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

September 26, 2018 Press Release
Today, House Democratic Caucus Chairman Joe Crowley (D-NY) and Rep. Tom Rooney (R-FL) cheered the final passage of the Music Modernization Act, a package of bipartisan bills that makes important updates to the way artists and others in the recording industry are compensated.
August 1, 2018 Press Release
"With this order, thousands of construction workers in Puerto Rico will now be able to earn a living wage, giving them greater financial stability and the opportunity to better provide for their families."
June 27, 2018 Press Release
“Today’s decision is an attack on American workers and the labor movement in our country. Unions are at the core of lifting up America’s working and middle class families, by fighting for better wages and benefits and fair working conditions. Despite this unfortunate decision, Democrats will continue to push for workers’ rights and protect the unions that fight for them.”
June 21, 2018 Press Release
“Today, House Republicans chose to abandon rural communities and hungry Americans across the country. This partisan bill does nothing to help our country’s struggling farmers and leaves families to fend for themselves by gutting the critical anti-hunger benefits they rely on."
June 19, 2018 Press Release
“Six months after President Trump and Republicans gave lavish tax breaks to special interests and the wealthiest one percent, House Republicans have now released a budget that will inflict even more damage on middle-class families."
June 10, 2018 Press Release
"La Ley de Igualdad Salarial fue instrumental para terminar con la discriminación salarial, pero a cincuenta y cinco años después de su aprobación, aún continuamos luchando para alcanzar la igualdad salarial plena entre hombres y mujeres."
June 10, 2018 Press Release
“The Equal Pay Act was instrumental to ending wage discrimination but fifty-five years after the passage of this seminal legislation, we still struggle to fully achieve wage equality between men and women."
June 8, 2018 Press Release
“Republicans continue to hide from the reality of climate change. Instead of trying to find solutions, they attempt to block all study and debate. These efforts won’t erase the facts – climate change is a real threat to our planet and our national security. Democrats will continue to push for action on climate change, and I hope Republicans will eventually take their heads out of the sand and join us.”
June 1, 2018 Press Release
House Democratic Caucus Chairman Joe Crowley issued the following statement on the May jobs report
May 21, 2018 Press Release
"This Supreme Court ruling undermines workers by upholding corporations' restrictions on their employees' ability to defend their basic dignities and rights in court."