Congressman Rodney Davis

Representing the 13th District of Illinois

Budget and Debt

Today, our debt is growing faster than our economy and Washington’s promises are growing faster than its ability to pay for them – regardless of political party this is completely irresponsible. Our nation is facing the greatest debt in its history.   A debt that we will pass along to our children and grandchildren if not addressed.  This is a crisis that we cannot ignore any longer.  It is a crisis that will require us to look at all areas of our government, defense and non-defense, to get our spending under control.  

scissors cutting a credit cardI do not support across-the-board cuts but we must reduce our spending.  I believe we can target specific areas of our budget where we can save by eliminating waste, fraud and abuse.  Unfortunately, this alone will not fix our $16 trillion debt.  We will need to make the tough decisions like identifying and addressing the true drivers of our debt.  This will not be an easy task but just families in the 13th District do, we will have to make the difficult choices and make a budget.

Within the first month of being sworn into office, I voted for legislation that withholds pay for Members of Congress unless both chambers pass a budget.  This is a basic function of Congress but a vital first step to getting our spending under control.  We cannot continue to increase our debt limit without true spending reforms and an effort to live within a budget.   

On March 21, 2013, I supported the budget framework proposed by Budget Chairman Paul Ryan because it's the only one that balances our budget in ten years, reduces our deficit by $4.6 trillion and strengthens social safety nets for all Americans.  This budget moves our country to a pro-growth model so our economy can start growing, creating jobs and seeing prosperity again.

More on Budget and Debt

Apr 10, 2014
Press Release

Washington, D.C. –U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.) today released the following statement after the House approved H. Con. Res. 96, the FY 2015 Republican Budget Resolution, by a vote of 219-205.

Jan 23, 2014
Press Release

Washington, DC – In response to the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) decision to deny the state of Illinois’ request for public assistance following the devastating storms on November 17, 2013, U.S. Reps. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.), John Shimkus (R-Ill.), Aaron Schock (R-Ill.), Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.), Cheri Bustos (D-Ill.), and Bill Enyart (D-Ill.) today introduced bipartisan legislation to finally bring fairness to the FEMA disaster declaration process.

Jan 23, 2014
In The News

MONTICELLO — U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis, R-Taylorville, said that last week's congressional agreement over a $1.1 trillion federal spending plan could be a good sign. The omnibus spending bill was approved by both houses and signed by President Barack Obama.

Jan 15, 2014
Press Release

Washington, DC – U.S. Reps. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.) and John Shimkus (R-Ill.) today applauded language included in the FY 2014 Consolidated Appropriations Act to help the Army Corps of Engineers address the Wood River levee issues.

Jan 15, 2014
In The News

SPRINGFIELD — The bipartisan $1.1 trillion federal spending bill moving through Congress this week includes full funding for airport control towers threatened with closure last year.

The pact approved by the U.S. Senate and House appropriations committees secures money for operations at the Central Illinois Regional Airport in Bloomington, the Decatur Airport and the Southern Illinois Airport in Carbondale.

U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis, R-Taylorville, hailed the agreement, which affects a total of five airports in Illinois.

Jan 15, 2014
Press Release

Washington, DC – U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.) today released the following statement after language to protect funding for the nation’s  252 contract control towers, including the towers in Bethalto, Bloomington and Decatur, was included in the FY 2014 Consolidated Appropriations Act.

Jan 3, 2014
In The News

A cut to military retirement pay in the budget signed Thursday by President Obama has already triggered such a backlash that Congress may vote in January to toss it out.

Dec 18, 2013
In The News

URBANA — President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act will continue under the bipartisan budget agreement, but U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis, R-Taylorville, said Tuesday that he will continue to work to gut it.

Davis made his remarks before a ceremony at the Eastern Illinois Foodbank warehouse, where a truck with fresh, first-run product — 20,000 pounds of butter and 20,000 pounds of American cheese — was donated by Land O'Lakes Inc. The food will be available to food pantries throughout a 14-county area of East Central Illinois.

Dec 12, 2013
Press Release

Washington, DC – U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.) today released the following statement after the U.S. House of Representatives approved the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2013 by a vote of 332 to 94

“The Bipartisan Budget Act shouldn’t be considered a ‘great’ or even a ‘good' deal,” said Davis. “This bill doesn’t do enough to address our debt and deficit spending and offers little in long-term reforms to the way Washington spends money. But, in a divided government, neither side will get everything they want, and that’s the commonsense solution that we approved today.