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.
“The budget process is out of control. We are spending more and more money and are giving people less and less transparency. This is exactly why people do not trust government,” said Beeler, R-Port Huron.