On the third day of the new Republican-led Congress, Rep. Aaron Schock sponsored legislation to reinstitute the 40-hour workweek and safeguard a fulltime paycheck for millions of American working families. H.R. 30 – the Save American Workers Act of 2015 – passed the House today on a bipartisan vote of 252-172. Rep. Schock issued the following statement after the House vote:
“Obamacare has been a disaster for working families, forcing many small businesses to cut employees to less than 30 hours a week – and lose one-fourth of their paychecks – to avoid the expensive regulations that would drive them to bankruptcy. Young workers and those re-entering the workforce after months or years of unemployment are particularly vulnerable. In its first two years alone, Obamacare has cost the Illinois economy nearly 63,000 retail, food and beverage, and general merchandise jobs as employers struggled to comply with the law’s mandate,” Schock said.
“For Illinois workers earning a minimum wage $8.25 an hour, today’s action by the House of Representatives will mean an extra $330 every month in their paychecks. For many, that means the ability to pay for a car, or pay for a child’s daycare, or just put food on the table. Americans have always valued hard work, and America has always been a place where hard work pays off. The Save American Workers Act affirms what Americans have always known – a workweek is 40 hours. Today, Congress has acted to protect the people who have been most harmed by the President’s healthcare law and reaffirms our nation’s historic work ethic.”
Nearly 160 million Americans receive health insurance coverage from their employers. Before Obamacare, employers were free to tailor their benefit plans to meet the needs of their workers. Once Obamacare was enacted, however, employers with more than 50 full-time employees were required to offer government-mandated plans to their employees or face steep tax penalties. In many cases, this penalty could range from $2,000 to $3,000 per employee.
Obamacare mandated that a “full-time employee” is someone who is employed an average of 30 hours per week. As the administration has written new regulations to implement Obamacare’s mandates, the costly administrative complexities have forced many employers to shift more workers to part-time status. According to a 2013 study by the University of California, Berkeley, as many as 2.3 million workers – or roughly 2 percent of the American workforce – are ‘vulnerable’ to lost employment and reduced wages due to Obamacare’s mandate.
Additionally, Obamacare’s 30-hour rule has caused great harm to school districts, colleges and universities. As many as 225,000 workers in the education sector are at risk of seeing their hours cut, hitting bus drivers, teachers’ aides and cafeteria workers the most. Meanwhile, the rule creates a new burden for institutions of higher learning that seek to hire adjunct faculty to meet the demands of their student’s course requirements.
Congressman Aaron Schock (IL-18) was administered the oath of office today at 12:40 p.m. E.T. by House Speaker John Boehner. Beginning today, Schock assumes a new leadership role, having replaced Chairman Paul Ryan as the designated member of the House Ways and Means Committee on the House Budget Committee. In addition to his service on the Ways and Means and Budget Committees, Schock will continue his serve on the House Committee on Administration.
Rep. Schock also begins the 114th Congress as a Senior Deputy Republican Whip, a leadership post on the whip team, which is responsible for legislative strategy and assisting the House Speaker and Majority Leader in garnering support for legislation. Schock was elevated to that role in the 113th Congress.
“I am humbled that the people of the 18th Congressional District have allowed me to serve them for another term in the United States Congress,” Schock said after taking the oath of office. “There are many challenges facing our nation, and the American people deserve principled leadership that seeks long-term solutions. I have sworn to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States, and I pledge to work diligently with Republicans and Democrats alike to ensure the strength and stability of our country, its economy, and the hard-working men and women who make this nation exceptional.”
Today, Rep. Schock has sponsored legislation to help create jobs for veterans, fund much-needed infrastructure improvements, expand trade opportunities for U.S. agricultural and energy producers, and protect the unborn. In the coming days, Schock plans to introduce legislation to bar the transfer of GITMO detainees, establish reasonable caps on federal public housing vouchers, and address funding priorities at the Department of Homeland Security.
Schock also reflected today on the historic diversity of the 114th Congress, which has a record numbers of female, African-American, Hispanic, and young lawmakers.
“When I came to Congress six years ago, I was one of 4 members under 40 years of age. Today, there are more than 40, including the youngest woman ever elected to Congress, my friend and colleague Rep. Elise Stefanik. With her help, and the help of the other young leaders on both sides of the aisle, we are closer than ever to addressing the leading drivers of our debt, our outdated tax code, and barriers to economic growth and strong families that will make America great. An historic Congress is poised to achieve historic results for the American people.”
