“This bill, while not perfect, is a good first step,” said U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Taylorville), “in ensuring that we are changing the balance between mandatory spending and discretionary spending. Our military has been hemorrhaging because of lack of investment.”

Davis said he is a little put out by threats to the crop insurance program. Later, U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin said anybody concerned about that, in the grand scheme of things, truly has few worries, as it's Big Insurance taking the hit.


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“There are 17 agencies that sell this crop insurance,” he said. “John Deere was one of them. Wells Fargo Bank is another one. These are not Mom and Pop companies. I don't know if nine percent is the right number, but to say that fourteen percent of the premium must be protected forever, otherwise we're not treating the program fairly, is just wrong.”

As for right-wing criticism that the budget deal extends Obamaesque spending to a ninth year, Davis calls it “unfortunate,” adding that blocking a deal simply because President Obama is in office is not productive.

So, if – in a compromise – there is a drawback for everyone, what's an example of one for Illinoisans?

Durbin, after a long pause, could not think of one.


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