I am deeply saddened to hear of the passing of a good friend and mentor this morning. Bob Michel was a war hero and one of the most respected members of Congress of all time. His 38 years of service in the U.S. House of Representatives and the incredible footprint he has left on Central Illinois and this country will never be forgotten. Bob’s ability to reach across the aisle to make a divided government work for the people he represented was second to none – a trait we should all strive to emulate each day. My thoughts and prayers are with his family this morning. He will truly be missed.
Yesterday, I voted against H.J. Res. 66, which would repeal a DOL rule proposed last year that is needed to help more people save for retirement under the Secure Choice Savings Program. A program Treasurer Michael Frerichs is working to implement next year. Half of all workers in Illinois do not have access to employer retirement savings benefits. With our state’s pension problems and the state of our nation’s entitlement programs, we need to be encouraging people to save for retirement on their own. I'm disappointed that this measure passed the House but I will continue to work to support this program.
Spoke to the National Association of a Regional Councils about the importance of infrastructure and local control today in DC. Transportation is one of my top priorities in Congress.