Congressman Bobby Schilling (IL-17) today released the following statement regarding legislative priorities still needing to be addressed by Congress:
"There's still time to work together and find solutions to the big problems facing our country. The House has passed a plan to avoid sequestration, a plan to keep taxes low for all Americans, more than 30 jobs bills, the defense authorization bill for next year, and two budget proposals to help change the conversation in Washington from "how much can we spend?' to "how much can we save?' The Senate has failed to act on these priorities, and is scheduled to leave town soon. The Senate should not leave town until it has taken up all of these important issues.
"It was this Congress that passed a multi-year transportation bill that prioritizes our roads and bridges, three Free Trade Agreements, the Jumpstart our Business Start-ups jobs bill, repealed the health care reform law's onerous 1099 tax reporting requirement and the 3 percent withholding tax on small businesses, passed the VOW to Hire Heroes veterans' jobs bill, the STOCK Act, a four-year FAA reauthorization, and a defense bill that will promote workload and jobs at the Rock Island Arsenal, all on a bipartisan basis.
"In addition, I've been working hard over the last several months to advance the bipartisan Farm Bill that passed the House Agriculture Committee. Legislation I introduced, H. Con. Res. 82, would prevent Congress from leaving town before passing a budget and getting its work done. I stand ready to return to Washington with willing partners in the Senate and the Administration so we can work together. There is much more work to do."