Congressman Bobby Rush

Representing the 1st District of Illinois

Jobs

The 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 Jobs

Jul 17, 2019 Press Release
Today, U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) received the unanimous support of the Committee on Energy and Commerce for two bills and an amendment he introduced.
Jul 9, 2019 Press Release
WASHINGTON — Today, U.S. Representatives Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) and Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R Wash.) introduced H.R. 3637, the Allied Health Workforce Diversity Act. This bill would provide funding for colleges and universities to make physical therapy, occupational therapy, audiology, and speech-language pathology programs more accessible to underrepresented communities, including those who are racial or ethnic minorities or from disadvantaged backgrounds.
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.
Jun 27, 2018 Press Release
​WASHINGTON — Today, U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) released the following statement expressing his disappointment in the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Janus v. American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees, Council 31 which weakens labor unions to the benefit of billionaires and corporations.