Peter Roskam

Peter Roskam

ILLINOIS' 6th DISTRICT

Reps. Roskam, Nadler Introduce Resolution Condemning Growing Anti-Semitism Abroad

2014/07/31

WASHINGTON, DC– Today, Congressman Peter Roskam (R-IL) and Congressman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) introduced a Congressional resolution condemning the growing anti-Semitism abroad. “With clear evidence of increasing incidents and expressions of anti-Semitism throughout the world, it is important that we speak out against this hatred. The United States must continue to play an essential role in shining a spotlight on the ugly resurgence of anti-Semitism, as well as all forms of religious discrimination,” said Congressman Roskam. “We must unequivocally condemn all forms of anti-Semitism and reject attempts to justify anti-Semitic hatred or violent attacks as an acceptable expression of frustration with political events in the Middle East or anywhere else,” said Congressman Nadler. “Already in 2014 alone, in Jewish communities across the world, we have seen increased incidents of murder at Jewish sites, violent attacks and death threats against Jews, as well as gun violence, arson, graffiti, and other property desecration at Jewish places of worship. We must condemn these acts in the strongest possible terms and do all that we can to prevent the spread of anti-Semitism.” “I commend Representatives Nadler and Roskam and their colleagues in the House for amplifying a call we hope the world will hear: that Jews should be able to live securely and with dignity, regardless of what happens in the Middle East. Parliamentarians around the world should follow their important lead and demonstrate the will to ensure anti-Semitism has no place in their country and that Jews have the right to live free of harassment and the fear of violence solely because they are Jewish,” said Abraham H. Foxman, National Director of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL). ### Read More

Roskam Urges Obama Administration to End Partnership with Chief Hamas Sponsor Qatar

2014/07/31

WASHINGTON, DC– Today, Congressman Peter Roskam (IL-06) urged the Obama administration to hold Qatar accountable for its continued support of the terrorist organization Hamas. In a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry and Treasury Secretary Jack Lew, Congressman Roskam expressed concern with the Administration’s partnership with Qatar despite their ongoing financial and political backing of Hamas. “It’s an indisputable fact that Qatar has become the chief sponsor of Hamas—an internationally recognized terrorist organization committed to the destruction of Israel. With Qatar’s financial backing, Hamas continues to indiscriminately launch thousands of rockets at our ally Israel.  The Obama administration  must explain its working partnership with a country that so brazenly funds terrorism right before our eyes, even going so far as turning to Qatar to help broker a ceasefire between Hamas and Israel. The United States must stop fooling itself: Qatar’s actions disqualify it as a suitable ally and global partner in our quest to restore relative peace and stability in the Middle East.” Last year, Congressman Roskam led a bipartisan letter to Qatari Ambassador Mahamed Bin Abdulla Al-Rumaihi expressing concerns over Qatar’s apparent expanding economic and diplomatic ties with Hamas. Click here to read the full letter. Read More

Roskam Votes to Restore VA Accountability and Provide Veterans Emergency Access to Care

2014/07/30

WASHINGTON, DC– Today, Congressman Peter Roskam (IL-06) released the following statement after House passage of H.R. 3230, the Veterans Access, Choice and Accountability Act of 2014:   “Ever since the Department of Veterans Affairs scandal broke in late April, the reports of systemic abuse and mismanagement have only gotten worse. Today, the House acted on bipartisan legislation to begin the process of reforming the VA and restoring accountability throughout the entire system. This measure will make it easier for VA leaders to fire employees for misconduct and ensure veterans are able to receive emergency access to private sector care if they experience long wait times at a VA hospital, or if they live more than 40 miles from a VA facility. We must continue to work together to ensure that the brave men and women who serve in our armed forces receive the best care and support available, and I look forward to President Obama signing this important bill into law as soon as possible.”   ### Read More

