U.S. Representative Bobby Schilling (R-Colona) today voted to block the Obama tax hike in his continuing effort to fight for jobs in the Illinois 17th District. Schilling said the Obama tax hike would devastate jobs and crush farmers and local employers.
"Government should not be in the job-killing business," Schilling said. "I'm not going to sit back and let this tax hike cost jobs in our area. Countless employers across the 17th District would be affected and forced to lay off workers. This tax hike is a job-killer, and I'm going to do everything I can to stop it."
Schilling said his opponent, Cheri Bustos (D-East Moline), talks a lot about outsourcing, but by supporting the Obama tax hike, she would be directly responsible for sending jobs overseas.
"Folks like to play politics on this issue, but for me it's about jobs," Schilling said. "The Obama tax hike would cost thousands of good jobs in this area, and I won't support that. We need to be creating jobs, and that means stopping the over-taxation that is crushing Illinois employers."
Schilling said that his opponent needs to get her priorities straight.
"My opponent should be talking about jobs, not engaging in the politics of class division," Schilling said. "If my opponent were a Member of Congress, she would vote for the Obama tax hike, and that means she would vote to kill thousands of jobs in this district. We know she's already done that in East Moline as an Alderwoman by voting to increase water rates, sewage rates, and property taxes, resulting in unemployment increasing 74 percent during her tenure. That's the election right there in a nutshell--I'm fighting to create jobs, while my opponent wants to get in the job-killing business. Voters are going to see that contrast in November and vote in favor of jobs."