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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

Jun 29, 2016 Press Release
U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (IL-05), a member of the House Sustainable Energy and Environment Coalition (SEEC), went “undercover” at Chicago’s Goose Island Beer Company filling wine barrels with the ingredients for Gillian, a Belgian style farmhouse ale, and learning how Goose Island incorporates sustainable practices into their daily operations.
Jun 13, 2016 Editorials
Tourism has grown to be one of the United States’ most important industries, with one in nine U.S. jobs depending on it. Travel employment increased for the tenth month in a row this past April, according to an U.S. Travel Association estimate. And in 2015, domestic and international travelers spent $947 billion in the U.S. and directly supported more than 8.1 million U.S. jobs. Travel is also America’s largest service export, as well as one of our top job generating industries. So, it would stand to reason that Congress should be looking for ways to support this industry and increase international tourism.
Apr 28, 2016 Press Release
U.S. Reps. Mike Quigley, Elizabeth Esty, Jim Himes and Joe Courtney introduced the Technical Education Creates High-Paying Careers (TECH Careers) Act, a bill to expand innovative community college and technical programs so more Americans can break into high-demand fields with good-paying careers.
Apr 26, 2016 Press Release
U.S. Representative Mike Quigley, U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez and Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Theresa E. Mintle joined executives from several of Chicago’s leading Fortune 500 companies to discuss workforce development priorities to ensure the economic competitiveness of Chicago and the country.
Apr 14, 2016 Press Release
U.S. Rep. Mike Quigley, along with Rep. Robert Pittenger introduced the bipartisan Small Financial Institution Advisory Committees Act. The legislation would create a Community Bank Advisory Committee and a Credit Union Advisory Committee within the Treasury Department to provide the department with valuable advice and guidance on a broad range of important issues impacting community banks and credit unions throughout the country, as well as the local communities they serve.