Congressman Bobby Rush

Representing the 1st District of Illinois
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Economy and Jobs

Economy and JobsThe issues of Economy and Jobs are important to our district and to my work in Congress.

No single issue is more important to the future of our community than jobs.  Most of us know someone – be it a friend, relative, or colleague – who is looking for work right now.  Young people are especially hard hit.  At a time when they should be looking towards a bright and promising future, they are instead seeing their hopes diminished and their dreams deferred.  This problem must be solved.  That’s why I have re-introduced legislation to combat youth unemployment.   In the 112th Congress this legislation is known as SAY YEA (H.R. 1901) and it provides $6.5 billion dollars to reduce youth unemployment.

While we must address our government’s deficit spending it cannot be done on the backs of hardworking Americans who at this critical time need lower taxes, consumer protection, and the ability to obtain fair financing to keep their homes and grow small businesses.

Some economists have predicted that the economy will rebound but that it won’t produce new jobs as it does.  This kind of so-called “jobless recovery” is unacceptable.  I will continue to make job creation and growth my priority.  There can be no recovery unless the people recover!

More on Economy and Jobs

Feb 13, 2013 Press Release

CONTACT: Debra Johnson
(202) 679-0381
Debra.Johnson@mail.house.gov

Jul 16, 2012 Press Release

CONTACT: Renee Ferguson
(773) 224-6500 ofc.; (202) 674-0891 mobile
Renee.Ferguson@mail.house.gov

CHICAGO — Today Congressman Bobby L. Rush (D-IL) made the following statement concerning the participation of African-American contractors in the Englewood Flyover Bridge Construction Project:

Apr 19, 2012 Press Release

CONTACT: Renee Ferguson
(773) 224-6500 ofc.; (202) 674-0891 mobile
Renee.Ferguson@mail.house.gov

WASHINGTON — Congressman Bobby L. Rush (D-IL) delivered the following opening statement at a House Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade subcommittee hearing examining the current state of American-based manufacturing and its importance to increasing job creation and American trade and exports:

Good morning, Madam Chair Bono Mack and Ranking Member Butterfield.  Thank you for calling this important hearing.

Mar 20, 2012 Press Release

CONTACT: Renee Ferguson
(773) 224-6500 ofc.; (202) 674-0891 mobile
Renee.Ferguson@mail.house.gov

Mar 5, 2012 Press Release

CONTACT: Renee Ferguson
(773) 224-6500 ofc.; (202) 674-0891 mobile
Renee.Ferguson@mail.house.gov

WASHINGTON – Congressman Bobby L. Rush (D-IL) will receive the Congressional Leadership Award from the National Urban League on Tuesday, March 6, 2012.  The honor recognizes Rush’s ongoing commitment to urban youth and his cosponsorship of the Urban Jobs Act of 2011.  In May Congressman Rush joined more than a thousand young people from across the nation in a March on Washington for Jobs.

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