Jobs & the Economy

Larsen Calls for Long-Term, Structural Investment in Child Care

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Rep. Rick Larsen (WA-02) called on Congress to make a long-term, structural investment in child care to secure accessible and affordable child care for working families, drive economic recovery, and create and retain child care jobs. Larsen joined Assistant Speaker of the House Katherine Clark and 130 Members of Congress to urge congressional leaders to invest $700 billion over the next 10 years in the child care workforce, facilities and other necessary infrastructure and services to enable child care providers to provide care at an affordable price and meet the demands of local communities.

Larsen: Bold, FDR-Like Surface Transportation Bill Creates Jobs, Fights Climate Change in Northwest Washington

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The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee completed consideration of the INVEST in America Act, a bold, FDR-like surface transportation bill that will invest nearly $5 billion over the next five years in Washington state’s transportation network.

Larsen: Decision to Homeport Frigates at Everett Shows Navy's Commitment

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EVERETT, WA – Today, Rep. Rick Larsen (WA-02) released the below statement in response to the Navy’s decision to homeport the next generation of Guided Missile Frigates at Naval Station Everett: “The Navy’s decision to homeport 12 Constellation-class frigates and crew at Naval Station Everett shows the Navy’s long-term commitment to Everett and Snohomish County,” said Larsen, a senior member of th...

Larsen, Payne: Investment in Green Ferries Steers U.S. Toward Cleaner Transportation Future

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Reps. Rick Larsen (WA-02) and Donald Payne (NJ-10) introduced legislation to make it easier for ferry systems to invest in cleaner and greener ferries and combat climate change. The Greenhouse Gas Reduction and Environmental Enhancement through New Ferries Act (GREEN Ferries Act) amends the Federal Transit Administration’s Passenger Ferry Grant Program to encourage the use of federal funds for the purchase of low- and no-emission ferry vessels and construction of related infrastructure.

Larsen, Brownley, Kilmer Introduce Bill to Boost Electric Bus Fleets, Combat Climate Change

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Reps. Rick Larsen (WA-02), Julia Brownley (CA-26) and Derek Kilmer (WA-06) introduced legislation to boost the use of electric buses in local transit fleets to combat climate change and keep people and the economy moving. The Generating Reduced Emissions by Electrifying New Buses (GREEN Buses) Act amends the Federal Transit Administration’s Low or No (Low-No) Emission Vehicle Program to require the deployment of electric buses by organizations engaged in public transportation.

Larsen, Young, Craig Introduce Bill to Promote Transportation Career Opportunities, Boost Diversity

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Reps. Rick Larsen (WA-02), Don Young (AK-At-Large) and Angie Craig (MN-02) introduced bipartisan legislation to promote career opportunities and boost diversity in the U.S. transportation industry. The Promoting Service in Transportation Act authorizes the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) to develop a series of broadcast, digital and print media public service announcement campaigns to promote job opportunities and improve diversity in the transportation workforce.

Larsen Announces More Than $80 Million for Northwest Washington Students, Colleges and Universities

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Rick Larsen (WA-02) announced more than $80 million in emergency funding for students, colleges and universities in Washington’s Second Congressional District under the American Rescue Plan. The funding will help local institutions weather the severe financial fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic and continue serving students safely.

Larsen Joins Chair DeFazio, T&I Members to Introduce Bipartisan Fair and Open Skies Act

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Aviation Subcommittee Chair Rick Larsen (D-WA) joined Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR), Vice Chair of the Committee Sharice Davids (D-KS), Vice Chair of the Subcommittee on Aviation Conor Lamb (D-PA), Representative Kaiali'i Kahele (D-HI), Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Highways and Transit Rodney Davis (R-IL), and Representatives Drew Ferguson (R-GA), Bill Johnson (R-OH), Don Bacon (R-NE), and Jack Bergman (R-MI) introduced bipartisan legislation seeking to preclude new foreign airlines from operating to and from the United States when they exploit “flags of convenience” to avoid the regulations of their home countries, or otherwise undermine labor standards.

Chair Larsen Opening Statement at Aviation Subcommittee Hearing on "The Leading Edge: Innovation in U.S. Aerospace”

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – House Aviation Subcommittee Chair Rick Larsen (WA-02) delivered the below opening statement at today’s House Aviation Subcommittee hearing entitled "The Leading Edge: Innovation in U.S. Aerospace.” More information about Tuesday’s hearing, including witnesses, testimony, additional background information and live webcast, can be found here. For video of Larsen’s opening statemen...

Larsen’s Earth Day Message: Congress, Industry Must Act to Make U.S. Aviation Cleaner, Greener

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As chair of the House Aviation Subcommittee, I recognize that aviation and aerospace mean well-paying jobs in the Pacific Northwest and across the U.S. More than 130,000 women and men are employed by over 1,300 aerospace-related companies in my home state of Washington. But, as the world celebrates the 51st Earth Day, I also recognize aviation’s contributions to climate change. The aviation and aerospace industry are responsible for 9 percent of carbon emissions in U.S. transportation, and up to 3 percent of total emissions globally. Clearly, Congress and the industry must act to reduce the sector’s environmental footprint.