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					Budget Issues ............................................................................................. 2
Business and Consumer Issues .................................................................. 3
Campaign Finance Issues........................................................................... 3
Debt Ceiling ............................................................................................... 4
District Issues ............................................................................................ 4
Economic and Financial Issues .................................................................. 5
Education Issues ........................................................................................ 6
Energy Issues ............................................................................................. 6
Environmental Issues ................................................................................. 7
Ethics Issues .............................................................................................. 8
Foreign Policy Issues – Iraq, Afghanistan, Iran, North Korea ................... 8
Health Care Issues ..................................................................................... 8
Immigration and Border Issues .................................................................. 9
Israel .......................................................................................................... 9
Labor and Working Family Issues ............................................................. 9
LGBT Issues ............................................................................................ 10
Other Social Issues .................................................................................. 10
Second Amendment Rights...................................................................... 10
Stem Cells ................................................................................................ 10
Tax Issues ................................................................................................ 10
Tea Party .................................................................................................. 10
Technology Issues ................................................................................... 10
Trade Issues ............................................................................................. 11
Transportation Issues ............................................................................... 12
Women’s Issues ....................................................................................... 12
Budget Issues
Heritage Ranked Several Republicans “Reluctant to Cut”

The Heritage Foundation-affiliated Heritage Action for America ranked several Republicans as “reluctant to cut.” The report
was based on votes on 21 amendments to the continuing resolution passed by the House on February 19, 2011. “Reluctant to
cut” Republicans included Biggert, Dold, Kinzinger, and Stivers. [The Hill, 2/24/11]

Said She Still Supports Argonne Lab Despite Voting to Slash Its Budget

In February 2011, a spokeswoman for Biggert said that despite proposing a failed amendment to cut ARPA-E funding by $50
million and voting for slashing by 50 percent the federal energy-efficiency programs that fund Argonne Lab, Biggert’s votes do
not signal a change in her level of support for the lab’s research.

Biggert spokeswoman Abby Milone said Friday in an e-mailed statement to the Lemont Patch that H.R. 1 is designed to curb
federal spending and help restore the U.S. economy but that in terms of science funding, Biggert is targeting “duplicative and
wasteful programs, like ARPA-E,” or Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy. [Lemont Patch, 2/26/11]

         ARPA-E Funds Nontraditional Energy Research Projects

         According to the Lemont Patch, Biggert’s proposal to cut $50 million in funding is directed at a program created in
         2007 to fund nontraditional energy research projects focused on efficiency and reducing dependence on foreign
         energy.

         The amendment failed in the House by a vote of 170-262. [Lemont Patch, 2/26/11]

         Sen. Durbin: 1,000 Jobs Will Be lost at Fermilab

         The proposed cuts could cost Argonne 1,000 jobs, according to a Feb. 18 letter from Sen. Dick Durbin, D-IL,
         denouncing the move. Another 435 jobs could be lost at Batavia’s Fermilab, Durbin wrote. [Lemont Patch, 2/26/11]

Biggert Fought to Maintain Federal Funding to Keep Shipping Locks Open

In February 2011, Biggert voted against an amendment to the House’s Continuing Resolution that would have eliminated
federal funding for the maintenance and operation of two shipping locks near the Great Lakes.

The amendment would have cut off the funds needed for the Army Corps of Engineers to keep the locks open.

Biggert said she was glad it didn’t happen as closing the locks would have been “devastating” to Chicago’s economy and
would have cost thousands of jobs. [Pierce County Herald, 2/18/11]

Floor Speech: Supported an Across-the-Board Cut of Discretionary Programs

In February 2011 on the House floor, Biggert spoke of her support for the LaTourette Amendment, an amendment to the House
Republican’s continuing resolution that approved of an across-the-board budget cut to discretionary spending. Biggert said,
“By reducing our discretionary programs at the same rate across the board, we don’t risk alienating future priorities or
vulnerable constituencies that may receive funding which is at risk of being terminated.” [Biggert Floor Remarks on
LaTourette Amendment to HR1, 2/18/11]

Note: The LaTourette Amendment was later withdrawn. [The Hill, 2/23/11]

Biggert spent $363,537.36 in Q4 2010

In the fourth quarter, Biggert spent $363,537.36 in her congressional office. [Statement of Disbursements, 3/01/11]



