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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. 

More on Standing Up For Working Families

January 19, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC — Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi issued the following statement in response to a potential government shutdown at midnight tonight:

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 11, 2018 Press Release

SCHAUMBURG, IL — Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi issued the following response to President Trump’s widely-reported comments on African countries and Haiti :

"The President's comments about other countries neither comport with the dignity of the presidency, nor do they comport with the goodness of America and the majority of Americans in their positive views toward immigrants and other countries. In short, the President's comments are un-American.  In a time when we need to come together as a country, these comments drive people further apart."

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:

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.