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

Jun 29, 2016 Press Release

CHICAGO — U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) announced a bold new initiative today — the Greater Chatham Initiative (GCI) — geared toward the economic advancement and security of his constituents and Chicago’s underrepresented African-American communities.

Apr 20, 2016 Press Release

WASHINGTON — Today, U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) took to the House floor to put a national spotlight on the budget crisis in Illinois undermining the existence of Chicago State University (CSU). CSU, located within the 1st Congressional District, is on the verge of closing in lieu of receiving state funding, vital to continuing its operations.

Below is the video and transcript of Rush's remarks:

Feb 29, 2016 Press Release

WASHINGTON — Today, U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) brought home another victory for his constituents and underrepresented Americans in the energy and manufacturing fields as his bill, H.R. 4583, To promote a 21st century energy and manufacturing workforce, passed in the House on a suspension vote — a practice typically reserved for noncontroversial legislation that requires a two-third majority to pass.

Feb 12, 2016 Press Release

WASHINGTON — Today, U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.), along with other members of the Chicago delegation, requested a meeting with Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx. The Chicago members’ agenda will be to discuss a Local Hiring Contract Initiative that addresses the recent O’Hare International Airport infrastructure plan announcement made in January. The infrastructure plan will reportedly create thousands of jobs over the life of the project.

Feb 10, 2016 Press Release

WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) lent his voice to the fight of the Mondelēz workers who stand to lose their jobs as a result of the company’s decision to shut down several production lines at their bakery facility located in the 1st Congressional District. Mondelēz announced its intention to lay off 600 employees, and move the production to Salinas, Mexico to save money.