Peter Roskam

Peter Roskam

ILLINOIS' 6th DISTRICT

ASK PETER: Building a 21st Century Workforce

2014/07/10

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 Ramona Clucas in Glen Ellyn who wants to know what the House is doing to help spur job creation. You can watch the video here: “I regularly hear from employers in our district who want to hire people in science, technology, engineering, and math. I’m pleased that the Senate has taken up and the House has passed an initiative called the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act. This will be on its way to President Obama’s desk and maybe it’s a foreshadowing of the Senate taking up some of the other 40 bills that are related to jobs that the House has passed. “We’ve got to bridge this gap of skills, and one of the ways we can do this is through legislation, and we can also do it closer to home.  I’m hosting a job fair at Harper College on July 21st.  I hope that you can join us, we expect 100 employers there with good jobs, and we’re trying to make the connection with folks at home. ” To register for Congressman Roskam’s Job Fair, click here.  To learn more about the jobs training reforms passed by the House, click 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 Reaffirms Israel’s Right to Self-Defense against Hamas

2014/07/10

WASHINGTON, DC—Today, Congressman Peter Roskam (IL-06), co-chair of the House Republican Israel Caucus, released the following statement on heavy rocket fire from Hamas into Israel: “Over the past month, the terrorist organization Hamas in the Gaza Strip has ramped up its vicious rocket barrage on the people of Israel. This reckless escalation of violence has forced millions of Israelis to take cover in bomb shelters out of fear for their lives. During these dangerous times, I firmly support Israel’s fundamental right to defend itself against these belligerent assaults on its civilians. We must continue to hold Hamas accountable for its actions and work with our ally Israel to restore peace and stability in the region.” ### Read More

Roskam, Quigley Tout Passage of Job Training Bill

2014/07/09

WASHINGTON, DC— Today, Congressman Peter Roskam (IL-06) and Congressman Mike Quigley (IL-05) praised bipartisan passage of H.R. 803, the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act.  The bill, which passed the Senate in June, consolidates existing workforce development programs to make them more effective, while increasing focus on real-world jobs skills training. This legislation also improves coordination between labor markets and regional economic development areas, and overall transparency and performance accountability standards. “With nearly ten million Americans unable to find full-time jobs and five million more who have given up looking for work altogether, it’s clear that our economy has not gotten better for middle class families still struggling to make ends meet,” said Congressman Roskam. “Reforming our outdated job-training system is essential in narrowing the skills gap between job-seekers and employers who are ready to hire in the growing fields of science, technology, engineering, and math. The bipartisan Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act strengthens and streamlines training programs so workers can take full advantage of the 21st century economy, getting high-quality, full time jobs.  By strengthening our workforce, we can bolster our economy for years to come and ensure American families once again thrive in a land of opportunity.” “Modernizing our workforce training system will provide workers with the skills and resources they need to compete in the 21st century job market,” said Congressman Quigley. “With its public and private sector support, this bipartisan effort to extend the employment opportunity ladder is good for workers, employers and America’s economy.” “We would like to thank Congressmen Roskam and Quigley for their support of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act,” said Sue Clark, director of workNet DuPage Career Center. “The passage of this bipartisan bill will help us more effectively serve job seekers in DuPage by streamlining programs and removing red tape, while maintaining the pieces of WIOA which have proven to be effective.” “We are grateful for the reforms put forward in the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, which will make it easier for our organization to serve job seekers in our community by updating the programs offered and removing time consuming bureaucratic hurdles,” said Julie Courtney, director of the McHenry County Workforce Network.  “We look forward to using the tools offered in this bill, including the flexibility it provides to enact solutions to the workforce issues of the 21st century.” “Our workforce area, which includes Kane, Kendall and DeKalb Counties, faces a diverse set of employment challenges as well as exciting opportunities,” said Kane County Chairman Chris Lauzen. “Our three counties are working together to ensure that the precious Federal dollars we share have the maximum impact possible. Congress’ passage of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act promises to help streamline how we invest those funds in critical training and employment services for our residents. This bill is an important step forward in preparing our local workforce for the future.” ###   Read More

