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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

Jul 31, 2017 Press Release
In advance of Startup Day Across America, Rep. Quigley visited mHUB, a Chicago incubator of forward-thinking startups.
May 26, 2017 Press Release
U.S. Representatives Mike Quigley (IL-05) and Erik Paulsen (MN-03), re-introduced the bipartisan Stopping Trained in America Ph.D.s from Leaving the Economy (STAPLE) Act, which would exempt foreign-born individuals who have earned an American Ph.D. in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) from the limits on the number of employment-based green cards and H-1B visas awarded annually.
May 5, 2017 Press Release
U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (IL-05), a member of the New Democrat Coalition, visited Unabridged Bookstore in the Lakeview neighborhood to mark National Small Business Week. Rep. Quigley met with the store’s owners and staff to learn more about how they are empowering employees, contributing to the community, and growing the local economy.
Mar 29, 2017 In the News
A group of House Democrats is calling for a funding increase for the IRS, after President Trump's budget proposed a slight funding reduction for the agency.
Mar 13, 2017 Press Release
U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (IL-05), went “undercover” at the Greater Chicago Food Depository (GCFD) in the Lower West Side to learn more about the work GCFD is doing to end hunger in the city of Chicago.

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