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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

May 27, 2020 Press Release

Washington, DC – Today, Congressman Bill Foster (D-IL) issued the following statement after it was reported that the U.S. COVID-19 death toll surpassed 100,000 people:

May 15, 2020 Press Release

Washington, DC – Tonight, Congressman Bill Foster (D-IL) issued the following statement after the House of Representatives passed the Heroes Act:

“I voted for the Heroes Act because it’s crucial that we deliver more economic relief to hard working Americans, and that we provide much needed funding for states like Illinois and communities like those in the 11th District that are on the front lines of the COVID-19 crisis.

Apr 29, 2020 Press Release

Washington, DC – Today, Congressman Bill Foster (D-IL) issued the following statement after Speaker Pelosi named him as one of the Members of the House Select Committee on the Coronavirus Crisis:

Apr 22, 2020 Press Release

Washington, DC – Today, Congressman Bill Foster (D-IL) and Congressman Sean Casten (D-IL) led a bipartisan letter to House leadership urging equitable per-capita distribution of funds to states in any future stimulus package. The CARES Act was an essential step to protect Americans and support our economy, but because the Senate incorporated a very inequitable spending formula for emergency grants to states and municipalities, the CARES Act left large-population states with fewer resources than their smaller-population counterparts. The letter was signed by 50 Members.

Apr 2, 2020 Press Release

Washington, DC – This week, Congressman Bill Foster (D-IL), Congressman Ami Bera (D-CA), and Congressman Mo Brooks (R-AL) led a bipartisan letter to the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Director of the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA) in support of their efforts to encourage innovation in COVID-19 testing, and urging them to rapidly deploy COVID-19 antibody tests that have met accuracy and safety standards as rapidly and widely as possible.

Mar 27, 2020 Press Release

Washington, DC – Today, Congressman Bill Foster (D-IL) issued the following statement after the House of Representatives passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act:

“I traveled to Washington, D.C. today to help make sure this third coronavirus response package passed, and I am glad that Congress continues to enact strong, bipartisan relief measures to help the American people in the midst of this unprecedented crisis.

Mar 24, 2020 Press Release

Washington, DC – Today, Congressman Bill Foster (D-IL) and Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (D-OH) led a letter to the nation’s nine federal student loan servicers urging them to apply emergency financial assistance measures announced by the Department of Education in the midst of the COVID-19 crisis to all of the loans they currently service. The letter was signed by 61 Members of Congress.

Mar 20, 2020 Press Release

Washington, DC – Today, Congressman Bill Foster (D-IL) issued the following statement in response to Governor Pritzker’s statewide “stay-at-home” order amid the COVID-19 pandemic:

Mar 14, 2020 Press Release

Washington, DC Tonight, Congressman Bill Foster (D-IL) issued the following statement after the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic:

“I voted for this legislation because our nation is facing a public health emergency and the government has a duty to do all that it can to support the well-being of the American people.

Feb 25, 2020 Press Release

Washington, DC – Today, Congressman Bill Foster (D-IL) introduced the Shareholder Political Transparency Act to shed light on corporate political spending by public companies and increase transparency to investors and the public. The bill would mandate public companies periodically share political spending information with their shareholders.