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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

Jun 17, 2021 Press Release

 Washington, D.C. – Yesterday, the Shareholder Political Transparency Act, a bill introduced by Congressman Bill Foster (D-IL) passed the House as part of a package of bills aimed at protecting investors and holding public companies accountable. This legislation would shed light on corporate political spending by public companies and increase transparency to investors and the public.

Jun 8, 2021 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Bill Foster (IL-11) announced that the House Transportation and Infrastructure committee has selected eight 11th District transportation projects submitted for funding consideration as part of the Committee’s Member-designated project initiative.

May 20, 2021 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Bill Foster (D-IL) and U.S. Senators Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii), Michael Bennet (D-CO), and Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) introduced legislation to repeal the national debt ceiling, an arbitrary limit set by Congress on the amount of funding that the United States Treasury may borrow.

May 17, 2021 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Representatives Bill Foster (D-IL) and Don Young (R-Alaska) joined U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) to reintroduce the National Fab Lab Network Act, legislation to expand Fab Labs across the country. Fab Labs are facilities equipped with digitally-controlled tools – such as laser cutters, 3D printers, and automated knives – that provide training and enable individuals to create and innovate new products.

May 11, 2021 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Last week, Congressman Bill Foster (D-IL) introduced the Pandemic Leave Extension Act. The legislation would extend the paid leave temporary requirement included in the overwhelmingly bipartisan Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) through the end of the COVID-19 pandemic as determined by the end of the public health emergency declared by the Secretary of Health and Human Services.

May 11, 2021 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Bill Foster (D-IL) announced more than $117 million in emergency funding for colleges, universities, and students in the 11th Congressional District of Illinois under the American Rescue Plan. The funding will help local institutions cope with the severe financial fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic and continue serving their students safely.

May 10, 2021 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Bill Foster (IL-11) announced the selection of nine 11th District transportation projects submitted for funding consideration as part of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee’s Member-designated project initiative.

May 5, 2021 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Bill Foster (IL-11) announced support for 10 community projects in the 11th Congressional District as part of the House Appropriations Committee’s new Community Projects Funding (CPF) program. For FY2022, the House Appropriations Committee has allowed Members of Congress to request direct funding for projects that benefit the communities they represent.

Apr 28, 2021 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Tonight, Congressman Bill Foster (D-IL) issued the following statement after President Biden addressed a Joint Session of Congress:

“Tonight, President Biden laid out a bold plan to overcome this pandemic and build back an economy that is stronger and more equitable for all Americans.

Apr 15, 2021 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Bill Foster (D-IL) teamed up with Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR) to lead 12 lawmakers in the introduction of the Investor Choice Act—legislation to prohibit pre-dispute mandatory (or “forced”) arbitration agreements and ban prohibitions on class action lawsuits in customer contracts that investors often must enter into in order to receive services from broker-dealers or investment advisors.