Monday, I hosted a roundtable discussion at DeVry University in Addison to discuss immigration reform. More than 38 local organizations came to discuss their views on this crucial issue. We need to replace our current broken immigration system with laws that are practical, fair and humane. One priority that the participants stressed was the importance of a comprehensive approach to reform instead of a piecemeal one. As Congress begins to debate immigration reform, it was very helpful to hear ideas from my neighbors about fixing our immigration laws.
While in the district this weekend, I also visited River Haven Place, a Veterans-preferred and Senior housing development in East Dundee. They are doing great work to provide top quality affordable housing to Veterans and seniors and to help end Veterans homelessness in our district. The apartments and single-family homes that I toured were just beautiful and even had some that were handicap accessible!
In Washington this week, I spoke out against cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) in this year's farm bill because no American child should go to school hungry, and no parent should have to make the difficult decision between paying rent, or paying for groceries. I introduced an amendment to the farm bill which would require the Secretary of Agriculture to report to Congress on the effects of SNAP cuts on charitable food providers, such as food banks and soup kitchens. Charities including the Church of the Holy Spirit Food Pantry in Schaumburg, IL and the Greater Chicago Food Depository would be greatly impacted by the drastic cuts. I also cast votes on amendments to the Farm bill that will support Illinois' farmers.
This was National Small Business Week and I asked my colleagues to join me in supporting legislation that will help our small businesses create jobs in our community. This includes the bipartisan Small Business Paperwork Relief Act of 2013, which would give small businesses the opportunity to correct a first time error in filling out federal paperwork without being fined. The National Association of Manufacturers held its annual manufacturing summit in DC and it was great to speak with the 8th district manufacturers who attended about ways to help our businesses thrive and grow.
Finally, I'll be hosting a Congress At Your Corner event in the district this Saturday at the Villa Park Summer Fest. Stop by anytime between 1 and 2 pm to say hello and tell me what's on your mind!