Zordani Criticizes Roskam’s Tax Plan in Crain’s

Roskam defends GOP tax bill—but concedes it's 'not perfect'

By Greg Hinz November 13, 2017  |  Crain's Chicago Business

(scroll to the final paragraph for Jennifer's response)

The Illinois congressman at the center of national tax reform debate is wholeheartedly standing by the GOP plan expected to come up for a House vote later this week, saying the country is at "an inflection point" it cannot afford to miss if it is to remain internationally competitive.

But U.S. Rep. Peter Roskam, R-Wheaton, concedes that the plan is imperfect, hinted that the estate tax will survive in some form, and repeatedly ducked questions about whether the proposal he helped develop as chairman of the Tax Policy Subcommittee of the House Ways & Means Committee is as good for taxpayers in his west suburban district as it is for other, more Republican sections of the country.

Read a partial transcript of Roskam's remarks here

In a 45-minute meeting with Crain's editorial board, Roskam repeatedly returned to the same theme: The U.S. economy needs help, and the plan congressional Republicans have crafted would, overall, provide just that.

"I'm not saying everything about (the plan) is perfect," Roskam said, referring among other things to the fact that the plan would drive up the U.S. deficit by a projected $1.5 trillion over the next decade before counting any benefits from faster growth. "But it's a good plan. . . .Perfection's not coming."

All Democrats have tried to do is defend elements of the status quo, and the status quo "is a loser," Roskam said. "We cannot stay here," he declared, adding that he's not in "the all or nothing business."

With a smile on his face, Roskam pushed back hard at suggestions that some and perhaps many residents of his district would end up paying more or get a smaller cut than residents of other areas.

For instance, asked about a report by the Tax Policy Center, a generally well-regarded Washington research group, which concluded that 7 percent of taxpayers nationally would pay more in 2018 than they do now—with 25 percent paying more by 2027 than now—Roskam responded, "I don't agree." He then went on to note that the group's initial report was withdrawn after a mathematical error.

Similarly, the congressman rejected the notion that Illinois taxpayers, especially those in the upper middle class, would be hit much harder than those in states like Alabama because they would lose the ability to deduct most of what they pay in state and local taxes, which generally run much higher in Democratic-leaning states such as Illinois than in red states like Alabama.

"Your logic makes no sense to me," said Roskam, who in an op-ed piece for Crain's last week appeared to assert that every single taxpayer would come out ahead. "I'm not seeing my constituents be upset about what's happening in Alabama."

"No one can answer" whether residents of GOP-leaning areas are getting a better deal than in Democratic states, including the 6th District, he added. "If that's the standard, then you can never do tax reform in its totality."

Roskam also underlined that the deduction for property taxes, up to $10,000 a year, would remain under the House, though not the Senate, version of the bill. And the deduction is quite likely to stay when the two chambers pass their versions of the bill and resolve differences in a conference committee, he said. "I think we need to keep that (in)."

Roskam pointed to Aon, which moved its worldwide headquarters to London a few years ago, as a good example of how the relatively high U.S. corporate tax rate is harming the country. He said CEOs of some big companies such as AT&T have promised to create more jobs here if the top corporate rate drops from 35 percent to 20 percent, as the House version of the tax bill would do. "You've got to incentivize investment."

The Wheaton Republican declined to say how he'd like to make the plan more perfect in conference. But he did indicate that the estate tax, which the House would abolish, likely will come back to life, though with exemptions at a higher level than today. He also indicated he's very aware of concerns that a new territorial system for taxing foreign profits by U.S. companies could be abused.

His overall goal: Pass the bill and have it signed into law by President Donald Trump by year-end.

Despite prior hints to the contrary, Roskam said he will not hold an open town hall-style meeting with constituents to discuss his views on taxes, Obamacare and other subjects. "Everyone comes in angry and leaves angrier," Roskam said. "I'm going to continue to represent this district the way I have," even though other area members of Congress routinely hold such sessions.

Roskam refused to discuss the status of Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore, what should happen to young immigrant adults covered by the DACA program, and other matters, saying, "I'm here to talk about taxes."

Roskam added that "I asked for this meeting to talk about tax policy." In fact, he was kind enough to accept an invitation to meet with the editorial board.

2:20 P.M. UPDATE:

It’s not exactly shocking, but Roskam’s Democratic foes were not impressed by his editorial board comments.

