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Dold Hopes for Fiscal Cliff Deal

North Shore Congressman recounts achievement of his term in what may be one of his last floor speeches.

In what may have been one of his final speeches on the floor of the United States House of Representatives, Rep. Robert Dold (R-Kenilworth) told his colleagues serving in Congress has been one of the proudest achievements of his life.

In the weeks remaining in his term, he expressed hope a deal could be structured to keep the country from going over the fiscal cliff of the expiration of the Bush era tax cuts and mandated spending reductions.

Earlier: Schneider Beats Dold in 10th District Race

“Governing in a democracy is not easy,” Dold said. “It requires compromise. It requires working together. As I’ve often said, putting people before politics and progress before partisanship is the only way we can move this country forward and have a better future.”

On a national level, Dold spoke with pride about efforts to pass trade agreements, which he said have helped create jobs, and support of meaningful tax reform.

Dold listed the cleanup of Waukegan Harbor, support of Israel, denial of pension for federal officials convicted of felonies and support for a transportation bill among his top achievements. “I broke with the party on that one,” he said of the transportation bill.

Hear the full speech on the video included with this story. Dold will not return to Congress after losing to Rep. Elect Brad Schneider (D-Deerfield) in the Nov. 6 election.

Concerned Patriot December 03, 2012 at 03:22 AM
@ Janowski- I heard plenty of people who worked with Bob Jr. say that same thing about him. He was running Rose Pest into the ground because he had bigger ambitions and couldn't concentrate on the business. The pest companies he owned outright elsewhere in the midwest were losing money before he got elected to Congress. Dold should stick to being a lobbyist or go back to being Dan Quayle's party planner.
Stevie Janowski December 03, 2012 at 03:39 AM
Schneider will be one and done, mark my words
Abigail December 03, 2012 at 04:37 AM
Brad is one of those like Joe Walsh--unemployed and looking for work. So he thinks, 'why not run for public office.' And a bunch of idiots vote for him. Pathetic. I agree, one and done. We'll be stuck with him for only 2 years, but stuck with Obama for 4.
Donny December 03, 2012 at 07:07 PM
We have already gone over the cliff, it's too late.
Gary December 03, 2012 at 11:01 PM
We went over the cliff in 1935... we are just about to hit the ground. So far the fall hasn't hurt one bit. In fact, in can be quite a rush as everyone enjoys the weightless illusion that we can all vote ourselves other people's money and live with out worry... right up until we hit the granite bedrock of economic reality. This one's gonna sting.

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