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Candidate Bio: Aaron Schock - 18th District

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Aaron Schock is running for re-election in Illinois' 18th District 2012 election as a Republican for the U.S. House.

At 31 years of age, Aaron is the youngest member of Congress currently serving the 18th District. He serves on the House Ways and Means Committee, the House Administration, and as the Chairman of the Franking Commission.

Shock ran unopposed in the Republican primary in March. He will run against Democratic candidate Steve Waterworth on November 6th, 2012.

The 18th District covers western and central Illinois.

On the Issues

Agriculture: One of the top issues that I hear about when I meet with farmers is over-regulation from federal bureaucracies like the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Bureaucrats in Washington, who have never set foot on a farm, should not be making it more difficult for farmers to do their job. I have actively fought against this since I arrived in Congress and I will continue to do so. Read more...

Debt Limit Resources: This year began with the President's call on Congress to raise the debt limit by $2 trillion with zero cuts. The President was also insistent on raising taxes. I joined with a majority of my colleagues to focus on cutting spending as opposed to increasing revenue. As a result, the bipartisan legislation cuts trillions of dollars from the debt, doesn't raise taxes and takes serious steps toward a path of fiscal solvency. Read more...

Education: As a former school board president, I believe mom and dad are a child's first teacher. Parents, educators, employers and the local community must work together to ensure all children develop the skills they need to become the successful leaders of tomorrow. Read more... 

Energy Independence: I share the concerns of many about the energy challenges we face as a country. Ever-increasing energy costs are making it more difficult for families to make ends meet, harder for U.S. businesses to stay competitive and making every single item that U.S. consumers purchase more expensive. However, there is no silver bullet or quick fix to reducing the cost of energy. Read more... 

Foreign Affairs: Our foreign policy failures have occurred largely as a result of failure to communicate with the peoples of nations, and of a failure by our leaders to identify potential crises of the future and then develop a strategy to avert them. We need to be proactive to position our country and the world in a peaceful and economically prosperous situation. Many nations who are much older than we are take a very long view of world conditions and have very long term strategies to deal with them. America must unite on a similar long term vision. Read more... 

Government Accountability: As a member of the Ways and Means Committee, the committee with jurisdiction over the federal tax code, I am a strong advocate of reforming our cumbersome tax code. I believe it is important to have a simplified, transparent tax code that eliminates hidden tax exemptions, credits and deductions that benefit only a few. Read more... 

Health Care: As a member of the powerful Ways and Means Committee, I am committed to repealing the fundamentally flawed and unconstitutional health law and replacing it with meaningful, commonsense legislation that will reduce the overall cost of your health care, create affordable opportunities for Americans with pre-existing conditions and ensure seniors don't bear the burden of higher Medicare taxes. Read more... 

Jobs and the Economy: Through their voice as the electorate, the American people have shown a rejection for the notion of bigger government, more spending, and picking winners and losers by deeming some ‘too big to fail'. I refuse to accept the idea that the role of government is to simply spend taxpayers' dollars in the name of creating jobs. It's not the government's role to be the job creator in this country, rather I believe government can set the rules of the game and enact policies to create an environment which will promote private sector job growth. Through decreased spending and tax reform, we can create an atmosphere where businesses of all sizes want to grow and invest here in the U.S. Read more... 

Transportation and Infrastructure: Our transportation infrastructure is in dire need of improvement. Airport delays grow longer every year due to a lack of runways and gates, congestion on the highways costs the country 4.2 billion hours in wasted time and the locks on the Illinois and Mississippi Rivers were designed for Mark Twain's steamboat not modern barges. These deficiencies increase transportation costs, which in turn drive up the cost of every product we buy and make American products less attractive on the world market. Read more... 

Veterans: I believe that we owe no greater a debt than that owed to those who have fought to preserve our freedom. As such, I have made it my mission to provide top-quality care to our nation's servicemen and women and our veterans. Read more... 

Source: schock.house.gov

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