From the office of Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R, Illinois 11th District)…
On the House Floor
Interest Rate Reduction Act (House Student Loans Package)
On Friday, April 27th, Congressman Kinzinger voted in support of the Interest Rate Reduction Act. The House approved H.R. 4628, by a vote of 215-195. This bill to extends the current interest rate on federal student loans for one year. It offers a fiscally responsible pay-for by taking money from one of the slush funds in President Obama's health care law. The same law that makes it difficult for businesses to hire these college grads in the first place.
Kinzinger made the following remarks on H.R. 4628:
"Congress passed this legislation under a Democratic-controlled, Congress in 2007, which would double student loan interest rates this year. The president’s failed economic policies are leaving half of recent college graduates either unemployed or underemployed. Students cannot find work and allowing the rates to expire will only intensify the problem.
"As someone who paid my own way through college and as a representative of thousands and thousands of college students, I understand the seriousness of this issue and the stress and extreme burden it places on our youth. The cost of college tuition has increased by 25 percent and these young students take on this debt, counting on the fact that they will have a job after finishing college.
"Ultimately, our youth is suffering the most from this struggling economy. It is crucial that we implement sound economic policy to address this crisis now and in the long run."
Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA)
This legislations amends the National Security Act of 1947 to address the national security threats posed by cyber criminals to our telecommunications networks.
The main aspect of CISPA is to allow voluntary information sharing between government/intelligence agencies and the private sector. By allowing this free-flow of information from the government to the private sector (and vice-versa on a voluntary basis) it encourages the expansion of cyber defense efforts throughout the telecommunications sector. By specifically allowing the government to share information with the private sector the bill will harness the private sector drive and innovation towards cybersecurity while keeping the government out of monitoring and guarding private sector networks.
Click here to watch Congressman Kinzinger speak on the House floor in support of CISPA.
On the Energy and Commerce Committee
On Tuesday, April 24th, the full Committee on Energy and Commerce convened for a markup on "Proposed Matters for Inclusion in Reconciliation Recommendations, the Gasoline Regulations Act of 2012, and the Strategic Energy Production Act of 2012”
Click here to watch Congressman Kinzinger's opening statement.
Around the Eleventh District
On Monday, April 23rd, Congressman Kinzinger (IL-11) and Will County Board Member Cory Singer held a media conference call in response to Congressman Jesse Jackson, Jr.’s “groundbreaking” event for the Peotone Airport on April 21st. In light of more troubling information regarding Congressman Jesse Jackson, Jr.’s airport plan involving SNC-Lavalin, Kinzinger and Singer denounced Jackson’s plan to eliminate Will County authority over the airport and called on Governor Pat Quinn to stand up and put an end to Jackson’s political stunts.
- Click here to read the coverage from the conference call in the Kankakee Daily-Journal
- Click here to read the coverage from the conference call in the Joliet Herald-News.
- On Monday, April 23rd, Congressman Adam Kinzinger hosted a town hall meeting in Bourbonnais, Illinois to listen to and discuss thoughts and ideas with residents from the Eleventh Congressional District about ways to make our nation energy secure, which will in turn lower the cost at the pump and create new jobs here at home.
- Click here to read the coverage from the town hall in the Kankakee Daily-Journal.
- Next Monday, April 30th at 7:00 pm CT, Congressman Adam Kinzinger will hold another town hall meeting in Ottawa, Illinois to continue the discussion about becoming energy independent.
- Click here for more information about the upcoming town hall meeting.