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Biggert spent $8,722.07 on Franked Mail in Q4 2010

In the fourth quarter, Biggert spent $8,722.07 in her congressional office solely on franked mail. [Statement of Disbursements,
3/01/11]

Said She Voted for Continuing Resolution Despite Knowing Its Negative Provisions

At a March 2011 town hall with US Senator Mark Kirk, Biggert admitted fault for voting for the continuing resolution that
included items with which she did not agree, including tax subsidies for Big Oil and the defunding of Planned Parenthood. In
response to a question asking why she voted for final approval of the House Republican’s continuing resolution for FY 2-011,
Biggert said, “Let me just say first of all, that I am with you on the Planned Parenthood. The problem with some of these things
that comes up and I don’t, in these continuing resolutions, are not always things that we have voted for, but are in the bill and
we need to pass the continuing resolution but, with BP, and we, we are trying to do, you know, become independent, and we
have to do everything to do that and so if, if I voted for that, then that was the reason, but I voted for the continuing resolution
which had that in it.” [Orland Park Patch, 3/21/11]

Was Unwilling to Compromise on Budget

In March 2012, Biggert said she was unwilling to compromise on the national budget. According to the Daily Herald, “she
believes… when it comes to budgeting there may be no room to budge.” [Daily Herald, 03/03/12]

Proposed Extending Bush Tax Cuts, Repealing Obamacare, and Throwing Out Dodd-Frank

In March 2012, Biggert said she was in favor of extending the Bush tax cuts, repealing Obamacare, and throwing out Dodd-
Frank in order to cut the debt. [Daily Herald, 03/03/12]

Supported Elimination of Earmarks

In March 2012, Biggert told the Beacon News that she was in favor of eliminating federal earmarks.
[Beacon News, 3/11/12]

Admitted that Republicans Spent too Much Money
At an April 2012 senior citizen town hall, Biggert “admitted that when Republicans ran the entire
Congress, they were not exactly frugal.”
“We spent too much,” Biggert said, “and we made a mistake.” [Naperville Sun-Times, 4/11/12[


Business and Consumer Issues

Campaign Finance Issues
Fundraised to Prevent Redistricting

In June 2011, Illinois Republicans, including former Speaker Denny Hastert, former Labor Secretary Lynn Martin and former
Rep. Tom Ewing, held an event to raise funds for an anticipated legal challenge to the Illinois redistricting map. Under the
name “The Committee for a Fair and Balanced Map,” the Republicans planned to file a federal lawsuit and urged Gov. Quinn
not to sign off on the map. Suggested contributions from individuals was $250 and either $500, $1,000 or $2,500 for a
sponsorships. [Chicago Sun-Times, 6/14/11]




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Member of the NRCC Patriot Program

Biggert was named to the NRCC Patriot Program in September 2011, the Republican campaign
committee’s list of vulnerable members who need additional financial assistance.


Debt Ceiling
Wanted Spending Cuts With Debt Ceiling Vote

In May 2011, Biggert revealed she wanted significant budget cuts to accompany the debt ceiling vote.

“Many of us in the House want significant spending reform to be attached to any debt vote. I’m hopeful Senator Reid will
soon realize that the only way Congress will approve a change in the debt ceiling is if it comes with budget cuts that will help
us dig our way out of our debt,” she said. [Rep. Judy Biggert Press Release, 5/09/11]


District Issues
Important Flood Study Failed to Move Forward

In February 2011, the Herald News that local efforts to have a comprehensive study of flooding on the DuPage River stalled,
despite support from Biggert. Property owners said they had noticed an increase in the frequency and severity of floods and
while the Will County Board considered the study a top federal legislative issue, the funding has not materialized. [Herald-
News, 2/24/11]

Sent President Obama a Letter to Discourage the Transfer of Gitmo Detainees to Thomson

In March 2011, Biggert sent a letter to President Obama urging the administration to make a statement promising Gitmo
detainees will not be moved to the Thomson Correctional Center. The signees said Thomson should rather be purchased by the
federal government and used as a maximum-security federal prison.

The Illinois Bureau of Prisons closed Thomson Correctional Center in April 2010 to make way for the purchase of the facility
by the federal government. [Freeport Journal Standard, 3/10/11]

Biggert Fought to Maintain Federal Funding to Keep Shipping Locks Open

In February 2011, Biggert voted against an amendment to the House’s Continuing Resolution that would have eliminated
federal funding for the maintenance and operation of two shipping locks near the Great Lakes.

