Peter Roskam

Peter Roskam


Roskam: Time to End Nonsensical Nuclear Talks with Iran


WASHINGTON, DC–Today, Congressman Peter Roskam (IL-06) released the following statement on the Obama administration’s decision to extend nuclear talks with Iran until July: “Over the past year, the Administration’s nuclear negotiations with Iran have proved a complete failure. Iran’s economy is steadily rebounding thanks to billions in economic sanctions relief, as investors and companies worldwide prepare to reenter the Iranian market. Meanwhile, Iran’s nuclear program is moving forward undeterred as its centrifuges continue to spin and international inspectors are still routinely denied access to its most critical nuclear and military facilities. Extending these ill-conceived negotiations will only buy the mullahs more time to develop a nuclear weapons capability. We must redouble our commitment to stopping—not containing—Iran’s dangerous quest for nuclear weapons. This vanity project is a desperate attempt by President Obama to find a foreign policy legacy, but it runs a tremendous risk to the United States and the world. It’s time we stop this nonsensical process and reinstate the crippling economic sanctions that brought the radical Iranian regime to the negotiating table in the first place.” Roskam, who co-chairs the House Republican Israel Caucus, has been an outspoken critic of the Obama administration’s nuclear negotiations with Iran. In December 2013, he led a bipartisan special order on the House floor warning President Obama not to relax sanctions on Iran, and in July 2014 he criticized the Administration’s decision to extend talks until the most recent November deadline. ### Read More

Roskam on Bloomberg TV: Obama Acting with Impunity


WASHINGTON, DC– Yesterday, Congressman Peter Roskam (IL-06) appeared on Bloomberg TV to discuss President Obama’s decision to bypass Congress and act unilaterally on immigration. Click here or below to watch. This Isn’t a Long-Term Remedy, It’s a Political Move “This is a gratuitously political move on the part of President Obama and it secures the legacy that what he is really interested in is a political issue rather than a remedy. Look, all kinds of presidents have been denied things by the American people acting through their elected representatives in Congress, and yet President Obama doesn’t seem to understand that this approach was fundamentally rejected by the American public on the ballot box just a couple weeks ago.  The President Is Squandering His Opportunity To Work with Congress and Reform our Immigration System “I think he had an opportunity and he squandered it.  Other American presidents have been disappointed with Congress.  Bill Clinton was disappointed with Congress and what did he do?  He rubbed some dirt on it, he figured it out and said ‘I’m going to negotiate with these people.’  George W. Bush was disappointed with Congress back in 2006, lost the majority, what did he do: he negotiated, came to the center, and found common ground.  President Obama is basically not just stiff-arming Congress, but he’s stiff-arming the American public, that  has made their choice on this very clear.  He himself said in the weeks leading up to the campaign that it was his proposals, his policies on the ballot. If that’s true, and I believe that is true, than they were fundamentally rejected.  And so rather than understanding that, he’s now frankly acting with impunity.  That’s disappointing when that happens in anybody’s life, but it’s particularly consequential with the United States President does that.”  Click here to read the Illinois Congressional Delegation’s response to President Obama’s announcement. ### Read More

Illinois GOP Congressional Delegation Responds to Obama’s Executive Actions


WASHINGTON, DC–Representatives Peter Roskam (R-IL-6), Rodney Davis (R-IL-13), Randy Hultgren (R-IL-14 , John Shimkus (R-IL-15), Adam Kinzinger (R-IL-16), and Aaron Schock (R-IL-18) today released the following statement reacting to President Obama’s announcement that he will be using an executive order to bypass Congress and grant amnesty to millions of undocumented immigrants. “President Obama’s plan to ignore the Constitution and circumvent Congress is a lawless move that will ultimately do much more harm than good. We believe Congress should take the lead on immigration reform, securing our borders, improving the visa system and addressing the many layers of our broken system. This temporary measure will only spark chaos and create major problems both now and in the future. In fact, President Obama himself has said many times that an executive action of this magnitude would be unlawful. By blatantly bypassing Congress to execute this illegal executive order, the president is neglecting the interest of the American people, diminishing our national security, undermining the rule of law, and setting back efforts to permanently and meaningfully fix what's broken in the immigration system.” ### Read More

