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Congressman John Larson

Representing the 1st District of Connecticut

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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More on Jobs and the Economy

September 24, 2013 Press Release

Washington – Today, Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) announced $44,758 in federal funding for the Central Connecticut Regional Planning Agency (CCRPA). The grant, awarded through the Economic Development Administration, aims to strengthen investment and job creation in Central Connecticut by supporting an update to the CCRPA's comprehensive economic development strategy. The grant will also fund two part-time positions to help coordinate collaboration between public and private sectors in the region.

August 5, 2013 Press Release

Hartford, CT – Today, Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) joined Senator Richard Blumenthal and Senator Chris Murphy in announcing a $100,000 U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Business Enterprise grant for the non-for-profit Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology (CCAT), based in East Hartford, Conn. The grant will be used to help determine the feasibility of alternative fuel plants in north-central Connecticut.

July 18, 2013 Press Release

Washington – Today, Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) spoke to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce on intellectual property in India. The event, hosted by the Global Intellectual Property Center, focused on India's recent legal and policy decisions, and how they are impacting intellectual property rights.

May 9, 2013 Press Release

 Washington – Today Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) spoke on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives to oppose the Pay China First Act.

Remarks as prepared for delivery:

"I rise today to oppose the Pay China First Act, and I do this with a heavy heart because I know of a number of talented individuals that we have on this committee and the process that we've been through in working together.

April 22, 2013 Press Release

Washington – Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01),  Senator Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), and Rep. Rosa DeLauro (CT-03) today hailed the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL)'s decision to end the Job Corps enrollment freeze. The three have worked for this decision for months, most recently sending a letter to DOL imploring them to use their authority to transfer addition funds to the Job Corps program and take other steps to end the freeze.

April 11, 2013 Press Release

Washington — Three members of the Connecticut Congressional Delegation—U.S. Reps. John B. Larson (CT-01) and Rosa DeLauro (CT-03) along with Senator Chris Murphy—today hailed the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL)'s decision to end the Job Corps enrollment freeze. The three have worked for this decision for months, most recently sending a letter to DOL imploring them to use their authority to transfer addition funds to the Job Corps program and take other steps to end the freeze.

March 26, 2013 Press Release

Hartford, CT — Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) and Connecticut's Congressional Delegation released the following statement today expressing their disappointment in the United States Postal Service (USPS)'s decision to speed up closure of the Wallingford and Stamford postal processing facilities. The closures, which were originally scheduled for next year, will now be taking place this year.

March 22, 2013 Press Release

Washington, DC — Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) and Connecticut's entire Congressional Delegation today called on the Department of Labor (DOL) to end the current freeze on student enrollment as soon as possible at Job Corps centers in New Haven, Hartford and nationwide. Congress passed legislation this week funding the federal government and giving DOL the authority to immediately transfer funds to the Job Corps program to end the freeze.

March 21, 2013 Press Release

Washington – Today Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) released the following statement after the passage of the Republican Budget in the U.S. House of Representatives:

March 8, 2013 Press Release

Hartford – Today Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) released the following statement on the U.S. Department of Labor's February employment report. The report showed that the U.S. economy added 236,000 jobs in February, with unemployment dropping to 7.7 percent:

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