We have gone through a rush of emotions in recent days—from the heights of the Cubs’ victory in the World Series to Tuesday night’s presidential election results.
I know that many of you are hurt, angered, and confused in the aftermath of this election, and it will take time to heal in the coming days and weeks.
First of all, we should be very proud of the work we did. We raised more than $200,000 in this election for candidates up and down the ballot. Your support made a critical difference in electing Tammy Duckworth, Catherine Cortez-Masto, and Maggie Hassan—I’m excited to welcome them to the Senate along with Kamala Harris and Chris Van Hollen. I also look forward to working with Raja Krishnamoorthi and having my friend Brad Schneider back in the Illinois delegation.
Second, we now have a responsibility to continue to move forward. The bedrock principle of our democracy is that our leaders come together to find common ground.
I stand ready to work with the new administration and Republican leaders in the best interests of working families in America. But make no mistake: we will never compromise our core values, and I will work with all of my strength each day in the Senate to look out for the most vulnerable among us, and to ensure liberty and equality for every person in America.
Take whatever time you need to grieve, and when you are ready, we’re going to need your help, as always, to move forward. The progress we have made under President Obama is too important for us to sit on the sidelines.
Let’s get to work.