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U.S. Senate President Harry Reid (D-NV):
“Our job growth would be even stronger if our economy were not hampered by the meat-ax austerity Republicans have insisted upon for the past two years, instead of working with Democrats to forge a balanced approach to deficit reduction. — May 3, 2013
Congressman Randy Hultgren (R-IL-14):
"I am calling on the President and the Senate to make tax reform a cornerstone of any budget deal we agree to this year. A simpler, fairer tax code would help every American family, job creator and entrepreneur and serve as a catalyst for a new era of growth and opportunity." According to Hultgren, 2013 marks the 100th anniversary of the modern income tax, instituted through the 16th Amendment in 1913. In 1913, instructions for the 1040 form were just one page. Today, instructions are 189 pages, along with dozens of additional schedules and forms. – April 15. 2013
Congressman Peter Roskam (R-IL-6):
"Do people pay too much in taxes? Yes. They spend an extraordinary amount of time, certainly, complying with the tax code. I did a manufacturer’s round table in my district last week, where the theme of complexity was … as much of a concern as tax rates." – April 15, 2013.
[Press release] A bill to streamline unemployment for laid-off workers seeking retraining is on its way in the House.
U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis, R-Taylorville, introduced the Opportunity Knocks Act, which he said would broaden the definition of approved training courses under the Workforce Investment Act to include more retraining programs, including those for people seeking an industry-recognized certificate, apprenticeship, associate or bachelor's degree. Davis said some laid-off workers have found themselves at risk of losing unemployment benefits or having to pay back their unemployment if the retraining program they choose has not been approved by the unemployment system, which he called "outdated" and "overly complicated." Davis said workers should be able to retrain in new fields such as biofuels without losing their unemployment benefits.
[Press release] Congressman Rodney Davis (IL-13) on how the Panama Canal improvements are link to Illinois commerce:
"The river is crucial," Davis said. "Eighty percent of the cargo that moves along the Mississippi River is coal and farm products. That means river traffic is important to the economy of Central Illinois, which produces both coal and farm products." – May 1, 2013
[Press release] Schock Tells Administration to STOP Advertising Against American Made Products
This week, Congressman Aaron Schock (R-IL) introduced legislation to prevent federal tax dollars from being used to advertise against American made products. The Stopping Taxpayer Outlays for Propaganda Act or the STOP Act, would specifically prohibit the use of Federal money for print, radio, television or any other media advertisement, campaign or form of publicity against the use of a food or beverage that is lawfully marketed under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act.