Letter to the Editor | Rep. Davis should back up remarks

Letter to the Editor | Rep. Davis should back up remarks

Rep. Rodney Davis was not among the eight House Republicans on Jan. 3 who tried to break a stalemate and end the federal government shutdown.

Davis likes to portray himself as someone willing to seek common ground.

But on the opening day of the 116th Congress, he sided with Donald Trump and voted against bills funding the Department of Homeland Security through Feb. 8 and other shuttered agencies through September.

Six of the eight Republicans who broke ranks are members of the Main Street Caucus, a group that says it seeks pragmatic, non-ideological solutions.

Ironically, Davis is listed as a caucus co-chair.

One bill would have funded the Department of Homeland Security short-term while establishing a deadline for negotiations.

Five Republicans voted for it: Will Hurd of Texas, Brian Fitzpatrick of Pennsylvania, John Katko and Elise Stefanik, both of New York, and Chris Smith of New Jersey.

The other bill would have allowed the great majority of 800,000 affected federal employees to once again work and be paid with reasonable security.

Republicans voting yes were Hurd, Fitzpatrick, Katko, Stefanik, Greg Walden of Oregon, Peter King of New York and Fred Upton of Michigan.

Davis defeated Betsy Londrigan in November by only 1.4 percentage points — a narrow margin in a diverse, closely divided district. Each of its residents is a constituent he has sworn to serve.

He should talk less about common ground and start voting for it more often.

JOHN PALEN

Urbana

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