Congressman John Shimkus recently shared local stories on the House Floor.
The stories came from individuals and businesses in Congressman Shimkus’ district. The Press Release received from Congressman Shimkus’ Office stated, ” These are just a handful of the stories shared by members of the Illinois delegation on the House floor. With the Tax Cuts & Jobs Act becoming more popular than ever as the new withholding tables hit paychecks, the good news keeps rolling in. 4 million workers (and counting) have received more than $4 billion in bonuses, and 90 percent of Americans are seeing an increase in take-home pay — all thanks to tax reform! For more on that, visit FairandSimple.gop.”
While on the House Floor, Congressman Shimkus stated, “What we did is we posted a question on our newsletter to ask people to respond, and I want to share some of these responses….Ken and Pam from St. Joseph—we call it St. Joe—they say: ‘Personally we have seen an increase in our net wages each week. With our business, we seem to have an increase in other companies starting new things.’ Gregg from Charleston says: ‘More money in my take-home check.’ A pretty simple statement. James from Marine says: ‘My retirement check just went up. Thanks.’ Jeff from Carlyle says: ‘Positive results only so far, just as expected with a commonsense tax cut.’ Carl from Collinsville, which is my hometown. I am glad Carl is happy. He says: ‘I am seeing more on my paycheck each week. Keep up the good work.’”
“Griffith Trucking, Broadway Express, Heartland Peterbilt, and Heartland Classics—which are in Effingham and Newton—gave $1,000 bonuses to 65 full-time employees. FedEx has a big distribution hub in my district, same place, in Effingham. FedEx has committed to more than $3 billion in wage increases, bonuses, pension funding, and expanded U.S. capital investment. Charter Communications is raising their minimum wage to $15 an hour as a result of this tax cut plan.”
“We as a body were tired of being in a malaise. Is this all we can hope for? We wanted an economy that would grow and create jobs and be vibrant, that people would be excited about going back to the workforce, working hard, taking home more of their pay, investing it into the market or in their retirement savings; and that is just what we are having. Mr. Speaker, I have a lot of my colleagues here on the floor, so I could talk a long time on the benefits of the bill. I am very, very excited about it.”