Schneider Wraps Up Active 2017 Working for Illinois Tenth District
In his first year back in Congress, U.S. Representative Brad Schneider (IL-10) has focused on making a difference for his district through open community outreach, aggressive constituent service, and legislating with a focus on bipartisanship.
“It’s an incredible honor to work for the people of the Tenth District, and I’m proud of what we’ve accomplished during this first year back,” said Schneider. “I urge Tenth District residents to continue reaching out, sharing their opinions, and attending our events. Your input guides me as I represent our shared values in Washington, and I look forward to continuing to work together in 2018.”
Outreach & Constituent Service
Since his swearing-in in January, Schneider answered questions from constituents at 17 in-person town hall events (called “Congress On Your Corners”) as well as 10 telephone town halls to keep in touch while he was in Washington. Collectively, Schneider has reached a total of 35,000 constituents through these public forums.
Helping constituents with issues involving the federal government – from Social Security and Medicare to the Veterans Administration and immigration – is another priority. In 2017, Schneider helped 818 constituents, and recovered more than $471,000 in federal dollars for individual Tenth District residents. In addition to the main district office in Lincolnshire, constituent service representatives held 127 Neighborhood Office Hour events to connect with residents directly in their communities.
Input on pending legislation and suggestions for Congress help guide Schneider’s work. Since January, his office has responded to 79,688 letters, emails, and phone calls on issues of the day. The number one topic in 2017 was health care reform.
In 2017, seven amendments offered by Schneider passed the House of Representatives on issues ranging from helping start-up business commercialize their ideas to increasing funding for entrepreneurial development to cracking down on the Iranian missile program and support for proxy groups.
Bipartisanship is a major focus for Schneider. Seventy-two percent of the legislation he cosponsored and more than half of all the bills he introduced have bipartisan support. Schneider is a member of the bipartisan Problem Solvers Caucus, which proposed a health care fix that could be supported by both parties during the Affordable Care Act repeal debate, as well as the Bipartisan Working Group, which meets weekly.
In the first term of the 115th Congress, Schneider introduced 19 pieces of legislation. Some highlights include:
SECURE Firearm Storage Act – would help prevent stolen guns by requiring Federal Firearm Licensees (FFLs) to lock their stock after hours. In 2016, more than 18,000 firearms were reported stolen or lost in 2016 from FFLs. Companion legislation was introduced by Sen. Durbin.
Opioid PACE Act – would help prevent the overprescribing of opioids by requiring the completion of continuing education requirements for prescribers of the drugs.
Disapproval of Paris Climate Agreement Withdrawal – led resolution with 182 co-sponsors disapproving of President Trump’s announcement to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris Agreement.
NIE on Iranian Proxy Forces Act - bipartisan legislation to require a National Intelligence Estimate (NIE) on Iran’s support for proxy forces.
Common SENSE Act – would help ensure employers notify separating employees about potential eligibility to enroll in an ACA marketplace and Medicare. Under current law, employers are only required to inform separating employees of COBRA eligibility.
STRANDED Act - would address the impacts of stranded nuclear waste by incentivizing economic development and providing federal assistance for communities like Zion, IL. Companion legislation was introduced by Sen. Tammy Duckworth.