U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis, flying from Chicago to Washington, D.C., on Tuesday, was confronted by a passenger who questioned the Illinois congressman over his first class seat during a government shutdown, according to video footage.
The video, published by the Huffington Post, showed a passenger asking Davis, "Do you think it’s appropriate to fly first class while 57 TSA agents aren’t being paid?"
The video, which Huffington Post said it received from an anonymous tipster, has not been independently verified by NBC Chicago.
Ashley Phelps, a spokesperson for Davis,, said the congressman “has never purchased a first-class ticket using taxpayer dollars."
I support the immigration compromise @POTUS offered Democrats over the weekend because it does three main things:— US Rep Rodney Davis (@RodneyDavis) January 22, 2019
- ends this govt shutdown
- provides funding for border security measures experts are asking for
- protects DACA recipients & extends Temporary Protected Status
“Unfortunately, what wasn’t included in the story was Congressman Davis’ numerous votes to ensure our TSA agents are paid and calls on Speaker Pelosi to negotiate with President Trump to reopen government,” Phelps said. “He was one of 12 to vote for the transportation funding bill a couple weeks ago.”
Washington D.C. Is in its 33rd day of a government shutdown. More than 800,000 federal workers are going without paychecks and facing mounting financial pressure.
The Transportation Security Administration hit a record 10 percent sick calls over the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend as federal workers face a second missed paycheck during the shutdown. Screeners say worries over bills, mortgages and personal finances are preventing them from reporting to work.
The shutdown, the result of the ongoing fight between President Donald Trump and Democratic lawmakers over funds for a U.S.-Mexico border wall, is the longest in U.S. history.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky. set up two showdown votes for Thursday.
One vote will be on his own measure, which reflects Trump's offer to trade border wall funding for temporary protections for some immigrants. It was quickly rejected by Democrats. The second vote is set for a bill approved by the Democratic-controlled House reopening government through Feb. 8, with no wall money, to give bargainers time to talk.
Davis on Tuesday said he supports the immigration compromise Trump offered Democrats “because it does three main things” – ends the shutdown, “provides funding for border security measures” and “protects DACA recipients and extends Temporary Protected Status.”