Peter Roskam

Peter Roskam

ILLINOIS' 6th DISTRICT

ICYMI: Roskam Touts PRIME Act, Legislation to Combat Medicare Fraud with Greta Van Susteren

2014/04/22

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Last night, Congressman Peter Roskam (IL-06) was on FOX News’ On the Record with Greta Van Susteren to talk about Illinois’ Medicaid program that paid out $12 million in claims to dead people, and the national problem of Medicare fraud, waste and abuse. Roskam’s PRIME Act would increase data sharing between Medicare and Medicaid and use modern technology to combat this massive waste of taxpayer dollars. To watch the video, click here or the image below. [[{"fid":"436","view_mode":"full","fields":{"format":"full","field_file_image_alt_text[und][0][value]":"","field_file_image_title_text[und][0][value]":""},"type":"media","attributes":{"style":"height: 273px; width: 500px;","class":"media-element file-full"}}]] Serious Communication Problem Between Federally-Run Medicare and State-Run Medicaid “This happens because the systems are so big and so …inefficient that they are not talking with one another. So right now you have got Medicaid, what is literally paying out benefits to people who have passed away, which is an outrageous scandal. …But it raises a larger problem, and that is, you’ve got states that are finding out information about people that shouldn't get benefits and they are not communicating that in any substantive way to these federal programs like Medicare. So you can have a state that discerns somebody shouldn't be able to get a particular benefit, but that information by and large isn't being shared back with the federal government.” PRIME Improves Data Sharing Between Programs “[The PRIME Act] requires the Department of Health and Human Services to say look, ‘you’ve got to do this better. You’ve got to get it so the federal government and the state government are talking to one another.’ Right now only 10 states who find out they have got fraudsters in their system report that information back to the federal government. And this is a massive problem. And it's been understated. Ten percent of Medicare – or about $50+ billion a year – is either paid out in false claims, fraudulent claims, or duplicative claims. But however you characterize it, it is a complete waste of money. And we have got the technology to deal with it right now.” PRIME Brings Outdated Medicare Fraud System into 21st Century “It's part of a larger discussion to try to move forward and move these massive systems. So if you listen to the federal agencies, they’ll wring their hands and say, ‘hey, we are doing our best and doing everything we can.’ But the bottom line is – they're not. This systems are in place. They're very, very old models. They’re literally wasting billions of dollars. And, in a nutshell, we can do better and we’ve got to do better.” ### Read More

Roskam Visits Naperville Area Humane Society, Talks Animal Rights

2014/04/21

NAPERVILLE, IL – Today, Congressman Peter Roskam (IL-06) visited the Naperville Area Humane Society (NAHS) to meet with local volunteers and national representatives from the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) and the Humane Society of the United States (NSUS), for a tour of the Naperville facility and to discuss legislation to ensure the humane treatment of animals. [[{"fid":"435","view_mode":"full","fields":{"format":"full","field_file_image_alt_text[und][0][value]":"","field_file_image_title_text[und][0][value]":""},"type":"media","attributes":{"style":"height: 330px; width: 500px;","class":"media-element file-full"}}]] (From left to right: Anne Sterling, Midwest Regional Director, HSUS; Sandra Faeh, Veterinarian, Wheaton Animal Hospital; Congressman Peter Roskam; Angie Wood, Executive Director, NAHS; Andrew Binovi Federal Legislative Manager, ASPCA) “It was great to spend time with the folks who work tirelessly to combat animal abuse and promote the well-being of animals both here at home and across the country,” said Roskam. “For 35 years, the Naperville Area Humane Society has rescued and rehabilitated over 20,000 animals and place them in good, loving homes. I’m proud to work with organizations like the ASPCA, the Humane Society, and our own Naperville Area Humane Society to advance initiatives to protect animals so they can live happy and healthy lives.” Congressman Roskam has a strong record of promoting animal rights in Congress and is a cosponsor of: H.R. 366: Animal Fighting Spectator Prohibition Act – This enacted legislation made it a crime to knowingly attend or bring a minor to an animal fighting event. Roskam was an original cosponsor of this bill, which was enacted into law as a part of the 2014 Farm Bill. H.R. 1528: Veterinary Medicine Mobility Act – This legislation prevents licensed veterinarians from being arrested while transporting medicine as part of their veterinary practice. H.R. 847: Puppy Uniform Protection and Safety (PUPS) Act – This bill makes every large scale dog breeder subject to federal inspections and humane treatment requirements. H.R. 1518: Prevent All Soring Tactics (PAST) Act – This bill prohibits a person from engaging in the inhumane practice of horse soring. ### Read More