The amendment would have cut off the funds needed for the Army Corps of Engineers to keep the locks open.

Biggert said she was glad it didn’t happen as closing the locks would have been “devastating” to Chicago’s economy and
would have cost thousands of jobs. [Pierce County Herald, 2/18/11]

Biggert spent $363,537.36 in Q4 2010

In the fourth quarter, Biggert spent $363,537.36 in her congressional office. [Statement of Disbursements, 3/01/11]

Biggert spent $8,722.07 on Franked Mail in Q4 2010

In the fourth quarter, Biggert spent $8,722.07 in her congressional office solely on franked mail. [Statement of Disbursements,
3/01/11]




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Biggert voted to terminate the FHA Refinance Program

In March 2011, Biggert voted to eliminate the FHA Refinance Program, a bill offered by Rep. Robert Dold (R-IL). [HR 830,
Vote #171, 3/10/11]

Did Not Know the Number of Underwater Mortgages in Her Own State

In March 2011 on the House floor, when asked if she knew how many “underwater mortgages there were in your home state,”
Biggert responded that she did not know. [Biggert Floor Remarks on Lynch Amendment to HR 830, 3/10/11]

         Over 480,000 Illinois families are facing foreclosure

         According to Corelogic, there are 480,627 mortgages in Illinois that are currently Negative Equity
         Mortgages and could be in danger of foreclosure. [CoreLogic Q4 2010 Negative Equity Report]
Supported Repeal of Farm Subsidies

In March 2012, Biggert said she supported the repeal of current farm subsidies. Biggert said she would repeal farm subsidies,
since they often go to “megafarms” instead of smaller, family-owned ones. [Naperville Patch, 3/07/12]


Economic and Financial Issues
Promised Focus on Jobs

In a June 2011 e-newsletter to her constituents, Biggert promised “…my colleagues and I remain laser-focused on creating
jobs.” She touted the Republican plan to “make the tax code flatter by lowering the corporate tax to no more than 25%;
eliminate costly federal regulations that drive up the cost of doing business; reform the patent process to help entrepreneurs;
and advance the free trade agreements with Colombia, Panama & South Korea to increase exports.” [Biggert E-Newsletter,
6/17/11]

Said She’d Lead Opposition to Closing Chicago Locks in Asian Carp Debate

In February 2011, Biggert promised to fight against a GOP-introduced amendment to the continuing resolution that would cut
funding from the Army Corps of Engineers in their attempt to open and close locks to Lake Michigan while also keeping Asian
carp from entering the lakes.

Biggert called the amendment “short-sighted and ineffective” measure that would cost the Chicago economy billions.
[Associated Press, 2/16/11]

Floor Speech: Opening Chicago Locks Not Worth the Cost to Chicago’s Economy

In February 2011 on the House floor, Biggert urged a no vote on an amendment to the continuing resolution that would have
defunded the Army Corps of Engineers’ work on controlling the fish, particularly Asian carp that enter Lake Michigan through
the Chicago locks.

She said closing the locks is not the answer because it would devastate the city of Chicago’s economy and any industry that
uses the locks to transport goods from Illinois down to the Gulf of Mexico. She said those in Chicago estimate that closing the
locks will cost at least $29 billion in economic damages. She also said, “This bill was to make sure that we can get the
economy back, that we can create the jobs. This will destroy jobs.” [Biggert Floor Remarks on Camp Amendment to HR1,
2/17/11]

Voted Against Forcing Big Banks to Pay For Their Own Bailouts




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On April 18, 2012, Republicans on the Financial Service Committee voted against an amendment that
would have forced banks with over $50 billion in assets to pay for any future bank bailouts by the
government. [Amendment #2, Record Vote No. FC-70; Reuters, 4/18/12]

Education Issues
Supported a Re-Authorization of No Child Left Behind

In February 2011, Biggert said that although she believes the No Child Left Behind law has numerous problems and needs
changes, it should be re-authorized. She said the law stifles creativity within children by putting too much emphasis on math
and reading.

