Economy and Jobs

Representative Casten knows that families in Illinois’s 6th District want and deserve a strong economy that provides jobs of the future for our children and grandchildren. He is fighting for job creation, economic opportunity for all, and fair and responsible ways to reduce the deficit.

Unfortunately, for too long, too little of our Federal budget has been devoted to investing in our own economy – to building the basic infrastructure that serves as a foundation for private-sector growth.  

Contrary to some political schools of thought that have long promoted cutting funding for the sake of claiming small government fiscal constraint, Representative Casten believes that funding infrastructure is one of the best investments we can make, because the jobs that result cannot be outsourced.

Building safer more modern roads and bridges, expanding transit systems, enhancing our waterways, promoting research and development – these are all infrastructure investments that give our businesses tools to grow and create jobs for our citizens.   These are all the kinds of investments that Representative Casten is working to advance in Congress.

Not only does Representative Casten recognize that our nation needs to invest in itself, but he also knows that long-lasting economic security requires government policies don’t discourage the private sector from investing in itself and our collective futureThat is why he is also working to advance policies that encourage American businesses to flex their muscles and to be innovative, while also being good citizens, stewards, and neighbors.  

More on Economy and Jobs

November 23, 2020 Press Release

Washington, D.C – Today, U.S. Representative Sean Casten (IL-06) and U.S Representative Denver Riggleman (VA-05) introduced H.R. 8796 to study the efforts of foreign authoritarian regimes to exploit the United States financial system. This common-sense, bipartisan bill leverages Federal expertise at the Department of Treasury, U.S. Attorney General, and other national security, intelligence, and law enforcement agencies to uncover how authoritarian regimes in foreign countries and their proxies of such regimes use the financial system of the United States.

October 14, 2020 Press Release

Downers Grove, IL – Today U.S. Representative Sean Casten (IL-06) introduced the Tradeable Performance Standard Act, which would eliminate roughly 40% of U.S. net greenhouse gas emissions by 2040 by creating tradeable emission allowances for the electric and industrial thermal energy sectors. In 2018, those sectors combined to emit roughly 2.7 billion tons of greenhouse gases – emissions that would be eliminated under the bill. U.S. Representative Seth Moulton (MA-06) is an original cosponsor.

October 1, 2020 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Representative Sean Casten (IL-06) voted for the updated Heroes Act, a $2.2 trillion stimulus package in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The bill supports small businesses by improving the Paycheck Protection Program, restores unemployment benefits through next January, provides a second round of economic impact payments, and allocates additional funds to bolster education and child care.

September 29, 2020 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Representatives Sean Casten (IL-06) and Earl Blumenauer (OR-3) introduced the End Oil and Gas Tax Subsidies Act of 2020, which would remove unfair fossil fuel tax breaks. Specifically, the legislation would eliminate 11 provisions in the tax code that unfairly benefit oil and gas companies.

September 18, 2020 Press Release

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September 10, 2020 Press Release

WEST CHICAGO— Today, Representatives Lauren Underwood (IL-14), Bill Foster (IL-11), and Sean Casten (IL-06) announced that the Drug-Free Communities (DFC) Support Program has awarded grant funding to organizations that provide youth substance use prevention programs in Naperville, McHenry County, and Will County. The grant funding includes a $42.5 million investment for FY2020 to youth substance prevention in communities across the country, including 360 Youth Services' Community Alliance for Prevention, McHenry County Regional Office of Education Substance Abuse Coalition, and the Will Cou

September 10, 2020 Press Release

Downers Grove, IL – U.S. Representative Sean Casten (IL-06) applauded the release of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) Climate-Related Market Risk Advisory report entitled ‘Managing Climate Risk in the Financial System’, which included polices from two Casten-led bills, H.R. 3623, the Climate Risk Disclosure Act and H.R. 5194, the Climate Change Financial Risk Act. The Climate Subcommittee voted unanimously 34-0 to adopt the report.

September 3, 2020 Press Release

Downers Grove, IL  – U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and U.S. Representatives Sean Casten (D-IL-06) and Rodney Davis (R-IL-13) today led the Illinois Congressional Delegation in sending a bipartisan letter to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) urging federal resources to support the expansion of SHIELD T3, an innovative system of COVID-19 testing and tracing, developed by the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (UIUC).

September 1, 2020 Press Release

Today, U.S. Representative Sean Casten (IL-06) toured Westmont Fire Department and participated in their annual training drills to congratulate them on recently being awarded $181,000 in federal grants from the Department of Homeland Security and FEMA for safety equipment and training.


August 11, 2020 Press Release

Downers Grove, IL – U.S. Representative Sean Casten (IL-06) announced that the Westmont Illinois Fire Department has been awarded a second Assistance to Firefighters (AFG) Grant from the Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency. This $181,818 grant will enable Westmont Fire Department to better protect the health and safety our community as well as first responders by obtaining much needed emergency response equipment and vehicles, specialized training, PPE, and other supplies critical to Norther Illinois’ ongoing COVID-19 response.