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You spent a lot of time helping other people's -- working for the secretary of state George Ryan managing the first reelection campaign for -- congressman.
Josh Lucas what is it like now -- want me.
Its interest in and it's really an honor that the citizens of the new thirteenth district.
Which spreads out from central.
All the way down south western Illinois.
Elect me and allow me the opportunity every single them out here to go on the floor and vote for them and -- for the future of our children.
It's it's an honor and it's a great opportunity that.
One that I never thought I'd have one let alone to be able to serve with my former boss congressman John champions who just spent a great friend great mentor.
To me over the last twenty years.
It surprise -- The biggest prizes and everyone's normal.
You know it's -- -- a group of 435 people together all different types of personalities.
It's just been great getting to -- so many good friends on both sides of the -- Some of my best friends here are members of the freshman classes -- -- not only be the Republican members but also the Democrat members.
And there's a lot of camaraderie that I think isn't shown in the national news media.
It's -- frustration.
I've said all along throughout the entire campaign since I've been a member of congress that sequestration.
Across the board cuts they're just bad policy.
We ought to be able to have.
Smart men and women in congress should don't live my life through the budget and make sure that we were with that we re prioritize -- Washington spends money.
When we do that we're going to get back to regular order.
And be able to have a good common sense solutions for the hardworking taxpayers of this country are clamoring for.
A lot of priorities in my district my district is indicative of many throughout the midwest with a wide range of of activities.
The agricultural sector is is one of our top priorities from home to some of the agribusiness giants like -- GS.
But also many implement dealers and family farmers rely upon the entire -- -- For their success at our local job creation.
Also I transportation bill.
I believe we need to put our men and women back to work -- -- trades and labor.
So that we rebuild our crumbling infrastructure -- I was probably one of the few Republicans.
If not the only Republican in targeted districts nationwide last year that campaigned on the need for -- -- transportation reauthorization.
I sit on both of those committees of jurisdiction and I look forward -- -- seated -- table for both those.
We see here is -- -- -- you sign onto a bipartisan piece of legislation in Mississippi River and adding pieces seem an actress is too great river management and responses to the extreme weather -- -- meal that about why you're pushing for that and why does -- need.
Well absolutely and Mississippi River and navigation channel is crucial to our local economy.
Not just to our agricultural sector which is able to to get product out on the -- -- the river and I don't in the open ocean.
Can't sell it worldwide but also you things like coal mining jobs in my district are dependent upon the river because.
Washington bureaucrats years ago said that it's not okay to burn Illinois coal in Illinois.
We have to ship that -- overseas.
Over to Asia and get it out onto the open ocean so that our coal miners actually have jobs in Montgomery County in -- county Illinois.
You think compromise reached.
The you know I really have hope that he came in as a matter fact I talked to President Obama.
-- he was leaving the state in the end and we talked about.
Local friends that we have in my home town of Taylor -- Illinois.
And the symbolism of that discussion hit me afterwards.
If he and I can put aside politics and talk about things that are personal nature.
Down the center -- of the most divided organization in America the US congress if he -- I can do that and there's hope that we can be able to come together.
And forge those Korean.
Common sense solutions like we've seen in the past one.
Bill Clinton and Newt Gingrich couldn't figure our -- Air Force One and next thing you know we have a balanced budget overnight.
In the balanced budget agreement of 1997.
It can happen both sides.
Put away the petty politics and come together pork.
And I'm optimistic it would.
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