Reinvigorating The Antibiotics Pipeline

2014/07/30

[[{"fid":"464","view_mode":"full","fields":{"format":"full","field_file_image_alt_text[und][0][value]":"","field_file_image_title_text[und][0][value]":"Forbes"},"type":"media","attributes":{"title":"Forbes","style":"height: 150px; width: 300px;","class":"media-element file-full"}}]] Reinvigorating the Antibiotics Pipeline By Rep. Peter Roskam Later this month, the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology–commonly known as PCAST–will issue a highly anticipated report on antibiotic resistance, bringing much-needed attention to a growing public health threat that is fast becoming a global crisis. Each year, the Centers for Disease Control estimates more than 2 million Americans are diagnosed with an infection resistant to virtually all available treatments and 23,000 die as a result. These drug-resistant bacteria, or superbugs, used to be rare even in hospital settings, but the last ten years have seen hard to treat infections like MRSA spreading into communities and other extremely serious infections like CRE developing resistance to all possible treatments. In April, the World Health Organization issued its first global report on antibiotic resistance and found increasingly resistant infections present in every corner of the globe. And for their most recent threat report last fall, the CDC listed superbugs as the number one public health threat facing the United States today. What do these dire warnings mean in the real world? 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 where a simple infection can once again prove deadly and major surgeries we take for granted today become too high-risk because of the threat of untreatable bacterial infections. Twenty years ago, almost 20 pharmaceutical companies had large, active antibiotic research and development programs; today only three large and a handful of smaller companies continue in these efforts to find new and effective treatments. One study suggests only a handful of new drugs are in development to treat multi-drug resistant infections–not nearly enough to keep pace with this rapidly evolving threat. Recently, I joined with fellow Chicago-area Congressman Danny Davis to introduce the bipartisan DISARM Act, which will spur drug development by updating how our healthcare system views antibiotics. Currently, the federal healthcare program Medicare reimburses hospitals for the use of only one class of antibiotics: the inexpensive, everyday drugs like amoxicillin, penicillin, and azithromycin that cost as little as ten dollars for a course of treatment. However, highly advanced, powerful antibiotics can cost millions to develop and hundreds of dollars to prescribe in the hospital. The financial loss to hospitals–being paid only a fraction of the cost of the drug–means doctors are less likely to use the high-powered antibiotic, and without market demand, companies are reluctant to invest in developing antibiotics that may never reach a patient in need. The short-term, or episodic nature of antibiotics is also partly to blame. While a medication for obesity or high blood pressure may be taken every day for life, antibiotics are meant to be used for only a few days or weeks at a time, with reduces demand. Infectious disease specialists, hospitals and researchers all point to the broken antibiotics market as the central impediment to new drug investment. DISARM breaks this cycle by adding a new classification for the high-powered antibiotics that treat superbugs. By modernizing how Medicare views these select drugs and reimbursing their use at cost, we can ensure a functioning market for their use and help to reinvigorate the pipeline of new drugs in development. Dr. Emily Landon, the Medical Director of Infection Control and Antimicrobial Stewardship at the University of Chicago described the DISARM Act as the striking the right balance: “Instead of providing an incentive to hospitals to using new and unnecessarily broad drugs, it removes the disincentive from creating them; it removes the obstacles for drug development to happen so that we have these drugs available when we need them, but it doesn’t encourage hospitals and doctors to use them when they aren’t necessarily needed.” The DISARM Act specifically works to address all four critical recommendations from the CDC’s fall threat report, requiring a multiagency effort to recommend ways the government can streamline processes and cut bureaucratic red tape to better fight antibiotic resistance. It directs hospitals to report drug-resistant bacterial infections and their treatment to the CDC through the National Healthcare Safety Network, the nation’s most widely used healthcare-associated infection tracking system to better monitor and treat superbugs throughout the United States. The rapid growth of drug-resistant bacteria threatens millions of Americans and could push modern medicine back in time. Combating the threat requires urgent action to modernize our healthcare system and spur the development of critical drugs to fight deadly bacteria. We need to get researchers and scientists back in the business of developing advanced antibiotics, which takes a very long time to produce results. If we don’t start tackling this challenge soon, it will be too late. Congressman Peter Roskam represents the Sixth District of Illinois and serves on the Ways and Means Committee. Read More

Roskam Speaks in Solidarity with Persecuted Christians in the Middle East

2014/07/25

WASHINGTON, DC—Today, Congressman Peter Roskam (IL-06) spoke on the House floor in solidarity with the thousands of Christians being persecuted throughout the Middle East. “Radical Islamists have a phrase: ‘First the Saturday people, then the Sunday people.’ Those who call for Israel’s destruction are the same radicals who are persecuting Christians throughout the Middle East.” “Reported cases of Christians killed for their faith doubled worldwide [in 2013] from the previous year. Others have been kidnapped, forcibly converted, or exiled, while churches and holy sites have been destroyed.” “Iraq’s Christian community has dropped from 1.5 million people in 2003 to only 200,000 today. And in Mosul—home to one of the world’s oldest Christian communities—ISIS militants have overrun the city and they’re using this Arabic symbol, painting it on homes to identify Nazarenes, or Christians. They’re told to convert to Islam, pay a religious tax, or be executed. And now, almost no Christians remain in Mosul—a city with a 2,000-year relationship with the Christian faith. And the situation is dire in Syria and elsewhere.” “Middle East Christians need our prayers, our support, and our voices, and I’m proud to stand with those who follow the Nazarene.” Read More

