Campaign 2010

Sep 23, 2013

Rep. Davis Launches Campaign After Shutdown Vote, Highlighting His Broken Promise on Gridlock

Congressman Rodney Davis’s decision to kick off his re-election campaign is a jaw-dropping reminder of his broken campaign promises. Congressman Davis is launching his campaign mere days after voting to shut down the government, despite saying this summer that he opposed “deadlines or fights and shutdowns.”

“Congressman Davis himself said that voting to repeal the Affordable Care Act was ‘stupid’ and a ‘waste of time’ and that he opposed shutdowns, but then he voted with his Washington leaders Friday to give us a government shutdown anyway, all so he could give insurance companies free rein over our health care,” said Brandon Lorenz of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. “Congressman Davis’ vote last week shows that even by his own standards, he can’t be trusted to keep his most basic promises to voters, and showed us last week why he’s already become part of the problem in this Congress that pushes an ideological agenda that hurts middle class families.”

Background:

2012: Davis said anyone who pushed another bill to eliminate Health Care Reform was “Stupid.”  In November 2012, Davis criticized anyone thinking of pushing to eliminate Obama care. “Anyone who tries to push for another bill to eliminate Obamacare is stupid… It wouldn’t pass the senate or the president’s veto, and these grandstanding gestures just waste time,” Davis said. [The Pantagraph, 11/28/12]

2013: Davis said we had to get away from “Deadlines or Fights and Shutdowns.” In 2013, Davis said “I think it’s sad that in America today that people are drawn to these artificial deadlines or fights and shutdowns and talk about sequestration and fiscal cliffs. We have to get away from that…. Government is not going to shut down Jim. If I was a betting man, I’d bet a lot of money the government’s not going to shut down…”  [WDWS Radio, 8/7/13]

2013: Davis Signed the Mark Meadows Letter to Urge Leadership Not to Have for a Continuing Resolution Without Defunding Affordable Health Care Act. According to Freedom Works, Rodney Davis signed the Mark meadows letter, “affirming that they will refuse to vote for a CR that contains ObamaCare funding.” [Freedom Works Website, 8/14/13; Meadows Letter, 8/21/13]

  • Headline: 80 House members: Shutdown better than “Obamacare” [Associated Press, 8/22/13]
  • Davis said he would do whatever it took to defund “Obamacare.” In 2013, Davis said “I think Obamacare is an impending disaster waiting to happen. I'll vote to defund it. I'll vote to get rid of it. I'll do whatever it takes.” [Channel 20 News, 8/11/13]

Despite His Promises, Congressman Davis Voted to For Extreme House Republican Plan That Would “Likely Result” In a Government Shutdown. In 2013, Congressman Davis voted for the extreme House Republican Continuing Resolution that the Associated Press reported would “likely result” in the shutdown of the federal government. According to the New York Times: “After three years of cajoling, finessing and occasionally strong-arming his fitful conservative majority, Speaker John A. Boehner waved the white flag on Wednesday, surrendering to demands from his right flank that he tie money to keep the government open after Sept. 30 to stripping President Obama’s health care law of any financing. […] The House’s stopgap spending measure would finance the government through Dec. 15 at the current spending levels, which reflect the automatic spending cuts that took effect in March, known as sequestration, while blocking the health care law, under which the uninsured will be enrolled beginning on Oct. 1.” [HJ RES. 59, Vote #478, 9/20/13; Associated Press, 8/23/13; New York Times, 9/18/13]

Karl Rove: The House Republican “Approach [to the Continuing Resolution] Means We’ll Get [A Government Shutdown].” Former Bush Advisor Karl Rove wrote in the Wall Street Journal: “There is, however, one issue on which independents disagree with Republicans: using the threat of a government shutdown to defund ObamaCare. […] Even the defund strategy's authors say they don't want a government shutdown. But their approach means we'll get one. […]  It is an ill-conceived tactic, and Republicans should reject it.” [Wall Street Journal, 9/19/13]

U.S. Chamber of Commerce: House Republicans are “Creating a Crisis” That’s “Counterproductive.” “The powerful U.S. Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday urged Congress not to play with fire by risking a government shutdown or debt ceiling-caused default. In a letter to members, the big business organization took direct aim at House Republican plans announced earlier Wednesday to use an Oct. 1 shutdown deadline and mid-October default deadline to try to stop the implementation of ObamaCare. […] While the Chamber said it agrees that the Affordable Care Act has problems and that entitlement spending needs to be addressed, the group said creating a crisis to force action on those issues is counterproductive.” [The Hill, 9/18/13]

Wall Street Journal Editorial Board Likened House Republicans’ Crusade to Defund Obamacare a “Kamikaze Mission” That “Rarely Turns out Well for the Pilots.” The Wall Street Journal Editorial Board compared this kind of plan to “threaten(ing) to crash their Zeros into the aircraft carrier of ObamaCare” and a “Kamikaze mission” that “rarely turns out well, least of all for the pilots.” Beyond the politics, the Journal wrote, “[t]his all-or-nothing posture also usually results in worse policy.” [Wall Street Journal, 9/16/13]


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