New Congressman Rodney Davis says his top priority is to get federal spending and debt under control. But in one of his first votes in Congress, Davis supported a Hurricane Sandy relief package that adds $9 billion to that debt.
67 Republicans opposed the legislation because it did not have offsetting spending cuts in other areas of the budget. But Davis says not every dollar must be offset if it pays for urgent needs. He says he will apply that same philosophy to the quest to line up more federal dollars to pay for railroad consolidation in Springfield.
But Davis still has not decided if he will support raising the federal debt ceiling. Experts say failing to do so will cause the U.S. to default, with dire economic consequences. But Davis says the mounting debt will also lead to severe consequences.