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Hasner calls out House Democrats


House Majority Leader Adam Hasner, R-Delray Beach, just called out House Democrats for one after another standing up in debate today to oppose the state budget.

"What has happened here today is the members in the back row have in unison said no," Hasner said, referring to Democrats seated in the back of the chamber. "They have become the party of no: no ideas, no solutions, and no alternatives. Friends, this is hard work. This is the hardest budget crisis that the state of Florida has ever faced and it is easy to criticize."

Legis_2 Hasner went on to list things Democrats would be voting against by voting no on the budget tomorrow and talked about the tough decisions ruling Republicans have had to make this year.

Before being cut off by the debate time clock, Hasner said, "The only responsibility you have in the back row is to become the majority party."

The screaming response was notable.

 Rep. Jim Waldman, D-Coconut Creek, responded a few minutes later, saying Hasner forgot to mention that Democrats would be voting "no to a budget that doesn’t adequately fund the needs of the state," "no to a closed process," and "no to politics as usual because now it’s time to work together."

Photo top: House Majority Leader Adam Hasner dresses down House Democrats as "the party of no," during debate on the state budget. Bottom: On left, Rep. Kelly Skidmore reacts to a speech by  House Majority Leader Adam Hasner. On the right is Rep. Jim Waldman. Scott Keeler, Times]

[Last modified: Thursday, September 9, 2010 5:59pm]


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