ABC 7 Features Roskam Tour of Kerr-McGee Facility

2014/07/22

ABC 7 Features Roskam Tour of Kerr-McGee Facility WEST CHICAGO—Today, Congressman Peter Roskam (IL-06) joined community leaders for a tour of the Kerr-McGee facility site in West Chicago, which closed in 1973 after processing radioactive thorium for the federal government.  Roskam recently led a coalition to secure House passage of $20 million in federal funding for the environmental cleanup of similar sites nationwide that participated in atomic energy programs dating back to World War II.   ABC 7 News was in West Chicago covering the story, which you can read here: [[{"fid":"463","view_mode":"full","fields":{"format":"full","field_file_image_alt_text[und][0][value]":"","field_file_image_title_text[und][0][value]":"ABC7"},"type":"media","attributes":{"title":"ABC7","style":"height: 150px; width: 200px;","class":"media-element file-full"}}]] WEST CHICAGO, Ill. (WLS) -- Cleaning up contaminated soil in West Chicago was a project that started decades ago at the site of the former Kerr-McGee factory, but the job is still not done. One congressman is trying to secure millions to help finish the project. Eyewitness News has reported on the DuPage County toxic waste site since the 1980s. Those cleaning it up worry the game is about to stop with their crews on the one-yard line.  "A lot of good things have happened but we need to finish the job," said Dan Cronin, DuPage County chairman.  The radioactive thorium is about 95% removed from what used to be a gas lighting plant, once owned by the now-defunct Kerr McGee company. But these nearby train cars could be among the last to leave here because there's not enough money to remove more contaminated soil.  "We stop. (You stop?) We stop. (You just leave it here?) If you don't have funding you leave it here," said Deepak Bhojwani, engineer.  The cleanup that began in the 1980s has already cost $1.2 billion. The Department of Energy has not budgeted its final $30 million share of remaining expenses: "We need the money that the DOE owes us, that we submitted for, to finish this thing," said Kurt Stimpson, Weston Solutions.  "Please. Thirty million bucks and it'll do a whole host of good things for people in this area," said Cronin.  So far, over 200,000 tons of soil have been removed from the factory site, leaving only a small contaminated corner. But the land cannot be used again until all the work is done. West suburban congressman Peter Roskam is leading the effort in Washington to convince politicians and bureaucrats there to awaken West Chicago from a three-decades-long environmental nightmare.  "They've got a legal obligation to do it and they just have basically said, this is my interpretation, we'll get to it at some point. Well, that is no longer good enough. Let's get to it now and let's get this done promptly," said Rep. Peter Roskam, R-Wheaton.  West Chicago wants to transform the 111-acre site into a park and recreation area. About 15,000 people live within a three-mile radius, and about $500 million was spent years ago to address contamination in nearby neighborhoods. ### Read More

Roskam to Host Sixth District Job Fair

2014/07/21

DATE: Monday, July 21, 2014 LOCATION: Harper College’s Wojcik Conference Center 1200 West Algonquin Road, Palatine, IL 60067 TIME: 9am to 12pm CONTACT: 630-232-0006 EMPLOYERS: See a full list of attending employers below. * indicates information that you need to provide. Your Information Prefix: First Name: MI: Last Name: Suffix: Street Address: Street Address Continued: City: State: Zip Code: +4 Extension: Email: Additional Information   I would like to subscribe to Representative Roskam's newsletter Would your business like to participate? Contact RoskamJobFair@mail.house.gov for more information.   EMPLOYERS: Abbot Laboratories AbilityLinks.org Accouting Principals  ACK-TEMP Mechanical Service, Inc. Advoate Health Care Aeropostale AFLAC - Greenen & Associates LTD Ajilon Professional Staffing  All Star Installations Altegra Health American Mattress AmericInn Hotel and Suites Amtec Molded Porducts, Inc. Amtec Precision Products, Inc. Andre Sherman State Farm Agency Apex3 Security & Premier Security Argonne National Laboratories Arlington Plating Company Bank Financial Binny's Beverage Depot Bourntec Solutions Inc. BrightStar Care of Central Dupage  Brunswick Zone XL Buffalo Wild Wings Cary Police Department Chemring Energetic Devices Chicago White Metal Casting Inc. Clearbrook Coca-Cola Refreshments Coke Serivce Inc. College of DuPage Comcast Comfort Keepers Covidien Coworx Staffing Services Denny's Double Tree by Hilton Dr. David Allen DDS DU-COMM Elgin Community College Ethan Allen Eurofresh Market Farmers Insurance  Fifth Third Bank First Student FLOCON, Inc. Foglia YMCA FYH Bearing Units USA, Inc. G2 Builders Harper Community College Hearthside Food Solutions IL Center for Broadcasting Illinois Central School Bus Illinois State Police - District 2 Illinois Tool Works (ITW) IndSoft, Inc. Judson University KFC KinderCare Learning Centers Kinsale Contracting Group, Inc. Lake Cook Orthopedics Larry Laino State Farm Agenvy Lending Solutions Inc. Lettuce Entertain You Liberty Mutual Insurance  Manpower Marianjoy Rehabilitation Hospital Maxim Healthcare Meadows Midwest Shelter for Homeless Veterans Molina Healthcare Motorwerks New York Life Insurance  Nexgen Wireless NU comfot Supply Inc. Packaging Personified Inc. Paul Reilly Company Peapod Perfect Plastic Printing Precise Products, Inc. Primerica Prominent Property Management Inc. Q.C.S.S. Inc. Resnick Auto Group Roof Masters Sam Ash Music Inc. Sandford Brown College SavATree/ SavALawn SC Group Real Estate Sears Senior Helpers Silverleaf Resorts Starpik Corp. Taheda Pharmaceuticals The Boeing Company The Facts Media The Hire Solution United Parcel Service Velocity Merchant Services Visionworks Walmart Whole Foods Market Widsor Park Witron Integrated Logistics WorkNet Dupage   Read More

