Davis, LaHood share their thoughts on the status of Congress and what needs to be done

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MCLEAN COUNTY, Ill. — Community leaders and elected officials came together in the Twin Cities on Tuesday for the Annual State of Congress Address.

Once a year the McLean County Chamber of Commerce hosts the event, to give business leaders and elected officials the chance to speak with political representatives about what’s going on around the country.

The event was hosted by U.S. Representatives Rodney Davis (R-IL13) and Darin LaHood (R-IL18). Davis says this event is important because it’s a time when he can listen to what his constituents have to say.

“Transportation and Infrastructure, over my six-and-a-half years in congress this has been one of the number one issues of the McLean County Chamber,” said Davis.

He is the lead Republican on the Highway and Transit Subcommittee, the largest committee in congress.

“We’ve passed the highway reauthorization bill already but this year we will renew that authorization,” said Davis. “I’ve got a seat at the table being the lead republican on that large subcommittee, that’s going to be able to allow us to take the concerns we hear today out to policy-makers that I serve with.”

Lahood focused on trade. He will be serving on the Ways and Means Committee, which is where all the trade legislation will be mapped out.

“The USMCA is vitally important to Central, West Central Illinois,” said Lahood. “That trade agreement will be the largest trade agreement ever negotiated in the history of our country. We need to get this agreement passed, it’s the first thing that I think we ought to bring to the house floor to get it passed.”

The congressional recess will end in September, both leaders are expecting to have a lot of bi-partisan support on their issues.

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