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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

Apr 12, 2016 Editorials
Today we recognize Equal Pay Day, a day that symbolically represents when a woman’s wage finally catches up to what a man was paid in the previous year. Despite often being equally qualified, a man’s pay outpaces a woman’s by 79 cents for every dollar.
Mar 30, 2016 Press Release
Rep. Quigley went “undercover” to conduct mock interviews for a job readiness class at A Safe Haven, a non-profit social enterprise that empowers families and individuals experiencing homelessness or crisis with the skills necessary to transform their lives and achieve self-sufficiency.
Feb 1, 2016 Speeches
U.S. Rep. Mike Quigley urged his colleagues on the Hour Floor to support his SEC Small Business Advocate Act, which passed the House by a voice vote.
Feb 1, 2016 Press Release
Today, the bipartisan SEC Small Business Advocate Act of 2015, introduced by U.S. Reps Quigley, Carney, Duffy and Crenshaw, passed the U.S. House of Representatives by voice vote.
Nov 5, 2015 Press Release
Rep. Quigley released a statement in response to House passage of H.R. 22, the DRIVE Act, which reauthorizes transportation infrastructure investments for highway and mass transit along with reauthorizing the Export-Import Bank.

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