Saturday, May 01, 2010

Roskam on Obama's Main Street Tour

Roskam's PR on the Main Street Tour. It's jobs stupid.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Dean Thompson
April 28, 2010 202-225-4561

Roskam to Obama: Listen to the People

“Main Street” Tour an Opportunity for President to Take Illinois Common Sense Back to Washington

Roskam: ““While the President is in town to speak today about the need for economic and regulatory reforms, I hope he will take this opportunity to listen to Illinois common sense. The people of Illinois have been speaking clearly: stop the out-of-control spending and create jobs.”

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Peter Roskam, Deputy Whip and member of the Ways and Means Committee, issued the following statement on President Obama’s Quincy, Illinois stop later this afternoon:

“While the President is in town to speak today about the need for economic and regulatory reforms, I hope he will take this opportunity to listen to Illinois common sense. The people of Illinois have been speaking clearly: stop the out-of-control spending and create jobs.”

“Instead of pro-growth policies that help create jobs, Illinois families and businesses are facing one damaging law after another from Speaker Pelosi and the Democrat Majority in Congress. First the $1 trillion stimulus bill was passed and we were promised unemployment wouldn’t exceed 8%. Today the unemployment rate is hovering around 10%, and more than three million Americans have lost their jobs since the passage of the Stimulus. Then the new healthcare law was rammed through Congress just in time for independent economic experts at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to confirm that it will actually increase national healthcare spending by $311 billion. Now Illinoisans face a financial regulatory reform bill that spends billions on bailouts and fails to match our 21st century economy with a 21st century regulatory system.”

“The President’s Illinois visit this afternoon is a chance to listen to the hardworking people of Illinois and bring back a message to Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid: quit the political gamesmanship in Washington. The people are ready for the out-of-control spending to stop, and we need to focus on policies that promote innovation and investment and help spur job creation.”

A look at the failed policies of Speaker Pelosi and the Democrat Congressional Majority:

* Since the Stimulus was passed, more than 187,000 Illinoisans have lost their jobs (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics).
* Since the Stimulus was passed, Illinois unemployment has risen from 8.7% to 11.5% (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics).
* Under the new healthcare law, employers across the country, including major Illinois employers like Caterpillar, John Deere and Boeing, will face billions in new health costs. According to Caterpillar’s Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer, “We can ill-afford cost increases that place us at a disadvantage versus our global competitors. We are disappointed that efforts at reform have not addressed the cost concerns we’ve raised throughout the year.” (Dow Jones Newswires, ‘Caterpillar: Health Care Bill Would Cost It $100M’, 3/19/2010).

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