News from Representative Roskam

Weekly Roundup – Jan 21 - 27

Team Roskam’s weekly rundown for Illinois’ 6th District


For a fourth week straight, the positive impact our new tax code is having on our nation’s economy has been on full display, and Representative Peter Roskam (IL-06) is anticipating more of the same. “This new law is a WIN for middle-income families across our state and across the country. It’s sad to see that some critics are so tied to their talking points and ideology that they refuse to accept a win when it’s being handed to them. But American taxpayers accept it – and the residents of the Sixth District accept it,” said Rep. Roskam.

More than 220 companies have announced bonuses and wage increases that are making an impact in the lives of their employees, and each day, more join the list. Additionally, the House Committee on Ways and Means released a guide to help Americans understand what the new withholding tables mean for them.

Rep. Roskam welcomed the newly-confirmed Secretary for Health and Human Services, Alex Azar, to the Administration saying, in part, that he, “… look[s] forward to working with [Secretary Azar] to help put families in control of their health care and bring relief to those who are struggling.” Rep. Roskam also recognized the victims and survivors of the Holocaust during International Holocaust Remembrance Day and called on people to, “…educate future generations to vigorously challenge hatred, bigotry and anti-Semitism and ensure such a heinous atrocity will never again occur.”

Following a weekend of votes and negotiations to re-open the government, Rep. Roskam voted a second time for a continuing resolution that would fund the government at current levels until February 8th and fully fund the Children’s Health Insurance Program for six years. The House remained in recess for the remainder of the week and no further votes were taken. Rep. Roskam and his team spent time taking calls and meeting with and helping constituents both in the district and in D.C.


In the District

Local Businesses and Government:

  • Attended ribbon cutting and grand opening for Crea Ballroom Dance in Lake Zurich.
  • Visited PepsiCo and toured their GSSI Clinical Research Labs to learn about the history of Gatorade and their research and development; discussed the positive impact tax reform has had on their company.
  • Visited ProHealth Drugs, toured the pharmacy and learned about the pharmacy’s beginnings and its history.
  • Spoke at the Barrington Area Council of Governments meeting and provided a Washington update.
  • Spoke at the Valley Industrial Association Executive Forum to provide an update on Washington politics to CFOs and other executives from local manufacturing firms.
  • Participated in a Roundtable Discussion with Illinois Craft Brewers Guild for District Breweries and Distillers to discuss tax reform, health care and immigration.


  • Presented an Extension of Remarks to Holy Family Academy in Inverness in recognition of being named one of the 2017 National Blue Ribbon Schools.
  • Spoke to 5th graders at Pioneer Elementary School on how a bill becomes a law and the job of being a Congressman.


  • Met with the Tuberous Sclerosis Alliance to discuss the Tuberous Sclerosis Research Program from the Department of Defense (DOD).

Foreign Policy and Trade:

  • Met with Consul General of Bulgaria and discussed outreach to the Bulgarian community in the district and the political landscape in Bulgaria.
  • Met with Consul General of Germany to discuss trade and outreach to the German community in the district, as well as the German political environment.
  • Met with Délégation du Québec à Chicago and Home Builders Association of Greater Chicago to discuss NAFTA and the softwood lumber tax.


In Washington

Tax reform and Non-profits:

  • Met with Lions Club International to discuss their charitable mission and steps moving forward.
  • Met with National Grocers Association to discuss how tax reform benefits their members including four independently owned stores in IL-06.


  • Met with district-based Medela to discuss their products to aid and educate expectant and new mothers with nursing.
  • Met with Illinois Hospital Association and the American Hospital Association to discuss their current priorities.


  • Attended briefing hosted by the American Council of Engineering Companies of Illinois (ACEC-IL) about ongoing relationships between their member companies and the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT).

Actions taken:

  • Voted in favor of the continuing resolution to extend defense and non-defense funding until February 8th at current levels and extends the CHIP program for six years.
  • House stands in recess.


In the Media

1.20.2018 – Washington Free Beacon

1.22.2018 – Homeland Preparedness News

1.22.2018 – WIND 

1.22.2018 – West Cook News

1.22.2018 – Illinois Review

1.22.2018 – Star Tribune

1.24.2018 –

1.24.2018 – Circa

1.24.2018 – Daily Herald

1.24.2018 – Washington Post

1.25.2018 – Washington Post

1.25.2018 – Politico, Illinois Playbook

1.26.2018 – Politico

1.27.2018 – Daily Herald

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