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Everyone deserves a fair chance to succeed.  Our nation’s prosperity is built on the principles of unlimited opportunity, quality education, commitment to hard work, and the freedom to pursue our dreams.

But as I travel around the Tenth District, I meet too many people who are struggling—unable to find work, worrying about paying for their mortgage or their children’s education, uncertain about their family’s health care, or unsure whether they will have a secure retirement.  Too many people are wondering if they can give to their children the promise of a brighter future, just as their parents previously provided to them.

That’s why in Congress I am focused on getting our economy back on track, accelerating economic growth and creating long-term opportunities for an expanding middle class.  I’ve stood up for families on important issues, including fighting for a woman’s right to choose, a sustainable environment, sensible gun measures, extending unemployment insurance, LGBT equality and immigration reform. As a member of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, I am active in maintaining the United States’ leadership position in an increasingly complex world.

For all the challenges we face, I firmly believe our best days are still ahead of us. I have no doubt that the American “can-do” spirit will power us forward and sustain the promise of a better future for the next generation, and the next after that.

Simply put, other than being a husband and a father, serving Illinois’s Tenth District is the highest honor and greatest responsibility of my life. With your support, I look forward to continuing to fight for the priorities and values we care about.

It is in that vein that I am pleased to share with you my positions on some of the most important issues facing our country.  I welcome your perspectives, comments, and ideas on these and any other issues that are of concern to you and your family.

Sincerely,

Brad

Budgets

For too long, our national debt has continued to spiral out of control, and Congress has been fueling the fire. Politicians in Washington should take a lesson from our small businesses and working families who have been doing more with less for years. Throughout my career, I worked with small and medium-sized businesses. I helped […]

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Education

For our nation to ensure its long-term prosperity and security, we must provide world-class schools.  Education is the engine that will drive the breakthrough technological advancements we will need to tackle virtually every challenge we face today and in the future, including energy and health care. Our children must be given every opportunity to succeed […]

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Environment

I believe we must be responsible stewards of our environment and in Congress I’m fighting for programs that preserve and protect America’s environmental heritage.  It’s our duty to future generations to protect our air and water, conserve our natural spaces, and urgently address climate change.  Acting responsibly today will promote economic growth, create jobs and […]

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Gun Violence

Senseless gun violence is happening every single day across America, tragically affecting our communities, our schools, even our children in their own homes. I know we won’t be able to prevent every instance of violence, but inaction is simply unacceptable. I believe we must work together to enact safe, sensible gun policy that will help […]

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Health Care

Quality, affordable health care should be accessible for all Americans. We spend more on health care than any other nation, and still do not have longer life expectancies or healthier lifetimes. Until recently, people with pre-existing conditions could not get affordable insurance coverage and too many people faced the double tragedy of financial ruin caused by […]

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Immigration Reform

We need urgent action on comprehensive immigration reform. I proudly support comprehensive immigration reform because our immigration system should match the agility and competitiveness of the 21st Century global marketplace and secure our border in a way that promotes legal immigration. America’s current immigration system is broken and the status quo continues to hold back […]

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Jobs and the Economy

For too long our economic recovery has been hindered by partisan bickering in Congress, preventing needed progress on many important issues. Consequently, middle-class families in Illinois and across the country continue to struggle to make ends meet. That’s why creating jobs and strengthening our economy is my top priority in Congress.   Small Business For […]

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LGBT Equality

All Americans are entitled to be treated equally under the law, regardless of who they love. As Americans, we are all equal. Anything otherwise is simply wrong. Marriage Equality I believe that two people who desire to make a lifelong commitment to build a future together should have the right and ability to marry, and […]

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National Security and Foreign Policy

As a member of the Foreign Affairs Committee, I support policies that preserve the United States’ positive influence and leadership in relations with our allies, in addressing challenges with our adversaries, and in helping set international policies in global forums. Our goal in foreign policy must always be to keep America safe today, as well […]

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Social Security and Medicare

In this country, we take care of the generations that came before us. I’m proud to be part of a compassionate society that doesn’t turn its back on its citizens when they most need our help. But our social safety nets are under attack from many Republicans who want to privatize or gut these critical […]

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Veterans

Military service is one of the greatest honors a citizen can perform for their country. We owe it to our service men and women to treat them with the same dignity, respect, and sense of responsibility that they have shown to us and our country. When our veterans return home, there must be a full […]

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Women’s Rights

In recent years, attacks in Congress on women’s access to health care and economic opportunity have been relentless. I am proud to stand strong against these attacks and support women’s rights. I proudly supported the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act (VAWA) to make our communities safer, and I am proud to support the Paycheck Fairness […]

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