Aaron Schock

Aaron Schock

ILLINOIS' 18th DISTRICT

Rep. Schock Calls for Criminal Prosecution in IRS Targeting Scandal

2014/04/09

Washington, D.C. – In an unprecedented move today, Rep. Aaron Schock (IL-18) joined a majority of the House Committee on Ways and Means to refer Lois Lerner, the administration official at the center of the recent IRS targeting scandal, for criminal prosecution by the Justice Department.  Under current tax law and rules of the House of Representatives, the Committee has authority to take such action to ensure that law-abiding taxpayers do not have their constitutional rights violated by administration officials. Additionally, the Committee urged Attorney General Eric Holder to act on charges that Lerner misled investigators and disclosed confidential taxpayer information in violation of the law.

Congressman Schock issued the following statement after the Committee vote: 

“The mounting evidence that Lois Lerner broke the law and misled federal investigators forced today’s vote. There is no question that Ms. Lerner violated the basic constitutional rights of American taxpayers in pursuit of a political agenda. Her extreme bias against conservative groups filing for non-profit status, her defiance of tax law, and clear intention to frustrate a federal investigation warrant the most aggressive response by the Justice Department. That Ms. Lerner committed all these acts while contemplating the possibility of a post-IRS job with the Obama political machine is all the more troubling. The use of the IRS agents to intimidate, penalize, or discriminate against any taxpayer for political purposes cannot be tolerated. “

The facts behind today’s Committee action include: 

·         Lerner directed subordinates to subject specific right-leaning groups to increased scrutiny, audits, and even proposed denial of exempt status.

·         Lerner may have acted under pressure by numerous complaints and public statements from President Obama, top Democrats in the Senate and the Democrat’s campaign arm.

·         Lerner rejected calls to review left-leaning groups, instead focusing her efforts solely on right-leaning groups.

·         Lerner acted in defiance of IRS internal controls, which in some cases has been in place since the 1990s, in order to specifically target conservative groups and influence the independent appeals process.

·         Lerner knowingly misled the Treasury Inspector General, falsely claiming the cause for additional scrutiny was an ‘uptick’ in the number of applications for non-profit status.

To read the Ways and Means letter to Attorney General Holder, click here. 

To review the timeline of the Ways and Means investigation of Lois Lerner’s crimes, click here.

To watch Rep. Schock discuss the Lerner scandal on Fox News, click here.

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Rep. Schock Testifies On Rejected Design for Eisenhower Memorial

2014/04/03

Washington, D.C. – In public testimony today before the National Capital Planning Commission, Rep. Aaron Schock (IL-18) voiced opposition to the current design for the Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial, calling the controversial proposal “incoherent” and “confusing.” The present design includes, among other contentious elements: a series of large scale columns measuring 80’ tall and 10’ in diameter; three stainless steel tapestries as large as 447 feet long and 80 feet high; and a statue of President Eisenhower as a bare-footed boy. Schock has long opposed the present design, which was rejected today by a 7-3 majority of the Commission’s bipartisan members. 

Contrasting the proposed Eisenhower Memorial – which was designed by California-based architect Frank Gehry – with the Lincoln Memorial, Schock noted that the Gehry design “does not lead us to any conclusion about the great man honored. Rather, it seems that the current design’s sole purpose is to lead us to a conclusion about the designer himself.” 

“The Gehry proposal,” Schock continued, “is a four acre theme park without a coherent theme.” 

In his remarks, Schock reminded Commissioners that the Eisenhower family opposes the current design, also unlike the Lincoln Memorial that was dedicated by President Lincoln’s sole-surviving son, Robert Todd Lincoln, in 1922.

“I would hope – that should any of us in this room rise to the esteemed place in history that President Eisenhower did – our families would be as committed to a fitting tribute for us as the Eisenhower family have been for him.” 

Schock, whose district includes many of the counties formerly represented by President Lincoln during his single House term, testified at today’s hearing at the invitation of numerous constituents who have been concerned that the Eisenhower Memorial design did not convey the majesty or reflect the legacy of President Eisenhower.

Video archives and photographs from Schock’s testimony are available at schock.house.gov and at http://youtu.be/VAwgCPimVkU?t=1h1m5s

Remarks for the National Capital Planning Commission

Congressman Aaron Schock (IL-18)

April 3, 2014 

Mr. Chairman, Commissioners, ladies and gentlemen. 

