This is a big year – maybe the most important of our time in Congress.
We all enter 2022 with renewed optimism, but against the same backdrop of challenges that faced our country this past year. No matter how you slice it, the first year of the Biden administration with Democrat control of Washington has set our nation back.
What was promised to be a year to break free from the effects of the coronavirus turned out to be a year that only worsened them. And every day brings worse news.
Just in the past few weeks, we have seen images across the country that could easily be mistaken for the aftermath of a natural disaster: empty shelves, hours-long lines for testing, and overflows in our airports. People are really suffering, and the Democrats are making a bad situation even worse.
These scenes are just the latest evidence of their complete incompetence in a year defined by it.
What is most frustrating though is that we warned each of these crises would occur:
- We knew trillions in new government spending would spur inflation, cause a labor shortage, and hurt people on a fixed income the most.
- We knew that disrespecting, defunding, and demonizing law enforcement would result in more crime and less public safety.
- We knew abandoning sensible immigration policy, like strong borders, would lead to record-high illegal crossings and literal chaos at the border.
- And we knew shutting down our schools would cause severe learning loss and social disruption.
Even now, we are seeing the President’s central promise—“to shut down the virus”—be so mismanaged that Americans are starting the year with as much uncertainty and unease as at the start of the pandemic.
If you were around Washington for the past year, you only heard Republicans fighting to raise these issues. But while the Democrats and many in the media tried to brush them aside, these concerns remained top of mind for so many of our fellow citizens.
In fact, a chart recently released by Axios showed that “crime”, “border”, and “inflation” were the three most searched terms throughout 2021. That might come as a shock to the Beltway pundits, but it lines up exactly with what House Republicans have been echoing from our constituents the entire year.
So remind your constituents, every day, that our priorities are truly America’s priorities.
Talking with so many of you, I know you are bringing an even greater resolve to achieving our core mission in 2022: protecting economic freedom, instilling genuine security, and getting America back on track. To do so, we must remain ever-focused on the issues that matter most in the day-to-day lives of Americans. We must never succumb to distractions that are central to the majority party’s agenda.
On a separate note, this week will mark one year from the riots at the Capitol. As we have said from the start, the actions of that day were lawless and as wrong as wrong can be. Our Capitol should never be compromised and those who broke the law deserve to face legal repercussions and full accountability.
Unfortunately, one year later, the majority party seems no closer to answering the central question of how the Capitol was left so unprepared and what must be done to ensure it never happens again. Instead, they are using it as a partisan political weapon to further divide our country.
By way of an update, House Administration Ranking Member Rodney Davis will be sending a memo to each of your offices outlining meaningful and measurable steps that should be taken to protect our Capitol from all threats—steps that the current majority party is negligent in acting upon.
When we return to Washington this month, House Republicans will pick up where we left off in working to solve our country’s challenges. Our committees and task forces will continue to roll out their recommendations for our 2022 agenda and each of you will play a part in shaping and presenting our Commitment to America to the nation.
We have a lot to do this year, and I want to thank you all for your ongoing participation in these efforts. If we are fortunate enough to earn the majority, it will take everyone rowing in the same direction from Day 1 to begin delivering on the priorities of the American people.
This year will define what our country will be for the next decade. Will we be a country defined by freedom, opportunity, and prosperity? Or will we continue to let America fall victim to division, malaise, and pessimism?
I know the path you and I want to take. It’s the path we all want to take. And I am confident the American people will join with us.
I look forward to seeing everyone soon.