An Illinois congressman is shocked that politics is involved in the partial shutdown of the federal government. U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Taylorville), whose 13th District stretches from Champaign to Bloomington and Springfield to the Metro East area, says he was holding out hope there would be no partial shutdown of the federal government – and he’s not ruling out a quick resolution.
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“I think this weekend will be a telltale sign if we are going to be able to come up with a solution that can end this sooner rather than later,” says Davis. “I hope it sure ends soon, because there are a lot of people who are affected by this partial shutdown.”
Davis says he’s disappointed the whole scene has degenerated into politics, a field with which – despite his status as a first-term lawmaker – he is quite familiar, with years of experience on a congressional staff and with the Republican Party of Illinois.
As for Thursday’s lockdown, caused by a driver who led police on a chase from the White House to the Capitol, Davis praised the Capitol Police, a force which he says is underappreciated.