Roskam Priorities Included in Ways and Means Hospitals Package


Washington, DC—Today, Congressman Peter Roskam hailed the release of the Ways and Means Committee Hospitals Improvements for Payment Act of 2014 discussion draft, which includes two Roskam-led bills. H.R. 4187,The Developing an Innovative Strategy for Antimicrobial Resistant Microorganisms (DISARM) Act seeks to spur the development of new drugs to combat antibiotic resistant infections by modernizing how Medicare views these select drugs and reimbursing their use at cost.  Removing the financial barrier to the use of high-powered antibiotics ensures a functioning market for their use, helping to reinvigorate the pipeline of new drugs in development. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that each year, more than 2 million people suffer these so-called superbug infections and 23,000 die as a result.  “The rapid increase in antibiotic resistance coupled with the lack of drug treatments currently available or in development has us hurtling into a post-antibiotic era,” said Roskam.  “In order to combat antibiotic resistance, which the CDC classified as our nation’s number one public health threat, we must modernize our healthcare system and repair the broken market for these miracle drugs.  DISARM seeks to lure companies back into research and development and ensure the next generation of antibiotics are available to fight the rapidly evolving threat of superbugs before it is too late.”  H.R. 2053, The Medicare Hospital Wage Index Equity Act of 2013 repeals the “Bay State Boondoggle,” a provision in the health care law sponsored by then-Massachusetts Senator John Kerry that requires Medicare reimbursements to come from a national pool of money instead of a set amount for each state.  Under the new payment formula, reimbursement rates for Massachusetts have skyrocketed because of one small Nantucket hospital with high reimbursement rates that set the minimum payment for the entire state.  Last year, Massachusetts received $256 million in payments, while Illinois hospitals lost more than $60 million. “John Kerry’s sweetheart deal in Obamacare is costing states across the country millions of dollars in Medicare payments,” said Roskam.  “Obamacare is littered with special interest carve outs, winners and losers--and quite frankly, disastrous and dangerous policies.  These bad policies, from the Cornhusker Kickback to the Louisiana Purchase, Gator Aid, and the Bay State Boondoggle were included to buy Obamacare votes, and it’s past time we should eliminate them.  The American people deserve better than a healthcare law that was purposefully written to deceive them and bankrupt their hospitals.”  More information about the Bay State Boondoggle repeal and DISARM can be found here, in Sec. 202 and Sec. 205 respectively. ### Read More

Roskam Statement on Selection of Rep. Paul Ryan as Ways & Means Chairman


WASHINGTON, DC–Today, Congressman Peter Roskam (IL-06) released the following statement on Congressman Paul Ryan’s (WI-01) selection as Chairman of the House Ways & Means Committee in the 114th Congress: “I congratulate my friend Paul Ryan on his selection as the new chairman of the Ways & Means Committee. Paul is a talented leader whose ideas for moving our country forward have already sparked a vibrant national debate and proved that the challenges we face are not too big to tackle if we lean into them. The Ways & Means Committee stands at the forefront on issues central to job creation and economic growth, from reforming the broken tax code to strengthening our critical safety-net programs and shielding Americans from the harmful effects of Obamacare. I’m pleased to work with Chairman-select Ryan to advance bold, conservative solutions to get America back on the right track.” A member of the Ways & Means Committee since 2009, Congressman Roskam currently serves on the Health and Trade subcommittees. ### Read More

