America succeeds when women succeed, and we must guarantee that all women are treated fairly in our country. That’s why I am fighting to close the wage gap between men and women, address the challenges faced by women in the workforce, defend women’s access to affordable healthcare, combat the scourge of violence against women, and guarantee that the rights of women to make their own medical decisions will not be abridged.
Even as our country has made major strides toward gender equality, women continue to earn a fraction of what their male coworkers earn for the same jobs. In the 8th Congressional District, which faces a narrower wage gap than much of the country, women still only earn roughly 83 cents for every dollar their male colleagues do. Even beyond the pay gap, women in the workforce disproportionately bear the burden of the lack of access to quality, affordable child care, and paid family leave. Addressing these challenges will demand a range of policies, but I will continue to fight to eliminate the gender wage gap while expanding access to paid leave and quality affordable childcare for every family.
As a Member of Congress, I will fight to preserve and expand women’s access to quality healthcare. I oppose repealing the Affordable Care Act for many reasons, but a significant one is that turning the clock back to the time before the law existed would dramatically reduce women’s access to healthcare while increasing the cost of their premiums. Prior to the ACA, being a woman was effectively at times regarded as its own pre-existing condition, as women were denied insurance for having had breast cancer or a C-section, and even for being a survivor of sexual or domestic abuse. Those women who were able to find coverage on the open market were charged much higher premiums than men simply for being women. The Affordable Care Act eliminated these obstacles for women while also guaranteeing coverage for birth control and preventative care including mammograms and other cancer screenings. I will continue to defend the Affordable Care Act and these vital provisions for women.
Planned Parenthood remains a leading provider of quality, affordable health care for millions of women across our nation, including in underserved communities. I will fight to preserve public funding for Planned Parenthood and with it, access to vital preventative health and family planning services. As a proud member of the House Pro-Choice Caucus, I am dedicated to defending the constitutional right to choose and for women to be able to do so without facing an undue burden.
Domestic and sexual violence are plagues on our society and must be addressed and reduced in every area of American life. The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) helps survivors of domestic violence, addresses its root causes, and provides resources to bring its perpetrators to justice. While we must continue to strengthen and adapt the law to address evolving challenges, I am committed to strengthening VAWA and its core mission of keeping women and families safe.
In recent years, public acknowledgment and recognition of the issue of sexual violence on college campuses has grown exponentially. We must increase the support provided to survivors and work to guarantee that abusers face justice, but we must also utilize the unique educational environment of college campuses to build a broader awareness of our shared responsibility as a society to end sexual violence.
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WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Krishnamoorthi joined his colleagues in voting to pass a bipartisan long-term reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). VAWA provides crucial services for survivors of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking. The law had expired on February 15, 2019 after multiple temporary extensions.
WASHINGTON, DC – Chairman Krishnamoorthi of the Subcommittee on Economic and Consumer Policy yesterday launched a comprehensive investigation into the recent revelations that talc used in some consumer products has been contaminated with asbestos and poses a threat to public health. Yesterday’s inquiry aims to unearth important information regarding corporate practices to manufacture, market, and sell consumer products with potential talc contamination, and to better understand how the federal government can protect consumers from exposure to asbestos.
WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi issued the following statement regarding the bipartisan deal to reopen the federal government after a month-long shutdown:
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.
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.
SCHAUMBURG, IL – Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi issued the following statement in response to President Trump’s nomination of Brett Kavanaugh, Circuit Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, to the Supreme Court:
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi released the following statement in response to reports that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services under President Trump will be instituting a domestic gag rule to prohibit any Title X family planning clinics, such as Planned Parenthood, from providing or even discussing abortion with patients:
WASHINGTON, DC — In time for Mother’s Day this Sunday, Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi and Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler, Co-Chair of the Congressional Caucus on Maternity Care have led 16 cosponsors in introducing H.R 5761 the Ending Maternal Mortality Act, to create an ambitious national plan to halve rates of mater
WASHINGTON, DC – In response to President Trump’s announcement last night that he would end cost-sharing reduction payments, a key Affordable Care Act subsidy, Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi today sent the President a copy of the August 2017 Congressional Budget Office (CBO) Report “The Effects of Terminating Payments for Cost-Sharing Reductions.” The nonpartisan CBO’s report projects that the President’s decision to end cost-sharing reduction payments will increase premiums by 2
SCHAUMBURG, IL – Today, Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi of Illinois released the following statement in response to Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ new religious freedom guidelines which will negatively impact women, the LQBTQ community, and millions of other Americans:
“Under the auspices of religious liberty, the Department of Justice’s new guidance would sanction a broad license to discriminate against LGBTQ people, women, and other minorities, all at the taxpayers’ expense. The DOJ should be protecting vulnerable populations, not enabling discrimination against them.