U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis has been appointed to the House Agriculture and Transportation subcommittees. (WJBC file photo)
By Eric Stock
BLOOMINGTON - U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis, R-Taylorville, said he hopes to use his new appointment to the House Agriculture Committee to help craft a comprehensive Farm Bill.
"I'm cautiously optimitic. The more that they keep pushing this back, the more I think it will be pushed back to the end of the year. I don't want to be right on that," Davis said. "I would rather begin the discussions immediately upon when we get our subcommitee assignments."
Congress has extended the 2008 Farm Bill for nine months after House Speaker John Boehner refused to call the bill that the previous agriculture committees had approved.
Davis said farmers in his district support cuts to food stamps and other ag programs in exchange for better crop insurance. Many farmers sustained heavy financial losses during last year's drought.
"That is a good trade off. They put billions of dollars on the table to fight the debt. They were willing to do what they can do. That's frustrating to me (that Congress didn't approve it)," Davis said.
Davis was also appointed to the House Transportation Committee. Davis said he also wanted to serve on the Education and Workforce committee, but says he's hoping to partner with other freshman congressmen who will serve on that panel.
Davis on Boehner
Davis voted in support of Boehner's reappointment as House Speaker and dowplayed any party divide, though he said he hopes Boehner regrets delaying a vote for Superstorm Sandy relief, a move which cost him the support of many within his party.
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