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. 

As the Chairman of the Energy Subcommittee on the Energy and Commerce Committee, I believe investing in the clean energy sector will create millions of good-paying jobs. My Blue Collar to Green Collar Jobs Development Act would provide grants to incentivize the creation of new jobs in renewable energy and increase the number of minorities, women, and veterans in these jobs. 

As we recover from the COVID-19 economic crisis, we must ensure that our recovery lifts all Americans —not just those at the top—  and leaves no one behind. 


More on Economy

Dec 3, 2020 Press Release

Today, Congressman Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) announced the introduction of the Jobs Now Youth Employment Act (H.R. 8839), which would require the Department of Labor to make increased funds available for youth workforce investment activities in areas experiencing especially high rates of long-term unemployment. These activities would include conducting research related to meeting the education and employment needs of eligible youth, as well as the supporting of career services and financial literacy programs for young people from struggling and often overlooked communities.

Nov 12, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) introduced the Restore Employment in Natural and Environmental Work (RENEW) Conservation Corps Act, which would create a civilian conservation corps to provide communities with job training and employment opportunities related to the outdoor recreation economy and green infrastructure projects. This legislation was introduced in the Senate by Senator Dick Durbin (D-Ill.).

Sep 29, 2020 Press Release
WASHINGTON — Today, U.S. Representatives Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) and Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.)) led in passing their American Competitiveness of a More Productive Emerging Tech Economy (COMPETE) Act (H.R. 8132) in the House to restore American global competitiveness in emerging technologies and win the future.  This bipartisan legislation passed the House today by a voice vote. 
Sep 10, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON Today, the House Energy and Commerce Committee passed the bipartisan American Competitiveness on More Productive Emerging Tech Economy (COMPETE) Act (H.R. 8132) which was introduced by Reps. Bobby Rush (D-Ill.) and Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.). This legislation would work to maintain America’s competitive edge in emerging technology so we can continue to lead the world. 

Sep 3, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON — Energy Subcommittee Chairman Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) and Energy and Commerce Chairman Frank Pallone Jr. (D-N.J.) wrote to Department of Energy (DOE) Secretary Dan Brouillette today demanding answers for DOE’s delay in implementing the survey and other procedures that serve as the basis for the upcoming 2021 U.S. Energy and Employment Report (USEER). The USEER is an annual report constructed from a survey administered to approximately 30,000 employers across 53 different energy technologies.