Davis: Democrats 'are the ones who shut down the government'

Davis: Democrats 'are the ones who shut down the government'

WASHINGTON — Rep. Rodney Davis, R-Taylorville, said a government shutdown that began at midnight Saturday was a political message — “not a coincidence” — on the first anniversary of Donald Trump’s presidency.

This is the first time that a shutdown has occurred when one party holds majorities in both houses of Congress and controls the presidency.

Democrats “are the ones who shut down the government,” Davis said Saturday.

“I don’t think they were bargaining in good faith yesterday,” he added, saying it was “more about messaging than government.”

Democrats and Republicans blamed each other while continuing to seek to break the impasse Saturday.

Davis and other members of Illinois’ congressional delegation charged that Sens. Dick Durbin and Tammy Duckworth, both Democrats, were leading an effort to block a Senate vote.

“We already passed our bill,” Davis said, putting the onus on the Senate.

“I can’t tell you how disappointed I am in another shutdown” fight, said the congressman, referencing the one that occurred in 2013, his first year in his current position.

He said the House had done its job in funding the Children’s Health Insurance Program for another six years and finding money to support the military.

The bill was designed to get bipartisan support, but “the Democrats were nowhere to be seen,” he said in a brief teleconference with reporters.

He said legislators need to be looking forward, passing a 2018 bill that can lead to government effectiveness in years ahead.

“We need 2018 to move on to 2019,” Davis said.

He said he was “cautiously optimistic” about the Senate reaching a bipartisan agreement.

A statement issued Saturday on behalf of Illinois Republicans reiterated Davis’ arugments.

”We voted for a bill to fund and keep open the government, fund our military, and fully fund the Children’s Health Insurance Program for six years. Now, Sens. Durbin and Duckworth must do their job,” it said. “Delaying the continuing resolution only delays negotiations on a DACA fix. Our senators should end their filibuster threat and instead allow a vote to ensure our troops are paid and certainty is given to the 325,990 children who rely on CHIP in Illinois.”

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rsp wrote on January 20, 2018 at 4:01 pm

How about we have a town hall with the whole Illinois delegation and talk about it?

happyhero wrote on January 20, 2018 at 7:01 pm

Trump ended DACA and CHIP months ago and people like Davis did nothing about it. Voters asked Davis to help them, but he did nothing. Now Davis is upset that Durbin and Duckworth are speaking out for Illinois and all of those kids?

BART15 wrote on January 20, 2018 at 8:01 pm

  Democrats - Illegals over American Citizens- Priceless

lga wrote on January 20, 2018 at 9:01 pm

Be careful, Rodney. Your sycophancy is showing.

JohnRalphio wrote on January 20, 2018 at 11:01 pm

No, it's called basic human decency and not being a bigot. Let's not pretend like the Republicans care about citizens, because they could have reauthorized CHIP months ago. They were saving it to use as a bargaining chip and now they're pointing fingers because their self-serving ploy didn't work. Davis and other members of Congress like him are self-interested cowards to the core.

Glock21 wrote on January 21, 2018 at 12:01 am

Government shutdowns like this are a failure to negotiate and come to a compromise. One side will always blame the other, but the blame should come down to who was being unreasonable. Could it be the GOP that took two groups hostage in the first place and tried to make the minority choose like a Hollywood movie villain?

Maybe it was the folks who came up with a compromise that was perfectly acceptable before y'all moved the goal posts again? Or the side that forced all of these things and pits people against each other and has the audacity to claim they aren't the ones playing politics when they literally, literally, ask the minority party to choose between sick kids or brown kids?

And all this after that epic continentally racist crap the head of your party pulled. That you gave him cover for with more both-sidism false equivalency nonsense like with Charolottesville. Meanwhile you're actually being so horrendous on policy and failing to negotiate with the stable genius negotiator, America is mostly ignoring his porn-star affair hush money scandal. *America* is ignoring that. Welcome to the new lowest bar, Rod.

