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Rep. Kinzinger Statement on State of the Union Address

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Washington, DC, March 1, 2022 | Maura Gillespie (202-225-3635) | comments
Congressman Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) released the following statement after the President’s State of the Union Address to Congress.
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WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) released the following statement after the President’s State of the Union Address to Congress: 

The current state of our union is fractured. But we can and must find a way to heal.

Right now, we are divided, disgruntled, and oversaturated by negativity. Well before the President’s speech began, headlines were flooding our newsfeeds saying it was doomed and muddled by crises, while politicians—both Republicans AND Democrats—lined up to announce their own speeches to oppose the President’s. And this was all before he even got started, all before they heard what he had to say. That’s where we are right now in our political discourse. We don’t listen to each other. We don’t even pretend, try or plan to—we talk over one another, eager to knock the other side down and get the applause we crave and accolades from those like-minded.

“How did we get here?

This is not the ‘Address to Congress’ that our forefathers envisioned, certainly not the political theatre it has become. For the sake of our country, we need to find a better path forward. Now more than ever, this is the time to turn things around.

“Yes, our economy needs momentum after the devastation of the pandemic. We need to incentivize companies to bring manufacturing home and put ourselves on stronger footing to compete globally. The vulnerabilities exposed over the last two years led us to pass the COMPETES Act, and now, we need to reconcile our legislative differences with the Senate to firmly build up and secure our domestic supply chains.

“Yes, our democracy was attacked just 14 months ago by insurrectionists, but we’re still standing. We’re still here, gathering in this great institution, actively engaged in our self-governance, committed to this grand experiment of our democracy. But its survival depends on us—every single one of us.

Watching our friends in Ukraine fight tooth and nail for their sovereignty should inspire and motivate us to protect and preserve our freedoms. To do that, we have to turn away from those who push the Big Lie and erode the integrity of our elections. We need to elevate the truth-tellers and elect principled leaders who will work to find proven solutions for the problems we face.

“Tonight, the President shared his vision to grow the economy. And while I have disagreements and believe more can—and must—be done to strengthen our national and economic security, I’m not going to take cheap shots to attack him. Not tonight. This moment is bigger than politics; it’s not about being right or wrong, liberal or conservative—this is about the good of the country and the world around us.

“We must show the global community that we stand with our allies against barbaric autocrats who commit heinous war crimes. We must show our children that putting the interests of the country first is far more important than trying to appease a political party or leader. We must show ourselves that in these divided times, we can and will rise together for our American values—the ones that our Founding Fathers fought to establish, the ones our servicemen and women sacrificed to defend, and the ones that make us the greatest nation on Earth.  

“As we reflect on the current state of our union, let’s remember who we are: that shining city on a hill, a beacon of hope for freedom-seekers around the world.”

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