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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

August 8, 2016 Press Release

Glastonbury, CT – Today, Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) toured Glastonbury’s Flanagan Industries, a family-owned business that produces complex cases and machined components. Flanagan Industries is one of countless small manufacturers that play a pivotal role in the production of the F-35. This summer, Larson announced that the Department of Defense was awarding Pratt & Whitney a $1.5 billion contract for 99 engines to power the F-35, allowing Flanagan and other manufacturers to ramp-up their production.

August 2, 2016 Press Release

Washington - Today, the U.S. Air Force declared the F-35 has achieved Initial Operational Capability. Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01), Co-Chair of the Joint Strike Fighter Caucus, released the following statement:

July 21, 2016 Press Release

Winchester, CT - Yesterday, Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) toured the American Museum of Tort Law in Winsted. Founded by native son Ralph Nader, the museum highlights cases that sought justice for those physically or emotionally wronged by a person or corporation. 

July 14, 2016 Press Release
Today, Reps. John B. Larson (CT-01) and John Lewis (GA-05) announced a renewed commitment to our country’s public service needs.
July 8, 2016 Press Release
Hartford, CT – Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) along with Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and Chris Murphy (D-CT) and Reps. Joe Courtney (CT-02) and Rosa DeLauro (CT-03) announced that the U.S. Department of Defense is awarding Pratt & Whitney a $1.5 billion contract for the 10th batch of low-rate initial production engines (LRIP 10) used to power the F-35 fighter jet.
June 29, 2016 Press Release
​WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) along with Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) and Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) and Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin announced the City of Hartford will receive approximately $800,000 to help young adults in North Hartford’s Promise Zone who are exiting the correctional system find employment, reunite with their families, and reintegrate back into the community.
June 9, 2016 Press Release
Washington – Today, Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) released the following statement in support of H.R. 5278, the Puerto Rico Oversight, Management and Economic Stability Act (PROMESA).
May 25, 2016 Press Release
​Washington - Today, the U.S. House Committee on Ways and Means met for a full hearing on reducing poverty. Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) released the following statement.
May 23, 2016 Press Release
Hartford, CT – Last Friday, Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) joined Community Renewal Team (CRT) President/CEO Lena Rodriguez, State Sen. John Fonfarra, and State Reps. Brandon McGee and Edwin Vargas for the official opening of the first Early Head Start Center in Hartford.
May 20, 2016 Press Release

Hartford, CT - Today, Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) released the following statement: