Roskam Releases "Ask Peter" Video on American Energy & Infrastructure Jobs Act

Feb 14, 2012
Ask Peter



WASHINGTON – Congressman Peter Roskam (IL-06) released the latest installment of Ask Peter today, a frequent video conversation with Sixth District residents about issues important to them. In this segment he addresses e-mailed questions from Kim Green in Elk Grove and David Hilligos in Bartlett about the American Energy & Infrastructure Jobs Act and why he believes it will improve the solvency of mass transit in Illinois while creating more energy independence for the U.S. 


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Ask Peter videos will be available to the public at,,, 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. 





I’m Congressman Peter Roskam. Welcome back to Ask Peter.


This week, we’ve gotten a lot of interest on the American Energy and Infrastructure Jobs Act, HR 7. A lot of these questions surround this whole notion of mass transit: METRA, CTA and so forth.


Here is the bottom line: Right now, the system is going to go broke in two years, everybody agrees on that. This bill that the House has taken up creates five years of certainty for mass transit and it’s fully paid for. That’s a very important element of it. 


But there’s more than that. In addition, it also creates more energy independence for the United States, while pursuing offshore drilling and creating revenues for the federal government out of that.


It pursues an agenda of more natural gas production, which is clean energy, which is right where we want to be.


And then also it allows the Keystone pipeline to move forward. We talked about that last week. 20,000 new jobs right now, that would happen if the Keystone pipeline advances. 


And then finally, it also consolidates the amount of time, in fact, it cuts the approval process time in half, from 15 years for a federal highway project down to about to 7 ½. 


So on balance, these are questions – some of them were raised by Kim Green in Elk Grove Village and also David Hilligoss in Bartlett – in emails, but I need to hear from you. Like they’re communicating with me, I appreciate hearing from you, because I need to listen. 


So if you can email or can send a Facebook post or put something on Twitter or send an old-fashioned postcard or letter, I would really appreciate you taking the time.


I’m Congressman Peter Roskam.