She also said, “I’ve heard nothing but complaints about it, except that there has been some accountability.” [Oakbrook
Suburban Life, 2/05/11]

Floor Speech: Gainful Employment Should Be Defunded Because It Has Lost Jobs and Hurt
Education

In February 2011 on the House floor, Biggert spoke in support of the Kline amendment to the continuing
resolution that would have defunded the gainful employment rule claiming that the measure “has already
led to job loss and uncertainty in the proprietary college sector.”

She claimed the rule only “incentivizes institutions to pursue only those repayment plans which satisfy
arbitrary government goals rather than the plans that best fit students’ needs.” Biggert claimed that the
administration chose to discriminate against the for-profit educational institutions. [Biggert Floor Remarks on
Kline Amendment to HR1, 2/17/11]

Called for an Investigation into the Department of Education’s Loan Program

In March 2012, Biggert signed onto a letter sent to the Government Accountability Office (GAO) asking
the GAO to examine the Department of Education’s student loan program.

The letter asks the GAO “to examine whether the Education Department and collections contractors are
informing borrowers about various repayment plans and effectively helping students rehabilitate defaulted
loans.” [Bloomberg, 3/28/12]


Energy Issues
Floor Speech: ARPA-E Funding Is Duplicative and Stretches Resources

In February 2011 on the House floor, Biggert claimed she had long advocated against a direct line of funding to ARPA-E and
would rather it have remained under the jurisdiction of the Department of Energy. Biggert said that her amendment cuts
ARPA-E funding by $50 million and that although one of her two priorities is Energy R&D and her colleagues know” it is not
easy for me to cut funding for energy research,” the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment stimulus bill funded ARPA-E
and created duplicative projects and stretched resources. [Biggert Remarks on Biggert Amendment to HR 1, 2/15/11]

Denied Stock Ownership in TransCanada Influenced Her Support of Keystone Pipeline




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Biggert denied her support for the Keystone Pipeline had anything to do with her ownership of stock in TransCanada.
According to the Naperville Patch, “Biggert said that stock was purchased in 2004 by a broker, as part of her husband’s 401k,
and has nothing to do with her support of the pipeline.” [Naperville Patch, 3/07/12]


Environmental Issues
Said She’d Lead Opposition to Closing Chicago Locks in Asian Carp Debate

In February 2011, Biggert promised to fight against a GOP-introduced amendment to the continuing resolution that would cut
funding from the Army Corps of Engineers in their attempt to open and close locks to Lake Michigan while also keeping Asian
carp from entering the lakes.

Biggert called the amendment “short-sighted and ineffective” measure that would cost the Chicago economy billions.
[Associated Press, 2/16/11]

Floor Speech: Opening Chicago Locks Not Worth the Cost to Chicago’s Economy

In February 2011 on the House floor, Biggert urged a no vote on an amendment to the continuing resolution that would have
defunded the Army Corps of Engineers’ work on controlling the fish, particularly Asian carp that enter Lake Michigan through
the Chicago locks.

She said closing the locks is not the answer because it would devastate the city of Chicago’s economy and any industry that
uses the locks to transport goods from Illinois down to the Gulf of Mexico. She said those in Chicago estimate that closing the
locks will cost at least $29 billion in economic damages. She also said, “This bill was to make sure that we can get the
economy back, that we can create the jobs. This will destroy jobs.” [Biggert Floor Remarks on Camp Amendment to HR1,
2/17/11]

To Propose Draft Legislation to Overhaul National Flood Insurance Program

In March 2011, Biggert announced she would be presenting draft legislation at the March 11 hearing of the House insurance
subcommittee on overhauling the National Flood Insurance Program while excluding wind damage coverage—a point of
contention that wrecked the last overhaul effort in 2009—and also neglects addressing the debt incurred by the NFIP from
hurricanes in 2004 and 2005.

