Economy and Jobs

Economic opportunity, innovation and job creation are essential components to the American dream. That’s why Joe has made jobs and the economy one of his top priorities in Congress. As a member of the New York City delegation, Joe realizes that reducing barriers to investment, creating opportunities for small businesses, and providing equitable working conditions for all Americans can and should be part of our national economic policy. This, of course, depends on educating a 21st century workforce to compete and succeed in today’s economy, which is why Joe has been a forceful advocate for increasing federal investments in job retraining initiatives and math, science and engineering education programming.

Furthermore, Joe understands that our economic vitality depends, in part, upon local, state and federal governments investing capital in community initiatives, American small businesses and infrastructure – roads, bridges and airways. This comes not only from grants and loans, but also support for the teachers, public safety officers and other public servants who are necessary to keeping our city running.

Since his election to Congress, Joe has promoted a pro-growth, pro-jobs agenda by:

  • Helping write the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (P.L. 111-5), which saved or created almost 23,000 jobs in New York City, including over 13,000 teachers and 350 public safety officers. It also provided for the direct investment of over $4.7 billion for public and infrastructure improvements in the City
  • Crafting provisions in the Hiring Incentives to Restore Employment Act (P.L. 111-147) that provided tax benefits for hiring new employees. These tax benefits allowed a number of small businesses in the 7th District to hire during the recession
  • Supporting over $30 billion in loans in the Small Business Jobs Act of 2010, which gave local small businesses access to essential capital (P.L. 111-240)
  • Successfully championing an amendment to the National Science Foundation Authorization Act of 2007 (H.R. 1867, 110th Congress) to increase math and science opportunities for students who attend Hispanic-serving institutions and provide much needed technical expertise to the economy
  • Voting to reduce red-tape and excessive paperwork so small businesses can grow and expand.  For example, he supported the repeal of the 1099 reporting requirement, which would have required America’s small businesses to complete lengthy and unnecessary paperwork to obtain health care insurance for their employees (P.L. 112-9)
  • Championed the redevelopment of Willets Point, which when completed this  62-acre project will have created about 18,000 construction jobs and 5,000 permanent jobs
  • Working to increase access to New York City's core for residents of the Queens and Bronx by reopening or adding commuter rail stations in Coronoa, Co-op City, Elmhurst, Hunts Point and Parkchester, while also supporting funding for the East Side Access Project

More on Economy and Jobs

May 21, 2018 Press Release

(Washington, D.C.) – House Democratic Caucus Chairman Joe Crowley (D-Queens, the Bronx) issued the following statement on the Supreme Court decision on workplace arbitration contracts:

“This Supreme Court ruling undermines workers by upholding corporations' restrictions on their employees' ability to defend their basic dignities and rights in court.

May 18, 2018 Press Release

(Washington, D.C.) — El presidente del Caucus Demócrata de la Cámara de Representantes Joe Crowley (D-Queens, el Bronx), emitió las siguientes declaraciones sobre el proyecto de ley agrícola de los republicanos: 

May 18, 2018 Press Release

(Washington, D.C.) – House Democratic Caucus Chairman Joe Crowley (D-Queens, the Bronx) issued the following statement on the Republican Farm Bill: 

“This was one of the most heartless, cruel, and nonsensical bills that Republicans have proposed since I’ve been in Congress. It would have abandoned family farms, aggravated our food shortage crisis, and left one million Americans at risk of going hungry. It was shameful that Republicans even proposed it. 

May 18, 2018 Press Release

Washington, DC – Today, in recognition of Bike to Work Day, Representatives Earl Blumenauer (OR-03) and Joe Crowley (NY-14), Chairman of the House Democratic Caucus, released a new proposal to modify and expand the bicycle commuter tax benefit to encourage more employees to bike to work.

May 17, 2018 Press Release
Today, Congressman Joe Crowley (D-Queens, the Bronx), Chairman of the House Democratic Caucus, announced new efforts to protect shoreline communities in the eastern Bronx from future storms and flooding. Communities throughout the East Bronx, including Edgewater, Throgs Neck, Pelham Bay, Locust Point, and City Island, were devastated by Superstorm Sandy in 2012, which left tens of thousands of residents without power and created millions of dollars’ worth of damages. In a letter sent this week, Chairman Crowley urged the Army Corps of Engineers to invest in shoreline communities along the East Bronx to ensure they are more resilient to future storms and flooding.
May 16, 2018 Press Release

(Washington, D.C.) — El presidente del Caucus Demócrata de la Cámara de Representantes Joe Crowley (D-Queens, el Bronx), emitió las siguientes declaraciones sobre el voto en el Senado para preservar la neutralidad del internet:

May 16, 2018 Press Release

(Washington, D.C.) – House Democratic Caucus Chairman Joe Crowley (D Queens, the Bronx) announced today the introduction of the Opioid Workforce Act of 2018, legislation to address the opioid treatment gap in the country by increasing the number of health care workers that serve on the front lines of the opioid epidemic.

May 16, 2018 Press Release

(Washington, D.C.) —House Democratic Caucus Chairman Joe Crowley (D-Queens, the Bronx) released the following statement on the Senate vote to preserve net neutrality:

“A free and open internet is a fundamental cornerstone of our economy and democracy. The majority of Americans support net neutrality, and I’m proud that my Senate colleagues voted today to restore these critical protections. I’m now calling on House Republicans to swiftly schedule a vote to reverse President Trump’s decision and ensure the internet is accessible to all.”

May 16, 2018 Press Release

(Washington, D.C.) — Hoy, el presidente del Caucus Demócrata de la Cámara de Representantes Joe Crowley (D-Queens, el Bronx) se unió al senador Bernie Sanders (I-VT), a los congresistas Mark Pocan (D-WI), Rosa DeLauro (D-CT), Donald Norcross (D-NJ), y a 21 miembros del Congreso para apoyar un proyecto de ley que empodera a los trabajadores del país para que negocien mejores salarios, beneficios y condiciones laborales.

May 16, 2018 Press Release
House Democratic Caucus Chairman Joe Crowley (D-Queens, the Bronx) joined Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Reps. Mark Pocan (D-WI), Rosa DeLauro (D-CT), Donald Norcross (D-NJ), and 21 Members of Congress to support legislation that would empower workers across the nation to bargain for better wages, benefits, and working conditions.