Article: The Daily Herald, by Kerry Lester
Excerpt: Downers Grove-based Sara Lee says it's hurt by proposed new federal nutrition guidelines aimed at eliminating childhood obesity. The new guidelines would prohibit advertising turkey sandwiches and hot dogs at sporting events and on television programs attracting large numbers of children because of the products' high sodium contents.
"I think the issue most easy to crystallize is the issue Sara Lee finds itself dealing with," Roskam said. "It points out an absurdity, something we need to transcend to create a buoyancy in the economy."
Like Sara Lee, other area companies told Roskam that government regulation is hurting their bottom lines.
Article: CBS Chicago
Excerpt: Roskam is proposing that Congress be required to approve any change in rules that would impact the nation's economy by more than $100 million.
He said he is aware that it would mean rulemaking gridlock.
"It would have a restraining influence at the agency level, where federal executive branch officials are going to say, 'Look, this has to pass the House and the Senate.' Internally, it will have a restraining influence," Roskam said.
Article: The Washington Post, by Jennifer Rubin
Excerpt: With regard to the rest of the Middle East, Roskam is blunt. He said that no one can really dispute that the administration has "underperformed" in the region. Roskam is concerned that the "mixed messages and ambiguity have exacerbated" tensions and instability there. In Syria, for example, the administration has intervened in countries with "comparatively less importance" than Syria to U.S. security. He would like to see some acknowledgment that our past approach hasn't worked. He compares today's events to the situation in June 2009 in Iran, when the administration "squandered' an opportunity to align itself with the democracy movement. Roskam urged that Obama take "the opportunity to be more forthright and clear" about where we stand.
Article: The Daily Herald, by Kerry Lester
Excerpt: The company's founder, he said, told him he wanted to invest $3 million into a new production line, but was unable to because of rising taxes, energy and health care costs.
"What this conversation is about is making that waiting go away," Roskam said. "To try to create an environment where that type of business decision gets a different signal from Washington, D.C. There's certainty, there's clarity, there's an opportunity to grow and to prosper. Ultimately this is a conversation on removing obstacles to job creation."
Removing many federal regulations will create a better environment for economic growth, Republicans say.
Article: McClatchy Newspapers, by David Lightman
Excerpt: Beneath the surface, however, there's one kernel of harmony that offers hope for eventual compromises that matter.
"The entire conversation in Washington, D.C. has changed," said House Chief Deputy Whip Peter Roskam, R-Ill. "Now the entire conversation, including the conversation with the Senate and the White House, is where are we going to save?"
Article: USA Today, by USA Today Editorial Board
Excerpt: Actually, serious deficit reduction doesn't happen without a president taking risks, whether it was the first President Bush dropping his "no new taxes" pledge in 1990 or President Clinton pushing a major deficit-reduction package in 1993. Both paid a terrible political price, but their courage helped lead to four years of balanced budgets, from 1998 to 2001.
It's becoming hard not to conclude that Obama doesn't much care about the debt threat or has decided to wait until after the 2012 elections. Either would be a shame, and economically risky.
Article: Roll Call, by John Stanton
Excerpt: With 89 members and representing about a third of the GOP Conference, this year's freshman class is also united philosophically around reducing government spending and debt and has used that to leverage a powerful role in policy development.
"I am very impressed with how sophisticated this freshman class is," said Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (Calif.), who along with Chief Deputy Whip Peter Roskam (Ill.) and Budget Chairman Paul Ryan (Wis.) has been holding "listening sessions" with freshmen on the budget, the debt and a continuing resolution to keep the government funded.
Article: Naperville Sun, by Susan Frick Carlman
Excerpt: ...Roskam told his colleagues on the House floor Wednesday that employers' apprehensions about expanding their head counts in the face of uncertainties about their future health care expenses underscore the need "to change this economy so that people want to hire again." The local lawmakers were also on board when the House voted Thursday to move ahead on a revised health reform plan. Included in that proposal are a dozen general goals, most of which are part of the existing law, with direction for four committees to draw up new legislative proposals.
Article: The Daily Herald
Excerpt: A suburban Congressman will play a major role in the swearing in of new House Speaker John Boehner Wednesday, as one of a handful of lawmakers selected to escort the Ohio Republican to the chamber podium to take the oath of office. Sixth District Congressman Peter Roskam's part in the ceremony, which comes weeks after the Wheaton resident's appointment as chief deputy Whip, is the first public display of his rise in the ranks of his party.