Roskam Remarks on Israeli Teenagers Killed by Hamas

2014/07/01

Dear Friends, I am deeply saddened to join with you today in mourning the tragic loss of three young lives.  Naftali Frankel, Gilad Shaar, and Eyal Yifrach were victims of a senseless crime.  To their families and friends, I send my deepest condolences.  For our two countries, I pray for peace and direction for the United States and Israel. It is especially painful that the events bringing us together today came at the hands of terrorism.  These three young students took no part in any conflict, yet they were targeted as enemy combatants.  As a father, this devastating cruelty weighs heavily on my heart.  My wife Elizabeth and I pray for peace and healing for those suffering from this brutal loss, for the boys’ families, and for this one.  Whether we are gathered in Chicago or Hebron, New York City or Jerusalem, we are all visited by our own mortality today, reminded that we live in a dangerous, deeply imperfect world. We don’t yet know the full picture about the perpetrators of this horrendous crime.   We may never know what business innovation, what medical breakthrough, what acts of public distinction could have been achieved in these promising young lives.  But we can be secure in our knowledge that the U.S. and Israel will continue to support each other, and we can be firm in our resolve to come together to find more compassion, and more patience, and more wisdom as we strive to work through our differences, to forgive our trespassers, and to create a better world that knows a just and lasting and secure peace. At a time when few things are certain, we can indelibly commit ourselves to ensuring that Naftali, Gilad, and Eyal’s lives were not lost in vain.  I am grateful to the Israeli soldiers who worked tirelessly to locate and rescue these boys.  We all hoped for an outcome far different than the one we commemorate today.  I know the Israeli Government will commit every resource to bringing the boys’ attackers to justice.  Let us hope that justice is merely a beginning, and not an end, and that Naftali, Gilad, and Eyal’s memories live on in our actions from this day forward. God bless. Very truly yours, PETER J. ROSKAM Member of Congress       Read More

Roskam Statement on Supreme Court Ruling on Burwell v. Hobby Lobby

2014/06/30

WASHINGTON, DC—Congressman Peter Roskam (R-IL) today released the following statement after the U.S. Supreme Court announced its ruling on the Obamacare HHS mandate: “Today, the Supreme Court upheld one of the core principles our nation was founded upon, religious freedom.  The federal government and the heavy-handed mandates within Obamacare cannot and should not violate the deeply held religious beliefs of these family-owned and operated businesses.  After the government has granted exemptions from this very mandate for 100 million employees for commercial and political reasons, it is only appropriate that they should do so for those with objections based on their faith. I am hopeful this ruling will help protect the rights of Tyndale House Publishers in Carol Stream, Wheaton College in Wheaton, and others organizations I represent as they practice the free exercise of their religious beliefs.”   ### Read More

