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Ill. GOP Congressmen React to Obama’s SOTU Speech

January 29, 2014 | Filed Under Adam Kinzinger, Americans For Prosperity, Anti-Americanism, Barack Obama, Budget, Business, Democrats/Leftists, Economy/Finances, Elections, Ethics, GOP, Government, Government Corruption, Health, House of Representatives, Illinois, Jobs, Liberals, Obamacare, Peter Roskam, President, Progressives, Randy Hultgren, Republicans, Taxes, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

Several Illinois Republican Congressmen released statements after President Obama’s State of the Union speech last night. Congressmen Roskam, Hultgren, and Kinzinger reacted to the speech, and so did the President of the Illinois chapter of Americans for Prosperity.

First of all, Obama straight out lied several times in his speech last night. His biggest lie was the claim that he once again trotted out saying women only make 77 cents to a man’s dollar in the job market. This is simply a lie, one the left trots out repeatedly despite it being wholly false.

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Joint Statement by Illinois House GOP Caucus on President Obama’s Jobs Speech in Galesburg

July 24, 2013 | Filed Under Aaron Schock, Adam Kinzinger, Barack Obama, Budget, Business, Congress, Democrats/Leftists, Economy/Finances, Ethics, GOP, House of Representatives, Jobs, Liberals, Peter Roskam, President, Progressives, Randy Hultgren, Republicans, Taxes, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

Illinois House Republicans Peter Roskam (IL-6), Rodney Davis (IL-13), Randy Hultgren (IL-14), John Shimkus (IL-15), Adam Kinzinger (IL-16), and Aaron Schock (IL-18) issued the following statement in response to President Obama’s speech in Galesburg, IL:

“Today, President Obama made his 19th pivot back to what has always been most important to Americans, jobs and the economy. With its 9.2% unemployment rate, full-blown budget crisis and sky-high taxes, our shared home state of Illinois is an example of government making all the wrong economic choices. However, no amount of presidential pivots and speechmaking will change the fact that too many Illinoisans are out of work. It doesn’t have to be this way.

“House Republicans have never strayed from our focus on creating jobs and strengthening our economy. We are developing a tax reform package for individuals and businesses that would increase American competitiveness in the global economy. We have passed a jobs and skills training package, approved the Keystone XL Pipeline, acted to protect families and individuals from a costly healthcare law and put forth a plan to permanently fix our student loan crisis. These proposals would immediately and demonstrably boost the economy, and set the foundation for long-term growth. We agree with the president, too many Americans are struggling in today’s economy, and we stand ready to work toward real, bipartisan solutions, not listen to another stump speech.”


Illinois Republicans Voting Against Pork-Filled, Wasteful Spending

January 16, 2013 | Filed Under Aaron Schock, Adam Kinzinger, Budget, Congress, Conservatives, Economy/Finances, GOP, Government, House of Representatives, Illinois, Peter Roskam, Randy Hultgren, Taxes, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

We do a lot of carping on blogs and in the media about what our Representatives in Congress do, of course. But once in a while we should praise them when they get together and do something right.

Today we offer a bit of positive reinforcement for our GOP delegation in D.C. for voting against the Sandy Relief package.

No, we aren’t crowing that they’ve voted to deprive victims of Hurricane Sandy of much needed relief funds. No, what we are praising them for is for refusing to vote for a bill that is stuffed with nothing but wasteful, pork spending.

Unfortunately, the bill wasn’t just for Sandy relief. It was also stuffed with billions for FBI agent salaries, road projects in states unaffected by Sandy, cash for upgrades to the money-losing Amtrak rail lines, and other wasteful spending.
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What Happened at the Illinois GOP Convention? Mostly Status Quo, But…

June 10, 2012 | Filed Under Aaron Schock, Adam Kinzinger, Bobby Schilling, Congress, Conservatives, Dan Patlak, Dan Rutherford, Democracy, Democrats/Leftists, Elections, GOP, Government, House of Representatives, Illinois, Illinois State Government, Joe Walsh, Judy Baar-Topinka, Liberals, Mitt Romney, Pat Brady, Peter Roskam, Politicians Illinois, President, Randy Hultgren, Republicans, SB600, Senate, State Central Committee, Steve Rauschenberger, Tom Cross, United Republican Fund, Warner Todd Huston | 1 Comment

-By Warner Todd Huston

The Illinois Republican Party held its 2012 Party Convention this weekend. On the docket was addressing some asked for rules changes and picking a slate of delegates to the GOP national convention to nominate Mitt Romney to carry the Party’s banner in the upcoming presidential election. My ultimate analysis is that this was a status quo convention, but signs show that the status quo might not be too long for this world.

