13th Congressional District E-Newsletter, 8/31/13
Students of all ages have returned to school, including Toryn, Griffin and Clark, and summer is quickly giving way to fall, which means the August district work period is coming to an end. It’s been an incredible month back in the district, as I’ve had the opportunity to visit all 14 counties to meet with the constituents of Central and Southwest Illinois.
The August work period is an important month for members of Congress. It allows us to return back to our home districts and engage our constituents on the issues most important to them, which is exactly what I’ve been doing.
This past week I held traveling office hours in Hillsboro and Godfrey. Traveling office hours enable constituents to meet with me one-on-one or in small groups to discuss any issues or concerns or to get my stance on a particular topic. Both stops were extremely well attended, so I’d like to thank all those who came out to meet with me.
Last week I sat down with a group of small business owners in Springfield to discuss the effects of burdensome government regulations. It was no surprise when the conversation turned to Obamacare and how the implementation of the law is going to affect their business and their employees.
In Nokomis, I met with the employees of the Hanson Material Service quarry to discuss the importance of passing a long-term federal transportation bill.
And at almost every stop and every meeting I’ve held with individuals, groups, businesses and editorial boards, the discussion has turned to the future of the Farm Bill.
It’s been a great month and I look forward to taking the stories I’ve heard from the hard-working taxpayers of the 13th District back to Washington.
I’d like to wish everyone a very happy and safe Labor Day weekend as we celebrate the economic and social contributions of America’s workers!
If you haven’t already, be sure to like my Facebook page, follow me on Twitter, and check out my YouTube channel to stay informed on everything I’m doing on your behalf in Washington and in Illinois.
As always, it is truly an honor to serve you. Please contact my staff in Washington, DC at 202.225.2371, Champaign at 217.403.4690, Decatur at 217.791.6224 or Taylorville at 217.824.5117 if we can be of any assistance to you, or if you’d like to share your thoughts on the issues before Congress.
As we get closer to the October 1 deadline for the implementation of Obamacare, the news keeps getting worse and worse.
Last week Delta Airlines announced that Obamacare will cost them $100 million and that the implementation will “provide real challenges for both our company and our employees.” The clothing company Forever 21 has also expressed their concerns as they announced that they will limit non-management workers’ hours to 29.5 hours a week in order to stay below the 30-hour minimum that Obamacare defines as full-time work.
Additionally, the National Journal this week published an independent analysis that found that a vast majority of Americans will end up paying more for health care under Obamacare:
"But one thing is clear: The cost of care in the new market doesn't stack up. A single wage earner must make less than $20,000 to see his or her current premiums drop or stay the same under Obamacare, an independent review by National Journal found. That's equivalent to approximately 34 percent of all single workers in the U.S. seeing any benefit in the new system."
New District Office
Earlier this week I was proud to join State. Rep. Dan Brady, other local dignitaries and friends for the ribbon cutting ceremony for our new district office in Uptown Normal. We'll be sharing the office space with Rep. Brady to help save taxpayer money, making government do more with less.
Our new office is located at 104 W. North Street in Normal and the phone number is 309.252.8834.
Video of the Week
At the end of July, I was honored to be asked to join Rep. Tom Cole (R-Okla.) for his 30-minute YouTube show called Cole on Congress. We covered a lot of topics in a short amount of time, so I hope you have an opportunity to watch!
Mobile Help Desk
District aides will be available at the following times and locations to assist with individual constituent concerns:
Friday, September 13th
City Council Chambers
111 W. Madison
1:00pm - 3:00pm
Monday, September 23rd
Gillespie City Hall
115 N. Macoupin St.
2:00pm - 3:30pm
For more information, contact my Taylorville office at 217.824.5117.
Rodney in the news
Davis, city seek solutions to Decatur's unemployment problem
County official says area not getting fair share of road work money
Climate center thanks Davis for intercession on funding
Congressman Davis on WDWS with Jim Turpin 8/7/13