Congressman John Shimkus

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Only 68.2% of residents in the 15th District have responded to the 2020 Census. In 2010, 74.2% self-responded. But it's ...
09/10/2020

Only 68.2% of residents in the 15th District have responded to the 2020 Census. In 2010, 74.2% self-responded.

But it's not too late! Respond today @ my2020census.gov/

09/09/2020

⚠️ IMPORTANT → By President Trump's Executive Order, beginning September 1, employers may defer collection of the employee portion of Social Security payroll taxes for workers earning less than $4,000/biweekly.

Here's what you need to know: https://go.usa.gov/xGBkJ

Typical vaccine development takes 10 to 15 years because each step occurs one at a time. This minimizes the financial ri...
09/08/2020

Typical vaccine development takes 10 to 15 years because each step occurs one at a time. This minimizes the financial risk to drug companies who invest millions of dollars in developing new vaccines.

But through #OperationWarpSpeed, COVID-19 vaccine testing, regulatory approval, and manufacturing are happening at the same time. This requires billions of dollars from the federal government, but it speeds up vaccine development without compromising safety.

Learn more here: https://go.usa.gov/xGW6H

Taiwan's move to lift restrictions on imports of U.S. pork and beef is good for American producers and an important step...
09/03/2020
Tsai Clears the Way for a US-Taiwan Trade Agreement

Taiwan's move to lift restrictions on imports of U.S. pork and beef is good for American producers and an important step toward an eventual trade agreement.

The president’s decision to ease restrictions on imports of U.S. pork and beef removes one of the major stumbling blocks to such a deal.

Worried about voter fraud or election security? Do something about it! America needs poll workers to help ensure a free ...
09/01/2020

Worried about voter fraud or election security? Do something about it! America needs poll workers to help ensure a free and fair election in November.

With cases rising in some counties, local officials are warning of new restrictions. Please do your part to reduce the s...
08/31/2020
More restrictions inevitable, Southwest IL official says as positivity increases again

With cases rising in some counties, local officials are warning of new restrictions. Please do your part to reduce the spread:

↔ Practice social distancing whenever possible
😷 Keep your respiratory droplets to yourself
🧼 Wash your hands frequently
🌡 Stay home if you are sick

Illinois health officials announced 1,992 new coronavirus cases Sunday and 11 additional deaths

Competitions like this are a great way to help meet the Trump Administration's goal of increasing agricultural productio...
08/27/2020
EPA, USDA launch next-generation fertilizer challenge

Competitions like this are a great way to help meet the Trump Administration's goal of increasing agricultural production by 40% while cutting the environmental footprint in half by 2050.

Goal of program is maintaining or improving crop yields while reducing environmental footprint.

As a graduate of West Point - The U.S. Military Academy, I strongly encourage students with a desire to serve their coun...
08/26/2020
Applications open for Military Service Academy

As a graduate of West Point - The U.S. Military Academy, I strongly encourage students with a desire to serve their country to consider continuing their education at one of the four service academies.

Congressman John Shimkus (R, IL-15) is now accepting applications from young men and women interested in attending one of the United States military academies. High School seniors, as well as

While some Democrat Governors continue to point fingers instead of owning their failure to protect their most vulnerable...
08/25/2020
Trump Administration Provides $5 Billion to Nursing Homes as Cuomo, Others Refuse to Acknowledge Deadly Mistakes - Energy and Commerce Committee

While some Democrat Governors continue to point fingers instead of owning their failure to protect their most vulnerable citizens during a global pandemic, the Trump administration is sending resources to support nursing home and long-term care facilities.

Washington, D.C. – Earlier this month, the Trump administration doubled down on their commitment to seniors living in nursing home facilities by providing roughly $5 billion in funding from the Provider Relief Fund for nursing homes and long-term care facilities. The Provider Relief Fund was estab...

More than 70,000 patients in the U.S. have been given convalescent plasma, a century-old approach to fend off flu and me...
08/24/2020
Trump announces plasma treatment authorized for COVID-19

More than 70,000 patients in the U.S. have been given convalescent plasma, a century-old approach to fend off flu and measles before vaccines. It’s a go-to tactic when new diseases come along, and history suggests it works against some, but not all, infections.

The Mayo Clinic reported preliminary data from 35,000 coronavirus patients treated with plasma, and said there were fewer deaths among people given plasma within three days of diagnosis, and also among those given plasma containing the highest levels of virus-fighting antibodies.

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Sunday announced emergency authorization to treat COVID-19 patients with convalescent plasma — a move he called “a breakthrough,” one of his top health...

