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Jobs and the Economy

Hardworking Americans deserve an economy that works for them. A strong economy, good jobs, and worker protections have made the United States a prosperous country and have ensured that the next generation can build better lives. One of my key priorities is the future of work in a world where technology is rapidly changing. Congress needs to prepare now for the future changes in the economy and job growth. As a co-chair of the Future of Work Task Force of the New Democrat Coalition, I work closely with other members of Congress so that we can better understand how technology will alter our economy and what it means for future generations. I want all Americans to have a place in the economy of the future, and I strongly believe it is Congress’s responsibility to understand how technology will change the ways Americans work.

You can find out more on the future of work here.

My Work on Jobs and the Economy

Nov 19, 2021 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Bill Foster (D-IL) issued the following statement after the U.S. House of Representatives passed President Biden’s Build Back Better economic package:

“I’m proud to have voted for the President’s Build Back Better legislation, a once-in-a-generation investment in American families that is fully paid for by making sure the richest Americans and corporations are paying their fair share in taxes.

Nov 9, 2021 Press Release

Washington, DC – Today, Rep. Bill Foster (D-IL) and Chairwoman Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX) introduced the Keep STEM Talent Act to make certain advanced Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) degree holders eligible for permanent resident status. The bill would allow certain graduates with advanced STEM degrees to remain in the United States following their graduation and would remove barriers for STEM-educated international graduates who want to work in the United States.

Nov 5, 2021 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Bill Foster (D-IL) issued the following statement after the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, sending it to President Biden to be signed into law:

Oct 25, 2021 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Bill Foster (D-IL), Congressman Brendan Boyle (D-PA), and Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR) sent a letter to Congressional Democratic leadership calling for legislative action to permanently solve the debt ceiling crisis, using only Democratic votes if necessary. The letter is signed by 79 Members of Congress.

The Members wrote:

Oct 19, 2021 In The News

Hoping to end the partisan impasse over lifting the statutory debt ceiling, House leaders are considering taking up legislation designed to relieve Congress of the burden.

Sep 22, 2021 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Last night, Congressman Bill Foster (D-IL) voted for critical legislation that would keep the federal government open, secure emergency funding to help communities devastated by natural disasters, help resettle Afghan refugees fleeing persecution, and prevent a devastating debt default.

Sep 10, 2021 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Bill Foster (D-IL) issued the following statement on President Biden’s announcement of vaccine requirements for federal workers, federal contractors, and businesses with more than 100 employees:

Aug 23, 2021 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Bill Foster (D-IL) issued the following statement in support of the FY2022 Budget Resolution:

Aug 5, 2021 Press Release

Washington, D.C. -- Today, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina M. Raimondo announced that the Department’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) is awarding a $2 million CARES Act Recovery Assistance grant to Invest Aurora, Aurora, Illinois, to capitalize and administer a Revolving Loan Fund, providing gap financing to small local businesses. This EDA grant, to be matched with $500,000 in local funds, is expected to create 50 jobs, retain 120 jobs and generate $3 million in private investment.