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Representative Darin LaHood

Representing the 18th District of Illinois

Priorities

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Creating Jobs and Growing the Economy

Illinois has been in a jobs depression for almost two decades, according to data from the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics. Illinois is home to the hardest workers I know—and I want to get the private sector working again so business can grow and hire more employees.

Slashing Federal Spending

Federal spending is out of control. President Obama is on track to nearly double the national debt, from $10.6 trillion to a projected $20 trillion debt by the time he leaves office. Paying interest on our debt alone will consume more and more of our annual budget until we get our spending in check, let alone the power it gives to the countries that own our debt.

Growing Food and the Economy: Agriculture

To fully support the agriculture community, we must maintain effective programs that allow our farmers to remain globally competitive, we must reduce regulations, and we must expand opportunities for trade.

National Security: Keeping America Safe

A strong national defense is crucial to a safe, free, and flourishing America. "Providing for the common defense" is one of the most important roles of our federal government. As a former Assistant U.S. Attorney and Chief Terrorism Prosecutor, I understand the grave national security threats our country faces.

On the Move: Transportation and Infrastructure

Transportation is the backbone of our economy. It moves people to their jobs, children to school, produce and livestock from farms to sale, products to retail, and even information to consumers. A reliable, efficient, and safe transportation network is vital for families as well as commerce.

Building Illinois: Manufacturing

Manufacturing is critical to job growth, to economic mobility and prosperity for families, and to the vitality of our state and nation’s economy as a whole. Manufacturing in Illinois accounts for 14.05 percent of the total output of the state, and employs almost 10% of our workforce. Manufacturing goods exports reached $61.64 billion in 2014.

Military and Veterans: Saluting our Heroes

We can never fully repay our veterans and their families for their incredible sacrifice. However, we can and should ensure that those who put their life on the line for our country receive the care they deserve.

Quality Healthcare

Families, individual patients, and their doctor should make health care decisions, not Washington bureaucrats. Health is a deeply personal and important matter—far too important to trust the federal government to run it. I support common sense reforms that restore individual choice and control over healthcare plans.

Immigration

The United States has always been a country that welcomes those who legally come to the United States in search of freedom, democracy and opportunities to pursue the American Dream. However, the American rule of law must be respected, especially among those who hope to live here.

Education

Education is paramount to the well-being of America. Few issues have as great an impact on our future generations as access to education—it contributes to our economy’s success in the global marketplace, provides the foundation for the next generation, and instills the values of our society into the minds of our children.

2nd Amendment

I strongly support the Second Amendment and in Congress I will fight to defend the hunters, sportsmen, and firearm owners of Central and West Central Illinois. Our constitution is explicit—law abiding citizens have a right to keep and bear arms.

Right to Life

As a strong practicing Catholic and father of three boys with my wife, I am proud and honored to be pro-life. Our government exists in order to preserve “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”

Trade

Trade is of paramount importance to the economy of the 18th Congressional district. Free trade strengthens our economy by expanding investment opportunities, opening new markets to domestic industries, and creating jobs.
Date Roll Call Bill Vote Title
6/23/2017 322 H.R.2842 Yea On Passage: Accelerating Individuals into the Workforce Act
6/23/2017 321 H.R.2842 Aye On Agreeing to the Amendment:
6/23/2017 320 H.R.2842 Aye On Agreeing to the Amendment:
6/22/2017 319 H.R.1654 Aye On Passage: Water Supply Permitting Coordination Act
6/22/2017 318 H.R.1654 No On Agreeing to the Amendment:
6/22/2017 317 H.RES.396 Aye On Agreeing to the Resolution: Providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 2842) to provide for the conduct of demonstration projects to test the effectiveness of subsidized employment for TANF recipients, and providing for consideration of motions to suspend the rules.
6/22/2017 316 H.RES.396 Yea On Ordering the Previous Question: Providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 2842) to provide for the conduct of demonstration projects to test the effectiveness of subsidized employment for TANF recipients, and providing for consideration of motions to suspend the rules.
6/21/2017 315 H.R.1873 Aye On Passage: Electricity Reliability and Forest Protection Act
6/21/2017 314 H.R.1873 No On Agreeing to the Amendment:
6/21/2017 313 H.RES.392 Aye On Agreeing to the Resolution: Providing for consideration of H.R. 1873, the Electricity and Reliability and Forest Protection Act; and H.R.1654, the Water Supply Permitting Coordination Act