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.
I 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.
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Washington, DC –U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.) announced that he has signed on as an original co-sponsor to a landmark bipartisan bill to bring common sense and flexibility to federal criminal sentencing laws. The Smarter Sentencing Act would allow courts to make individualized assessments in nonviolent drug cases, ensuring that limited resources are focused on the most serious offenders, while maintaining public safety.
I want to thank Chairman Shuster and Chairman Boxer for leading us to this point.
Water resource issues are critical to the 13th District of Illinois that I represent. My district borders the Mississippi River and includes the Illinois River and has some of the most productive farmland in the country. Effective and efficient infrastructure is the lifeblood of our economy and we must continue to invest in our locks and dams.
House-Senate conferees hope soon to hash out a long-delayed, new farm bill. Illinois’ representative on the conference committee hopes he can help provide something more -- an example for a Congress in turmoil.
Illinois Farm Bureau championed Davis’ appointment to the panel charged with negotiating a long-delayed ag policy package. IFB President Philip Nelson notes the conference includes a relatively small Midwest contingent, and trusts Davis to provide “good input” relevant to Illinois producers.
BLOOMINGTON — Pantagraph-area congressmen are cautiously hopeful that a budget agreement can be worked out before the next deadline looms for a government shutdown.
Washington, DC – U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.) today released the following statement after the House approved legislation to fund federal government operations until January 15, 2014 and suspend the nation’s debt limit until February 7, 2014:
We are nine days into the 2013 government shutdown and there’s been no shortage of rhetoric and political one-liners about what’s happening in Washington, what a government shutdown is and how we got to where we are today.
Government shutdowns, or “lapses in appropriations” in D.C.-speak, occur when Congress and the president fail to approve legislation to authorize the federal government to spend money.
U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.) speaks in support of H.R. 3223, The Federal Employee Retroactive Pay Fairness Act, on Saturday, October 5, 2013. The bill, which passed the House unanimously, provides security and certainty to furloughed federal employees by ensuring that they will receive a paycheck once the government shutdown comes to an end.
Washington, DC –U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.) today released the following statement after the House unanimously approved H.R. 3223, The Federal Employee Retroactive Pay Fairness Act, by a vote of 407-0.