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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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August 23, 2019 Press Release

“I am sickened to learn an Illinois resident passed away from a lung illness linked to vaping devices,” said Illinois Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi. “This summer alone, there have been an alarming 22 cases of vaping-related respiratory illnesses in the state of Illinois, and nearly 200 nationwide, and the vast majority of patients were adolescents or young adults.

August 23, 2019 Press Release

SCHAUMBURG, IL – Congressman Krishnamoorthi issued the following response to the President’s erratic behavior and comments on the economy:

June 21, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – This week, Representatives Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), a Senior Chief Deputy Whip and Chair of the Energy and Commerce Consumer Protection and Commerce Subcommittee, and Bruce Westerman (R-AR) introduced H.R. 3379, the Price Relief, Innovation, and Competition for Essential Drugs (PRICED) Act to make prescription drugs more affordable and accessible for Americans across the nation. The PRICED Act addresses one of Big Pharma’s most effective price gouging tools by reducing the exclusivity period for biologics from twelve years to five years.

June 10, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Chairman Raja Krishnamoorthi of the Subcommittee on Economic and Consumer Policy launched an investigation into the youth e-cigarette epidemic and whether or not JUUL has actively marketed its product to American children. In a document request sent on Friday, Chairman Krishnamoorthi urged the company to provide memoranda and communications regarding its social media practices, advertising, and the product’s long-term impact on consumer health.

June 6, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Chairman Raja Krishnamoorthi of the Subcommittee on Economic and Consumer Policy wrote a letter to the Department of Justice to express concerns about Centene’s proposed acquisition of WellCare.  In the letter, Chairman Krishnamoorthi urged the Department to conduct a thorough review of the acquisition to preserve quality healthcare options for Illinois families. A signed copy of the letter is available here and the text follows below.

June 5, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Rep. Krishnamoorthi recently voted to pass H.R. 6, the American Dream and Promise Act, legislation which provides permanent protections to our nation’s Dreamers, as well as to Temporary Protected Status (TPS) and Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) holders, allowing them to contribute fully to Illinois communities and our country while providing a pathway to citizenship.

May 31, 2019 Press Release

Wheaton, IL – Yesterday, Congressman Krishnamoorthi joined local public health officials and other leaders across the community to discuss what can be done to combat the opioid epidemic. The session focused on opioid abuse and overdose prevention from a public health perspective and identified specific problems, prevention strategies, needed resources and approaches that the federal government can take. Congressman Krishnamoorthi was joined on the panel by Dr.

May 17, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. –  Today, Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi along with Senators Cory Booker and Dick Durbin reintroduced the Help Students Vote Act, a bill to strengthen student voter registration and civic participation on college campuses. Key student voting reforms of the Help Students Vote Act passed the House of Representatives earlier this year as part of H.R. 1, the For The People Act.

May 7, 2019 Press Release

Under This Legislation, Equifax Would Have Paid At Least $1.5 Billion in Penalties for 2017 Data Breach

Lawmakers Unveil New Report Showing Equifax Still Failing Consumers Long After Data Breach and Write to Regulators Demanding Action

April 30, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi (IL-08), Congressman Mike Gallagher (WI-08), and Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09) introduced the States Afforded Funding Extensions To Oppose Driving Recklessly In Vehicular Engagements (SAFE TO DRIVE) Act, which creates two supplemental grants for states to use for distracted driving prevention. Distracted driving–driving while also trying to text, call, clean, eat, or undertake any other activity–killed nearly 4,000 people in 2016, with more than 400,000 people injured in crashes connected to a distracted driver.