Issues & Legislation

 

On August 22, 2018, the USEPA released the latest version of its National Air Toxics Assessment, which maps cancer risk around the country based on air concentrations of 180 pollutants, including ethylene oxide.  This map used the updated cancer risk estimate for ethylene oxide which resulted in a significantly higher estimated cancer risk around the Sterigenics facility in Willowbrook and a higher estimated risk around the Elé Corporation facility in McCook.  This increase in predicted cancer risk is alarming.  Since the release of the assessment, I have been in regular communication with federal and state agencies and both companies to take quick and decisive action to protect public health. On September 30th Sterigenics announced plans to shutter their Willowbrook location. I remain committed to protecting our constituents in the fight against ethylene oxide and other toxic chemicals. 

Congressman Dan Lipinski (IL-3), founder and co-chair of the Congressional Buy American Caucus, has introduced the Buy American Improvement Act of 2017 to create American jobs, promote the domestic manufacturing industry, increase transparency and accountability in government procurement, and ensure that taxpayer dollars are spent in the U.S. whenever practicable.

Our country is at its strongest when unemployment is low and wages are high. Creating jobs and raising wages are my biggest priorities in Congress. I am focused on passing legislation that will preserve the industrial foundation of our district, while creating new jobs in science and technology that will allow us to continue to compete in the 21st century and beyond.  Our laws should make it easier, not harder, for American companies to compete with others around the globe, that’s why I am proud to co-chair the Congressional Buy American Caucus and support legislation to create American jobs, promote domestic manufacturing, and ensure that American taxpayer dollars are spent at home first.

American manufacturing is a critical source of good jobs for the middle class. It is also essential to our ability to independently provide for the defense of our nation. I am working with my colleagues in Washington to revitalize American manufacturing. My National Manufacturing Act is now law. The policy is helping the United States reclaim its rightful position as a manufacturing leader.  I am continuing to fight for legislation that will enhance the competitiveness of American manufacturing. 

Transportation is at the root of our district’s economy and identity.  From the 1920s to the 1980s Historic Route 66 ran through the district, connecting Chicago to the nation. The district is home to Chicago’s Midway International Airport, the Des Plaines River, the Cal-Sag Channel, and the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal. Protecting these valuable resources and improving the nation’s transportation infrastructure have been top priorities for me and my office. 
 
I am honored to be the senior member from Illinois on the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure and the Chairman of the House Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines and Hazardous Materials. These unique roles allow me to lead on transportation issues of importance to the district and the nation. I am proud to have secured millions in federal funds for the transportation needs of our district.  Our country and our district are constantly on the move. The ease and safety of transportation are essential to the business of the country and the lives of all Americans.  Through preservation and innovation, I am working to improve our air, rail, automotive, cycling, and pedestrian infrastructure. 
 

Our nation’s seniors are one of our greatest assets. These seniors built our country through hard work and commitment to their families and communities. It is our responsibility to ensure that seniors are treated with dignity and receive the benefits to which they are entitled. That’s why I have fought to end unjust age discrimination practices that make it harder for older workers to secure employment and attain deserved promotions. I have been a vocal champion for strengthening Social Security, Medicare, and other programs that seniors depend on for their livelihoods. In addition to my work on these issues in Washington, our district offices help hundreds of individuals every year to cut through the bureaucratic red tape preventing them from securing the funds and services they are entitled to. 

Members of the military and their families sacrifice for our freedom and security. We owe an incredible debt of gratitude for their service. I am working to protect veterans’ health care and get them access to life-saving treatments. I have pushed legislation to expand career opportunities and educational benefits for our nation’s veterans.  In addition to my legislative work on these issues, every day my office helps veterans navigate the VA bureaucracy to get the care and benefits they have earned.

Health care costs are a serious burden for millions of Americans. Working to lower costs while preserving access and increasing the quality of care is one of my top priorities. Americans should have choices in their health coverage and the security of knowing that they will be cared for if they become sick and can no longer work. As a Type-1 diabetic, I understand firsthand the need for safe and affordable prescription drugs and the importance of protections for those with pre-existing conditions. I am working to hold drug companies accountable and end surprise billing. 

We are tasked with being responsible stewards of our environment. I am committed to enacting legislation that curbs pollution, reduces emissions, and conserves our national resources for future generations. As a member of the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, I have the opportunity to consider innovative solutions that are environmentally conscious, while providing for our energy needs and reducing our country’s dependence on foreign oil.  I have been working to hold regulatory agencies accountable and block companies from emitting or dumping chemicals toxic to humans. 

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