Thank you for the opportunity to discuss some aspects of the proposed Eisenhower Memorial and whether it will complement our nation’s core and reflect the legacy of our great general and President. 

The designer of the proposed memorial, Frank Gehry, has said that he likes the Lincoln Memorial, which includes an immense statue inside an inspiring building.

I hope that we all have had the experience of approaching that monument, viewing the colonnade around the memorial, the great staircase, the entrance columns that bring us into the memorial itself. 

And then, to stand before the seated Lincoln and see the pains of war, the virtue, the wisdom apparent in his eyes. 

It is a progression of sights and experiences that end in the statue – flanked by the words of the Great Emancipator himself.  We are engaged by his place in history and called to reflect on our own. 

The proposed Eisenhower Memorial does not lead us to any conclusion about the great man honored. Rather, it seems that the current designs sole purpose is to lead us to a conclusion about the designer himself.

The proposed sculptures are confusing:  a young man looking down on the park; a General with a group of others in uniform, and a President looking at a globe. 

One must wonder if this is a memorial park rather than a memorial.  The chaos of the chain link fences and the columns and stacks of arbitrarily placed concrete blocks do not convey the majesty of President Eisenhower. 

In sum, the Gehry proposal is a four-acre theme park without a coherent theme. 

I note, as you have, the opposition of the Eisenhower family to the Gehry design. I would hope – that should any of us in this room rise to the esteemed place in history that President Eisenhower did – our families would be as committed to a fitting tribute for us as the Eisenhower family has been for him.” 

I support efforts to reject this design.  I urge the Eisenhower Memorial Commission to hold a new competition – one open to all Americans, and not a select few modernists.  A free and open competition will doubtlessly generate an appropriate Eisenhower memorial that will be a credit to the great man, and an attractive complement to our National Mall.

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Schock Slams Sen. Levin's "Demonization" of American Companies

2014/04/01

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Aaron Schock released the following statement on the hearing chaired today by Sen. Carl Levin (D-Mich.) that hauled Peoria-based manufacturer Caterpillar before a Senate investigative panel. The hearing, which the Wall Street Journal called a “show trial,” began at 9:30 AM Eastern.

“I am unimpressed with Chairman Levin’s inquisition today, and with the partisan report he issued targeting a great American company like Caterpillar. Caterpillar’s effective tax rate of 29 percent far exceeds that paid by many other U.S. companies who escape the politicized investigations of Chairman Levin. And if compared to General Motors effective rate of zero, serious questions arise about the motive and methodology behind Chairman Levin’s one-sided investigation. 

“The demonization of a great American company that is under constant IRS audit and remains in full compliance with U.S. tax law is beneath the dignity of the United States Congress, though I am thankful that Chairman Levin’s efforts do little to undermine American confidence in Caterpillar’s reputation or its more than 118,000 employees worldwide. The lasting reputation of Chairman Levin and his committee, on the other hand, may be another story.

“This is not the way to do tax reform or address the serious problems with our approach to corporate or individual taxation. Official U.S. policy should be to incentivize corporations to do more business here at home. While I share Chairman Levin’s disdain for the 70,000 page U.S. tax code, the Senator’s efforts would be better spent convincing his Democratic colleagues about the need to get serious about tax reform.” 

Levin released a report yesterday entitled “Caterpillar’s Offshore Tax Strategy” that only had the backing of Senate Democrats. The panel’s top Republican, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), would not sign off on the report and raised concerns at today’s hearing about the degree to which the Committee had asked the right questions during the investigation.

“Today, the fact is that the United States of America has the highest corporate tax rate of any country in the world. There is no doubt that this is a factor in moving operations overseas and . . . parking those profits overseas rather than bring them back to be subjected to a 35 percent corporate tax rate.”

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Schock Praises Illinois Counties for Top National Health Rankings

2014/03/31

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Aaron Schock (IL-18)released the following statement concerning the 2014 report from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Health Institute that ranked counties in the 18th Congressional District among the healthiest in the nation. Woodford County in Central Illinois was ranked the healthiest county in the state, followed closely by Schuyler, Pike, and Brown Counties.