As for wind damage, Biggert said she was not sure that “somebody will bring it up” and said simply that on the program’s
debt, the committee had not reached a conclusion on a debt strategy. [Reuters, 3/03/11]

         Biggert Has Received Nearly a Half Million in Contributions from Insurance Interests

         Big insurers with a stake in the NFIP debate include Allstate Corp, Travelers Cos Inc, Hartford Financial Services
         Group Inc and Fidelity National Financial Inc. and Biggert has received $416,101 in campaign contributions since
         from the insurance industry. [Reuters, 3/03/11; Center for Responsive Politics, accessed 4/07/11]

Sent Dear Colleague Letter Urging Support for Great Lakes Restoration

In July 2011, Dold and Biggert co-wrote a letter to colleagues in the House of Representatives urging them “to restore half of
the proposed funding cuts to the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (“GLRI”).” The letter continued, “The purpose of our
amendments is to restore half of this cut, by transferring $24.7 million to the GLRI. This is done through a two-step
amendment process: (1) the first amendment we will offer will transfer the $24.7 million in funds from the Departmental
Offices account to the Geographic Programs account within Environmental Programs and Management; (2) the accompanying
amendment will increase the allowable transfer authority for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative.” [Dold/Biggert Dear
Colleague Letter, 7/26/11]

Supported Investment in Green Energy




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In March 2012, Biggert said she supported investment in green energy. [Naperville Patch, 3/07/12]



Ethics Issues
Owned Stock in Oil Company Whose Controversial Pipeline She Also Supported

In December 2011, Chicago Business reported that Biggert was one of four Members of Congress who own stock in
TransCanada Corp., the company whose plans to lay the Keystone XL Pipeline across several Midwestern states. According to
her financial disclosure, Biggert's owns TransCanada stock valued between $1,000 and $15,000.

In a November tweet, Biggert wrote, “WH caves to anti-American energy lobby, delays job-creating Keystone XL Oil
Pipeline.” Additionally, she ridiculed a bill to ban members of Congress from insider trading saying of the bill, “I hope we
don't overreact here” and pass legislation with overly onerous requirements for the reporting of financial trades.

Biggert claimed the stock was acquired in 2004 by her husband. A spokesman said, “Neither Mr. Biggert nor Mrs. Biggert
takes an active role in the purchase or sale of the assets in their account. . . .For many years, their broker has been under
standing orders to use his own judgment” in trading decisions. [Chicago Business, 12/12/11]

Note: Biggert voted in favor of the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2011 that included a provision to restart
the Keystone XL pipeline [HR 3630, Vote #923, 12/13/11]


Foreign Policy Issues – Iraq, Afghanistan, Iran, North Korea
Called for End to Afghan War

According to the Beacon News, Biggert said she was in favor of ending the Afghan War. “One other
expense Biggert would like to end is the war in Afghanistan.” Biggert said, “I think we belonged there
and we’ve done a good job, but I think there’s military fatigue with the American people.” [Beacon News,
3/11/12]


Health Care Issues
Supported Ending Medicaid Payments to Out-of-State and Higher Income Families

In July 2011, Biggert supported Illinois’s move to require Medicaid recipients to provide two pay stubs to prove they meet the
residency and income requirements. The eligibility checks had been dropped under Gov. Blagojevich. Biggert contended the
move would free up funds for the needy families for whom it is intended, but the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid
Services said federal law prevents Illinois from dropping people from Medicaid eligibility. [Chicago Sun-Times, 7/18/11]

Co-Sponsor of Bill to Eliminate 1099 Provision

In January 2011, Biggert signed onto Republican legislation to eliminate a provision of health care reform that required
companies to file tax forms for any purchase or service transaction of $600 or more. [Chicago Daily Herald, 1/18/11]

Told Seniors Not to Believe Democrats or There Were Changes to Their Medicare and Social Security

At an April 2011 appearance with about 100 seniors, Biggert promised the seniors they would be able to keep their Medicare
and Social Security unchanged. [Daily Herald, 4/20/11]




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She said, “This is the most important thing I'm going to say today: We made no changes. There will be no changes to Medicare
for those who are 55 and older. No changes to Social Security. The president and Nancy Pelosi have said Medicare is gone as
you have known it. It is not true.” [Daily Herald, 4/20/11]

Supported Republican Budget to Deny over 160,000 Illinois Seniors Medicare Prescription Drug Coverage

After voting for the 2012 Republican budget, Biggert claimed, “There will be no changes to Medicare for those who are 55 and
older.”

