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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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August 9, 2018 Press Release

SCHAUMBURG, IL – Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi issued the following statement in response to a Congressional Research Service report confirming that his bipartisan career training law, which was signed into law last week, would significantly increase federal funding for Illinois skills-based learning and on-the-job training.

July 31, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the President signed into law H.R. 2353, the bipartisan Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act which was led by Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-IL) and Congressman Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson (R-PA). The bill reauthorizes and modernizes the American career, technical, and vocational education system for the first time since 2006.

July 25, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the House passed H.R. 2353, the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act. This legislation, led by Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-IL) and Congressman Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson (R-PA), has now passed both the House and Senate unanimously, and will be sent to the President for signature into law. This legislation reauthorizes and modernizes the American career, technical, and vocational education system for the first time since 2006.

July 19, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Yesterday, the House passed H.R. 6147, an appropriations bill to fund the Department of the Interior, Environmental Protection Agency and other related agencies, which included an amendment coauthored by Congressmen Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-IL) and Steven Palazzo (R-MS). Previously, the Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFI) Fund, under the Department of Treasury, received an additional $25 million dollars of funding, but the legislation did not direct how this funding should be spent.

July 3, 2018 Press Release

GLENDALE HEIGHTS, IL – Today, Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi was joined by The Home Depot’s Regional Vice President Richard Goodrich and Tanya Triche Dawood from the Illinois Retail Merchants Association for a press conference on the passage of the Ceiling Fan Energy Conservation Harmonization Act.  This new, bipartisan law streamlines energy conservation regulations for ceiling fans and ceiling fan lighting kits, ensuring they’ll be implemented on the same date to the benefit of consumers, retailers, and our environment.

June 26, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Monday, Congressmen Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-IL) and Darin LaHood (R-IL) held a bipartisan joint town hall at the John Marshall Law School in Chicago to discuss a range of issues facing Illinois and the nation.  John Williams of WGN Radio led the way as moderator, asking his own questions and those submitted by the audience on issues including immigration, taxes, the economy, and President Trump’s commutations.

June 26, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee advanced the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act by a unanimous voice vote. This legislation, led by Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-IL) and Congressman Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson (R-PA) passed the full House unanimously in June, 2017 and would reauthorize and modernize the American career and technical education (CTE) system for the first time in 12 years.

June 13, 2018 Press Release

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] – Following today’s favorable vote by the Illinois Tollway Authority Board approving a Letter of Intent with Canadian Pacific Railway to complete the Elgin-O’Hare Western Access (EOWA) project, U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL), U.S. Representative Raja Krishnamoorthi (IL-08) and U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (IL-05) issued the following statement:

May 24, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Yesterday, the US House of Representative passed amendments to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) introduced by Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi to expand access to on-the-job training and reevaluate the needs of job training programs for military reservists.

May 7, 2018 Press Release

SCHAUMBURG, IL — Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi hosted a roundtable last week at IBM on the impact of artificial intelligence and the future of the American workforce. Participants from nearly 30 local businesses, higher education institutions, trade associations, and government agencies convened to discuss the opportunities and challenges imposed by the growth of artificial intelligence.