Senate Republicans know that Iowans expect all sides to sit around the table, as Angie and I do, and hammer out compromises and agreements in a responsible and bi-partisan fashion.
However, instead of coming to the negotiation table in good faith, Senate Democrats last week began openly talking about shutting down state government, even though the deadline is still weeks away.
Instead of orchestrating a government shutdown, we believe the better approach would be to come to the table with Governor Branstad, House leaders and Senate Republicans to end this session with a responsible budget that adequately funds our priorities while reducing the overall cost of government.
Earlier last week, instead of coming to the table to work out a bi-partisan agreement, Senate Democrats held a press conference to announce a statewide campaign-style gimmick asking Iowans to call Governor Branstad. They want Iowans to tell him to stop his "starvation cuts" to the state budget, and spend more money. Apparently my friends on the other side of the aisle learned little from the last election. Iowans want politicians to stop spending their money!
After hours of debate on Monday of last week, Senate Democrats voted unanimously to keep Iowa open to late-term abortions.
All 26 Iowa Senate Democrats, without the support of a single Senate Republican, voted to open the door and lay down the welcome mat to Dr. LeRoy Carhart and other late-term abortionists to come to Iowa.
Their partisan legislation was not a serious attempt to end late-term abortions in Iowa and it actually instead serves as a road map for those abortionists who wish to come to Iowa and set up shop.
Senate Republicans made an attempt to bring House File 657 to the floor for debate, a bill that will slam the door on late-term abortions in Iowa. All 24 Senate Republicans, in addition to two Senate Democrats, have signaled they will support that legislation. In addition, that bill already passed the Iowa House with overwhelming bi-partisan support and has the backing of Governor Branstad.
Instead of bringing forward a bill that has bi-partisan support in both chambers and actually has a chance of being signed into law, and would save innocent lives, Senate Democrats chose to play politics. This marks a low point in the 2011 Legislative Session.
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