Following National Manufacturing Day and the launch of the Manufacturers for Bobby and Small Business for Bobby coalitions, U.S. Rep. Bobby Schilling (R-Colona) today outlined his common sense solutions for job creation.
"I've focused my first term on jobs, jobs, jobs," Schilling said. "Look, this isn't a Republican or Democrat issue--it's a red, white, and blue issue. We need to set party aside and work together to create a pro-growth environment favorable to our job-creators so we can get the millions of unemployed Americans back to work."
The House of Representatives has passed more than 30 bipartisan jobs bills that remain stalled in the Senate.
"I'm proud to have supported more than 30 bipartisan jobs bills that passed the House, but still remain stuck in the do-nothing Senate," Schilling said. "Many of these bills would help create jobs right away by incentivizing American-made energy, increasing access to capital for small businesses, and getting the regulatory boot off the throat of American job creators, which will create new opportunities for innovation and economic expansion."
Schilling added that his efforts to be placed on the House Armed Services Committee helped him to promote the Rock Island Arsenal and gave him a chance to work with his cross-river counterpart, U.S. Rep. Dave Loebsack (D-Iowa).
"I got a chance to work with my colleague, Dave Loebsack, to get some language in the NDAA [National Defense Authorization Act] to allow for unlimited public-private partnerships at our nation's arsenals," Schilling said. "What that does is create new manufacturing jobs with companies like Mack Defense coming in to hire more workers. This could create hundreds of good, well-paying jobs in our district."
In addition to manufacturing at arsenals, Schilling has made private sector manufacturing a priority by working with U.S. Reps. Dan Lipinski (D-Western Springs) and Don Manzullo (R-Rockford) to pass the National Manufacturing Strategy Act and American Manufacturing Competitiveness Act.
"What we really need is a big push to revitalize our manufacturing sector," Schilling said. "That's why I co-sponsored a bill that will make the President submit a plan to Congress for manufacturing and create a Manufacturing Strategy Board to address the needs of the manufacturing community."
Schilling emphasized the need for certainty.
"I always say that the government doesn't create jobs--what it can do is create an environment of certainty," Schilling said. "While my opponent may be content with her plan to raise taxes and institute a Bring-Back Tax to drive more jobs overseas, I'm focused on doing everything I can to force government to create a stable, predictable tax and regulatory climate so that job creators can start hiring again here at home."