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Schilling Votes to 'Govern Before Going Home'

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Location: East Moline, IL

From the day he stepped foot on Capitol Hill, U.S. Rep. Bobby Schilling (R-Colona) has made leading by example in Washington a priority.

Last September, Schilling introduced the Govern Before Going Home Act, legislation that would prohibit the House or Senate from adjourning for any period three days or longer unless that chamber had passed a budget for the current fiscal year. This resolution was drafted to address Senate inaction--it has now been nearly 1,200 days since the Senate last passed a budget.

Schilling voted against adjourning for August recess last week, calling instead for the House to pass the much needed farm bill to help provide certainty and relief for farmers, and for the Senate to vote on the more than 30 bipartisan jobs bills already passed in the House.

"We learned in elementary school that you don't get to take a recess when there's work still to be done," Schilling said. "We need to be focused on creating jobs and giving much needed certainty and relief to our struggling farmers--we can't afford to take a break now. I voted against adjourning for recess because I believe Congress must 'govern before going home.' If elementary school kids can understand it, why can't career politicians in Washington?"

Schilling has built a strong record of leading by example in Washington during his first term in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Returned $110,000 to the taxpayers...
Schilling returned $110,000 from his congressional office budget to the taxpayers, nearly 8 percent of his total budget. Schilling spent $151,138 less in 2011 than his predecessor in 2010.

Voted to slash his office budget by more than 10 percent...
Schilling voted to reduce House office budgets by 5 percent in Fiscal Year 2011 and 6.2 percent in Fiscal Year 2012.

Voted to freeze his own salary...
Schilling voted for a pay freeze on lawmakers' salaries for both Fiscal Year 2011 and Fiscal Year 2012.

Rejected his congressional pension and health care plans...
Schilling upheld his "Contract with the 17th District" by turning down the congressional pension and taking his own health insurance to Washington.

Insisted on further congressional pay reductions...
Schilling signed a bipartisan letter to the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction calling for congressional pay reductions. A 10 percent decrease in congressional compensation would result in $100 million saved over ten years.

Co-sponsored a ban on congressional insider trading...
Schilling was the first freshman congressman to sign on to H.R. 1148, the STOCK Act. This bill makes it illegal for Members of Congress and their staffs to use nonpublic information for financial gain, ensuring that people in government are held to the same standards as everyone else.

Introduced a bill to reform congressional pensions...
Schilling introduced H.R. 2397, the Congressional Retirement Age Act, which would tie access to congressional pensions to the Social Security retirement age, saving taxpayers millions of dollars. Retired lawmakers are currently allowed to access their pensions as early as age 50.

Introduced legislation to incentivize government savings...
Schilling introduced H.R. 3376, the Savings Vs. Over Spending Act, which incentivizes all branches of government to save money instead of engaging in massive spending binges at the end of fiscal cycles.

Introduced landmark legislation to improve health care for veterans...
Schilling introduced H.R. 3723, the Enhanced Veteran Health Care Experience Act, in an effort to provide more flexibility for veterans seeking medical help. This legislation would lower costs and expand access by allowing veterans the option of choosing fee-based care in their own hometowns with their own doctors. It also standardizes referral and authorixation processes at VA facilities to achieve long-term savings.

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