“Illinoisans don’t need to look to Washington for solutions to our nation’s healthcare when our own people are leading the way in healthy living. We all know that the best prevention for many common ailments is a life commitment to personal wellness, physical fitness, and a balanced diet. Congratulations to the people of the 18th Congressional District who are taking responsibility for their own personal health and living longer, better lives because of it.

“The Center for Disease Control (CDC) reports that 80 percent of healthcare dollars are spent on preventable diseases. This means that real healthcare reform and reducing healthcare costs is best begun by changing personal behavior and lifestyle decisions - food choices and exercise.  I'm proud that the 18th Congressional District is leading the state in making these responsible decisions. The people of these counties deserve the credit.  No Washington mandate or federal program is responsible for this success.”

Key findings from the report include:

·         Smoking rates among adults have dropped from 21 percent in 2005 to 18 percent in 2012.

·         The rate of preventable hospital stays decreased about 20 percent from 2003 to 2011.

·         Teen birth rates have decreased by almost 25 percent since 2007.

·         Completion of at least some college by adults age 25-44 has increased slightly from 59 percent in 2005 to 64 percent in 2012.

·         Physical inactivity rates among adults are declining.

To read the 2014 County Health Rankings & Roadmaps for Illinois, click here.

To read the 2014 Rankings Key Findings Report, click here.

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Schock Issues Statement on Retirement of Ways & Means Chairman

2014/03/31

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Aaron Schock (IL-18) released the following statement upon the retirement announcement of House Committee on Ways & Means Chairman Dave Camp:

 

“Since the 1986 overhaul of the U.S. tax code, no man has worked harder to reform the nation’s complex 74,000 pages of tax laws than Chairman Camp. Similarly, it was under his  strong leadership that Congress passed three free trade agreements with Colombia, Panama and South Korea. In a very real sense, there are as many as 250,000 U.S. workers with good-paying jobs because of Chairman Camp’s commitment to move trade bills through Congress. The people of Michigan are losing a strong voice in the House of Representatives, and the whole nation is losing a fine legislator.”

 

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Schock, Keating to Harry Reid: Protect Religious Minorities

2014/03/25


Washington, D.C. – On the day the United States Supreme Court hears oral arguments in two landmark cases that will determine the constitutionality of certain provisions of the Affordable Care Act, a bipartisan letter was sent to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) urging swift action on legislation needed to protect religious minorities not exempted from the individual mandate under existing law. The letter, sent by Reps. Aaron Schock (R-Ill.) and William Keating (D-Mass.) urges Reid to bring H.R. 1814 – the Equitable Access to Care and Health (EACH) Act to the Senate floor for a vote.

The bill – which enjoyed broad bipartisan support and 225 Republican and Democratic co-sponsors – passed the House by unanimous consent on March 11, 2014. Companion legislation in the Senate has attracted 15 Democratic co-sponsors, including the Democratic Whip, Senator Richard Durbin (D-Ill.) 

“The EACH Act slightly expands the religious exemption of the Affordable Care Act to include individuals with ‘sincerely held religious beliefs’ among those eligible for an exemption from the individual mandate penalty . . . This simple corrective upholds our nation’s long commitment to religious liberty protections while minimizing occasions for fraud,” the joint letter states.

In the House, the bill’s primary co-sponsors included 41 percent of the Democratic Caucus, including members of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, the Congressional Black Caucus, the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, and the New Democrat Coalition. 

Schock released the following statement in tandem with the joint letter:

“We are less than one week from the open enrollment deadline for Obamacare, after which point many religious minorities will be compelled by law to violate their conscience and purchase health insurance they do not intend to use, nor can they use and remain true to their faith. Republicans and Democrats are not likely to agree on the underlying law, but we can at the very least agree that our nation’s cherished tradition of religious liberty warrants this corrective measure to ensure that Obamacare’s mandates do not run afoul of the First Amendment.” 

To read the full letter to Leader Reid, click here.

 

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House Overwhelmingly Passes Schock Bill

2014/03/11

The U.S. House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed today a bill introduced by Congressman Aaron Schock (R-IL) to amend Obamacare and strengthens First Amendment religious liberty protections for millions of Americans with sincerely held beliefs that conflict with government mandates to purchase health insurance coverage.  H.R. 1814, the Equitable Access to Care and Health (EACH) Act passed with a simple voice vote by the House.

