Congressman Bobby Rush

Representing the 1st District of Illinois

Economy

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

Dec 19, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON — Today, U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush voted in support of H.R. 5430, the United States–Mexico–Canada Agreement (USMCA) Implementation Act, which includes a series of transformative improvements to the Trump Administration’s USMCA as originally proposed and will set a new floor for standards in future U.S. trade agreements.

Dec 17, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON — Today, U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) voted in support of two legislative packages that, together, comprise all 12 Fiscal Year 2020 funding bills, including hundreds of millions of dollars for top legislative priorities such as $25 million for federal research at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and National Institutes of Health (NIH) into the nation’s gun violence epidemic.

Sep 19, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON — Today, U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) voted in support of the Continuing Appropriations Act of 2020 and the Health Extenders Act of 2019, which will, among other things, extend the Community Health Centers Fund and the National Flood Insurance Program through Nov. 21, 2019. The bill passed the House of Representatives by a vote of 301-to-123.

Mar 27, 2019 Press Release
WASHINGTON — Today, U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) voted to pass H.R. 7, the landmark Paycheck Fairness Act, to take a dramatic step forward to ensure that America’s women receive equal pay for equal work. This legislation strengthens and closes loopholes in the 1963 Equal Pay Act to secure justice for working women in Illinois and across the country by providing them effective remedies for unfair and inequitable pay practices.
Feb 14, 2019 Press Release
WASHINGTON — Today, U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) released the following statement on the House passage of the FY19 Appropriations package, which prevents another senseless Trump Shutdown.

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