In previous editions of our weekly newsletter, I have promised to preview the upcoming legislative Session. This week I want to talk about a few of the bills that I am sponsoring ahead of the scheduled start of the Spring Session on Tuesday, January 30th.
Now that Illinois finally has a budget in place, I believe significant steps must be taken to get State government to live within its means. To begin repairing the damage left in the wake of the 2.5 year budget impasse, I believe Illinois must live on a very strict financial diet for years to come.
In addition to the $2.5 billion in cuts that were part of the final budget solution, I have joined on to sponsor legislation that has the potential to save our state big dollars for years to come.
I released a press release earlier this week detailing my plan to cut waste, fraud, and abuse from our state’s entitlement programs. Please see below to read the entire press release.
As the legislative Session unfolds, I will provide information and reactions to the Governor’s State of the State and Budget Addresses, and keep you updated on more legislation that I’m carrying in the House.
PRESS RELEASE: Bryant Sponsors Welfare Reform Package
Murphysboro….State Representative Terri Bryant (R-Murphysboro) has signed on to sponsor multiple pieces of legislation aimed at rooting out waste, fraud, and abuse in Illinois’ welfare programs. As the Illinois House returns to Springfield later this month, Bryant says she is focusing hard on finding places to cut the budget and improve efficiencies.
“With the new Session approaching, I am working hard to shrink government spending and root out waste, fraud, and abuse,” Bryant said. “Now that we have a budget in place for the first time in more than two years, I will be strongly advocating that Illinois stick to a tight financial diet far into the future. This is not merely lip service on my part. I am sponsoring specific policy proposals that could start saving our State money right away.”
Bryant is a chief co-sponsor of three specific proposals he says will result in savings for Illinois taxpayers.
HB 4180 would require drug testing for individuals applying for welfare benefits.
HB 4181 would require the name and photo of the primary cardholder to be on an Illinois Link card and, at the option of the primary cardholder, the names of secondary holders who are authorized to use the card. It establishes that an individual may only use the Link card if the photo on the card matches the user or he or she presents a current and valid photo identification that confirms that he or she is a secondary user listed on the card.
Another proposal, HB 4182, would bar illegal immigrants from taking part in entitlement programs. These include the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), the Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP), the Children’s Health Insurance Program, ALL KIDS Health Insurance program, TANF, and the medical assistance program.
“The truth is, the legislative package I am sponsoring will save Illinois taxpayers significant dollars on entitlement program spending. I urge Speaker Madigan and the rest of my colleagues in Springfield to take the problem of exploding entitlement spending seriously and to advance these important cost saving measures when we return to Session later this month.”
Washington County Farm Bureau Annual Meeting
I had a great time visiting with folks at the 91st Annual Washington County Farm Bureau Meeting in Okawville on Thursday evening. The evening focused on the current state of agricultural politics at the national level and the priorities of the Farm Bureau going forward. I was honored to address the huge crowd!
My office in Mt. Vernon is open Monday through Friday and my office in Murphysboro is open Monday through Thursday, each from 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM. You can also contact me directly through the Contact Form on my website at www.repbryant.com – Your opinions on important topics facing the State of Illinois are invaluable to me. Keep them coming!