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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 31, 2019 Press Release

Washington, DC and Reston, VA — This morning, Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi joined the Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda, Inc. (FBLA-PBL) National Legislative Advisory Board (NLAB) as an honorary co-chair.

January 29, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi spearheaded the introduction of the AI Jobs Act of 2019 with representatives Rep. Elise Stefanik (NY-21), Rep. Yvette Clarke (NY-09), Rep. Mike Gallagher (WI-08), Rep. Debbie Dingell (MI-12), Rep. Ralph Norman (SC-05), Rep. Mark Takano (CA-41), Rep. Paul Mitchell (MI-10), and Rep. Ro Khanna (CA-17).

January 28, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi today led a bipartisan legislative effort with Republican Congressman Paul Mitchell (MI-10) calling on Congress to prevent any future lapse in appropriations, and to permanently end government shutdowns.  

Krishnamoorthi issued the following statement: 

January 26, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi issued the following statement regarding the bipartisan deal to reopen the federal government after a month-long shutdown:

January 25, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Yesterday, Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi was named Chairman of the House Oversight Committee’s Subcommittee on Economic and Consumer Policy. The announcement will give Krishnamoorthi jurisdiction over important pocketbook issues such as education, workforce development, income inequality, health care, consumer protection and data privacy through his role as chairman of the subcommittee.

January 23, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC — Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi today led the Illinois Democratic Delegation featuring Representatives Schakowsky, Kelly, Lipinski, Foster, Bustos, Rush, Underwood, Quigley, García, Schneider, Casten and Davis in a letter to Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker questioning what the Department of Justice is doing to safeguard life-saving programs that protect survivors of domestic abuse during the misguided government shutdown.

January 16, 2019 Page

As many of you know, funding for many federal government programs ran out at midnight on December 21, requiring various federal agencies to provide only essential services until funding is restored.  Both the House and the Senate are working to move towards a solution.

January 14, 2019 Press Release

SCHAUMBURG, IL – Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi (IL-08) led a press conference this morning at O’Hare International Airport highlighting the human cost of the government shutdown, which is now in its 24th day, and calling for the government to be reopened. Congressman Krishnamoorthi was joined by fellow Illinois Representatives Jan Schakowsky (IL-09), Mike Quigley (IL-05), Sean Casten (IL-06), and Jesús “Chuy” García (IL-04).

January 10, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi released the following statement in response to President Trump’s tweet claiming he’d freeze FEMA funding to address the California wildfires:

January 10, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC -  Last night, Congressman Krishnamoorthi joined his colleagues in passing the FY 2019 Department of the Treasury and IRS appropriations bill to ensure Illinois families will receive their tax refunds on time and in full. Due to the partial government shutdown, only 12% of IRS employees are currently on the job, meaning that thousands of families’ tax returns are vulnerable to delays and administrative error. Last year, more than 5 million Illinoisans received tax refunds totaling almost $14 billion, an average refund of $2,900 per filing.