Rep. Phillips Thursday discussed his Stand With Israel resolution with Israeli Consul General Roey Gilad. Gilad addressed the House on the recent Israeli elections and the importance of a continued strong partnership between Israel and Illinois.

Rep. Phillips presents House Bill 3973 to the House Higher Education Committee
To help Illinois universities weather the ongoing state financial crisis, State Representative Reggie Phillips today advanced legislation in the Illinois House that would ensure that state funding is not spent on speaking fees and other expenses for commencement speakers. Representative Phillips (R-Charleston) stressed that with limited state funds available, universities should make sure all dollars provided directly benefit students’ education.

Former Governor Quinn left us with a tremendous budget mess to clean up. If we don’t act quickly,
we won’t be able to make payroll at our prisons, low income working families will lose their child care assistance, and money for services for the developmentally disabled will run out. We cannot allow that to happen.
Granting emergency budget authority to the Governor is not without precedent; and knowing that Governor Rauner is committed to holding the line on spending, I believe it’s the right thing to do in this situation. It’s regrettable however that the deal did not also include a 2.5% cut for the General Assembly and constitutional office holders.”
In the midst of growing turmoil in the Middle East, State Representative Reggie Phillips took to the Illinois House floor today encouraging his colleagues to reaffirm our solidarity with the Nation of Israel. Phillips (R-Charleston) urged swift House consideration and approval of his “Stand with Israel” resolution, House Resolution 173.

“We are all aware of the dangerous events unfolding in the Middle East. Iran’s push for nuclear weapons capability and the terror being spread by the rise of ISIS in parts of Iraq and Syria in particular pose a very real and immediate threat to us, and to our friends and allies in Israel. Make no mistake, extremists in the region want Israel, and the United States as well, wiped off the map because we stand firm for freedom and opportunity. We must continue to make that stand together,” Phillips said.

Phillips’s “Stand with Israel” resolution encourages the Illinois House to reaffirm its friendship with and support for the people of Israel, our strongest allies in the Middle East region. The resolution is currently in the House Rules Committee awaiting reassignment to a standing committee for debate.

“For the past several years President Obama and the Democrats in Washington have unfortunately been sending mixed messages to Israel about the United States’ commitment to defending our mutual interests. With passage of House Resolution 173 we can send a very clear message that the State of Illinois stands with our friends in Israel,” Rep. Phillips said.