Oct 26, 2012

Congressman Bobby Schilling Folds in Final Debate

Congressman Bobby Schilling has the wrong priorities for Illinois middle class families and it showed in tonight’s final debate. Congressman Schilling failed to defend his out of touch record voting to end the Medicare guarantee just to give more tax breaks to millionaires and corporations that ship jobs overseas. Whether turning his back on workers losing their jobs to China or lying about his plan that raises health care costs for seniors by $6,4000, Congressman Bobby Schilling is wrong for the middle class.

“Congressman Bobby Schilling plans to gut Medicare and raise health care costs on seniors by $6,400 - $6,400 more than Schilling reported earning from his pizza shop last year,” said Haley Morris of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. “Congressman Schilling wants to lie about his business background and hide the truth about his voting record with the Tea Party. Voters know that he voted to cheat seniors out of Medicare just to pay corporate outsourcers’ tax breaks. Schilling lost this debate for the same reason he will lose this election - he’s turned his back on Illinois middle class families.”

Background

Congressman Bobby Schilling Voted for Ryan Budget That Ends Medicare. Congressman Schilling voted for two budgets authored by Congressman Paul Ryan. The budgets would end Medicare’s guaranteed benefit, protect $40 billion in tax breaks for big oil, provide people earning more than $1 million a year with an average tax cut of $265,000, and create incentives for corporations to shift profits and jobs overseas. Additionally, the Congressional Budget Office estimated it will increase health care costs by an extra $6,359 by 2022 for future Medicare beneficiaries, while a household making between $50,000 and $100,000 would face a tax increase of at least $1,358. [H Con. Res. 34, Vote #277, 4/15/11; H Con Res 112, Vote #151, 3/29/12; Center for American Progress, 3/20/12; Center for American Progress, 3/20/12; Center for Budget and Policy Priorities, 3/27/12; Tax Policy Center, Table T12-0078 and T10-0132; Citizens for Tax Justice, 3/22/12; Joint Economic Committee, 5/20/11; Joint Economic Committee, 6/20/12]

Congressman Schilling Walked Out on Sensata Workers.  In September 2012, Schilling walked out of a town hall with Sensata workers confronted Schilling regarding the impending outsourcing of their jobs to China.  “When Tom Gaulrapp, one of the workers set to lose his job after working at the Bain Capital-owned company for 33 years, asked Schilling if he would support a bill that would offer companies tax incentives for bringing overseas jobs back to the U.S. and also close loopholes that allow corporations to ship American jobs overseas, like the Bring American Jobs Home Act, Schilling refused to answer and walked out of the meeting.” Schilling’s campaign manager and son, Terry answered the question for the Congressman saying "He said no. He does not support the bill." [ProgressIllinois, 9/19/12]

Schilling Earned $0 Income from Pizza Parlor in 2011.  According to Schilling’s 2012 personal financial disclosure, he earned $0 from St. Giuseppe’s Pizza in 2011. [Personal Financial Disclosure, filed 5/16/12; Quad-Cities Times, 6/20/12]


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