We are approaching the 100th day of session at the Statehouse which is the typical end date during the second session of the General Assembly. Unfortunately, it does not appear as though we will be able to make this deadline for final adjournment. This has happened in previous years so it is not unusual; however, it is disappointing to many legislators who have worked hard all session and need to get back to their day jobs and families.
The usual hold up is negotiations on the budget and policy pieces that are part of final deliberations. At this point in time, House Republicans have sent all of our budget proposals to the Senate, with the exception of the final budget bill (Standings) which is typically reserved until the final days of session as a catchall bill. The Senate however has yet to send a single budget proposal to the House for continued negotiations.
The House Republican caucus has worked tirelessly to get the job done you sent us here to accomplish. We have passed numerous policy bills this year that address concerns we have heard from constituents back home. We have also passed budget proposals that focus on the needs of Iowans while still balancing the budget in a responsible and sustainable manner. I would be remiss if I did not also highlight that we passed a monumental income tax cut that leaves your money in your pocket and not the government’s.
House Republicans will continue to work hard on your behalf to conclude session in a timely fashion. While there is still work to be done, we remain committed to the principles and priorities you elected us to uphold. Smaller government, balancing the budget, returning your tax dollars to you, protecting Iowans’ freedoms and making Iowa the best place to live, work and raise your family.