Local elected leaders are releasing statements on the swearing-in of Joe Biden as the 46th President of the United States:

 

U.S. Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin: 

“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.”

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Rep. Mike Bost (IL-12) released the following statement regarding the inauguration of Joe Biden as the 46th President of the United States:

“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.”

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U.S. Representative Rodney Davis (IL-13) issued the following statement on the inauguration of President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris:

“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.”