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

Oct 20, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON — Today, U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) introduced a resolution calling on states to implement “ban the box” legislation, prohibiting employers from asking about a job applicant’s criminal history in the early stages of their application.

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.

Nov 26, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON — Today, U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) was joined by Reps. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) and Gwen Moore (D-Wis.) in introducing H.R.5266, the Urban Agriculture Healthy Food and Entrepreneur Act. This bill would establish two new programs — the Urban Agriculture Conservation Easement Program and the Urban Agriculture Microentrepreneur Assistance Program. Together, they would increase the availability of land and capital in communities to encourage more local urban agriculture production.

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.