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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.

While the Trump Administration has proposed devastating budget cuts to a number of federal agencies and programs that American families depend on, I have worked hard as a member of the House Appropriations Committee to promote policies that would provide Illinois families with new economic opportunities.

To celebrate Startup Day Across America, Rep. Quigley visited mHUB in Chicago to raise awareness about the benefits that startups can have for local economies.

Small businesses are vital to the Fifth District’s economy. To promote supporting small businesses and show what they contribute to the community, Rep. Quigley visited Unabridged Bookstore in Lakeview to celebrate National Small Business Week.

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. Quigley's bill to expand small business’ voice at the SEC was signed into law by President Obama.

More on Economy and Jobs

Dec 8, 2016 Press Release
U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (IL-05) released the following statement on the announcement that Andy Puzder, the CEO of CKE Restaurants, is President-Elect Trump’s nominee for Labor Secretary:
Oct 24, 2016 Press Release
U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (IL-05), went “undercover” at Chicago Fire Department’s Engine 22 Station in Lincoln Park to learn more about the day to day duties of firefighters and how the station strives to provide the highest levels of life safety and property protection through fire prevention, public fire safety education, life safety education, fire suppression, emergency medical services, and hazardous material incident mitigation.
Oct 4, 2016 Press Release
U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (IL-05), a member of the New Democrat Coalition, joined 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 and what Congress can do to help remove these hurdles.
Sep 13, 2016 In the News
WASHINGTON, Sept. 13 – The International Franchise Association (IFA) applauds the launch of the bipartisan Congressional Franchise Caucus (CFC) by co-chairs Representative Rodney Davis (R-IL) and Representative Collin Peterson (D-MN). Both congressmen are leaders on the issues important to franchise businesses and understand the vast contributions franchise small businesses make in their communities.The IFA also appreciates the bipartisan support of the Caucus by the founding members, including Representatives Ami Bera (D-CA), Barbara Comstock (R-VA), George Holding (R-NC), Jared Huffman (D-CA), Mike Quigley (D-IL), Phil Roe (R-TN), and Scott Tipton (R-CO).
Sep 4, 2016 In the News
Giant white cylinders for liquefied natural gas rise above the vast parking lot of the Hodgkins UPS facility.