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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

August 9, 2018 Press Release

SCHAUMBURG, IL – Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi issued the following statement in response to a Congressional Research Service report confirming that his bipartisan career training law, which was signed into law last week, would significantly increase federal funding for Illinois skills-based learning and on-the-job training.

August 8, 2018 Press Release

SCHAUMBURG, IL – Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi issued the following statement urging Illinois’ legislature and the Governor to pass legislation banning 3D-printed guns:

July 31, 2018 Press Release

WHEATON, IL – Yesterday, at the DuPage County Board of health in Wheaton, Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi held a roundtable discussion of the opioid epidemic focused on opioid addiction prevention strategies. The Congressman heard from local experts working to combat the epidemic from a range of fields including doctors, public health officials, educators, law enforcement officers, and addiction specialists as WGN's Pete McMurray hosted the roundtable.

July 31, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the President signed into law H.R. 2353, the bipartisan Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act which was led by Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-IL) and Congressman Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson (R-PA). The bill reauthorizes and modernizes the American career, technical, and vocational education system for the first time since 2006.

July 25, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the House passed H.R. 2353, the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act. This legislation, led by Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-IL) and Congressman Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson (R-PA), has now passed both the House and Senate unanimously, and will be sent to the President for signature into law. This legislation reauthorizes and modernizes the American career, technical, and vocational education system for the first time since 2006.

July 19, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Yesterday, the House passed H.R. 6147, an appropriations bill to fund the Department of the Interior, Environmental Protection Agency and other related agencies, which included an amendment coauthored by Congressmen Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-IL) and Steven Palazzo (R-MS). Previously, the Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFI) Fund, under the Department of Treasury, received an additional $25 million dollars of funding, but the legislation did not direct how this funding should be spent.

June 27, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi released the following statement in response to the Supreme Court decision in Janus v. AFSCME which found that public sector unions could not legally require workers to pay for “fair share fees”: 

June 26, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Monday, Congressmen Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-IL) and Darin LaHood (R-IL) held a bipartisan joint town hall at the John Marshall Law School in Chicago to discuss a range of issues facing Illinois and the nation.  John Williams of WGN Radio led the way as moderator, asking his own questions and those submitted by the audience on issues including immigration, taxes, the economy, and President Trump’s commutations.

June 26, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee advanced the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act by a unanimous voice vote. This legislation, led by Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-IL) and Congressman Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson (R-PA) passed the full House unanimously in June, 2017 and would reauthorize and modernize the American career and technical education (CTE) system for the first time in 12 years.

June 25, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Friday, the US House passed H.R. 6, the SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act, a bipartisan package of opioid prevention, recovery, and treatment bills aimed at combatting the opioid crisis.  Included in the bill was language originally introduced as H.R. 5804, the Post-Surgical Injections as an Opioid Alternative Act, which was written by Reps. John Shimkus (R-IL) and Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-IL).