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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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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).
August 1, 2014 Press Release
Washington – Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) released the following statement on the need for bipartisan compromise to help move the country forward.
July 15, 2014 Press Release

Washington – Today, Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) joined members of the Connecticut Congressional Delegation in asking the United States Postal Service (USPS) for a full assessment of its consolidation plan’s impact on employees in Connecticut. The USPS’s plan – which consolidates a number of postal processing facilities, and delays mail delivery and costs jobs in order to cut operating costs – affects the processing and distribution centers in Wallingford, Stamford, and Hartford. The USPS is planning to resume this plan which began in 2012.

July 9, 2014 Press Release

Washington - Today, Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) released the following statement after the House of Representatives passed H.R. 803, the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA):

May 9, 2014 Press Release

Washington – Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) released the following statement today after the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 4438, The American Research and Competitiveness Act of 2014. Larson is the primary cosponsor of the legislation introduced by Congressman Kevin Brady (R-TX).

May 7, 2014 Press Release

Washington - Today, Reps. John B. Larson (CT-01) and Rosa DeLauro (CT-03) commended the announcement that United Technologies Sikorsky Aircraft along with Lockheed Martin have been awarded the production contract for the Presidential Helicopter.