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
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.
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.
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.
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.
WASHINGTON, DC - I was disappointed in the President's address tonight. Once again, President Trump has failed to unite the country and offer Congress tangible policy proposals that would actually grow our economy. I am ready and willing to work with my Republican colleagues to rebuild and repair our infrastructure, grow our economy, and combat the opioid epidemic. But I did not hear the President discuss how he would achieve these goals without burdening our children with future debt.
WASHINGTON, DC - I supported the three-week continuing resolution to give Republicans time to make good on their promise to debate and to hold a vote on immigration and the DREAM Act. Meanwhile, Republicans have done tremendous damage through their failure to bring even a single spending bill to the President’s desk for a signature. The unending string of Republican continuing resolutions have been a continuing disaster for our military, our health care system, and communities fighting opioid and heroin abuse.
WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Bill Foster (D-IL) issued the following statement on the government shutdown:
“This shutdown is entirely unnecessary and counterproductive to the mission to which we are charged as Members of Congress. At any time last year, Republican leadership could have negotiated a long-term budget deal, a solution for DREAMers, and an extension of CHIP funding to avoid this reckless brinkmanship.
WASHINGTON, DC - I opposed the Republican Tax Plan, because it is a massive Christmas gift to large corporations and wealthy campaign donors that is paid with more than $1 trillion in new debt that our children must repay in the future. Hardworking Illinois families will be hit especially hard, a cruel blow on top of the $40 billion that Illinois already loses every year because our state pays far more in federal taxes than we receive back in federal spending.
WASHINGTON, DC - This resolution is yet another last minute stopgap measure that fails to provide solutions that hardworking Americans need from the people who represent them. We still have a long list of priorities to resolve. Congress has not voted on the DREAM Act to allow individuals who were brought to the United States through no fault of their own to stay in the country. We need to provide funding to combat the opioid and heroin crisis, and we need to stabilize health care marketplaces so that premiums do not skyrocket.
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Bill Foster (D-IL) and Congressman Mark Takano (D-CA) introduced a House resolution to designate December 3 as National 3D Printing Day. The resolution would also recognize the positive economic impact of 3D printing in the United States and encourage the promotion and celebration of 3D printing technology.