IRS Adopts Roskam’s Taxpayer Bill of Rights

2014/06/10

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Peter Roskam (R-IL) released the following statement on the IRS announcement adopting the Taxpayer Bill of Rights he authored, which was passed unanimously by the House as H.R. 2768 last year: “I am pleased to see the IRS is finally taking action to recognize these ten fundamental rights the American people have as they work and pay taxes. The IRS targeting scandal has shown us the ugly reality of a government agency abusing its power at the expense of the people it exists to serve. This is a common sense step to rein in IRS abuses and ensure the public receives fair treatment from their government. I appreciate the IRS implementing this legislation, including posting the Taxpayer Bill of Rights for the public and IRS employees to see at agency facilities across the nation. There’s no reason to delay the Senate quickly passing this legislation to cement these reforms as the law of the land. I intend to keep a watchful eye to ensure the IRS is fully abiding by these fundamental rights.” Background: The Taxpayer Bill of Rights guarantees taxpayers the right to be informed, to be assisted, to be heard, to privacy, to confidentiality, to representation, to a fair and just tax system, to appeal, to certainty, and the right to pay no more than the correct amount of tax.  The House of Representatives has also passed three additional Roskam taxpayer protection bills, including: Protecting Taxpayers from Intrusive IRS Requests Act, H.R. 2531 – Prohibits the IRS from inappropriate and unnecessary inquiries about taxpayers personal religious, political, or social beliefs Passed unanimously 2/25/14 Taxpayer Transparency and Efficient Audit Act, H.R. 2530 – Requires the IRS to notify taxpayers when their information is shared, requires the IRS to substantively respond to taxpayer communications within 30 days, and directs the IRS to work to complete taxpayer audits within one year Passed unanimously 2/25/14 Stop Playing on Citizens’ Cash Act, H.R. 2769 – Prohibits the IRS from spending millions of taxpayer dollars on lavish conferences and participant gift bags, and prevents the IRS from holding employee conferences until recommendations from the agency’s Inspector General have been implemented Passed unanimously 7/31/13                       ### Read More

Roskam Votes to Grant Veterans Immediate Access to Care

2014/06/10

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Peter Roskam (R-IL) released the following statement after House passage of H.R. 4810, the Veterans Access to Care Act:  “News this week that 57,000 veterans across the nation waited months and months for their first healthcare appointment is both shocking and shameful. Even worse, an additional 64,000 veterans requested medical care but never made it onto the waiting list. Today, the House continued to take action to increase VA accountability and get our veterans the care they need without delay. This bill will provide veterans who have waited longer than routine wait times immediate access to private-sector healthcare institutions. This is the latest in a series of VA reforms passed by the House, including a measure to allow VA leaders to fire managers who are not fulfilling their responsibilities, and legislation to ensure critical reforms recommended by the VA Inspector General are swiftly implemented to fix these problems. There must be clear and immediate consequences for those who break faith with our veterans. It should not be easier for bad employees to get a bonus rather than get fired. We remain committed to fixing these systemic problems, and these are important steps to help the Administration make the VA work for our nation’s veterans and their families.” To read Roskam’s Op-ed on the VA Scandal that appeared in My Suburban Life, click here. ### Read More

Work needed to fix VA hospital system

2014/06/04

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ICYMI: CDC Director Lauds Roskam-Davis Bill to Combat Superbugs

