The Duckworth Diary
This week’s Duckworth Diary - April 18, 2014
This week the House of Representatives adjourned in Washington for a District Work Period. I have had a busy week meeting with constituents in the 8th District.
On Monday, I was honored to attend the United Service Organization-Metro's 32nd Annual Awards Dinner. The work the USO does on behalf of our active duty servicemen and women is truly astonishing, and I am proud to see them continuing to succeed by opening a new clinic in the Washington DC area.
This week, I visited the Sikh Religious Society of Chicago Gurdwara Sahib in Palatine to meet with constituents. I was happy to meet with members and leaders of the community to discuss how I can best represent their needs.
Together with Representative Dan Kildee, I wrote a letter to Speaker Boehner in favor of extending unemployment insurance for more than 2 million Americans, 200,000 of whom are Veterans. Nearly 116,000 people in Illinois have lost unemployment insurance since last year and it is time that we act.
This week, I voted yes on The Home Heating Emergency Assistance Through Transportation (HHEATT) Act of 2014. Propane and heating oil shortages have plagued several areas of the country, notably in the state of Illinois, and the existing delivery infrastructure hasn’t been able to keep up with demand increases resulting from below-average temperatures.
This week, I hosted a Hiring Event with Congressman Brad Schneider at Harper College in Palatine. Over 50 employers were there to discuss open positions in their companies with over 500 job seekers. This is a first step of many to get our economy moving again here in Illinois.