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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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January 12, 2018 Press Release

SCHAUMBURG, IL – Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi today continued his fight to preserve the State and Local Tax (SALT) Deduction benefits for residents of his suburban Chicago district. Congressman Krishnamoorthi convened a round table with local mayors and constituents on the importance of the SALT Deduction in the aftermath of its being capped at $10,000 by last month’s tax bill passed by the Republican majority in Congress.

January 10, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC — Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi issued the following statement in response to U.S. District Court Judge William Alsup’s order that the Trump administration  resume accepting renewal applications for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program:

January 8, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC — Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi issued the following statement regarding the Trump administration’s decision to end Temporary Protected Status designation for Salvadorans in the United States:

December 19, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi issued the following statement in response to today’s passage of the GOP tax bill.

December 18, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi wrote to Mayor Rahm Emanuel this morning regarding the potential consequences of a power outage at O’Hare International  in response to the massive travel disruption caused by a power outage at Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International airport. The Congressman made this request so that the city’s analysis could be used to aid Congress in preventing future disruptions like Atlanta’s and evaluating backup systems.

December 15, 2017 Press Release

SCHAUMBURG, IL – Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi released the following statement on the final version of the Republican tax bill:

“They’re releasing this bill on a Friday so no one will read it and I can understand why: if I ever wrote a bill this bad, I wouldn’t want anyone to read it either. It’s clear that the more people know about this bill, the less they like it, which is why it should be no surprise that they are trying to ram this through Congress with as little public debate as possible.

December 14, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi today introduced the Protecting Students from Worthless Degrees Act, which would shield students and taxpayers funds from predatory and valueless higher education programs. As education costs and student debt continue to mount, so has the need to ensure that students and taxpayers receive a worthwhile return on their investment in their career.

November 20, 2017 Press Release

SCHAUMBURG, IL – Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi, lead Democratic sponsor of the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act, joined Republican sponsor Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson of Pennsylvania in leading 235 other Members of the House of Representatives in urging the Senate education committee to take up the bill which passed the House unanimously in June.

November 16, 2017 Press Release

Washington, DC – Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi released the following statement on the passage of the House Republican tax plan earlier today.

November 15, 2017 Press Release

Washington, DC – Today, Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi, a co-chair of the House Democratic Caucus New Economy Task Force, led a discussion with Members of Congress and experts on jobs, education, and the skills gap to discuss how Americans can further promote commonsense policies that benefit America’s working families. Joined by co-chairs Representatives Delbene, Dingell, Soto, and their guests, Congressman Krishnamoorthi brought Jehan Wickramasuriya, a Senior Software Architect from Motorola to address the forum.