Davis named to conference committee on farm bill

Davis named to conference committee on farm bill

WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis, R-Taylorville, is one of the 12 House Republicans selected to serve on a House-Senate conference committee charged with writing a new farm bill.

Davis, according to his office, is the only freshman member of the House on the conference committee and is the first congressman from this area to serve on a farm bill conference committee since Rep. Tom Ewing in 1996.

"I'm truly honored being the only freshman being named to the committee. I'm really appreciative of Chairman Lucas' support and our entire conference's support," Davis said of his appointment by Rep. Frank Lucas, chairman of the House Agriculture Committee.

Davis said he didn't know when the committee would begin its work of resolving the differences between the competing farm bills. Chief among the differences is a much larger cut in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program in the House bill.

"The conference committees seem to be more of a rarity here in Washington than they used to be. I'm excited. This is my first chance to be on one," said Davis. "It's also an opportunity to remind members, many of whom have served longer than I have, about what a conference committee means. It means sitting down in a bipartisan way and coming up with solutions, which is what's being missed right here in Washington.

"I hope this conference committee really delves in and finds some common ground because if we can, it could be the role model for getting agreements in the future that are good, common-sense solutions. I hope and pray that this doesn't turn into another political, partisan disaster like we've seen over the last few weeks."

Davis said he's "probably just a little more pessimistic right now after what I've seen over the last few weeks from both parties."

The current farm bill expired on Sept. 30, Davis said, and Republican members of the House want to get to work quickly.

"Because come January that's when you see the effects of the dairy programs expiring and you'll see skyrocketing milk prices," Davis said. "And farmers who participate in the (Conservation Reserve Program), they have to worry about getting their CRP payments."

Meanwhile, Davis said he's hopeful that Congress can strike a debt ceiling agreement and a deal to fully reopen the government this week.

"I'm optimistic that we'll get something done before Thursday because I just don't think the American people can handle another missed deadline," he said.

But he charged that President Obama and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid were being "obstinate" in order "to take political advantage" after an NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll last week found that a majority of Americans blame the Republicans for Washington gridlock.

"They want to take advantage of what was portrayed in the numbers of the Wall Street Journal poll," Davis said. "I think many folks in central and southwestern Illinois would agree that the wrong question gets asked in those polls. It's not who do you blame. Frankly the question should be asked, who don't you blame? I think they'd blame everyone and rightfully so."

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spangwurfelt wrote on October 15, 2013 at 7:10 am

The farm bill -- isn't that another one of those things that Congress was able to do every single year without a problem, decade after decade, but failed to do this time around because the tea party has rendered the House a colossal train wreck incapable of tying its own shoes, let alone doing a farm bill?

Davis, will you counter the tea party and let the GOP become sane again, or will you join the wacka-wackas and do your part to make sure the GOP rides out the House in a straitjacket?

Lance Dixon wrote on October 15, 2013 at 12:10 pm

It's too late for the GOP. They'll go the way of the Whigs. It was a good run, 150 years or so, but with the War Against Women, the War Against Latinos, the War Against Gays and now the War Against Anything That Makes Sense, they are completely on the wrong side of history. Butter 'em up 'cause they're toast!

My only question is who will counter the Democrats? Perhaps the Green Party? Maybe the Democrats will be the new right when the Republican Party finally dies off and the Greens will be the new counter balance. Give it 3 election cycles and we'll see what happens.

Sid Saltfork wrote on October 15, 2013 at 8:10 am

Another appointed job for Rodney?  What will he do?  Provide food assistance for poor children, or hand out payments to farmers for not farming?  Farmers do need help with some thngs; but not the corporate farmers.  Will Rodney work to help out the farmers in need, and hungry children; or do as he is told by his tea party masters? 

Spin on like a whirling dervish, Rodney!!!!!

Oh, by the way; the House Committee on Agriculture members received 42.7 % of the 2003 thru 2005 total subsidies in their districts.  Good ole Frank Lucas got $422 Million for his district.  Rodney is well placed for "campaign donations" in the future if he votes for the rich farmers instead of feeding the poor children.  "Let them eat cake", Rodney?

Lance Dixon wrote on October 15, 2013 at 12:10 pm

Rodney "One Term" Davis pretends to be dismayed at the partisan bickering in Washington, yet votes to shut down the government 4 times, then lies to the press saying he voted to keep the government running. Only an idiot would fall for that lie. Any vote on a spending bill that defunds Obamacare was a vote to shut down the government. Come on, Rodney "One Term" Davis - stand up for your beliefs and tell your constituents why you believe in the govenment shut down! If you feel so strongly that you would vote to shut it down 4 times, then tell us why. Be a leader and stand by your beliefs. I know you're worried that you'll lose reelection because you have no case to justify your votes (and you will lose now, that's a given). But, please, respect us enough here in Central Illinois to tell us the truth.

Local Yocal wrote on October 15, 2013 at 1:10 pm
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This pattern keeps happening. Tom Kacich refuses to publish how Davis really votes in Congress, then let's Rodney tell him anything that sounds good, and it's the voters who catch Davis in a ball face lie after the story comes out. Does Davis and his office really think no one is tracking his votes in Congress? Sure, the good 'ol boys at Countess Cathedral will play nicey nice journalism to secure another interview, but it's costing Davis dearly to be proven a spinster time after time. Watch out Rodney, the naive and unwitting Erika actually believes going to Congress is supposed to be about doing something called "good." This idea might catch on with Republican voters.

When Davis, along with his committee henchmen, craft another porkulus welfare bailout for the rich corporate farmers, (not that Kacich will remember to mention it- too busy prying into everybody's campaign war chests) will Davis then tell us after the farm bill spending orgy that now it's time to end "entitlements" like food stamps and social security? Hypocrisy seems to be the centerpiece of the Republican platform.

Sid Saltfork wrote on October 16, 2013 at 2:10 pm

Wonder how Rodney Davis will vote in the House today, or tomarrow after the Senate deal of today?  Ted Cruz stated that he would not block the bill.  It will go to the House now.  Boehner will have the weight of the world falling on his head if he does not allow a vote on the Senate bill.  Will Rodney Davis vote to end the shutdown, and increase the debt (pay off bills enacted by Congress) temporarily; or will he vote with the right wing, tea party representatives against the bill?

Of course if the economic disaster is averted; the same thing will reappear in Jan. '14 with the debt problem occurring again in Feb. 14.  We get to "play it again" at that time unless the GOP decides to purge itself from the tea party radicals. 

Rodney needs to bring home the bacon by getting a compromise farm bill that still allows "entitlements" (food) to go to poor children.  Enough of the radical talk.  Take some action.