Yet, under the Republican budget, 163,630 Illinois seniors will pay $92 million more for prescription drugs next year alone.
[Daily Herald, 4/20/11; Senate Democrats on the Donut Hole Provision, 4/14/11]

Blasted Democrats for Using Medicare Scare Tactics
At a March 2012 town hall with seniors, Biggert blasted Democrats for using Medicare scare tactics.
Biggert said “As a senior myself, I think it’s shameful that Democrats are resorting to scare tactics to
spread election-time lies about the future of Medicare and Social Security. Even more disappointing, the
president has denied the problem and failed to offer any plan to save Medicare. Instead, his health
overhaul law actually cuts Medicare by $500 billion.”
 “I’ve always believed that a promise made is a promise kept. And I have no intention of letting the
federal government break its promise on Social Security and Medicare, said Biggert. [Hinsdale Sun-Times,
3/23/12]

           Then Claimed Medicare and Social Security are going Bankrupt

           “We have to face facts. Without action, Social Security is expected to go bankrupt by 2036 and
           Medicare by 2024,” said Biggert. [Hinsdale Sun-Times, 3/23/12]




Immigration and Border Issues
Israel
Labor and Working Family Issues
Introduced Bill to Modernize Section 8 Housing

Biggert proposed a bill to modernize Section 8 housing. According to the Lancaster Eagle Gazette,
“Biggert’s bill would loosen current annual property-inspection rules, freeing up housing officials to
focus on troubled properties. It would also require the federal Housing and Urban Development agency to
expand programs that connect voucher recipients with job training, education, and other self-sufficiency
initiatives.” [Lancaster Eagle Gazette, 3/26/12]

           …That Would Raise Rent on Public Housing Residents




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         Biggert’s proposal would raise “the minimum rent on U.S. Housing and Urban Development-
         financed public housing from $50 to $69.50 a month.” [Progress Illinois, 3/28/12]

LGBT Issues

Other Social Issues
Sponsored Legislation to Expand Government’s Role in Schools for Eating Disorder Awareness

In April 2011, the Naperville Sun reported that Biggert had sponsored a bill to expand the federal government’s role in
educating teenagers about eating disorders.

         Biggert spokesman Zachary Cikanek: “Rep. Biggert’s bill allows states and localities to use federal funds to develop
         and design their own awareness and prevention programs, which include role modeling, teacher training and
         mentoring.” [Naperville Sun, 4/3/11]


Second Amendment Rights
Stem Cells
Tax Issues
Called Over-Regulation a “De Facto Tax”

Biggert said “over-regulation is a de facto tax on employers that can stifle investment in sustainable growth.” [Chicago Sun-
Times, 3/14/12]

Opposed Raising Taxes

In April 2012, Biggert met with the Aurora Chamber Legislative Group to discuss taxes and economic
growth. “We plan to really reform taxes in order to increase our economic growth,” said Biggert.

According to the Beacon News, Biggert said that “Tax cuts made in 2001 and 2003 should stay,” and
claimed “that raising taxes won’t balance the budget.”
Biggert said, “In a recession, we shouldn’t raise taxes […] Just like a business — when you’re in trouble
you don’t increase the cost of the goods. You keep them down.” [The Beacon-News, 4/5/12]




Tea Party
Technology Issues
Said She Still Supports Argonne Lab Despite Voting to Slash Its Budget




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In February 2011, a spokeswoman for Biggert said that despite proposing a failed amendment to cut ARPA-E funding by $50
million and voting for slashing by 50 percent the federal energy-efficiency programs that fund Argonne Lab, Biggert’s votes do
not signal a change in her level of support for the lab’s research.

Biggert spokeswoman Abby Milone said Friday in an e-mailed statement to the Lemont Patch that H.R. 1 is designed to curb
federal spending and help restore the U.S. economy but that in terms of science funding, Biggert is targeting “duplicative and
wasteful programs, like ARPA-E,” or Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy. [Lemont Patch, 2/26/11]

         ARPA-E Funds Nontraditional Energy Research Projects

         According to the Lemont Patch, Biggert’s proposal to cut $50 million in funding is directed at a program created in
         2007 to fund nontraditional energy research projects focused on efficiency and reducing dependence on foreign
         energy.

         The amendment failed in the House by a vote of 170-262. [Lemont Patch, 2/26/11]

         Sen. Durbin: 1,000 Jobs Will Be lost at Fermilab

         The proposed cuts could cost Argonne 1,000 jobs, according to a Feb. 18 letter from Sen. Dick Durbin, D-IL,
         denouncing the move. Another 435 jobs could be lost at Batavia’s Fermilab, Durbin wrote. [Lemont Patch, 2/26/11]

Emphasized Her Communication with Argonne National Lab

In an April 2011 official e-newsletter, Biggert said that she has fought to protect Argonne National Laboratory as a member of
the Science Committee.

