NEW VIDEO: Republican House leaders admit they cost Montanans jobs in 2015
HELENA -- A new video released today by the Montana Democratic Party highlights Republican legislative leaders admitting their only goal in 2015 was to kill an important jobs bill.
“(Republicans) were in a position to stop it and walk out of here feeling like they got a win. And I understand that,” said Republican House Speaker Austin Knudsen in 2015.
But it’s now 2017 and we’re nearing the end of the legislative session and House Republicans have yet to act on an important jobs bill. Instead of moving Senate Bill 367 to the floor for a vote, it keeps getting stalled in the House Appropriations committee, where it has been since April 1.
“The Montana Republican Party’s stalling tactics on an important jobs bill need to stop,” said Nancy Keenan, executive director of the Montana Democratic Party.
In 2015, a bipartisan infrastructure package passed the Senate 47-3. But on the last day of the Legislature, a few irresponsible Republicans in the House put politics ahead of hardworking Montanans and killed infrastructure by a single vote.
“Montanans are counting on the Legislature to put people to work improving our local communities, supporting our students and providing for our veterans,” Keenan said. “Republican leaders cannot fail Montanans once again.”