“Congress today reinforced basic constitutional protections for sincere believers of all faiths. Among the many problems with Obamacare are the insufficient safeguards for people of faith. H.R. 1814 provides a strong provision that guarantees First Amendment religious liberties for all Americans while protecting U.S. taxpayers from potential fraud. Congress has long sought to uphold both these commitments, and has again today affirmed our founding principles,” Schock said in response to the bill’s passage.

“Congress is not likely to reach agreement today – or any day – on the underlying law. Obamacare is as controversial now as it was when it was enacted, and perhaps more so. But we do agree that Congress shall make NO law respecting the establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof. On that, the American people can be assured there is strong bipartisan agreement.”

The EACH Act resolves a legislative deficiency in the Affordable Care Act that requires some Americans to pay a penalty for exercising their sincerely held religious beliefs. Under the 2010 health care law, many persons of faith were denied religious conscience exemptions that would otherwise safeguard their First Amendment freedoms against intrusive government.

Schock’s involvement in the Obamacare fix began after constituents reached out to him on the issue. Upon hearing their stories of how the health care law would force them either to violate their sincerely held religious beliefs or face penalties, he began reaching across the partisan aisle to propose needed legislation. In the end, 216 Members of Congress sponsored today’s bill, including 78 House Democrats.

Additionally, the EACH Act guards against potential Obamacare fraud by requiring persons who assert a religious exemption from the individual mandate to attest to their conscience claim through a sworn affidavit on their annual tax return.

The bill now advances to the Senate, where action must be taken before the March 31 deadline to purchase health care insurance if millions of Americans are to have relief from the law’s penalties for exercising their constitutionally-guaranteed religious liberties.

To read the bill, click here.

To read the full text of Congressman Schock’s floor speech in support of H.R. 1814, click here.

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Schock Announces 2014 Service Academy Nominations

2014/02/16

Congressman Aaron Schock (R-IL) announced today that he has nominated the following students to a military academy for the class entering the fall of 2014.

Schock nominated these students for attendance at military service academies after a highly competitive application and interview process. Final determination on admission is made by the individual academy. Graduates receive a Bachelor of Science degree and most are a commissioned officer in the branch of the military they have chosen.

“Our service academies provide a top rate education and opportunities for students to grow and become leaders.  It is an honor to nominate these fine young men and women from Central Illinois to attend in the fall of 2014, and I am sure they will be a credit to their class,” said Congressman Aaron Schock, who added “I congratulate these young patriotic Americans, and wish them the best for their future pursuits and in their service to our great nation.”

 

United States Merchant Marine Academy:

Schuyler Bucher 
Easton – Dunlap High School
Father: Don Howe
Mother: Trella Howe

Isaiah Stedwill
Dunlap – Peoria Notre Dame High School
Father: Jeffery Stedwill
Mother: Julian Stedwill

Andrew Dryden
Morton – Morton High School
Father: James Dryden
Mother: Angela Dryden

United States Military Academy at West Point:

Nicholas Lake
Springfield – Springfield East High School
Father: John Lake
Mother: Anna Lake

Jack Lucie 
Basco – Warsaw High School
Father: Steve Lucie
Mother: Jennifer Lucie

Tyler Lanterman
Springfield – Sacred Heart-Griffin
Father: Dan Lanterman
Mother: Laura Cadagin

Tyler Paget
Morton – Morton High School
Father: Roy Paget
Mother: Kim Paget

Jake Vahlkamp
Quincy – Quincy Notre Dame High School
Father: Bernie Vahlkamp
Mother: Mary Pat Vahlkamp

Nicholas Zalduendo
Peoria Heights – Culver Military Academy
Father: Anthony Zalduendo
Mother: Mari Ann

Andrew Arenz
Auburn – Auburn High School
Father: Robert Arenz
Mother: Jill Arenz

Zachary Creech
Petersburg – PORTA High School
Father: Brian Creech
Mother: Stephanie Willis-Creech

United States Air Force Academy:

James Eason
Chatham – New Berlin High School
Father: Jeff Eason
Mother: Julie Eason

Nathaniel Cummings
Metamora – Peoria Notre Dame
Father: John Cummings
Mother: Anita Cummings