She wrote, “As a member of the Science, Space and Technology Committee, I have worked for years with scientists at
Argonne National Lab to advance new, safer nuclear recycling technologies that will allow us to continue to tap this important
domestic resource while minimizing waste. [Rep. Judy Biggert E-Newsletter, 4/22/11]

Facing the Demise of Fermilab, Biggert Said She’d Take the Facility’s Proposals Back to Washington to Make Its
Funding a Priority

In September 2011 in the face of the shutdown of the Tevatron at Fermilab in Batavia, IL, Biggert said she would take the
scientists’ proposals for $1.2 to $1.5 billion for the construction of a South Dakota facility that would receive beams of
Fermilab-produced neutrinos from a deep underground detector, called the Long Baseline Neutrino Experiment (LBNE), back
to Washington and convene a meeting of the Science, Space and Technology Committee to make the LBNE project a funding
priority.

She called the project, “the basic type of research that can have a dramatic effect on the world. It can change our understanding
of matter, antimatter, and what we know about our universe.”

The Director of Fermilab warned, “Facilities like the one based on neutrino experiments take a decade to get developed. I’m
worried if we don’t do something now, by the end of the decade, it’s a business plan to go out of business.” [Beacon News,
9/28/11]



Trade Issues
Biggert Fought to Maintain Federal Funding to Keep Shipping Locks Open

In February 2011, Biggert voted against an amendment to the House’s Continuing Resolution that would have eliminated
federal funding for the maintenance and operation of two shipping locks near the Great Lakes.




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The amendment would have cut off the funds needed for the Army Corps of Engineers to keep the locks open.

Biggert said she was glad it didn’t happen as closing the locks would have been “devastating” to Chicago’s economy and
would have cost thousands of jobs. [Pierce County Herald, 2/18/11]


Transportation Issues
Called for Amendments to Republican Transportation Bill

In February 2012, Biggert called for amendments to the Republican-backed transportation bill. “I think that [Republican
leadership is] responsive to what we have said, and hopefully we can find a way to have them change the bill,” said Biggert.
[WBEZ, 2/21/12]

         Later Denounced Transportation Bill

         According to the New York Times, Biggert and Reps. Dold and Lipinski “denounced” the American Energy and
         Infrastructure Jobs Act of 2012, a bill championed by John Boehner. She said “Suburban commuters and motorists,
         who pay millions in federal fuel taxes, deserve a transportation bill that is responsive to their needs.” [New York
         Times, 2/24/12]

Called for a Vote on the Senate Transportation Bill

In March 2012, Dold joined Reps. Dold and Quigley in writing to Speaker Boehner asking for a floor vote
on the Senate transportation bill. [Crain’s Chicago Business, 3/26/12]

Supported Long-Term Transportation Bill

In April 2012, Biggert expressed the need for a long-term transportation bill. Biggert said she would
prefer a five-year transportation bill.

“If we want to be able to do anything more than shovel-ready projects, we need a longer bill,” said
Biggert. [Montgomery Patch, 4/23/12]

Women’s Issues
Said Vote to Pass H.R. 3 Vote Did Not Compromise Her Pro-Choice Stance

In May 2011, Biggert voted to end taxpayer funding for abortions but believed her decision went along with her pro-choice
platform. She had been a co-chair of the House pro-choice caucus.

"Rep. Biggert is pro-choice. She supports a women's right to chose, but she does not support public funding for abortion," her
spokesperson said.

 "Abortion is a private decision, and it should be paid for with private dollars - without government involvement. That's why
she voted for H.R. 3." [Talking Points Memo, 5/07/11]

Warned Against Being “Sidetracked” by Contraception Debate

According to the New York Times, “More than 200 House members have signed up as co-sponsors of the House version of
Mr. Blunt’s [proposal to allow employers to refuse to pay for coverage that violates their religious beliefs]. But Representative
Judy Biggert, Republican of Illinois, said lawmakers should focus on the economy and job creation, ‘instead of getting
sidetracked by issues that can divide us.’” [New York Times, 2/28/12]



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