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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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April 25, 2016 Press Release

HARTFORD – Today, amid National Reentry Week, Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01), U.S. Senators Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), and Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin announced that the Housing Authority of the City of Hartford will receive a $100,000 federal grant through the U.S.

April 20, 2016 Press Release
​Washington – Today, Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) called again for Speaker Paul Ryan and Republican Leadership to act now to prevent Puerto Rico from defaulting on its bond payments.
April 5, 2016 Press Release

Hartford, CT – Today, Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) joined Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin and AmeriCorps and SeniorCorps Volunteers for the Mayor and County Day of Recognition for National Service. Nearly 700 AmeriCorps and SeniorCorps volunteers currently serve the city of Hartford, and Larson will soon introduce legislation to expand service opportunities to even more Americans. 

April 5, 2016 Press Release

Hartford, CT – Today, Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) visited Associated Supermarkets in Hartford’s North End for a press conference announcing his bill, the Promise Zone Job Creation Act. Larson was joined by Mayor Luke Bronin, State Rep. Brandon McGee, State Rep. Matt Ritter, State Rep. Ed Vargas, andLou Sterling, owner of the newly opened Associated Supermarkets.

March 24, 2016 Press Release
​Hartford – Last night, Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) met with the presidents of local community colleges to discuss legislation he is drafting that would provide tax credits to employers who collaborate with local schools to develop curricula that meet industry needs and then hire students upon graduation.
March 23, 2016 Press Release

Washington – Today, Rep. John B. Larson (D-CT)House Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rogers (R-KY), Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN), and Rep. Joe Wilson (R-SC) introduced The Promise Zone Job Creation Act to create new tax credits to incentivize the hiring of residents of federally-designated Promise Zones. It would also encourage new investments to bring property, equipment, or software to these hard-hit communities.

March 11, 2016 Press Release
East Hartford, CT – Today, Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) toured United Technologies Research Center to view some of the current advances they are making in advanced material analysis, virtual reality, and countless other exciting fields.
March 8, 2016 Press Release

Hartford – On Friday, March 4th, Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) issued a letter to Speaker Paul Ryan urging swift action to prevent Puerto Rico from defaulting on its bond payments.

December 17, 2015 Press Release
Washington – Today, Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) joined President Obama in supporting the passage of the Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes (PATH) Act, which included billions in tax breaks for working families via the Earned Income Tax Credit and Child Tax Credit, as well as the Brady/Larson R&D Tax Credit and the Johnson/Larson Wrongful Convictions Tax Relief legislation.
November 18, 2015 Press Release
​Washington - Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) released the following statement opposing the Tribal Sovereignty Act.