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Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi

Representing the 8th District of Illinois

Growing Our Economy & Creating Jobs

One of my top priorities as a Member of Congress is to reach across the aisle in order to find common sense, bipartisan solutions that end Washington gridlock. In particular, two areas that have historically been bipartisan are infrastructure and small business.

There is no question that both large and small businesses are still feeling the effects of the 2008 financial crisis. Small businesses have long been the engine driving the American economy. While the economy has made important strides since the Great Recession, studies have continuously shown that small businesses have been slower to recover. As the president of Chicago-area small businesses, and as the former Deputy Illinois Treasurer, I have a unique perspective on how government can help or hinder small business growth and development. I am committed to working with all Members of Congress to look for ways the federal government can help small business owners by making lending simple and transparent, repealing burdensome regulations, and modernizing our nation's tax policies.

A strong national infrastructure is part of the foundation of our economy, yet we have failed to invest in transportation even though our infrastructure continues to age. That is why we need bipartisan solutions that can address the backlog of transportation projects throughout the country. I support the establishment of a National Infrastructure Bank which can provide low-interest loans to states and cities to help finance crucial projects like roads and transit systems. Finding innovative ways to finance infrastructure projects is a critical step toward renovating our transportation infrastructure while reducing congestion on our roads and highways.

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September 19, 2017 Press Release


SCHAUMBURG, IL--- In response to the news that the Congressional Budget Office will not be able to provide a complete score of the Senate Graham-Cassidy health care bill in time for a Senate vote, Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi released the following statement:

September 13, 2017 Press Release

Washington, DCToday, Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi announced that he will serve in a leadership role in the House Democratic Caucus Jobs for America task forces, a unified effort from the House Democratic Caucus to craft a legislative agenda that will benefit hardworking Americans and middle-class families. The Congressman will serve as co-chair for the New Economy Task Force, along with Representatives Susan DelBene (D-WA), Debbie Dingell (D-MI), and Darren Soto (D-FL).

September 12, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today Congresswomen Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR), Elise Stefanik (R-NY), and Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-IL) announced that the House has passed their bipartisan amendment to increase the number of women in apprenticeships and improve skills training.

The lawmakers, all members of the House Education and the Workforce Committee, are longtime supporters of increasing opportunities for women as a step to help close the skills gap. The amendment increases funding for Women in Apprenticeship and Nontraditional Occupations (WANTO) grants.

September 11, 2017 Press Release

SCHAUMBURG, IL - Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi called upon the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) today to issue a report on any steps FEMA is taking to help communities address the increasing likelihood of severe weather through incorporating the impacts of climate change into its risk projections, including flood maps.

September 5, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC —  Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi released the following statement in response to the Trump administration’s decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program:

“Through this announcement, the President has made clear that he refuses to protect Dreamers and so now Congress must. The Administration’s cruel policy includes a six-month phase-out of the DACA program, and Congress must pass legislation to extend this program and protect Dreamers.

July 28, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC –Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi released the following statement in response to the early-morning defeat of the Senate “skinny” health care legislation:

June 23, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi successfully introduced a bipartisan amendment this morning to the Accelerating Individuals into the Workforce Act (H.R.2842) welfare-to-work package. The Krishnamoorthi amendment.

June 22, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi issued the following statement on his strong opposition to the Senate Health Care bill:

June 22, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, the House of Representatives passed bipartisan legislation to strengthen and improve career and technical education and give Americans the skills they need to compete for in-demand jobs.