Aaron Schock

Aaron Schock

ILLINOIS' 18th DISTRICT

Rep. Schock announces grant award for Springfield Mass Transit District

2014/09/23

Springfield, IL – Congressman Aaron Schock announced today that the Springfield Mass Transit District (SMTD) has been awarded a $762,400.00 competitive grant to purchase new buses for service expansion in the state capital. The project was selected for funding as part of the Federal Transit Administration’s management of transit capital investments, which provides federal dollars for new and replacement buses, related equipment, and facilities in both urban and rural areas. The SMTD is a locally-governed transit authority with an annual budget of $14.8 million and a fleet of 57 compressed natural gas and diesel powered coach buses.

“As Illinois continues to rebuild the state economy, it is vitally important that workers who depend on public transportation have access to safe, efficient, and reliable bus services. While the Springfield Mass Transit System receives the majority of its annual funding from state and local sources, this grant will provide necessary capital resources to build its fleet and expand access in the Springfield area,” Schock said.

Earlier this year, the Department of Transportation set aside $100 million to fund the Section 5309 Bus and Bus Facilities Program for the “New Ladders of Opportunity Initiative,” a federal program designed to connect disadvantaged and low-income individuals, veterans, seniors, youths, and others with local workforce training, employment opportunities, health care, and other community services.

For more information about the Springfield Mass Transit District, click here.

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Schock Hosts Radio Free Europe to Joint Session of Congress

2014/09/18

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Aaron Schock (R-IL) today welcomed Radio Free Europe-Radio Liberty’s (RFE-RL) Manager, John Giambalvo, as his guest to attend a special Joint Session of the United States Congress to hear an address by Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko. Elected in the wake of this year’s Ukrainian Revolution, Poroshenko is in the United States and Canada this week to seek greater military and economic aid from strategic allies.

“Radio Free Europe continues to serve the strategic interests of the United States and our allies, broadcasting a message of economic and political freedom to counter resurgent threats in the region,” Schock said in his invitation to Giambalvo. “The Ukrainian President seeks a stronger alliance with the United States today, and the presence of Radio Free Europe’s leadership in the House Gallery for his address sends a strong message that we will not abdicate the airwaves in Eastern Europe to pro-Soviet propaganda.”

President Poroshenko’s address comes at a critical time for Ukraine, as Tuesday, the Eastern European nation joined with the European Union in ratifying an historic political and economic agreement – all while a tentative cease-fire persists between Ukrainian forces and the pro-Russian separatists.

The new head of RFE-RL was chosen to attend the event in light of the crucial role Rep. Schock understands RFE-RL to play in establishing and maintaining a stable Eastern Europe.


Rep. Schock welcomes RFE-RL’s Mr. Giambalvo

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Click here to watch President Poroshenko’s address to the Joint Session of Congress.

Click here to read Schock’s letter supporting the continuation of Radio Free Europe (RFE) and Radio Liberty (RL) Balkans’ Service and Radio Free Iraq

Click here to read more about RFE's John Giambalvo

Click here to read Rep. Schock's joint op-ed with Sen. Roger Wicker on the issue of RFE-RL’s Balkan Service

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Schock Congratulates Local Hero

2014/09/09

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Aaron Schock (IL-18) today congratulated Peoria, IL Branch 31 letter carrier, Cristy Perfetti, for her role in thwarting a convicted sex-offender’s abduction of a local child last year. Along with fellow letter carrier Steve Plunkett, District Manager Peter Allen, SSA Clerk Karen Leitner, and supervisor Stacey Pence-Baily, Perfetti received the National Association of Letter Carrier’s Heroes of the Year Award, among the top honors given to U.S. Postal Service employees.


Rep. Schock recognizes Ms. Perfetti for her Heroes of the Year Award

“A hero has been defined as a person who walks willingly into the darkness carrying a light so others can walk to freedom,” Schock said. “Last year, Cristy observed one of the darkest horrors about to unfold, and she stopped it. Today, a predator is locked away for good, and a boy is safe with his family. For this, and for many other acts of service to our community that we may never know, Cristy deserves the title ‘hero.’ I’m honored to join the National Association of Letter Carriers in recognizing her service.”

In May of 2013, Perfetti, who has carried mail for 23 years, was returning from her route when she spotted a man walking with a 10-year-old boy through the post office parking lot. In response to what Perfetti describes as the boy’s scared and unwavering look in her direction, the veteran postal worker ran inside the station and alerted her supervisor, Stacie Pence-Bailey, of the situation.

