At the end of a 90-minute hearing on nursing home funding, of all things, Republican House Majority Leader Kurt Daudt (R-Crown) ignored a procedural request for a roll call vote and ended the hearing.
That sent Democrats into a blind rage, bringing a chorus of shouting down on Daudt. Because no one ignores procedural requests on the floor of the Minnesota House of Representatives and walks away unscathed.
"Are you kidding me?" asked House Minority Leader Paul Thissen (D-Minneapolis), incredulous at Daudt's blatant flaunting of procedure. "ARE YOU KIDDING ME MR. SPEAKER? THIS IS OUTRAGEOUS," he shouted.
"You are rolling over the majority like it is nothing Mr. Speaker," added Rep. Ryan Winkler (D-Golden Valley). "You are acting like a dictator."
The Democrats had a right to be pissed off. According to Bluestem Prairie, they were trying to get Republicans on record promising to increase funding for nursing homes and other community-based health care facilities -- something they campaigned on and have repeatedly set as a priority.
But with an expected price tag of more than $300 million, Republicans were afraid to commit ahead of their budget proposal expected next week.
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