Two things first, here. One, I have to state up front that I intended to be a delegate from my district at the Illinois GOP convention. I registered as such and was accepted by my man Tim Schneider of the Hanover Republicans, but forces outside of politics (in other words, real life) prevented me from participating to the fullest extent. Regardless, I wanted to let you know of my intentions upfront so that you can see that I am not just a disinterested bystander in this deal.

Two, if you want a blow-by-blow account of the many great speeches, see Cal Skinner’s report at McHenry County Blog. I will mention a few things, but won’t do the speech-by-speech analysis. Skinner covered that very well so I don’t feel the need to cover that ground again.


Rep. Aaron Schock plies the crowd after his address

Now, The single most controversial issue that was on the docket was the decision to initiate direct elections. For instance, there are many Republicans who want to change how the members of the State Central Committee are selected. Currently they are appointed by the committeemen but many voices in the party want to change that. They want these party leaders to stand for election (like the Democrats do, incidentally) instead of being appointed by the votes of the committeemen. This issue has been in debate throughout the state for several years already and I’ve covered that debate many times. (Check my out old coverage of SB600 using the search feature)

I am told that several attempts were made by various committeemen to get this issue its due during Friday’s Committee meetings. The issue failed in committee on Friday, but a spirited debate continued that afternoon, anyway. Ultimately, John Parrot of Congressional District 15 attempted to get the direct elections issue brought to the convention floor on Saturday for discussion and a vote as a separate issue. Instead party leaders decided to allow a “yea” or “nay” vote on Saturday.
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Too Many Republican Congressmen Giving Unions Free Tax Dollars

May 29, 2012 | Filed Under Aaron Schock, Adam Kinzinger, Anti-Americanism, Bobby Schilling, Budget, Business, Capitalism, Congress, Crony Capitalism, Economy/Finances, GOP, Government, House of Representatives, Illinois, Jobs, Joe Walsh, Liberals, Pensions, Peter Roskam, PLA, Randy Hultgren, Regulation, Robert Dold, Taxes, Unions, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

For such a blue state, Illinois has some rather good Republicans in Congress, but on one issue many of them consistently fail. That is in their unfortunate support for Big Labor. The issue of Project Labor Agreements (PLAs) is a perfect example of this penchant to support issues dear to the hearts of Big Labor.

Unions love PLAs because the rule forces government construction projects to be conducted under union rules, to pay union pay scales to workers as well as pension payments to the union plans, and requires all work to be controlled by union bosses even if the companies hired to do the work are non-union. With PLAs unions feel they have the best of both worlds because they can still benefit from free government money even when they aren’t hired to do the work. In short, PLAs are a sop to unions.

The main problem with PLAs is that they drive up the costs of government building contracts from word go. This costs us all money and in this era when we need to be cutting back the skyrocketing costs of government adding rules that drive up costs before the first foundation is dug is madness. Worse it is unfair to the largest number of construction companies that aren’t union members as they are forced as a condition of getting the work to pay unions thousands out of their pockets even as they’ll never benefit from union pensions or other programs.

Sadly, too many Illinois Republican Congressmen have been consistently in favor of allowing unions this free government handout. It is probably not a huge surprise that even Republicans in deep blue Illinois might end up bowing to the needs of greedy Big Labor initiatives. But it is not a healthy support regardless.
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I Can’t Agree With Rockford Tea Party Re. Kinzinger Undervote Plan

April 29, 2012 | Filed Under Adam Kinzinger, Anti-Americanism, Congress, Conservatives, Democrats/Leftists, Elections, GOP, Government, House of Representatives, Republicans, Tea Party, Warner Todd Huston | 1 Comment

-By Warner Todd Huston

I write against what I consider the outrages of the left every day. But occasionally someone on my own side, someone I otherwise support, will cast a boneheaded vote, or say something stupid, or advocate for a wrongheaded policy. I have to address such situations when they occur and this week the Rockford Tea Party is under my microscope for advocating that voters in the newly reconfigured 16th District should undervote (as in not vote) for Congressman Adam Kinzinger in the upcoming general election.

Many Tea Party folks in the district west of Chicago and running down the western side of the state are furious that Kinzinger loped over from his 11th District to primary Congressman Don Manzullo, the current 16th District Representative.

Many of these longtime 16th District residents felt Kinzinger was an interloper and in the analysis of voting records it was without a doubt that Manzullo’s was more conservative than Kinznger’s.

But, let’s face it, since the Illinois Republican Party has over the last 10 years failed so miserably to make any headway in this state and since the Democrats have a deadlock on power it was the Dems that got to control the redistricting and they made a map guaranteed to eliminate some GOP congressman or another. As it happens, Don Manzullo’s number came up this year.

This is galling most especially because the reason we had to redistrict in the first place is because we lost population in this Census and that means we lost a seat in Congress. The reason our population fell is because of the failed policies of the Democrats, yet the Illinois GOP is so feckless that it cannot even make the Dems pay for their failures and the Dems ended up being rewarded with control of redistricting, a control that will safeguard their own political power thereby assuring that Illinois will fall even further into the abyss! Nice going Illinois GOP.

