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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

Nov 3, 2015 Speeches
Rep. Quigley urged his colleagues on the House floor to support American small businesses and workers by supporting the Export-Import Bank as part of the long-term highway bill this week.
Oct 23, 2015 Press Release
Reps. Quigley, Carney, Duffy and Crenshaw, introduced the SEC Small Business Advocate Act of 2015, which would establish an Office of Small Business Advocate at the Securities and Exchange Commission.
Sep 22, 2015 Editorials
This week, His Holiness, Pope Francis, is making his inaugural trip to the United States and will deliver the first ever speech by a Pope to a Joint Session of Congress. It will be a historic visit, and I believe I speak for the majority of my colleagues when I say that we are truly honored that Pope Francis has accepted our invitation.
Sep 7, 2015 Editorials
This Labor Day it's important that we take the time to remember what today is all about -- a recognition of the achievements of the labor movement and a celebration of the strength and resiliency of the American worker.
Aug 31, 2015 Speeches
U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (IL-05) spoke to the City Club of Chicago on the need for Congress to come together and work in a bipartisan nature to pass legislation that the majority of Americans support.

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