Springfield, IL… Today Illinois House Democrats forced partisan votes on spending bills aimed at undermining the budget process and thwarting the ability of minority legislators to participate. Democrats introduced hundreds of pages of amendments to HB 4141 mere hours before the vote, denying Republicans an opportunity to fully read or offer input on the bill before it was rammed through.
“Speaker Madigan today displayed his power and his unwillingness to work together by springing these votes on the General Assembly” said Rep McDermed. “This was nothing more than a partisan, bitter message to the governor that did nothing productive to help this state navigate its fiscal crisis. It wasted what precious time we have left in session to solve the many problems facing our state. We Republicans are willing to work together, but it shamefully does not appear to be a sentiment shared by the other side of the aisle.”
The budget amendments totaled billions of dollars of spending. Republicans voted Present to highlight this irregular and purely partisan disruption of the budget process.