Anyway, back to Kinzinger. As you all know, Kinzinger won his primary challenge against long-time Congressman Manzullo. Kinzinger will now appear on the ballot in November to take office in the newly jigured 16th District.
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GOP to Illinois State Leaders: There Will Be No Federal Pension Bailout‏

October 18, 2011 | Filed Under Aaron Schock, Adam Kinzinger, Bobby Schilling, Budget, Business, Congress, Democrats/Leftists, GOP, Government, House of Representatives, Illinois, Joe Walsh, Liberals, Mark Kirk, Peter Roskam, President, Randy Hultgren, Republicans, Robert Dold, Stimulus, Taxes, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

This morning, Chief Deputy Whip Peter Roskam (IL-06), 8 House GOP Committee Chairs, and the entire Illinois GOP Delegation sent a letter to Illinois’ legislative leaders and Gov. Quinn in advance of next week’s Veto Session. Gov. Quinn wrote in his FY 2012 Budget earlier this year that his Administration was considering “seeking a federal guarantee of the debt” for Illinois’ $85 billion unfunded pension liability.

They write, “we urge you to seize the opportunity to appropriately reform the State’s public pension systems to address their massive unfunded liabilities,” but “we can say with clarity: there will be no legislative bailouts from the U.S. House of Representatives.”

Roskam was joined by the Illinois GOP congressional delegation and Appropriations Chairman Hal Rogers, Budget Chairman Paul Ryan, Education & Workforce Chairman John Kline, Energy & Commerce Chairman Fred Upton, Financial Services Chairman Spencer Bachus, Judiciary Chairman Lamar Smith, Oversight Chairman Darrell Issa and Ways & Means Chairman Dave Camp.
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Senator Kirk, Congressman Kinzinger Respond to Super Committee’s Spectrum Question: “BRAC” the Spectrum

October 17, 2011 | Filed Under Adam Kinzinger, Business, Capitalism, Congress, Democrats/Leftists, Economy/Finances, GOP, Government, House of Representatives, Illinois, Jobs, Mark Kirk, Republicans, Senate, Taxes, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

From the office of Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R, Illinois 11th District)…

Proposal Would Use Successful Military Base Closure Process to Identify and Auction Federal Spectrum for Deficit Reduction

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Last week, four members of the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction (Rep. Fred Upton (R-MI), Sen. John Kerry (D-MA), Rep. Xavier Becerra (D-CA), and Sen. Patrick Toomey (R-PA)) sent a letter to President Obama, requesting a review of how Federally-owned spectrum can be used more effectively to increase public broadband access while paying down our debt.

In response, U.S. Senator Mark Kirk (R-IL) and U.S. Congressman Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) urged the Joint Select Committee Chairmen Patty Murray (D-WA) and Jeb Hensarling (R-TX) to establish a process similar to the successful Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) procedure in order to identify which Federal spectrum should be auctioned for use by the private sector.
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Kinzinger Supports Bipartisan Regulatory Relief Legislation to Prevent Job Loss

October 15, 2011 | Filed Under Adam Kinzinger, Budget, Business, Capitalism, Congress, GOP, Government, House of Representatives, Illinois, Republicans, Taxes, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

From the office of Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R, Illinois 11th District)…

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Adam Kinzinger (IL-11), a member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, welcomed House passage of H.R. 2250, the EPA Regulatory Relief Act of 2011.

Kinzinger, a co-sponsor of H.R. 2250, says the legislation would provide businesses with adequate time to comply with the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) new rules in order to prevent rising costs and destroying jobs or sending jobs overseas.

“Enforcing these current rules could endanger hundreds of thousands of jobs and tens of billions of dollars in additional costs to manufacturers during a time of great economic uncertainty,” said Kinzinger. “The EPA Regulatory Relief Act does not repeal regulations that protect our economy or our environment. Rather, these bills extend deadlines to provide manufacturers with the time they need to comply with new regulations so they are not forced to shut down, which would in turn destroy jobs.”

In February, Congressman Kinzinger led a group of 61 freshmen in sending a letter to the EPA, expressing concern over the Maximum Achievable Control Technology rule for industrial boilers (Boiler MACT). The letter reiterates concerns expressed by a bipartisan group of 114 Representatives during the 111th Congress on the EPA’s proposed Boiler MACT.

“The retrofitting requirements necessary for operators to comply with these stringent standards, at facilities from universities to food processors, and a wide range of industries across the spectrum, will undoubtedly cause the shuttering of domestic manufacturing capacity and associated job losses,” said Kinzinger.