Roskam: Administration's Latest Keystone Delay Shameful

2014/04/18

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Chief Deputy Whip Peter Roskam (R-IL) released the following statement in response to the Obama Administration announcing that it is delaying the final decision on approval of the Keystone XL pipeline again: “The Obama Administration's playbook on Keystone is now all too transparent and predictable: hiding behind red tape and bureaucracy, they choose to announce yet another absurd delay via Friday news dump in advance of a holiday weekend, all because the president refuses to stand up to the extreme environmental wing of his party. "President Obama has been saying a lot lately that he's finally ready to make jobs and the economy his main focus but amazingly refuses to sign off on Keystone, one of the largest and fastest ways to put thousands of Americans back to work. It's shameful." ### Read More

Roskam to Host Human Trafficking Forum

2014/04/18

WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Thursday, April 24th from 10 AM-12 PM CT, Congressman Peter Roskam (IL-06) will host a Human Trafficking Forum at Benedictine University in Lisle, IL.  The event will raise awareness of the threat human trafficking poses to our communities, and bring local leaders together to discuss solutions. The speakers include: John Blakey – Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office Pilar Dunning – Salvation Army’s STOP-IT Initiative Lynne Johnson – Chicago Alliance Against Sexual Exploitation (CAASE) “It is a sad truth that the Chicagoland area is no stranger to human trafficking--our position as a major convention city and transportation crossroads has contributed to making our region a ‘hub’ for the commercial sex trade,” said Roskam.  “By bringing together community leaders, we can shine a light on this scourge in our community, work to give law enforcement the tools they need to bring criminals to justice and protect vulnerable individuals from the dangers of human trafficking.” Congressman Roskam has been on the forefront of combating human trafficking in Congress, cosponsoring legislation that would: require states to take steps to identify, prevent, and address sex trafficking of youth in foster care; mandate that the Attorney General develop a National Strategy to Combat Human Trafficking; reinforce treating children as victims, not criminals; and reform US foreign assistance programs to ensure they are incorporating anti-trafficking efforts. Recently, Congressman Roskam was selected to be part of the Human Trafficking Task Force led by Majority Leader Eric Cantor. The task force is made up of House Members to identify substantive legislation that will combat domestic and international trafficking to bring to the House Floor and to raise awareness among other Members of Congress of these heinous crimes.  WHO: John Blakey – Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office       Pilar Dunning – Salvation Army’s STOP-IT Initiative             Lynne Johnson – Chicago Alliance Against Sexual Exploitation (CAASE) WHAT: Human Trafficking Forum hosted by Congressman Peter Roskam WHERE: Benedictine University                  5700 College Rd                  Lisle, IL 6053 WHEN: 10 AM – 12 PM CT, Thursday, April 24 CONTACT: Please RSVP to Meagan Holder, Meagan.Holder@mail.house.gov. ### Read More

ASK PETER: Fighting Against Superbugs

2014/04/17

WASHINGTON, D.C. – 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 a Facebook post from Rick Nelson who stresses the importance of preventing antibiotic resistance infections, or superbugs. Each year, two million people suffer superbug infections and 23,000 have died as a result. To watch the Ask Peter video, click here or the image below. [[{"fid":"433","view_mode":"full","fields":{"format":"full","field_file_image_alt_text[und][0][value]":"","field_file_image_title_text[und][0][value]":""},"type":"media","attributes":{"height":"210","width":"337","class":"media-element file-full"}}]] “I introduced the DISARM Act and it does two things. It creates an incentive for companies to manufacture these drugs that we need and secondly it calls for an agency-wide review to cut the red tape so we can get to production as quickly as possible. Look, we don’t want to have a situation where a doctor looks at you and says, ‘I can’t help your loved one because I don’t have the drugs to administer to that person right now.’ This is an opportunity for us to take this on, to move forward, to work together and come up with a solution.” Learn more about the DISARM Act here. Ask Peter videos are available at roskam.house.gov, 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 Statement on HHS Secretary Sebelius’s Resignation

2014/04/11

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Peter Roskam (R-IL) released the following statement regarding Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius’s resignation: “What we're seeing today is merely a ceremonial changing of the guard, and not the ushering in of a new era of Obamacare transparency or accountability.  With the president's legacy so tied to the success of the healthcare law, the win-at-all-costs mindset will continue no matter who is at the helm of HHS.  The American people, who feel like they have been repeatedly lied to about how this law will affect them--most notably with the 'if you like your plan, you can keep it,' pledge--will continue to feel the strain of the Obamacare's enormous out of pocket costs, limited choices and downward pressure on the overall economy.  The departure of Secretary Sebelius does not answer the many questions that remain about the disastrous rollout or the law's true impacts on cost and care, or what's next for patients and doctors.  “For middle class Americans, the only change that would be meaningful to them is an admission that Washington bureaucrats  should not be in charge of individuals' personal healthcare decisions, followed by the replacement of Obamacare with reforms that are patient-centered, affordable and increase the quality of care for all Americans.” ### Read More

Roskam Hails Passage of Bill to Prohibit Terrorists from Entering U.S.

