Davis shaken, but ready to work

BONDVILLE, Ill. (WCIA) -- Congressman Rodney Davis is back home after the horrific shooting in D.C. just five days ago.

After watching friends and colleagues get shot at baseball practice, Davis says he's being more cautious everywhere he goes, even to small meetings.

Despite being shaken up after the incident, he says he still wants to move forward with planned legislation. While the farm bill won't be complete until 2018, Davis told farmers the committee wants to get started early.

He's asking them what's working and what isn't in their communities. Farmers and agriculture leaders came prepared for Monday's discussion.

Farmers are already replanting after wet weather washed out crops, but their concerns are growing as the 2018 farm bill creeps closer.

"Agriculture is a very large risk. We have risk with the weather and so forth."

Rodney Davis talked to farmers about their concerns at an open discussion, touching base on topics like infrastructure, SNAP and the Cuban trade policy.

"I think it went well. We're thankful he was able to do it in light of what happened last week and keep his schedule."

Others mimicked those comments thanking the representative for coming despite the recent emotional events.

"It's very humbling to go home and walk into a grocery store and have people you've never met say they're glad you're okay."

He's calling this the "tell tale week" and believes it might bring about bipartisanship to push forward legislation.

"We need to take a step back and talk about what's important. To me, what's important is how we actually govern."

He says, if they can ditch the hateful rhetoric, they can get to the important issues at hand. For Davis, it means infrastructure and the future of farming.

"We've got to figure out how to solve our policy differences through public debate on Ag issues and farm bill issues and solve them at the ballot box."

Davis says he's still pretty shaken up about the shooting. The worst part was not being able to get to his phone. It was at the crime scene for hours and he couldn't tell everyone he was okay.

Agricultural leaders and farmers discussed topics they want Davis to take back to Washington including the president's budget, new agriculture secretary, the Cuban trade policy, SNAP and the ARC county program. 


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