The EPA estimates that capital costs for implementation of these rules would amount to $9.5 billion. According to IHS Global Insight, however, the final Boiler MACT rules could mean more than $14 billion in compliance costs with over 230,000 jobs at risk.

http://kinzinger.house.gov/


Kinzinger Joins Willis Report to Discuss Solyndra Loan Guarantee Developments‏, Applauds Passage of the Protect Life Act

October 15, 2011 | Filed Under Adam Kinzinger, Budget, Business, Congress, Democrats/Leftists, Ethics, Government, Illinois, Illinois State Government, Liberals, Republicans, Stimulus, Taxes, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

From the office of Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R, Illinois 11th District)…

Congressman Adam Kinzinger joined the Willis Report on the Fox Business Network to discuss the developments over the Solyndra loan guarantee and the upcoming hearing on the House Energy & Commerce Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations.

“You have Solyndra that restructured a loan so that in case it goes bankrupt the first $75 million in assets are paid to two investors and not the American taxpayers. So the chance of us getting our money back is not looking good. The chance of us getting any of the billions of dollars we pushed out the door, coming back, is not looking good. And, we’re not even getting the jobs that the Administration promised.”

Also today Congressman Adam Kinzinger (IL-11), a member of the House Energy & Commerce, applauded passage of H.R. 358, the Protect Life Act. Kinzinger is a cosponsor of this legislation to amend the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, to ensure no health care reform funds are used to pay for abortions.

“In a time of economic hardship, I intend to do everything in my power to ensure Congress is using American taxpayers’ money efficiently and effectively. The use of our tax dollars to subsidize abortions and abortion providers is simply unacceptable. Additionally, the Protect Life Act also prohibits the federal government from requiring private insurance companies to cover abortion and protects health care providers from discrimination for refusal to participate in abortions. This legislation makes certain that taxpayers will not foot the bill for abortions or abortion coverage under the President’s health care law.”

The Protect Life Act is modeled after the bipartisan Stupak-Pitts amendment, which was added to the the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act in the House in 2009, but was excluded from the final law.

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Kinzinger Launches 2012 Campaign for U.S. Congress

October 12, 2011 | Filed Under Adam Kinzinger, Congress, Elections, GOP, Government, House of Representatives, Illinois, Republicans, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

From the office of Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R, Illinois 11th District)…

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Adam Kinzinger, along with hundreds of supporters, launched his 2012 election campaign. Kinzinger cited that Washington needs a fresh approach, with strong, conservative voices that will fight to create an environment where more private-sector jobs can be created and where government will become less relevant in people’s everyday life.

“We must have strong voices in Washington who will carry out the people’s agenda,” Kinzinger said. “We need people who remember they work for you – not those who have been in Congress for decades and believe Washington knows best. Government doesn’t know best – the small business owners who know what it’s like to sign the front of a paycheck, rather than the back, do.”

Kinzinger outlined several straightforward steps Washington must take to create an environment that encourages job growth, rather than one that hampers their development, including:
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Kinzinger Applauds House Passage of Bipartisan Legislation to Prevent U.S. Cement Plant Closings and Save Jobs

October 8, 2011 | Filed Under Adam Kinzinger, Budget, Business, Capitalism, Congress, Economy/Finances, GOP, Government, House of Representatives, Illinois, Jobs, Regulation, Republicans, Taxes, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

From the office of Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R, Ill. 11th District)…

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today Congressman Adam Kinzinger (IL-11), a member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, applauded the House passage of H.R. 2681, the Cement Sector Regulatory Relief Act of 2011. Kinzinger is an original co-sponsor and says the bill would protect domestic cement manufacturing and tens of thousands of American jobs.

Watch Congressman Kinzinger’s remarks on the House floor in support of H.R. 2681:
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New Lenox: Reenlistment Ceremony of Luis Mejia, Officiated by Congressman Adam Kinzinger

September 27, 2011 | Filed Under 9/11, Adam Kinzinger, Congress, Conservatives, GOP, Government, House of Representatives, Illinois, Iraq, Military, Navy, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

Over the weekend I was invited to the reenlistment ceremony of Aviation Structural Mechanic, Third Class Petty Officer (AM3) Luis Mejia, a resident of New Lennox. Coming off eight years, Meija, 43, reenlisted for another six and for his ceremony he asked 11th District Congressman Adam Kinzinger to conduct his Monday ceremony.

Mejia served one year at Camp Bucca, Iraq in 2007 and as the congressman and he were talking they realized they served at the same time in the same place in Iraq. “We probably saw each other,” Kinzinger said.

Currently, Mejia serves out of Great Lakes Naval base.

