The Chicago Sun-Times published an article about a new advertising campaign criticizing Peter Roskam for his positions contrary to polls showing that District 6 voters support the Affordable Care Act and funding for Planned Parenthood that serves over 60,000 women in Illinois.
Marching to the sound of his own drummer and against the wishes of his own constituents Peter Roskam continues to defy his own voters! See the article here: Click here for the article
Echoing long running complaints from voters in the Illinois Congressional 6th District about Peter Roskams dogged refusal to attend open meetings with his constituents, the Chicago Sun-Time Editorial Board chimed in on April 25th with an editorial entitled “Come out, come out, wherever you are, Peter Roskam”.
The Editorial ripped the congressman from the Illinois 6th Congressional District for refusing to meet in open forums with the residents of his district.
As the Editorial correctly points out “Roskam misses the point. Or maybe he lacks courage. A town hall meeting may not result in a “productive” discussion of public policy, but it sends a message that he is listening to his constituents. The same way he listens to lobbyists with money.”
Tell Roskam to fight to restore funding for American Libraries!
President Trumps new Federal budget calls for the complete elimination of funding support for public libraries. According to the American Library Association, “The President has proposed eliminating virtually all federal library funding and the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), the agency that distributes most of the funds to every state in the nation. Now budget-cutters in Congress are considering whether to follow his lead.” Peter Roskam has consistently voted against socially beneficial programs like these so we need your help to convince him to restore funding for these libraries!
NOW is the time to declare your support of our library system. Contact Congressman Peter Roskam and declare your support for libraries and urge him to support full funding for these worthwhile programs including the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) and Innovative Approaches to Literacy (IAL) programs.
Click Here To Visit THE AMERICAN LIBRARY ASSOCIATION page that explains the problem in greater detail!
Don’t wait! Contact Congressman Roskam today to express your support for funding public libraries in America.
Voting for House Resolution 230, Republicans voted on March 28, 2017 to roll back privacy rules established by the FCC that will allow Internet Service Providers to collect and sell Americans personal information to anyone for a profit. Both congressmen Roskam and Hultgren voted along party lines to roll back privacy rules established during the Obama administration. 15 brave Republicans did break with their party to vote against this major privacy give away but neither of our congressmen joined them.
Under the regulation rollback, there are few limits on the ways Internet providers can collect and use your sensitive data. That includes not just allowing providers to create marketing profiles based on your browsing history, but will also let them deploy undetectable software tools to track your web traffic.
“They can use your information and sell it to the highest bidder,” California congresswoman Anne Eshoo stated. “I think it’s a sad day if the bill passes.”
What will it take to get Peter Roskam to listen to his constituents instead of national party big-wigs?
According to the Chicago Tribune, Roskam backs the tax provisions in the ACA repeal which would give big tax cuts to medical device makers, insurance companies and wealthy Americans.
Roskam has a long record for pro-business voting that is reflected in his campaign donors roster and consistently supports tax cuts that heavily favor the rich and powerful.
Despite a massive outcry from District 6 constituents Roskam vowed to vote for the repeal of the Affordable Care ACT including last minute draconian cuts in coverage demanded by ultra-conservative members of the House Freedom Caucus.
Changes to the bill which Roskam continued to support included:
- Repealing the requirement that health insurance plans cover a core set of essential health benefits such as hospitalizations, maternity care, prescription drugs, as well as mental health and substance use disorder treatment.
- If this provision was repealed, insurers would be free once again to arbitrarily cut off coverage for patients because their treatment is too expensive.
What will it take to get our right-wing representative to listen to the voters?
Make a difference! Spend 5 minutes to make 5 calls. Here’s a link to a great web site that will show you how to efficiently make your voice heard. You can pick the programs that are most important to you on this handy web site that also helps you target the right people at the right time.
Spend 5 minutes. Make 5 calls.
ROSKAM WATCH UPDATE!
Peter Roskam voted Yes on H.R. 1181 Veterans 2nd Amendment Protection Act—Prohibits the Department of Veterans Affairs to prevent veterans who are mentally incapacitated or deemed mentally incompetent from obtaining a firearm. Let him know how you feel about his vote–202-225-4561
Source: 6th District of Illinois – Holding Rep. Peter Roskam Accountable FaceBook Page
Special Thanks to Dana Bussing
On February 2, 2017 Crains Chicago Business
quoted the Roskam staff as saying
"He will never hold an open town hall meeting."
Welcome to the new Roskam-Watch web page created to make constituents in the Illinois 6th Congressional District aware of the positions and voting record of Representative Peter Roskam.
Representative Roskam has made it a consistent practice to avoid interaction with his constituents and only meets with fellow party members in closed door meetings.
We're just getting started, so give us a little time to gather the relevant information you need to make an informed decision in the next election.
Our goal is to provide transparency of what our congressman is doing and strive to make him aware when he doesn't represent the views of local voters. In 8 years, Mr. Roskam has not met openly with people in his district to discuss issues.