Jobs & Economy
Although our economy continues to rebound, too many people are still looking for work, worrying about their mortgage and uncertain about their ability to retire. Middle-class families in Tenth District and across the country have been hit hard by the economic downturn and continue to struggle, which is why bolstering our economy is my top priority in Congress.
Key to strengthening our economy and expanding job growth is helping our small businesses succeed, improving our education system and investing in infrastructure and research and development.
As a member of the House Committee on Small Business, I understand how, in an era of uncertainty in Washington, small businesses struggle to make long-term decisions, including whether or not they should hire new workers or invest in new technologies.
Still, in the last two decades, small businesses have created 60 percent of all new jobs and they are the driving force behind economic expansion and middle-class prosperity. We must work to provide both the regulatory environment and tools necessary for small businesses to thrive.
A quality education is critical to preparing our future generations to compete in a global, high-tech economy. Education should be our greatest competitive advantage. Our schools must emphasize Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) programs as well as broad liberal arts curricula. Additionally, we must offer simple, affordable paths for students who wish to attend college or job training, easing the crushing burden of student loan debt. Educating our children to compete in the 21st Century is one of the best ways to ensure our long-term economic growth.
Research and Development:
As we continue to look for ways to address our nation’s budget deficit, we cannot lose sight of the importance of sustained investment in research and development. American innovation changed the world and the next generation of breakthroughs in health care, energy and manufacturing will be the direct result of private ingenuity and public support. Continued investment in our infrastructure—our highways, bridges, ports and tunnels—is an investment in our future and will be critical to rebuilding our economy.
More on Jobs & Economy
U.S. Congressman Brad Schneider (IL-10) joined a group of eight veterans on a tour of Des Plaines-based manufacturer Iverson and Co. today to see firsthand how a local veterans program is working to boost manufacturing and connect veterans with potential employers. The Veterans Rapid Employment Initiative is a program designed to help recently-discharged veterans start careers in the manufacturing industry.
Today, U.S. Representatives Mike Quigley (D-IL), Blaine Luetkemeyer (R-MO), Brad Schneider (D-IL) and Richard Hudson (R-NC), along with 67 bipartisan members of the House of Representative, urged the House Ways and Means Committee to fully consider the negative ramifications of proposed tax reforms that would limit accounting flexibility for small businesses that drive local economies.
U.S. Congressman Brad Schneider (10th-Deerfield) told small business owners they hold the key to the country’s continued global economic success.
“Small companies will lead the way,” Schneider said at the Chamber of Commerce luncheon at the Lake Forest Club on Friday, Nov. 22.
To do that, Schneider said the country needs to continue to invest in people, technology and ideas to meet the No. 1 priorities in the country — the economy and growth in high-quality 21st Century jobs.
U.S. Congressman Brad Schneider (IL-10) introduced the Learning Educating Achieving and Retraining for the Nation (LEARN) Act today. The bipartisan bill would expand On-the-Job training programs that have proven to be effective at helping to train and retrain American workers who are looking for work.
NAMA announced that Illinois Congressman Brad Schneider (D- Ill.) visited Mark Vend on Oct. 31, 2013.
U.S. Congressman Brad Schneider (IL-10) will tour ZF Services in Vernon Hills and host an employee town hall on Monday, Oct. 28 at 9AM (CDT) as part of his ongoing “Brad at Your Business” tours.
ZF Services in Vernon Hills employs about 250 people who specialize in the remanufacturing and maintenance of wind turbines, vehicle transmissions and other devices.
After weeks of pushing for delays to President Barack Obama's health care law in exchange for a budget agreement, U.S. Rep. Peter Roskam voted for a plan to end the government shutdown and avoid default, saying the country has to pay its bills.
"We laid out a series of alternatives, all of which have been rejected by Sen. (Harry) Reid and the Senate Democrats," Roskam, a Wheaton Republican and part of the House leadership team, said. "I'm unwilling to risk the full faith and credit of the United States, and it's important that the government pay its bills."
U.S. Congressman Brad Schneider (IL-10) voted in favor of the bipartisan compromise that reopens the government and avoids default.
With an effort from Rep. Brad Schneider (D-Deerfield) and other members of the House Bipartisan Working Group, the United States House of Representatives voted 185-144 tonight to end the government shutdown and raise the nation’s debt ceiling.
The Washington Post has an up-to-the-minute-almost list of those members of the House and Senate who are refusing their salaries—some specifying that the money be placed in escrow—or donating them to charity, all in solidarity with furloughed workers and others feeling the pain of the government shutdown.