GeneralLeePeeved wrote on January 21, 2018 at 6:01 am

Sorry Rod, but you're full of it.  This is the "Trump Shutdown", plain and simple.  The Republicans and Democrats had a deal worked out.....one that Trump agreed with.....that is, until he went back to the WH and the immigration hard-liners and wall-supporting boobs got in his ear.  All of sudden, Trump no longer supports the compromise bill and wants everything HIS way, which is where we are now.  So, Rod, who's responsible for the shutdown?

CallSaul wrote on January 21, 2018 at 11:01 am

The Republicans have engineered other totally preventable shutdowns before but both of those were when they controlled congress and there was a Democratic president.

This is of course not only the first time we've had a shutdown when one party had control of the presidency and the congress, it's also the first time we've had a shutdown because the Party of Trump wants to try to force its white ethnonationalist agenda on the rest of us after we've rejected it over and over and over...

And of course Davis is totally on board with trying to force their white ethnonationalist agenda on the rest of the country, just like pretty much the entire Party of Trump is as well...

Keep running away from your voters, Rodney. We know you're scared of us and you should be. But it'll be okay --- our votes will catch up to you in 11/2018...

Tick...tock...

wykhb wrote on January 21, 2018 at 12:01 pm

Shut that tax money off and watch them scream.   LOL    Illinois will be first into bankruptcy, kiss those fat government pensions and paychecks goodbye and blame Trump for it, I believe he would gladly take the credit since these problems have been growing for decades. 

Was it bigoted Trump that shut down the government the last few times when Obama was President?

Is it strange that people who don't work for the government hardly even notice when it shuts down?  If government shutting down causes an emergency in your life, do you ever ask yourself why you allowed your life to be dependent upon the government? 

Okay, lets watch Saul throw a bizarre fit as usual.   :-D

CallSaul wrote on January 21, 2018 at 12:01 pm

Your continuing obsession with me is weird and...uh...creepy...

You're unable even to recount recent history accurately, which is of course par for the course for an obvious Fox viewing, Rush listening loyal member of Trump's dwindling base.

You know of course that the Republican, like, smart and very stable geniuses in congress decided to engineered the shutdowns during Obama's and Clinton's presidencies.

But, and this is not a matter of opinion, the Republicans only engineered one shutdown during Obama's presidency, not multiple ones as you claim. 

And that was another expected repetion of your tired old version of the tired old 'free stuff' argument that tired old rightwing reactionaries always trot out when the can't think of anything substantive to say...which, as it turns out, is most of the time...

Why don't you put your cards, such as they are, on the table and say, specifically, who you believe are raking in all those 'fat government pensions and paychecks'?

WiltonDiary wrote on January 21, 2018 at 3:01 pm

Donald JUDAS Trump is an inept and dumb  Autocrat racist obsessed with Hillary Clinton, globally clueless and a pathological liar who wrote the Art of the Deal.

TRUMP celebrates his failed presidency on the first year of that anniversary blaming Democrats for the US Government shutdown he has been encouraging for over a year.

TRUMP Republicans control the White House, Congress and US Senate.

FISH rots from the top, so blame anyone you want, but the Man at the TOP is responsible for this shutdown and no one else.

TRUMP is an international embarrassment, who has lost all moral authority and would rather get spanked by porn star and hooker Stormy Daniles, than work across the isle to solve the problems of the USA.

Never in the history of the USA has there been a bigger loser than Donald JUDAS Trump, a puppet of PUTIN, supporter of Roy Moore accused pedophile, NAZI promoter who enjoys being a client of Stormy Daniels and RUSSIAN hookers, while married!

MAGA = Mueller Ain't Going Away! 

O and by the way, Davis is no better than TRUMP, another corrupt bottom feeder Russian sympathizer and liar, who just can't help himself from being a total tool! 

aantulov wrote on January 26, 2018 at 8:01 am

LKKH