Brian Gerike
Normal – Normal West High School
Father: Thomas Gerike
Mother: Angela Gerike

Bjorn Johnson
Chenoa – Prairie Central High School
Father: Brett Johnson
Mother: Sara Johnson

Austin Krusz
Lincoln – Lincoln Community High School
Father: Chris Krusz
Mother: Marianne Krusz

John Rego
Metamora – Metamora Township High School
Father: Francisco Rego
Mother: Jana Rego-Heins

Theodore Lingle
Lexington – Lexington High School
Father: David Lingle
Mother: Regina Lingle

United States Naval Academy:

Connor White
Williamsville – Williamsville High School
Father: Todd White
Mother: Lisa White
Step-Father: Mike Garrett

Zachary Schaidle
Eureka – Eureka High School
Father: John Schaidle
Mother: Barbara Schaidle

Theodore Luker
Springfield – Sacred Heart-Griffin
Father: John Luker
Mother: Kristin Luker

Bradley Miller
Lincoln – Lincoln Community High School
Father: Randy Miller
Mother: Peggy Miller

Seth Gillen
Chillicothe – Illinois Valley Central High School
Mother: Olivia Wertz-Gillen

Daniel Harrold
Heyworth – Heyworth High School
Father: Frank Harrold
Step-Mother: Rebecca Bigger-Thomas

Emily Kim
Peoria – Dunlap High School
Father: Sung Kim
Mother: Mee Kim

 

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Schock Pennycress Provision Included in Final Farm Bill

2014/01/29

Today, the House approved Congressman Aaron Schock’s provision to make the emerging crop, pennycress, one of the highest research and development priorities at the Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Risk Management Agency (RMA). The amendment was passed as part of the Conference Report for the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act (i.e. Farm Bill), expected to be passed by the Senate and signed into law by President Obama. 

RMA is charged with carrying out the nation’s crop insurance program. Schock’s provision makes the development of a crop insurance program for pennycress a top priority at RMA. 

“The passage of the Farm Bill is a win for farmers across the nation, preserving and strengthening the vital farm safety net,” said Schock. “The inclusion of my pennycress amendment is an additional victory for Illinois farmers, energy producers, and ultimately the economy. Pennycress is a versatile crop that can be grown during the winter months and converted into biofuel, increasing farmers’ crop yields and reducing America’s dependence on foreign oil. Any time farmers plant a crop, especially a new one, they take an enormous risk. Making pennycress a priority at RMA paves the way for eventual crop insurance so that farmers have an important safety net to diversify their crop portfolio.”

Since 2009, Congressman Schock has been a leader in the commercialization of pennycress. In 2009, Schock secured the commitment of the National Biodiesel Board to help expand the cultivation of pennycress in Central Illinois. Schock’s amendment on pennycress first passed, with strong bipartisan support, during debate on the Farm Bill in June 2013, and was included in the final Conference Report that was negotiated between the House and Senate. 

“Illinois Farm Bureau has been monitoring the progress toward making pennycress more attractive as a cash crop for farmers in this state. We appreciate Rep. Schock’s foresight and past efforts to expand research on the plant’s future as a viable feedstock for biofuels.  Making pennycress eligible for crop insurance coverage is a logical next step,” said Rich Guebert, Illinois Farm Bureau president. “We congratulate Rep. Schock for getting this amendment in the farm bill.”

“Pennycress shows tremendous potential as a feedstock for biodiesel that will help us improve our energy security and reduce our dependence on foreign oil, while also giving our partners in the agriculture sector more options for getting the most out of our farms in a sustainable and efficient way,” said Anne Steckel, vice president of federal affairs at the National Biodiesel Board. “It really is a win-win situation, and we applaud Rep. Schock for taking the lead in making it happen.”

Pennycress is a winter crop, which allows farmers to double their crop production without increasing land use. It can also be converted to biodiesel fuel and an acre of pennycress can yield the equivalent of about 90 gallons of oil. Pennycress has the potential to produce about six billion gallons of fuel per year. The Farm Bill passed the House with strong bipartisan support and provides 5 years of certainty in farm policy for America’s farmers.   

