The ability to have our voices heard at the polls is one of the most precious rights we have as Americans, and is only one component of what makes our nation so great.|
On Nov. 6, the vote
rs spoke, and determined that I will not be serving as your representative in the 113th Congress. My term representing you in the House of Representatives continues through the end of this year, however.
There are a number of important legislative issues I'm pushing to complete in the remaining weeks of the 112th Congress, including a solution to the upcoming fiscal cliff, the Farm Bill, and the annual defense authorization.
I'm proud to have been a part of this Congress changing the conversation in Washington from "how much can we spend?" to "how much can we save?" and passing legislation to lift the cap on the number of public-private partnerships at arsenals like Rock Island, three Free Trade Agreements to increase trade and job opportunities, numerous jobs bills to help get folks back to work, and more.
These pending legislative items are important to the folks I represent, however, and are important to me to see through.
In the mere two years I've had the honor of representing the 17th District of Illinois in Congress, my team and I have accomplished some remarkable things.
We have helped thousands of constituents work through issues with federal programs or agencies, we've helped many war heroes receive the medals and awards they have earned, and we worked in a bipartisan fashion on legislation to increase trade and grow jobs right here in our backyard at area manufacturers like John Deere and at facilities like the Rock Island Arsenal.
Some of our work has made the local papers; some of it hasn't. But all of it has been important to the folks we serve.
In many ways, Washington will look much the same after the ball drops and we ring in the New Year -- 2013 will bring with it President Obama's second inauguration, a Democrat-led Senate, and a Republican-led House of Representatives.
This balance of power will provide plenty of opportunities for Washington's leaders as well as the new folks in Congress to set aside their party and their talking points, roll up their sleeves, and work together to grow jobs and get our country out of debt.
My family and I have made many new friends here in Illinois and across the country over the last several years, and we had much to be grateful for this Thanksgiving.
I'm deeply honored and thankful for the opportunity to have served Illinois' 17th District in the 112th Congress, and will continue serving the folks of our area during the final weeks of the 112th Congress and beyond.
In parting, I'd like to leave you with one of my favorite Bible verses -- "So let's not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don't give up (Galatians 6:9)."
Thank you again for the honor of serving you. It has been the privilege of a lifetime.
Merry Christmas and happy holidays to you and yours.
Bobby Schilling, R-Colona, represents the 17th Congressional District through January.
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