A new press release from Leader Kraig Paulsen:
67 hours after the Speaker of the House decided to leave the voting machine open, House File 333 has officially been defeated.
On Friday, lawmakers debated the bill for five hours. On the final vote, five Democrats joined Republicans in opposition to the bill. House Democrats’ took unprecedented measures to strong arm the organized labor bill through the Iowa House. When Democrats did not receive the number of votes they needed to pass the bill, they announced they would be leaving the voting machine open for the entire weekend.
Monday, the Speaker closed the machine and the bill failed with a final vote of 49 to 49.
“I’m pleased the will of Iowans triumphed and sank House File 333 which would have raised property taxes, hurt disaster victims, and put small town contractors out of business,” said House Republican Leader Kraig Paulsen. “While Iowans were victorious today, it is my hope that we will not see any version of this bill in the future. Even amended, this bill will hurt Iowa’s economy and raise taxes. Republicans instead believe it’s now time we start focusing on how to put 80,000 Iowans back to work, how to energize our economy and how to cut government spending to balance our budgets.”
During the weekend, the voting machine shut down three times. House Republicans took turns maintaining a presence in the House, watching the voting machine.