Holmes: Democrats Respond To Republican Shutdown Of State Government
Mahoning Valley Lawmakers urge Republicans to continue the People's work

State Reps. John Boccieri (D-Poland), Michele Lepore-Hagan (D-Youngstown), Glenn Holmes (D-McDonald) and Michael O’Brien (D-Warren) today are calling for action as the People’s work in the legislature has come to a grinding halt.

“The Republican majority is failing to lead at a time when families are struggling to get ahead,” said Lepore-Hagan. “We have serious business to handle for the citizens of this state, and the Republicans are playing games with our future by not being completely honest about the culture of corruption in Columbus - it’s time to clean-out the House.”

The Ohio House of Representative’s session delays come at the heels of the sudden resignation of Republican Speaker Cliff Rosenberger. This is the first time in the history of the Ohio Legislature that the Speaker was removed due to an FBI investigation for misconduct. House Republicans cannot come to a consensus on electing the next Speaker and have cancelled the last four House sessions. 

“This government shutdown proves the Majority is more concerned with maintaining their power than passing laws that can benefit Ohioans,” said Boccieri. “This scandal is nothing new to me, as we have watched a pay-to-play culture in Columbus for years where special interest groups write legislation for lawmakers then reward members with campaign contributions and lavish trips. Under Governor Kasich’s leadership, the state has not adequately funded infrastructure and education. Schools can’t pass levies and local governments are unable to pave roads. We want our money back, yet we have $2.4 billion in rainy-day and $6 billion in school construction.”

From sexual harassment and misconduct, to allegations of ECOT corruption and questions of pay-to-play, the lawmakers contend that the People’s work is being jeopardized by Republican scandals which has put the legislative process on hold.

“In these uncertain times, it is imperative that the Ohio House has ethical leadership with honesty and integrity,” said O’Brien. “We have had to put important legislation on hold - laws that could help create good paying jobs, ensure retirement security for our elderly and future generations and protect consumers in the payday lending industry. Halting the legislative process is blatantly unfair to Ohio’s hardworking taxpayers.”

“The past and present scandals within the Majority party have rendered the Ohio House dysfunctional. This is what 16 of the last 20 years of Republican rule has given us. We cannot conduct business for the benefit of Ohioans without something changing,” said Holmes. “We need Democrats in positions of leadership so we can do the work we were elected to do.”

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