Background Information
Schock has been recognized for his continued work to advance production of biofuels. He has been named 1 of the 10 Most Important Advocates for Renewable Energy by Biofuels Digest, and has received the Fueling Growth Award, given to Members of Congress by Growth Energy for outstanding support of ethanol, in 2011, 2012, and 2013. 

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Schock Delivers Weekly Republican Address

2013/12/21

Congressman Aaron Schock (R-IL) delivered this week’s Republican Address in response to President Obama’s weekly remarks. Schock’s message came from Eureka College in Eureka, IL.

Schock’s message focused on the President’s healthcare law and the financial strain it was causing on the youth who have enrolled. In his remarks Schock said, “…typically, based on health and age, it costs about six times more to insure a 64-year old than it does an 18-year old.  This health care law, however, says insurers can only charge their costliest beneficiaries three times more than they do their cheapest customers.  In other words, the president needs a lot of young people – about 2.7 million to be exact – to sign up so he can shift the costs onto them and keep premiums from skyrocketing.  In Washington, they call this a “community rating,” but where I’m from, we call it a ripoff”. 

Schock continued, “Young people helped put the president in office, and with this health care law, he’s pushing them into years of less choice, fewer opportunities, and larger bills.  It’s just not right.”

The full transcript is below, and the can be found here:
 
As Prepared for Delivery:

Good morning from Eureka College in Eureka, Illinois – the proud alma mater of Ronald Reagan. 

On campuses like this, young people are just beginning to make the choices that will shape their future.  Right now – even in the middle of finals week – they’re being told that to make that future better, they should rush to get covered under the president’s health care law.  Not only that, they’re being told to “spread the word” about what a great deal it is. 

The state of Illinois is spending a million dollars- just this week -  on television advertising to try and sell this health law. This is on top of the $684 million already being spent nationwide to promote it.  But no matter how many actors, rappers, and rock stars the president rolls out, the best sales pitch in the world can’t sell a bad product.  And this health care law is a bad product for young people. 

How bad?  Well, typically, based on health and age, it costs about six times more to insure a 64-year old than it does an 18-year old.  This health care law, however, says insurance companies can only charge their most expensive customers three times more than they do their cheapest customers.  In other words, they are forced by law to shift the cost of older and sicker patients to young people.  The president needs a lot of young people – about 2.7 million – to enroll so he can shift the costs onto them and keep premiums from skyrocketing.   

In Washington, they call this a “community rating,” but where I’m from, we call it a ripoff.  According to one independent estimate, for a healthy, non-smoking 30-year old male, the cheapest health insurance plan – the cheapest one – will be on average 260 percent more expensive.  That's 2.5 times what a young person should be paying.

You know, it’s funny, the Obama administration held a contest encouraging millennials to come up with a catchy slogan or video to sell this law.  The winning entry was a song with lyrics that included the line: “Don’t worry about the price tag.”  

Well it's Tough not to worry about the price tag - when you’re racking up tens of thousands of dollars in student loans, doing work-study to make it by, and trying to save for your first apartment – all at a time when youth unemployment in this country is nearly 16 percent.   

Young people helped put the president in office, and with this health care law, he’s pushing them into years of less choice, fewer opportunities, and larger bills.  

This isn’t how it was supposed to be.  

Everywhere I go now people come up and say we should do something to stop this law, and they’re right.  We ought to scrap it and start over - with an approach that focuses on lower costs, more choice, more freedom, more competition.  We should make it so that young people pay their fair share for health care, and nothing more.  Instead of Washington telling us what to buy- let's get back to letting every American choose the plan that's best for them and their family.

Every time I’m asked what Washington can do to connect with millennials, my answer is that we should actually get government out of the way.  Hard work and a good education will take you further than any government program.  Let’s give young people the chance to build confidence, give them an incentive to work, save, invest, take risks, and rekindle the entrepreneurial spirit that sets this country apart.   The president’s health care law does none of this – it only sets us back.  And makes things more expensive. I know – and you know – we can do better.    

Thank you for listening.  Let me take this opportunity to wish you and your family a Merry Christmas and best wishes for the New Year. 

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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.


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Peter Roskam

ILLINOIS' 6th DISTRICT

Rodney L. Davis

ILLINOIS' 13th DISTRICT

Randy Hultgren

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John Shimkus

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Adam Kinzinger

ILLINOIS' 16th DISTRICT

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