Congressman Bobby Rush

Representing the 1st District of Illinois


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 11, 2014 Press Release

WASHINGTON — U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) voted “NO” tonight on H.R. 83, the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015. Rush expressed the following concerns regarding the FY15 Appropriations and Continuing Resolution:

Sep 17, 2014 Press Release

WASHINGTON — U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush’s (IL-01) bill, H.R. 4526, was the subject of a hearing held today by the Energy and Power Subcommittee.

Jun 26, 2014 Press Release

Today, U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (IL-01) released the following statement about a recent report released from social media giant Facebook:

Apr 11, 2013 Press Release

CONTACT: Debra Johnson
(202) 679-0381

WASHINGTON — Congressman Bobby L. Rush released the following statement today after President Barack Obama announced his budget proposal for Fiscal Year 2014:

“The President’s budget will pave the way for a clear fiscal road ahead by making investments in economic growth, fostering job creation and expanding the middle class.”

Apr 11, 2013 Press Release

CONTACT: Debra Johnson
(202) 679-0381

WASHINGTON — As we mark Equal Pay Day on April 9th, Congressman Bobby L. Rush reiterates that more needs to be done to close the wage gap that still exists between women and men—including enactment of the critical Paycheck Fairness Act.  Equal Pay Day symbolizes when, more than three months into the year, women’s wages finally catch up to what men were paid in the previous year.