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  • TheHill.com: Where hunger is a weapon of war, food fights back
    Posted in Op-Eds on March 15, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Budget, Foreign Affairs, Agriculture

    The war in Syria enters its seventh year today. The fighting has now lasted so long entire cities are reduced to rubble. At this very moment, besieged communities in Syria are being starved by the brutality of the Assad regime. Graffiti scrawled by government loyalists reads: Kneel or starve. Without a means to put food on the table, families become desperate, making them easy recruits for extremists who can manipulate their hunger and fear. Right now hunger is being used as a weapon of war, but... Read more

  • Medium: Leave No Man Behind
    Posted in Op-Eds on March 10, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Foreign Affairs, Veterans

    As a military pilot who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, I firmly believe that supporting our troops is vital to our national security today and in the future. Our men and women who sacrifice to serve and protect this great nation need our support while they serve and when they come home. But we must also support those who have risked their lives to serve alongside our American armed forces and personnel overseas in order to advance the cause of freedom and protect the United States. Leave no man... Read more

  • Rockford Register Star: My View: It's time for US to move forward
    Posted in Op-Eds on February 22, 2017 | Preview rr

    As I spent time with my family last Christmas, I reflected on what the negative rhetoric in politics has done to our younger generations and the effect it would have if it continues. In the world of Twitter, Facebook, and round-the-clock media coverage, it can be overwhelming for young people who are still developing their own views and learning about the world they live in. And sadly, it seems the negative rhetoric is only getting worse. The anger, violence, and across the board intolerance is ... Read more

  • Crain's Chicago Business: Rep. Kinzinger - Trump immigration order cause for 'grave concern'
    Posted in Op-Eds on February 1, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Immigration, Foreign Affairs, Veterans

    Rep. Kinzinger: Trump immigration order cause for 'grave concern' By: ADAM KINZINGER Our national security is paramount, and the safety of the American people is the President's primary responsibility. We undoubtedly need a comprehensive look at our immigration vetting process, and we need to be vigilant against all those who enter this country with intentions to cause harm to our country, our freedoms and our citizens. However, as I expressed over the weekend, I have grave concerns with Presid... Read more

  • TheHill.com - Strong U.S. leadership needed in Syria, not political stunts like Gabbard's visit
    Posted in Op-Eds on January 27, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Foreign Affairs, Veterans

    As elected officials, we are representatives of our constituents here in Congress – we consider their interests and their voices directly. When we travel overseas, outside these borders, we are representatives of the United States and our federal government. I have traveled on official business during my time in Congress, always keeping in mind the magnitude of America’s reputation and relationships around the world. When I heard that my colleague, and fellow war veteran, went on a secret, unsan... Read more

  • FoxNews.com: Rep. Kinzinger: Memo to Obama and Kerry - We NEED Israel
    Posted in Op-Eds on December 29, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Foreign Affairs

    On Wednesday, Secretary Kerry gave a speech at the State Department outlining a two state solution for the conflicts in the Middle East. With just three weeks until the new administration is set to take over, this last ditch, show of 'effort' included the Secretary claiming "no American administration has done more for the security of Israel than Barack Obama's." Nothing could be further from the truth. For nearly 70 years, the State of Israel has served as an example of democracy and stability ... Read more

  • Morris Herald News: 'Combating opioid epidemic with life saving law'
    Posted in Op-Eds on November 10, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health Care, Veterans, Telecommunications

    In September, I read a story out of Peru, Illinois about a man who was found unresponsive in his home, where children were present. The officers administered Narcan and saved the man’s life. But sadly, the outcome for this man is not the outcome for many. As a community, we must work together to combat the drug and opioid epidemic that is taking the lives of nearly 30,000 people every year. Whether you witness it firsthand or not, this crisis is taking a life every 18 minutes and has significant... Read more

  • TheHill.com: Why the future of Afghanistan still matters
    Posted in Op-Eds on November 8, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Foreign Affairs, Veterans

    This past September, we observed the fifteenth anniversary of one of the worst terrorist attacks in American history. On what we now call Patriot Day, the observance of the 9/11 anniversary, we remember that fateful day by honoring the lives of our fallen brothers, sisters, fathers, mothers, and children who were taken from us by pure evil. We celebrate our nation’s patriotism and reflect on how that day forever changed our lives, our country, and our world. One thing we have seemingly forgotten... Read more

  • RRStar: Congressman's View: Provide help to build from the ground up
    Posted in Op-Eds on October 15, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs & the Economy

    Last Sunday, I sat in church listening to the gospel of Luke and the story about the rich man and Lazarus. This story reminded me that in the end we will not be judged by our success, our wealth or our social status. We will be judged by the compassion and kindness we show to others, especially those who are down on their luck or seemingly left behind. Throughout my life, I have been fortunate enough to have a home to live in, food on the table and a loving family who supports me. And today, I h... Read more

  • FoxNews.com: Rep. Kinzinger: Syria is not your political football, Mr. Obama
    Posted in Op-Eds on September 30, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Foreign Affairs, Manufacturing

    Last week, President Obama spoke at the ‘Leader’s Summit on Refugees’ and read a letter from a young boy named Alex. Alex wrote to the president about Omran Daqneesh – the young Syrian boy whose photograph and video went viral after he was placed in an ambulance, bloodied and dazed but calm, following an airstrike on civilians in Aleppo. The letter was touching, innocent, genuine, and an example for us all. However, the president took it and turned it into a political moment to say that we need ... Read more

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