Op Ed: U.S. Rep. Judy Biggert (R-IL-13th) E-Newsletter
On Wednesday, I had the opportunity to christen Packer Engineering's stalker-stoker, a groundbreaking apparatus that converts bio-waste such as lawn clippings and wood chips into green vehicle fuels. This is a device that will reduce our reliance on foreign energy while creating green jobs here at home, and I was happy to be a part of the converter's inauguration.
This week, I've also heard from many of you about the President's upcoming speech on September 8th to be broadcast into classrooms at every grade level around the country. I understand why this has raised concerns among many parents who feel that the event, and the federally recommended classroom assignments to go with it, could easily stray into a political realm that doesn't belong in our classrooms. Some have even told me they may have to keep their child at home that day. I think most parents and educators would be better served if the President were to give the public ample time to review the speech beforehand and make their own informed decision about what is and isn't appropriate for their child's classroom. To read my full statement on this issue, click here.
Next week, I'll return to Washington, where the health care debate will resume with all of its previous intensity. I'll continue to push for the sorts of commonsense reforms you've heard me discuss throughout this debate, such as medical malpractice reform and crackdowns on waste, fraud, and abuse in the Medicare system. Speaking of tort reform, Dr. Howard Dean admitted last week that tort reform isn't included in HR3200 because the bill's authors did not want to take on the trial lawyers. This frank admission of how special interests have shaped this important policy decision is truly disturbing.
I'll also continue to fight against any bill that will put the government bureaucrats between a patient and his or her doctor, ration care, or drive away higher-quality health care options that many enjoy today.
On Wednesday night, I conducted another teletown hall meeting with constituents in DuPage County. As always, I appreciated hearing your thoughts and concerns about the bill. I also polled constituents again, and once again the response was strongly against the House health care bill. Over the last month, I have had a lot of meetings, teletown halls, and other opportunities to talk about health care with constituents; I'll take what I've heard and learned back to Washington with me next week.
As always, it is an honor to serve you. Please do not hesitate to contact my office in Willowbrook at (630) 655-2052 or in Washington, DC at (202) 225-3515 if I can be of assistance to you.