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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 31, 2019 Press Release

Washington, DC and Reston, VA — This morning, Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi joined the Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda, Inc. (FBLA-PBL) National Legislative Advisory Board (NLAB) as an honorary co-chair.

January 29, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi spearheaded the introduction of the AI Jobs Act of 2019 with representatives Rep. Elise Stefanik (NY-21), Rep. Yvette Clarke (NY-09), Rep. Mike Gallagher (WI-08), Rep. Debbie Dingell (MI-12), Rep. Ralph Norman (SC-05), Rep. Mark Takano (CA-41), Rep. Paul Mitchell (MI-10), and Rep. Ro Khanna (CA-17).

January 28, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi today led a bipartisan legislative effort with Republican Congressman Paul Mitchell (MI-10) calling on Congress to prevent any future lapse in appropriations, and to permanently end government shutdowns.  

Krishnamoorthi issued the following statement: 

January 26, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi issued the following statement regarding the bipartisan deal to reopen the federal government after a month-long shutdown:

January 25, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Yesterday, Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi was named Chairman of the House Oversight Committee’s Subcommittee on Economic and Consumer Policy. The announcement will give Krishnamoorthi jurisdiction over important pocketbook issues such as education, workforce development, income inequality, health care, consumer protection and data privacy through his role as chairman of the subcommittee.

January 14, 2019 Press Release

SCHAUMBURG, IL – Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi (IL-08) led a press conference this morning at O’Hare International Airport highlighting the human cost of the government shutdown, which is now in its 24th day, and calling for the government to be reopened. Congressman Krishnamoorthi was joined by fellow Illinois Representatives Jan Schakowsky (IL-09), Mike Quigley (IL-05), Sean Casten (IL-06), and Jesús “Chuy” García (IL-04).

January 10, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC -  Last night, Congressman Krishnamoorthi joined his colleagues in passing the FY 2019 Department of the Treasury and IRS appropriations bill to ensure Illinois families will receive their tax refunds on time and in full. Due to the partial government shutdown, only 12% of IRS employees are currently on the job, meaning that thousands of families’ tax returns are vulnerable to delays and administrative error. Last year, more than 5 million Illinoisans received tax refunds totaling almost $14 billion, an average refund of $2,900 per filing.

December 24, 2018 Press Release

SCHAUMBURG, IL – Congressman Krishnamoorthi issued the following statement in response to new developments threatening the nation's and Illinois' economies as a result of the government shutdown predicated on President Trump's demand for a border wall that was supposed to be paid for by Mexico in the first place:

December 21, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Krishnamoorthi released the following in response to the impending shutdown of the federal departments of Justice, Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, State, Interior, Treasury, Commerce, Agriculture, and Homeland Security:

November 29, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Following today’s approval by the Illinois Tollway Authority of a framework agreement with Canadian Pacific Railway and Union Pacific Railway to move the Elgin-O’Hare Western Access (EOWA) project forward, 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: