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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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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.

May 7, 2018 Press Release

SCHAUMBURG, ILLINOIS — Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi hosted a briefing on Friday on “Expanding Apprenticeships in Illinois and Investing in the American Workforce” in partnership with the Lufthansa Group, LSG Sky Chefs and the German American Chamber of Commerce. At this informative event with German Consul General Herbert Quelle, local business owners, students, apprentices, and educators convened to discuss methods that create and strengthen apprenticeship programs, as well as increase investments by employers towards worker training.                 

April 27, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today the House passed HR 4, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Reauthorization Act of 2018, which included Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi’s bipartisan amendment requiring the FAA to study the economic impacts of aircraft noise on communities and businesses located near major airports.  The Krishnamoorthi Amendment, which was passed unanimously by the House, expands FAA Noise Studies to include effects on businesses when they are subject to excessive noise throughout the work day.

April 13, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-IL) today introduced the Investing in American Workers Act (IAWA), partnering with Senator Mark Warner (D-VA), House Democratic Caucus Chairman Joe Crowley (D-NY), Vice Chair Linda Sánchez (D-CA), and leaders on the House Democratic Caucus New Economy Task Force. IAWA would establish a 20% tax credit for new investments in worker training made by small and mid-sized business.

February 16, 2018 Press Release

SCHAUMBURG, IL — Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi (D, IL-08) today announced the formation of a bipartisan Congressional Solar Caucus in the U.S. House of Representatives, co-founded by Congressman Ralph Norman (R, SC-05), which will serve as a unique forum for Members of Congress and the public to discuss high priority issues relating to the renewable energy and solar technology production sectors.

February 12, 2018 Press Release

SCHAUMBURG, IL — Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi, lead Democrat on the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act which would reauthorize the Perkins career and technical education (CTE) program, issued the following statement in response to the President Trump’s support of re-authorizing Perkins as part of updating our nation’s infrastructure.

January 31, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC — Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi issued the following statement in response to President Trump’s State of the Union address.

“I wish President Trump governed with the same tone of promise and cooperation that he used at times during his speech tonight. If only the first year of his presidency had focused on infrastructure, investments in workforce development, and career and technical education, what a different political moment we would all be living in today.”

January 18, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C.--- Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi today introduced the AI Jobs Act of 2018, partnering with Representatives Darren Soto (D-FL), Drew Ferguson (R-GA), Paul Mitchell (R-MI), Mark Takano (D-CA), Barbara Comstock (R-VA), Debbie Dingell (D-MI), Mike Gallagher (R-WI), Lisa Blunt-Rochester (D-DE), and Ralph Norman (R-SC). This legislation would direct the Department of Labor, working with businesses and research institutions, to report on the future workforce impacts of artificial intelligence, both its challenges and opportunities.