State Rep. Andrew Beeler today decried vote-switching by House Democrats who voted for the state’s bipartisan budget but changed their votes and opposed funding for maternal health and adoption services after the governor removed it from the budget.
The change came as representatives voted whether to override several budget line items that previously passed with supermajorities but failed to achieve the two-thirds vote necessary to override Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s veto due to the Democrats’ changed votes.
“When we first considered these proposals in the House of Representatives, the budget earned solid bipartisan support,” said Beeler, R-Port Huron. “Then Gov. Whitmer vetoed funding to provide maternal care and support adoption, and her Democratic allies nonsensically changed their minds and opposed the very same proposals they previously approved.
“This pandering to the governor is indefensible. Legislators must have the courage to follow our convictions and stand for our constituents. The founders never imagined such partisan loyalty overriding intellectual honesty.”
Beeler and his colleagues attempted to overturn the governor’s veto of multiple line-items from the budget to support maternal health and adoption: a $4 million maternity home program to help pregnant women in need of safe housing and prenatal care; $1.5 million for pregnancy resource centers; $10 million to promote the adoption of infants in need of a home and provide information about adoption as an alternative to abortion; and $2 million to offer tax credits to adoptive parents. The budget passed the House in July by a 97-9 vote. The overrides failed by votes of 52-44 and 53-43.
“I’m disappointed to see the Democrat majority wasting their time trying to squeeze every last nickel and dime out of Michiganders — just so they can waste the money on unsustainable programs and unnecessary projects,” Beeler said.
“With her emphasis on wasteful spending and costly policies, the governor announced in no uncertain terms that Democrats will keep pushing for higher costs this fall,” said Beeler, R-Port Huron.
“Democrats are allowing for the most barbaric practices related to abortion, none of which the voters consented to in Proposal 3,” Beeler said. “Pro-life and pro-choice Michiganders support common-sense licensure, inspections, and reporting for abortion facilities, but this extreme legislation would eliminate these medical standards.”