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Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi

Representing the 8th District of Illinois

Strengthening Education At Every Level

Education is the key to building a middle-class life and a strong American economy. While we must invest in K-12 education and provide our children with the best possible start, it’s also essential that we expand access to affordable, quality education for those going on to four-year colleges and those pursuing career, technical, and vocational education programs or apprenticeships.

Public schools guarantee that every American child receives a world-class education and can reach their full potential. As a product of the Illinois public school system, I am committed to working across the aisle to invest in training stellar teachers, building high-quality programs for all students with special needs, and bringing technology to every American classroom. That’s why I’m working with my colleagues in Washington to preserve the Every Student Succeeds Act, a bill that was enacted to give state and local governments flexibility to improve public schools.

The costs of college have skyrocketed, and it is essential that our community colleges, post-secondary schools, and graduate programs are accessible and affordable for every qualified student. That’s why I cosponsored legislation that will significantly decrease student loan debt for both college and graduate students. This will allow more working families to realize the dream of a college education for their children, and help more young graduates enter the working world without debt holding them back.

But in addition to K-12 education and four-year college programs, it’s essential that we strengthen career and technical education programs that help students develop the in-demand skills they need to enter the workforce. There are over 6 million unfilled jobs across the United States. In Illinois specifically, we have seen a rapid expansion in industries such as healthcare, cybersecurity, and high-tech manufacturing. As a country, we must do a better job of preparing our students with the skills and training to work these family-sustaining jobs in our evolving economy. In addition, we need to work with local businesses to help them recruit, train, and retain qualified employees. To accomplish this feat, we need to strengthen our career and technical education programs in our communities.

That’s why I introduced the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act, also known as the Thompson-Krishnamoorthi Act, which gives states more funding and flexibility to create worker training programs that prepare students for in-demand jobs in our community. In June, this bill passed the U.S. House of Representatives with unanimous bipartisan support. By bringing educators and employers together to develop curricula that focuses on the jobs that need to be filled, this bill will strengthen our economy and help millions of Americans build a middle-class life.

More on Strengthening Education At Every Level

March 14, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, Reps. Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-Ill.), Paul Mitchell (R-Mich.), Elise Stefanik (R-NY), and Josh Harder (D-CA) introduced the bipartisan College Transparency Act to enable students and families to make more informed choices about education after high school.

March 8, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C – Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi and Senator Cory Booker of New Jersey today announced that the main student voting reforms of the Help Students Vote Act passed the House of Representatives as part of H.R. 1, the For The People Act.

February 27, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi yesterday announced crucial provisions from the Help Students Vote Act were added to the For the People Act (H.R. 1), a comprehensive reform bill to expand voting rights, reduce the influence of money in politics, and modernize our elections. This legislation passed the House Administration Committee yesterday and will soon be considered by the full House of Representatives.

February 25, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi of Illinois’ 8th district announced today that he was appointed to serve as an Assistant Whip for the 116th Congress.

“I am honored to be selected for the Assistant Whip position,” said Congressman Krishnamoorthi. “This position is integral in rallying my colleagues together to pass important legislation. I look forward to bringing our diverse caucus together so that we can continue to pass legislation that will deliver meaningful results for working families across America.”

January 31, 2019 Press Release

Washington, DC and Reston, VA — This morning, Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi joined the Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda, Inc. (FBLA-PBL) National Legislative Advisory Board (NLAB) as an honorary co-chair.

January 29, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi spearheaded the introduction of the AI Jobs Act of 2019 with representatives Rep. Elise Stefanik (NY-21), Rep. Yvette Clarke (NY-09), Rep. Mike Gallagher (WI-08), Rep. Debbie Dingell (MI-12), Rep. Ralph Norman (SC-05), Rep. Mark Takano (CA-41), Rep. Paul Mitchell (MI-10), and Rep. Ro Khanna (CA-17).

January 28, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi today led a bipartisan legislative effort with Republican Congressman Paul Mitchell (MI-10) calling on Congress to prevent any future lapse in appropriations, and to permanently end government shutdowns.  

Krishnamoorthi issued the following statement: 

January 26, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi issued the following statement regarding the bipartisan deal to reopen the federal government after a month-long shutdown:

January 25, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Yesterday, Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi was named Chairman of the House Oversight Committee’s Subcommittee on Economic and Consumer Policy. The announcement will give Krishnamoorthi jurisdiction over important pocketbook issues such as education, workforce development, income inequality, health care, consumer protection and data privacy through his role as chairman of the subcommittee.

November 12, 2018 Press Release

CHICAGO, IL –  Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi, Mayor Rahm Emanuel,  and City Colleges of Chicago Chancellor Juan Salgado today at Wright College announced that funding from the passage of Rep. Krishnamoorthi’s legislation, The Strengthening Career and Technical Education (CTE) for the 21st Century Act, known as The Perkins Act, will support the continued modernization of CTE programs in Chicago. The Perkins Act is the main source of federal funding for high school and postsecondary CTE programs in Illinois.