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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

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.

December 3, 2014 Press Release

Washington – Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) released the following statement today on the passage of H.R. 5771, the ‘Tax Increase Prevention Act of 2014’:

“For nearly a year, businesses and individuals across the nation have been lost in the void between expired or expiring tax credits and a Congress unwilling to work together. While the short-term bill passed in the House today was the only option short of inaction, my priority remains tax reform to provide certainty for the American people.

October 20, 2014 Press Release

East Hartford, CT – Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) today announced a five-year, $6 million contract between the United States Air Force and the Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology, Inc. (CCAT). The contract, “Manufacturing Technology Innovation for Cost Reduction,” is being awarded by the Air Force Research Laboratory to fund development and use of tools for metal and composite materials manufacturing for Air Force supply chain companies, many of which are based in Connecticut.

October 15, 2014 Press Release
Hartford, CT - Rep. John B. Larson and the Connecticut Congressional delegation issued the following the DOD's announcement of a $592 million contract with Pratt for the seventh lot of the F135 engine.
October 15, 2014 Press Release

Hartford, CT – U.S. Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) and Connecticut’s Congressional delegation joined Governor Dannel P. Malloy today in applauding news that Capital Workforce Partners and Workforce Alliance Inc. have received Ready To Work grants from the U.S. Department of Labor. Capital Workforce Partners has been awarded $6,695,685 and Workforce Alliance, and their partner the Eastern CT Workforce Investment Board (EWIB), has been awarded $5,490,000.

September 29, 2014 Press Release
Hartford, CT – Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01), Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, and the Connecticut Congressional delegation announced that a consortium of all 12 community colleges in Connecticut and Charter Oak State College have been awarded a $15 million federal grant to launch the Connecticut Advanced Manufacturing Initiative (CAMI).