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

Feb 3, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON — In celebration of Black History Month, U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) announced that he has introduced a series of bills aimed at recognizing the achievements of African-Americans and the central role African-Americans have played in bringing the United States closer to its founding ideals of liberty and justice for all.

Jan 5, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON — Today, U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) announced that he was sworn into the 117th Congress.  In the 117th Congress, the Democratic majority remains committed to building back better by stamping out COVID-19, supporting the frontline workers that have served our communities so bravely throughout the pandemic, supporting small businesses, and putting urgently needed money in the pockets of workers.  In this time of grave emergency, the American people need a Congress that prioritizes their health and economic well-being, and House Democrats stand ready to deliver.

Dec 21, 2020 Press Release
WASHINGTON — Today, U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) released the following statement subsequent to his vote in support of a legislative package that funds the Federal Government for Fiscal Year 2021 and provides critical  additional funding for the  response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic:
“The passage of today’s government funding package demonstrates that House Democrats remain committed to delivering much-needed relief to the American people in the wake of the devastation wrought by COVID-19,” said  Rush.
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.).