Davis hopes cooperation blooms for president, Congress
The U.S. House passing of a massive federal spending bill Thursday night that would fund most of the U.S. government until next October has U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis optimistic about bipartisanship.
Davis, R-Taylorville, stopped in Decatur on Friday afternoon, just hours after Republicans and Democrats came together to narrowly pass the spending bill, 219-206, three hours before a midnight deadline that would have threatened a federal shutdown.
The bill, which had 30 Democrats join Republicans in support, awaits passage in the Senate before it can be sent to President Barack Obama, who has expressed support for the plan.
“Hopefully, it's a start that this president is willing to work with us, not only the Republicans, but members of his own party,” he said. “I think you'll see the president have to make more choices as we send more bills his way.”
It caps off what has been a good year for Davis and his party, which will head into the next year with a majority in each chamber of Congress.
Aside from his party success, Davis will also start the new year as chairman of the Subcommittee on Biotechnology, Horticulture, and Research. The subcommittee, a section of the Committee on Agriculture, oversees topics as varied as organic agriculture, foreign agriculture assistance and a dwindling bee population.
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