When the dust settles after last week's primary defeat of U. S. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.), Downstate Congressman Rodney Davis (R-Taylorville) hopes his colleague U. S. Rep. Peter Roskam (R-Wheaton) has a place to sit. Roskam is one of a handful of hopefuls for majority whip after the current whip, U. S. Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) is presumably elected to be the new majority leader.
“Peter's been great; a friend of mine,” says Davis. “He's been somebody whom I've got to see in action in making sure that we put together bills like the Farm Bill.”
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Meanwhile, Davis says there's no “elevator pitch” to easily end the immigration debate. He says referring to a Senate-passed bill as being “ready to go” in the House is far too simplistic.
The issue touches everyone, he says. “It's not just the southern border,” says Davis. “It's immigration from other countries. In fact, I'm someone who has helped people get through the immigration process – help them with their paperwork."