U.S. Senator Talks Immigration Reform at Caterpillar Visitors Center

On Thursday, August 8, Caterpillar hosted U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., at the Caterpillar Visitors Center in Peoria, Ill., where he was able to see Caterpillar’s rich history firsthand, and talk with Chairman and CEO Doug Oberhelman about our future, along with the importance of common sense immigration reform. During a press conference held for local media, Doug publically thanked Senator Durbin – who was an influential member in the gang of eight that recently passed a bipartisan Senate bill related to immigration reform – and said he looks forward to similar leadership from the House to push the bill through Congress.

“The Senate’s approval of comprehensive immigration reform showed that bipartisanship is not dead, and that Congress is still capable of tackling the most important issues facing our country. It’s up to the House to continue that momentum,” Durbin said. “I urge my colleagues to work together in a bipartisan fashion and vote to bring our country’s immigration system into the 21st century.”

Oberhelman also discussed the importance of bipartisan leadership on other issues, including tax reform, the highway bill and free trade initiatives.
“We are at risk of falling behind the rest of the world if we don’t upgrade and update our ports, highways, airports and rail networks,” Oberhelman said. “If we want companies to be able to compete from a U.S. base, we must have modern infrastructure to effectively and efficiently move materials and products.”
For the press conference, the Chairman and Senator stood in front of the large replica of a 797F, which Caterpillar builds in Decatur, Ill.
“More than 90 percent of these machines are exported,” Oberhelman said. “This is a great example of the products we make in the United States that can be found around the world.”
To remain a global leader, Oberhelman noted that we have to continue attracting and hiring the Best Team.
“The environment is as tough as it has ever been, and by tackling the immigration issue on the scale we are discussing, we will make this country and companies like Caterpillar more competitive,” he said.
For more information on Caterpillar’s position on immigration, click here.