Stumbo Again Threatens to Derail Budget
Once again, House Speaker Greg Stumbo is threatening that it's his way or the highway, attempting to derail the budget process with his stubbornness.
In the middle of throwing around baseless insults and generally not doing his job, Speaker Greg Stumbo made one of the more ridiculous statements of the day.
A conference committee could be avoided if the Senate adopts the House budget, he said.
If the Senate should approve a budget bill later Friday and then adjourn, putting he House in an accept-it-or-reject-it position, Stumbo said "we won't have a budget."
That's right, the Senate must 'take-it-or-leave-it' on the House budget and not put the House in a 'take-it-or-leave-it' position.
Senate President David Williams summed up the Speaker's useless rhetoric nicely:
Williams said that the House was overreacting on many of the Senate's proposals, including the budget amendments, the road plan and the unemployment bill.
And he accused the House of making threats without talking to Senate leadership and said that today shouldn't be plagued with politics as usual.
"I don't see any reason for politics to be involved in this," he said. "If a budget isn't passed today, it won't be the Senate's fault and it won't be the governor's fault."
The fault will rest exactly where it did when the regular session adjourned without a budget: at the feet of Speaker Stumbo.