U.S. Representative Jan Schakowsky and (D-IL) accused Congress of neglecting to reduce economic and unemployement problems as it moves into its August recess, according to a press release.
At a joint appearance at a fundraiser for Coolidge in Chicago, Schakowsky said, "We're in gridlock... Our job is to compromise and figure out solutions together. But the Republicans have told us, ‘We didn’t come here to compromise.’”
She said the recent passage of the transportation bill in the House is an example of how the gridlock hurts the middle class. She said that the delay in passing an agriculture bill to help farmers affected by the drought is another example of the House standing in the way of economic assistance for those who need it.
Coolidge, of Barrington Hills, said she after the debates surrounding the debt ceiling last summer.
Now, she said, Congress is not doing anything to help the middle class: “We need to start with repairing our crumbling roads and bridges to put people back to work and we also need to invest to create the jobs of the future, in the high-tech industires, alternative energy and innovative manufacturing.”
Coolidge also pointed out that her opponent, incumbent Peter Roskam, who is part of Republican leadership, was named the most conservative member of the Illinois delegation by the non-partisan magazine National Journal and that he recently voted to repeal the Affordable Care Act for the 33rd time. “He’s too extreme for our district. I’m a CPA and I can go to Washington and find solutions to our problems that are not based on ideology.”
Information courtesy of a press release from Coolidge for Congress