As Congressman Knizinger addressed the friends and family gathered to witness Meija’s reenlistment he noted that this county has “been at war for a decade.”
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Kinzinger/Gonzalez Amendment Adopted into TRAIN Act Forces Agencies

September 24, 2011 | Filed Under Adam Kinzinger, Business, Capitalism, Congress, EPA, GOP, Government, House of Representatives, Illinois, Liberals, Regulation, Republicans, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

From the office of Rep. Adam Kinzinger (Ill., 11the District)…

To Assess Consequences of EPA Regulations for U.S. Energy, Manufacturing & Jobs

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Adam Kinzinger (R-11) along with Congressman Charles Gonzalez (D-TX) today offered a bipartisan amendment to the Transparency in Regulatory Analysis of Impacts to the Nation (TRAIN) Act, H.R. 2401. The Kinzinger/Gonzalez Amendment would give Americans the opportunity to receive an explanation of the costs and job impacts associated with a new EPA regulation on gasoline before it can be enforced. The amendment was adopted and the TRAIN Act passed the House with bipartisan support.

Currently, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is developing a “Tier 3” rulemaking that would further reduce sulfur levels in gasoline to an average of 10ppm – this is a 70 percent change from today’s already low levels. In 2004, Tier 2 rules reduced sulfur by 90 percent from 100ppm to 30ppm. The Kinzinger/Gonzalez Amendment forces the EPA to ensure that the economic and job impacts of the Tier 3 regulations are thoroughly analyzed and reviewed.
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Kinzinger, House Energy and Commerce Committee Passes Bipartisan Legislation to Prevent U.S. Cement Plant Closings and Save Jobs

September 23, 2011 | Filed Under Adam Kinzinger, Congress, Conservatives, Energy, GOP, House of Representatives, Regulation, Republicans, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

From the office of Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R, 11th District)…

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today the House Energy and Commerce Committee passed bipartisan legislation known as the Cement Sector Regulatory Relief Act of 2011. Congressman Adam Kinzinger (IL-11), who serves on the Committee and is an original co-sponsor, says the bill would protect domestic cement manufacturing and tens of thousands of American jobs.

Kinzinger made the following remarks in his opening statement:

“Last September, the EPA released new regulations on the American cement industry. These new requirements will cost $3.4 billion, close 18 of America’s 100 cement plants, and leave 20,000 Americans without jobs.

“When this rule is in full effect and the plants are closed, where will America purchase its cement? From China, a country that is producing cement with zero environmental safeguards? With the increased demand in China global hazardous pollution will rise with these new rules.

“This bill gives regulators time to develop practical rules for cement manufacturing facilities and will protect jobs in the cement industry, the manufacturing industry, and the construction industry that could otherwise be sent overseas. Enough is enough. I urge my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to support this bipartisan legislation.”

The Cement Sector Regulatory Relief Act of 2011 was first introduced on On July 28, 2011. The legislation would grant federal regulators more time and guidelines to develop achievable rules governing emissions from cement manufacturing facilities. This necessary extended timeline would prevent plant shutdowns, while protecting jobs. Estimates confirm that recent rules issued by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) could result in shutting down nearly 20 percent of the nation’s cement plants in the next two years, driving up the price of cement, increasing imports, and eliminating thousands of jobs.
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Kinzinger… IL Democrat to Taxpayers: Send More Money

September 17, 2011 | Filed Under Adam Kinzinger, Budget, Congress, Democrats/Leftists, Economy/Finances, GOP, Government, House of Representatives, Illinois, Illinois State Government, Liberals, President, Republicans, Taxes, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

From the office of Rep. Adam Kinzinger (Ill., 11th District)…

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Adam Kinzinger spoke out against Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky who yesterday advocated for more of taxpayers’ hard-earned dollars to be sent to Washington.

When asked about the President’s job proposal, which will cost nearly $450 billion and includes an estimated $467 billion in permanent tax increases, Schakowsky defended the plan and later added: “You don’t deserve to keep all of [your money] and it’s not a question of deserving because what government is, is those things that we decide to do together.”

“Unfortunately Congresswoman Schakowsky has proven herself to be vastly out-of-touch with Illinois families and believes more money from taxpayers, more government and more of the same failed policies of the last two+ years are the stepping stones toward prosperity and job creation,” said Kinzinger. “The fact of the matter is, 31 months ago, the President stood in front of Americans and pledged under his near-one trillion dollar stimulus package, unemployment would not rise about eight percent. The President got his stimulus and here we are today with unemployment above nine percent.
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Kinzinger on Fox Business: Reducing Regulations Will have Immediate Impact on Economy‏

September 16, 2011 | Filed Under Adam Kinzinger, Budget, Business, Capitalism, Congress, Conservatives, Economy/Finances, GOP, Government, House of Representatives, Illinois, Jobs, Republicans, Taxes, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

From the office of Rep. Adam Kinsinger (Ill., 11th District)…

On Tuesday night, Congressman Adam Kinzinger joined David Asman on America’s Nightly Scoreboard on Fox Business to discuss whether substantive regulation reform that will help small businesses is possible before the next election.