Washington, D.C. – In the closing days of the 113th Congress, both the House and Senate have now passed a bill by Rep. Aaron Schock to facilitate the designation of New Philadelphia, Ill., as a National Park. The original legislation, H.R. 930, previously passed the House by a unanimous vote on Apr. 28. In final negations between House and Senate leaders, a number of federal lands bills were rolled into H.R. 3979, the FY2015 National Defense Authorization Act that establishes defense priorities and funding for the year ahead. President Obama is expected to sign the bill into law within days.
“The designation of the New Philadelphia site as a National Park will provide an important economic benefit to the entire region. As we prepare to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the end of the Civil War, historians, researchers, and tourists will come to New Philadelphia to learn more about the immense contribution of freed slaves to the nation and their immense sacrifice to rebuild a torn union,” Schock said of the bill’s passage.
“The New Philadelphia Association has worked tirelessly to raise the profile of the town and the legacy of its founder, Frank McWorter. I’m pleased to join them in celebrating this significant milestone.”
Philip Bradshaw, president of the New Philadelphia Association, expressed appreciation for the work Congressman Schock has done to assist preservation of the historic site:
"The special resources study is an opportunity to confirm the extraordinary historical significance of New Philadelphia as the first town in our country founded and legally registered by an African American. Under stewardship of the National Park Service, New Philadelphia will be preserved and protected to inspire present and future generations with themes important to all Americans: the struggle for freedom and opportunity and the love of family."
New Philadelphia was the first town founded and built by a freed slave before the Civil War. The town’s founder, Frank McWorter, was born a slave in South Carolina in 1777. He later married his wife, Lucy, herself a slave on a Kentucky plantation, in 1799. By hiring out his own time, McWorter was able to save enough money to buy his own freedom and that of his wife. Over time, he bought the freedom of 16 other family members.
In 1830, the family moved to Illinois, where Frank McWorter bought a farm in Pike County. In 1836, he plotted the town of New Philadelphia and founded it as the first fully racially integrated community before the Civil War. By 1850, U.S. Census data showed both African-American and European settlers living in the town.
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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Aaron Schock received the 2014 Lewis-Houghton Leadership Award at last evening’s Fall Gala, hosted by the Faith and Politics Institute. The award recognizes leaders who have “exhibited conscience, courage, and compassion in their roles as public servants.” Named for Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) and former Rep. Amo Houghton (R-NY), the two founders and co-chairmen of the Faith and Politics Institute, the award is given annually to two members of Congress – one Republican and one Democrat who have demonstrated leadership and promoted racial reconciliation. Last year, Rep. Schock led the official delegation to the funeral of Nelson Mandela. In June, Schock hosted Rep. Lewis in Peoria for a celebration at Bradley University to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the 1964 Civil Rights Bill. Schock was presented the award by Rep. Robin Kelly (IL-02).
Pictured L-R: Reps Robin Kelly, Aaron Schock, John Lewis, Joe Crowley, and Elizabeth McCloskey, President and CEO of the Faith and Politics Institute.
“I am humbled to receive the Lewis-Houghton Award and join a long line of public servants who have been inspired by the examples of my friend, John Lewis, and former Rep. Amo Houghton. The Faith and Politics Institute reflects much of what is right about our nation – bringing people together from across the partisan, racial, and regional divides to promote a thriving democracy,” Schock said.
The award was also given this year to Rep. Joe Crowley (D-NY), who serves with Rep. Schock on the House Committee on Ways and Means.### Read More
WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Congressman Aaron Schock (R-IL-18) and Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI-2) today introduced H.Res. 761 to recognize #GivingTuesday. #GivingTuesday, the first Tuesday following Thanksgiving, kicks off the holiday giving season with a global day dedicated to charitable giving and volunteerism, to follow the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday.
The #GivingTuesday resolution, recognizes that philanthropy and charitable giving knows no party divide, as giving has the ability to transcend any differences of political ideologies and has the power to unite people across boundaries.
