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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

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.

January 19, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC — Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi issued the following statement in response to a potential government shutdown at midnight tonight:

January 18, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C.--- Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi today introduced the AI Jobs Act of 2018, partnering with Representatives Darren Soto (D-FL), Drew Ferguson (R-GA), Paul Mitchell (R-MI), Mark Takano (D-CA), Barbara Comstock (R-VA), Debbie Dingell (D-MI), Mike Gallagher (R-WI), Lisa Blunt-Rochester (D-DE), and Ralph Norman (R-SC). This legislation would direct the Department of Labor, working with businesses and research institutions, to report on the future workforce impacts of artificial intelligence, both its challenges and opportunities.

January 12, 2018 Press Release

SCHAUMBURG, IL – Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi today continued his fight to preserve the State and Local Tax (SALT) Deduction benefits for residents of his suburban Chicago district. Congressman Krishnamoorthi convened a round table with local mayors and constituents on the importance of the SALT Deduction in the aftermath of its being capped at $10,000 by last month’s tax bill passed by the Republican majority in Congress.

January 11, 2018 Press Release

SCHAUMBURG, IL — Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi issued the following response to President Trump’s widely-reported comments on African countries and Haiti :

"The President's comments about other countries neither comport with the dignity of the presidency, nor do they comport with the goodness of America and the majority of Americans in their positive views toward immigrants and other countries. In short, the President's comments are un-American.  In a time when we need to come together as a country, these comments drive people further apart."

January 10, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC — Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi issued the following statement in response to U.S. District Court Judge William Alsup’s order that the Trump administration  resume accepting renewal applications for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program:

December 19, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi issued the following statement in response to today’s passage of the GOP tax bill.

December 18, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi wrote to Mayor Rahm Emanuel this morning regarding the potential consequences of a power outage at O’Hare International  in response to the massive travel disruption caused by a power outage at Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International airport. The Congressman made this request so that the city’s analysis could be used to aid Congress in preventing future disruptions like Atlanta’s and evaluating backup systems.