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Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi

Representing the 8th District of Illinois

Standing Up For Working Families

Our ability to compete in a global economy depends on a robust middle class. That is why I am committed to supporting policies that will enable the middle class to expand and grow in a 21st-century economy. It is no secret that the financial crisis of 2008 structurally changed the way our economic system works. Congress needs to act accordingly. Congress must make sure hard work is rewarded and all Americans have a chance to succeed.

Congress needs to help working families achieve economic security by raising the minimum wage, expanding access to overtime pay, guaranteeing maternity and sick leave, and expanding the child tax credit.  

As a child of immigrants to this country who struggled to get reach the middle class, I have seen firsthand the importance of a college degree, and what it means to succeed. Unless we act now, student loan debt will continue to climb and make it that much harder for young people to achieve financial independence. College affordability impacts everyone and as your Congressman, I will continue fighting to make sure a college degree is within everyone's means. 

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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:

June 10, 2018 Press Release

SCHAUMBURG, IL — Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi issued the following statement in response to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's criticism of President Trump on the ongoing trade negotiations between the United States and Canada:

May 24, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Yesterday, the US House of Representative passed a bipartisan amendment introduced by Congressmen Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-IL) and Andy Barr (R-KY) to require the Department of Defense to conduct a study on the extent of pharmaceutical shortages in the military health and TRICARE system.  The purpose of this study would be to shed light on whether quality of care in military surgical and emergency situations has been compromised because of shortages in anesthetics and pain management medications.

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 24, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Yesterday, the US House passed an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act introduced by Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi which would require the Department of Defense to inform Congress of its plan to treat and prevent opioid use among dependents of Department of Defense personnel. Once completed, the report would be shared with all on-base medical facilities to expand awareness of available intervention and treatment resources.

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 18, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. –  Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi and Senator Cory Booker today introduced the Help Students Vote Act, a new bill to ensure that higher education institutions support student voter registration and civic participation. This legislation aims to reverse the historic trend of low voter registration among young Americans, an unfortunate reality that exists because college students face unique barriers in acquiring voter registration information.

April 18, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC — Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi hosted a briefing yesterday exploring the impact of waiting periods on reducing gun violence. The briefing featured Professor Deepak Malhotra of Harvard Business School and a representative of the office of Congressman Mike Thompson, Chairman of the House Gun Violence Prevention Task Force, to discuss current Congressional action on gun violence prevention.

April 17, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi today issued the following statement in response to the news that IRS electronic filing system crashed earlier today:

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.