Release: Callis Demonstrates Why She’s Clear Choice for Illinois’ 13th District in First Debate

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URBANA — During tonight’s first debate of the general election, former Chief Judge and Congressional challenger Ann Callis demonstrated why she is the clear choice to serve Illinois’ 13th District in Congress. The debate, hosted at the WILL studio in Urbana, showcased Callis’ pragmatic approach to public service and strong record of helping communities versus Congressman Rodney Davis’ personal attacks and continued defense of his Washington insider politics.
 
“Tonight was a tremendous opportunity to speak from my heart and share with voters my positive vision to move our district forward and reform the way Washington does business. We all know there’s so much more Congress can do to serve our local communities and families. I voiced the frustration of the countless people I’ve met throughout this campaign who are ready for a change and feel like Congressman Davis hasn’t taken responsibility for his record of failure. As we saw tonight, Congressman Davis will lie about his record and dodge tough questions rather than let voters hold him accountable for shutting down the government, voting against raising the minimum wage, and breaking his promise on the Ryan Budget and its incredibly harmful impact on seniors and students,” said Callis.
 
During the debate, Callis spoke about her work as Judge in Madison County, where she worked hard to bring back public trust in the courts, earning a reputation as a reformer and tough, anti-crime judge. She shared what it was like to work across party lines to solve problems, including starting the first veteran’s court in Illinois, helping troubled veterans get back on their feet.
 
Callis also held Congressman Davis accountable for his numerous votes to hurt his constituents, including shutting down the government, voting against raising the minimum wage, and breaking his promise on the Ryan Budget. Congressman Davis, a career-politician and political insider, clearly continued to dodge and distract his way out of answering for his votes. At a media conference after the debate, Callis also slammed Congressman Davis on the debunked lies he is spreading with Karl Rove’s Super PAC about her residency.
 
This is the first of three live debates, with others on October 21 in Springfield and October 30 in Bloomington. Callis has already participated in candidate forums in Edwardsville, Decatur, and at Richland Community College.
 
 
Fact check: 
 
Minimum Wage
 
Congressman Davis Voted Against Increasing the Minimum Wage from $7.25 to $10.10 Over Three Years
In 2013upon enactment, the measure would have increased the federal minimum wage from $7.25 to $8.20 within three months. A year from this date, the federal minimum wage would increase from $8.20 to $9.15. A year from this date, the federal minimum wage would increase to $10.10.
[HR 803, Vote #74, 3/15/13]
This motion to recommit would have raised the nation’s minimum wage to $10.10 per hour by 2015.  The vote came as part of a final amendment to a bill that would harm access to job training and education programs for low-income Americans.
[House Committee on Education and the Workforce3/15/13]
 
 
The Ryan Budget
 
Davis Voted Two Times for Ryan Budget After Saying as a Candidate in 2012 He Would Not Support It
In 2012, when asked if he supported the Paul Ryan budget Davis answered, “No, I don’t support the Paul Ryan Budget, and I’ve never said I supported the Paul Ryan Budget. I think when you look at the Ryan budget as a whole, you know it’s got, it’s a good first start into a discussion on ensuring that we address many of the debt issues in this country and shoring up Social Security and Medicare, that’s what we have to do.”
[WILL10/16/12]
 
Davis Twice Voted for the Ryan Budget, Giving the Average Millionaire a Tax Cut of $245,000
Congressman Davis twice voted for a budget that gives Americans with incomes of $1 million or more an average net tax cut of about $245,000.

[House ClerkH Con Res 96, Vote #177, 4/10/14H Con Res 25, Vote #88, 3/21/13Center on Budget and Policy Priorities3/17/13]
 
Congressman Davis Voted to End the Medicare Guarantee

Congressman Davis voted for the extreme Republican budget that would end the Medicare guarantee by converting the program into voucher-based system.

