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Illinois Rep. Schilling: 'Band-Aids' Won't Fix America's Economy

Tom Williams/Roll Call(WASHINGTON) -- In the weekly Republican address, Illinois Congressman Bobby Schilling says that as a small business owner, he understands the urgency facing working-class Americans, and argues that the policies of the Obama administration have done little to spur growth where it’s most needed.

“They need to understand the American small business owner,” Schilling, a freshman House member and the owner of an Illinois pizza shop, says in the GOP address released Saturday.

“When you’re a small business owner, you’re a troubleshooter – you identify a problem and fix it, so it doesn’t come back.  Temporary band-aids won’t do the trick,” Schilling said, referring to the president’s stimulus policies.

“That’s why,” he says, “I’m proud to support Republicans’ Plan for America’s Job Creators.”

“Our plan looks at the problem from the view of the small businesspeople, and works to clear out barriers to job creation by addressing excessive regulations, fixing our tax code and closing loopholes, and paying down our debt,” Schilling says.

Getting Americans back to work, he says, “isn’t a Democrat issue or a Republican issue – it’s a red, white, and blue issue,” and lawmakers “owe it to the American people to find common ground.”

 “Unfortunately, many of the jobs bills the House has passed are stuck in the Democratic-led Senate.  We call these bills the ‘forgotten 15,’” Schilling says.

“These bills are common-sense bills that address those excessive federal regulations that are hurting small business job creation. … A number of them have bipartisan support.  Yet the Senate won’t give these bills a vote, and the president hasn’t called for action,” he says.

Schilling concludes, “Republicans have a jobs plan, one with some bipartisan support, but it’s stuck in the Senate.  We’re asking President Obama to work with us and call on the Senate to pass the ‘forgotten 15’ to help the private sector create jobs, American jobs desperately needed.”

President Obama in his own weekly address continued to promote his “we can’t wait” campaign and attacked Republicans in Congress for not “paying attention” to the economy. The president said his “common-sense jobs proposals” would jumpstart employment and set the economy on the right track, if it weren’t for Republicans standing in the way.

“The truth is, we can no longer wait for Congress to do its job,” the president – whose $447 billion jobs bill stymied on Capitol Hill – said, outlining his case for executive action. “The middle-class families who’ve been struggling for years are tired of waiting.  They need help now.  So where Congress won’t act, I will.”

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From Pizza Parlor to Politics

Photo Courtesy - Bobby Schilling(MOLINE, Ill.) -- Bobby Schilling is not a career politician. Bobby Schilling is a pizza man. He owns St. Giuseppe's Heavenly Pizza in Moline, Il.

But today, Schilling is right in the middle of one of the most competitive House races in the 2010 congressional midterm elections, running to unseat two-term Democratic incumbent Rep. Phil Hare in Illinois' 17th District.

"I'm a guy that for the last 14 years I've fired up, from the ground up, my small pizza store, and, you know, worked my fingers to the bone, and, you know, had for the first three or four years really struggled to get by," Schilling said in an interview with ABC News.

Following the 2008 presidential election, Schilling says he began considering a run for the House.

"We're just starting to get our head above water and the government wants to come in and raise taxes and, you know, I just figured now's the time to do something rather than just sit around and complain," Schilling said "The big thing I looked at – the big picture as a husband, a dad and a small business owner,…we trust that the government, our elected officials, are going to go in and do what's in the best interest of our country, and I did not see that happening, so for the first time in my life I decided to run for an office."

Schilling, whose favorite kind of pizza is "Jalapeno Garden" -- that's sausage, onion, tomato, mozzarella and jalapenos -- started his restaurant businesses almost 14 years ago. The pizzeria employs eight employees, including three of his own children. His tight bond with his family is evident in his campaign as well, which is run by his oldest son, Terry.

While polls show the race as a toss-up, Schilling says his congressional campaign is built at the grassroots level -- and about one-third of his campaign volunteers are registered Democrats.

Republican campaign sources say the Schilling-Hare race reflects the kind of trouble Democrats are having in Midwest congressional races.

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