Challenger Kelly Mazewski slammed him for ducking comment on Roy Moore: “It is disgusting that Congressman Roskam refused to denounce Roy Moore, a likely child molester, and focus exclusively on the tax reform bill that gives pay cuts to big corporations and the super wealthy while increasing taxes on Illinois middle-class families,” she said.

Said a second, Becky Anderson Wilkins: "Yes, Roy Moore should quit his race for the U.S. Senate. Somehow, for Peter Roskam, this was a difficult question, one he refused to answer. He said he'd prefer to talk about something else, but my question is — if he won't lead on the easy questions, why should we listen to him when it comes to the tough questions?”

A third, Jennifer Zordani, went after him on tax matters: “Roskam’s tax bill demonstrates that he is not working for his constituents or thinking about their future. He has removed deductions for families that seek to adopt a child, and removed deductions for individuals who have incurred student loan debt and outsized medical expenses. He’s removed the state and local tax deduction, forcing people to pay federal taxes on the money they had to pay to the state. Roskam’s proposed 20 percent corporate tax rate — well below the average rates paid in other industrialized countries—is simply a gift to huge corporations and special interests. . . .Peter Roskam has written off the people of Illinois. It’s time to replace him."

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Clarendon Hills Resident Jennifer Zordani Latest Candidate in Race to Face Roskam

Field crowded for Illinois' 6th Congressional District race

The race for the Democratic nomination for Illinois' 6th Congressional District in the March 2018 primary election is getting crowded.

zordani-1.jpgRegulatory attorney and Clarendon Hills resident Jennifer Zordani is the latest candidate to announce her candidacy to become the Democratic nominee for Illinois’ 6th Congressional District. If she wins the primary, she likely will face U.S. Rep. Peter Roskam, R-Wheaton, in the November 2018 general election.

Roskam was first elected to Congress in 2006.

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Clarendon Hills Attorney Latest to Join Fray to Unseat Roskam

7/28/2017  |  Marie Wilson  | The Daily Herald

Residents in the 6th Congressional District now represented by U.S. Rep. Peter Roskam value fiscal responsibility -- but also social progress, says a Clarendon Hills lawyer who has thrown her name into the 2018 race.

zordani-1.jpgDistrict residents are concerned about the future of health insurance coverage and the burden of national debt. And they want their voices heard in Washington, D.C., says Jennifer Zordani, 53, who has joined the crowded field of Democrats seeking to unseat the Republican next year.

"It's not right that we've thrown our country into the hands of a few special interests and we try to tell people that something is getting done for them," Zordani said Friday. "Nothing is getting done for the people in our district."

Zordani, a regulatory attorney, joins five other Democratic women from across the district that stretches from Naperville to Tower Lakes in announcing a bid for the seat in Congress.

Roskam has held the position since 2007, but Zordani said all he's been doing lately is following Republican leaders "like a little sheep," from President Donald Trump to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to Speaker of the House Paul Ryan.

"We don't need sheep in Washington. We need a real new voice," she said. "I'm fired up."

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Zordani Announces Run for Congress

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: JULY 15, 2017

 

SUMMARY: Regulatory Attorney Jennifer Zordani seeks the Democratic Nomination for Illinois’ 6th Congressional District

CLARENDON HILLS — Regulatory attorney Jennifer Zordani announces her candidacy to become the Democratic nominee for Illinois’ 6th Congressional District. Zordani seeks to unseat incumbent Congressman Peter Roskam on November 6, 2018. The Democratic Primary is March 20, 2018. 

 zordani.png“We need a voice of reason in DC,” ​Zordani said.​ “As our Congresswoman, I will bring our voice to DC to say we want truly fair and affordable health care, that our veterans need the medical care and benefits that they were promised, that our children are starting out their adult lives buried in college debt and we need to do better.” ​Zordani continued,​ “It’s time our tax code and federal budget start prioritizing working families, protecting our seniors and Social Security, and investing in our communities. It’s time we have a Representative that listens and cares about the people she represents. It’s time to replace Big Washington insider politics with people-centered representation that moves the 6th Congressional District forward.”

Jennifer Zordani grew up in the Western suburbs and resides in the 6th Congressional District - in Clarendon Hills, Illinois. Zordani attended George Washington University in Washington, D.C. for two years, before transferring to the University of Chicago where she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics. Zordani attended Chicago Kent School of Law, graduating with honors. A practicing attorney for more than 20 years, Zordani is an expert on compliance and regulations. 

Devoted to families and community, Zordani has been an avid volunteer and served as President of a non-profit organization dedicated to connecting low-income families with services.​ Zordani is ready to put the People of Illinois’ 6th Congressional District First Again. 