I saw Lukashenko steal the 2006 Belarusian election. If the U.S. and Europe don't act, he'll get away with it again.
08/21/2020
The U.S. Must Sanction Europe’s Last Dictator

I saw Lukashenko steal the 2006 Belarusian election. If the U.S. and Europe don't act, he'll get away with it again.

The United States must support the Belarusian people’s inalienable right to freedom, democracy, and the rule of law.

August is National Immunization Awareness Month.While Operation Warp Speed is working to develop a safe and effective CO...
08/18/2020

August is National Immunization Awareness Month.

While Operation Warp Speed is working to develop a safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine, you already have the power to protect yourself and your community from other vaccine-preventable diseases. #vaccineswork

Rodney is right → "We aren’t going to get through this with government mandates, finger-pointing, or shaming our fellow ...
08/17/2020
Rodney Davis: Don't succumb to us-versus-them pandemic mentality

Rodney is right → "We aren’t going to get through this with government mandates, finger-pointing, or shaming our fellow citizens." We "need to focus on our personal responsibility to our neighbors and our communities."

Advice from a GOP congressman and victim: As Americans, we need to heed the science, wear masks and work together to defeat the coronavirus.

08/14/2020

My office has been getting calls about the Postal Service...

The USPS is an important institution, especially in rural America. The Constitution expressly gives Congress authority to establish such an institution, and the federal government has a responsibility to ensure the safe and timely delivery of the mail. This service is critically important in states that have chosen to give voters the ability to cast their ballot through the mail, and no actions should be taken to undermine any state's right to offer that option.

Unfortunately the USPS has suffered from financial problems dating back to at least 2006. I have supported legislation to fix some of the root causes of those problems, and I will consider the Postal Service's request for appropriated funds in the future legislation.

Yesterday I co-signed letters to EPA and CDC asking how they are using wastewater surveillance tools to detect levels of...
08/13/2020
Why Sewage Is The Key To Early Detection Of Coronavirus Outbreaks

Yesterday I co-signed letters to EPA and CDC asking how they are using wastewater surveillance tools to detect levels of COVID-19 infection.

A growing number of nations and companies are either trialling or rolling out systems that monitor sewage, and they may provide the key to ensuring that future Covid-19 outbreaks are kept under control.

I’ve long championed and spoken out on behalf of democratic movements around the world, particularly in Eastern Europe a...
08/11/2020
Bloody clashes in Belarus as West condemns crackdown after election

I’ve long championed and spoken out on behalf of democratic movements around the world, particularly in Eastern Europe and the former captive nations of the USSR. In 2006 I observed the election in Belarus. Like previous elections there, it was neither free nor fair. Elections in Europe’s last dictatorship have not met international standards since.

But there is cause for hope. Today Belarusians are taking to the streets in opposition to yet another of Alexander Lukashenko’s rigged elections. I applaud their courage, and I support them in their struggle for freedom, democracy, and the rule of law. The United States, the United Kingdom and the European Union must keep up the pressure on the Bully of Belarus until he yields to free and fair elections.

At least one person died as Belarusian police clashed with protesters on Monday after the opposition accused President Alexander Lukashenko of rigging his re-election victory amid a chorus of criticism from Western leaders.

08/10/2020

What are you doing to fight the invisible enemy? Here are six things you can do to help defeat the Chinese virus:

↔ Practice social distancing whenever possible
😷 Keep your respiratory droplets to yourself
🧼 Wash your hands frequently
🌡 Stay home if you are sick
🩸 Donate blood or plasma
🙏 Pray for the sick

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This post notes the origin of the virus that causes COVID-19. Why? Because the actions of the Chinese Communist Party cannot be forgotten as the world continues to deal with the death and damage brought about by this novel coronavirus pandemic. The CCP failed to contain the outbreak in Wuhan, concealed information about the virus itself, disappeared Doctor Ai Fen who raised the alarm, and halted domestic flights out of Wuhan even as they allowed international flights to spread the virus across the globe. Now the CCP wants to change the narrative to deflect the blame for their failures and deceptions. But noting the origin of this virus is not racist or xenophobic now, nor was it when the New York Times, CNN, Washington Post, and Democrats on the House Foreign Affairs Committee did so earlier this year.

Here’s the bottom line: We cannot forget how and where this all started, and we cannot allow the Chinese Communist Party to escape the consequences.

