Across the Aisle: From Springfield to Washington D.C.
A compilation of news and views
“Under democracy one party always devotes its chief energies to trying to prove that the other party is unfit to rule - and both commonly succeed, and are right.”
~H.L. Mencken, 1956
Bustos Offers Support As Bain Bus National Tour Rolls Into Quad Cities
Democratic congressional candidate Cheri Bustos offered her support for those who will lose their jobs as Bain Capital plans to outsource 170 jobs in Illinois’ 17th Congressional District.
Today, the Bain Bus national tour is scheduled to stop at Congressman Bobby Schilling’s office in Moline. The tour highlights Bain Capital’s wrong-headed business practices and Mitt Romney’s failed policies that encourage outsourcing.
“Mitt Romney and Bobby Schilling have the same economic plan: reward American companies for outsourcing jobs with tax breaks and giveaways,” said Bustos. “I’ll work to make sure that American workers have an even playing field, and I’ll fight for tax incentives that encourage companies to bring those jobs back home.”
Last week, Congressman Schilling made national news when he walked out on Sensata Technology workers at a local town hall. A YouTube video that captured the moment has been viewed more than 14,000 times.
Sensata, which is owned by Bain Capital, is shipping 170 jobs from Freeport, Ill. to China later this year. Right now, Senata workers are being forced to train their Chinese replacements.
Bustos stands united with Sensata’s workers, and this past weekend welcomed the Bain Bus as it arrived in Freeport. She also supports the Bring Jobs Home Act, which Schilling refuses to support.
10 Reasons to Re-Elect Bobby - Reason #4: Creating Jobs
The Bobby Schilling for Congress campaign has unveiled the fourth reason in their “10 Reasons to Re-Elect Bobby” series. The series focuses on the successful record of U.S. Rep. Bobby Schilling (R-Colona) and explains why one good term deserves another. The campaign plans to release one reason per week leading up to the election on November 6. This week, the campaign is focused on Schilling’s efforts to create jobs here in the Illinois 17th District.
During his year and a half in Congress, Schilling has aggressively pursued new ways to create jobs and revitalize our economy.
“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.”
Schilling penned an op-ed on jobs that appeared in the Rock Island Argus and Dispatch this Sunday. You can read that op-ed here.
Schilling worked tirelessly to create jobs for the Illinois 17th District during his first term. Below are some of his efforts.
Passed more than 30 bipartisan jobs bills in the House . . .
Schilling has supported more than 30 bipartisan jobs bills that passed the House and remain stalled in the do-nothing U.S. Senate. Many of these bills would have an immediate impact on our economy by incentivizing American-made energy, increasing access to capital for small businesses, reducing onerous regulations that continue to hold our job creators back, and creating new opportunities for innovation and expansion.
Expanded manufacturing jobs at the Rock Island Arsenal . . .
Along with U.S. Rep. Dave Loebsack (D-Iowa), Schilling successfully secured landmark language in the National Defense Authorization Act to bring more manufacturing jobs to the Rock Island Arsenal. This new change in U.S. policy allows unlimited public-private partnerships at our nation’s arsenals, a stark change from the previous legal limit of eight partnerships. Not only will this help improve the Rock Island Arsenal’s capacity to strengthen its manufacturing abilities, but it has the potential to bring hundreds of well-paying, good jobs to the Quad Cities, a major victory for this area.
Passed a two-year transportation infrastructure bill . . .
Schilling spent months pushing for a multi-year transportation infrastructure bill to both shore up our nation’s crumbling infrastructure and revitalize our economy by creating thousands of jobs. A two-year bill was finally passed that helps prioritize roads and bridges while giving job creators and construction workers needed certainty.
Fought to prioritize the I-74 bridge . . .
Schilling again set party aside by working with Rep. Loebsack to get Illinois to re-prioritize needed funding for the I-74 bridge, pushing the project closer towards completion.
Worked across the aisle to strengthen manufacturing . . .
Schilling supported legislation introduced by Rep. Dan Lipinski (D-Western Springs) that would launch a national push to revitalize our manufacturing sector. This bill has broad bipartisan support and recently passed the House, and Schilling continues to be hopeful that the Senate will set partisanship aside and bring the bill to a vote.
Fought for the Keystone XL Pipeline . . .
Schilling was a major advocate for the Keystone XL Pipeline, a project that would have created more than 20,000 jobs and have served as a significant infrastructure improvement to help increase our energy independence. Unfortunately, this opportunity was lost out on when the Obama Administration shot it down. This was a project that had broad support from Republicans and Democrats alike, yet the Obama Administration chose to prioritize the wishes of a few dozen lobbyists over the will of the people. Despite a fragile economy and a national unemployment rate above 8 percent, Washington bureaucrats wrongly decided that we didn’t need 20,000 new jobs. Schilling will continue to fight tirelessly for this project, which appears stalled at the present time.