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Oct 22, 2013

Two Months Later: Rep. Davis Runs Away From His Shutdown Votes at Home

Congressman Rodney Davis is proving again that he’ll say or do anything to win his re-election. Now Congressman Davis is trying to falsely pretend he opposed the shutdown strategy, even though he voted over and over against re-opening the government.

“Exactly two months after his own staff conceded that his reckless and irresponsible position could lead to a government shutdown, Congressman Davis is trying to rewrite history,” said Brandon Lorenz of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. “No matter how hard Congressman Davis tries, he won’t be able to hide from voters that he not only voted for the shutdown that has cost our economy billions but is so disconnected from reality that he won’t rule out another shutdown.”

Congressman Davis also signed on to the Mark Meadows letter – a Tea Party-driven missive that insisted on defunding the Affordable Care Act – even though his own spokesman conceded in August that the letter could lead to a shutdown crisis.

BACKGROUND:

Chicago Sun Times: Davis Spokesman Conceded Meadows Approach Could Cause a Shutdown. The Chicago Sun Times reported: “Obama would never sign a bill that doesn’t put money into his initiative [Affordable Care Act], so in essence, that could cause a shutdown. A spokesman for Davis concedes as much, but says that’s not the congressman’s intention here.” [Chicago Sun Times, 8/21/13]

Davis Said “Tactically” Republicans Could have Handled the Shutdown Differently. In 2013, when discussing the government shutdown Davis said, “Tactically, I think we could have done things a little differently.” [Pantagraph, 10/21/13]
 
·         Headline: Davis: Shutdown a Mistake in Health Law Battle [Pantagraph, 10/21/13]

Davis Said he Could Not Guarantee he would Not Vote for Another Shutdown.  In October 2013, when asked if he would support another government shutdown Davis said, “We're going to have to see what happens over the next month and a half. I'm not one to sit and offer how I'm going to vote or how I'm not going to vote until I actually see a piece of legislation and put it into the perspective of that time and where we are. I can't guarantee that I'm going to vote for any piece of legislation a month and a half from now because I haven't seen it. That's what I'm saying.” [The News-Gazette, 10/18/13]

2013: Davis Signed the Mark Meadows Letter to Urge Leadership Not to Have 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, 8/23/13]

Congressman Davis Voted Sixteen Times Against Efforts to Re-Open the Government. Following the government shutdown, Congressman Davis voted sixteen times against efforts to vote on a clean government funding resolution by allowing consideration of the Senate-passed continuing resolution. Of these votes, the New York Times wrote: “So far, however, there has been little tangible headway. Part of the problem is that moderates are behaving a bit too moderately. They have yet to vote with Democrats on procedural maneuvers that could force the hand of the Republican leadership or to sign a petition Democrats are circulating that would require a vote on a short-term spending bill to reopen the government if a majority of House members signed. They are unwilling to defy their leaders to that extent.” [H Res 370, Vote #509, 10/02/13; HJ Res 70, Vote #512, 10/02/13; HR 3230, Vote #515, 10/03/13; HJ Res 72, Vote #517, 10/03/13; H Res 371, Vote #519, 10/04/13; HJ Res 85, Vote #521, 10/04/13; HJ Res 75, Vote #523, 10/04/13; H J Res 77, Vote #527, 10/7/13; HJ Res 84, Vote #529, 10/08/13; H Res 373, Vote #531, 10/08/13; HR 3273, Vote #533, 10/08/13; HJ Res 90, Vote #536, 10/09/13; HJ Res 79, Vote #539, 10/10/13; HJ Res 76, Vote #541, 10/11/13; HJ Res 380, Vote #543, 10/11/13; HJ Res 80, Vote #547, 10/14/13; New York Times, 10/07/13]