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

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.
Apr 12, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON — Today, U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) released the following statement on the House Republicans’ failed attempt to destroy Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security:

Feb 27, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON — Today, U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) released the following statement as the Supreme Court deliberates the case of Janus v. American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees, Council 31:

“This case is being pushed by the rich and well-connected seeking to divide hardworking people and make it extremely difficult for them to stand together in a union.  We are witnessing yet another example of a billionaire class hell-bent on rigging the economy against working- and middle-class Americans.

Jan 22, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON — U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.), today released the following statement on the passage of the Republican short-term government funding legislation (also known as the Continuing Resolution, or CR).

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