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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.

More on Growing Our Economy & Creating Jobs

May 24, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi, lead Democrat on the Subcommittee on Healthcare, Benefits and Administrative Rules, released the following statement in response to the the Congressional Budget Office's report on the Republican American Health Care Act (AHCA) which passed the House by two votes in early May:

May 20, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi, lead Democrat on the Subcommittee on Healthcare, Benefits and Administrative Rules, released the following statement in response to the Trump administration's threats to imperil health care affordability for 7 million Americans through eliminating crucial subsidies:

May 17, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, the Committee on Education and the Workforce approved H.R. 2353, the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act. Introduced by Reps. Raja Krishnamoorthi (IL-08) and Glenn “GT” Thompson (PA-05), the bipartisan legislation will strengthen and improve career and technical education (CTE).

April 24, 2017 Press Release

VILLA PARK, IL – Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi hosted a town hall meeting Saturday at Villa Park’s Willowbrook High School, welcoming his constituents and answering their questions. Over the course of the ninety-minute meeting, Rep.

April 11, 2017 Press Release

SCHAUMBURG, IL – Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi today hosted a jobs summit on the economic impact of developing western access to O’Hare International Airport at a bipartisan gathering of key stakeholders, including government, business and labor leaders.  Rep. Krishnamoorthi held the event in Schaumburg and led discussion of the economic benefits the infrastructure project would bring to Chicago’s west and northwest suburbs.  Rep.

April 3, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi denounced President Trump’s executive order eliminating President Obama’s climate-change protections as an attack on the growing green economy and as another example of the Trump administration’s effort to govern by decree. Rep. Krishnamoorthi is the author of the Executive Order Transparency Act, which would require executive orders to be posted to the White House website seventy-two hours in advance of signing, to reveal their contents. The Congressman also introduced H. Res.

March 25, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – In response to the failure of the Republican American Health Care Act (AHCA) to even come to a vote in the House, Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi released the following statement:

"Our country won today because a bill with disastrous consequences was stopped in its tracks. Countless Americans made their voices heard as a bill that could have devastated our economy and left more than 24 million people without health care nearly came to the floor. Because of their efforts, it never received a vote."

March 9, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON –  Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi (IL-08) joined Senator Durbin, and fellow Representatives Mike Quigley (IL-05), Brad Schneider (IL-10), and Danny Davis (IL-07) today in meeting with Illinois Tollway Chairman Bob Schillerstrom to express their support for the Tollway’s petition to the U.S. Surface Transportation Board (STB) regarding their ongoing dispute with Canadian Pacific Railway (CP) over the Elgin O’Hare Western Access (EOWA) project.  The project creates new western road access to O’Hare International Airport along with a new western bypass around the airport. 

March 7, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC –  Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi issued the following statement in response to the newly announced House Republican health care plan:

February 27, 2017 Press Release
SCHAUMBURG, Ill. – Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi held his first town hall meeting on February 24 at Roosevelt University's Schaumburg campus, answering questions on a vast array of topics, including the Affordable Care Act, career and technical education policies, immigration, advances in nuclear fusion, school vouchers, raising the minimum wage, the Trump Administration's ties to the Kremlin, and the repeal of the Johnson amendment that bars churches and other tax-exempt organizations from engaging in political activity.