional Delegation released the following statement today expressing their disappointment in the United States Postal Service (USPS)'s decision to speed up closure of the Wallingford and Stamford postal processing facilities. The closures, which were originally scheduled for next year, will now be taking place this year.

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