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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.

Bob I December 02, 2012 at 03:50 PM
Bob Dold has served honorably and well for the district. I am glad to live in a district where we have had two good men seeking the opportunity to serve. (And observing elsewhere in the state and the country, this is a rare thing)
Jon Hall December 02, 2012 at 05:08 PM
The dolt walks away with a bag full of losers' lament, compliments of his weak spine and the organizational campaign failures of Atsaves and his tea partying pals. As sad as those dolts are, I beg that time tells me not to fear the inevitable...Schnieder is also a dolt. It's all your fault Louis.
Deep Dish Pizza December 02, 2012 at 05:13 PM
Then why doesn't Cong. Dold take the lead on voting for the middle class tax cut extension that the Senate already passed? He'd go out with style and class. I've been one of his biggest critics because he always seemed to talk like a moderate but then vote like a teapartyer. He can make a difference and step up to vote for the middle class tax cut. Dold's got nothing to lose but a ton of respect to gain if he does.
Jac Charlier December 02, 2012 at 08:48 PM
It is right to thank Cong. Dold (and all elected officials) for his service while in Congress...I do hope he continues to be involved as an active citizen engaging with others in community to solve our shared challenges. Anecdotally only, too often our candidates (and hence our politicians) seem to come from nowhere and return to nowhere. They claim all sorts of civic activity prior to running but it seems sketchy at best. Political party and family lineage (all too common in Chicago/Cook Cty) do not cut it as being "from the community". Cong. Dold can stay involved...and I hope he chooses to as we need all hands on deck for the challenges yet ahead.
Stevie Janowski December 03, 2012 at 01:13 AM
I feel bad for dold, he did a great job, ran as a moderate and still lost. Funny thing I played golf with Schneider's brother in law ( who did not vote for him) and he flat out told me Brad is an idiot. He has never made money in life, lived off his wifes business, and even messed that up. I look for Schneider to be one and done. Dold please run again
karen Kennedy December 03, 2012 at 02:58 AM
I believe he signed the Grover Norquist "No Tax" pledge. Right? Revenue is half the equation. As they say, politics is who gets what, where, when, and how. In so far as this GOP mandated cliff is involved, general government revunue has nothing whatsoever to do with Social Security. People pay into that. Given are massive Defense spending, it has everything to do with the Bush Wars expense.
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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