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The Anderson Report

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

The July 1 budget deadline is looming large.

Yet, the people's business is still not finished.

The full Iowa Senate finally came back into full session last week after nearly a month hiatus. With time now being of the essence, Senate Republicans had hoped we could wrap up the session, avert a government shutdown and find a bi-partisan compromise on the budget.

It did not happen last week. Unfortunately, Iowans were treated to more of the same.

In unprecedented fashion on Wednesday night, Iowa Senate Democrats used parliamentary tricks to adjourn the Iowa Senate over the opposition of Senate Republicans at a time when major legislative business remains unfinished.

With over 100,000 Iowans out of work, spending still out-of-control, and without broad property tax reform accomplished, Senate Democrats opted to adjourn the Iowa Senate using rare parliamentary tricks instead of staying at the Capitol to finish the people's business.

Earlier in the evening, after a record roll call was asked for on the question of adjournment, the Iowa Senate, on a near unanimous vote, opted against the Senate Majority Leader's attempts to adjourn.

As a result, Senate Republicans pledged to stay around the clock to take action on the important issues that Senate Democrats have obstructed debate and a vote on all session long. Many of those important issues include legislation that would stimulate private sector job creation, reduce spending and lower taxes.

I remain steadfast and committed to finishing the people's business, promoting private sector job creation, reducing spending, cutting taxes and finishing the budget before July 1.

I want to thank you for giving me the honor to serve as your State Senator. Please feel free to contact me with your questions, comments and ideas at 712-898-2505 or email to bill.anderson@legis.state.ia.us. Also, please share my newsletter with your family and friends. Until next time, have a great week.