Sen. Jon Courtney (R-York) LD1816 Floor Speech Urged Bill Support- Before He Himself Voted Against It

Posted on February 20, 2012. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , |

Watch for yourself.

Now this is where it gets into political posturing- because Governor LePage, Senate President Raye, and Speaker of the House Nutting all joined the Maine GOP in issuing statements regarding the Senate votes- but in every case, all failed to mention their own sole Senate member who voted with the 12 Democrats, as a parliamentary procedure means of reconsideration at a later time.

Here in part is the statement of Senate President Kevin Raye:


It is puzzling that Democratic Senators have chosen to be obstructionists standing in the way of a bipartisan compromise that passed the House 109-27, has the support of Senate Republicans, avoids a veto by the Governor, and eliminates the specter of the state running out of money in April.

It is disappointing that 12 Senate Democrats broke with Senate Republicans, House Democrats and House Republicans and that the prospect of the Department of Health and Human Services running out of money in April is now back on the table. The irresponsible action of Senate Democrats in playing Russian Roulette with the DHHS budget puts at risk the well-being of Maine’s most vulnerable citizens and the health care providers who serve them.

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