“The president has thrown basically all of himself into the fact that, once again, we need another stimulus-lite plan, and it’s going to be like the 10th white horse that Washington’s ridden in on to try to save the American economy. It’s not going to be Washington. It’s going to be Main Street.”

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David Asman: Well, we don’t hear the president talking about really substantial deregulation, but you think a lot of new congressmen are. Will it pass before 2012 elections?
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Kinzinger, House Freshmen Who Have Served & Veterans, Pay Tribute to 9/11

September 11, 2011 | Filed Under 9/11, Adam Kinzinger, Congress, GOP, Government, House of Representatives, Illinois, Republicans, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

From the office of Rep. Adam Kinzinger (11th District)…

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today Congressman Adam Kinzinger (IL-11) and twenty-one of his freshmen colleagues, who are veterans or have served in the military, released a video in honor and remembrance of the lives that were lost and the brave Americans who displayed heroic efforts on September 11th.

Kinzinger, a captain in the Air National Guard, issued the following statement as we approach the anniversary of September 11th:

“On September 11th and the days immediately following this tragedy, there were no Democrats or Republicans – we were Americans.

“Throughout my tours overseas, I’ve had the opportunity to meet with our men and women who are committed to fighting for the security of our nation and peace in the Middle East. Today, Americans stand proudly united as we pay tribute to our courageous men and women in uniform who continue to work tirelessly to eliminate acts of pure hatred and protect our country. Their sacrifice is the reason for our liberty.

“As we take time to reflect on the events that took place ten years ago, let us always remember that we live in the greatest country in the world, and we will never settle for anything less.”

NOTE: The following is a list of the twenty-two freshmen who appear in the video: Reps. Adam Kinzinger, Allen West, Andy Harris, Bill Johnson, Chip Cravaack, Chris Gibson, Jeff Denham, Jeff Landry, Joe Heck, Larry Bucshon, Michael Grimm, Mike Pompeo, Richard Nugent, Rick Crawford, Sandy Adams, Scott Rigell, Steve Pearce, Steve Stivers, Steve Womack, Steven Palazzo, Tim Griffin, and Todd Young.

http://kinzinger.house.gov/


Kinzinger Statement on the End of the Qadaffi Regime

August 24, 2011 | Filed Under Adam Kinzinger, Congress, Foreign Countries, GOP, Government, Illinois, Libya, Military, Republicans, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

From the office of Rep. Adam Kinzinger (Ill., 11th Dist)…

Congressman Adam Kinzinger (IL-11) issued the following statement regarding the end of the Qadaffi regime in Libya:

“This week, we witnessed the end to the Qadaffi regime, which marks a major victory for the people of Libya and another step forward toward our ultimate goal of achieving freedom and peace throughout the Middle East.

“Nonetheless, the people of Libya, Americans, British, French, and our Arab partners stand proudly united as we recognize the hard work, commitment and sacrifice of our militaries. The Libyan people fought tirelessly for their liberty, and prevailed.

“With this achievement, comes the continued responsibility of the United States to provide additional support and vigilance to Libya to rebuild this nation, founded upon democracy; and to take preventative action against any future retribution.”

http://kinzinger.house.gov/.


Reps. Kinzinger & Rush on WTTW’s Chicago Tonight‏

August 13, 2011 | Filed Under Adam Kinzinger, Budget, Chicago, Congress, Conservatives, Democrats/Leftists, GOP, Government, Illinois, Liberals, Republicans, Taxes, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

From the office of Rep. Adam Kinzinger (ILL, 11th)…

On Wednesday night, Congressman Adam Kinzinger joined Carol Marin and Congressman Bobby Rush on WTTW’s Chicago Tonight to discuss current unemployment rates, the debt ceiling vote and the Super Committee.

Excerpt:
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Statement of GOP House Members from Ill. on the Proposed Congressional Map Filed Today in Federal Court

August 4, 2011 | Filed Under Aaron Schock, Adam Kinzinger, Anti-Americanism, Bobby Schilling, Congress, Democrats/Leftists, Elections, GOP, Government, House of Representatives, Illinois, Illinois State Government, Joe Walsh, Peter Roskam, Redistricting, Republicans, Warner Todd Huston | 1 Comment

“The Fair Map filed in federal court today proves that it is possible to create congressional districts that respect both constitutional and democratic principles. More importantly, this map stands in stark contrast to the contorted map passed by the Democrats, which is so gerrymandered that it can have no goal but to maximize partisan advantage by disregarding the will of Illinois voters.

“The Fair Map specifically addresses the problems with the Democrats’ map by providing a second district for the state’s growing Latino population, creating district lines that satisfy the tests for compactness, and protecting communities of interest by keeping them wholly within individual districts.

“We look forward to an impartial hearing in court that exposes the fatal flaws in the Democrats’ Illinois congressional redistricting scheme and recognizes the fact that creating fair, compact, and representative congressional districts is not only possible, but necessary.”