“According to the 2014 Millennial Impact Report, 73 percent of millennials gave to charity in 2013,” said Congressman Schock. “Generosity and philanthropy are important to our generation, and we are rising to do our part as previous generations have done. For some, it’s through financial support of a favorite charity, church, or synagogue. For others, it’s through acts of service in their communities, or even through our nation’s most important form of volunteer service in the United States Armed Forces. Whatever the avenue they choose, millennial are wholeheartedly following the great American tradition of giving back and paying it forward.”
“There are too many things that cause divisions within our communities, but one thing that can bring us together toward a common goal is that of giving to others, and making a positive impact on their lives,” said Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard. “We should always be looking for opportunities to serve others and give generously of our time and resources to worthy causes. ‘Giving Tuesday’ is a great way to raise awareness of our responsibility to serve others before ourselves, and give back to our communities. I encourage everyone to embrace these values and the spirit of Giving Tuesday.”
Now in its third year, #GivingTuesday is a worldwide movement with over 16,000 U.S.-based partners that celebrates the power of giving in all its forms. Launched by the 92nd Street Y and the United Nations Foundation in 2012, this worldwide movement harnesses the power of social media and the generosity of people around the world to bring about real change in their communities and celebrates the power of giving in all its forms.
This resolution was co-sponsored by Reps. Rodney Davis (R-IL), Todd Young (R-IN), Juan Vargas (D-CA) and Cheri Bustos (D-IL).
For more information, including background, partner information, tools, and updates, please visit www.givingtuesday.org.
Background on #GivingTuesday
#GivingTuesday, December 2, 2014, follows the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday, kicking off the holiday giving season with a global day dedicated to charitable giving, combining the power of social media and the generosity of people around the world to bring about real change in their communities. Now in its third year, #GivingTuesday is a worldwide movement that celebrates the power of giving in all its forms. This effort builds on the collective power of a unique blend of partners—charities, families, businesses and individuals—to transform how people think about, talk about and participate in the giving season. #GivingTuesday inspires people to take collaborative action to improve their local communities, give back in better, smarter ways to the charities and causes they celebrate and help create a better world. #GivingTuesday leverages the power of social media to create a global moment that is dedicated to giving around the world. #GivingTuesday was founded by 92nd Street Y and is spearheaded in tandem with the support of the United Nations Foundation.
A team of recognized experts, influencers, and founding partners originally spearheaded this effort. The founding partners include Blackbaud, CECP, charity: water, GlobalGiving, Groupon, Kiva, Microsoft, Pvblic Foundation, (RED), Unilever, United Nations Development Programme and Univision among many others. The movement includes signature media partner MSNBC, who will help spotlight the innovative ways that people are giving back in their communities and the world.Read More
Peoria, IL – Congressman Aaron Schock (IL-18) announced today that his nearly six year effort to find an alternative use for the shuttered ArcelorMittal steel plant in Hennepin, IL, has resulted in a new owner of the facility, a welcome report for the hard-hit community in Putnam County. IPS Steel, a Michigan-based industrial manufacturer, has acquired the 873 acres of land and nearly one million square feet of buildings at the former ArcelorMittal facility with the intention to turn the property back to productive use, creating good-paying jobs and generating much-needed revenue for the region.
“I’m pleased to announce that a new owner has been found with an alternative use for the facility. Given the current economic climate, we should all welcome IPS Steel to the region and be thankful for the jobs they plan to create,” Schock said of the purchase. “When I first came to Congress, news of the shutdown had shocked the community and their families. I’m glad today we have some good news to share with the region and some jobs for those still looking for work."
"We are very excited with the purchase of this facility and look forward to working with the local community and officials to bring back business and jobs to this area" said Kishan Sutariya, Project Manager at IPS Steel.
In 2009, Schock began spearheading meetings in Washington D.C. and in Putnam County with local, state and federal officials to discuss the closing of ArcelorMittal’s Hennepin plant and find solutions to save jobs in the area. His work with the United Steel Workers Local 7367 and continued efforts to push for the plant to be sold to a buyer who was willing to re-purpose the facility and create jobs has been successful.### Read More
WASHINGTON, IL -- Congressman Aaron Schock (R-IL-18) and Congressman John Shimkus (R-IL-15) released the following statements on the one year anniversary of a series of deadly storms in Illinois. A total of 73 tornadoes were confirmed throughout the Midwest on November 17, 2013, claiming eight lives and inflicting much of their damage on areas represented by Congressmen Schock and Shimkus.
