Congressman Peter Roskam

Representing the 6th District of Illinois

Roskam Announces "Ask Peter" Video Series

Feb 8, 2012
Ask Peter

 

WASHINGTON – Congressman Peter Roskam (IL-06) released the inaugural video of the Ask Peter series today, a frequent video conversation with Sixth District residents about issues important to them. Ask Peter is a new way for Sixth District residents to have their questions, comments, and criticisms answered in a HD Youtube video. Sixth District residents are encouraged to mail or e-mail Roskam’s office, post on his Facebook wall, or tweet at him.

In the inaugural video, Congressman Roskam said this about Ask Peter, “What I have found is that if you want to be an effective member of Congress you need to listen to your district and I get regular communications by e-mail and Facebook and Twitter and regular old fashioned letters. You name it, I hear from folks. And I want to try and give a feedback loop to talk about some of these issues that are top of mind to all of us.

Roskam addressed the ongoing debate over the Keystone XL Pipeline in this video, answering a letter from John Dawson of Carol Stream and a Facebook comment by Mark McNally from Bloomingdale.

To watch the video, click here or the image below.

Ask Peter videos will be available to the public at Roskam.house.gov, https://www.facebook.com/RepRoskam, https://twitter.com/PeterRoskam, and via press release. The videos will also be sent to the constituents via e-mail, Facebook, or Twitter, depending on how they contacted the Roskam office.   

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TEXT OF VIDEO HERE 

I’m Congressman Peter Roskam and this is an ongoing conversation called Ask Peter.

What I have found is that if you want to be an effective member of Congress, you need to listen to your district and I get regular communications by e-mail and Facebook and Twitter and regular old fashioned letters.

You name it, I hear from folks.

And I want to try and give a feedback loop to talk about some of these issues that are top of mind to all of us.

An example is a letter I got from John Dawson of Carol Stream and a similar Facebook post from Mark McNally from Bloomingdale Illinois, both of whom raised issues about President Obama’s Keystone Pipeline decision.

Look, on balance I think our district is really concerned about the President’s decision not to move forward with the Keystone Pipeline for two primary reasons.

The first is: it’s saying no, just declaratively saying no to 20,000 new American energy jobs, middle class jobs, union jobs.

This is an area where Republicans and Democrats and independents and all kinds of folks have come together and agree.

And they are disappointed in President Obama’s decision.

The ripple effect is about 100,000 jobs that would have been created in other sectors.

Again, numbers that really aren’t in dispute.

The other component has to do with energy independence. 

We continue to hear saber rattling in the Middle East.

This allows us to be safe and secure in our own energy as we’re moving forward.

So again, if you want to stay in touch I’d love to hear from you via Twitter or Facebook or send an email.

Go to my website Roskam.house.gov and also stay in touch because we are going to be doing this on a regular basis.

I’m Congressman Peter Roskam.