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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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:
CHICAGO, IL – Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi, Mayor Rahm Emanuel, and City Colleges of Chicago Chancellor Juan Salgado today at Wright College announced that funding from the passage of Rep. Krishnamoorthi’s legislation, The Strengthening Career and Technical Education (CTE) for the 21st Century Act, known as The Perkins Act, will support the continued modernization of CTE programs in Chicago. The Perkins Act is the main source of federal funding for high school and postsecondary CTE programs in Illinois.
CHICAGO, IL – Congressman Krishnamoorthi toured Cinespace Film Studios in Chicago today as part of his continuing leadership on the issues of workforce development and skills training. At Cinespace, Congressman Krishnamoorthi discussed on-the-job training in the film industry with interns in CineCares’ Mirkopoulos Internship Program (MIP) and its community partners. Through MIP, CineCares offers young adults in the Chicago area from under-served communities a 12-week job training program in the TV and film industry.
SCHAUMBURG, IL – Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi today requested that the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights division inform Congress on the steps it is taking to ensure that all lawful voters are able to cast their ballots in the 2018 elections and all others in which they are eligible to participate.
Congressman Krishnamoorthi’s signed letter is viewable here and the text follows below.
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi applauds the signing into law of the Federal Aviation Administration Reauthorization, a law which includes an amendment authored by Congressman Krishnamoorthi requiring the FAA to study the economic impacts of excessive noise around airports.
SCHAUMBURG, IL – Congressman Krishnamoorthi issued the following statement following Monday’s report by the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and the arrival of Category 4 Storm, Hurricane Michael:
WASHINGTON, D.C. – This week, the House of Representatives passed legislation to fund the departments of Labor, Health, and Human Services, and Education for fiscal year 2019. This includes $250 million for early childhood programs and $5.3 billion to the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG). The CCDBG is the primary source of funding for child care support for working families, a longstanding priority for Congressman Krishnamoorthi. Today, only 11% of civilian workers in the United States receive childcare assistance from their employers.
WASHINGTON, D.C.- On Friday, September 28, House Republicans passed legislation (H.R. 6760) to permanently cap the State and Local Tax (SALT) Deduction at $10,000 for both individuals and joint filers. This severe limitation applies to state and local income, property, and sales taxes. According to the Joint Committee on Taxation, this legislation will increase the deficit by $631 billion over the next 10 years. Congressman Krishnamoorthi released the following statement:
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Yesterday, the House of Representatives passed legislation to fund the departments of Labor, Health, and Human Services, and Education. This includes $1.9 billion for career, technical, and adult education programs authorized by the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act and the Adult Education and Family Literacy Act. This will ensure that all students have the opportunity to continue to develop their skills in their post-secondary education and succeed in in-demand careers.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the House of Representatives passed legislation to fund the departments of Labor, Health, and Human Services, and Education for fiscal year 2019. As part of the appropriations package, efforts to address substance use disorder, including opioid and heroin abuse, will receive $6.7 billion split between the federal and state governments.