Bakk responds to Republican Senate’s failure to get one DFL vote on budget bill

SAINT PAUL, Minn. — The Republican Senate majority’s supplemental budget finance bill passed the Minnesota Senate today with a vote of 34-31. The bill, which included several controversial provisions, failed to get one DFL vote. Senate DFL Caucus Leader Tom Bakk, DFL-Cook, released the following statement.

“My Senate DFL colleagues tried time and again to improve this bill – to remove controversial provisions or add sensible policies – but their efforts were cut down with near-unanimous Republican opposition. In the end, Republicans’ unwillingness to make any bipartisan changes to this bill meant it didn’t garner a single DFL vote.

“As we move forward this session with just over three weeks left, I hope the Republican caucus leadership take seriously the need for an open and transparent process with conference committees open to the public. All Minnesotans deserve a chance to participate in this process.”

Senator Tom Bakk
Tom Bakk is the Senate DFL Leader and represents District 3, which includes portions of Cook, Koochiching, Lake and St. Louis counties in the northeastern part of Minnesota.

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