An angry voter just confronted a Republican Congressman for flying first class during shutdown

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An upset citizen just confronted a House Republican over his first-class flight at taxpayer expense while the Trump shutdown takes paychecks away from thousands of workers at TSA in a video that’s going viral on Reddit (embedded below).

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Rep. Rodney Davis (R-IL) boarded a flight back to Chicago when he was confronted on camera by a fellow passenger who recognized the Congressman taking his seat and began to ask him tough questions.

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Amazingly, Rep. Davis used to sponsor legislation to end Republican hostage-taking in politics forever, but now he’s a become poster child for the Trump collaborators in his party.

The passenger who anonymously provided a video of his confrontation to HuffPost captured the Republican Congressman’s embarrassed reaction to his questioning:

“Congressman, do you think it’s appropriate to fly first class while 57 TSA agents aren’t being paid?” the person says to Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.), in an apparent reference to the Transportation Security Administration’s 57,000 employees, who are being required to work without pay.

Davis remained silent, prompting the person to say, “Taking that as a yes.”

“Taxpayers paid for this flight? Fair enough,” he added.

Rep. Rodney Davis remained entirely speechless under interrogation, as you can see in the video below.

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Davis actually sponsored a bill in the last Congress called the self-explanatory End Government Shutdowns Act, but his fellow House Republicans didn’t even give it a vote in the Appropriations Committee. The bill died this January.

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Two weeks ago, nine other Congressional Republicans announced that they’re sponsoring a similarly named bill in the Senate to cancel legislative extortion, but we haven’t seen the text yet.

Earlier today, Senator Mark Warner (D-VA) introduced another bill to stop future GOP lawmakers from holding federal workers hostage to the whims of Trump and the Tea Party which is named the Stop S.T.U.P.I.D.I.T.Y. (Shutdowns Transferring Unnecessary Pain and Inflicting Damage In The Coming Years)  Act.

GOP leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) is finally giving in and allowing a floor vote tomorrow, where they can send Trump’s fake national emergency for a President’s demands for a $5.7 billion border wall to celebrate racism in politics into the history books as a failure.

Sadly, Rep. Davis failed to take his own legislative history into account as a one-time sponsor of the End Government Shutdowns Act. He voted to keep the government closed twice on January 3rd when House Democrats passed a pair to end this year’s senseless shutdown right after Speaker Pelosi took the gavel.

The Illinois Congressman did have his travel paid for by the House, according to his office, since it’s part of his work to travel home to his district and that is legitimate.

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Rep. Davis’ spokesperson insists that they paid for a regular coach ticket and got an upgraded seat as a frequent flyer benefit, though the optics of luxury travel, while TSA employees drive Uber in their spare time, is a poignant reminder of the kind of inequality that the GOP casually accepts.

If Republicans spent more time making sure that government works instead of hypocritically voting to cripple it, then maybe constituents wouldn’t get angry at them when they board airplanes, and the entire country would be better off with 57,000 TSA agents getting paid instead of calling out sick and worrying about side jobs to make rent.

Watch the entire confrontation on video here:

Grant Stern

Editor at Large

Grant Stern is a columnist for the Washington Press. He's also mortgage broker, writer, community activist and radio personality in Miami, Florida.

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