Congressman Phil Hare (D-Rock Island) today completed an 8 city tour kicking off his re-election campaign.
Hare reiterated his commitment to being a champion of working families. "As I announce my candidacy for re-election, times remain tough for working families," Hare said. "If you give me the privilege of another term in Congress, I will continue to fight with every fiber of my being to make your lives better one day at a time."
Hare outlined an ambitious economic agenda for the upcoming year. "Creating jobs is job number one," he said. "With unemployment just under 10 percent, Congress must take bold action to put the American people back to work." Hare discussed the New Deal for a New Economy Act, legislation he introduced that will create at least 3 million jobs by forming a hybrid of President Franklin Roosevelt's WPA and an expanded version of the Conservation Corps.
Hare also stressed his commitment to achieving health care reform. "The House and the Senate have both passed health care reform bills," Hare said. "We cannot give up now. I will not allow one Senator's election in Massachusetts to derail reform that is not just an economic necessity, but a moral one as well."
Hare discussed his commitment to securing federal funding for the 17th District. "I have been proud to bring federal money back to our district for things like health care, education, energy, and transportation," Hare said. "My opponent describes these projects as "pork' or "wasteful spending.' I call it taxpayers getting a return on their investment."
Hare highlighted a number of pieces of legislation that Congress has enacted to benefit working families. They include an economic stimulus package that has created and saved up to 2.4 million jobs, an expansion of SCHIP so 11 million additional low and middle-income children could have health care, a long overdue raise for minimum wage workers, a reduction of the interest rates on student loans, and the single greatest increase for veterans' health care in the nearly 80-year history of the VA.