[HCR 25Vote #88, 3/21/13]
 
 
The Ryan Budget - Pell Grants
 
2012: Candidate Davis Said He Would Increase Access to Pell Grants

Davis claimed he would increase access to Pell Grants and would not have supported the Ryan Budget that would slash funding for Pell Grants.

[The News-Gazette11/01/12]

 
2013: Congressman Davis Voted to Cut Pell Grant Eligibility by voting for Congressman Paul Ryan’s budget…
According to an analysis of the Ryan budget conducted by Insider Higher Ed: “The budget also calls for reversing changes to the grant’s needs analysis formula put into place in 2007, which expanded the number of students eligible for Pell Grants, in essence making fewer students eligible to receive them. It also revisits proposals put forward last year: using “fair value” accounting for student loans, which makes the program seem much less profitable for the federal government than it does under current accounting rules.” 
[Inside Higher Ed3/13/13]
…and Freeze Pell Grant Funding
In 2013, Rodney Davis voted for the extreme Republican budget for fiscal year 2014 that would freeze Pell Grant spending. According to an analysis of the Ryan budget conducted by Campus Progress: “Under the House Republican Budget, Pell Grants would be capped at the current level of $5,645 for 10 years, and eliminate all mandatory funding.” In other words, under Ryan’s plan, Pell Grants would not keep up with the pace of inflation and rising tuition costs, and would be worth less each successive year.
[Campus Progress3/12/13; HCR 25, Vote #88, 3/21/13]
 
 
Privatizing Social Security and Medicare
 
2012: Candidate Davis Supported Privatization of Social Security
According to 2012 Christian Voter Guide, Rodney Davis said he supported “allowing individuals to invest a portion of payroll tax in private retirement accounts.”
[Christian Coalition Voter Guide2012]
Social Security is a successful intergenerational program that has served this country well. Yet some groups want to "privatize" Social Security by taking payroll tax money that now goes into the Social Security trust funds and investing it instead in private investment accounts.
[National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare10/16/14]
 
Congressman Davis Voted to End the Medicare Guarantee

Congressman Davis voted for the extreme Republican budget that would end the Medicare guarantee by converting the program into voucher-based system.

[HCR 25Vote #88, 3/21/13]
 
Republican Voucher Plan Would Increase Medicare Premiums for Seniors by 50 Percent
“While Rep. Ryan uses a different formula than in past budgets to set the value of the voucher, it would still make traditional Medicare increasingly unaffordable for senior citizens. Higher out-of-pocket premiums for traditional Medicare would force seniors into private plans, where they may not have access to the doctors they want to see. The Congressional Budget Office, or CBO, previously found that under a premium support plan, premiums would increase by 50 percent for traditional Medicare.”
[Center for American Progress4/01/14]
 
AARP: Republican Budget Would Remove The Medicare Guarantee.
According to an AARP press release, “Chairman Ryan’s proposed budget fails to address the high costs of health care and instead shifts costs onto seniors and future retirees. Repealing the benefits of the Affordable Care Act ignores the progress we’ve made to improve access to health care and protect against discrimination based on age, gender or medical history. Removing the Medicare guarantee of affordable health coverage for older Americans by implementing a premium support system and asking seniors and future retirees to pay more is not the right direction.”
[AARP Press Release4/1/14]
 
 
Congressional Perks
 
Congressman Davis Defends Keeping the House Gym for Members of Congress During the Government Shutdown
During the government shutdown the House gym for Members of Congress stayed open despite assurances that it would close and even though employees were furloughed and tours were canceled. Congressman Davis did not sponsor or cosponsor H.R. 3276, The Shutdown Prioritization Act, a bill that would have explicitly banned this activity. Davis’ office defended his continued use of the facility during the shutdown.
[NBC 410/9/13Congress.gov9/16/14State Journal-Register7/21/14]
 
Davis Refuses to Support Commonsense Ban on Taxpayer Funded First Class Flights for Members of Congress

