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Hultgren, Duckworth talk about bipartisan legislation

Address Metro West Council of Government

ELGIN – While partisan bickering in Washington might dominate the headlines, that doesn’t tell the whole story, U.S. Rep. Randy Hultgren, R-Winfield, and U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth, D-Hoffman Estates, told members of the Metro West Council of Government Thursday night.

“It is not always a partisan battle in Washington,” Duckworth said. “We are getting some things done.”

Duckworth and Hultgren spoke as part of “A Congressional Conversation,” Metro West’s first federal legislative event. Metro West Council of Government is a nonprofit organization that represents 34 municipalities in Kane, Kendall and DeKalb counties.

Duckworth said she has found bipartisan support for the proposed Marketplace Fairness Act, which would allow states to collect sales taxes and use taxes from online and catalog retailers. The legislation, which she co-sponsored, is designed to level the playing field for brick-and-mortar retailers.

“I fully support comprehensive tax reform, as well,” Duckworth said. “I would support reducing the corporate tax rate as part of a comprehensive program.”

Hultgren echoed Duckworth’s comments about bipartisanship.

“There really is some bipartisan work that is going on,” Hultgren said. He also acknowledged the work of local government bodies.

“You have the toughest job but also have the greatest impact on people’s lives,” he said.

Hultgren spoke about how he is helping local government bodies. Earlier this year, he co-sponsored a bill which would expand the use of local bank qualified bonds and allow local municipal governments and school districts to increase their use from $10 million to $30 million a year.

“Municipal bonds are a great tool for municipalities in a very cost effective way,” Hultgren said. “You can get more bang for the buck.”

Hultgren also spoke about what it will take to get the economy growing again. He said government over-regulation is an obstacle to economic growth.

“We need reasonable regulations, not out-of-control management,” he said.

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