From the archives...

From the archives...

Posted by Mike Riopell on Wed, 10/09/2013 - 16:30

As part of the House Republican leadership team, U.S. Rep. Peter Roskam of Wheaton is on the front lines of the ongoing government shutdown debate.

Roskam was in the minority party of the Illinois Senate in 2004 when state lawmakers blew a budget deadline by weeks, nearly jeopardizing top Democrats' attendance the party's nominating convention that year.

I went hunting for transcripts from those long summer sessions to see if Roskam said anything noteworthy on the Senate floor at the time. I found this speech from July 20, a few days before the impasse was settled.

Well, Madam President, you know, we've had - some of us have had more time than others recently to be around Springfield and we've been able to look at the various Lincoln sites - Lincoln's tomb and Lincoln's home and Lincoln's this and Lincoln's that.

And what has impressed the Republicans is the number of plaques that are littered really all over Springfield. And I'm happy that we're all witnesses today for a plaque that is going to be able to be on the outside of the Senate Chamber, and it'll say something like this: "Here brought Governor Blagojevich, the State of Illinois, to a complete train wreck into the longest legislative session in the history of the State of Illinois."

So we're all witnesses together. There's cake outside that you're all welcome to. And since we bought the cake, we figured you guys could buy the plaque.

"You guys" are Democrats who controlled the chamber at the time.

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