The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is going after Republican members of Congress who the DCCC says have voted against compromise legislation that would halt cuts from the sequester now in effect. One of those is Rodney Davis, who was elected last fall from the new 13th district which stretches from Bloomington-Normal south to near St. Louis. DCCC Chair Steve Israel says Davis' refusal to compromise puts Department of Defense employees who live in or near Davis' district at risk of furlough.
(photographed: Rodney Davis (R-IL 13)
"Scott Air Force Base is 10 miles west of Congressman Davis' district but many of the employees of Scott AFB live in his district and the sequester in Congressman Davis' area puts 4,500 employees at Scott AFB at risk of furlough."
Israel says that's a potential $28 million hit to that area's economy in lost wages. Beginning this week, about 12,500 Illinois residents who work for the DOD are subject to lost wages due to the sequester. Israel says Davis has repeatedly chosen to protect tax-breaks for the wealthy along with oil companies and other special interest groups. Davis spokeman Andrew Flach says Davis was not in Congress when the sequester was approved and if he were, he would have voted against it. Flach says the Republican congressional majority twice approved legislation avoiding abritrary spending cuts and he accuses Democrats of engaging in legislative political gimmicks.
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