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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

October 11, 2019 Press Release

DUPAGE COUNTY, IL – This week, DuPage County Health Department in partnership with Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi (IL-08), Congressman Bill Foster (IL-11), DuPage County Sheriff and the DuPage County Coroner, recently secured a federal Bureau of Justice grant for the State of Illinois. The grant would address opioid use and lack of treatment options for incarcerated people in DuPage County.

September 20, 2019 Press Release

ELK GROVE VILLAGE, IL – Last week, the US Department of Health and Human Services Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) awarded a grant of $385,000 to Elk Grove Village Cares to serve as a regional supply point for naloxone, a drug that can reverse the fatal effects of opioid overdoses.

September 11, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Yesterday, Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi, as Chairman of the Oversight Subcommittee on Economic and Consumer Policy, invited Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Robert Redfield to testify before the panel on the outbreak of lung illnesses associated with using vaping devices and e-cigarettes.

September 5, 2019 Press Release

ITASCA, IL – Today, Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi (IL-08), held a roundtable discussion on distracted driving at the National Safety Council with local leaders, elected officials, and advocates on the States Afforded Funding Extensions To Oppose Driving Recklessly In Vehicular Engagements (SAFE TO DRIVE) Act, bipartisan legislation co-authored by Republican Congressman Mike Gallagher from Wisconsin. This legislation expands access to grant funding for states to use in distracted driving prevention.

September 5, 2019 Press Release

Washington, D.C. (September 5, 2019)—Today, Rep.

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.