2014/04/10

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Peter Roskam (IL-06) released the following statement upon the House of Representatives’ unanimous House passage of S. 2195, which prevents terrorists from entering the United States as United Nations ambassadors. Last month, Iran nominated Hamid Aboutalebi as its new ambassador to the U.N., which is headquartered in New York City. Aboutalebi was a member of the group that stormed the US Embassy in Tehran in 1979 and held 54 Americans hostage for 444 days. “This appointment is a slap in the face to the United States and our allies, and yet comes as no surprise from the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism” said Congressman Roskam. “Accepting Mr. Aboutalebi’s nomination to this post would be a tacit endorsement of his past terrorist activity, which should disqualify him from entering the United States and the privileges of diplomatic immunity granted to foreign dignitaries. I’m pleased with the strong showing of bipartisan support for this legislation, which I urge the President to sign without delay.” Congressman Roskam is a cosponsor of the House companion bill (H.R. 4357). The legislation, which passed unanimously in the Senate earlier this week, will now head to the President’s desk for final approval.   ### Read More

Roskam: Act Now for Financial Stability, Economic Growth

2014/04/10

WASHINGTON, D.C. – In advance of passage, Chief Deputy Whip Peter Roskam (R-IL) spoke in support of the House Republican Budget proposal, calling on Congress to solve to our long-term fiscal challenges now, before an even greater wave of debt, higher taxes and stagnant economic growth limits opportunity and choices for all Americans.    To watch the video, click here or the image below.  “We can go one of two pathways. One pathway we know – one pathway of more taxes, more spending, more avoidance and not dealing with the underlying spending programs. This is not theoretical Mr. Speaker. The state of Illinois has tried that and it is a mess. And it’s a mess that becomes worse. The longer the state waits, the orse the options are. “So what [Chairman Paul Ryan] is saying is, ‘Let’s not get to that point.’ We’ve got options. We’ve got time. We’ve got choices. We’ve got remedies. But we need to act now.” Learn more about the House GOP budget here. ### Read More

Roskam on Fox: Ways & Means to Push for Criminal Case Against IRS Official Lois Lerner

2014/04/08

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today on Fox News’ “America’s News Headquarters,” Chief Deputy Whip Peter Roskam (R-IL) previewed tomorrow’s House Ways and Means Committee action to refer Lois Lerner to the Department of Justice for criminal charges for her role in the targeting of conservative groups. To watch the video, click here or the image below.  Ways & Means Committee to Charge Lois Lerner with Three Crimes “Number one: Lois Lerner, we believe there’s evidence that she violated the constitutional rights of people that were inquiring of the IRS for tax status. Number two: that she impeded an investigation. And number three: that she released confidential information that she had no authority to release. Those are all very serious charges and we’re making a referral to the Department of Justice.” Action Highlights Nature of Unlawful IRS Targeting, Puts Administration on Notice “I think it’s very important for the House of Representatives to act. To have the President of the United States, for example, say, ‘there’s no indication whatsoever, not even a smidgen of wrongdoing’ is just plain wrong. There’s overwhelming evidence that something wrong happened. But it’s important for the House to act and to put the Department of Justice on notice of the nature of this inquiry.” Lerner Misled Investigators, Created “Pattern of Deception” “It creates a pattern of deception. …[Lerner] is basically making the argument that everybody was under this level of scrutiny. When you look at the totality of the evidence, clearly, everybody was not under the same level of scrutiny and that there was an agenda to it. That’s where she’s misleading specifically. And the most serious charge in my view is the notion of her possibly violating the constitutional rights of another citizen and using the full weight of the federal government and the authority that she was entrusted with in the Internal Revenue Service to manipulate, basically, the public debate and keep people out of the public square that she frankly didn’t want to hear from.” Oversight & Government Reform Committee to Take Up Contempt Charge This Week “Remember, Lois Lerner has had opportunities to tell her story and she fell into this situation where she seemingly waived her constitutional right [against] self-incrimination. She made statements that asserted her view, several statements of facts. So clearly she’s waived her right and now she’s refusing to answer after she has waived her right. So the contempt charge moves forward.” ### Read More

Roskam Lauds Passage of the Pro-Growth Budgeting Act

2014/04/04

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Peter Roskam (IL-06) released the following statement after passage of H.R. 1874, the Pro-Growth Budgeting Act of 2013, which will require the Congressional Budget Office to provide a macroeconomic-impact analysis for all major legislation in addition to traditional CBO scoring. “The Pro-Growth Budgeting Act is an effort to provide more information to both legislators and our constituents about the real-world impacts of the bills we pass here in Congress.  By requiring the Congressional Budget Office to include a dynamic score in their analysis, we can get a fuller picture of the economic impacts of Washington policies.  Armed with more information, from the effect on GDP, job growth and tax revenue, Congress can make more thoughtful, informed decisions and the American people will be able to assess how legislation will impact them and their families.  I commend the Budget Committee for their work to modernize the federal budgeting process and give Americans a clearer view of how the process works.” ### Read More

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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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