News from Congressman Brad Schneider 
 

 

Dear Friends,

Last week we “welcomed” an early snow.  I hope you survived without too much trouble. Fortunately things warmed up and the snow melted, which made for a nice weekend.

This week, I am glad to be home for an extended district work period. We have a number of events planned in the lead up to Veteran’s Day on Monday, as well as some school visits and other activities across the district. Maybe I will see you on my travels.

Of special note: I’m again hosting a Veterans Day Breakfast this Friday, November 8 in Grayslake. The breakfast is free and open to all veterans, and I encourage you to RSVP and join us.

Please continue reading for an update on the impeachment inquiry and the House’s legislative agenda:

LEGISLATIVE UPDATE

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Most news coverage last week focused on the House voting to formally define the steps for the impeachment inquiry into President Trump’s actions regarding Ukraine and withholding Congressionally mandated aid. I voted for the resolution because I believe it important to bring the next phase of the inquiry into open hearings for the American people to hear the facts of this case for themselves.

Less focus is being paid to the fact that the House of Representatives remains focused on advancing our legislative agenda for the American people. Last week we passed several bills considered through the Natural Resources committee.  In the coming weeks, H.R. 3, the Elijah E. Cummings Lower Drug Costs Now Act, and H.R. 4, the Voting Rights Advancement Act, are both coming to the House Floor soon, and we are continuing to make progress on the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement.

It’s wholly unacceptable that Senate Majority Leader McConnell is blocking even an up-or-down vote on so many proposals that have passed the House. Here are just some of the more than 200 pieces of legislation currently in Senator McConnell’s self-described “graveyard”:

  • H.R. 1 – For The People Act – Sent to the Senate 241 days ago.
  • H.R. 8 – Bipartisan Background Checks Act – Sent to the Senate 250 days ago.
  • H.R. 7 – Paycheck Fairness Act – Sent to the Senate 222 days ago.
  • H.R. 1585 – VAWA Reauthorization Act – Sent to the Senate 214 days ago.
  • H.R. 9 – Climate Action Now Act – Sent to the Senate 188 days ago. 
  • H.R. 5 – Equality Act – Sent to the Senate 171 days ago.
  • H.R. 6 – Dream and Promise Act – Sent to the Senate 153 days ago.
  • H.R. 582 – Raise the Wage Act – Sent to the Senate 109 days ago.

 

BIPARTISAN LEGISLATION TO IMPROVE SMALL BUSINESS CYBERSECURITY

Last month, during National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM), I introduced legislation to enhance cybersecurity for small businesses which face a real and growing danger from cyberattacks. We need to do more to help them defend against these threats. H.R.4915, the Small Business Cybersecurity Enhancement Act, creates a loan guarantee program that would allow small businesses to acquire cybersecurity technology and services.

Read more about this bill on our website.

 

THIS FRIDAY - VETERANS DAY BREAKFAST IN GRAYSLAKE

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Ahead of this Veterans Day weekend, I am again hosting my annual breakfast to honor those in our communities who served, and share some of the ways my office and local veteran organizations can be of assistance.

The breakfast is free and open to all veterans in Illinois’s Tenth Congressional District.

Friday, November 8, 2019 | 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM CST
College of Lake County - Cafeteria
19351 West Washington Street
Grayslake, IL 60030
RSVP Today!

 

MEDICARE PART D OPEN ENROLLMENT EVENTS FOR SENIORS

Are you a senior looking for help enrolling in Medicare Part D? I'm hosting open four open enrollment events in Glenview, Grayslake, Buffalo Grove and Waukegan in the coming weeks. Learn more and RSVP today!

 

NEIGHBORHOOD OFFICE HOURS

Our constituent service representatives hold Neighborhood Office Hours in communities across the Tenth District to more easily meet with constituents about any casework needs. My team will be in North Chicago and Northbrook this week. If you need assistance with a federal issue, from Medicare and Social Security to Immigration and the VA, please come see us!

 

WEEKLY WRAP-UP

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It was a busy week in our Washington, DC office, including a Small Business Committee hearing on the recreational and tourism sector, meetings with visiting constituents with J Street, and sitting down with Howard Schultz of the North Suburban YMCA.

 

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We had a full house for our community forum on the 2020 Census. Thank you to everyone who came to learn why it’s so important for our community that everyone get counted. Thank you also to our fantastic partner organizations and the Highwood Public Library for hosting!

 

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I had a wonderful time at the Dia de Los Muertos community celebration this weekend in Waukegan.

 

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On days when I head back to DC, I always try to carve out some time to call back constituents who have written in over the previous week. Last Monday I returned calls about prescription drug prices, the impeachment inquiry, and the situation in Syria.

Thanks for reading!

Sincerely,

Bradley S. Schneider
Member of Congress

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