Perfetti and Pence-Bailey proceeded to confront the man. In response to the boy’s crying and disclosure that the man was not his father, the postal workers secured the boy, causing the predator to flee. Perfetti and co-worker, Steve Plunkett, then tracked the suspect until police arrived and arrested the man. Perfetti and her coworkers’ actions proved further invaluable as the repeat sex-offender was later sentenced to life imprisonment.

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House Votes to Condemn GITMO Detainee Release

2014/09/09

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Aaron Schock (R-IL) joined in a bipartisan resolution today disapproving the Obama administration’s decision to release five Taliban terrorist leaders from Guantanamo Bay in violation of federal law prohibiting their transfer. The bill passed by 249-163, with 22 Democrats joining a unanimous Republican majority in support of the resolution. In a floor speech backing H.Res. 644, Schock denounced the administration’s action and warned of the rising terrorist threat that the GITMO detainee release emboldens.


Click image above to view Rep. Schock’s floor speech on the Taliban 5 release

“The release of the Taliban Five is among the greatest examples of this administration’s disregard of the Constitution,” Schock said in his floor speech. “It reflects contempt for this Congress and the people who are represented here. Worst of all, it has emboldened Islamic militants and endangered American service personnel and civilians around the world.”

Schock also referenced the address President Obama is scheduled to give this evening on the administration’s plan to deal with terrorists on the rise in Syria, Iraq, and elsewhere in the Middle East:

“This week, the president will address the nation about his latest ‘strategy’ to deal with Islamic jihadists. But the world has seen enough of how this administration deals with terrorists. Nothing he says tonight can hide the growing sense among jihadists that they finally have an American president who will negotiate with them.”

To view Rep. Schock’s floor speech on H.Res.644, click here.

Background:

  • On May 31, 2014, the Department of Defense transferred five Taliban detainees from Guantanamo Bay to Qatar in exchange for Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl.
  • The GAO released a report on August 21, 2014, confirming that the administration violated the law by releasing the Taliban 5 without providing 30 days notice to Congress.
  • DOD additionally violated the Antideficiency Act by using taxpayer dollars to make the transfer despite a specific prohibition in law.
  • Congress was formally notified of the terrorist release three days after the transfer was made, and 33 days after the date of notification required by law.

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Schock Leads Humanitarian Trip to India, Talks Global Anti-Poverty Agenda with Prime Minister Narendra Modi

2014/08/27

New Delhi – Congressman Aaron Schock (R-IL) led a humanitarian visit to India this week in support of international anti-poverty partnerships and global economic development. During the trip, Schock visited with India’s new Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, a personal friend of Schock’s who rose to lead the world’s second most-populous country in an historic election earlier this year.  The Aug. 26 meeting with Modi was a highlight of Schock's scheduled activities as a part of the Global Citizen India Learning Trip. Joining Schock on the trip were Hugh Evans, CEO of the Global Poverty Project (GPP), Peter Murphy, GPP Chairman, and representatives from the Caterpillar Foundation, the non-profit arm of the Peoria-based global construction and mining equipment manufacturer.

“The Indian people are eager to assume a position in the global economy equal to their tremendous potential, and they have wisely chosen a leader in Prime Minister Modi to direct their national effort. I am honored to call him a friend, and I share his commitment to lift the Indian people out of poverty,” Schock said after his visit with the Prime Minister.

“Through efforts like the Global Poverty Project, public and private partnerships are hastening the end of extreme poverty and improving the lives of billions of people around the world. The vision of Hugh Evans and the Global Poverty Project offers a challenging, but attainable goal. The commitment of companies like Caterpillar to strengthen this effort is making a lasting difference for the world’s poor.”

In addition to promoting action to curb poverty and hunger, Schock is meeting with representatives of the World Bank, USAID, and U.S.-based companies doing business in India. Next month, Schock will join the Global Poverty Project in New York City for the 2014 Global Citizen Festival, an annual charity event that brings together musicians, world leaders, policymakers and activists to raise awareness and foster action to eliminate extreme poverty.

To watch a video of Rep. Schock’s meeting with Prime Minister Modi, click below.

 

To view hi-resolution photographs from Rep. Schock’s trip, click the images below: