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Officials offer best wishes to President Biden and Vice President Harris

Congratulations poured in from across the spectrum Wednesday following the inauguration of President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris.

Here is a sampling of statements being received.

13th Congressional District Rep. Rodney Davis, R-Taylorville

“Joe Biden is now our Nation’s president and Kamala Harris is our vice president. I wish them success, for when they succeed, our Nation succeeds. My family and I will be praying for them. It was an honor to be able to witness the peaceful transition of power for the second time of my tenure in Congress.

“I stand ready to work with President Biden and Vice President Harris to find bipartisan agreement on solutions to the critical issues facing American families. At the same time, I won’t hesitate to oppose President Biden, his Administration, and the Democratic-controlled Congress and hold them accountable for their party’s liberal impulses. Our Nation faces many problems. Now is the time for all of us to come together and govern in a bipartisan way. That is how we will begin to heal our divisions and move our country forward.”

U.S. Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin, D-Illinois

“Their inauguration comes during a time of unprecedented challenge for our country—more than 400,000 Americans dead from the coronavirus; a struggling economy; a deeply divided nation; and a climate in dire straits.  As President Biden reminds us, the moment calls for sober reflection, but it also calls for national resolve.

“With President Biden and Vice President Harris in the lead, it is also a moment of hope.  I am optimistic, now more than ever, that we can come together and overcome our challenges and divisions.

“Now it is time to get to work to build the country back better and restore the soul of our nation.”

U.S. Sen. Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill.

“After the last 4 years, I’m proud to be able to tell the American people that empathy, compassion and real leadership are finally back in the White House as a result of Joe Biden being sworn in as our nation’s 46th President. On Day One, President Biden is already taking immediate action on the most pressing crises facing our country, like getting a handle on the COVID pandemic, providing economic relief for working families, dealing the climate crisis, addressing racial inequity and starting to fix our broken immigration system. As Joe has said, he’s going to work hard, not just for those who voted for him, but for all Americans. Now is the time to come together to solve our nation’s problems, get us out of this pandemic and rebuild an economy that works for everyone. I can’t wait to get back to work under President Biden’s leadership.”

Illinois Federation of Teachers

Illinois Federation of Teachers President Dan Montgomery released the following statement on the inauguration of the 46th President, Joe Biden.

“Today fills me with tremendous hope for the future of our unions, students, and educators because it marks an end to the blight our democracy suffered under the Trump and DeVos administration. With the inauguration of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris, we begin a new chapter where decency and civility are the standard, and where unions and educators are valued and respected again by our country’s leaders.

“As a labor movement, we must come together and look ahead.  It’s time to rebuild and recover. It’s time to grow into the America we should be – one that treats our Black and Brown citizens with respect and equity, extinguishes racism, nationalism and their evils; one that prioritizes the needs of students; and one that lifts up all working people.  And we must unite around a humane and humanizing recovery from the many devastations of the COVID crisis.

“The hard work of undoing the destructive Trump/DeVos agenda begins today, but I am confident that under the leadership of President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris our nation is on a path towards a more just society that centers the interests of students, educators, and working families.”

Congressman Mike Bost, R-12th District, Murphysboro

“Today, our nation witnessed one of our most time-honored traditions: the peaceful transfer of power between two administrations. While I stand ready to work together on shared priorities that help Southern Illinoisans, I will never fail to fight for our conservative principles. I wish God’s blessing for President Biden and Vice President Harris on this historic day.”

Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul

“It has been said but bears repeating: today marks a new day for our nation. I applaud the return of decency to the White House and am encouraged that the Biden-Harris Administration will put our nation on a path toward recovery.

“Over the past four years, my office has engaged with other attorneys general from throughout the country to defend against the bad policies pursued by the federal government. Between anti-immigrant policies, reducing access to health care, resistance to addressing racial inequalities, and attempts to roll back critical environmental regulations, attorneys general have served as a last line of defense against policies that will harm residents. I welcome the leadership of President Biden and Vice President Harris as they reverse some of the damaging policies enacted by the last administration and enact new policies that will help states recover from the devastation of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“I, along with my colleagues, have had the opportunity to meet with Biden-Harris Administration leadership to learn more about the new administration’s priorities and approaches to policy. As a result of those meetings, I feel encouraged and confident that our nation will again be set on the right path and our international reputation restored.

“The new administration has committed to working with states, and I look forward to working with them to address the significant challenges our nation faces. Today, decency is restored.”


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