Republicans Oppose Democrats' Budget Process

May 13, 2015

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Illinois House Democrats continued to advance budget means that would restore funding to human services programs that the governor proposes cutting.

Republicans continue to question Democrats' motive. They say it's more of a partisan play than a real budget vote.

GOP Rep. Ron Sandack from Downers Grove complained that the measures did not go through typical budget procedures.

"We gotta get past this and actually engage in a budget process that's inclusive, bipartisan and actually moves the needle," Sandack said. "This does nothing but waste time."

Rather than vote yes or no, Republicans all voted present on the measures. They say it's in protest of the lack of transparency, but it's also a way to say no without voting against funding popular human services like breast and cervical cancer screenings.