Thursday, August 02, 2007

Mark Schauer on the "Do-Nothing Senate"

Mark Schauer called out his Republican colleagues yesterday.

With the fewest total roll call votes held so far in a decade and no budget bills having passed the chamber, Senate Minority Leader Mark Schauer (D-Battle Creek) said Wednesday that Democrats are "sick and tired of being part of the do-nothing Senate."

While Mr. Schauer acknowledged that the House has not yet moved on proposed tax increases, it is at least passing budget bills, but: "For better or worse, we're supposed to be a full-time Legislature, and yet the Senate seems incapable of moving anything."

Rumor has it they won't be moving much in August, either.

This will free up some Senators to... write for blogs!

Senate Democrats will be writing on ten issues that they would like to be working on, if only they could get their Republican friends to stop stalling on the budget. We are honored that they are going to be here to share their thoughts with us. We hope to do this on Tuesdays and Thursdays, but of course we can't hold them to any set schedule, just in case the Republicans actually decide to get some work done. 

Senator Deb Cherry will be along shortly to kick off the series... stay tuned, and in the meantime, watch the video from Senator Schauer. It's a good one.