Rep. Peter Roskam (Il-6)
Rep. Joe Walsh (Il-8)
Rep. Robert Dold (Il-10)
Rep. Adam Kinzinger (Il-11)
Rep. Judy Biggert (Il-13)
Rep. Randy Hultgren (Il-14)
Rep. Don Manzullo (Il-16)
Rep. Bobby Schilling (Il-17)
Rep. Aaron Schock (Il-18)
Rep. John Shimkus (Il-19)


Kinzinger Discusses Details of Debt Limit Plan on Hannity‏

August 4, 2011 | Filed Under Adam Kinzinger, Budget, GOP, Government, House of Representatives, Illinois, Republicans, Taxes, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

From the office of Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R, Ill 11th District)…

Last night, Congressman Adam Kinzinger joined Sean Hannity on FOX to discuss the details of the debt limit plan, which cuts more than it increases, controls future spending, and does not raises taxes on American families or job creators.

“The President in January said ‘raise the debt limit and no spending cuts.’ [House Republicans] did exactly what we said we’d do – We didn’t raise taxes and we cut more than we raised the debt limit by.
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How Did The Illinois GOP Delegation Vote on Boehner’s Debt Bill?

August 2, 2011 | Filed Under Aaron Schock, Adam Kinzinger, Bobby Schilling, Budget, Congress, Conservatives, GOP, Government, House of Representatives, Illinois, Peter Roskam, Randy Hultgren, Republicans, Taxes, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

So, it was claimed to be the end of the world if Congress didn’t vote on the debt bill. But not every Illinois Republican voted to support GOP leader and House Speaker John Boehner’s bill. Let’s see how the Illinois GOP delegation voted, shall we?

The most vocal opponent of the bill was the 8th District’s Joe Walsh. He said that he could not, in good conscience, vote yes on the bill. Amusingly, he said in a radio interview on WLS that if he saw Speaker Boehner headed his way with the intent to change his mind, he’d turn and run the other way.

To his credit, Walsh did not try and claim that he would stand fast in the face of a direct Boehner appeal, but he did say that he was voting his conscience regardless.
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Kinzinger Statement on the Revised Budget Control Act

August 2, 2011 | Filed Under Adam Kinzinger, Budget, Government, House of Representatives, Illinois, Republicans, Taxes, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

From the office of Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R, Ill. 11th District)…

Washington, D.C. – Today Congressman Adam Kinzinger (IL-11) issued the following statement in support of the revised Budget Control Act. The measure passed the House by a vote of 269 to 161.

“Over the course of seven months, House Republicans have changed the conversation in Washington from where to spend, to where to cut and how much. This legislation reverses the failed trajectory of our country.

“The bipartisan approach forces Washington to maintain a strong focus on cutting spending and includes much of the same framework as the House-passed bill. It cuts more spending than the increase in the debt limit and it does not raise any taxes.
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Kinzinger Opposes Legislation that Fails to Offer Spending Cuts Greater Than Debt Limit Increase

August 1, 2011 | Filed Under Adam Kinzinger, Budget, Congress, Economy/Finances, GOP, Government, House of Representatives, Illinois, Republicans, Taxes, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

From the office of Rep. Adam Kinzinger (IL, 11th Dist.)…

Legislation authorizes largest debt limit increase in history

Washington, D.C. – Today Congressman Adam Kinzinger (IL-11) issued the following statement after voting against H.R. 2693, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s debt limit increase plan that fails to offer spending cuts greater than the increase and authorizes the largest debt limit increase in history. The measure failed in the House by a vote of 173-246.

“Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s plan offers phantom savings, accounting gimmicks and hands a blank check to the President, signed by the taxpayers. It fails to cut more in spending than it increases in the debt ceiling and the deep slashes to our defense, threaten the security of our country.

“General Martin E. Dempsey, President Obama’s nominee to be chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, also cautioned that these cuts to the military budget would be ‘extraordinarily difficult and very high risk.’

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Kinzinger Statement on the Budget Control Act

July 31, 2011 | Filed Under Adam Kinzinger, Budget, Congress, Conservatives, Democrats/Leftists, GOP, Government, House of Representatives, Illinois, Liberals, Republicans, Taxes, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

From the office of Rep. Adam Kinzinger (IL, 11th Dist.)…

Washington, D.C. – Today Congressman Adam Kinzinger (IL-11), issued the following statement upon House passage of the Budget Control Act:

“Over the course of seven months, House Republicans have changed the conversation in Washington from where to spend to where to cut and how much. Today, many of my colleagues and I in the House voted to reverse the failed trajectory.