For more information, contact Ben Pender at 630-468-0792 or info@zordaniforcongress.com.

Zordani for Congress Announcement Press Release.pdf

 

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New Democrat Enters Race to Unseat Roskam

July 17, 2017

Clarendon Hills regulatory attorney Jennifer Zordani has joined the growing list of Democratic candidates looking to unseat U.S. Rep. Peter Roskam (R- Wheaton).

She is one of six Democrats, five of whom are women, from across the Sixth Congressional District who've officially announced they'll run in the March 20, 2018, primary for their shot at Roskam Nov. 6, 2018.

Zordani said the district is fortunate to have good communities and schools for people to live and raise their families.

"That is not enough. We know people care about social issues," she said. "I will bring our voice to D.C. to say we want truly fair and affordable health care, that our veterans need the medical care and benefits that they were promised, that our children are starting out their adult lives buried in college debt and we need to do better."

Zordani attended George Washington University in Washington, D.C., for two years, before transferring to the University of Chicago, where she graduated with a bachelor's degree in economics. She graduated with honors from Chicago Kent School of Law and has been a practicing attorney for more than 20 years.

Although new to the political scene, Zordani said her knowledge and experience as a regulatory attorney makes her qualified and sets her apart from the other candidates.

She added Roskam was elected to represent the values and integrity of the entire district, not just a few on the far right side of the party.

"I don't want our people to be divided," Zordani said. "The time is absolutely right (to remove Roskam)."

The congressman has come under fire by some constituents because of his refusal to hold public town hall meetings and his support for President Donald Trump. He's also considered vulnerable by the Democratic Party, since Hillary Clinton won his district with 50.2 percent of the vote in 2016.

The winner in the Democratic primary likely will receive a great deal of support and financial backing prior to the November 2018 election.

And that field of Democratic candidates continues to grow.

Last week, former aide to U.S. Rep. Bill Foster, D-Naperville, and Aurora resident Carole Cheney threw her hat in the ring.

Cheney, who is an attorney and former partner with the Kirkland & Ellis law firm in Chicago, made an unsuccessful bid for state representative in Illinois' 84th District in 2012, losing to state Rep. Stephanie Kifowit, D-Oswego. She also ran for DuPage County Board chairman in 2010 but lost to Republican Dan Cronin, who currently holds the post.

In April, Naperville's Suzyn Price announced her bid for the seat. An adjunct faculty member at the College of DuPage, Price is a former Naperville District 203 board member.

From the north end of the Sixth Congressional District are candidates Amanda Howland and Kelly Mazeski.

Howland, of Lake Zurich, is a trustee on the College of Lake County board and unsuccessfully ran against Roskam in 2016.

A Barrington resident and breast cancer survivor, Mazeski lost to Dan McConchie, R-Hawthorn Woods, for the Illinois Senate seat in the 26th District in 2016. She is a plan commissioner in Barrington Hills.

Also running is Glen Ellyn resident Austin Songer, who works in technology at the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons in Rosemont, according to his campaign website.

Shaped like the letter C, the Sixth Congressional District include portions of Crystal Lake to Hawthorn Woods in the north and down the Fox River from Port Barrington to St. Charles. It also extends diagonally through DuPage County from Barlett and West Chicago to Hinsdale and Willowbrook.

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Run Women Run Profiles Jennifer Zordani

If Jennifer can do it, so can you! Step-up in 2018!


June 1, 2017
Anne M. Haule

Now, more than ever, it’s time for women to run our country – at the local, state, and federal levels. I truly believe that once women are in charge or hold at least half of all leadership positions in government (and all other organizations), things will get appreciably better!

The only good thing about Trump et al. is the fervor they’ve engendered with the communities they seek to oppress. Women, in particular, are unwilling to accept administration’s viewpoint on women – be it Pence’s proclivity for “impure thoughts” unless his wife is by his side, or Trump’s pussy grabbing, objectification of women, something big has got to give . . . that something is the mobilization of outraged women everywhere – including San Diego – to get into government and to govern from their broader and more nuanced perspectives – not needing to drop bombs and talk big to show their strength.

Case in point . . . Jennifer Zordani is a lawyer from Chicago with whom I used to work. She recently posted on Facebook that she plans to run for Illinois’ 6th Congressional District representing the people.... (read the full article here)

 

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Democrat Zordani Launches Campaign Website

 

Democratic Candidate for the 6th Congressional District Jennifer Zordani today launched her campaign website to begin sharing a substantive discussion about the 6th District.

 

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