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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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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.

April 12, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi, lead Democrat on the House Oversight Committee’s Subcommittee on Healthcare, Benefits, and Administrative Rules led a subcommittee hearing yesterday on local efforts to address the opioid epidemic and federal programs supporting that work, including High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) grants and Drug-Free Communities (DFC) grants. HIDTA grants provide assistance to federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies reducing the supply of illicit drugs through dismantling and disrupting drug trafficking organizations.

April 6, 2018 Press Release

SCHAUMBURG, IL — Original cosponsors Congressmen Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-IL), Richard Hudson (R-NC), Buddy Carter (R-GA), and G.K Butterfield (D-NC) hailed passage of the Senate version of their legislation, the Ceiling Fan Energy Conservation Harmonization Act. The law helps the environment by making it easier for consumers to purchase energy efficient ceiling fans. Statements from the cosponsors follow below.

March 9, 2018 Press Release

SCHAUMBURG, IL - Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-IL) of the Committee on Education and the Workforce, issued the following statement in response to the Department of Education’s decision to block states from enforcing consumer protections against student loan collection companies:

February 16, 2018 Press Release

SCHAUMBURG, IL — Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi (D, IL-08) today announced the formation of a bipartisan Congressional Solar Caucus in the U.S. House of Representatives, co-founded by Congressman Ralph Norman (R, SC-05), which will serve as a unique forum for Members of Congress and the public to discuss high priority issues relating to the renewable energy and solar technology production sectors.

February 12, 2018 Press Release

SCHAUMBURG, IL — Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi, lead Democrat on the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act which would reauthorize the Perkins career and technical education (CTE) program, issued the following statement in response to the President Trump’s support of re-authorizing Perkins as part of updating our nation’s infrastructure.

February 2, 2018 Press Release

WHEATON, IL — Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi today held a roundtable discussion with the DuPage County Heroin/Opioid Prevention and Education (HOPE) Taskforce at the DuPage County Health Department. DuPage County Board Chair Dan Cronin opening the discussion and introduced Congressman Krishnamoorthi, who discussed his own work on the issue at the local and national levels.