Op-Ed, by Congressman Roskam
Excerpt: We need a comprehensive fundamental tax reform overhaul — one that produces a system that raises the necessary revenue for the government to run as efficiently as possible, while removing barriers to private-sector job creation. More specifically, we need a revenue code that is fairer, simpler and no longer hinders our economic competitiveness — all of which cost jobs.
A fairer and simpler tax code would reduce costs for American citizens and job creators. Right now, the tax code often forces employers to make investment decisions based on the tax code, not by what is best for their business.
Excerpt: "The question that has to be asked and the question that has to be answered is where's the White House's credibility as it comes to economic growth? Remember, this is a White House that promised that unemployment would peak, declaratively, at 8% if only the stimulus bill was passed, and that was 28 months ago. Since then, we've had nothing but 28 months of underperformance and ultimately failure.
Excerpt: "As the Obama administration continues its efforts to 'reset' relations with Russia, the United States Congress can and must press for progress on democracy and rule of law in Russia," said Congressman Peter Roskam. "Congress is considering legislation with bipartisan support that would impose targeted sanctions on Russian officials complicit in human rights and rule of law violations like the murder of Sergei Magnitsky, a lawyer working to uncover official corruption, and businessmen like Khodorkovsky. I plan to support such legislation and work to see it become law."
Excerpt: "It's no secret that the trillions in stimulus spending and a massive increase in government red tape has destroyed jobs and hurt our economic recovery. More of the same is a recipe for the same results. That's why House Republicans have designed a plan that will remove barriers to job creation, empowering and helping families, small businesses, and entrepreneurs struggling to create jobs and spur our recovery.
Excerpt: The Korean War National Museum is a non-profit organization dedicated to building a museum in Chicago that honors the millions of Americans who fought against Communism in Korea. In November 2010, Roskam traveled to Korea to commemorate the 60th Anniversary of the end of the Korean War. He was joined by his mother, Martha, and father Swede, a Korean War veteran. They attended President Obama's speech to troops at Yongsan Garrison and ceremonies at the Demilitarized Zone while in Korea.
Excerpt: "Prime Minister Netanyahu gave a strong, principled, and important speech to Congress today. The Prime Minister and Israel have a friend in House Republicans. As Mr. Netanyahu reiterated today, America and Israel have a unique and special relationship. As our strongest ally and only democratic friend in a deeply troubled region, America must stand with our friend Israel and reject any moves that diminish our special relationship."
Excerpt: "I'm honored to receive this award from the Chamber of Commerce for fighting for more jobs and commerce in the Sixth District," said Congressman Roskam. House Republicans are committed to removing barriers to job creation in Washington so businesses can flourish all over the country. Republicans have fundamentally changed the conversation in Washington – from one of spending and borrowing money we don't have, to cutting and saving your tax dollars. Cutting spending and putting Washington on sound financial footing will return certainty to the economy, and create jobs and economic growth."
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.
Op-Ed: Politico, by Majority Leader Eric Cantor and Congressman Roskam
Excerpt: In a dangerous region, Israel is a democratic ally bound to us by a shared set of beliefs in freedom, peace and human progress. Serving on the front lines of the struggle against terrorism and Iranian-backed aggression, Israel is our vital strategic asset that provides stability to a volatile neighborhood.
The Hamas-Fatah reconciliation agreement empowers Hamas terrorists and endangers Israel. The U.S. must use every tool in our diplomatic arsenal to make clear that we will not tolerate a Palestinian government that includes Hamas.
It is our duty, as leader of the free world, to do no less.
Excerpt: "The administration has demonstrated a passive aggressive way – the slow walking of permits [and] these moratoriums that are in place that are simply stifling American energy production – at a time that without question we need more energy. We need more energy from a job creation point of view, we need more energy from a revenue pioint of view, and ultimately we need more energy from a national security point of view. As we're watching television, we're getting briefings about nations that are becoming more and more tumultuous. Ironically, those very nations we count on for energy production.