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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 18, 2018 Press Release

Washington, DC – Today, Congressman Bill Foster (D-IL) issued the following statement on the failure of the Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018, also known as the Farm Bill:

Apr 26, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Bill Foster (D-IL) and Congressman Mark Takano (D-CA) reintroduced a resolution to fund the Office of Technology Assessment (OTA). Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) will lead the resolution in the Senate. The Office of Technology Assessment provided Congress with nonpartisan policy advice and identified cost-effective areas for future investment that saved taxpayers billions of dollars. It was defunded in 1995, but it still remains a legally authorized organization.

Apr 13, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Foster’s amendment to the Volcker Rule Regulatory Harmonization Act passed the U.S. House. The amended legislation would strengthen the Volcker Rule within the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act by making the regulatory process more efficient. It would make the Federal Reserve the rulemaking agency, streamlining the process for updating the rule as new market conditions create new threats.

Apr 12, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Bill Foster (D-IL) issued the following statement after the failure of the so-called Balanced Budget Amendment to the Constitution of the United States:

Mar 22, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – This week, Congressman Bill Foster (D-IL) offered an amendment in the Financial Services Committee to make the Volcker Rule more effective. Currently, a committee of five regulators writes the rule, and each holds veto power. This rulemaking procedure has led to regulations that are delayed, inconsistent, and more complicated than necessary. The amendment would consolidate authority for future rulemaking at the Federal Reserve without altering the substance of the Volcker Rule.        

Mar 20, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Bill Foster (D-IL) and Congressman Steve Stivers (R-OH) introduced H.R. 5340, the Support Technology & Research for Our Nation’s Growth and Economic Resilience (STRONGER) Patent Act, to strengthen the United States’ patent system.  The legislation would implement reforms to the current patent system through improvement of the administrative review proceedings at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Feb 12, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC - As expected, President Trump’s budget proposes to follow up massive Republican tax cuts for the wealthy with cuts to Medicare, Medicaid, science, and education, while wasting countless taxpayer dollars on his wall with Mexico and unchecked military spending. 

Feb 9, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC - I voted against this spending bill because it will add hundreds of billions to our deficit and does not provide a clear path for DREAMers to stay in the United States. Congress cannot pass major tax cuts for the wealthy while simultaneously supporting a budget that increases spending. This irresponsible behavior will force our children to repay our debt decades from now.


Feb 6, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Bill Foster (D-IL) introduced legislation that would boost the growth of a national Fab Lab network. Fab Labs are facilities equipped with a set of tools that allow individuals to create anything using laser cutters, 3D printers, and other digitally controlled machine tools.

Feb 2, 2018 In The News

Will County, Park Forest and Richton Park joined a dozen other government entities at Argonne National Laboratory to be recognized by SolSmart for efforts in encouraging the growth of solar energy.

When it comes to energy sources, "there ain't one better than the sun," said Park Forest Mayor John Ostenburg, who chairs the Energy Committee of the Metropolitan Mayors Caucus.