“The morning the tornadoes struck, I left church to go immediately to the disaster zone. When I arrived, people were still climbing out of the rubble, and helping loved ones get to safety,” Schock said. “Our first responders in the 18th District did an amazing job, as fireman, police, emergency personnel and volunteers worked to help families who had lost everything.”
“My office continues to monitor the progress of rebuilding and work closely with affected constituents to find the resources they need. Last year’s tornadoes put our local emergency response systems to the most challenging test, and Illinoisans pulled together as communities and come back stronger. Our thoughts and prayers continue on behalf of those who lost precious loved ones and personal property.”
“Some of the most destructive tornadoes in last year’s outbreak struck near Brookport, New Minden and Gifford in my district,” said Shimkus. “The day after the storms I went to see the damage in Brookport, where three lives were lost and New Minden, where two lives were lost. My staff assisted me in surveying the damage in other parts of the district in the following days, and I visited Gifford less than a week later.”
“A year later, I’m impressed by how these communities came together to rebuild and, in my recent visits, I’ve been pleased to see more recovery than not,” Shimkus continued. “I ask all my constituents to join me in keeping the loved ones of the lost in their thoughts and prayers today.”
Reps. Schock and Shimkus ordered five flags to be flown over the United States Capitol in Washington, D.C. today, commemorating the anniversary of last year’s storms and honoring the men and women who have worked to rebuild affected communities. The flags will be given to the City of Washington, Tazewell County, Gifford, Brookport, and New Minden.
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Congressman Aaron Schock (R-IL), 32, and represents the 18th District of Illinois.
At the age of 23, Schock was simultaneously the youngest school board president in history and the youngest Illinois State Representative. He is the first Member of Congress to be born in the 1980’s.
Schock currently serves on the highly coveted House Ways and Means committee. For the current, 113th Congress, Schock serves on three Ways and Means subcommittees: Trade, Select Revenue Measures and Social Security. Schock also serves on the committee on House Administration and as the Chairman of the Franking Commission.
In addition he serves as a Deputy Republican Whip and as a member of the Conference Advisory Committee.
During his first term in office (2009-2010) his colleagues expressed their faith in his abilities by appointing him to the coveted Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure. He was also the only Republican freshman selected to serve on the influential Highways and Transit Subcommittee which is charged with drafting the five-year highway bill due for reauthorization this year. Schock also received a seat on the Small Business Committee along with designation as the Ranking Member of the Contracting and Technology Subcommittee. House Republican Leadership also issued Schock a waiver to serve on a third committee and he was appointed to the Oversight and Government Reform Committee. Finally, Schock was chosen by Leadership to serve as a Deputy Republican Whip.
In the Illinois Legislature, Schock succeeded in passing 18 substantive bills he sponsored, several of which were hailed as “landmark reforms” when they were signed into law.
Schock also developed a reputation for outstanding constituent service, having helped thousands of constituents solve problems beyond their ability to cope.
Schock shared the 2007 award with then-Senator Barack Obama from the Illinois Committee for Honest Government for his “Outstanding Legislative and Constituent Service.”
Schock got off to a fast start in the Illinois House by being appointed to serve on five committees, including rare service on two separate appropriations committees. His committee assignments were: Elementary and Secondary Appropriations; Human Services Appropriations; Veteran’s Affairs; Financial Services; and Environment and Energy.
Upon graduation from college, Schock secured investors and started a small business in Peoria. He later served as Director of Development for Petersen Companies of Peoria. Schock purchased his first piece of real estate at age 18, and continues to manage his real estate investments today.
Before coming to Congress, Aaron Schock began his public service by serving in the Peoria School board when he was 19 years old.
At 22, his school board colleagues voted to make Schock vice president of the board and a year later they voted unanimously to make him board president of one of the largest school districts in Illinois.
Schock began working after school jobs in his early teens. By the time he was in high school he was working a substantial number of hours per week at a gravel pit and invested nearly all of it. With these earnings he was able to purchase his first piece of real estate at age 18 and bought and sold investment properties. He also bought his own home which he and his brother renovated on Melbourne Avenue in one of Peoria’s older neighborhoods.
Aaron Schock graduated from Richwoods High School and Rolling Acres Middle School in Peoria. He then graduated from Bradley University in Peoria with a B.S. in Finance (a four year degree) in only two years.