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Congressman Mike Quigley

Representing the 5th District of Illinois

Economy and Jobs

Our country has come a long way since 2008 when our nation experienced the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression. Since that time, I’m proud to say our economy has significantly recovered. Thanks in large part to the policies implemented under the Obama Administration, unemployment has been cut in half, household wealth exceeds pre-crisis levels, and we’ve had the longest streak of private-sector job growth in our history. However, it’s indisputable that too many Americans still aren’t experiencing the benefits of our growing economy. In fact, between 2009 and 2012, 91 percent of income gains went to those in the top one percent. This means it’s harder for middle-class Americans to climb the ladder of success, and even harder for poor Americans to grab hold of the lowest rung. I believe that expanding our middle class requires us to adopt a combination of policies that tackle income inequality so all Americans have a fair shot in today’s economy and polices that accelerate economic growth so American workers and businesses can thrive in tomorrow’s economy.

In Congress, I’m an active member of the New Democrat Coalition, which is a pro-growth, fiscally-responsible, solutions-oriented coalition of members that seeks to bridge the partisan divide and enact new and innovative policies that will help build a 21st century American economy. I’ve been proud to introduce legislation, which is now law, that will give small businesses a greater voice in the regulatory process. I’ve also supported legislation to expand small business exports overseasraise the minimum wagecombat wage discrimination; and reward businesses that hire veterans. Furthermore, I have opposed efforts to undermine worker's rights and have addressed the importance of strengthening our unions.

 

Rep. Mike Quigley celebrates “Start-Up Day Across America” with Chicago-based companies Reverb and Curiosity.

Rep. Mike Quigley hosted a roundtable with ACG Global and prominent Chicago women in finance for a roundtable discussion to better understand the barriers women face in their ascent to leadership positions in the financial sector.
 
Rep. Mike Quigley bill to expand small business’ voice at the SEC was signed into law by President Obama.

More on Economy and Jobs

Sep 24, 2010 Press Release
"We have to do everything we can to keep people in their homes."
Sep 15, 2010 Press Release
During the recent district work period, U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (IL-05) spent a day working on the railroad. Quigley donned a hard hat and visited rail workers at two Chicago sites to see first-hand how investments in rail provide Chicagoans jobs, improve infrastructure, and will help mitigate expected traffic increases in the coming years.
Jul 15, 2010 Press Release
Today, U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (D-IL) introduced a bill to reform federal budgeting practices to improve fiscal responsibility and put the country back on the path toward financial sustainability. The Transparent and Sustainable Budget Act of 2010 would force the federal budget to accurately account for all money spent, set attainable goals for reducing spending, and convene a joint session of Congress to hear the President deliver an address on the fiscal state of the union each year.
Apr 6, 2010 Press Release
Today, U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (D-IL) joined U.S. Trade Representative Ambassador Ron Kirk for a discussion and tour of Navistar's Melrose Park engine plant. Navistar is one of the world's leading truck and engine manufacturers.
Dec 15, 2009 Press Release
"We have a win-win opportunity to close Guantanamo while creating jobs in a region that desperately needs them."

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