Roskam, Deutch Introduce Stop SCAMS Act


WASHINGTON, DC– Today, U.S. Representatives Peter Roskam (R-IL) and Ted Deutch (D-FL) introduced the Stop Schemes and Crimes Against Medicare and Seniors Act (Stop SCAMS Act) of 2014. The bipartisan bill seeks to prevent Medicare fraud by requiring the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to verify that a provider enrolling in the program does not have a record of defrauding Medicare in a previous practice.  Additionally, the Stop SCAMS Act would encourage private sector insurance companies to increase communication with each other and with Medicare about potentially fraudulent providers.  “Taking common-sense measures to prevent Medicare fraud on the front-end makes all the sense in the world,” said Congressman Roskam.  “Each year, Medicare and Medicaid lose as much as $60 billion to waste, fraud, and abuse.  In many cases, CMS has both the resources and capability to prevent fraudsters from fleecing the programs that so many of our nation’s seniors rely upon--it is our obligation as lawmakers to force these simple fixes and pressure both the agencies and the private sector to step up to preserve and protect Medicare.”  “In South Florida and across the country, investigators uncover elaborate Medicare fraud schemes every year that cheat taxpayers out of billions of dollars and undermine the integrity of a system that 54 million seniors and disabled Americans rely on for quality care,” said Congressman Deutch. “As historic numbers of Americans approach retirement and enroll in the Medicare system, bolstering our ability to stop fraud before it happens has never been more important. The Stop SCAMS Act will keep providers with a known history of fraud out of the Medicare system for good, and I look forward to working with Congressman Roskam to bring this commonsense, bipartisan bill to the House floor as soon as possible.” The Stop SCAMS Act also enjoys bipartisan support in the U.S. Senate, with Senators Bill Nelson (D-FL) and Susan Collins (R-MA) leading this effort to keep known fraudsters out of the Medicare system. Several organizations have endorsed the legislation, including the National Health Care Anti-Fraud Association, Humana, Blue Cross Blue Shield Association, America’s Health Insurance Plans, the Coalition Against Insurance Fraud, and the National Insurance Crime Bureau. A brief summary of the bill is available below. The Stop SCAMS Act The Stop SCAMS Act of 2014 helps safeguard taxpayer dollars and reduce fraudulent payments by: PARTNERING WITH THE PRIVATE SECTOR TO REDUCE MEDICARE FRAUD The legislation encourages private insurers to share information about potentially fraudulent providers with Medicare and each other to prevent health care fraud through the Healthcare Fraud Prevention Partnership.   REQUIRING INDEPENDENT VERIFICATION OF PROVIDER OWNERSHIP INTERESTS Under Medicare currently, providers who previously had an ownership interest in an organization that defrauded the Medicare program could potentially get back into the program by using a different name and failing to disclose their interest in the previous organization. The bill would require Medicare to verify provider ownership interests using other databases, including information that will be obtained under the Physician Payments Sunshine Act.   TESTING MEDICAL CODES BEFORE IMPLEMENTATION Requires full end-to-end testing of new code sets used by doctors and other health care providers for procedures, diagnoses, and drugs before implementation.  New billing code sets are important because they allow healthcare providers and Medicare to better coordinate patient care across providers, to better capture quality measurements, and to better analyze data for use in the prevention of fraud, waste, and abuse.  Improved procedures for using new billing codes will ensure greater accuracy in reimbursement for medical services and help in the detection of errant claims and billing behavior.   HARNESSING EXISTING RESOURCES TO BETTER TARGET FRAUD PREVENTION EFFORTS Allow the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission to make recommendations regarding fraud prevention, and require the Medicare program to develop a strategy for reliably estimating the effectiveness of the fraud prevention system.   ### Read More

Roskam Condemns Terrorist Attack in Jerusalem


WASHINGTON, DC– Today, Congressman Peter Roskam (IL-06), co-chair of the House Republican Israel Caucus, released the following statement on the terrorist attack in Jerusalem: "I am horrified and outraged by today's senseless terrorist attack that killed four innocent Israelis—including three Israeli-Americans—and grievously injured several others praying at a synagogue in Jerusalem. This is the latest in a string of barbaric acts of violence against Israeli citizens by terrorists who value death over life and hate over peace. As always, Israel reserves the inherent right to respond to these brutal attacks against its people, which no nation on earth should be forced to tolerate. My heart breaks for the victims, their loved ones, and the entire State of Israel on this dark day, and I pray for a time when Israel can truly live in peace and security absent of terror." ### Read More