2014/06/04

Today’s Chicago Sun-Times features an op-ed by Dr. Thomas R. Frieden, Director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), highlighting the DISARM Act, legislation authored by Congressman Peter Roskam (R-IL) and Congressman Danny Davis (D-IL), that seeks to spur the development of new drugs to treat antibiotic-resistant infections, or “superbugs.”  [[{"fid":"456","view_mode":"full","fields":{"format":"full","field_file_image_alt_text[und][0][value]":"","field_file_image_title_text[und][0][value]":"Sun Times"},"type":"media","attributes":{"title":"Sun Times","class":"media-element file-full"}}]] Save our miracle drugs By Dr. Thomas R. Frieden, Director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention The Chicago Sun-Times recently reported on proposed federal legislation to develop and innovative strategy for combating antibiotic resistance. The bill was introduced by two Chicago-area representatives, Peter Roskam and Danny Davis. We thank them for their leadership in an area of vital importance to our nation’s health security. Combating antibiotic resistance — bacteria outsmarting the drugs designed to kill them — is critical now, as these microbes could return us to the time when there were no antibiotics and simple infections were fatal. Drug-resistant infections don’t only make simple infections such as pneumonia and urinary-tract infections more dangerous. Resistant organisms also threaten to undermine everything from cancer treatment to complex surgeries to organ transplants to treatment of arthritis and more. These are all treatments that are commonly complicated by infections — infections now at risk of becoming untreatable. It’s a big problem, and one that’s getting worse. But it’s not too late. In a 2013 landmark report, the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention laid out four core actions that the country must take to turn the tide. These steps include preventing infections and the spread of resistant bacteria, better tracking, improving prescribing and use of antibiotics, and developing new drugs and tests. It’s going to take all four strategies to win the battle. President’s Obama’s budget proposal for 2015 requests $30 million for CDC’s Detect and Protect Against Antibiotic Resistance Initiative. This Initiative further supports drug development and tracking and, if funded, will also boost efforts to improve prescribing, more quickly resolve outbreaks, and prevent infections and spread of deadly bacteria. CDC’s Antibiotic Resistance Initiative’s centerpiece is a new, five-region laboratory network. These labs will speed up our ability to detect the most dangerous resistance threats and support a Resistance Bacteria Bank that will make drug-resistant samples available to diagnostic, pharmaceutical, and biotech organizations trying to develop new drugs and tests. A new public portal will track national trends and variations in antibiotic prescribing and resistance. In addition to the Antibiotic Resistance Initiative, the president’s budget includes a $14 million increase to quickly expand the CDC’s National Healthcare Safety Network and boost health care facilities’ uptake of antibiotic prescribing and resistance tracking. One of the most serious antibiotic resistance threats is carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae or CRE. These nightmare bacteria are becoming more common and are now resistant to most, and in some cases all, available antibiotics. Illinois is at the forefront of CRE prevention efforts. In 2013, Illinois and CDC experts worked together to identify and stop an outbreak of CRE on hospital endoscopes. Since then, Illinois has become a national leader in CRE control. Illinois health care facilities are now required to report all cases of CRE. This allows problems to be identified quickly so measures can be taken to stop the bacteria from spreading. Innovative research funded by the CDC at Rush University Medical Center and Stroger Hospital is helping prevent the spread of CRE, MRSA and many other resistant microbes. With the investment proposed in the president’s budget, CDC will capitalize on this research and other state-of-the-art science to outsmart the bacteria that are defeating our miracle drugs. Urgent action is needed by everyone who manufactures, prescribes, or uses antibiotics. We must change the way we look at these drugs — they are a precious resource that must be protected. Consider this investment as a down payment for our country to start tackling one of the biggest health threats of our time. Modern medicine is at stake. Dr. Thomas R. Frieden is the director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and administrator of the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry. http://www.suntimes.com/news/otherviews/27849172-452/save-our-miracle-drugs.html#.U48oNPldWvN Read More

Roskam Statement on Resignation of VA Secretary Eric Shinseki

2014/05/30

WASHINGTON, DC—Today, Congressman Peter Roskam (R-IL) released the following statement on the resignation of Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki: "On Friday, VA Secretary Eric Shinseki resigned following multiple reports that document "systemic" delayed medical care and wait list fraud at veteran healthcare facilities nationwide. Secretary Shinseki was right to step down, but it is clear the problem goes well beyond one person. Fixing this problem requires new management throughout the VA, and a culture of transparency and accountability across the whole system. Sweeping changes are needed to eliminate institutional corruption and make the VA work again, and House Republicans are committed to making this right for our veterans and their families. That's why the House passed the VA Management Accountability Act, which gives VA leaders every possible tool to improve management and hold their team responsible for delivering high quality care. We already know thousands of veterans and their families have been hurt by delays in treatment and substandard care, and that number will likely grow even larger as more people come forward to share their stories. House Republicans are encouraging veterans impacted by VA mismangement to speak out at gop.gov/yourstory so we can more fully understand the scope of this problem and fix it." ### 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.

Serving With

Rodney L. Davis

ILLINOIS' 13th DISTRICT

Randy Hultgren

ILLINOIS' 14th DISTRICT

John Shimkus

ILLINOIS' 15th DISTRICT

Adam Kinzinger

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Aaron Schock

ILLINOIS' 18th DISTRICT

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