Senate Democrats on Tuesday made good on whispered threats of obstructionism, and used what was normally a routine Senate vote on judicial elections to grind the entire chamber – including committee meetings – to a halt.
Statement of RPV Chairman Pat Mullins on Democrat temper tantrum:
“Dick Saslaw and company might say that their little fit is over two judicial nominations they find objectionable, but the reality is much simpler,” he said.
“Democrats have been warning quietly for weeks that they would block all new judicial appointments and the state budget in an effort to overturn the will of the voters at the ballot box,” he said. “The irony is thick – Democrats move to block judicial appointments just as they clog the court system with frivolous lawsuits.”
“Just like their counterparts in Wisconsin and Indiana, Senate Democrats have decided that if they can’t win at the ballot box and don’t have the votes to prevail on the floor, they’ll simply blow up the process,” he said. “But elections have consequences, even if Democrats don’t like them.”
“Virginians voted for a Republican Senate in November, and no partisan temper tantrum will change that. Democrats should quit whining and let the Senate do their work,” he said.
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