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Republican IL 13

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  • American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012

    by Representative Rodney Davis

    Posted on 2013-01-01

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    DAVIS of Illinois. Mr. Speaker, I have never seen a compromise where everybody got everything that they wanted or liked everything that they got. I certainly don't like everything that I see in this bill, and I certainly didn't get everything that I wanted. But I do like the fact that senior citizens can go to the doctors because they're being paid a reasonable rate. I don't like the fact that some of the health programs in my communities in disproportionate hospitals all across the country are being cut.

    I just got two phone calls a few minutes ago from two constituents, one from Oak Park, Illinois, and one from Westchester. They both did all that they could do to convince me to vote against this bill. And after listening to them, I thanked them, but then I told them, do you know that 320,000 people in our State relied upon unemployment insurance benefits last year? I don't know how I could face those individuals with no hope, no possibility, and no idea that they're going to have a check in the mail. But when I go to church on Sunday, I know that I will see people with the assurance that pretty soon an unemployment check is in the mail. And that's one of the reasons that, yes, I will vote for this bill, because it's good legislation. People need it right now--not next year, not next month, and not next week.

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