State News
3:30 pm
Mon September 23, 2013

Rodney Davis announces re-election campaign

Congressman Rodney Davis is touring the 13th district formally announcing his re-election campaign. The Taylorville Republican recently voted for the House Bill to defund Affordable Care Act and during his stop in Bloomington Davis was forthright about the law several times.

"Obamacare is not ready for prime time. Put a stop to the full implementation of this train wreck. Deal with this train wreck that we now know as Obamacare. Obamacare is going to be a train wreck."

Some question whether the House should spend its time on Obamacare or link the issue to a possible government shutdown since the Senate is unlikely to follow, but Davis defends the vote.

"The President threatens to veto almost every piece of legislation that comes out of the House. The Senate Democrats go into a childlike fit every time we pass a bill. But, that doesn't mean that we are not going to lead."

Davis says he feels certain negotiators will avert a government shutdown. But, he says longer term problems remain unaddressed. He notes a Congressional Budget Office report last week estimates that without major changes to entitlement programs federal debt will reach 100% of Gross Domestic Product by the year 2038. Most economists believe that is too high to be sustainable. Davis is running against Urbana Attorney Erika Harold in the GOP Primary.