Congressman Davis voted against a budget that would have explicitly banned first class travel. He also is not a sponsor or cosponsor of H.R. 4632, If Our Military has to Fly Coach then so should Congress Act of 2014, a bill that bans Members of Congress and their staff from using taxpayer dollars to pay for first class tickets for flights.
[House ClerkH. Con. Res. 96, Vote #176, 4/10/14Congress.gov9/5/14]
 
 
Davis Votes to Reinstate Health Care for Life for Members of Congress
Until recently Congress was one of the few jobs where you could be fired and keep your healthcare for the rest of your life.  Portions of the Affordable Care Act changed that. Yet Davis voted for a bill that would reinstate healthcare for life.
[The Hill7/9/12House ClerkH.R. 45, Vote #154, 5/16/13]
 
 
Government Shutdown
 
Davis Said he Could Not Guarantee he would Not Vote for Another Shutdown.  
In October 2013, when asked if he would support another government shutdown Davis said, “We're going to have to see what happens over the next month and a half.”
[The News-Gazette10/18/13]
Headline: Congressman Davis Won't Guarantee Another Government Shutdown Won't Happen [Dewitt Daily News10/23/13]
 
2013: Davis Signed the Mark Meadows Letter to Urge Leadership Not to Have a Continuing Resolution Without Defunding Affordable Health Care Act. 
According to Freedom Works, Rodney Davis signed the Mark meadows letter, “affirming that they will refuse to vote for a CR that contains ObamaCare funding.”
[Freedom Works Website8/14/13Meadows Letter8/21/13]
Headline: 80 House Members: Shutdown Better than “Obamacare” [Associated Press8/23/13]
 
Davis Voted for a Continuing Resolution that would “Likely Result” In a Government Shutdown. 
In 2013 House Republicans passed a Continuing Resolution that the Associated Press reported would “likely result” in the shutdown of the federal government.
[HJ Res 59, Vote #478, 9/20/13; Associated Press8/23/13New York Times9/18/13]
 

 
Congressman Davis Voted Sixteen Times Against Efforts to Re-Open the Government. 
Following the government shutdown, Congressman Davis voted sixteen times against efforts to vote on a clean government funding resolution by allowing consideration of the Senate-passed continuing resolution.
[H Res 370, Vote #509, 10/02/13; HJ Res 70, Vote #512, 10/02/13; HR 3230, Vote #515, 10/03/13; HJ Res 72, Vote #517, 10/03/13; H Res 371, Vote #519, 10/04/13; HJ Res 85, Vote #521, 10/04/13; HJ Res 75, Vote #523, 10/04/13; H J Res 77, Vote #527, 10/7/13; HJ Res 84, Vote #529, 10/08/13; H Res 373, Vote #531, 10/08/13; HR 3273, Vote #533, 10/08/13; HJ Res 90, Vote #536, 10/09/13; HJ Res 79, Vote #539, 10/10/13; HJ Res 76, Vote #541, 10/11/13; HJ Res 380, Vote #543, 10/11/13; HJ Res 80, Vote #547, 10/14/13; New York Times10/07/13]
 

 
And Because of Congressman Davis’ Government Shutdown:
 1,300 Illinois National Guard Employees Were Furloughed. In 2013 during the government shutdown, “About 1,300 Illinois National Guard employees also are off the job, as are dozens of state employees,” according to Associated Press. 
[Associated Press10/1/13]
 

 
Approximately 3,500 Civilian Employees at Scott Air Force Base Were Furloughed. In 2013 during the government shutdown, “Some 3,500 civilian employees - about two-thirds of the non-military staff at 13,000-worker Scott Air Force Base - reported for work but were later sent home after completing paperwork to wait out the federal shutdown,” according to the Associated Press.
[Associated Press10/1/13]
 

 
Illinois Scaled Back Inspections on Hospitals and Nursing Homes. In 2013 the Associated Press reported that “Illinois officials are scaling back on certain hospital and nursing home inspections because of the partial federal government shutdown.”
[Associated Press10/11/13]

  • Headline: Shutdown Impacts Some Illinois Hospital Inspections [Associated Press, 10/11/13]

 

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