As a former school teacher, Mark Kirk knows that kids come first. With a commitment to local control of schools, Congressman Kirk is leading efforts to improve public education, make college more affordable, protect our children from drug gangs and online predators and support programs for at-risk youth.
In Congress, Congressman Kirk works to advance a suburban agenda that is pro-defense, pro-personal responsibility, pro-environment, and pro-science. He wrote a number of provisions which became law, including funding for commuter rail, improving veterans health care, ensuring military voting, and boosting aviation security.
Mark Kirk opposed Speaker Pelosis trillion-dollar stimulus plan. Congressman Kirk offered two amendments to the bill. The first Kirk Amendment successfully cut a $200 million set aside to re-sod the National Mall. The second Kirk Amendment, which would have created a bipartisan oversight panel, was rejected by the Democratic Leadership.