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Jobs and the Economy

Strengthening job creation is the most important part of reducing our deficit and improving our economy. With unemployment continuing to persist across the country and in Connecticut, Americans are calling on Congress to make job creation one of its top priorities. In Washington, Congressman Larson has led the charge to bring and retain jobs in Connecticut, recently fighting to end the enrollment freeze at our Job Corps Academies and voting against legislation that would hurt our recovery by paying China before investing in the American people.

Congress has a responsibility to vote on a plan to grow jobs and invest in the American people. Current House Republican leadership has continually avoided voting on any balanced plan, instead dealing with self-manufactured crises that take away certainty from the American people. Recently many Americans began to feel the impact of our latest crisis, sequestration, or the across-the-board budget cuts implemented after House Republicans again refused to vote on a fair and balanced plan. Congressman Larson voted against sequestration, understanding these cuts were the wrong way to deal with our fiscal issues and is continuing his fight to lessen its impact.

In Connecticut many jobs also 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 elimination of the alternate engine program for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter and the new manufacturing education initiative at Goodwin College are just a few examples of Congressman Larson’s recent work to strengthen manufacturing in the First Congressional District and beyond. From East Hartford to Torrington Congressman Larson stands in support of Connecticut’s manufacturers.

Today more than ever Congressman Larson views every issue through the lens of job creation. Despite the signs of recovery, too many Americans are still struggling to find a job. Congressman Larson and House Democrats are committed to developing a fair and balanced plan to increase job creation and help every American find the simple dignity that comes from a job.

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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:

May 20, 2016 Press Release
Hartford, CT - Today Rep. John B. Larson released the following statement on the bipartisan compromise to address Puerto Rico's ongoing economic crisis.
May 16, 2016 Press Release
Hartford, CT – Today, Sen. Richard Blumenthal, Sen. Chris Murphy, and Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) announced that Hartford’s Promise Zone YES! project was selected by the White House and the Department of Labor (DOL) as one of eleven recipients of Summer Jobs and Beyond grants.
May 12, 2016 Press Release
Washington – Today, Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) testified before the Tax Policy Subcommittee of the Ways and Means Committee about his proposals to support volunteer firefighters and first responders, encourage job creation in Promise Zones, and ensure companies are able to donate all of their profits to charity through foundations like Connecticut-based Newman’s Own.
May 10, 2016 Press Release
Washington, DC – Today, Congressman John B. Larson (D-CT) and Congressman Pat Tiberi (R-OH) introduced the Research & Experimentation Advances Competitiveness at Home (REACH) Act.
May 6, 2016 Press Release
East Hartford, CT – In recognition of National Small Business Week, Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) met with Connecticut entrepreneurs and small business startups in East Hartford yesterday.