“House Republicans recognize that we must pay back the bills that have been racked up by prior Congresses. We must get ourselves on a fiscal trajectory because our spending is out of control. We have the same tax rates, the same two wars, the same prescription drug benefit in 2007, and the same tax loopholes, but the deficit then was $161 billion. This year it’s $1.5 trillion.
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Kinzinger Statement on Blagojevich Verdict

June 28, 2011 | Filed Under Adam Kinzinger, Chicago, Crime, Democrats/Leftists, Government, House of Representatives, Illinois, Illinois State Government, Liberals, Republicans, Rod Blagojevich, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

From the office of Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R, IL)…

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representative Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) today issued the following statement in response to the partial verdict in the retrial of Rod Blagojevich, former governor of Illinois:

“Rod Blagojevich never seemed to understand the difference between serving the public and serving his personal self interests. The evidence presented and verdict confirms that he was found guilty of seventeen of the twenty counts including wire fraud, attempted extortion and attempting to sell President Obama’s old Senate seat, but far worse, he abused and shattered public trust. The shame and national embarrassment Blagojevich cast onto our state has only created further financial bearing.

“I applaud the U.S. Attorney’s office for their hard work, dedication and effort to see to it that justice has somewhat been served. Unfortunately, Blagojevich’s verdict and punishment will not restore statewide, much less nationwide certainty in Illinois. We must now move beyond Rod Blagojevich and turn our focus toward working together to rebuild Illinois.”

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Ottawa Small Business Owner & Rep. Adam Kinzinger on America’s Nightly Scoreboard‏

June 26, 2011 | Filed Under Adam Kinzinger, Business, Capitalism, Congress, Economy/Finances, GOP, Government, Illinois, Illinois State Government, Jobs, Republicans, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

From the office of Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R, ILL)…

Jerry Halterman, owner of HR Imaging Partners Inc. in Ottawa, IL and U.S. Representative Adam Kinzinger (IL-11) joined David Asman on America’s Nightly Scoreboard to discuss how the Administration’s failed policies have created more government regulation and a lack of confidence to expand business.

This interview comes on the heels of Rep. Kinzinger’s small business roundtable with members of the Ottawa Area Chamber of Commerce. Kinzinger hosted the roundtable to listen and discuss business owner’s ideas to create economic certainty in order to leave future generations with a strong, thriving economy. The roundtable confirmed the recent National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) report, which stated confidence of small businesses has dropped into recessionary levels. Small business owners from Ottawa, IL claimed taxes and regulations contribute to the continued uncertainty over our economy.

http://kinzinger.house.gov/


Kinzinger Supports Bill to Increase North American Energy Production

June 25, 2011 | Filed Under Adam Kinzinger, Business, Canada, Capitalism, Democrats/Leftists, Economy/Finances, Energy, Free Trade, GOP, Government, House of Representatives, Illinois, Mexico, Oil, Republicans, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

From the office of Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R, ILL)…

Washington, D.C. – The House Energy and Commerce Committee, which Congressman Adam Kinzinger (IL-11) serves on, yesterday passed the North American-Made Energy Security Act, H.R. 1938, with bipartisan support by a vote of 33 to 13. Kinzinger issued the following statement:

“What does the Keystone XL pipeline mean for the United States? For starters it means reducing our addiction to foreign oil and creating directly and indirectly more than 100,000 jobs.

“It means 1.3 million barrels of oil from our friends to the North, which means we will need less oil from the Middle East, less oil from Venezuela, less oil from countries we can no longer rely on.

“And, it means $5.2 billion in new property tax revenue for bankrupt states.
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Rep. Kinzinger Defies GOP Opposition to Democrats War Resolution

June 24, 2011 | Filed Under Adam Kinzinger, Anti-Americanism, Anti-War, Barack Obama, Congress, Conservatives, Constitution, Democrats/Leftists, Foreign Countries, GOP, Government, House of Representatives, Illinois, Liberals, Libya, President, Republicans, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

Representative Adam Kinzinger made what is in my opinion a principled vote on the pair of resolutions concerning the authorization and funding of Obama’s mission in Libya today. His principles however ran counter to the Republican’s conventional wisdom on this and he was one of only eight Republicans to do so in one case.

The first resolution that came to a vote was H.J.Res.68 – Authorizing the limited use of the United States Armed Forces in support of the NATO mission in Libya. It was introduced by extremist, left-wing Democrat Alcee Hastings (D, Florida). The resolution was meant to give cover to President Obama’s military involvement and hoped to give Obama up to a year of extra time to stay in Libya without further authorization.

Kinzinger voted with the Democrats on this, but I feel he did so in keeping with his support of the mission as opposed to his desire to aid Democrats. He supports this mission and that is that. Whether you agree with the effort or not, I think Kinzinger stayed true to his ideals and did not use this vote to play politics with the issue. (Kinzinger voted “yea” along with eight other Republicans: Dent; Dreier; S.King; P.King; McCotter; Rivera; Rogers of Michigan)

**BELOW, see video of Kinzinger’s floor speeches and a transcript of his comments**
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