ASK PETER: Americans Are Not Fooled on Obamacare


WASHINGTON, DC– Congressman Peter Roskam (IL-06) released the latest installment of Ask Peter today, a frequent video conversation with Sixth District residents about issues important to them. In this segment, Congressman Roskam answers an email from Karen Werle in Algonquin who asked about Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber’s comments that passing Obamacare relied on the “stupidity of the American voter” and a “lack of transparency.” Click here or the image below to watch.   “The American people aren’t fooled. They see under Obamacare that millions of people are seeing their premiums rise, millions of people are seeing their coverage cut back, and businesses are not able to offer the same coverage they have before. "That’s why I’ve introduced legislation to have a special inspector general overseeing all aspects of Obamacare to get transparency and oversight, and to make sure the American public is shielded from the harmful effects of this law.” Click here to learn more about SIGMA, Congressman Roskam’s bill to create a Special Inspector General for Monitoring the Affordable Care Act. Ask Peter videos are available at, Facebook, Twitter, and via press release. The videos are sent to constituents via e-mail, Facebook, or Twitter, depending on how they contacted the Roskam office. ### Read More

Roskam: Stop Stonewalling and Start Building


WASHINGTON, DC– Today, Congressman Peter Roskam (IL-06) released the following statement after House passage of H.R. 5682, which approves construction of the Keystone XL pipeline: “For six years President Obama has stalled construction of the Keystone XL pipeline. And even though his own State Department concluded that the pipeline’s environmental impact would be negligible, the president continues to hide behind debunked environmental claims to please his far-left Hollywood base. Building Keystone will help create thousands of good-paying jobs, increase North American energy independence, and help fuel a domestic energy renaissance. The midterm elections were in large part a message from the American people to work together and get things done. Keystone is broadly supported by a wide array of traditionally competing groups, from Republican and Democratic lawmakers to labor unions and business leaders, to our close international allies. I hope the president will listen to the American people, stop stonewalling a good idea with widespread support, and allow pipeline construction to begin without further delay.” ### Read More

Roskam in India Abroad: Modi "A transformational figure for India"


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Peter Roskam is the U.S. Representative for the Sixth District of Illinois. Upon his election, the Chicago Sun-Times and Roll Call newspapers called Roskam a "rising star."

Roskam's priorities in Washington include providing tax relief for hard working families and businesses, reining in federal spending, expanding healthcare access and affordability, and promoting energy independence. The Daily Herald described him as an "avowed fiscal conservative who could lay claim to the anti-tax mantel."

As the people of the Sixth District are heavily impacted by the financial services sector, Roskam sought and received an appointment to the exclusive House Financial Services Committee and sits on the subcommittees for Capital Markets, Insurance, and Government-Sponsored Enterprises; Domestic and International Monetary Policy, Trade and Technology; and Oversight and Investigations. House Republican Leader John Boehner said about Roskam, “as a former Member of the Illinois State House, he has shown an unyielding commitment to the people of Illinois and will continue to do so while serving as a Member of the U.S. House of Representatives and the Financial Services Committee.” Financial Services Committee Ranking Member Spencer Bachus called Roskam “a top-notch legislator who will perform his new duties with integrity, thoughtfulness, and energy.”

In 1993 Roskam was elected to the Illinois House of Representatives where he served six years. In 2000, he was appointed to the Illinois Senate and served in the leadership as the Republican Whip and Floor Leader. He has received numerous awards from businesses, health care and pro-family organizations. He has also earned the praise of environmental and law enforcement groups for his leadership. In 2005, Americans for Tax Reform named him “Hero of the Taxpayer.”

He earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Illinois and his law degree from IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law. He took a hiatus from his legal studies to teach high school history and government in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Following law school, Peter pursued his interest in public policy and moved to our nation's capitol, where he worked for then freshman Congressman Tom DeLay and his predecessor from the Sixth District, Congressman Henry Hyde.

Back in Illinois, Peter served as Executive Director of Educational Assistance Ltd., a nonprofit scholarship program for disadvantaged youngsters. This organization received President Reagan's Volunteer Action Award for outstanding service to the community.

Peter's roots in the district go back to Hill Avenue in Glen Ellyn where he lived as a toddler. Growing up, Peter started a house cleaning service, served as Student Senate President at Glenbard West High School and was a varsity gymnast. At one point, he bicycled across America - from San Diego to Virginia Beach.

During his years on Capitol Hill, Peter met his wife Elizabeth. Congressman and Mrs. Roskam now live in Wheaton where they are raising their four children.

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