FORT WAYNE, Indiana (WANE) – “I have a good feeling Republicans are going to win back a majority in the House in the midterm election.”
This is the view of Third District Congressman Jim Banks, R-Indiana. On Friday, he sat down with WANE 15 to preview 2022 and review 2021.
“This year, I will focus on helping Republicans across the country win their races and do whatever we can to win back the majority so that we can save the country from the left’s agenda.”
Banks is now halfway through his chairmanship of the Republican Study Committee, the Conservative House caucus. He encouraged members to âlook intoâ the crop war. âThese are the pro-family and pro-life issues that I addressed six years ago when I was elected to this position. “
Banks cites the end of critical teaching of racial theory in public schools, although PBS reports that real examples of brainwashed students are hard to come by. Banks want to keep them hard to find. âI think we need to stop the critical race theory that teaches our children that America is inherently racist or evil. It has no place in our schools. I hope we pass a bill when we get the majority back that would prevent any federal tax dollars from going to any school in America that teaches our kids to hate America. “
The banks also want to send the Hyde Amendment, which blocks federal taxpayer money from funding abortions, back to bills in the House. “I am leading the fight to keep these protections in place and we will continue to do so when we have come of age. “
In October, Banks’ official Twitter account was suspended after he intentionally misused the gender of a high-ranking trans official. Banks deleted the tweet but did not apologize for its content.
âI basically learned that these big tech companies have too much control. What I tweeted was 100% absolute fact.
Banks discussed the current controversy at the University of Pennsylvania, where some parents are upset because a trans swimmer dominates the women’s swimming events.
âIt’s a debate that’s going on in America. And if we can’t have this debate on social media, which is the public square, then these big tech companies are censoring and preventing public debate from happening. If I can go down to the House of Representatives and speak at the Well of the House of Representatives and say something, I should also be able to say it (the same thing) on ââan online platform. ”
Banks also spoke about his 2021 trip to the US border with Mexico, which he says is radically different under President Joe Biden.
“When Biden became president, he immediately stopped building the wall and reversed Trump’s very effective ‘stay in Mexico’ policy which was a deterrent.”
Banks says it’s more than people crossing illegally; it is also a large amount of illegal drugs. âOur border patrol officers tell us members of Congress that they don’t have the capacity to do anything about it because all of their resources are being pushed elsewhere by the Biden administration.
“Every sheriff or judge I’ve spoken to in the 12 counties of the Third District tells me that this (drug situation) is the worst they’ve ever seen and just keeps getting worse.”
Next week on WANE 15 and wane.com, we’ll be sharing thoughts from Rep. Banks on the storming of the United States Capitol on January 6 and the Investigation Committee.