Say that you lead a teeny, tiny caucus, less than a third of the House. Say you have some legislative priorities. However, the leadership of the opposing supermajority isn’t bringing any of your bills up for some reason, perhaps because there are only 37 of you.
The solution, then, is to try and work this out with the majority. Perhaps enlist some of the more friendly Democrats to support your causes. Hold negotiations with the Speaker and the governor, whom you have heard is actually a member of your party, and see if at least some of your priorities can at least be brought up for a vote.
Of course, if you’d rather just throw a fit and hold things up by yammering on endlessly, then you could do that, too.
House Republicans aren’t getting enough respect from majority Democrats and have launched a slowdown campaign during debates that will continue until the GOP gets some of its bills debated.
“Unless and until there is a greater level of cooperation, then we need to slow this process down,” Cafero said, adding that the languishing budget negotiations are another subject entirely from the flow of bills that will die at midnight June 3.
“I have instructed my caucus that if they have questions on bills, they should ask those questions and be fully apprised of what they’re voting on,” Cafero said. (Dixon)
These questions, by the way, are often incredibly detailed and repetitive, and can make debates over even seemingly minor bills last for hours.
What Frippery is This!
Ironically, GOP state chair Chris Healy sent out a poorly-edited message to supporters today condemning Democrats for daring to debate the death penalty while the people’s urgent business was left undone.
“It is comforting to know that the Senate Democrats think it is more important to take hardened violent criminals off death row that [sic] deal with fiscal issues which affect everyone’s lives,” said Healy. “The Democratic priorities are right from the pages of Alice in Wonderland.”
Healy went on to scold Speaker Chris Donovan for forcing his own caucus “to support his grand design to take over the entire health care system in the state at an undetermined cost to businesses and individuals,” which may or may not be a reference to a health care pooling bill that would allow towns and nonprofits to join the state employee health insurance plan, or maybe the SustiNet bill, which, far from imposing some sort of socialized Frenchified sissy medicine on all of us, just creates a task force that will make some sort of recommendations about health care by 2011. The goal of the task force is to create a public option for those seeking health coverage.
Really, now. Bashing the Democrats for daring to waste time on the health care bill and the death penalty while Republicans in the House stall even minor bills by droning on endlessly, in an attempt to bring their own destined-for-failure bills up for a vote?
Republicans really need to get it together. After all, there was this reindeer importing bill just sitting out there, waiting to be mocked.
Wait, Sen. Andrew Roraback (R-Goshen) introduced that? Oh. Uh. Never mind.
Two weeks to go until the end of the session.
Dixon, Ken. “House Republicans stall to make a point.” Connecticut Post 21 May, 2009.