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“Bipartisanship is Critical in Effective Legislating”

Kinzinger Backs His Words with Action, a Record of Bipartisan Wins

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Washington, DC, March 16, 2021 | Maura Gillespie (202-225-3635) | comments
Throughout his years of service, Congressman Adam Kinzinger (IL-16) has been recognized as one of the most bipartisan Members of Congress.
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Washington, DC – Throughout his years of service, Congressman Adam Kinzinger (IL-16) has been recognized as one of the most bipartisan Members of Congress. Last week, the Congressman released a statement about the importance of rising above the partisan politics and working together for the good of the country, and in the interest of the American people. Not only does Congressman Kinzinger believe this message, he lives it every day through his work in the U.S. House of Representatives. Last year, he was listed in the top 20 by the Lugar Center-McCourt School Bipartisan Index for House members, and has been a highly sought after legislative partner for colleagues here in the 117th Congress. 

In the 116th Congress, Congressman Kinzinger’s bipartisan work resulted in 58 pieces of legislation introduced, with 33 bills that passed the House and 24 of them were signed into law. While much of what Congress does on a day to day basis fails to make headline news or a splash in the media, these legislative actions make very real impacts in the lives of families, businesses, and communities across the country—and around the world.

So for those who may have missed it in the partisan-mudslinging news cycle, here are the top 10 bipartisan wins led by Congressman Kinzinger in the 116th Congress:

H.R. 314, the Abraham Lincoln National Heritage Area Amendment Act

· This legislation adds Livingston County he city of Jonesboro in Union County, and the city of Freeport in Stephenson County, to the Abraham Lincoln NHA.

· Cosponsors: 4 Republican, 9 Democrat

· Signed into law on March 12, 2019 through S.47, the John D. Dingell, Jr. Conservation, Management, and Recreation Act.

H.R. 3276, the Fair and Accurate Medicaid Pricing Act of 2019

· This legislation closed a loophole used by pharmaceutical companies to ensure drug prices are accurate and fair for patients and saving nearly $600 million annually.

· Introduced with Congressman Joe Kennedy (D-MA).

· Signed into law on September 27, 2019 through the FY20 Continuing Resolution (H.R. 4378).

H.R. 5855, the Bipartisan Solution to Cyclical Violence Act

· This legislation creates a grant program at HHS to establish new, and expand existing, Hospital Based Violence Intervention Programs, or HBVIPs, which provide wraparound services for victims of violent crime while they are recovering from their injuries.

· Introduced with Congressman C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger (D-MD)

· Passed by the House on November 17, 2020. Reintroduced in the 117th Congress on February 23, 2021.

H.R. 5858, the Military Pilots Cancer Incidence Study Act

· This legislation requires the Department of Defense to work with the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine to conduct a study on the incidence and mortality rates of pilots within each of the different branches of the military.

· Introduced with Congresswoman Elaine Luria (D-VA).

· Signed into law through the FY2021 NDAA.

H.R. 8000, the Ensuring Network Security Act

· This legislation amends the Secure and Trusted Communications Networks Act to expand eligibility from providers with 2M customers to those providers with up to 10M customers. The bill also clarifies that the Commission shall prioritize those applicants which have 2 million or fewer subscribers.

· Introduced with Congressman G. K. Butterfield (D-NC).

· Signed into law on December 28, 2020as part of the H.R. 133, Consolidated Appropriations Act for Fiscal Year 2021.

H.R. 3206, the Protecting Europe’s Energy Security Act of 2019

· This legislation would sanction any company laying deep sea pipes on the Nord Stream II pipeline.

· Cosponsors: 5 Republican, 4 Democrat.

· Signed into law through the FY2020 NDAA.

H.R. 497, the BRAVE Act

· This legislation would increase VA burial benefits for non-service connected deaths and authorize annual adjustments based on Consumer Price Index increases for all VA burial benefits.

· Co-led with Congresswoman Cherie Bustos (D-IL). Cosponsors: 27 Republican, 18 Democrat.

· Signed into law on January 5, 2021throughH.R.7105, the Johnny Isakson and David P. Roe, M.D. Veterans Health Care and Benefits Improvement Act.

H.R. 3079, the Energy Savings Through Public-Private Partnerships Act

· This legislation would require agencies to implement the measures, provided they are cost-effective through encouraging the increased use of performance contracting in federal facilities.

· NOTE: Current law requires federal facility energy managers to evaluate and identify energy and water efficiency measures for federal facilities. Agencies are not required under federal law, however, to implement those measures.

· Introduced with Congressman Peter Welch (D-VT).

· Signed into law on December 28, 2020as part of the H.R. 133, Consolidated Appropriations Act for Fiscal Year 2021.

H.R. 7428, the Hong Kong People’s Freedom and Choice Act

· This legislation provides expedited admission for Hong Kong’s high-skill community and residency for Hong Kongers who have fled to the United States to escape the Chinese Communist Party’s takeover of Hong Kong.

· Introduced with Congressman Tom Malinowski (D-NJ). Cosponsors: 2 Republican, 3 Democrat.

· Passed the House on December 7, 2020.

H.R. 3206, the Countering Russian Export of Arms Act

· This legislation would apply CAATSA sanctions on Turkish officials and industries responsible for the purchase of the Russian S-400 air and missile defense system.

· Cosponsors: 5 Republican, 4 Democrat

· Signed into law through the FY2020 NDAA.

On Wednesday, March 10, 2021, the Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC) honored Congressman Kinzinger and five other Members of Congress with the Legislative Action Award. The full press release can be found on the BPC website here.

On receiving this recognition, Congressman Kinzinger said, “During my time in Congress, I’ve worked to forge relationships with colleagues across the aisle in order to be an effective representative to the people I serve in Illinois. Bipartisanship is essential to delivering results for the American people, but also shows a shared commitment to putting the interests of the country first, for the greater good.”

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