Senate Leader: GOP Ready To Take Matters Into Our Own Hands

By Jeff Neumeyer

March 18, 2011 Updated Mar 18, 2011 at 6:08 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, IN (Indiana's NewsCenter) --- "If necessary, we'll do the job without them."

David Long of Allen County, the head of the Republican-controlled Indiana Senate, spoke those words Friday.

He claims an extended walk-out by House Democrats is doing terrible harm to the institution of the state legislature.

The Senate President Pro Tem says members of his caucus are prepared to take matters into their own hands in the absence of their democrat counterparts on the house side.

House Democrats have been residing the past three and a half weeks in an Urbana Illinois hotel, denying republicans a quorum to conduct business.

They've pushed for compromises on a host of bills they feel are anti-labor and anti-education.

House Republicans have cut off negotiations with the democrats, bumped up fines on them for not showing up for work, and now Senate Republicans say they are ready to take over the other chamber’s job of crafting a budget that can be amended into a proper House bill.

David Long/(R) Senate President Pro Tem: " It's the first time since 1867 that this has happened, and then it was a walk-out by Indiana Democrats over the 14th Amendment. They were sympathizing with the South, and didn't want slavery to be eliminated as an institution. That's how long ago it's been."

Democrat State Representative Win Moses of Fort Wayne says he believes Long may be mischaracterizing the events of history by claiming members of the Democratic Party walked out nearly 150 years ago in the conflict over the 14th Amendment.

He concedes both sides are getting on each other's nerves, as this more recent conflict still has no end in sight.




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