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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.

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My Work on Jobs and the Economy

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.

Jul 13, 2021 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Bill Foster (IL-11) announced that the House Appropriations Subcommittees have advanced all 10 funding requests Congressman Foster submitted as part of the Member-designated Community Project Funding Program. 

Jun 30, 2021 Press Release

Washington, D.C. — Today, Congressman Bill Foster (D-IL), Congressman John Katko (R-NY), Congressman Jim Langevin (D-RI), and Congressman Barry Loudermilk (R-GA) introduced the bipartisan Improving Digital Identity Act of 2021. The legislation would work to modernize the country’s lagging digital identity infrastructure with a three-pronged approach:

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.