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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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October 28, 2015 Press Release

Washington – Today, Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) voted in favor of H.R. 1314, the Bipartisan Budget Agreement.

“I commend Speaker Boehner and Democratic Leader Pelosi for reaching an agreement that alleviates some of the devastating sequestration cuts and protects the full faith and credit of the United States,” said Larson. 

October 21, 2015 Press Release

Washington – Reps. John B. Larson (CT-1), Joe Courtney (CT-2),  and Richard Neal (MA-1) released the following statement on the announcement of AerLingus flights to Bradley Airport:

October 21, 2015 Press Release

Washington – In July, Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) held a forum with residents of Hartford’s North End to hear their thoughts and concerns about the spike in violent crime over the year. Now, Steve Harris, Sam Saylor, Andrew Woods, and a number of community leaders are joining Rep. Larson in Washington for meetings with key federal agencies to learn more about efforts aimed at reducing violence and increasing opportunities for education and employment.

October 9, 2015 Press Release
Washington - Rep. John B. Larson released the following statement on the discharge petition to reauthorize the Export-Import Bank.
August 26, 2015 Press Release
East Hartford, CT – Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) helped cut the ribbon for Goodwin College's new Business and Manufacturing Center.
July 8, 2015 Press Release
Hartford, CT - U.S. Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01)​ and Governor Dannel P. Malloy today announced that the State of Connecticut has successfully been designated by the Obama Administration under the Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership (IMCP) initiative.
June 12, 2015 Press Release

Washington – Today Rep. John B. Larson voted against the Trade Promotion Authority, commonly referred to as “Fast Track.”

May 1, 2015 Press Release
Washington - Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) issued the following statement condemning the Republican budget's drastic cuts to education, infrastructure, and other programs vital to working families.
April 24, 2015 Press Release

Washington – Today Rep. John B. Larson voiced his support for Rep. Sander Levin’s Right Track for TPP Act of 2015. This alternative to the Hatch-Wyden-Ryan Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) bill was introduced at Thursday’s Ways and Means Committee markup. It offers specific instructions on all of the outstanding issues in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations and establishes an advisory group to certify the President has followed these instructions and adequately consulted with Congress.

December 11, 2014 Press Release

Washington – Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) released the following statement today:

“This measure was rushed to the floor with little time for members to review and included numerous problematic policy provisions unrelated to the appropriations process.