Congressman Adam Kinzinger on NBC’s Meet the Press

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

As the looming debt ceiling debate continues, Congressman Adam Kinzinger (IL-11) this morning appeared on NBC’s Meet the Press as part of a roundtable discussion about whether Washington, D.C. is broken.

On whether the current status quo is how Washington should operate…

“No, it’s not how it should operate. I mean, I think Washington, there’s no doubt that it’s broken, there’s no doubt that there’s, you know, it’s become personal, it’s become vitriolic and acidic. People need to work together. We need to have these discussions….

“[Republicans] have said, look, the overspending of congresses prior to us, of our president, has brought us to a point where we need to recognize that, you know, yeah, we probably have to pay for that by raising the debt ceiling. However, we’ve got to get ourselves on a fiscal trajectory. Think about it, the amount of cuts we’re thinking about making in ten years is almost equivalent to what we spent in ten minutes in the stimulus in 2009, so we have to have a reduction.”

On the future of the country…

“I think of the generations, from the men who signed the Declaration of Independence who said this is going to cost us our life, but we’re going to do it, and generations of people like Senator Hagel who fought, like when I was in Iraq and Afghanistan and the people I fought with — the investment we’ve made in this country. We refuse to fail. I absolutely refuse to say that this is something we can’t do, that we’re accepting second best. America is the greatest country in the world.”

On whether compromise in Washington is failing or if it should be celebrated…

“I don’t think compromise is failing. I think when we say Washington is broken, it’s never going to get better — and I’m not saying that’s what we’re saying here — but that’s failing. By saying, well, it’s just broken; we’ll have to accept our place in history. No, we can come to a compromise. Like I said, truly, there is a feeling in my caucus, and in me specifically, I can say, that I feel we are willing to compromise by coming to the table and saying we understand we’ll have to raise the debt limit specifically, but we have to get ourselves on a fiscal trajectory, because look, we’ve spent too much money. We have the same tax rates, the same two wars, the same prescription drug benefit in 2007, but the deficit then was $161 billion. This year it’s $1.5 trillion.” 

On the current dynamic in the House…

“Speaker Boehner has been a good leader in saying ‘I want to hear what the sentiments are, I want to reflect’ — I mean, we have amendments to appropriations bill that were never allowed on the floor of the House of Representatives for the last number of years. It’s an open process now. He really is open to saying let the House work its will. He’s said it a number of times. But I can tell you, my allegiance is to the 11th congressional district in Illinois, and I think the allegiance of the people that I’ve seen, you know, understand that they’re representing their district. Now again, even within the freshmen class, there are people kind of on all sides of everything, but that’s what’s great about this country and we do have these discussions.”

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