While members of both parties may disagree with Pope Francis on certain issues, they also hope his call for cooperation in his speech to Congress isn’t forgotten.
U.S. Rodney Davis (R-Taylorville) fears that’s precisely what will happen.
“When a message like this is delivered, it just seems like we go back to what we viewed as normal beforehand,” Davis said.
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Davis hopes otherwise, particularly on passing a spending bill next week to avoid a shutdown of the federal government.
U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin also has some hope that the Pope’s visit will have some lasting impact, particularly on divisive issues like immigration reform and taking action to combat the effects of climate change.
“I think his agenda was one that should be bipartisan,” Durbin said. “I’m hoping there’s some inspiration in what he had to say.”
Davis didn’t get to shake hands with Pope Francis, but Durbin did, though he mentioned he “stumbled” by thanking the Pope for visiting “America,” which he quickly corrected as “North America,” since the Pope is from South America.