Roskam Statement on Iran Nuclear Talks Extension

2014/07/19

WASHINGTON, DC– Congressman Peter Roskam (IL-06) released the following statement on the Obama administration’s decision to extend nuclear talks with Iran until late November: “The Obama Administration's decision to extend conciliatory talks with Iran is a colossal mistake.  If the past six months of "negotiations" have taught us anything, it's that Iranian leaders have zero intention of dismantling their nuclear program.  This extension, like the rest of this foolhardy process, is another free giveaway to an Iranian regime that continues to march towards a disastrous nuclear weapons capability, all the while joyfully reaping the benefits of sanctions relief and relaxed pressure from the United States while giving up nothing substantive in return.  The only responsible course of action for the American people and the world community is to learn from past mistakes and reinstate the aggressive, crippling economic sanctions that were actually working to weaken Iran’s leadership and reduce their capability to develop nuclear weapons technology.” ### Read More

ASK PETER: Israel’s Right to Self-Defense

2014/07/15

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 Mary Ann Wilfong in Fox River Grove who wants to know what the House is doing to support Israel in light of ongoing rocket fire from Hamas in the Gaza Strip. You can watch the video here: “Just recently, Egypt proposed a ceasefire, which was accepted by Israel and rejected by the Iranian-backed terrorist regime Hamas. This is why we have recently reaffirmed in the US House Israel’s right to defend itself against those attacks. And it’s also why I’ve been active in joint U.S.-Israeli missile defense efforts like Iron Dome that are saving lives in Israel and could possibly save lives in the United States as well." Roskam, who co-chairs the House Republican Israel Caucus, has been a leader on securing funding for Iron Dome and other U.S.-Israel cooperative missile defense programs. Last year, he helped introduce by the Iron Dome Act and the U.S.-Israel Missile Defense Cooperation Act, which together authorize additional funding not only for Iron Dome, but the David’s Sling, Arrow, and Arrow 3 missile defense systems. This year, Roskam helped secure a major plus up for Iron Dome and other U.S.-Israel cooperative missile defense systems in the Department of Defense appropriations bill and the National Defense Authorization Act. 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

House Passes Roskam Amendment to Protect Religious Freedom from IRS Abuse

2014/07/15

WASHINGTON, DC—Today, Congressman Peter Roskam (IL-06) released the following statement on House passage of his amendment to the 2015 Financial Services Appropriations Act to help protect Americans from intrusive IRS requests. "The IRS has absolutely no business asking questions about individual Americans' personal religious, political, or social beliefs.  Those questions are entirely irrelevant to ensuring a taxpayer is paying any taxes he or she may owe.  Hearing firsthand from  Americans targeted by their own government and asked about the content of their prayers was absolutely chilling.  Our freedom to worship is the very first freedom enshrined in the Bill of Rights, and it is central to who we are as a nation.  Today Congress is using its constitutional power of the purse to send the IRS a message.  This amendment penalizes the IRS Enforcement Division responsible for these abuses, moving $10 million instead to the National Taxpayer Advocate, an independent office that works to protect taxpayers' religious freedom and ensure these kinds of abuses can never happen again." ### Read More

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Ways and Means

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

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Adam Kinzinger

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Aaron Schock

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