Illinois Congressman John Shimkus discussed some of his legislative accomplishments as the U.S. House of Representatives adjourned for the 114th Congress. The congressman introduced eight bills that were signed into law.
One was Chemical Safety Reform. “My top legislative achievement this Congress was undoubtedly bringing the Toxic Substances Control Act into the 21st Century,”said Shimkus. “Virtually every manufactured good we come into contact with each day – from carpets to car seats to cleaning solutions – is touched by a law that had not been updated in 40 years. The bipartisan legislation I authored and negotiated will give consumers confidence that the products they buy are safe for their intended use, and will give industry the certainty they need to grow and create jobs.”
Shimkus also pushed for FDA improvements and supported more than half-dozen bills that improved care and benefits for veterans. Those include the Hire More Heroes Act and the No Veterans Crisis Line Call Should Go Unanswered Act.