This is some of the craziest stuff I've ever followed! We're talking about $1 trillion bills as "skinny" proposals, folk...
08/07/2020
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This is some of the craziest stuff I've ever followed! We're talking about $1 trillion bills as "skinny" proposals, folks are making more on unemployment than they did at their jobs, and states like Illinois are demanding more federal aid before even spending what they've already received.

Miss The Morning Newswatch?

Today we were joined by Congressman John Shimkus who filled us in on the last happening in Washington, including progress on a COVID-19 relief package.

Health concerns and lockdowns have slowed commerce and resulted in fewer cash transactions than usual, leading some to f...
08/06/2020

Health concerns and lockdowns have slowed commerce and resulted in fewer cash transactions than usual, leading some to fear the U.S. is suffering from a #CoinShortage.

But the reality is we have plenty of coins, they're just not moving. Here's how you can help #GetCoinMoving:

💰 Pay in exact change when you can
🏦 Take that jar of coins to the bank
🏬 Exchange coins for cash at kiosks

08/04/2020
Donate Blood Plasma and Help Save Lives

As of August 3, just over 6,000 people in the 15th District have tested positive for COVID-19. The vast majority will recover if they haven't already. If you've recovered from the disease, your antibodies can help others defeat the virus as well.

TikTok videos may be funny, but the app's connections to the Chinese Communist Party are no laughing matter. Since May, ...
08/03/2020
Trump Sets Clock Ticking for TikTok

TikTok videos may be funny, but the app's connections to the Chinese Communist Party are no laughing matter.

Since May, Energy & Commerce Committee Republicans have been investigating TikTok — including whether TikTok continues to violate the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act.

U.S. President Donald Trump is threatening to halt operations in the United States of a popular Chinese-owned video-sharing social media app. The White House said it had “very serious national security concerns over TikTok. We continue to evaluate future policy.” Late Friday, the president said ...

President Donald J. Trump has issued a national call to action. If you've recovered from COVID-19, you have the power to...
08/01/2020
Trump urges people who have recovered from covid-19 to donate blood plasma

President Donald J. Trump has issued a national call to action. If you've recovered from COVID-19, you have the power to help others defeat the virus too.

Blood plasma from people who have successfully recovered from coronavirus infection has been widely used in the United States, even though researchers are still gathering evidence to definitively show it works.

While Governor Pritzker continues to criticize the federal response and demand additional aid, a U.S. Treasury Inspector...
07/31/2020
Illinois' Republicans demand transparency on how governor is allocating federal aid

While Governor Pritzker continues to criticize the federal response and demand additional aid, a U.S. Treasury Inspector General report this week showed that of the $4.9 billion Illinois received from the federal government so far, only about $753 million (15.3%) has been spent.

(The Center Square) – Illinois’ Republican congressional delegation is calling for transparency on how Gov. J.B. Pritzker's administration is allocating federal funds that have already been released.

FIGHT BACK! If you've recovered from COVID-19, you may be able to help your fellow Americans and defeat the virus.
07/31/2020

FIGHT BACK! If you've recovered from COVID-19, you may be able to help your fellow Americans and defeat the virus.

Don McCall of Champaign, who died in 2017, was one of 316 men who survived the sinking of the ship that had just deliver...
07/30/2020
Crew of sunken USS Indianapolis to receive Congressional Gold Medal

Don McCall of Champaign, who died in 2017, was one of 316 men who survived the sinking of the ship that had just delivered components for the atomic bomb that would bring a swift end to World War II.

Other survivors from central Illinois were Arthur Leenerman of Mahomet, who died in 2019, and Earl Riggins of Oakland, who died in 2011.

Seventy-five years to the day of the worst at-sea disaster in U.S. Naval history, the crew of the USS Indianapolis will receive the Congressional Gold Medal for its service to

In-person, early voting will begin Sept. 24 in local county courthouses and other designated locations. Early voting wil...
07/29/2020
Illinois vote-by-mail applications to be mailed this week

In-person, early voting will begin Sept. 24 in local county courthouses and other designated locations. Early voting will end Nov. 2.

Vote-by-mail applications are going out to Illinois residents this week. Here's what you need to know.

If you get seeds in the mail that you didn't order from someone you don't know, DO NOT PLANT THEM!
07/28/2020

If you get seeds in the mail that you didn't order from someone you don't know, DO NOT PLANT THEM!

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2217 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington D.C., DC
20515

Capitol South or Federal Center SW Metro

Opening Hours

Monday 09:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 09:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 09:00 - 17:00
Thursday 09:00 - 17:00
Friday 09:00 - 17:00

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(202) 225-5271

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