In the last two meeting sessions, alone, the new spending demands have totaled more than $100 million.
Republicans are absolutely committed to passing a sustainable budget that spends less than we take in, fully funds our obligations, and is balanced over the next five years.
House Republicans and Senate Democrats began the session $147 million apart. Republicans, in an effort to compromise, closed the gap to $46 million. In response, Senate Democrats moved $200 million in the opposite direction.
Since that time, Republicans passed the budget omnibus bill, which the Senate Democrat Appropriations Chair called, "full and balanced."
Yet, Senate Democrats have continued to offer no compromise or solutions. Instead they continue to demand more spending and march down their path toward shutting down our state government.
I want to reiterate that Senate Republicans were elected to control spending, promote private sector job creation, reduce taxes and get Iowa's fiscal house in order. I remain firmly committed to those goals and priorities.
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